Of Paperwork, Knots, and Warm Glowy Things, or, Roland Registers for Kindergarten
This story fulfills a prompt from a nonnie (thank you, person!) that’s included at the end of the story. I’d like to thank black-throatedblue for talking me out of rage deleting this story and then giving up one of her mornings before work to sit in a chat window and literally watch me write the last 2k words. Also a huge thanks to outlawqueenluvr for the beta. All errors are my own.
This story is dedicated to lillie-grey in honor of her first thirty days without smoking (which is why the third title of this story is “or, I Just Spent the Last Thirty Days Not Smoking, Motherfuckers!”). Everyone go leave an ask in her inbox with congratulations. I’m so proud of you, Em.
Rated F for Fluff
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Roland’s never had a big brother before, but he’s one hundred percent positive Henry would be the best one in the whole world. A belief only further cemented when the older boy agrees to give him a piggy back ride while they’re waiting for his papa to meet them at the school. Oh, yeah. Henry would be an awesome brother.
(Everything is “awesome”, now that he’s taught him how to use the word. Henry’s teaching him lots of words.)
“Faster, faster!” he says as Henry hikes him further up on his back and starts to jog across the grass in front of the school. His hands grip the teen’s shoulders (not around his neck, as he’d done the first time) and he hums for the simple pleasure of hearing and feeling his voice stutter in his chest with each footfall.