andrew joseph minyard, for all intents and purposes, does not want to associate himself with Anyone, if he could help it.
he does his group projects so efficiently, his classmates deem him the lifeguard to all group projects
he avoids having to sit in lunch with anyone save for renee and aaron, if he can
he’s always on the rush to get home because he can’t take just using pain meds to get rid of the horrible, horrible feeling of disorientation
he also has this long-standing dislike of jocks bolstered by either of 3 things: a) he’s a natural genius, b) he’s gay, and c) aaron had to assault one for getting andrew roofied at the freshman mixer.
ENTER: neil abram hatford
neil and kevin are new to The States. being friends since neil was eight (when kayleigh finally settled down from bumming around in ireland), kevin and neil were basically stuck to the hip.
they transferred to the US when kevin finally landed himself an exchange program in california, neil because he could, kevin because of his dad, and both because they were tired of the ravens at their old boarding school
as soon as the school year starts, both of our lovable idiots join the soccer team (sorry, no exy :( ). they take the same spanish class, the same history class, and even have the same lunch blocks. so basically, they do everything they did back in the UK
so technically second year debate team genius Andrew Minyard shouldn’t actually care about first year exchange student and jock Neil Hatford
at this point, neil hatford has changed about pretty much all of andrew’s rules apart from the jock thing. neil has made andrew:
bring someone home for something other than a group project
eat someone else’s cooking (not after the incident in first year)
have a crush on a jock
andrew’s reputation around the school counts for him being in the gsa (people think he’s there to mooch up on renee), having hospitalized that dude at the freshman mixer (which was actually aaron’s doing), taking unknown medication in the middle of the day (pain meds because he doesn’t wear his hearing aids to school), and being the MVP of the debate team (him and aaron are a roasting in a package deal, okay)
in all the weeks that came after andrew’s realization of his crush, neil has:
improved his grades
been to at least two of the debate team’s events
invited andrew to all of his games (”what makes you think i want to go there” “well it wouldn’t hurt to ask, wouldn’t it? it’s not like we have anything apart from tutoring on fridays”)
stayed over to keep andrew company on more than one weekday (which only renee used to do)
once, neil even barged into a debate meeting to have a silent freak out about his A- on biology while andrew just looked on not-fondly
aaron: that is bull
andrew: shut up, your girlfriend makes you look stupider than this
aaron: you may not know this but you just played yourself
andrew’s pretty much screwed the pooch, especially with how he gives neil Special Treatment, or so aaron calls it.
Seungchuchu needs to be canon…
Not just because I don’t like their ships with JJ but because they’re complete opposites.
Seung-gil is an introvert, he doesn’t really care about socializing nor about other people in general (and he doesn’t fancy being with a woman… just saying).
And Phichit is an angel. Just like that. He is an extrovert, he is sweet, he cares about others, he is the Instagram queen, and he is a literal ray of sunshine. He is such a smol bean.
I can see them falling in love.
Seung-gil will be hesitant at first. He will try to find a logical explanation for what he feels.
Phichit will be sure about what he feels but he will go with Yuri in seek of advice nevertheless.
Their relationship will be slowly worked. But Seung-gil will learn to care about someone else.
Just thinking about Seung-gil smiling lightly at the sight of an extremely happy and energetic Phichit makes my heart melt.
here’s the thing with andrew tutoring neil on weekdays: neil doesn’t actually tell him that he’s always fresh from practice when he pops into the library for tutoring
like, it’s not like it ever came up in conversation. andrew was too busy looking to see how to improve neil’s grades, bc if he’s gonna charge a cute guy $10 per hour, he sure as fuck gotta have to step up his game.
the trick to neil is: he’s not stupid.
in the span of three tutoring days, andrew finds out that neil knows about five languages so well he sounds like he’s local all of them. he also finds out that neil does not need help in other subjects and neil actually lets him know
neil: the maths teacher teaches like he needs everyone to know how smart he is. literally all i do in that class is sleep
andrew: you’re telling me this like i care
neil: no, andrew, listen, he thinks i don’t listen. i’ve never failed a quiz in math since i was nine.
andrew: good to know. not another thing you’ll be paying me extra hours for. the faster we finish the better.
andrew: don’t stall. the gall bladder. endocrine system. focus, hatford
I was re-reading part of City of Bones and there’s that part where Simon tells Clary he’s in love with her and then he tells her he always thought the response would be “I know” from Star Wars.
But then in Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy Simon tells Isabelle “I love you. I love you without the memories. I love you right now.”
Isabelle said in a calm voice: “I know.”
If that doesn’t show how amazing Cassy is, I don’t know what does.
here’s a list of things that happens while neil is back to the UK for christmas break
nicky finally gets his cousins in on a data plan. he says it’s because neil is out of continent and katelyn is out of state, so he wants andrew and aaron to have constant contact with their significant others. (”i know how long distance feels, guys. trust me, it’s horrible no matter how long or far.”)
they’re not very well-off on money, but nicky insists that it’s really not that big of a favor and definitely is not his christmas gift, shut up, aaron, you’re getting your thing
aaron spends the 23rd with katelyn, though andrew, renee, and nicky are five-wheeling. they spend their entire day at the rink a few hours away from home
renee witnesses the most glorious wipe-out in the entire history of wipe-outs
andrew threatens homicide but renee is too busy laughing
kevin comes over five times in the first week of christmas break and andrew has some Words, backed by a few choice ones from aaron
andrew: kevin, just leave kevin: i’m supposed to check on you, just tell me one thing i can tell him and i will leave aaron, from behind andrew, holding a bowl of soup: you can tell hatford that if he doesn’t stop sending you the fuck over, he can consider your last phone call his goodbye call to you andrew: he said it, not me kevin: christ on a pike