what really gets to me about andrew and neil having cats is the cat hair all over andrew bc he wears all black. the cats just sleeping on andrew’s coat and sweaters and leaving it filled with cat hair. what does he do.
hiii!!! i absolutely adore your blog!! xx your writing is amazing and you always develop such beautiful headcannons! ok so like, hc where andrew wears neil's clothes all the time and they're too big for him but he literally doesn't care. the foxes all notice and nicky is the only one to say anything but andrew just stares him out of it and doesn't reply. neil kinda wants his clothes back but he much prefers andrew wearing them! just andreil sharing clothes hc because it's so fucking cute
Thank you!!! So much!!! Honestly the fact that you like my writing means the world to me! I changed this up a bit (only a little bc it was so perfect Ily) but it was such a pleasure to write honestly I’m sorry it’s so short but I think it works.
Neil’s clothes are ratty and too-big and they’ve got tons of holes
He doesn’t really look in the mirror that often and even if he did he’s that kid who just throws on random shit and goes out without brushing his hair or spending more than two minutes on his appearance
So in no way is he paying attention to his appearance at all
Aside from the part of him that is constantly nagging him about being recognizable and looking so much like his father and telling him that his scars ruined his face and how could Andrew love him when he looks like that?
I promised not to be angsty with this damnit
But Allison was that girl who stayed up late perfecting different ways to do her eyeliner okay so she takes this as a personal slight
Andrew was the kid who always looked fine as shit and wore a lot of navy blue and he had a scarf phase you can’t deprive me of this
So she invites everyone to a bonfire and Neil is calm until he realizes she’s pouring gasoline on his clothes and then it’s too late
Nicky thanks her
The next day she takes him out shopping and they don’t come back for the majority of the day
At first, Neil tries to just wear the clothes he was wearing at the bonfire out of spite, but it mysteriously disappears while he’s in the shower
Who would do such a thing??? Certainly not a short blonde criminal justice major! No sir.
And that’s when it starts
Neil’s new clothes are soft and contain a reasonable array of colors
And they also include quite a few new sweats, comfortable yet still stylish
Of course, Neil gravitates towards those, but he soon runs out of clean sweatpants
There’s literally one left before he has to do the laundry again
But that??? Goes missing as well???? And Andrew had put their clothes in the wash apparently so Neil is stuck with really tight-fitting jeans and yoga pants
He walks out with the latter clinging to his ass and sees Andrew walking on the hems of his pants
He can feel Andrew’s gaze on him
Safe to say, no one else sees Neil in the pants or Neil at all for the rest of the day
But Andrew actually really liked wearing Neil’s clothes
They’re really comfy okay???
And Neil finds that he really likes Andrew in his clothes, so it’s a win-win situation
And so Andrew ends up wearing one of Neil’s sweatshirts to the foxes’ weekly movie night
It would hardly be noticeable really, because as of right now his sweatshirts are just everyone’s generic “I-have-the-name-of-a-state-you’ve-never-been-to-printed-on-me” sweatshirts
Except it’s a couple inches too long and a couple colors too bright for Andrew to wear
(I know it’s ooc but you will have to pry Neil in pastels from my cold, dead hands okay fight me)
Nicky look’s like he’s about to burst into flames he’s so happy his kiddo is growing up and wearing colors but Andrew fixes him with a pointed glare and just rolls up his sleeves to display his armbands
So Nicky, in a rare moment of self-preservation, shuts up
It’s Allison that says anything really, and it’s to brag about her clothing choices being “boyfriend approved”
Andrew flips her off and Nicky is crying this is a beautiful moment
Do you think Neil has a binder (solely) for Andrew (and him) and one for his Foxes? What's inside the binder(s)? And ohh btw I just simply love your hc about the photos ((and i want more bec i love you and your hcs so much))
thanks bb <3
(neil only got the binders because he can’t cover every spare inch of the walls of their apartments in photos and articles - even he recognises that it would make it look like a serial stalker’s den. yes, andrew’s slightly judgmental expression did help him to reach that conclusion)
anyway, a list of some of the contents of neil’s post-graduation binders:
every photograph and article about kevin day neil can get his hands on - and there’s a lot of them. kevin holding trophies, kevin with his teams, kevin and thea in elegant clothes at big events, kevin smiling in a way that starts fake but gets more real as the years pass. kevin, alive. kevin, victorious. kevin with everything that riko tried to take from him. (enough of them that andrew made a dry comment or two about neil at least being predictable in his obsessions) (he’s quietly satisfied by the progression, too)
articles on robin, as both a fox and afterwards, concrete proof of neil’s work as a captain and andrew’s…something neil isn’t quite sure of sometimes, still. photos of her standing tall and proud, no trace of the mousey child who was nearly too afraid to be a fox
a collection of postcards addressed to them both in renee’s neat hand - pictures of mountain ranges and jungles and forests and deserts and cityscapes, ones that still make neil think about a different kind of travel than the frightened bolt he and his mother did across half the planet all those years ago with that vague kind of longing for something different
the entire photographic coverage of allison’s first fashion show (neil was there, which meant andrew was there. unsurprisingly, andrew ‘i wear designer clothes’ minyard found it more interesting than neil ‘the height of fashion is my partner’s oversized hoodie and these jeans that i’ve had for ten years’ josten)
a heavy piece of cream card inviting neil and andrew to the wedding of nicholas hemmick and erik klose (they went. neil had never seen nicky happier)
a picture of matt and neil hugging on the court after eschewing the more normal post-game handshake, wearing different colours and smiles
articles following dan’s career, from her first teams through to the foxes, including photos of her familiarly disapproving and determined and delighted expression on the sidelines or amongst her players
a collection of photos taken by various foxes at their ‘reunions’ - matt and dan curled in the same armchair, dan laughing because she’s getting squashed. renee braiding allison’s hair, her face all careful concentration, while allison sits on the floor between her knees drinking wine. aaron and kevin arguing, for old time’s sake. nicky and andrew making drinks while erik watches on in the background. all of them together in one mess, no one looking the right way, someone’s eyes closed, someone laughing a little bit too hard - perfect
a singular photo of jean moreau, helmet under his arm as he looks down at jeremy knox, the man he followed through the professional leagues post-college. he’s smiling in it, grey eyes crinkled in the corners. (neil can’t quite explain why he kept it - he doesn’t look at it much. when he does, he remembers)
a collection of articles about andrew on the court, from his first year pro all the way through. articles that still call him dangerous, but mean it in relation to the scoring percentages of his opposition. photos of him stretched out in goal, immortalised in brutal determination, beside total strangers calling him talented, even calling him revolutionary because of his style of play
more articles about andrew, off of the court - andrew as an icon, flat-faced beside LGBT campaigners for sports, speaking bluntly and truthfully and tactlessly at events as an invited guest.
andrew, whose thesis on the treatment of mentally ill juveniles in the justice system was publicised by a psu student, who stared at everyone who questioned him about it in a way that unmistakably said i meant what i wrote
andrew, the survivor, who donates so much of his salary to a variety of causes, who did before anyone knew and who continued after it became public like he didn’t give a fuck because he didn’t
photos of the andrew that belong to neil, ones that make andrew curl his lip if neil pins them up - he and his brother standing shoulder to shoulder at the reception of aaron’s wedding, caught on camera by the official photographer in a very rare moment of understanding. him bathed in the light of a sunset on their balcony, all golden. he and neil together wearing red, white and blue in the locker room of a foreign stadium, ready to walk on the court for their country. him on the couch, asleep on his belly with one of the cats curled up in the cup of his lower back
(neil doesn’t mean to document his own history, only theirs - it happens by accident. there’s a photo of him beside kevin, medals around both of their necks at a world cup final. a photo him in the audience of an event where andrew is on the stage, photographed looking up from the crowd with a slight smile on his face included in an article on andrew. one from a reunion, taken from behind him and andrew with the sun turning them to silhouettes, including where their hands are curled together between them. a headshot of him from a where are they now-style article on the first ncaa champion fox team, scars on display and stare as bright and challenging as ever - still alive)
Andrew: *promises he’ll protect Neil*
Andrew: *literally agrees on anything Neil asks him to do*
Andrew: *gives Neil car, room and heart keys*
Andrew: *lets Neil drive his car*
Andrew: *buys Neil clothes*
Andrew: *kisses Neil*
Andrew: *lets Neil touch him*
Andrew: *asks Neil to stay*
Andrew: *blows Neil*
Andrew: *wraps plastic bags on Neil’s injuries so he won’t hurt them in the shower*
Andrew: *showers with Neil*
Andrew: *chokes Kevin for Neil*
Andrew: *fights a fed just to see Neil*
Andrew: *threatens Abby because she wanted to touch Neil*
Andrew: *helps Neil through his panic attack*
Andrew: *stops taking crackers dust because Neil said so*
Andrew: *chooses Neil over his brother*
Andrew: *answers Neil’s questions about his past*
Andrew: *breaks Riko’s arm for Neil*
Andrew: *lets Neil pull him in*
Okay so Andrew and Neil are of a height that they probably share clothes, right? Andrew is like ripped?? Boy has shoulders like a barge??
So when Neil wears them, all the shirts would be so loose on the top half and let’s be real Andrew would Not Have That. He likes the boy to be well decked out which means all the t-shirts fit Neil really well.
Which means that Andrew can only wear super tight t-shirts from now on, sorry I don’t make the rules.
Imagine it. You can see every line in his biceps. All the seams creak when he moves his arms. You can see the outline of his nipple. You can count all eight of his abs.
Andreil Massages Turned War Turned Aaron will Never Enter The Columbia House Again.
This was a hc u thought up today some major help from @cabeswaterexy they are the best human i have ever met and i love them to death.
of course Neil starts this because he just likes being allowed to touch Andrew and to make Andrew feel good, so after a really hard game where Andrew did as Neil asked and shut down the goal, Neil notices that he’s favoring his right arm. So when they get back to the dorm and they’re sitting in bed, both without shirts, Neil hovers his hand above Andrew’s shoulder and asks yes or no. Andrew thinks that Neil just wants to touch so he says yes. And at first, yeah that’s all he does: touch. He gets a bit lost in the hard muscles, and he starts thinking about how strong and solid Andrew is and how safe he feels. So he ends up with that stupid fucking idiot smile that makes Andrew flick him in the forehead. And then he presses down, gently at first in case this isn’t okay bit harder when Andrew doesn’t tell him no. And Andrew is confused for a minute because Neil is giving him a massage??? Why??? This has never happened before but Andrew can’t even be mad because he is melting. Neil switched between the arms for a while before he notices that Andrew has slumoed forward and fallen asleep on Neil’s shoulder. Neil is freaking out because Andrew fell asleep??? On him??? He’s trusted??? But as much as Neil doesn’t want to move, he also doesn’t want to fall asleep sitting up so he says Andrews name quietly and urges him to lay down. The way their bed is, Neil is on Andrew’s left but because Andrew sleeps on his side, Neil still has access to Andrew’s right arm, which he takes after he’s given permission and starts to massage again until Andrew falls asleep. Neil doesn’t stop smiling for a few days.
In Andrew’s mind, there can only ever be an equal exchange so he feels the need to pay Neil back somehow. Which is how he finds himself kneeling between Neil’s legs after practicing with a pissed off Kevin and asking Yes or No? But Neil has already said yes before Andrew can finish which makes him scowl. But he’s not going to argue so he just puts his hands on Neil’s thighs and starts to knead. It is a very good thing that Kevin sleeps like the sea because Neil is not quiet. At all. Which is a bit of a problem for Andrew, who is sitting between Neil’s thighs and looking down at his flushed face as he whimpers and moans and shakes. And when Andrew gets to a particularly sore spot, Neil let’s out a breath “There. Right there” and it makes Andrew hate him more.
This leads to a lengthy make out session
Obviously. Because when Andrew finally works out any knots he’s been focused on Neil’s legs and not his stupid face so he looks up and Neil’s cheeks are flushed and his hair is a mess and his eyes are glassy and he’s all relaxed and it punched all the air out of Andrew’s lungs so he hovers over Neil and asks yes or no. Neil says yes and it’s all relaxed and soft and breathy and Andrew fucking hats him but he kisses him like he doesn’t and at some point Neil pulls away and cautiously raises a leg while asking yes or no. Andrew says yes so Neil brings his legs up and hooks his ankles behind Andrew’s back and you’d have to fight me for literal years to convince me Andrew doesn’t have a thing for Neil’s thighs and Neil doesn’t have a thing for Andrew’s shoulders so anyway Andrew’s is all for this and making out and Neil is def not quiet and he’s already soft and pliant from the massage so he just keeps making little noises against Andrew’s mouth and Andrew would kill him but he thinks if those noises stop it would be an epic tragedy
One of Neil’s favourite things is when Andrew has casual displays of strength, so when Andrew hooks his hands around Neil’s shoulders and pulls him up as if he weighs nothing?? Neil is gone
Their kissing is soft and unhurried and eventually Andrew moves onto Neil’s neck while Neil kisses his shoulders and slowly falls asleep and Andrew has to carry him to bed
They get an apartment together and Neil “accidentally” ends up with everything that goes in the bottom cupboards and at first Andrew thinks Neil is making fun of him or smth (which doesn’t makes sense bc he’s short too?) he can’t figure it out until he catches Neil staring (again) at his shoulders as he lifts a bag of flour and Neil doesn’t even noice Andrew watching him back as long as Andrew’s shoulders keep moving and flexing
When they go shopping for clothes Andrew keeps buying Neil running shorts and of course Neil is an idiot and thinks that Andrew keeps buying a particular brand because Neil likes it, but really it’s because that brand hugs his ass the best and shows off so much thigh and Neil doesn’t even notice when Andrew does his weights right in front of Neils treadmill when they in the gym
They’re both basically in a race to kill each other with choice body parts but they’re the ones making it worse for themselves because Neil is always getting Andrew to lift things and Andrew buys the shorts and really, it’s going to build up to a very epic outlet of these pent of feelings cough sex montage cough
It gets to the point where Neil starts to hide Andrew’s shirts until all he can wear are muscle tees. And Andrew starts buying Neil leggings because holy hell his legs look so Fucking delicious in leggings
Nicky has walked in on Neil staring at Andrew’s shoulders and Andrew glaring at Neil’s thighs
And since Neil’s thighs looks great bc of the running so does his ass and when Andrew discovers that and leggings the world basically ends
Kevin walks in one day to them standing in the living room with handfuls of each other’s clothes just glaring at each other because Neil tried to wear loose sweats and Andrew tried to wear a sweatshirt and they’ve been threatening to burn everything for about an hour
When Andrew takes a shower, Neil will go in and take his shirt, and when Neil’s showering Andrew switches his pants
It gets ridiculous at one point but they still won’t talk about it and people are starting to notice these two losers so what else is there to do but pack each other’s bags and go to Columbia where Neil finds t shirts and leggings as his whole bag and Andrew has all tanks (there’s even one of those ones that shouldn’t even count as a shirt because the arm holes go to like the bottom of his ribs) and jeans and sweats and they’re alone which means the tormenting gets worse until Neil comes back from a run and Andrew has had enough okay and he is Neil flushed and sweaty and mischievous looking and his legs and his ass okay Andrew can’t take it anymore
They take multiple showers that day
They get clean in none of them
They try… once or twice
They aren’t too mad
And then someone’s on their knees or shutting off the water to drag the other to somewhere easier to do Whatever
There are trails of water all over
They have to come to an agreement about clothes because they love it, but Nicky has been giving Neil looks and it’s Andrew’s fault
There are hickeys in only kind-of easy to hide places
Nicky gets them those sex dice and will never know that they’ve used them
Aaron would die if he knew what had happened everywhere in that house
They definitely have done some things in Aaron’s room out of spite
Nicky did it for a prank. Aaron makes a comment once about “lets eat somewhere where you two haven’t had sex” but he’s joking except suddenly Neil can’t look at him or anywhere
Neil is blushing hard and Andrew is smirking. All he says is “good luck with that one”
And then Aaron snarls in disgust and mutters about taking his food to his room and it pisses Neil off so he says “you might want to clean it” and Aaron’s like it’s clean I saw it earlier but Neil just smirks and Aaron is horrified and Nicky is /cackling/
Aaron refuses to sleep in his room now and demands to know where they haven’t had sex and Neil just points to the front porch
Aaron is pissed, Nicky is proud, Neil is embarrassed and Andrew is smug
at first andrew doesn’t want to keep in touch with aaron but then he eventually tries to make it work, he promises aaron that he will keep him safe and he’s so intent on keeping this promise that he kills their mother because she was a threat. she would never stop hurting aaron and one day she would cross the line. andrew did the simple math and decided it’s his mother or aaron, he chose his brother.
when those homophobes in front of the club attacked nicky, andrew beat them up and he almost killed them. he wouldn’t do that for everyone but he did for nicky, because he cares.
then he takes in another stray cat, aka kevin day, and decides that yes, kevin is an insufferable asshole with his obsession over exy and making andrew better, but he will still protect him from riko and the ravens for as long as he lives. he promised he will keep kevin safe
(also maybe he liked the way kevin said andrew is actually worth something because no one ever said something like that to him, and maybe andrew started to care a little bit about himself too)
then you have the thing with matt and columbia. maybe it wasn’t the greatest idea ever but andrew actually wanted to help. not only matt but also aaron. he believed in matt that he will overcome his addiction for the second time (and he was right), he didn’t want his brother to feel uncomfortable and maybe go back to hard drugs because he gives a shit about stuff like that
after drake the only thing andrew cared about was if aaron is okay. andrew was the assaulted one but he still cared more about his brother than himself
(and from now on i’ll probably only talk about neil because c’mon)
first of all: andrew actually picks neil’s clothes when they go out, like he takes time to buy him stuff, he knows what size to pick. woah.
he asks neil what would it take to make him stay at palmetto (!!)
he gives neil a key to the house in columbia, andrew was the first person that made neil feel welcome, at home.
he duplicates keys to his car so that neil can drive it whenever he wants to, i mean ???
he chooses neil over his brother
he chooses neil over kevin
(andrew would literally choke kevin when he found out that kevin knew about nathaniel from the beginning even tho andrew was supposed to keep kevin safe)
(also when kevin is like “if you hit me again” @ neil, andrew is just like “you’ll what?”)
andrew secures neil’s bandages to make sure they won’t get wet
and then he giVES NEIL A BATH and towel dries him after ??? are we talking about andrew “i hate everyone” minyard ??? YES WE ARE
also he helps neil out of his shirt when he sees neil is too sore to do it alone
andrew hates sleeping somewhere when he can’t be close to the wall, he definitely hates sleeping with other people but he curls up next to neil on the floor with the rest of the foxes just so he could be close to neil
after neil is abducted, andrew checks every possible hospital several times. he literally burns down the world to find neil
HE BROKE RIKO’S ARM BECAUSE RIKO THREATENED NEIL WHAT THE FUCK
there’s probably so much more but i think that’s enough to show you how much andrew minyard actually cared. he’d never broken a promise and just because he isn’t your typical sappy boy you’re used to doesn’t mean he’s a bad person. andrew cared probably more than anyone in this series (save for matt because lets be honest here) and i won’t stand here for this bullshit, neither will andrew.