a thought: andrew minyard does not only smoke for the distraction of smell but also because of anxiety-induced oral fixation
let me be perfectly clear, andrew knows when to stoke himself into apathy and, therefore, is capable of calming himself from an anxious bout. but as a person who unconciously bites their lips, this could pose as a theory.
neil first notices it when they’re out. andrew is chewing a stick of gum, and spits it out into an old parking ticket from Eden’s. When they’re in, neil notices again, how andrew’s chewing something. during evening practices, andrew can be seen at the bleachers with a lollipop and kevin’s phone. when benched at a game, andrew watches with bored eyes and his mouthpiece being chewed to dear bits. when andrew helps him with his questions during exam, he’s got a pen cap stuck between his teeth while he checks neil’s papers for wrong answers.
neil eventually catches onto moments he know would start this behavior. God forbid andrew starts indulging this fixation when he doesn’t have anything to latch onto and eventually skin his lip or chew his nails off
andrew doesn’t catch on too quickly, but he does notice when neil brings along mint gum or more packs of cigarrettes or asks for more kisses. he really doesn’t mind