Ended up writing a really quick, really crappy fic so here ya go
They all knew that things would never really be fine. That’s just how life worked, especially if you were a Fox. Things would get better, of course. Things would always get better, sure, but they would always be carrying the memories of everything they had been through. No matter how much they wanted to deny it, that was just fact. Things would get better, keep getting better, but no one could really be completely fine when they were bearing as many ghosts as the Foxes.
It was rare for them all to be able to eat lunch together, but a series of classes cancelled on a Thursday afternoon left all nine of the Foxes sitting in the athlete’s cafeteria together, at Neil’s insistence, of course. Even after Baltimore, Andrew was reluctant at best to spend time with the upperclassmen. Dan and Matt were in a heated debate with Kevin over Exy strategies, Nicky and Allison poured over a magazine while Renee made comments every now and then over Allison’s shoulder, Aaron was silent where he was sitting across from Andrew, trying to pretend he wasn’t more interested in his phone than his lunch, and Neil was just happy to be surrounded by his family. It was almost blissful.
For a moment, anyway.