I know it's something that is already very behind in your aus, but you can do more of the rivalry of Dave and Tom? I really liked Dave character as a conflict for Tom, and Marco always supporting Tom so that Dave does not make him feel less
Of course I can do that! I really liked the au of Dave too! @mage-of-words came up with a pretty good character, huh? I sure like it! I personally love love LOVE the idea of Marco becoming super protective and strong for Tom! This one didn’t have much of that. But I did leave you on a cliffhanger! So tell me if you want me to finish it! Enjoy!
Tom stood with his head down and listened to the commotion around him. He hated how they made him stand there and listen to his entire family talk him down. This happened every single time he messed up, which was often. And it was normally led by Dave, who got some sort of enjoyment at seeing them cause the smaller demon distress.
“Well, Tom, have you thought at all about what you have heard here today?” Tom looked up and saw his older cousin standing over him. Tom made a face and Dave laughed. “Come on, hearing everyone agree about your shortcomings MUST make you feel some sort of shame for… well who you are as a person.” He muttered.
“Yeah well, I don’t.” Tom bit back. Dave narrowed his eyes. “Just tell yourself the truth, the only reason you talk me down is because you’re jealous.” Tom hissed.
“Of you? Please tell me you’re joking.” Dave scoffed.
“Maybe not of me, but of what I have. The ONLY thing you’ve even wanted was to be the heir, but you aren’t. I am.” Tom smiled very smugly. “One day I’m going to rule this kingdom, and my dad won’t be around for you to complain to. Nobody will listen to you, and nobody will see your power, and you know it.” Tom jabbed his cousin.
“You entitled little brat!” Dave hissed, grabbing Tom by the wrist. Tom tried not to let anything show in his face as he ripped away.
“The only reason you try and get others to hate me is because you think they’ll make you the heir and kick me out, but you KNOW that’ll never happen!” Tom yelled at him.
“What do you know!?” Dave hissed. “You know nothing! Nothing at all! You never talked this big until that human showed up! And now you try and act string to impress him. Who are you fooling?” He demanded.
“I’m not acting strong to impress Marco.” Tom raged. He HATED when his cousin talked about Marco. Marco was too important to him for Dave to talk down. “I’m acting confident to piss you off.” To smiled in an infuriating manner and turned, walking away.
When Tom turned away he finally cracked and let feeling show on his face. But it wasn’t at once sad. He smiled, big. He was proud of himself! He stood up for himself and didn’t get angry and lash out. He was civil and he acted like the bigger person. The nice person Marco always assured him that he could be. Maybe even Marco would be proud of him! And he would tell him he did good.
“Oh Tommy! I’m so proud of you.” Marco beamed. Tom smiled and Marco held his hands.
“I did good?” Tom asked, unsure. Marco smiled big and stole a kiss from the demon, nodding excitedly.
“Of course you did.” He promised. Marco’s smiled then faded. “I just… wish they didn’t put you through that in the first place.” Marco sighed. He played with Tom’s hands and intertwined their fingers. Tom tilted his head.
“But it’s okay now, I have you. You make me feel like it’s okay.” Tom assured Marco smiled and this and gave the demon another kiss on the head.
“I know but… I also know how hearing them say such awful things day after day… it gets to you.” Marco whispered this. “I just… want you to know that you’re worth so much more than they try and tell you.” He promised. Marco squeezed his eyes shut. “I-I know you try your best not to let it get to you, and you do so well. You’re so strong, you’re my brave little soldier but…” Marco trield off. He decided some things were best left unsaid. He could still see how much it bothered Tom. He could see how their words and actions broke him down little by little. All those years of being told things, he starts to believe. But the verbal abuse was actually the least of Marco’s concerns, sometimes Marco got nightmares from anxiety. He would wake up in fear that Tom was unsafe or hurt. Somewhere Marco couldn’t get to him.
“Marco… it’s okay.” Tom smiled warmly and Marco wrapped his arms around the demon. “You make me stronger. You’re all the support I need.” Tom whispered against Marco. The human held the demon tighter and rubbed his back.
“I’m always going to be here for you.” Marco promised.
“You’ve helped me so much already I… I’m always going to be here for you too.” Tom beamed. “Any time you need me for support, I’m here too. No matter what.” Tom promised. Marco sighed in what seemed like relief and leaned against his demon.
“I can’t believe you used to be this scary bad boy I would fight with.” Marco giggled a bit at this memory. “You always seemed like the biggest threat.” He laughed harder. Tom giggled a bit as well and kissed Marco’s hair.
“I remember how much you got on my nerves. Even seeing you got me worked up.” Tom teased. Marco gave Tom another kiss and pressed his head against his.
“Well, we grow.” Marco told him. “You’ve grown. A lot.” He added. Tom looked down curiously and Marco kissed the back of Tom’s hand. “I’m proud of you.” He told the demon. Tom’s eyes lit up and he cupped Marco’s face, kissing him deeply.
“Thank you for helping me.” Tom whispered. “There were times I thought, that I just wouldn’t be able to get through it anymore. But you make me WANT to keep going.” Tom admitted. “I need you Marco.” He whispered this last part and Marco tackled im in kisses. Drowning him in love and affection.
“You’ll never lose me.” Marco swore.
Dave watched the boys enjoy each other’s love through Star’s mirror, which he used a spell to– in a sense– hack into. He made a face and watched Tom hold the human close. “If Marco is what you need… then he is what you are going to lose.”