I’m just overwhelmed by Laurent’s insecurities - he’s mastered looking like he’s not affected by anything, he hides himself away so people don’t get too close… But with Damen… It’s all different. And so very normal.
When Damen speaks of how he wishes things could’ve been different and he could’ve courted him in a world where there was peace between their kingdoms, Laurent’s first reaction is to say that no, Damen would’ve hung out with his cooler older brother. (and shares another intimacy “he would have liked you”… )
But Damen sees Laurent’s attempt to make himself small again and reacts in the best way “even after I started courting his little brother?”. Carefully.
And taking Laurent by surprise. Laurent is so overwhelmed by the thought that Damen would always want him, him, inexperienced, closed off Laurent who in his own eyes doesn’t have much to offer. No, Damen wants him in any and all universes they can create. Laurent is wanted. Loved.