summary: andrew minyard and nathaniel wesninski meet on the titanic in 1912. neil’s a rich runaway who’s finally being made to atone for his crimes against the family, and he feels like there’s nothing left to live for- until andrew promises to show him that there’s more to life than just survival.
word count: 5444 / 11836
trigger warnings: major character death, homophobia, suicide, guns, knives, violence, murder, death
there are voices approaching the cabin, so with a quiet question, neil takes andrew’s hand and leads him to the elevators, running to evade the valet
he chases them, no doubt on orders by riko, through the halls and down elevators
neil feels lighter in a way he’s recognizing only proximity to andrew makes him feel
he tightens his grip on andrew’s hand as they make their way through the ship’s incinerators and when andrew glances back he looks years younger than usual
somehow, they make their way to the cargo, and neil is done with running. all of his life, he’s been running, and even though it’s different with andrew by his side, it’s time to stop, just for a while
he sees andrew’s eyes catch on a car, one more expensive than andrew would probably ever be able to afford, so neil slides into the back of it with as much pomp and circumstance as he can muster. it’s the closest thing he can do to granting andrew permission to get into the car
andrew looks around, as if checking they haven’t been followed, then seems to concede that the back of a car isn’t a bad place to hide for a short while, and he climbs in next to neil
the silence isn’t tense, but it’s heavy, and neil doesn’t want to waste a second with andrew if they’re numbered
“tell me about your family,” he says, because they’re the only thing he really knows about andrew, and he doesn’t know enough
andrew doesn’t seem offended by the question, but he gives neil a considering look nonetheless. “what will you give me for it?”
“are we doing a truth for a truth again?” neil says, the hint of a smile on his lips. “anything you ask.”
okay but consider adrien wanting to talk about ladybug to someone other than plagg (or nino. adrien thinks he might be a bit tired of listening to adrien go on and on) so he talks to alya, who knows a lot of ladybug too! and they start hanging out and eventually their conversation moves from ladybug to each other and their families (adrien has no siblings. alya says he can take hers) and their movie tastes (they both find great pleasure in cheesy romance movies) and they realize after weeks of getting close that they aren’t… just platonic anymore. alya gives adrien too many pecks to be considered just friends and adrien continuously finds himself distracted in the way alya moves in way that transcends friendly and suddenly they’re not just alya and adrien they’re alya and adrien
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.