Small Damen and small Laurent meeting and probably becoming friends.
I decreased the age difference, because five years gets a lot bigger the younger you are
“You’re blocking the slide.” Damen crossed his arms over his chest and glared at the smaller, blond boy sitting at the top of the playground.
The other boy looked behind him, then back at Damen, and nodded. “Yeah.”
“I don’t want to.”
“You have to. I want to go down.”
“I don’t want to.”
Damen huffed. “I’ll tell my dad, and he’ll get you in trouble.”
“Tell your dad. I don’t care.”
“I will.” Damen turned to climb back down the ladder that led to the slide, but stopped. He’d expected the other boy to scramble to tell him not to tell after all, but he still didn’t move from where he was sitting in front of the slide. He looked like he was rooted to the spot. Damen turned back around to face him. “Why are you sitting up here? You’re not even playing.”
“I want to.”
“No you don’t. That’s boring.”
The boy glared at him, and Damen scowled back. He was good at scowling. His older brother had taught him how.
After a minute of that, the boy looked down. His face was turning red. “I’m stuck.”
“Yeah. I only climbed up here because my uncle told me to, and then he left, and I don’t like heights. And my brother’s meeting me here after school but that’s not for ages because he has sports so I’m stuck.”
Well, that Damen could work with. He offered the boy a hand. “I’m Damen. Come on, I’ll help you get down.”
The boy glared. “I’m Laurent, and I don’t need help.”
“Yes, you do. You just said you’re stuck at the top of the slide.”
“I’ll be fine once my brother gets here.”
“Well, I’m going to help you get down now.”
Laurent still didn’t take his hand, so Damen reached down and grabbed it and tugged. Laurent stumbled to his feet, eyes wide and his face pale.
“There. Now you’re standing. Do you want to go back down the ladder, or down the slide?”
Laurent had a death grip on Damen’s arm with both hands, and it kind of hurt. “I want to sit back down.”
“No. Ladder or slide?”
Laurent glanced nervously between his two options. “I don’t like the ladder.”
“Then the slide. That’s easy. You just have to go down it.”
“I don’t want to. I don’t like tunnel slides.”
“Then why did you come up here?”
“Because my uncle told me to!”
“Then your uncle is a jerk. Come on.”
Laurent didn’t want to move, but he was smaller than Damen and didn’t want to let go of Damen’s arm, so it wasn’t that hard for Damen to get him to go the short distance to the slide entrance.
Laurent shook his head. “I don’t want to.”
“You have to. And then you’ll be on the ground and you won’t be stuck anymore.”
“I don’t want to.”
“Too bad. Come on, I can go down with you if you want.”
Laurent looked at him like he was crazy. “Only one person can go down the slide at a time. It says on the rule board.” He pointed to the board in question, releasing his grip on Damen for a second to do so, then immediately grabbing back on.
“I won’t tell if you won’t.” That’s what Kastor said every time he broke the rules.
Laurent looked around nervously, like the playground police might jump out at them at any moment for even thinking about going down the slide at the same time.
Damen had to push Laurent to make him sit down, and had to keep pushing him to get him down the slide, as he kept scuffing his feet and slowing them down. They finally emerged back out into the daylight, and Laurent leapt off the bottom of the slide and darted away, like it might drag him back in.
“Thanks,” he said when Damen followed him.
Damen nodded. “Your uncle is a jerk. We should go play on the swings. Swings are better.” He pulled Laurent along, but this time Laurent followed him willingly.
concept: i can sing along to all my favourite korean songs, jongdae and suho are appreciated, chanbaek and kaisoo are happy, sehun is wished on time, lay finally visits baek’s grandma’s place, xiumin is smiling, sm finally does a good job. life is good.
my aesthetic in life is baekhyun with cutlery… actually it’s baekhyun’s hands– *sigh* let’s be real, it ALL of baekhyun.
But like look at him?!?! What does he think he is doing?? This shouldn’t be allowed!! Is he trying to wink in the second one??? Stop this child!! Go sit in a freaking corner and think about what you have done.