“You have ten minutes to get your stuff then leave the premises Mr. Tolanski. I don’t suggest wasting any time on goodbyes.”
Todd had kept his head sown through the whole conversation that he had thought was only going to be another lecture but as usual, he was wrong. He was getting the boot. After all this time, he was finally getting tossed out. Guess he screwed up one too many times. Or perhaps not being able to fight the guilt and calling the X-men to foil Mystique’ latest plan was the final straw. Whatever it is, doesn’t matter. Todd just needs to get moving.
So without a single glance at his fellow teammates who he has come to see as his brothers, he hops up the stairs and empties a backpack of schoolwork and begins to stuff it with clothes. He could hear the gang try to speak to him and he made some thoughtless comments about it being his time to go. The most he said was to Fred, telling him not to worry and that he will still be in the area so it won’t be the last he’ll see of the Toad.
With his sketchpads and journal being the last he gathers, he does up the back pack and looks to the window which he opens and hops out of. He is not in the mood to walk past the Boss Lady. Let her gain some white hairs and get bent out of shape when she thinks he is still there.
It would be several hops to go to the only place he could think of. And it took him a few minutes to build his nerve and go to the apartment of his friend for the past year. He hopes they will still be friends after this sudden development. When Alaire started hanging out with him, Todd bets that Alaire would imagine he would be the only place left for Todd to go before trying to live on the streets.
He only hopes the guy will be as welcoming as he has been. Honestly the guy has been hanging with him a lot and even began initiating some physical contact, like half hugs and leaning against him. At first they had been weird because Todd wasn’t really use to them or how frequently they were happening. But now he craves it after what has happened. Right now, he doesn’t want to be alone.
So he knocks on the door and when it opens, he tries to appear as if this was any other visit. “Hey Alaire. In the mood for company? Maybe some…long time company. Say a few days?” he asks, focusing on keeping the desperation out of his voice.