(SPOILER ALERT) Sole comes back from the Institute for the first time after meeting Father/Shaun, distraught and confused. This whole time, they've been seeing the Institute as the enemy but now everything they know has changed. How do the companions comfort them/help them figure out where to let their loyalties lie?
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Danse: Danse understands having your life turned upside down in a matter of seconds. He supports Sole throughout their decision making process offering what advice they ask for. Mostly he just listens to what they have to say and steers them towards coming to a decision they can feel good about.
Deacon: At first it’s rough with Deacon because his loyalty to the Railroad is so unwavering he doesn’t anticipate how conflicted Sole is. At first he jokes it off and doesn’t understand that Sole would essentially be actively decieving their own son. Sole eventually gets the message across and he apologizes, giving them the space they need to make their decision and tries his best to listen objectively and comfort them.
Hancock: Hancock understands the gravity of going against your own family and he listens to Sole as much as they need. He’s a touchy feely guy and when they have serious talks he’ll hold their hand or massage their shoulders for added comfort. His advice is a little politically oriented because he’s been playing the game at the highest level and he’s damn good at it. When Sole comes to their decision he supports them 100%.
MacCready: MacCready can’t believe it when he hears the words come out of Sole’s mouth. He’s very compassionate and gives very good emotional advice. His loyalty lies with Sole so he doesn’t have advice based on any particular political leaning which leaves Sole lots of room to think. He supports them relentlessly and they appreciate it endlessly.
Nick: Nick probably gives the most objective and level headed advice and his brand of comfort involves red wine and cigarettes which helps Sole a lot. He’s seen a lot but he’s never seen anything quite like this. His objectiveness gets under Sole’s skin a little bit, they wish he’d tell them what he would do or what he thinks they should do because they’re completely lost as far as options go. He understands and tries helping them in a more personal way and together they reach a conclusion that Sole is comfortable with.
Preston: Preston listens to Sole explain the situation and doesn’t give them advice so much as ask guiding questions to help them figure out what they want. He takes on a bit of the load helping settlements around the commonwealth so that Sole has more time to themselves to think and decide. He doesn’t think they’ll notice but they notice all the little things he does for them to help take a load off their plate and it’s very touching.
Strong: Strong doesn’t exactly get what the big deal is but he thinks that this human has helped him out and he lets them talk. He doesn’t know what to say back and doesn’t really know how to comfort but for Sole being able to just talk and get their feelings out is enough.
X6-88: X6 doesn’t understand why Sole is upset at their son outgrowing them at first because he just thinks that they should be incredibly proud of all their son has accomplished. They explain it and he comes to understands and starts to tell the stories of Shaun from his creation up to now. He has no idea how much it truly means to him but he can see the appreciation and tears in their eyes and he knows he’s helped them cope.
Cait: Cait’s first feeling is always anger but she manages to dial it back for Sole’s sake when she sees how distraught they are. She listens to everything they have to say and tries to give good advice. She doesn’t exactly have family ties, but Sole is the closest thing she has to family and she wants to help them in any way she can. She’s good at comforting them while they talk even if she feels like every time she opens her mouth she messes everything up more.
Curie: Curie hugs Sole and takes very good care of them while they’re trying to decide what to do. She doesn’t want to step on their toes by giving them advice on Shaun and even though Sole wishes she’d give them a little guidance they appreciate all of her taking care of them.
Glory: Glory has a hard time leaving her loyalty to the Railroad out of her advice to Sole because she’s so committed to the cause. It gets to the point where Sole gets very frustrated with her and doesn’t talk to her as much for a day or two. Once Glory realizes how her attitude has made Sole feel she apologizes and stops talking and starts listening.
Haylen: Haylen listens and tries to give Sole advice but she just doesn’t know what to do or what Sole should do. After talking it out with them they come to a conclusion together. She turns out to be really good a t problem solving and saying just the right thing to make Sole feel heard and understood.
Piper: Piper is all about the hus and physical affection. She rubs their back and holds their hand while they tell her everything. For someone who is so good with words she has none for Sole’s situation. She lets more experienced and eloquent people handle the advice and just focuses on being there for Sole and listening when they need it and distracting them when they’re thinking too hard.