The List (Part 1)
I tried writing a fic for the first time so I’m sorry if it sucks. I apologize in advance for any grammatical errors as English isn’t my first language. Feel free to correct me.
“Virge! Ro! Lo! Time for dinner!”
Patton counted exactly three seconds in his head before the sound of 2 doors simultaneously being opened was heard; followed by the familiar sound of running. He had barely set down the tray of meatloaf when Virgil already seated himself with Roman seating across him.
Yup, he sure did love dinner time.
“Thank goodness, I’m starving. ” Virgil was about to get himself a serving of meatloaf when someone swatted his hand away.
“Virgil, we have to wait for Logan.”
Only then did Virgil and Roman notice the empty seat.
“Well, can someone call him already? The meatloaf’s growing cold!” Roman whined as he propped his chin on his elbow and eyed the dinner. Virgil had to stifle a snicker at the prince’s hungry stare at the food in front of them.
“Virgil, why don’t you call him? He must’ve been too busy again to notice the time.”
“Can we just leave him some meatloaf? He always misses dinner anyway.”
“And that is exactly why we’re going to wait for him tonight Roman.”
“Ugh, fiiiiine. Virgil make it quick.”
With a small sigh, Virgil walked back into the hallway, passing through each of their rooms, then finally stopping at a navy blue door. He knocked three times; it was their signature knock. The other two’s knocks were always excited and excessive.
“Hey nerd, it’s time for dinner.”
He waited a few more seconds this time. Still nothing.
“Dude come on. We’re all hungry. I’m sure whatever that is can wait.”
Again, silence. The anxious trait couldn’t help but let out an exhausted huff.
“Fine, I’m coming in.” He knew it was wrong to enter without permission but he was really starting worry as well.
He turned the doorknob, surprised that it wasn’t locked, then pushed the door open.
The first thing he noticed was that the logical side was nowhere to be found. He felt his panic rise a bit at the absence of said trait. The next thing he noticed was how organized and tidy the room was. Before he knew it, he had fully entered the room and was inspecting every table, chart, and schedule posted on Logan’s wall. He still can’t grasp how he managed to keep it so orderly with all these papers stuck in the room.
In one section was Thomas’ schedule. Virgil can’t say he wasn’t impressed when he saw that the spaces alotted for all three weeks from now were already filled in. He had even started filling in the fourth week.
Just beside that was a list of important dates that Thomas should remember; and it was filled with dates until the next two years.
He continued looking through a chart of what Thomas should eat, a list of video suggestions (he should really tell Roman about some of those), a to do list and a bunch of other papers.
He was about to leave and try to find Logan in other rooms when he noticed one more list near the door. Virgil scanned it and couldn’t help but wonder what the heck it was for. He started reading through each item on the list.
Solution: Lessen amount of words and only speak when necessary. Failure to execute solution may lead to an increase of being associated to item #2.
Solution: Avoid giving facts that are not of others’ interests and excessive blabbering about topics the others might deem ‘boring". Try looking for trivias that they will find entertaining. Preferably about bands, puppies, and theater.
Virgil’s eyes widened when he realized it was referring to them. He also felt a part of him crack as he let the implications of this list sink in. He kept reading.
Solution: From time to time join in the others’ activities and try not to ruin it for them. If it seems like they are not enjoying due to your presence, make an excuse and leave. This way they can continue their fun.
‘Is this why he doesn’t show up at movie nights?’ Virgil’s chest started to ache as he read the rest of the paper.
4. Least favorite
Solution: Use vocab words more often (and appropriately) to gain attention of the viewers. This is not a guaranteed solution to create a respectable image but it may help to at least change the audience’s view on you. This may also catch the others’ attention which can lead to them listening to any future input. With luck, they might even consider it.
Virgil eyes started to leak when he read that one. He knew he was the who said it. He didn’t know Logan took it heavily.
Solution: Sadly, although you have feelings, emotions must remain supressed as to not affect any decisions or own logical mindset in any way. Set a reminder to explain this to the others someday.
Virgil’s tears couldn’t be held back anymore at this point but it was the last item that really left a hole in his chest.
Solution: It has long been established that the others can take over your duty and do it just as efficiently as you do. Thomas will be able to function normally without you. Given this, still make an effort to contribute in any way. Work harder to compensate for lack of importance. It is the least you can do.
He didn’t know that Logan felt this way. He felt so… horrible. His friend was hurting and no one saw it. The worst thing about it was how Logan treated it like those were facts; flaws that he must change. He took all of those as if it was his own fault.
He had to let the others know about this.
He wiped his eyes dry as much as he could and headed for the door but stopped in his tracks when he was blocked by a certain logical side.
“Virgil? Is something the matter?”