Oct. 28th, 2013

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Enzo is in his room, at his desk. Finals. There was studying, and studying, and studying, and now finals are happening and in between them there is still studying. Field practice, and katas, and drills, and README file after README file after README file. His eyes are starting to glaze over again. He pushes the current file away from him with a sigh.

"Taking a study break already?" asks a voice from the doorway.

"Don't even start."

Mairi chuckles and enters, bearing a plate of cookies and an energy shake. Shaking her head in patient amusement, she approaches the desk and shunts some files aside to make space for the plate.

Enzo pounces on the cookies. "Thanks, Mom."

"Yeah, well, no output without input. And garbage in, garbage out, so you will be eating something nutritious later."

He gives her a look of mouth-full gratitude, washes down the cookie with the shake, and declares: "I feel like I've been studying for a solid hour. For all I know, I have. Time's so random here."

"Don't I know it. It doesn't seem that long ago that you first came to Milliways. You practically live here now."

"I don't know if I'd go that far. But it's a great place. Even with the occasional disaster."

She nods and sighs. "It brings bad and good." Then she smirks. "Some of it very good," she adds, poking him in the ear.

He swats her hand away and grins, despite his darker green blush. "Very, very good," he agrees.

"I am glad she's part of the family, you know."

"I'm glad you're glad."

"And..."

"Yeah?"

"I'm glad you've done so well. How you've handled everything that's come to you..." A soft hand rests on his shoulder. "I want you to know that... I'm so proud of who you've become."

"Aw. Thanks, Mom."

She gives him a good long hug, and then straightens up and ruffles his hair. "Well, I'll let you get back to it." She heads for the door.

"Hey... Mom?"

She pauses in the doorway. "Yes?"

"I'm really, really sorry."

"It wasn't your fault, sweetie."

"I know. I'm still sorry."

"Apology accepted, then. Now, back to work!"

Enzo salutes and returns to his studying, and keeps at it until the desk starts to feel like a pillow.



[OOC: Many thanks to Fuzzy for helping me with this.]

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