The brink of an AU
An AU I'm doing, you might've seen a bit of it, so here's a sneak peek!
Tommy's house is messy.
It is, that's just a fact. There's clothes everywhere, his bedsheets are halfway across the room, and he swears that in the mess he lost a goldfish.
But it's home. It's a mismatch of gifts and memories, thrown about in a way that spoke of their use.
His bed frame and mattress was actually a gift from a teacher at school, Mr Nook, who even helped set it up in his room. His blankets and pillows had been given to him by the nice shop owner down the street, Niki. They had little white crescents patterned around, with a sky blue backdrop.
Tubbo had given him a stuffed cow, which he called Henry. Tubbo always liked giving plushies as gifts. Ranboo liked getting him fidget toys, like rubix cubes and rings that spun.
Puffy, who had visited Niki's shop many times, had gotten him a mini fridge for his room. He already had a fridge, but puffy wanted to get him one to specifically hold his stash of candy bars and sodas. It didn't make sense to him at the time but he learned to love the convenience.
It kind of stung sometimes, that most of those people had yet to give him a hug. They wanted to- it was so obvious that they wanted to. Their ghosts would reach out, wrap him up and never want to let go. He watched hands twitch, yearning to hold his hand as they walked down streets. Time and time again, they stopped themselves. Every. Single. Time. And every time it hurt a little more.
Tubbo never hugged him because he denied himself human touch. Tubbo was always like that, saying he didn't want hugs, but it was his ghost that reached out the most.
Ranboo didn't hug him because he didn't want to overwhelm Tommy. Like he was worried it would scare Tommy. Like a frightened rabbit.
Everyone wanted to hug Tommy. They all want to protect him, and keep him safe, and give him gifts and wrap him up and never let go.
None of them went through with it.
And it hurt.
Tommy doesn't like his power.
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