The laughing echoed over the lake as Michael splashed Ray with water, his aim impressive considering everything. The water was wonderful warm, the sun dancing across the surface but they kept close to the shore because Ray couldn’t swim and Michael was blind and Gavin was growing tired already. Right now it didn’t matter to any of them.
“We should take free days more often,” Ray said as he brushed his wet bangs out of his face. “What do you guys want to do later?”
“Oh, I got an idea!” Gavin sat up in the sand, eyes big and excited. “Can we watch the stars on the roof? We haven’t done that since we were kids!”
Things you said in the dark
“I need to bring him back. I owe him!”
“Ray? Ray, what are you talking about?”
“I need to… I need him. We need him.” His hands were hiding his face, the grin he couldn’t get rid of as Ryan took a hold on his shoulders.
“You were having a nightmare. Try to get back to sleep.”
“I’m gonna bring him back,” he whispered beneath his breath, his smirk splitting his face, showing his teeth. “We’re gonna bring him back.”
Things you always meant to say but never got the chance
He folded the letter slowly, hiding his carefully crafted words in an envelope. Sealing it, he pressed his emblem into the red wax and watched it dry. Writing Gavin’s name in pretty letters on it, Geoff hesitated, stroking the paper before adding Ramsey as well.
Things you said I wouldn’t understand
“I can’t become king,” Gavin blurted out. He stood in front of the throne, hands balled to fist and head lowered. He couldn’t look him in the eyes and Geoff quickly sat up.
“What do you mean by that, Buddy?” he wanted to know and threw a confused look to Jack, standing next to the boy. “Why?”
Biting on his lip, Gavin stared at him now, his eyes pleading before they also darted to Jack. He was obviously asking for help but Jack didn’t react, knowing Gavin had to say it himself.
And Gavin did open his mouth, hesitated and closed it again. With a soft shaking of his head, he turned around and hurried out of the throne room.