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Alec Troven ([personal profile] element_wizard) wrote in [community profile] alternativewriting2012-08-06 12:29 pm
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At thirteen there are just somethings that need to be talked about. Sadly, Andrew was the only person who Alec knew to talk about these things.

He'd made sure to finish his homework - struggling, but he got it - and everything else was done.

There was plenty of time before he had to get shooed off to bed as well.

So with any luck, Andrew wouldn't have a good excuse to kick him out.

Still, hesitantly, he knocked on the door to Andrew's home office.
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[personal profile] rianofski 2012-08-06 07:44 pm (UTC)(link)
"Come in," Andrew called, knowing that it would be Alec knocking at the door. Who else would it be, at this hour?

Although he'd thought Alec had been doing his homework, and hoped he wouldn't have to have a conversation about the merits of hard work again. They'd had one like that yesterday.
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[personal profile] rianofski 2012-08-06 07:49 pm (UTC)(link)
"Talk to me about what?" Andrew asked, finally putting his pen down after signing his name on yet another piece of repetitive paperwork. He barely even seemed to have glanced at the paper before signing it.
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[personal profile] rianofski 2012-08-06 07:54 pm (UTC)(link)
This calls for him to pick up the pen again and roll it between his fingers -- anything to have something to distract him from just how damn awkward this interaction has just become.

"What sort of advice are you looking for?"

He really hoped it was something simple, like "Should I use condoms?" or "Should I talk about economics a lot on the first date?" or "What's the best way to style my hair to look like you?"
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[personal profile] rianofski 2012-08-06 08:03 pm (UTC)(link)
Oh no. These were questions that required introspection and insight to answer, not something he could explain in a few seconds and then bury his head in paperwork again. It was the worst possible outcome imaginary, but he couldn't put Alec off. If he knew one thing about the boy, it was that he was persistent.

"First of all, are we talking about men or women in this hypothetical situation in which you're mature enough to begin dating someone?"

He didn't care which, but it did make some difference to his advice.
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[personal profile] rianofski 2012-08-06 08:08 pm (UTC)(link)
"It's always a good choice to offer yourself more options. I can't say I can find fault with that."

Andrew didn't date men, but, well, that didn't mean he didn't occasionally find them useful in one way or another.

"Has anyone -- male or female -- expressed any interest in you in a way that seemed romantic? Or sexual?"
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[personal profile] rianofski 2012-08-06 08:12 pm (UTC)(link)
"If you're not going to provide me more than perfunctory answers that imply that you don't wish to have this discussion, perhaps you shouldn't have brought it up in the first place."

Andrew can play this game all day. With that comment, he puts his pen to paper again, and begins writing something. Or at least, pretends to.
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[personal profile] rianofski 2012-08-06 08:16 pm (UTC)(link)
"Sit down."

He gestures a chair across the room, indicating that Alec should drag it in front of a desk. He can run this like a business meeting, if Alec really wants him to.

"You may elaborate on the yes or no question."
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[personal profile] rianofski 2012-08-06 10:25 pm (UTC)(link)
"You can let them know that there won't be a nice limo. Unless you pay for it with your own money, of course." That should help clear up some of the confusion.

Nobody had given him a limo for school dances. Not that he'd ever been to school dances back in Russia. That, however, was a point he wasn't going to belabor.
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[personal profile] rianofski 2012-08-07 12:27 am (UTC)(link)
"Stuff," Andrew repeated, slightly amused smirk on his face, "What, precisely, do you mean by stuff? Do they flirt with you? Call you incessantly? Ask you to go places with them?"

He finally set his pen down to give Alec more of his attention. The conversation was, at least, not as bad as he'd expected.
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[personal profile] rianofski 2012-08-07 12:44 am (UTC)(link)
"Well, spit it out! I haven't got all day."

He did have all day, really, since he'd come home from the office, but that was neither here nor there.

"Are they sending you notes in class? They're not sending you naked pictures, are they?"
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[personal profile] rianofski 2012-08-07 12:52 am (UTC)(link)
Because girls totally used to send him naked pictures. Way back in the old days, before technology was invented, so they sent them to him in the mail. Of course, he's not going to say that. Not to his thirteen year old son. Maybe in a couple years.

Andrew reached across his desk and pulled the bottle of brandy towards himself. He needed a drink if he was going to get through this conversation. "Would you like some?" he asked, nodding at Alec. If they were going to discuss this, he might as well let him drink, too.

"Then what are they doing?"
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[personal profile] rianofski 2012-08-07 01:06 am (UTC)(link)
He poured Alec a drink -- a small one, mind you, he was smart enough to know that a thirteen year old couldn't handle his liquor like a man who'd been drinking for the better part of his life -- and leaned his chin on his hand thoughtfully. He hated to admit it, but he found this conversation amusing, almost... endearing. That was never a word he'd use, though, so he kept it to himself.

"Dropping stuff with the intention of your picking it up, I assume, so you can both show your chivalry and become engaged in a conversation with them. Have you any interest in these... ladies, I assume?"

He'd never known men to giggle and drop things.
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[personal profile] rianofski 2012-08-07 01:19 am (UTC)(link)
"Then ignore them. Is there anyone in particular you're actually interested in dating?"

He took a sip of his own drink, watching Alec intently.

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