Part One: Fleeting
An abrupt rap on the door made Hyde jolt upright, causing him to knock his head against the Glider that he was repairing with mindboggling force. Irritated, he gingerly massaged the bruising spot on his forehead and stood up. "Come in," he hollered, wincing as the throbbing pain faded and resumed his work. "By all means," he muttered darkly under his breath. Shortly afterward the door swung open, squeaking on its hinges, revealing a flamboyant young man not much older than he was. He carried large boxes stacked upon one another and set them next to the doorframe, showing great care as to not drop them.
"Yo, Hyde. Still working on the same Glider, I see. How bad did tha...
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...rip on Hyde. Moving toward the door, he clicked his tongue in distaste and motioned a hasty farewell. "I'll be back to check your progress. Until then, don't miss me too much," he said with a smirk, then left. Gasping, Hyde made his way to a chair and sat down. Tory was genuinely worried about Hyde as he opened the door and stepped out, coming face to face with the boy, who was sitting on the chair with his head down and knees hugged up to his chest. "I don't know why he enjoys mocking me, humiliating me... in front of so many people," Hyde whimpered, sniffling quietly as he lifted his head slowly and wiped away the tears. Tory came over and wrapped his arms around the quivering boy, hoping to comfort him some. "I'm sorry that I wasn't there to ward him off, Hyde. Forgive me."
Hyde nodded and smiled weakly. "Anyway, how is he? Not scared stiff, I reckon?"
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