Caroline didn’t like his defeated tone. She didn’t think she’d ever heard that from him before and it tugged at her heart far more than anything else could have. She was up off the chair in seconds and standing before him, taking his hands in her own and squeezing them gently. Unsure what to say though and wasn’t that something from her? She always had something to say, even if she didn’t always know what she was talking about, but her throat was dry from worry and she let go of his hands and hugged him tightly instead.
Caroline had a theory that he hadn’t really been hugged much in the last thousand years. He didn’t hug like someone who had really and so she liked to give him one when he seemed like he really needed it, and this was definitely one of those times.
“I don’t like that you feel trapped but I don’t know how to make it so you’re not feeling that way.” Because leaving behind her friends, having Henrik leave behind his other siblings, she couldn’t do that. It wasn’t in Henrik’s best interest. “But maybe we can travel more? Then you won’t be here all the time, surrounded by what’s obviously getting to you really badly. I think your brother would like that.”
Once he was better anyway. “I’m still not sure what to do with him for school because he kinda hasn’t had any. And he can read and stuff but he’ll have missed out on all the foundations of science and history and other things. So he wouldn’t actually be missing that if you need to get away for a while every now and then.”
She hugged him a little harder. “We’ll find a good place for the three of us. Plus Lily.”