“Master Alexander has an entire wing of the mansion to himself.” The butler spoke with a predictably British accent. Unfortunately, he seemed more the snobby type of butler than the cool type.
“Really?” Tom asked. “Doesn’t a whole wing seem a bit...” Tom stopped when he saw the look that the butler was giving him. “Right, I guess not.”
“His meals are served through a food elevator. Once a week we allow him outside to get some fresh air, that is when the maids come in and clean up.”
“In the middle of Summer, you only let an eight-year-old boy outside once a week?” Tom asked incredulously.
“If anyone were to realize that he was here, then the Master and Mistress would be arrested within twenty four hours. This is why you are being very generously under the table.”
“I understand.” Tom said. “I’m certainly not going to tell anyone; your bosses are pretty much filling up my college fun.”
“That being said, you do realize that the reason he’s acting up is probably because he’s both going stir crazy and is starved of human interaction right?”
“Which is why you were hired I believe.”
“Through this door, you will find Master Alexander’s rec room. He spends most of his time there.”
“Awesome.” Tom said. He took a deep breath, and opened the door.
Tom knew what to expect. But it was one thing to know it, and whole other thing to actually see it.
Tom suddenly felt like he was a toddler. Actually, proportionately he might be smaller than a toddler. The chairs, TV, toys, and random pieces of clothing lying around, were all gigantic. Everything was about three times bigger than it should be. Tom would have to literally climb onto the recliner in the corner of the room.
“Are you the sitter?”
Tom barely managed to not jump. The voice was loud, but clearly belonged to a child. Tom turned around and got his first look at the boy who was supposed to be babysitting.
Alexander looked like a normal eight year old boy. He was dressed in jeans and a t-shirt that had a superman logo on it. He had light brown hair that was just a bit shaggy and his eyes were the color of pine needles. He also happened to be a bit over fifteen feet tall.
He was currently kneeling and attempting to tie his shoe. He clearly had no idea what he was doing.
“Yup, I’m Tom.” Tom said. “You need help with that?”
Alexander looked up at him surprised.
“These are my first shoelace shoes.” He explained.
“Ahh,” Tom started moving forward. “I take it no one took the time to teach you to tie them then?”
Alexander shook his head. “They’re all too afraid.”
“Well,” Tom started. “Should I be afraid of you?” He was now standing right next to Alexander and was looking up into the boy’s green eyes.
The boy shook his head, and said. “No.”
“Good, is it alright if I call you Alex?”
“Excellent.” Tom smiled up at him. “Now, tying shoe laces isn’t that hard once you get the hang of it.”
Tom bent over a bit and grabbed the ropes that were Alex’s shoelaces. He didn’t have to bend all that much. The shoes were probably about two feet long and were high-tops. Tom slowly went through the steps of tying a shoe, explaining everything he did.
He got back up when he was done and said, “Now you try.”
Alex bent down, and Tom purposely didn’t get out of his way. Alex went through the same steps carefully, making sure not to bump Tom with his arms. Tom only had to him remember the instructions a little bit.
“Good job.” Tom said. “You’re pretty smart.”
“Thanks.” Alex stood up to his full height, and Tom’s breath caught in his throat. Alex’s knees were at about chest level for Tom. It was surreal. Tom felt like he was a little kid looking up at his father, yet the person in front of him was ten years younger than he was.
Alex started fidgeting.
“What’s wrong?” Tom asked.
“People don’t usually stand this close to me.”
“Oh really?” Tom asked.
Alex nodded. He opened his mouth as if to say something, but nothing came out.
“What is it?”
“Come on, you can tell me.”
“No, it’s rude.”
Tom rolled his eyes.
“Uh huh, now you’ve got me curious. What is it?”
“I was going to ask if I could hold you.”
Tom chuckled. “Alright, you’re right, that’s generally considered rude.”
Alex stepped back from Tom immediately and sat down with a thud that forced Tom to take a step to stabilize himself.
“I already messed up.”
Tom walked forward again, this time right up to Tom. He threw himself forward and wrapped his arms as far around the boy as he could. His arms barely made it around to Alex’s back.
“What are you doing?”
“Because you needed a hug. Also, generally speaking when someone is hugging you, you’re supposed to hug them back.”
Tom felt the boy wrap two arms around him. Each one of those arms easily wrapped around Tom’s body. Alex crushed Tom up against his chest. Tom could literally feel the boy’s body relax. Unfortunately, Tom’s body wasn’t doing so hot.
“Bit too tight.” Tom grunted. Ale x loosened his grasp a bit. Tom released his own grip and reached up for Alex’s neck. Tom pulled himself up, so that he was holding on to Alex like a kid held onto an adult.
Alex adjusted his grip so that he was holding Tom up. Tom forced his own body to get over the fact that he was being held up by an eight year old. Alex had definitely needed some sort of human physical contact, and the hug seemed to have been a good place to start. Maybe tickling next...
“To answer your rude question.” Tom said.
“I don’t mind if you pick me up, as long as you ask first.”
“I like you.”
“Good, because I like you, and its always awkward when someone likes someone who doesn’t like him.”
Alex blinked and stared at him.
“Don’t worry, you’ll get used to me eventually.” Toms aid with a smile. Tom idly nudged a spot an elbow and was rewarded with loud giggles.
Oh look its a day! This is a reworking of the first time Tom and Alex met. Enjoy!
If only my younger brother was here now I would give him a hug. (He's 6'4, so I think he might count as a giant.)
Oh man, this was just as cute of a first meeting as I expected from them! I love these two. Tom is really just the best person ever for Alex. ^^
best babysitter ever.
He knows what's up.
Dawwww! They are so cute! Nice job!
Sometimes you just have to let the cuteness out. I figured today was decent day to do that.
Yeah today and Hug a Tiny Day are the days to do it
Agreed, speaking of which, when is Hug a Tiny Day?