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“You can’t take him.” Drew said.

Drew looked down again at the man’s hands. Sage was lying inside the cylinder looking very pitiful. The borrower was definitely out cold.

The pest guy sighed. “Listen kid. I don’t like this anymore than you do. But a job is a job.” He went to put Sage’s container into his bag.

“What if I pay you?” Drew asked.

The pest guy stopped.

“You have my attention.”

“Umm,” Drew had to think fast. His parents were rich, but they didn’t exactly give him access to the family bank accounts. “What about this?” Drew held out his wrist. Drew was wearing a watch that his father had given him when he had turned ten.

“How much is it worth?”

“I don’t know.” Drew said. “But you know who my parents are right?”

“Not really.” The man said. “I only talked with your mother, Myra, briefly. I’m also not sure what this has to do with your watch.”

Drew rolled his eyes. He hated using this card, but it was worth it.

“Yes, Myra Godfrey. My dad is Andy Godfrey. They are the co-owners, and the CEO and CFO of the Godfrey Conglomerate. I’m their only son. Do you think that they would just give me some cheap knockoff?”

“Fine,” the man sighed.

Drew hurriedly took his watch off and handed it over. The man opened up the vacuum canister and slid Sage out into Drew’s waiting hands.

“Remember, out deal.”

“I remember.” Drew said. “I’ll tell my mom you searched the whole house and got rid of all the pests.”

Drew neglected to inform the man that Drew couldn’t lie to save his life.

“Good. It was nice doing business with you.” Drew nodded. He walked over to the couch and sat down.

Drew couldn’t take his eyes from Sage. The borrower’s entire body was about as wide Drew’s middle finger, and only a little bit longer than it. Sage’s skin was very pale, which made sense considering he probably didn’t go outside very often. His hair was long, shaggy, and the color of sand. It looked like Sage had attempted to cut it himself, which didn’t seem to help much. He was only wearing a pair of shorts that looked like they were made of denim. His black t-shirt looked a whole lot like the same material as one of Drew’s missing socks.

Drew slid Sage over so that he was holding him in one hand. Drew nudged at Sage with one finger. The borrower shifted a bit in his sleep. Drew smiled down at him. Drew reached forward again, this time poking at one of Sage’s bare feet. Sage kicked at his finger subconsciously.

Drew frowned a bit and shook his head. What was going to happen when Sage woke up? What if he woke up and Drew was playing with him like this? Drew had woken up once to find his mom staring at him. That had been weird enough. Drew was sitting here poking and prodding at the sleeping boy in his hand as if he were an interesting animal.

Drew sighed. He liked holding Sage, but this wasn’t the way to do it. He wanted Sage to be okay with being in his hands. Holding someone and playing with them while they were sleeping was just downright creepy.  Drew didn’t want to be creepy. He wanted Sage to be his friend.

Drew got up and walked up to his room. Making sure to hold his hand as steady as possible. He would just have to figure out a way to hold Sage that Sage would be okay with. If the borrower was completely against it though, Drew would just have to get over his desire to keep Sage in hand.

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Sage woke up. His brain was super fuzzy. It felt like he was floating. He opened his eyes, and realized that he wasn’t as fuzzy as he thought he was. He was lying on a pillow. So he kind of was floating. As Sage sat up, he realized that he was on the bed in Drew’s room. The borrower looked around and then jumped when he saw Drew’s giant face about a foot away from him.

Drew was kneeling on the ground at the side of the bed. The human’s head was lying on his arms which were crossed on the bed. It looked like he had been watching over Sage while he was sleeping. The boy was clearly sleeping though.

Sage smiled a bit, and tried to stand up on the pillow. Which didn’t work well at all. Sage tried to scoot along the pillow instead, which worked slightly better. He eventually made it close enough to the edge that he was able to slide down. He landed on the bed and fell to his knees. He stood up somewhat shakily, trying to get used to the soft ground underneath him.

He got the hang of it pretty quickly. Now he just had to figure out how to get off the bed. Sage glanced over at Drew. The boy was still sleeping soundly. Sage walked around the edge of the bed. It looked like the bed was about two feet off the ground. The blankets were all bunched up at the end of the bed and not hanging down. Sage would rather not intentionally drop that far. He would probably survive, but he would also probably get hurt.

Sage looked back at Drew. He walked slowly up to the human. The boy hadn’t moved once the entire time that Sage had been meandering around his bed. Sage was surprised that he wasn’t more afraid right now. He was within easy reach of the boy, but he wasn’t even a little scared. It was probably because he was asleep.

Sage stopped about six inches away from Drew’s face. For a few minutes he just stood there and looked at the boy. Sage hadn’t ever really just watched someone sleep before so he didn’t really know what they were supposed to look like. Drew seemed like he was very peaceful though.

Sage took two steps forward, and cautiously reached out a hand. The borrower very hesitantly placed his hand on Drew’s forehead. Sage smiled a bit. There probably weren’t many borrowers who could say that they had done this before. Sage took a few steps back and then sat down. He didn’t have a way to get down safely, so he might as well just wait for Drew to wake up.
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YalnaoNonentity Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2016
Perfectly cute!
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Firenze11 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2016
:)
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YouAreCool10 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2016  Student General Artist
this is so good! Thank god Sage is okay, good on Drew for saving him.
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Firenze11 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2016
Drew's pretty good like that. Comes through when he needs to.
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YouAreCool10 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2016  Student General Artist
That's definitely lucky for Sage! But you said that he can't lie which is probably not good.
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Firenze11 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2016
Well, he can lie, he's just so horrible at it that he generally just tells the truth.
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YouAreCool10 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2016  Student General Artist
Well hopefully he can lie about Sage!
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Firenze11 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2016
We'll just have to see. ;)
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LaEscritora Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Drew to the rescue! He did the right thing again and again, good job kid. ^^ It sounds like Drew is going to have some explaining to do to his mom though...
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Firenze11 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2016
Possibly, we will have to see how long it takes the parental units to notice the missing watch.
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LaEscritora Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
And I'm eager to see if Drew's father remembers the promise he made to Sage's dad all those years ago...
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Firenze11 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2016
He's a business man, he doesn't really forget deals that he's made.
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LaEscritora Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, that's certainly a good thing for Sage. ^^
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Firenze11 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2016
Indeed it is.
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shunokurohi Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
Awesome. :) Really cool.
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Firenze11 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2016
Thanks!
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shunokurohi Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
No problem. It must be nice to have a friend your age living with you.
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Rachellelogram Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2016
Sage is safe for now, but something tells me that Drew's little deal will come back to bite them. Great story, by the way!
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Firenze11 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2016
Thanks! Time will just have to tell if the deal works out.
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