It had been during the Winter Fayre that Mrs Selwyn had caught up with Gideon. Though he had been initially absolutely terrified the young boy soon warmed to the older woman as she asked questions about his day and seemed to properly listen to his answers. Very few adults treated him that way, as if what he had to say actually mattered. So far the only one he’d met was his own grandfather.
Then, just before taking her leave, the woman had made a request. Asked a favour of Gideon. He’d agreed immediately. It wasn’t difficult for what she was asking really wasn’t that much and could turn out good for him too.
So it was that when he had time, a couple of weeks after the Fayre Gideon pushed himself to do as he’d been asked. His shyness had held him back long enough, as had his homework, which he’d finally caught up on. He set off, leaving the cool common room in search of a younger boy he knew of but had barely spoken to.
After checking all the usual spots Gideon turned to looking in the disused rooms that seemed to fill most of the castle. Usually having to search so much would annoy him but with his homework out of the way and Mrs Selwyn’s kind words still ringing in his head Gideon found he didn’t really mind at all.
Finally the door he opened revealed the very boy he’d been seeking. “Hi Trystan.” With the younger students Gideon wasn’t all that nervous so could speak normally from the off. “I’m Gideon, Gideon Fawkes. Do you mind if I sit with you?” His voice was still on the quieter side.
It struck him then, as he stood half-in, half-out the door that he was hoping to do for Trystan what others had done for him. Sure, up until recently he’d always had Sasha but he always knew that if it wasn’t for some of the older students he would be in such a mess with school. He might even have begged to leave with Sasha gone if it wasn’t for older students convincing him how silly a notion that was. Really then he wasn’t doing a favour for Mrs Selwyn, he was repaying kindness shown to him by showing the same to another.Trystan Morrigan