No, that’s understandable, you wouldn’t be able to. That is a very difficult situation.
I promise you we’re working hard to make sure nothing does happen to him.
I know, Professor. *nods gravely* Of course you are, no one would expect any less of you. But what am I to do under the circumstances. *spreads his arms* Am I really doing all I can? Am I the friend that I should be to my fellows?
*drops his paws in his lap again, and looks down, silent*
*almost inaudibly* And what about Idie?
Broo. *reaches over to put a hand on his shoulder, but she can’t reach. She stands and does it that way, even though the gesture becomes a bit awkward by it. Awkwardness be damned right now.*
You are being an amazing friend. Okay? Don’t you doubt that. What more could you possibly be doing?
*she’s silent for a second and then shakes her head, removing her hand from his shoulder and placing her hand on her desk so both arms are bracing her there.*
I’m going to yell at that pink-haired idiot for saying the things he does about you, I swear. You are doing everything you can.
I don’t-… What do you even mean about Idie?
*shifts, wrings paws*
*hangs head and puts it in his hands*
I’m sorry, Professor, your support and appreciation means the world to me, please don’t take this as a complaint, and I don’t mean to contradict your words, but I am in fact a terrible friend. *looks up at Kitty with infinite sadness* Professor, even the Brood know about the Phoenix and the *eyes flash* infinite dangers associated with that cosmic entity. You are saying that you are doing everything you can to protect Quentin, and I believe you, Professor, I do. And yet…*hangs head again* I deserve everything that Quentin says about me. I’m concerned about Idie’s safety.
*startles himself upon saying it out loud, raises his hands* Of course, I know Idie is the most capable, brave person I have ever met, she is capable, and she can take care of herself, and no, I’m not saying that Quentin would do anything to hurt her, this isn’t what I’m implying at all, Professor, I would never…*trails off, adjusts his glasses, collects himself* However, I’m not so sure about the cosmic entity that chose to make my friend’s mind its home. It has no mercy, it has no consideration for these lives that are dear to me. And Idie…she’s so brave, she’s fearless, she’s going to stay right by his side. And I can’t ask her not to; that would be wrong, and that would make me a bad friend. But who is going to watch out for her?
*looks utterly miserable having said what he said*