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As he was heading to the airport, Woodrow was trying to wrap his mind around the fact that his brother was back in town. It had been years since he had seen Xavier. In fact, it had been so long since he had seen his brother the man hadn’t even met Sally. The woman that swept Woodrow off his feet was a mystery to his brother. He wanted Xavier to stand by his side at their wedding, but his brother didn’t want to come back to San Diego for whatever reason. Now, all of the sudden he was back and Woodrow couldn’t figure out why.
He knew that one of his friends has passed away, but he figured there had to be something other than that. Through their texting, it seemed that his brother was going to remain tightlipped, but maybe when he came face to face with him he would be able to get more information.
It took a while before Woodrow could find a parking spot considering he was going to have to walk in and walk Xavier out of the airport. The closer he got to the entrance, the more the nerves built up. Years and years had passed since they had seen each other. So many that it seemed the wish that Woodrow had as a young boy was coming true, he was an only child. Now, all of that was fading away and he was once again conflicted on how he felt about it.
Weaving through the people, it took a while for him to find the bathroom his brother was hovering near like it was going to protect him from the city that he had landed in, that it was going to protect him from all the people that filled the airport. Woodrow slowly made his way towards his brother.
His dark eyes meet his brother’s and they started at each other for a moment until Woodrow wrapped his arms around him, patting his back a little harder than he probably should before pulling away. ”You got tall.” Patting his shoulder, he nodded a little bit as he let out a little breath and motioned towards the exit. ”You ready?”
notes: i figured we could invite melly in later if we wanted. c:
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the minute they had landed the plane xavier was regretting his choices. only isaac's voice inside of his head kept his feet rooted to the ground. his best friend would have smiled to see him finally here. even if it had taken isaac dying to get xavier to take this first little step. after calista xavier had no real belief in there being a deity above or an afterlife. still, over the past year, he had liked the idea of isaac being somewhere looking down on him. maybe now his ghost would finally be happy with how xavier was finally here.woodrow clint pride
"you will feel better, xav. just go and talk to them. woody will be happy to see you." isaac had repeated those sentences multiple times over the years. before there had been miles and an ocean between him and his brother. now, there wast just a few miles that were quickly disappearing. for xavier had given in. maybe it was the smell of the horrible bathroom or the knowledge that if he turned back now that would be like spitting on isaacs grave. either way he had eventually pulled out his phone to text the one person he most wanted to see right now.
woodrow had once been the person that comforted xav the most. someone that could make all his nightmares go away so easily. the nightmares were too large for even his brother to kill. still, it would be nice to at least see woody again. it had been ten years too long since he had seen woody in person. just thinking of his brother must have conjured the man because here he was. standing in front of xavier in person. it was a good thing they weren't meeting for the first time in years in the bathroom. that would have made this event even worse.
still, it was pretty bad for xavier. woodrow had changed over the years. life had made him even older than he had looked on the computer screen. suddenly, he felt like he was five again looking up at his brother that was bigger than life. "you got tall too," xav whispered. maybe it was a good thing his brother was still those inches taller than him. that little height allowed xav to feel the comfort of being a little child again as he held his brother close.
one last look at the bathroom door was all xav let himself have. there was nothing left in there that could comfort him now that woody was here. "not really, but lets go." it was easy to grab his little carry on that carried everything he needed in the world. flying every week meant it was easy for him to pick up and move so suddenly. "thanks again for coming, woody. i know i should have given you and talia some warning," xavier finally commented as they made their way out of the airport. "it was just now or never and i really did miss seeing you."
Chuckling, he shifted his feet and nodded, letting the silence fall over them as they tried to figure out how this evening was going to go. It had been ten years since they had seen each other and in that time Xavier missed a lot. He had missed the wedding, despite Woodrow wanting him to be there, standing beside him. He missed the birth of the kids and them growing up. Xavier had missed a lot and now he was going to see his sister-in-law for the first time and meet his niece and nephew. Woodrow hoped it meant he would decide to stick around and be part of the family, but only time would tell.
”Don’t worry about it. We’re happy to have you.” A little warning would have been nice so they could have made sure the home was in order more as right now toys were scattered about everywhere. No matter how many times they had Lyla and Eli pick up their toys it seemed like more spread about in the process. It was never ending picking up after them. Woodrow and Talia both hoped that one day that with them continually asking them to pick up after themselves that it would sink in and they would do it on their own, but it hadn’t sank in yet.
”I missed seeing you too. You can’t disappear for ten years again, okay?” Glancing over at him, he smiled slightly before wrapping his arm around Xavier’s neck, pulling him closer to him before letting him go so they could both walk properly.
They still had a little while before they would reach the car giving him time to realize that Xavier might not be so eager to head to his house and relax. Or relax as much as he could considering the kids would be eager to attack him and tell him all sorts of things. ”You hungry? We could go somewhere to eat if you aren’t ready to be bombarded by the kids. They are excited to meet their uncle.” They were a little nervous and unsure about it, but Woodrow knew that would quickly fade away once they spent a little time with him. ”We can go to that one place you used to like.” Woodrow pinched the bridge of his nose and snapped his fingers trying to remember the name of the place. ”What’s it called?”