"Buddyyyy?" Theon knocked on Zee's door, having managed to slip into that dorm with a plan in mind. He needed to check up on his friend and see how he was doing, hang out and--more importantly--make sure he didn't need to beat up Rose in Zee's defense.
Zee was sleeping very soundly in his bed, even though it was early in the afternoon, no longer the morning. Hearing the knock on his door paired with the sound of a familiar voice got him to wake up, rubbing his eyes he walks over to the door and opens it. "Yeah...?" He looks dazed from having just woken up, wearing his pajamas which consisted of only a large sleep shirt and shorts.
"Hi! Were you sleeping? Can I come in?" Theon tilted his head and looked Zee over curiously, before grabbing his hand and pulling the youkai into the room with him, closing the door and tugging him to the bed. "Hey, I want to hang out and talk and stuff. Wanna cuddle? It's been a while, I've missed you! And oh! I wanna show off my marks to you?" He would do that after checking up on his friend, of course, his bragging could wait.
He yawns, "Yeah, I was sleepin-," And before he knew it, Zee's little friend was pulling him back into his room, caught a bit off guard. Even though he was awoken from his peaceful sleep, the youkai is very happy to see his friend after all this time. For some reason, they haven't had the chance to see each other in a while. Now sitting on his bed, Zee listens, and is prepared for, the many different questions from the other. "Slooow down there dude, I just woke up--," He tilts his head, a little confused by a question that stands out to him, "Marks? W-What do you mean?"
Theon's glad that Zee seems happy and willing to hang out with him, even if he woke him up, but it is definitely time for some friendship talking. "Sorry! It's just been a while and I got a bunch to say, you know?" He hugs Zee from the side and smiles up at him, and his face is glowing with a healthy blush and he looks as happy as ever. "Oh! Well I wanted to talk to you about your stuff first because I was curious... Buuut I wanted to show off to you. So we can do that first if you want?" He looks at Zee curiously. Out of all of his friends, Zee wouldn't freak out about his scars that Krowe gave him, right?
Zee smiles softly and ruffle's the changeling's hair playfully like always upon receiving the hug, he really did miss the little guy. "Hey I'm always around, you can always come find me. Provided I'm not off with Rose, anyway~." His gaze shifts a little while thinking about it, "Umm... I mean since you are curious, we could talk about my stuff first? What do you want to know?" Might as well get that out of the way first, it'll hopefully leave more time for talking about what these marks Theon is talking about are. The sort of mischief he'll get into...
"I've been a bit busy myself too, okay, but you're with Rose like all of the time. Righttt?" He scoots up to curl up right next to Zee, more or less forming himself to the other's side and smiling up at him happily. His smile shifts and he squints, though, suspiciously. "How is Rose? Is he a good boyfriend? Are you happy? What's going on with all of that? Do I need to beat him up?" The changeling would never want to beat up Rose, the vampire is his friend and he doesn't like hurting people at all anyways, but he would for Zee if he needed to be defended. He cared that much.
"Wellll... Yeah, I'm with him a lot..." He smirks and pulls Theon closer, "I can still find time for my favorite little fairy thing~." Ah of corse, Zee expected these kinds of questions. It's not like he can blame him for the concern though, they are very close after all. "Rose is very, very good to me, he treats me well and I am extremely happy to be with him," the youkai laughs, "You won't need to beat him up~ Though I'm sure you could do a number on him if you really tried~." It's true, he loves being with Rose, getting to know him, talking to him, kissing him... He's really got nothing to complain about so far.
Theon beams under the attention and close contact, shamelessly draping his arms around Zee to hold him close and leech on to his warmth happily. "That's right, I would hope so. I'm the coolest little fairy thing you know, too!" He watches Zee's face to make sure he's not lying, nodding his head along with the answers thoughtfully. "Okaaay, if you say so. I thought so but I wanted to check, you know? But I could totally take him in a fight, especially if your honor was on the line." After a brief pause of content silence, the changeling asks something in such an innocent way, the glint of mischief is hardly noticeable in his eyes as he questions, "So, you guys do it yet or anything?"
Zee's glad to feel the contact of his friend again, not minding one bit about his closeness. "The only little fairy thing I know~!" Well there is Virgil, but he's not little (normally) so he doesn't count. "Now that you know he hasn't mistreated me, can you sleep easy at night~? Oh I'm not doubting your fighting skills one bit~." It touches him to know just how much his friend cares about his happiness, never once did he ever think a friend would care for him so much in the past. He too enjoys the small moment of silence, until Theon asks THAT question, making his face turn an uncomfortable shade of red. "N... No!... Not yet, anyway...." Voice trails off.
"Well even if you knew a hundred billion trillion little fairy things I would still be the coolest." He nods in agreement with his own words, and nods more when Zee speaks as well, his head bobbing easily into a sort of soothing rhythm. "I gueeeess so, maybe. I wanna be kept up to date on your stuff, too, how your dates go and when he does nice stuff for you. I want to hear about your happy stuff, it's important to me?" Zee's happiness is very important to the changeling, but his embarrassment is hilarious, and it makes Theon cackle deviously. "What? Oh my god why are you being so shy, I thought you do that sort of stuff all the time? It's not like you're a virgin?" And then, oh so casually, he just slipped in the words, "I mean I'm not either anymore, so you can be honest with me, bro, it's all good."
"Yes, and the most annoying~." Zee had to fit that in somewhere obviously, he can't have a conversation with Theon and not call him annoying. "Don't worry, don't worry I'll be sure to keep you up to date when I can," he pets Theon's hair gently while speaking, his smile growing, "The important stuff anyway..." The youkai huffs immediately at his friend's laughing, "Yes that's all true but... It's different with Rose, you know? Since I actually really like him it'll mean more when---," his gaze shifts down to his friend, tone of voice changing completely to that of a suspicious one, "... Huh? What do you mean you aren't a virgin anymore...?" Since when was Theon in a relationship?
"Annoying, awesome, I know that means the same thing to you." He grins at that, clearly not bothered. Zee likes him and hangs out with him so he knows he can't be all too annoying to the youkai! "Please do, I wanna hear your stuff and be happy for you, it's awesome that you guys stopped playing around and made it official. I'm happy for you a lot!" He squirms about and snickers at Zee's huffing, nudging at his hand playfully. "Yeah yeah, you're such a big sap, it's so funny. Cute too! I bet Rose loves it, heh..." Though the question makes him blush brightly, and he reaches to hold the collar at his throat and grin, looking very pleased with himself. "I definitely mean what I said. If we talked more often then you'd probably already know, huh?" But it is clear that even if he wants to gush about the person he's seeing, he is trying to get Zee to bug him and ask more questions before he starts to talk about it.
"All I know is whenever I say annoying, you hear awesome~," Zee knows Theon wouldn't be upset at all with being called annoying, it seems as if he even sees it as some sort of endearing term. And it's not like he wants to hurt his friend's feelings. "Of corse I'm gonna tell you stuff! What kind of friend would I be if I left you outta the loop, huh~?" He continues his huffy/embarrassed expression and sighs, "Hush Theon... And yes he does think I'm cute..." And pretty. The youkai is... Completely surprised to say the least, that his little friend was able to find someone so fast. "Oh shut up about that, I told you you can always come and find me." He says innocently. "So this person that you lost it to..." His gaze becomes slightly concerned at the sight of the collar, showing this person might be rather possessive. "Tell me more...?"
"Because I can hear the true words your heart is saying." Theon reaches out to press his hand to Zee's chest, trying his best to seem serious and not grin or giggle like he wanted to. "Mmm... Okay. Good. I know Rose is all handsome and charming and stuff but we're still friends, you can't just forget me because you have a hot boyfriend, okay?" He's teasing Zee mostly though, and he can't help but tease the youkai when he's so easy to rile up. He pokes at his friend a little, though falters a bit at the surprise on the other's face. Is it seriously so surprising that he found someone to be with? How rude! "Friendship goes both ways though Zee, if you never come find me how can I be sure you actually ever want me around?" The changeling doesn't seem to mind lulls between their interactions, though, and never shows any sort of neglect from being left alone so long. "Mmm... Krowe is perfect. I love him." He traces his finger along the collar with clear happiness before flopping out on the bed and laying on his belly, grinning up at Zee. "I met him my first year here, actually? Like, years ago? He's the familiar of an expert student, this big beautiful dragon, he's so cool, Zee. The coolest, you don't even know!" Of course, Theon's view of what is cool or not does not always follow the norm.
"Ha. Ha." And Zee obviously does not take him seriously whatsoever, delicately taking his hand away from his chest. "Dude, I'd have to try if I wanted to forget about you, and trust me, I don't. I love you~." He speaks very lightly and almost amused, not wanting to get too serious this time around with their conversations. His head tilts at the poking, "... I can't always find you either! And don't say things like that, you know I want you around." He doesn't want any of his friends to feel ignored or unwanted. "Krowe..." The name didn't seem to ring any bells, giving Zee more reason to feel suspicious. "You've known him for as long as you've known me?... And I'm just now hearing about him?" And the familiar of an expert student? This.... This wasn't how he expected talking to Theon would go. Really, it seems kinda weird and shady. But he has to show his support so... That's what the youkai will do. "Okay, Theon, congrats on loosing your virginity..." He manages a small smile, "Can you uh... Tell me what he's like? How he treats you?" Zee doesn't know him, he's going to need some more information to feel more comfortable about this relationship. Theon is his best friend, the youkai only wants to protect him and make sure he's safe.
"Like right now? Your heart is telling me..." He looks into Zee's eyes and murmurs solemnly, "That you're a big nerd." His eyes light up though and his laughter dissolves into little happy noises as he leans in to press his nose to Zee's affectionately. "I love you too, buddy!" Theon just blinks and shrugs away Zee's worry, and if anything, he's oblivious to Zee's suspiciousness as he thinks of Krowe and blushes to himself. "Yeah... I've known him a while but he's always been kinda elusive and hard to get, but I knew he liked me." Then again, Theon thinks that most people like him, because why shouldn't they? "You definitely don't need to keep saying it like that! But thank you. I was so happy, you know?" Though his eyes go wide and he tries to look as innocent as possible. "Umm... He takes care of me good and gives me what I want and what I need?" Zee's actually acting a little weird so maybe Theon won't show him the beautiful scarred scratches that Krowe had left on the changeling's skin. "He's really amazing, too. He's smart and funny and super fucking hot, and he's a dragon!"
"Oh shut the fuck up~!" Zee laughs and shoves his friend playfully at that. It's not often he finds a friend as affectionate as he is, so finding Theon was really something special. And he's glad they can both say they love each other without it being weird. "Huh... Guess that's why I've never uh, met him. Or seen him. Or heard of him." Then again, it's not like Zee ever finds himself hanging around experts ever, or their familiars. "Well how do you want me to say it?" His expression deadpans for a moment while saying that. "Can you be less vague please?" He raises an eyebrow, "How does he treat you exactly?" Then something from earlier comes to Zee's mind that Theon mentioned earlier, "And the marks you told me about earlier..."
"Hehehe you can't even deny it though!" He tugs up his scarf to hide his face when Zee shoves at him and laughs gleefully, winding his legs around one of Zee's and tugging his friend close while giggling all the while. It's an easy comfort they have together as friends, and Theon is very appreciative of it. "Yeah... He's not sure social, I think he's a bit shy. It's cute. And Alan, the guy he's a familiar to, Alan is awesome and super nice." His expression screws up in mild embarrassment and he shoves his hands into Zee's face, now with him huffing. "I dunno! That we went all the way? I dunno?? But uh... He... I want this, okay, so don't freak out? I asked him for everything he's given me?" He pulls his scarves back up to hide his face, not willing to meet Zee's gaze as he mumbles, "I'm his pet. And he's left me some marks and scars and I'm really proud and happy to have them. Don't freak out though??"
Zee scratches behind his head while listening to the changeling speak, still trying to get a feel for what this relationship is like. "Alright, okay then... At least they're both nice and as long as he isn't doing anything to you that you didn't ask for...?" It all just sounds very strange to the youkai, and he's seen a lot of strange shit in his days. "Psh! How is that any better at all?" He smirks and shoos Theon's hands away from his face, then his smirk fades gradually while hearing his friend's next words. "Wha..." What? He frowns, "His pet? Theon..." At this point... Considering all the additional information he was given by the changeling himself... How can he not freak out? "That... That doesn't sound healthy at all! I know you like pain and all that but... Dude!"
"It's good, they're good guys, I trust them. They're as trustworthy as you or me?" Zee's approval means a lot to him, and he would think that out of all of his friends the youkai would understand and accept some violence in a relationship the most. "It is way better, okay? It sounds cooler! Saying it the other way makes me sound like a baby??" He moves his hand from Zee's face to his chest, and clings to the other's shirt with a tight grip. "Yes, that's what I said, okay?" He pulls back a bit so he can look Zee in the face, clearly upset. "I love him! And it's what I want! And he makes sure that I'm cleaned up and warm and hydrated and stuff, he's actually a good guy?" Theon couldn't even pretend the relationship was healthy, though, and even Krowe was unnerved by how much violence the changeling craved.
"If you say so... I trust your judgement.... Maybe." He feels extremely uneasy not knowing either of them, especially Krowe. With Rose, Theon was able to meet him very easily, he even met him prior to knowing about Zee's crush. "Either way it sounds pretty PG to me." He shrugs. "..." The youkai gives his friend silence so he can hear his whole spiel, and he does not agree with it one bit. It only makes him even more worried... Theon could really get hurt here, badly. "How much did he hurt you, Theon?" He looks directly into his friend's eyes, clearly concerned. It all seemed to strange and fucked up, the collar, the possessiveness, Theon being referred to as a "pet" and somehow being okay with it.
"Oh my god, trust my judgement, I have the best judgement!" Theon has horrible judgement sometimes, it helps that he is a reckless thrill seeking brat, but it is obvious that he trusts Alan and Krowe. He had met them before he even met Zee, and even if they weren't around often, the changeling was dedicated to his friends. "PG can still be cool, okay, not everyone needs to talk like it's a rated NC17 movie!" That flusters him even more, and when Zee looks him straight in the eyes, he rolls over to shove his face into the bed, avoidant and shy. "I don't wanna tell you TMI, okay. Krowe's a good guy. He even is okay with me being polyamorous, and like, he's never hurt me too much, I'm always able to take it!" Barely, but Zee doesn't need to know that. Nor does he need to see Theon's scars, nor does he need to know that Krowe is over two feet taller than Theon and the size difference alone should have killed the changeling but he is a little trooper.
"I don't completely trust it, and I don't know these people..." His eyes roll, "You have to understand why I'm suspicious of this!" Zee is only concerned, and even though Theon has known these guys for a long time he'll still be suspicious because he doesn't know them. "We're not children," he smirks, "But whatever~." The youkai lets out a frustrated sigh, watching as his friend tries to avoid his gaze. "Theon please..." Zee reaches over to touch his back gently, trying not to seem angry or too abrasive, "I care about you a lot, please just.... You said you wanted to show me your "marks"?" If he can see how bad the damage is, then he'll know whether or not to be concerned.
"I can take you to meet Alan, then, some time. Okay??" But he doesn't want to take Zee to meet Krowe because Krowe does not look anything like a nice individual, and he wouldn't want his friend to get hurt by starting a fight. "I know, I know, I get it, but still!" He makes a snorting noise of amusement, because he's only barely a legal adult, and even if Zee is old as dirt he acts pretty childish, but whatever. He twitches under Zee's touch before pulling up to stare at him warily, looking defensive. "Well yeah I wanted to show you, but not if you're gonna freak out over them? I thought you would get it and be happy for me?"
"Both of them..." His voice sounding lower, he doesn't really care much about meeting Alan, he's not the one hurting his best friend. Looking down at the changeling he nods, "I won't freak..." He smiles, "I'll try not to, anyway. Just show me...?"
"Ummm, but Krowe is kinda hard to get ahold of, and I wouldn't want to share his attention with you?" Theon smiled charmingly, shamelessly at Zee. At least he was being honest, right? "Ummm... Okay! You said you wouldn't, remember that, alright? But uh... The ones on my shoulders down my back are my favorite, that was the first one I was allowed to keep..." He wriggles out of his shirt to show Zee the scars on his back, and it is obvious that they were made from violently deep claw marks. The ones on his shoulders fan out like a matching pair of wings, and there are a few other pale raised scars that decorate his skin besides that, but they look like they've all healed well. "It's pretty, right?"
"Theon...." Zee gives him a stern look, "If you were in my position, you'd be wanting the exact same thing." He nods, "I won't.... I won't..." Though saying these words he's mostly trying to calm himself down, bracing himself for whatever damage he may see. And now, seeing the violent jagged scars, obviously left by claws, it's hard for Zee to not just... Freak out. The youkai covers his mouth while looking wide-eyed at the damage, scars aren't things he finds pretty, or good in anyway. He has a few himself and all they represent is pain. "...." Zee looks away, "Y-yeah, right...."
"Yeaaah, but it's different! I know Krowe wasn't messing around with other people, and even if he were, it wouldn't hurt me like it would with you and Rose?" Theon isn't lying, per se, he's just in denial. And lying. But his attention wanders as he reaches over a shoulder to run his fingers down one of the scars, his face glowing happily. It's obvious from the scars that Krowe must be way larger than him, but he doesn't seem to mind. "Yeah... I like them a lot, and I'm glad I have them." He thinks scars are cool, but since these are from Krowe, they're even cooler. "And I can't really have tattoos, so these are kinda better? You know?" He peeks over at Zee before his happiness shutters away and he moves to cover himself, not able to tell the look on Zee's face but not liking it. "I thought you said you wouldn't freak out?"
Zee crosses his arms, "Either way, I'd like to know who it is you are involved with." It's not like he's just going to take Theon's word for it and trust Krowe without even knowing him. He almost doesn't know what to feel for his friend, they think differently... Theon loves and lusts for violence, Zee hates it. Sure he likes things a little rough sometimes, but never to a gruesome extent. He's horrified by this. Deep marks and scars, left by someone who could've killed him! "Y-you... You could've been killed!" He wasn't able to keep his attitude calm and collected, not after seeing this.
"Umm! Well I'll ask him the next time I see him but it might take a while." Theon definitely doesn't want to introduce Zee to Krowe, not only for Zee's safety, but he doesn't want to share Krowe's attention with anyone else... Or the dragon would probably tease him and piss Zee off to taunt Theon, and that would suck. "What?" He definitely isn't going to tell Zee that he wouldn't mind if Krowe killed him. "Nooo, no, Krowe takes care of me, it's okay! Some scratches aren't going to kill me, okay?" The strangling might but hey, that is just another thing Zee doesn't need to know!
"As soon as possible please..." The sooner the better, he at least wants to know that Theon won't end up dead in the near future. "Theon! These aren't just some scratches, these are deep fucking scars!" Zee's voice only raises in volume, his feelings of concern and frustration surfacing more and more. "How much did he make you bleed, huh?! Did you pass out?" Whether or not Krowe takes care of him after hurting him does matter, but not as much as how much he hurts him during.
"Ahaha I mean I can't just tell him to do something immediately, that's definitely not how our relationship works but I can try?" He can try to avoid Zee until he's no longer pissed off, anyways, that's his actual plan. He flinches at Zee's yelling and scrambles to get off of the bed, slipping his shirt back on and looking flustered. "It's okay! I like them, Zee?" He looks guilty at the questions. "I wasn't paying much attention and fell asleep afterwards, okay, he cuddled me to sleep. It was great! I don't understand why you're not happy for me?" There are tears in Theon's eyes as he tugs his scarf up over his face. "Let's just not talk about this, you're obviously freaking out. Talk about Rose. Talk about whatever. Just stop yelling at me about this!"
"You can try, and if it doesn't work then I'll just find him on my own." Can't be too hard to find an expert student and his familiar, especially since Theon spoke their names. "I-it's not okay, he's hurt you really badly! I know you like this... But there has to be limits!" Zee doesn't want his friend to die, and in his frantic paranoid mind, his friend is as good as dead if he keeps up this behavior. "I'm not happy because I don't want you to die Theon!" His own eyes form tears and he listens to Theon's voice, looking at his face seeing him so upset. So he takes a deep breath, and closes his eyes briefly before opening them again. "I'll stop yelling..." His voice is calmer, and cracked.
"Uhhh no don't just approach him on your own please, I don't want you to try and fight with him, Zee. I really like him?" There were only a handful of expert students and Alan was a very noticeable fellow--Krowe moreso. Yhey wouldn't be hard to find. "It's more than okay, it's great! I wanted this?" In his mind there shouldn't be any of an issue after that, and he snorts a bit incredulously. "People die, Zee, it's okay!" Wait no he didn't mean to say that. "I'm not going to die though, you don't have to worry, he likes me too much to let that happen so it'll be okay?" Feeling a bit more calm now that Zee's stopped yelling, he shuffles closer to steal a hug, not liking seeing his friend upset as well. "Let's just not talk about this, okay? Tell me about Rose and stuff. You guys go on any dates or anything yet?"
"Chill out... I'm not going to just go out and fight him, I only want to meet him, I don't want to fight the guy." He says this in a reassuring voice, stating he doesn't want to start trouble. However, it could end up that way if their interaction turns sour. "Shut up!" Theon's next words brought even more tears to his eyes, it was the last thing he shouted before calming down. "... I don't know how I could trust that just by you saying it..." His voice gets progressively quieter and quieter, "It's scary... What he did to you..." Zee hugs his friend back, pulling him close, "We had fun at the dance, danced a lot. And we go out to eat together," implying they go out hunting humans together, he smiles, "Nothing too exciting though."
Theon presses his lips together tightly before reaching to wipe at Zee's eyes gently and press against him firmly for a more soothing hug. "Just don't worry, okay. He'll take care of me and I like him a lot so it will be okay. It's not scary, just don't worry." Had Zee been there, he probably would have been just as scared of Theon liking it so much as the violence itself, but now that the changeling knew it was a topic to be avoided, he would endeavor to never bring it up ever again. "Heh... The dance was nice, and you guys did look awfully good together." He pokes at Zee's side gently, tentatively grinning. "That sounds nice. Maaaybe a bit boring, but nice! I'm happy for you."
Zee sniffs and leans into the hug closer, his worry still very much there. "I'll still worry. But I can try not to...." No matter how badly Theon will try and convince the youkai that Krowe is to be trusted, he won't see himself approving of this relationship. But for Theon's sake, he will not criticize it. It makes him really happy. "I may have destroyed his feet by stepping on them all night though~," Zee's dancing was terribly clumsy, but the dance was lots of fun for both of them. He grins, "Psh! Not boring at all~..." His smile softens at that, "Thank you."
"Don't worry, okay? I'm happy and he's awesome and I love him so it's all good!" He reaches up to pet Zee's hair in a comforting manner, feeling sad that his friend isn't happy for him. Hardly any of his friends are happy for him and Krowe and that makes him upset, but he'll just angst about it later... "Pfff, I bet he didn't mind. Besides, you guys are like the same size, right? Or he's taller? It wouldn't be like if you crushed my feet, I bet Rose handled it like you were a feather!" He laughs in amusement and nods, unrelentingly playful. "Yuppp, super boring, but that's okay. If you guys are happy, I'm happy too!"
"I hope you're right, really..." He wouldn't know how to deal with loosing such a great friend, such a close friend. So he'll ignore this relationship now, wanting to trust Theon's judgement. Zee leans his head into his friend's hand, "He's an inch taller than me, and you're right, he didn't mind at all, Rose is tough enough to handle me~," Zee nudges Theon, matching his playfulness, "We're the exact opposite of boring~. And good," his arms squeeze his friend into the hug tighter, "Because we are very, very happy~."
"I know I'm right so you don't gotta worry." Theon's smile grows and he ruffles Zee's hair fondly as he pets his head fondly, snickering all the while. "Rose... Tough... Heheh... No, no, I mean, yeah. I'm sure he could handle you, but you kinda seem easy to handle, you know, buddy?" He gives Zee a teasing grin, before shaking his head violently and laughing louder. "Oh I dunno! Boring and happy isn't bad, yeah?" He squirms in the hug happily and presses his head to Zee's shoulder, snuggling him and sighing, pleased. "Good, that's good, dude."
Zee giggles, "Vampires are very tough, trust me I know~. Hm.... I'm easy to handle?" Looks at Theon curiously, "That's a good thing yeah?" The youkai grins widely, "No it's not, not at all~ but we are not boring, mind you~." He always likes these cuddly hugs with Theon, or anyone, but his little green friend is almost always the one to receive them. "Mhm!" The warmth feels nice, and his tears have by now completely dried up.
"You suuure? Rose is so, um, fancy looking. You sure he's tough?" His grin grows widely though, mischievous, and he nods and snickers. "You're pretty damn easy, Zee, but it is a nice thing. It makes you not-scary, you know? And I like that, I like you being not-scary!" He makes pleased little noises along with Zee, clinging to his warmth happily. "Whateeever you say. If I can get cuddles from you, I'm a happy guy too, you know? Krowe isn't the cuddliest... And I haven't been around too many people lately, everyone kinda seems busy, you know?"
"He may look all pretty and fancy, but trust me, I knoooow he's tough~." Zee blushes a teeny bit while saying that, then grins. "I don't want to be scary, not to anyone special to me so that's good!" And in response to what Theon says next, he nuzzles between the changeling's shoulder and neck briefly then faces him with a big smile. "Hey you know you can always find me for cuddling, eh almost always. I may be with Rose a lot, but don't think for a second that I wouldn't want to cuddle ya~!" They don't kiss anymore, though in Zee's opinion, cuddling is a nice friendly substitute.
"Okaaay, if you say so!" He snickers loudly at Zee's blush and pokes at his friend's red cheeks deviously. He's not too surprised at that, and instead just laughs because Zee really isn't too scary at all--the only scary thing about him would be if he ever wanted to cut off his friendship with Theon. In response to the nuzzling, the changeling squeaks and jumps a bit from the stimulation to the sensitive skin of his neck, before settling against his friend happily. "Ehhh, I don't want to intrude though. And I couldn't want to cuddle the two of you together, no offense, heh..."
"Oh don't sound so doubtful~." In return to being poked on his cheeks, he swats the changeling's hand away with a smirk. Zee likes to not be seen as scary or intimidating because if people are scared of him, how could they become his friend? But he likes to tease sometimes if someone does seen like they are afraid of him, then he'll show that he really isn't scary at all. He can be scary if he really chooses to be, like when he's hunting. The youkai laughs, "Oh wow wow! You ticklish in your neck, Theon~?" That's what he'll assume that reaction was for. "Pfff!" Zee laughs again, "Don't worry, just know your boundaries and you'll be good. And we sure won't be inviting you for cuddling, that'd be a little strange, don't you think?" Though he feels Rose would object to that idea more than himself.
"I can't ever imagine being scared of Rose... Or you, anymore. I don't really feel fear anymore!" It's not entirely a lie; the changeling gets nervous and anxious and spooked, but true fear for him is a rarity. Being with Krowe has only helped him lose whatever sense of self-preservation he's had. Theon pouts and covers his neck protectively, not really wanting to explain that Krowe's magic thrumming along his skin made his neck super sensitive, and instead just huffs. Loudly. "Nope, I just won't mess with that at all. I wouldn't want to be around you guys together... Heck, should I even be cuddling you now? I know you two are all mono and whatever?" Though he seems to be teasing, because he's making no effort to move away. Or maybe he's just lazy.
"Rose can get really scary! When he's angry anyway... And good, I don't want you to be scared of me." Zee tilts his head curiously, "You don't feel fear anymore?" In a school like this? Then again, maybe the school made Theon very use to weird and scary creatures, plus what would he have to fear? He likes pain, after all. "Hmm? Ohhh I get it~." His neck must be an "ero-zone" or whatever they're called. Zee can understand that, "Ha, yeah you don't! And I can still cuddle with my friend if I want~." At that, the youkai pulls his little friend closer and tighter playfully for a moment then loosens his grip a bit.
"Nahhh, Rose isn't scary at all, he's too pretty to be scary. You too, the two of you guys match." Theon waves his hand dismissively at the thought of either of his friends scaring him, before blinking at the question. "Well, not really. I mean, sometimes I'm afraid that Krowe will leave me, but hey--there's really no worse thing that can happen than if I die, right? And that's not too scary." Then again, the changeling really has no big goals past being Krowe's pet, and he doesn't expect to live a long life... If he can die young and pretty, happy and loved, then he will be content. "Hnn! Gosh!" He scowls and hides his face for a moment, flustered, before squirming in Zee's grip with hardly a squeak. So what if he might have a few tender spots from the last time he played with Krowe? He can handle a hug! "Don't make me tell Rose on you, he's gonna think I'm trying to steal his man or something!"
"I'll pass on that message then~. Aww!" He takes that as a huge compliment, and giggles, "Good, I'd like to think so too~!" Zee doesn't like this kind of talk from his friend, they clearly have different opinions on life and death... It makes him sad to think he won't have much time to spend with his little friend. "I guess not everyone is afraid, sometimes I wish I had the luxury of not being afraid..." He's lost many good friends over the years, so the ones he can hold onto become so much more precious. "Ehe~!" The youkai just laughs at the flustered reaction, very tempted to poke at his friend's neck just for fun. "If he thinks you are trying to steal me, wouldn't he just get mad at you and not me~? Besides, I don't think he'd mind me cuddling with you... After all, it's not like I don't save affection for him~." Zee prides himself in having "so much love to give".
"You're welcome?" Theon laughs at that because he didn't necessarily mean it as a compliment, but hey, he's happy if he can make Zee happy. He's not too surprised that the talk about death makes Zee sad, nor that Zee's afraid (because in his eyes, his sweet buddy Zee is a bit of a sappy scaredy cat, but he'd never say that out loud), so instead he just shrugs. "Nah, fear isn't a bad thing, it's healthy, I think." He knows his own lack of fear is a dangerous thing and he's probably sick in some way mentally, but it doesn't bother him, so he's not going to complain. Instead, he just squirms and whines, before huffing loudly and shoving at Zee. "Oh my god, shut up, I don't want Rose mad at me. I know I'm just so charming and handsome that he might be worried you'll fall for me when we cuddle, but please, don't even say that, dude." After a few moments, he curls up against Zee more and sighs. He feels tired... Maybe it's just because he's getting so little support from his friends about Krowe? Or seeing so many people happy and lovey and never getting to hear those words from Krowe, because he's... 'shy'? Theon just closes his eyes and murmurs, sleepily, "Hey, can I nap with you a bit... That's okay... Right? Just lay down..." And with that, he drifts away into sleep, feeling comfortable and happy to be sharing the warmth with a loved one for once as he rests.