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The Principal managed to gather up the courage to do it.

He leaned forward, grabbing Baldi's hips, pulling him close, and kissed him. The kiss was amazing, Baldi's lips rough but tasted like cherries. Baldi's breath smelled strongly of strawberries, while his breath smelled like coffee and cookies. The kiss lasted for years, for it seems. Hours, perhaps. He waited for that moment for Baldi to kiss back, to wrap his arms around his neck, to do something.

But it never happened.

Instead, as soon as he kissed Baldi, he was pushed. Pushed into a puddle of rainwater. Water splashed everywhere, rain began to go down harder, and the Principal sat there with his eyes wide. He... pushed me...

"What the hell?" Baldi Demanded, stepping back.

"B-Baldi, I'm so sorry." The Principal tried, standing up shakily. Water dripped down from his suit. The world spun around him. Baldi pushed me away...

"No, no listen." Baldi held his hands up. "Okay, I'm straight. Straight. I'm not gay, nor bisexual, nor do I have any feelings towards you! Nothing! Absolutely nothing! Do you hear me? Nothing!"

The Principal swallowed. "But... I just thought... the cafe... the walks..."

"All as friends, I'm not interested in you, nor will I ever will be!" Baldi Snapped, stepping back. The Principal attempted to follow him.

"Baldi... I'm so sorry... I should have asked... I should have..."

"Listen! Just do as I said, do as everyone else does, and just leave me alone!" Baldi turned and ran. The Principal stood with a broken heart and a drenched body.

He fell to his knees, grabbing his arms and began to cry.

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"Hey, Boss! You're here late!" Sweep chirped, dusting over to the Principal. The Principal didn't know what to do, or even how to work his own tongue.

Sweep looked concerned, coming over. "Hey... Boss...?"

"...Baldi..." The Principal broke down, falling to his knees. The broom came over quickly, gently rubbing against him.

"Hey... Boss, it's okay..." The Broom tried. "What did he do?"

"I... I kissed him... I'm in love with him, God ever since we met there was something about him that sparked something. Anything." The Principal grabbed his arms. "But he ran. He ran away after telling me that he didn't return the feelings, that he was straight."

"Oh, God. I'm so sorry, Boss." Sweep murmurs. "Look... I'm no good at relationship things... but it's going to happen. Maybe he wasn't the right man for you..."

The Principal felt a tear escape his eye, and the broom yanked back. "What is that?"

Shit, I never told Sweep-

"Sweep, I-"

"Get away from me! I don't want to have black in me!" Sweep Hissed, pulling away and rushing off. The Principal stared after him, more tears escaping his eyes.

Why did he have to be a monster? Why did he have to be so ugly? Why was he born a male?

"Principal...?"

A sweet, gentle voice made him turn. Playtime stood, staring with huge eyes. She offered a faint smile and opened up her arms, and the Principal was in them in a second.

Soft cries echoed along the walls. Playtime didn't bother to calm him down, only allowing him to cry his heart out.

And the two stayed like that all night.

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