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It's now Monday, and Mitch is able to go back to school. Scott picks him up, as per usual, and takes them to Starbucks before driving to school.

"I'll actually be able to read sheet music again."

"You remember how?"

"I think so. I'll just sing with the Mezzos, and Kit can help me if I need it."

"Okay. If anything gets too overwhelming--"

"I'll tell you. I promise."

"Sorry, I keep saying it."

"It's okay to be worried, Scotty. It's a lot, I don't mind you worrying about me."

"Well, good. Because I'm not gonna stop."

Mitch laughs, "I figured, because you love me."

Scott glances over at him with a smile, "That is accurate."

"Why are you smiling like that?"

"You've never been so confident about that before."

"About you loving me?"

"Yeah. That's the first time you said it without me 'prompting' it."

Mitch smiles and holds Scott's hand, "You love me, and I can admit it now." Scott pulls into a parking spot and leans over to give Mitch a kiss.

"You ready?"

"I hope so."

They go to homeroom after grabbing their stuff from their lockers. On the way to homeroom, Mitch is stooped by a teacher.

"Young man, are you aware that we do not allow hats in school?"

"Ma'am, it's just a beanie. It's not doing anything."

"Beanies are hats, hats violate dress code."

"I had brain surgery a few weeks ago. They had to shave my hair off, and you can clearly see the scar. May I keep my hat on? Or should I just go to the principal and ask him?"

"Carry on."

"Mitch, I'm glad to have you back. How are you?" His teacher asks him as soon as he and Scott enter the room and sit down.

"I'm good, thank you."

"That's good. Do you want a regular textbook, or do you want to use your Braille book?"

"I think I want to use the Braille for now, I haven't really read anything in a few years."

"Okay, let me know if you change your mind."

"I will, thanks."

Jayden walks in and sits at the table, "Ew, you're back."

Mitch gives him an up and down, "Ew, you're uglier than I imagined."

"You can actually see now?"

"Yeah, there go half of your insults. Now all you have is my sexuality."

Evelyn sits down then, "Holy shit, you're pretty." Mitch blurts out.

"I guess the surgery worked." Mitch nods and hugs her.

"What is your favorite thing to see?"

"That." Mitch points to Scott, who is trying to build something with his and Mitch's pencils.

"Makes sense. You kind of scored with that one."

"Didn't I?" Scott tries to get the pencil tips stand up against each other, "He's my... special snowflake."

"Are you bald now?" Jayden asks out of nowhere.

"Yeah, they had to shave my hair off."

"That's weird."

"Ascolta qui, piccola merda--" Mitch is cut off by the teacher talking.

"Okay, class, it's Monday, and none of us really want to do anything, so we're just going to watch a video that will take up most of the class."

The teacher turns on a video that has a little too many bright colors for Mitch's comfort, but he deals with it for the most part.

Sixteen minutes into the video, it gets to be too much, and Mitch turns around and puts his hands over his eyes.

Scott looks at him, "Are you okay?"

Mitch shakes his head, keeping his hands over his eyes, "Come on, let's go to the hallway." Mitch holds Scott's arm as Scott guides Mitch out of the room.

"We're out of the room, you can open your eyes, Love." Mitch hesitantly opens his eyes, and Scott notices he has tears in them, "Talk to me."

"I got scared... it was too overwhelming."

"Okay. What do you need?" Mitch just hugs Scott.

They pull away after a few minutes, "Ready to go back in?"

"Yeah, I'm okay." They go back in, and Mitch is fine for the rest of the period.

The day is uneventful up until lunch, which is where they are now.

"Ev, why aren't you eating?" Mitch asks as he and Scott sit down.

"I saw something that made me lose my appetite."

"What was it?"

"I'm... um... I just found... I'm sorry, it's hard for me to say."

"That's okay, take your time." Scott encourages.

Evelyn takes a deep breath, "I'm pregnant." She whispers, tears in her eyes.

"Does Adam know?" Adam is Evelyn's boyfriend, they've known each other for years, and he just moved to America as well. He wanted to be close to Evelyn, so he's going to a college in the area. They've officially been dating for a year now.

"No. Nobody does."

"Did this happen when you lost it?"

"No, I don't think so. I think it was the third time, which was, like, five or six weeks ago."

"You don't have to tell your parents, yet. California doesn't require minors' parents to know when you get prenatal care." Scott explains to her.

"Really?"

"Yeah."

"Will you guys come with me after school?"

"Of course."

"You guys promise you'll still be my friends?"

"Ev, we wouldn't judge you for something like this."

"Yeah, it's not your fault you're pregnant."

"My mum will think it is."

"It's not. You consented to having sex, not having a baby. You used protection, I'm assuming?"

"Yes, we did."

"Then, this is technically the condom's fault."

Evelyn chuckles, "I guess."

"Are you going to put him up for adoption?"

"No, I don't want to put her through that."

"Whatever you need, remember we're both here to help you."

"Thank you, guys."

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