Story: Late Call
My Thoughts: Don't Ask, Don't Tell wasn't just difficult for those serving, but also for those back home. In this story, I used a phone call from Trip to explore this. The housemates have to be careful what they say on their end, not wanting to give anything away. Trip chose this path in life and he trained for this; the housemates, on the other hand, find it harder to deal with. They're both proud of him and worried for him.
Sweetie, who is definitely an F for Feeling in Myers-Briggs, takes the lead and does the most talking. Olly, who is used to trying to keep people alive and healthy and who can do nothing as his friend heads to war, is mostly quiet. And Nik, like Toby, is just glad to hear from his friend.
The nature of Nik and Trip's relationship is something of a mystery to even me. They bond over the dog, but there's definitely more than that. Nik is the person Trip goes to when he has a bad dream or when his PTSD is too much for him to cope with on his own. Nik loves fiercely and protectively, and I'm guessing Trip is drawn to that. Which is not to say there isn't something more between the two of them, of course...
My favorite part of the story (apart from tough boy Trip talking baby talk to his puppy) is imagining what Auntie Al will think when he finds the remnants of the impromptu late night ice cream party on the kitchen table in the morning.
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