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  1. BookKnight

    How Green Becomes Wood

    The next couple of days went well. Xander went to his horse therapy, and that went better than expected. He came home more relaxed than he had been in a while, though exhausted. He didn't really talk about it, but he was less prickly. Alec had his Cyr wheel class, too, and he came home...
  2. BookKnight

    How Green Becomes Wood

    "Yes," Xander called back before heading upstairs. "I'm told that's the entire point of having a teenager in the house." "No, but I do like that song you're playing," Alec said. He turned to follow Xander. "Carry on! Pretend like we aren't here."
  3. BookKnight

    How Green Becomes Wood

    "Uh, what are you doing?" Xander asked cautiously. "Hunting for elephants," Alec smirked at him. "They are enjoying a little thing known as a romantic dance." Xander made a face and turned to take his instrument to the music room. "Lovely." "Yes, it is," Alec said with a nod.
  4. BookKnight

    How Green Becomes Wood

    Alec looked around in confusion as he toed off his shoes and touched the salt. "Hello?" "Louder," Xander said with a bit of fear. "We do not want to sneak up on them." "It's the living room," Alec said, rolling his eyes. "What do you think they'll be doing?" He walked in, hoisting his...
  5. BookKnight

    How Green Becomes Wood

    "You did awesome," Alec assured him, "and if you don't want to sing, you don't have to. You sounded pretty good, if that helps, but, no, you weren't any weirder than, well, me!" He grinned at Milo. "Less weird than him. I'll wait until I see you go in before I leave," Xander told Milo.
  6. BookKnight

    How Green Becomes Wood

    "I'll make sure not to end with you next time," Alec assured Milo. "It is a lot of pressure. Sorry about that. I forgot to take that into account when just going around."
  7. BookKnight

    How Green Becomes Wood

    "You did good," Xander told him. "You're a good bassist."
  8. BookKnight

    How Green Becomes Wood

    "No, it's cool," Alec assured him. "It's cool. We get to learn new songs!" A few minutes later, Xander pulled up in front of Milo's grandparent's place. He turned to look back at Milo. "You good?"
  9. BookKnight

    How Green Becomes Wood

    "It wouldn't have been you if you'd tried to force yourself to chose a happy song," Alec told him. "I mean, it was a sad song to end on, but that dude picked a breakup song." "The Breakup Song," Xander corrected. Alec rolled his eyes. "Yes, The breakup song. So, you're in good company."
  10. BookKnight

    How Green Becomes Wood

    "Not a problem, I like driving," Xander told him. He turned and headed out, holding the door for Milo and making sure everything was closed up behind them. He opened the van door and slid his guitar in before leaving Milo to get in while he went around to drive.
  11. BookKnight

    How Green Becomes Wood

    Xander glanced around. "Okay, looks like that's everything. Alec, you head out first so I can find what you're going to tell me you lost when you get to the car." Alec made a face at him. "You don't have to say it like that," he grumbled. "I've gotten better." But he did head out, and a...
  12. BookKnight

    How Green Becomes Wood

    Peter chuckled as he helped pick up the random things that had made their way scattered about the room. "You are the least in-the-way person I have ever met. I promise you, you'll be fine!" "How about I or Xander just let you know when we're thinking of a more relaxed, goof-off session, and...
  13. BookKnight

    How Green Becomes Wood

    The others looked at Milo, shocked he was singing, but they tried not to make a big deal of it as they played out the song. When the song came to an end, they sat in silence for several minutes. "Not exactly a cheery note to end on, but that's a fair dinkum song, mate," Peter said, breaking...
  14. BookKnight

    How Green Becomes Wood

    Xander almost missed his cue becuase he hadn't expected to have to actually sing, but when Alec gave him a hopeful look, he rolled his eyes and started singing. We had broken up for good just an hour before Uh-uh-uh, uh-uh-uh-uh-uh And now I'm staring at the bodies as they're dancing 'cross the...
  15. BookKnight

    How Green Becomes Wood

    "It's by Greg Kihn, and while we can get along okay without the bass when we sing it, the bass truly carries that song!" Alec told him fervently. Peter brought it up on his phone and played the first verse for Milo. "It's a simple tune for the bass and the drum, but it's pretty necessary...
  16. BookKnight

    How Green Becomes Wood

    "Uhhh... sure?" Xander said awkwardly. He thought for a minute. "The Break Up Song." Peter perked up. "That'll sound fantastic with a bass!"
  17. BookKnight

    How Green Becomes Wood

    "It was great!" Alec grinned. It still was not his favorite, but it had been interesting to try. He checked the time. "Shall we do another round of songs and then call it good for tonight?"
  18. BookKnight

    How Green Becomes Wood

    "Oh, don't worry. We'll take time to do official practice, too," Alec assured him. "But it's fun to add something new now and then! Like a friend who gets you started doing some kind of improv stuff. I've never done that before, but Peter's been begging us to give it a try." "Not so scary...
  19. BookKnight

    How Green Becomes Wood

    "Sometimes the best things aren't fancy or dramatic," Peter said. Alec nodded. "I think it's sweet. And I agree. If you want to, we're here to give you some company. Musical company!" "Don't you mean accompaniment?" Peter grinned.
  20. BookKnight

    How Green Becomes Wood

    Peter leaned over and offered him one of his cookies. "Playing by yourself is a great experience, I love it, but playing with other people is something else entirely. A different level of fun and connection. As far as I'm concerned, you're welcome any time. You're way better than I expected...
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