Just make up already!

That’s great in theory. In practice, Cyrus is a bit confused as to when they started dating…

**

“Cyrus?”

He looked up from the growing pile of dust and debris at his feet and blinked. The potions’ master was standing a few feet away, regarding him with a curious frown. “Yes, Professor Caimier?” he said, tilting his head to one side.

“Are you and Professor Starke… fighting?” he asked. He flushed and looked up at the ceiling, shaking his head. “It’s none of my business, I know, but… he’s been even quieter this last week than normal. He’s even been avoiding Athena – like he’s not in the mood for her games.”

Cyrus blinked. “I… wouldn’t say we were fighting,” he said, shaking his head. He bit his lip and then looked down at the pile of dust. They’d fought and Cyrus had stormed out of the room, leaving the matter unresolved. He sighed and shrugged. “There might be hurt feelings, I suppose.”

“I wish you’d make up, already,” Caimier said, shaking his head. “It’s like walking around on pins and needles whenever I’m in the room with Starke.”

“What?” Cyrus said, before he could stop himself. Make up? What was that supposed to mean? He flushed when he realized the implications. “But we’re not… I mean…” he trailed off. How was he supposed to explain that they were partners, but not in the way that Caimier thought?

“What makes you think we’re… em, seeing each other?” Cyrus said, his voice faint and high, but not in the way it was normally. Now, it was shock and embarrassment that made his voice sound that way, not an attempt to seem sweet and innocent.

“Oh, well, we all just assumed,” Caimier said, blinking. He flushed and started waving his hands wildly. “I mean, the way he stares at you when he thinks no one sees – not exactly sweet looks of longing, but… I’ll shut up now.” He spun away and disappeared back into his office.

“They all assumed we were dating?” Cyrus said, blinking.

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