He saw them everywhere. He saw them at the beach, the movie theater, and the park. Everywhere he went, it seemed like they were following him just to make him watch them together. And if had been anyone other than Sollux, he would’ve seen it as just a coincidence and shrugged it off. But ever since Sollux had started dating Feferi, Eridan saw them together everywhere he went.
Until one day.
One day when he was walking around the park he saw Sollux with another girl sitting and hanging out on the swings. He was going to turn around and head home when he heard her laugh. He didn’t recognize it, so he started heading in their direction to see if he could get a better look at her. The girl he was with had tan skin, long brown hair, and reddish brown eyes. She was wearing a black t-shirt and a maroon jacket that’s buttoned up halfway. She’s also wearing a long grey skirt and red flats. Eridan didn’t know who this girl was, but he did know that he wasn’t Feferi. He looked away from her when she looked over at his direction, and when he saw her look back over at Sollux from the behind, he turned around and headed in the direction towards her house.
He didn’t realize he had second thoughts until he already arrived at her house. They hadn’t talked since she hooked up with Sollux, and to this day he wasn’t sure whose fault that was, and they had been dating for almost two years. But he knew one thing. Regardless of who stopped talking to whom first, he knew Feferi was in need in comfort, and he wanted to be a good friend to her. He walked up to her front porch and ringed the doorbell. He stepped back, and waited for someone to answer the door. Her older sister answered the door a minute later.
“What do you want?” she asks, leaning against the door and blowing a bubble with her gum. “Is Feferi home?” Eridan asked, and Meenah shook her head. “She is, but she’s in no condition for company. Come back later when she’s feeling better, kay?” she asks, beginning to close the door. Before it closes all the way, though, Eridan heard Feferi calling down to her. Meenah turned to look at her and shouted something back, and then looked back at Eridan. “Hey kid, what’s your name?” she asks, which confuses him. “Eridan?” he responds confusingly, and Meenah groans and heads back into the house. “He says his name’s Eridan!” she shouts up the stairs, and Feferi comes running into the hallway. “Eridan? Is that really you?” she asks quietly, and Meenah rolls her eyes and steps aside so she could see Eridan. He waves shyly at her, and then Meenah looks up at her. “You want me to let him in or send him away?” she asks, heading for the door again and leaning against the frame. Feferi comes all the way out into the hallway, enough for Eridan to be able to see her even with Meenah blocking the doorway. She heads down the stairs and Meenah steps aside again. “Please, let him in. I need to talk to him” Meenah rolls her eyes, and begins to walk away. “Fine, whatever” Right when Meenah leaves the room, Eridan steps in and Feferi throws her arms around him in a hug. “Thank you so much for coming over” she whispers, and Eridan hugs her back. “Are you comfortable telling me what happened?” He asks, and she nods slowly. “But not here where Meenah will hear me. Follow me” she says, and she heads up the stairs with Eridan following her shortly behind.
Feferi locks the door when Eridan walks in. She walks over to her bed and lies down on it, which gives Eridan the chance to look around. Both of the windows are shut, and there’s a bunch of tissues all around the trash bin near her bed. He walks over to her bed and sits down next to her. “fef…” he begins, and she sits up. “I know, I’m a mess” she says, and he shakes his head. “That’s not what I was going to say” he tells her, and she sits up. “Yeah, but you were thinking it!” she points at him, which makes him chuckle. “No but really, what happened?” he asks, general concern for her showing in his eyes. She scoots close to him when she sees this and she rests her head on his shoulder. He wraps her arm around her.
“It was all going great. We were casually dating like we normally were before. One day when we were at the park, we met this girl who went by the name of Aradia. She was really sweet, and the three of us had a lot in common. We talked for a long time, and we became good friends. When we left the park that day, Aradia exchanged numbers with both of us. She met up with me and Sollux the next time we went to the park, and, again, we had a lot of fun together. After that, she and Sollux became close friends. I was fine with it, because she was my friend too.” She pauses to reach for the tissue box, and begins to sob lightly. “I feel so stupid for not seeing what was going on. Every so often I’d head down to the park by myself and I’d see them together, so I’d go over to them and say hi, and ask to hang out. They always seemed so happy to see me. But the other day, Sollux called me. When I asked if we were going out somewhere, he said he couldn’t, and he-” she stopped to pick up another tissue, and began to sob into Eridan’s shoulder. Eridan patted her comfortingly, but when her story finally sunk in, he sat up straight.
“So let me get this straight” Eridan grabs onto her bed sheet and looks at her. “He left you for someone else? He just took what you two had and threw it out like it was old leftovers that he knew nobody would touch because it’s ‘old and stale’?” he asks her, grabbing even more of her bed sheet with the other hand so he doesn’t get too angry and say something to her that he’ll regret. “If you want to go to extremes, I guess you could say so” Feferi mutters, slowly letting go of Eridan and leaning against the wall instead so she could stay clear in case he says or does something regrettable. “I’ll get him for this. I’ll find him, wherever that scrawny little nerd is hiding, and I’ll teach him a lesson in what happens when you mess with my friends” he whispers, and he stands up. Feferi stands up too, and she walks over to him and gently grabs his arm. “Eridan, no, please don’t. He’s not worth it.” She says, and then lets go of her arm. “I’m not worth it” she whispers, and then slowly drops down to the ground, still holding onto his arm. He drops down with her, and holds her face in his hand. “of course you’re worth it! Never say that kind of thing about yourself! Why would you say that?” he asks, and she avoids meeting his gaze.
“Because I’m never able to keep a healthy relationship with anyone I care about for as long as I want to. I’m a horrible girlfriend, Meenah barely talks to me, so that makes me a horrible sister,” she begins, finally finding the courage to meet his gaze and hold his face in her hand the way he’s doing it to her. “And this is the longest we’ve talked in over two years. I’m a horrible girlfriend, a horrible sister, and a horrible friend. You don’t deserve someone like me” she says, and then drops all the way down onto her knees. Eridan quickly helps her up. “You need to stop saying those things about yourself” he says, tears beginning to stream down his cheeks. “You are none of those things. Meenah doesn’t talk to you because that’s just how she is. Sollux was the one who broke off the relationship, so that makes him a horrible boyfriend. And hey,” he says, laughing a little bit “I stopped speaking to you first. If anyone here is the horrible friend, it’s me. I let my jealousy take over enough to not want to even be in the same room as you two. Trust me fef” he says, taking her hands in his. “It was because of him. It had nothing to do with you. Sol and I have a bad history is all” She looks up and smiles shyly when she sees the love and concern for her in his eyes, and he smiles back. He helps her up, and then he walks over to the window and opens it slowly, and walks over to the door and unlocks it. “Do you want to go for a walk with me?” he asks, and walks over to her. “We walk around, go to the pool, the beach, wherever we want. It’s up to you, and I’ll even let you choose where we go.” She smiles. “I’d love to! But let me get changed first, and then I’ll let you back in.” Eridan smiles and rolls his eyes, and Feferi laughs and gently shoves him out the door. “Sollux didn’t even get to watch me change, you pervert” she jokes, and he laughs. She locks the door, and she gives him enough time to check in on his phone, and he puts it away when she unlocks the door.
She’s wearing a bright pink t-shirt with fish blowing bubbles running across the chest that she got from the aquarium, along with bright blue and green skirt. She has glow stick styled necklaces to go with it, along with a two golden bracelets. She’s holding a fuchsia headband with a sunflower hairclip attached to it, as if she’s deciding whether or not to wear it. She walks over to her bed and throws out as many tissues as she can find. Eridan follows her in and waits for her to finish so he can talk to her. “Alright Peixes, tell me where we’re going” he says, half-joking, and she approaches him with a long list, as if she expected him to ask him this. “Okay. From noon to 12: 15, we walk to the pool. From 12:16 to 1:23, we’re going swimming-” she reads, and then crumples the list up and throws it away. “Anywhere we feel like going, silly” she says, and she giggles. “Do you need to change? Those clothes don’t look appropriate for going out to have fun with me” she pouts, gesturing to Eridan’s baggy sweater, long pants and blue and purple sneakers. “yeah yeah, I’ll change. But you’re coming with me so I’ll know you won’t bail as soon as I walk out of your house” this makes Feferi giggle.
Eridan changes into a violet tank top and silky black shorts. Right when Feferi saw this, she blew a raspberry. “That’s the best you got? I went all out for this, you of all people should know I only wear this jewelry on special occasions, and you go throw on your pajamas? Move over, I’m choosing what you wear. You’ve lost all privileges to choose what you wear for the rest of your life I’m choosing it for you forever congrats I am officially your new mother” she jokes, and he rolls his eyes. “Oh come on, this is the best I can do for this kind of thing" he says, and she smirks. “Oh really now? Well I guess that means we’re going to have to fix that” she teases, and he backs into the room slowly, and Feferi just comes running in after him. “Get your stuff together; I’m taking you shopping for a new outfit right now. And don’t try to fight it because you did say I could choose where we go” she says, and Eridan bites his tongue to keep himself from responding bitterly. He throws together a bag full of stuff, and when she’s not looking, he throws in a sketch book and a pencil case. Right when she sees him zip up the bag, she grabs him by the arm and drags him down hallway towards the front door. When they run by Cronus, Feferi slows down so Eridan can talk to him. Eridan looks at Cronus and says “Tell Dad that I should be home late tonight”. Cronus smirks, and lets out a chuckle quiet enough only for himself and Eridan to hear. “Don’t worry, chief. I won’t go telling Dad what you’ve been up to with the little Peixes girl” Feferi hears this, and she comes to a halt. Blushing really deeply, she drops Eridan’s arm down and sticks her hands behind her back awkwardly. “Aha!” Cronus points at Feferi and begins to laugh. “You guys were totally doing it up there!” he says, and he begins to laugh even harder. Feferi brings her hands to her face and walks over to sit on the couch, and she sighs and shakes her head slowly. Cronus sits down next to her and wraps her arm around her, pulling her over to him a little too close for comfort. “Aww, come on Pexies, I was just joking! No need to get all stiff about it” he jokes, awkwardly patting her shoulder, which only makes her stiffen up even more. Eridan walks over to Cronus. “She just went through a breakup. I was comforting her back at her place, and after about an hour or two I finally got her to get at least a bit of her old self back, and now you have to go around sending her all of these awkward mixed messages? Look, cro, I don’t know where you’ve been for the past two and a half years, but I haven’t heard much from Feferi since then. I haven’t been able to hang out with anyone who really genuinely sees me as a good friend as much as she does until now, and the last thing I need is you to be going around messing with it,” he pauses, and Feferi looks up at him, and he blushes lightly “Because I missed her, and I want the opportunity to tell her so myself”. Feferi smiles and blushes lightly too, and she shoves Cronus’s arm off of her, and stands up. “I’ve missed you too” she whispers, and they hug. Feferi then picks up her bag, and throws it on her shoulder and smirks at him. “But that still doesn’t mean you’re wearing that. Don’t think I forgot about taking you shopping” she points at him and pouts, and he rolls his eyes and chuckles. “Alright, fine” Feferi smiles brightly and takes his arm again, dragging him out the door, slow enough for Eridan to look back and smirk at Cronus, who was still looking around in shock and confusion over what had just happened and why it happened so quickly.