Gideon's phone clicked as her (adoptive) dad picked up. His voice sounded a bit bleary, but it could have been the phone.
"What's up, Gideon? You don't usually call out of nowhere like this. Are you alright? Are you sa-"
"Yea, yea, dad, I'm fine. I just- I told you about Harrow, right? That girl I went to high school with who was basically like, my arch nemesis?"
His voice sounded warmer, more awake, and less worried that it had a few second ago. "Yea."
"So, I think I told you that she's going to the same college as me, right? And we have had a couple classes together, and so we started talking 'cause like, at least I kinda know her, right? And, like, she's been a lot more... nice? Don't get me wrong, she's still kinda prickly, but she's not like. Actively a bitch. Which is kinda nice, not gonna lie. And then I was at this party, and she was there, and I just-"
"Were you drunk?"
"Look, I don't care that you're underage. Just be careful, ok?"
"Ok. I was being careful, anyway. I just had, like, one beer. Besides, Cam was there too, and we watch each other's backs. Anyway, Harrow was there, and she was dancing, dad. I didn't think skeletons could dance, but like, apparently I was wrong??? And then she saw me, and she strutted over to me, and I just-" Gideon mimed her head exploding, with proper sound effects. Magnus chuckled.
"I assume you're going somewhere with this?"
"Yea, I- she kissed me, dad. On the lips. And, I, uh. Well." Gideon once again mimed her head exploding, with proper sound effects. Magnus chuckled again, a little louder.
"What does it mean? Do you think she likes me?"
"Yes, Gideon, that is generally what kissing someone means."
"HOW ARE YOU SO CALM ABOUT THIS?!"
"Breathe, Gideon. In and out." After she took a couple breaths, Magnus continued. "As for being calm, well. Sometimes it's hard to see the forest for the trees."
"...you knew?! For how long?! Why didn't you tell me?!"
"...I plead the fifth. And if I had told you earlier, you probably wouldn't have believed me."
"...yea, you're probably right. But what do I do, dad?"
"Talk to her, Gideon."
"Ok. Yea, you're right. Thanks, dad. I love you."
"You're welcome, Gideon. Love you too."
Gideon: SHE ASKED ME OUTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT