Stiles always wondered at how changeable the world was. It always amazed him how in a single night, in a single moment everything can change.
One moment he has a family, a fun, loving and, crazy family. A mother, who sang like an angel and, whose acting would transport you to a new and wondrous world. A father, who gave the best advice, and better hugs, who could play any instrument.
But they’re gone now, leaving Stiles alone with his little brother, Isaac. And no one to go to for advice when he’s confused. No one to sing him songs when he’s sad. No one to give hugs that make him feel safe from the world’s cruel nature.
No now he has to be the one. The one to sing for his brother when he cries, and cries because mummy and daddy aren’t coming home. He has to give his brother advice when he isn’t sure what to do about trouble with kids on the playground. He has to give his brother hugs when he scared of the dark to try and, make him feel safe, And how can Stiles help his brother feel safe when he himself is terrified of what blow the will come next.
It does come, and it is a harsh one. The state is taking away Isaac, his brother. His sweet, innocent brother who has never had a harsh word in his life must go to an orphanage. The world has decided that a single omega cannot take care of a child.
And Stiles is an omega. Even worse he is a single omega with no alpha, no money, and no prospects. His parents were actors, and performers. And they trained Stiles to be one as well. He can sing, he can act, he can dance, he can play almost any instrument, and he can even compose little tunes. But the world has decided that being a performer is a disreputable job only held by disreputable people. And that since Stiles is one and an omega to boot he must be nothing more than a whore.
This means that Stiles can’t hook a respectable alpha, he can’t get a respectable job as a shop assistant or a secretary. The only so called respectable job he can get is that of drudge work. Stiles has no hope of getting custody for Isaac back. This almost breaks him.
But Stiles gets lucky, the orphanage that his brother is going to is willing to hire him in the kitchens. Stiles won’t be separated from his brother and he swears on his parent’s grave that nothing ever will. He doubts he will be able to give Isaac advice as good, songs as sweet, or hugs as protective as his parents could, but what he can give him he will.
When Stiles first arrives at the orphanage, almost two months after Isaac, and three after losing his parents. He finds his brother much subdued. Isaac comes from the world of the performer, a world full of light and colour, a world of smiles and laughter. Where his humour, his playfulness and his silliness had been encouraged. When his parents had still been alive Isaac’s world had been filled with music, singing and dancing. But here in the orphanage such behaviour isn’t encouraged, it is met with a harsh rebuke and punishment. This has dimmed his brothers light, and Isaac is quiet now. It breaks Stiles heart. Isaac had been a natural performer. He was born to be a star and perform. To see the light almost destroyed in the short months they had been separated makes Stiles all the more determined to never be separated from Isaac again.
It takes Stiles a week to get Isaac to smile again. His efforts are aided by the fact that he was able to convince the two matrons of orphanage, two older beta women, to keep the pony and duck that their parents had bought and trained as pets for the children. He was only able to do this after showing just how well trained the two animals were, and he suspected that Ms. Yukimura, the younger of the two, had a soft spot for animals.
Two weeks after the first smile Stiles convinces Isaac to sing one of his little ditty’s for the other children while he plays an old dusty piano that is slightly out of tune. When this gets a few hesitant smiles from the other children Isaac lights up and starts reciting poems and teaching the other children how to tap dance. Stiles is so happy that he lose track of time and has to rush back to the kitchen.
Three weeks later Stiles and Isaac are caught sing and dancing for the other children by Ms. McCall, the head of the orphanage. She is not amused. She summons Stiles and Isaac into her office to lecture and scold them on the evils of what they were doing, on how their parents were corrupted and were corrupting them, and that it was the orphanages job to save Isaac from the evils of his past and to turn out a proper person.
After she finishes she sends Isaac out to think about his actions. She keeps Stiles. Once Isaac has left she tells Stiles she says she won’t have Stiles corrupting the orphans. Putting sinful ideas in their heads. She reminds Stiles about how the orphanage is being charitable towards him, how they could turn Stiles out on his ear, but they were being good Christian folk gave him a place to stay. She calls Stiles a slag. Stiles clenches his fists in anger at this women who looks like she never smiled a day in her life, never knew any happiness. At how she talks about his parents. He wonders why society seems to think it’s so evil to smile and to make others smile. He wonders why doing so makes Stiles a whore.
When he is released from Ms. McCall’s office to go back to his work he finds Isaac cowering outside the office. Isaac runs and clings to Stiles leg. Stiles gives him a hug, he gives him a hug like his father use to hug him. Afterwards Isaac won’t let go, he follows Stiles around the rest of that day and the next. The third day Stiles convinces him to go play with the other children. Eventually his brother starts smiling again. And so begins the pattern.
Stiles will come up with new fun little ditties for Isaac to perform for the other children. On his few breaks he will play the old piano or sing and dance with Isaac to keep his brother happy and make the other children smile and laugh. Ms. McCall will catch them and scold them for their wild ways. Isaac will retreat into himself for a little while, until Stiles draws him out again. Then it will all repeat, sometimes Ms. McCall will catch just Isaac, sometimes just Stiles, but it’s always the same result. It feels like an uphill battle to keep his brother happy and smiling, but it’s a battle Stiles will never give up. So it goes until one day it seems to go a little too far.