Hey, yeah. What’s up?
He didn’t expect the hug to get any tighter or warmer, but he appreciated that it did. He’d been hugged so few times in his entire life, and he didn’t even get his first hug until a few weeks ago. He quickly discovered that he was what people referred to as a “cuddlebug”. He had always hated to be touched before, but ever since he met a certain someone… he just wanted to be hugged and kept safe and warm all the time. He hugged her tighter and buried his face into her front, his sobbing muffled but not lessening any.
When she spoke up again, he was completely caught offguard. He lifted his tear-stained face to look up at her with a shred of hope in his eyes and murmured, “D-do you… do you really m-mean it..?”
"Anti, I promise I do." She smiled reassuringly. "Until I became Bravowoman, I never had any siblings. But now I have so many, and not even just my alternates. And, honestly, you’re a better brother than I could have ever asked for."
He stared up at her in quiet shock, unable to completely process her words. When he finally gathered hold of his senses, a warm smile spread across his face. “A-and you’re like the big sister I never had…”
He leaned his head against her, half-sobbing, half-laughing quietly to himself. “I love you… thank you…”