“Can I has that?” Blaine asks, pointing to a box of Lucky Charms sitting on the shelf.
Blaine kicks Cooper in the thighs a couple more times before he points again, this time to box of Trix. “Can I has that?”
“No,” Cooper replies again with a heavy sigh, pushing the shopping cart slowly down the aisle with his four year old brother continually swinging his legs back and forth and kicking him. Why his mother needed these groceries right away when she had to take their sister to some girly dance class thing, Cooper really doesn’t understand, but there was clearly no arguing with her.
Blaine makes a particularly exasperated face and falls forward dramatically against Cooper’s chest. “What can I has?”
“According to Mom’s list… you can have Bran Flakes.”
“Ewwww!” Blaine’s little face scrunches up in disgust and his hands come up to cover his cheeks, making it impossible for Cooper not to laugh. Blaine pouts, even though he knows it’ll do no good, and just looks around some more instead of arguing. That’s when he sees him— the most prettiest boy he’s ever seen in his whole life. The little boy is in a cart a little farther down the aisle, playing with a stuffed cat while his mommy gets stuff from the shelves. Blaine thinks his bowtie makes him look very handsome. When the little boy looks up, Blaine waves and smiles at him, causing the little boy to duck his head back down and his cheeks get all pink. Blaine thinks it’s adorable. “Can I has him?” he mutters in awe.
Cooper raises an eyebrow and looks over his shoulder, laughing brightly when he sees the little boy smiling back at his brother. “I don’t think his mom would like that very much. She’d probably miss him. Who knows though… maybe someday.”
“Alright,” Blaine says, still staring intently at the other boy. “I think I’ll like someday.”
“Are you all by yourself?” Kurt looked up to find a little boy standing at his feet. He had to be about the same age, his hair tousled and his pants covered in dirt. Kurt’s nose scrunched up at the poor treatment of the other boy’s pants.
“Are you all by yourself?” the boy repeated. Kurt drew his legs in to sit crisscross before replying.
“Yeah,” he said, playing slightly with the doll to his right.
“Can I play with you?” Kurt glanced up at the other boy warily. He didn’t look like the other boys, so maybe it was ok to play with him. Maybe he’d be different and wouldn’t chase him around calling him names like the others.
“I guess so,” Kurt replied quietly. The other boy grinned brightly as he plopped himself down next to Kurt, humming to himself as he picked up the doll closest to him.
“I’m Blaine,” the other boy said, sitting up straight like the announcement of his name was saying something smart.
“I’m Kurt, and that one there,” he said gesturing to the doll in Blaine’s hand, “that one is Marvin. He’s kinda shy.”
Blaine looked the doll up and down, his eyebrows scrunched up in thought.
“Marvin looks like he needs a friend!” Blaine exclaimed suddenly, jumping up and running over to where the adults were sitting. Kurt watched as he tugged on a lady’s leg before she handed him a backpack from the table. As soon as the pack was in his hands, he came running back- almost falling right on Kurt as he skidded to a stop.
Flopping back down, he dug through his bag until he pulled out his own doll, presenting it to Kurt.
“This is Henry! He’s pretty shy, too. And he doesn’t have a lot of friends… maybe Marvin can be his friend?”
Kurt thought for a minute before smiling and nodding enthusiastically. It didn’t take long for Marvin and Henry to become the best of friends with promises of always being there for the other. As the park began to slowly empty, they boys realized they would have to go soon so they packed up their toys and stood up, making their way towards their mothers.
“Do you think Marvin and Henry can play again tomorrow?” Blaine asked, looking somewhat shy.
“Probably!” Kurt answered. “My mommy and I come here everyday and Marvin is always with me!”
“Awesome! Because Henry really likes Marvin!” Blaine paused a second before adding “Blaine really likes Kurt, too.”