Ae sits on the bed beside him, and Pond is struck by the contrast between the two of them. Ae who is impossibly grounded and Pete who looks like he wants to float away. Ae holds his face gently, wiping away his tears with his thumbs even as Pete falls apart.
He gets a distinct feeling that he shouldn’t be seeing this.
“I’m going to go for a walk,” he says, but no one is listening to him. Pete is crying, harder now, while Ae whispers things to him that Pond can’t hear.
Pond gets more involved in Ae and Pete’s love life than he might have expected. This is a lovely peek at a developing friendship between Pond and Pete.