Sou-chan, are you asleep?
Sou sat up and yawned. He was spending the weekend at Marius' house and although he would have been more than happy to sleep next to him like they had in the hotel room he had chosen to sleep at the foot of the bed. That had been a mistake. Every time Marius turned over he would kick him, jolting him awake whenever he came close to slumber.
I can't sleep. Marius said bashfully.
Sou rubbed his eyes then crawled across the bed to where Marius was sat. He climbed under the blanket and lay down, Marius doing the same so that they were facing one another.
I'll tell you a bedtime story.
Nothing scary, okay?
Sou considered telling him about a zombie movie he'd watched last week just so he'd have an excuse to cuddle him again but decided against it.
Nothing scary, He swore. This is the story of The Little German Prince.
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Once upon a time, in a faraway kingdom there lived a little German