Alan is so young, that his parents think they can hide their tears from him and pretend to be fine, but old enough for that not to be true at all. Alan sees it and feels helpless. He has noticed the packed bags, that has been standing there for weeks now. It was packed at midnight, so he didn’t see who packed them.
They don’t realise what leaving would mean. So he does what he can do to love them both to remind them. They both tell him that they’re alright. He sees straight through their white lies. But he lets them lie because then they dare to be vulnerable around him. They don’t hide.
They’re being pulled apart and losing themselves. But he can put them back together. He just has to love them and wait.
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