certamina inter nos – ghostofgatsby

Smith steps past the gated entrance and tugs at his hair under his hat, trying to will away the stress as he paces. Trott could have gotten hurt- but he was fine. It could have been worse, but it wasn’t. Ross had wanted Smith to help him make a protection charm, but Trott didn’t want Smith’s help. Why? Because he thought Smith thought less of him? Smith only hesitated because he wasn’t sure his magic would work to produce the intended effect. It had nothing to do with Trott’s magic and lack of religion- Trott should have known that.
Smith expected- not that things were going to be easy, because they never were- but he expected things to be easier.
And yet the people he trusted the most still had doubts in him. His own doubts bled into theirs, and communication issues just fucked it all up.

Rating: Mature

CW: Religion, communication issues, arguments, insecurity, Anxiety, implied past familial death/parental death/mentions of loss; mentions of illness/hospitals
If I need to tag something else, let me know.

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