>>91810062> Instinctively, I wrap my arms around her. She presses her body against mine, and I feel her body, almost as cold as the biting Autumn breeze. > "Star? You... You're freezing!"> She rests her head on my chest and exhales, looking to the side. > I hold her closer and take the blanket and drape it around the both of us. My chest vibrates from a whimper from Star.> Again, this is so atypical of Star. Often, she's a ball of energy, laughing and giggling. >But now... She looks so... vulnerable.>She begins to warm up. But she still looks to the side, with her head nuzzled in my chest.
"Star, everything is going to be okay." >Slowly, she breaks from my arms and she looks up and gives me a smile.>"Thanks... but I'll be fine now... just need some... rest."> She slowly shuffles towards the stairs. She looks so sad, so painfully small.> I reach for her hand and clasp it, as a Star gasps.>"You're still cold, no?">"I'll be fine. I don't want to bother...">"Haha, bother? Oh Star, come here.">I pull her towards me and hold her in an embrace once again, resting my head and cheek on her neck.>Already, I feel her getting progressively warmer.>"Star, you're never a bother.">She sniffles. "I was so cold... I could barely even move outside. But I had to use you as a way to... keep on moving... I used you to motivate me, and that's not fair, I guess.">"What? C'mon Star, I didn't do anything.">"No. In the end, you warmed me up. I just, you know, I don't like being so..."
"So vulnerable? I know you Star, you can't keep trying to rely on yourself. We're friends, and we can always look to each other for help. Please, remember that."