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Carlos sat. He didn't look at anyone. He wasn't even aware of his thoughts. They were either not there at all or going too fast for him to be able to comprehend anything.
A werewolf, his father was a werewolf.
Suddenly an influx of questions flooded his mind, "What do you mean, 'sort of'?"
"As far as we know, you are the only child ever born between a werewolf and a human. We just don't know. You don't show any signs of changing on the full moon, but you have powers that spike during that time. If you don't know how to control your magic the rest of the month there is a greater risk of hurting yourself or others at the full moon," Nirmolak explained.
Evie put her hand in Carlos' and gave his hand a squeeze.
"Is that why you took me?"
"Yes, I couldn't just walk in here and explain it all, I would have been arrested and then you wouldn't have had anyone to help guide you."
"Why didn't you just tell me right from the start?"
"Would you have believed me?"
Carlos looked at his father and considered the question, then shook his head, no, he would not have believed that his fur obsessed mother had fallen in love with a werewolf and had a child together. Although the more he thought about it the more her obsession combined with whatever was wrong in her mind made more and more sense.
The adults began their bickering again, Nirmolak's argument that he should have his son for the next several years to teach him, Cruella argued that her son was stolen from her and that all the abuse that Carlos' had suffered at her hands wouldn't have happened had she even had that trial, to begin with. And the representative for Auradon pressed the point that Cruella should not get Carlos back because of her mental health and abusive history and that Nirmolak shouldn't be awarded custody either because of the way he had just kidnapped the boy.
It was too much, which they all argued Carlos got up and walked out of the room. Evie was the only one to notice and quietly followed.
As soon as the hallway wrapped Carlos in its own embrace of silence he realized how stressed out he felt and began walking, first a quick walk and then a jog, then a full sprint, he didn't know where he was going and was only vaguely aware of Evie falling behind in the distance, unable to keep up.
Eventually, he found his way out of the building and ran, not really aware of which direction he was going. A familiar bark was the only thing that caused him to slow down and look for the sound. Dude had been out for a walk with Jane and sensed his boy's distress when he broke free and ran to him. Carlos fell to his knees and the little dog jumped into his arms.
"Carlos!" Evie gasped for breath when she finally caught up.
"Sorry Evie, it was just too much."
Evie held her friend, "I don't think they'll really listen, but what do you want? Who do you want to be with?"
Carlos shook his head, "I don't know."
He sobbed into Dude's fur, "Mom is, well, she's my mom, she's all I ever knew, but she was horrible. The doctors say she's better now that she won't hurt me anymore. And my dad, he's teaching me magic which I like but he's really strict and I miss you all so much. And Auradon is great and all, but I just don't feel like I can do it by myself, I don't think I'm ready to be all on my own."
The words spilled out of Carlos so fast Evie knew they had to be the truth. The boy's frustration and all the pent up anxiety and worry radiated off of him. A pulse of magic energy surged from his core and Dude, unable to handle the burst, collapsed in his arms. Carlos began to cry as Dude now lay unconscious.
"Oh Carlos," she said and pulled her friend into a hug where she held him. Neither of them was even aware that the adults had heard everything as they had caught up to them shortly after Evie. Those with magic like Evie and Nirmolak hadn't been as affected by the blast but the others had been knocked off their feet.
"Carlos?" the moderator said gently, "let's head back inside so you can lay down."
The older woman reached out a hand to help the boy up and he slumped against Evie as they headed back into a building.