The Baron’s son had a way of almost looking like he wasn’t present in the room. Golden could have hit him. However, he knew enough to know that hitting the Baroness’ heir would be a very bad idea. He was suspicious enough of the people around him to not want to deliberately make any enemies. He would leave this place on his own decision, not because of anyone else.
“Are you all there?” Golden asked. Hitting him was beneath him (because of his position, because of how much younger he was), but Golden didn’t have a problem asking about him all out.
The younger boy frowned. “I… take it you aren’t talking about a physical injury?”
Golden rolled his eyes.
The boy sighed. “Ma’mer says that too. When I’m not interested in something I look dumb.”
That was not what he expected. “Really?”
“Not what she said, but sort of. I can’t help that.”
“Yeah you can.”
That got the Baron’s son’s attention. “You can?”
“Expressions are something you can train,” Golden pointed out. “You’ve just got to pay attention to what you’re doing?”
“Pay attention to my face?”
Golden left him to return with a bowl of water. He placed it in front of him. “Look.”
The Baroness’ heir did. Then he bit his lower lip. “Do you think I can figure it out?”
“Anyone can figure it out. Just do it.”
It was only later, much later, when Golden thought about it, that he realized how he really felt about that word. The concept. Thanks.
It didn’t feel so bad. He smiled.