"Fairy tales are more than true; not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten."

~G.K. Chesterton~

1:

Jason thrummed the pencil against his notebook in anticipation. Him and his identical twin brother arrived at Reid Academy yesterday and were already overwhelmed by all the work teachers gave.

He glanced over at Riley, who looked as bored as him. He had his cheek propped up by his hand, elbow on desk, and was gazing out the window lazily, his golden eyes devoid of his usually lively self.

Jason knew his slightly younger brother hasn't been sleeping well lately, not with a new school and all, and he was understandably worried. He's always been looked onto as an older brother by those who cared enough to try and tell them apart. That makes Riley the younger, weaker, more naive twin and he's somehow gotten the impression some rapist or molester was going to get a hold of the kid if he didn't watch him 24/7. And that was just not going to happen while big brother's in charge.

He lightly elbowed his brother in the ribs grabbing his attention. Riley turned to face his brother with a lazy expression on his face.

"What's up?" he asked.

"After class do you wanna go grab a bite or something? I'm starving," Jason asked staring in his brother's eyes intently.

"Sure," Riley replied shrugging unconcerned.

Jason smiled before returning his attention to the teacher. After what seemed like an eternity, the bell finally rang. Riley gathered all his stuff in his backpack before making his way over to his brother.

"Where ya want to go?" he asked jabbing his skinny finger on his brother's bicep to purposely annoy him.

Jason growled in frustration before replying, "I was thinking of the sushi place on campus."

Riley paled considerably as he muttered, "You wouldn't."

Jason grinned ear to ear at his brother's horrid expression. He shrugged leading his brother out of the room.

"You know I don't like sushi!" Riley protested jogging to catch up with his brother, "Its uncooked fish! Tell me that thought doesn't make your stomach churn, besides, those poor fish."

"Okay, okay," Jason gave him grinning at his squeamish brother, "Is pizza okay or are you going to make a big fuss about tomatoes' rights or something."

Riley folded his arms in a pout as he muttered, "No, that's fine. I still don't understand why you have to tease me about it."

"Aw, I tease you out of love," Jason grinned wrapping an arm around his shoulders.

"Yeah, yeah," Riley murmured throwing his brother's arm off his shoulder, "Keep your hands to yourself."

"Whoa, sensitive," he teased stuffing his hands in his pocket but still gently bumping his brother's shoulder. Riley smiled.

"You can be a major jerk, you know that?" he told him shifting his eyes to look at him.

"I'm older," Jason replied shrugging, "It's what I do."

"Uh huh," Riley muttered not paying attention any more.

They were being followed. Without warning, an arm circled around his shoulder. He heard Jason grunt as a slender body squeezed between them.

"Hello," the overly happy boy babbled pulling them together in a rough hug, "Where are we going?"

"Me and Riley are going to go get some lunch," Jason explained throwing the boy's arm off his shoulder, "I don't know what you're doing."

"Hanging with you two, of course," the blond boy exclaimed and Riley moved his eyes so he could see the kid better.

He was tall and probably a year older than them. He had short blond hair and bright green eyes. Riley's seen him before but couldn't remember where.

"We don't know you;" his rude brother answered bluntly, "Go away."

The boy seemed to pout as he muttered, "My name's Dylan. I just wanted to hang out with the new kids."

Riley softened as he introduced, "My name's Riley. This is Jason. I'm sorry for my brother's attitude. He tends to be a sour puss."

Jason glared at him before backhanding him in the head. Riley's head jerked forward and he huffed in frustration.

"See," he growled turning to glare.

Dylan laughed before explaining at the brothers' looks, "You two are so playful. I wish I had a sibling like that but I was always an only child."

"Consider it a gift," Jason told him crossing his arms; "Little brothers can be such a pain in your neck."

"We're practically the same age," Riley seethed standing up taller as if he could look over his brother that way, "You're only ten minutes older."

"And that ten minutes is what makes me the awesome big brother I am," Jason replied cockily.

"Am I interrupting something?" Dylan suddenly asked looking between the brothers with a confused look on his face.

"Yes," Jason snapped causing the boy to flinch. He took over a look of a hurt puppy.

"You know what," Riley sighed, "Why don't we go get lunch, Dylan?"

"Really?" the boy asked suddenly excited his eyes lighting up. Riley swallowed aware of Jason's hard stare.

"Absolutely," he promised stepping over beside him. Dylan beamed circling his arm around the boy's neck.

"What about me?" Jason demanded crossing his arms, "Because there's no way I'm going with him."

"Fine," Riley snapped sick of his brother's unfriendly attitude, "Go eat your sushi."

With that said he lead Dylan down the hall. Jason watched as his brother talked to the overly dramatic kid. They've been here barely a day and Riley's already ditched him. Okay, maybe he could've been nicer to the elder boy but he's never been good with others. The only one he's ever gotten close to before was Riley.

He let out a pent up sigh before turning to go eat lunch alone. He hardly even noticed when someone slid in beside him.

"You always look so sad," his brother teased and he looked up to see Riley grinning at him.

"What are you doing here?" he demanded shoving the plate his brother offered away; "Shouldn't you be hanging with your new friend?" He couldn't keep the malice out of his voice.

"You mean the friendly boy offering to be our friend?" he asked before pointing to the kid paying the cashier for his food.

"Why'd you bring him here?" Jason demanded glaring at his brother, "More importantly, why are you here?"

"I promised lunch with my brother," Riley explained shrugging, "That's what I'm doing."

Jason actually scoffed before Dylan sat down beside Riley. He tried ignoring the hard look the elder twin threw his way. Instead he focused on Riley's friendly face.

"So… I was wondering if you two would like to join my club," Dylan asked shyly, "It's not very big because we like to keep it small but two more couldn't hurt."

"No," Jason growled at the same time Riley chirped, "Sure."

They stared at each other for a long time and Dylan couldn't help but feel like something else was going on. Eventually, Jason sighed and agreed.

"Yay!" he exclaimed standing up, "It's in room 1a! We meet at 3. See ya there!"

And with that said he turned and ran off. The twins shared a look and Riley shrugged before eating. Jason got the message though because he was thinking the same thing. He turned to focus on the door the boy just ran out of with a small frown on his face.

Dylan was weird.