[Talk - Nikola]

Nikola's door.

I knocked on Nikola’s door again, hoping that he might at least crack the door open this time.

Tim smiles gently.

Hey Nik? It’s me, uh, Tim… Everything alright?

One look at his face immediately made me regret my choice of words.

Nikola's in full panic mode.

Is everything… alright? Ha! Haha! Nope! Not at all! Um. B-b-but it’s not– I’m not sick, if that’s what you’re asking.

Tim frowns.

I-I’m sorry… Is there anything I can do to help?

Nikola sighs.

…No, not really, it’s– this whole shebang is dredging up some supremely unpleasant memories for me and I’m just trying– not– to think about it. Can’t think about it. Nope nope nope.

He shook his head and snapped back into his bright TV smile.

Nikola laughs.

I’ll be okay, Tim! It was super duper sweet of you to check on me and thanks for the food yesterday I just– need a little more time, okay?

Tim frowns more.

Okay… but you’ll let me know if you need anything, right? Even if it’s just someone to talk to…

Nikola smiles.

I will! Don’t you worry!~

His smile was already faltering as he closed the door.

Tim sighs.

…Don’t you worry, huh?

You better believe I was worried after all of that. No amount of acting could hide that something had seriously scared the shit out of Nik. But was it his secret, or the one he’d learned about someone else? Or could it be something else entirely?