The Beauty of Silence - chapter 6
Alfred felt that familiar shakiness inside him as he led the way out of the cafe. Talking about Mattie always made him upset, both externally and internally. It made his chest ache and his mind settle on the worse memories of his brother's sickness and death. This was why he forced a smile as he led the way to a place where he could blank out his mind. He didn't want to go to sleep thinking about his brother, lest he run the risk of a nightmare, and offering to take Arthur to a fun place seemed like the best way to prevent that.
"It's not that far away," he assured Arthur multiple times as they walked, occasionally tearing off a bite of his cinnamon bun. Arthur would only nod, looking half-amused and half-sympathetic. Alfred would bet his whole week's wage that the Deaf man understood exactly why they'd switched gears and was more than willing to help with a distraction.
Finally, they reached their destination. Alfred managed a half-smile as he patted