"Thank you again, Cassandra, for taking in Randy," April thanks the next morning. It was a little early for Randy to be up yet, but it was around the time Cass was opening shop. Phone in one hand, she rummages through her pantry.
"No worries, Ape! I haven't told Hiro yet, however. He's been out with his college friends more often, so I don't see him much anymore," Cass replies, flipping the cafe sign to open. Phone balanced on her shoulder, she unlocked the doors, taking another quick look around her cafe.
"Ah, that's good. Tadashi's passing took him so hard last I heard from you," April says softly. Cass sighs.
"It really did. It hit me hard as well, but I think he really took the hit. I'm glad he's finally recovering in a healthy way," Cass replies, smiling sadly. April hums, taking out ingredients for breakfast.
"The high school is letting the kids have a day to get used to their new living situation, I hope the two boys become friends."
"I'm sure they would! You said Randy likes Grave Puncher, right? Hiro occasionally plays that game too. Maybe they can bond over that," Cass chuckles. April giggles, grinning.
"Probably. I swear, when you get him in front of the TV with that game he'll never stop playing it," April chirps.
"Hiro is much more into robotics and inventing, but I'm sure either way they'll become good friends," Cass reassures.
"I hope so. Alright, well, I gotta get Randy up for breakfast. I'll be calling tonight to check up on Randy," April reminds.
"Right! I'll await your call then!" Cass promises.
Once they hung up, April climbs up the stairs, knocking on Randy's door.
"Randy! It's time for breakfast! Make sure everything is packed before you come down!"
A rough groan is the only reply she gets, but she knows he listened. April goes back down, grabbing ingredients for pancakes.
Not soon after that phone call, Hiro was coming down the stairs, pulling on his jacket. Baymax was close behind, keeping an eye on Hiro.
"Oh! Hiro, wait!" Cass exclaims.
"Aunt Cass, I can grab breakfast--" Hiro begins.
"No, no. I have something to tell you," Cass interjects.
"I'm guessing it can't wait for later?" Hiro hums, grabbing his backpack from the chair behind the counter.
"Nope! Now listen, someone is going to be staying with us for a month or two. That someone, is your cousin."
Hiro slows putting on his backpack, looking at his aunt incredulously.
"Cousin? You never told me I had a cousin."
"It never came up, and well, your mother and your uncle got into a big fight before she moved here with your dad. It was kinda hard to bring it up either way. But, rest assured, your cousin is a very nice man. He's actually the same age as you! His name is Randy."
"What happened that he has to stay here?" Hiro questions.
"A robot blew up his school. Before you ask, similar to here where we have Big Hero 6, Norrisville has The Ninja. He managed to get everyone out, but the school still unfortunately got destroyed," Cass explains.
"I see. But, The Ninja?" Hiro asks, confused.
"That's a long story, you can just look up the history of the city. Now go, I don't want to hold you up too long. But don't be surprised when a new person is staying here! He'll be in your room."
Hiro knew he couldn't argue even if he wanted to, and nods. Though it felt strange and... melancholy, to be sharing his room with someone else again, he didn't mind too much as long as he didn't go snooping in anything.
"Alright. I'll see you at dinner."
Cass kisses his forehead.
"Of course. Have a good day!" Cass waves as Hiro leaves with Baymax. Hiro shares the gesture, and goes off to college.
"Now you be good for your cousin and aunt. And don't touch anything you aren't allowed to! I don't want to get any phone calls about you damaging one of Hiro's inventions."
"I won't, I promise, mom," Randy sighs. April kisses his forehead, stepping back with the other parents. Randy pushes his luggage into the bottom part of the city bus, climbing aboard. Howard was already awaiting him, waving obnoxiously.
"Cunningham! Back here!" Howard calls. Randy sits down beside his best friend, fist bumping him. "This is gonna be so bruce! Have you heard of the superheros there?!"
"Yeah! Mom told me all about them. I didn't think there existed any other superheros other than moi," Randy laughs.
"Do you live under a rock, Cunningham? They're always making national headlines. Don't tell me you seriously never heard of them," Howard deadpans. Randy shrugs.
"It would totally be the cheese to see them in action. Man, it feels weird to actually be a fan of a real superhero team for once instead of the other way around."
"You know what isn't the cheese? The stupid uniforms! My mom made me and Heidi put them on last night, calling us 'cute' and 'matching'," Howard groans, pulling a face.
"Maybe they won't be so bad? What do they look like?" Randy asks. He got his as well, but his mom had him keep it in the foil as to not ruin it. Howard pulls out his phone, showing him one of the pictures his mom posted. Randy also pulls a face, and groans.
"Right? Ugh, at least there will be more arcades and places to eat at," Howard hmphs, crossing his arms.
"Yeah. More high scores to break, including yours," Randy smugly replies. Howard glares at him.
"Not if I break yours first!" he challenges.
"Challenge accept, dear friend of mine," Randy teases.
Soon, the buses began to move, and they headed off to San Fransokyo.