“Ohh, no, no, no, of course you’re not little!” Just play along, Ketchum, this will all be over soon. “You’re really big ‘n strong, like a Dragonite,” he went on. All the while, all he could seem to recount mentally was a single line of sobbing inner monologue. Something to the tune of ‘I’ve made a huge mistake’, ‘please Arceus why did you do this to me, I’ve been a good man, I pay all my bills and I always use protection’, ‘I sent my mom two letters last year I am a damned saint.’ Ad nauseum.
“So! Mudders, huh?” He echoed, seeming to repeat the name with a placid smile. “What kinda game d’you wanna play?” At least he was trying to sound eager, operative word trying. In truth, he couldn’t have possibly looked forward to a night there— I mean look at the place, it was so bland, so—
I wonder where this schmuck keeps his beer.
Ash Ketchum what kind of saint are you?
“Maaaybe hide ‘n seek?” He suggested. How cruel, he mused, to suggest hide ‘n seek with a child you’ve no intention of actually finding. Or maybe he would, he wasn’t quite solid on the decision yet, it would definitely buy him time to search for alcohol, though. Or better yet, have a little cry in the corner.
"Yeah! I’m like a- a- Dra-Dragonite!" The smaller one cried, trying his best to puff out his chest. He only succeeded in making himself look a bit smaller- though he’d never admit to such a feat seeing as the topic was so sensitive in the first place.
"Mudders! Monty works too though, I use that name for school." The tyke said, trailing off a bit before blinking and focusing once more. Trying to think of a game that he really liked to play, he could only think of a couple that he played in the last couple days- which to be put bluntly, were not many.
Hearing his supposed baby-sitter’s suggestion, he nodded quickly, liking the idea. He hadn’t played that in a while, and quickly deemed the gay acceptable. “Who counts?” He asked, his voice small as he started bouncing on his feet. He really hoped that it wasn’t himself that were to count first, knowing it would take him a very long time to finish, considering he couldn’t really pronounce some of the bigger numbers yet.
Thinking that he’d jump on the chance and ask the other to do it before he was given the chance to make it otherwise, Mudders quickly spoke- “Mr. Ash, can you count first?”