“Dad,” Croaked the blonde boy sitting on his bed. “What’s wrong with me? Why aren’t I good at anything?” He knew it shouldn’t bother him so much. He was young, only thirteen, but seeing the rest of his family excel while he remained? It hurt.
It took Tak all of five seconds to cross the space between them. His arms wrapping around his only child and pulling him into a tight hug he shook his head. “There is nothing wrong with you. You’re perfect, Isaac. Just the way you are. No one can do better at that than you.”
It took a moment, though only a moment before Isaac returned the hug. Tightly gripped against the older blonde he managed a half laugh as his Father gave him a small squeeze. “I just want to be better at something…” He murmured with small sniffle. The frustration slowly began to leave then. “Everyone else is really good at stuff.”
Tak frowned at his son’s words. What brought about the yearning to be different so much? To be better? It was the first he’d heard of anything like it. “You are better at something. No one gets into fights like you do,” Tak joked with a smile as he moved to look down at his boy. “No one comes to the rescue like you do, at least from what I’ve heard.”
“Daaaad,” Isaac groaned with a smile. “Something, something real.”
“That is real, son.” Tak smiled. One hand moved to rest upon the boy’s head then. “You protect what is important to you. Consequences be damned.”
“Consequences be damned…” Isaac repeated with another sniffle. “Do you….think I might be good at other stuff?”
“Well you’ll never know unless you try, huh?” Tak smiled as Isaac’s brightened. “And luckily you’ve got some of the best teachers around to find out with.”
“Yeah?” Isaac grinned. “Even Uncle Evan?” At the joke, Tak couldn’t help but laugh and hug the boy. “Even Uncle Evan. He might be just as crazy as me but he can teach you things I can’t. Though,” He began with smile as he wiped away the boy’s tears that had fallen. “You can bet I gave you some of the best looking genes there are. You’re one handsome boy.”
“What?” Tak laughed as Isaac pulled out from the hug with a small smile. “Alright, alright, I get it. Just answer me one question will ya?” Isaac waited. And as his Father’s smile softened he knew what was coming.
“What on Earth made you ever question yourself like that?”