"Whoaaa! That’s a little personal to ask somebody, don’tcha think?"
"Well, um… I dunno if I should be talking about this publicly, and I’m not sure what you mean, either. I mean, it’s the difference between liking someone and…
"I’m just gonna guess you’re askin’ the former and not the latter, because the latter’s kinda— yeah.”
"In that case… I dunno? I mean, I guess…
I’ve liked people from both? Actually, yeah. I have. Sort of… Never a full relationship thing, no, but…
"It’s a little embarrassing. Can we talk about somethin’ else?"
Dreambert sniffles a bit, as he felt the other’s touch to his back, staying clung close to him. He nuzzles his cheek on his chest, closing his eyes just for a moment. With how close they were, he could now hear Luigi’s heartbeat, actually, and that brought him more comfort than he thought. Just knowing the green hero was still here with him…
The Prince then rubs at his eyes some, wiping away tears as he calmed down, which mainly made him look more like a child than he already did. He looks up at Luigi, smiling just a little, though it was clear he was exhausted. “I-I try not to, I really do… I just… I don’t know, these nightmares are just really getting to me…”
At the moment, Luigi’s sensitivity kicks in — any sense of surprise evaporates as he realizes he has a job here to do. He smiles back at Dreambert, even though seeing how exhausted he is gives him a bit of a stab to the stomach. He’s used to the prince looking a lot more cheery and determined than this. Being understanding to what the Pi’illo is going through doesn’t make it any better. He knows how painful those kinds of dreams can be because he’s been haunted with them himself, and even a little bit of reassurance isn’t enough to get rid of the anxiety that accompanies it.
He tightens the hold on him, then hones in on one word with a blink. ‘Nightmares’? “You mean you’ve had multiple?” he asks him quietly, concern bleeding into his tone.
(( I’m not too big on FCs being related to canon characters when it’s pretty firmly established how many siblings they have. If the character wasn’t related to them I would be okay with it. ))
"Is something wrong?"
Panic panic panic apparently his troubles were obvious.
"Everything’s fine… Um, I don’t think I’ve ever met you before! I’m Luigi. And you…?"
Smooth changing of subject there.
Dreambert felt like a small weight was lifted off his chest when he saw the other was ok still. Instead, he first all but jumped into the other’s arms, hugging him tightly and burying his face into his chest, clinging to him. He sobs a bit, as he tries to finally tell someone what has actually been going on.
"L-Luigi, it’s been a-awful! I-I’ve been having all of these n-nightmares while I’ve been awake and a-asleep and one involved y-you and I got scared, a-and I had to make sure you were ok!" he went on, nuzzling into him.
The fact that Dreambert was confessing to having nightmares to this Luigi of all people definitely struck the younger Mario brother with some irony, but that’s not going to prevent him from comforting the Pi’illo prince. He’s holding onto him, frowning down at him.
"I’m fine, Dreamy," he said softly, rubbing the prince’s back. Or at least, he’s to some extent fine. Fine enough that he figures whatever happened in Dreambert’s nightmare, it’s probably not come to pass. “Don’t worry.”