The voice from the other side of the door startled Russell awake. He bolted upright and rubbed the indentation on his face that he had gotten from napping on top of a book.
"Did you fall asleep over your research again, brother?"
Russell hastily pushed his hair out of his eyes and stood up, walking over to the door. There was no point in denying it, Fletcher would know he was lying anyway.
"Doesn't matter, I'm awake now," Russell said as he opened the door. "What is it?"
"Dinner's ready...and I know you skipped breakfast
lunch because everything was where I left it this morning."
"Fletcher, you know how important this research is and if I don't finish it..." Russell paused at the look on his younger brother's face.
"I'm sorry for ignoring you so much, I really am, but once I become a state alchemist everything will be better."
"I know, brother," Fletcher said quietly, "I'm just worried about you."
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