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Jun's stiff and nervous at first, standing there in the circle of your arms. Now that he's worked up the nerve to ask for a hug, he doesn't know what to do with himself.

So you're patient. You hold him loosely for the minute or two it takes for the tension to release from his shoulders, letting him move at his own pace. Eventually, your patience pays off: he relaxes and shyly returns your embrace.

Moving slowly, you hold him a little tighter, and when he doesn't protest, gently stroke his hair. He smiles at that, laying his head on your shoulder.

He looks so small like this, you realize abruptly. Tiny and vulnerable, and it hits you like a ton of bricks. How long has it been since he could just be a kid?

You blink away the thoughts to find that Jun's sleeping on your shoulder, his usual scowl gone and replaced with a tranquil expression. Gently, so as not to disturb him, you sit down and nestle him beside you, his head still on your shoulder. You can't bear to wake him, not when he's practically melted into your hold. Besides, he's clearly been needing some affection.