Ok so this is late (hey! it's like a Teahouse tradition!) AND it's only part 1.
So here's the deal. I've been struggling with how to do Linneus and Atros' story and this is the conclusion I've come to, it's going to take more than one part. It may take only two, it may take three. Honestly, their stuff is so fucking dense that realistically, the post for them alone would be forever long. So I'm chopping it up.
For this part though, it's ALL BACK STORY. By the end of this, you'll get why Atros is so fucked up in the head.
And finally, before the actual post, we have something lined up for you guys tomorrow. Consider it a fun little gift from us to you for your loyalty through the years. Love you guys!
LINNEUS AND ATROS
PART ONE: The Backstories
NOTE: For the sake of clarity, Atros will be referred to as "Xanthe" while Atros senior will remain Atros senior.
Shortly after realizing his crush on Linneus, Xanthe becomes slightly more affectionate. In little ways: like randomly bringing Linneus apples, or asking Linneus to play piano with him, or occasionally helping Linneus garden. And while it all looks innocent and platonic enough on the outside, Atros senior starts disapproving of how "sensitive" Xanthe has become and isn't a fan of how much time Xanthe is spending with a servant as feminine as Linneus. So at the age of fifteen, Atros senior decides it's time for Xanthe to become a man and pressures him into losing his virginity to a blonde courtesan named Colette -- one of Atros senior's favorites.
The experience has a definite affect on Xanthe. Because of how emotionally closed off Xanthe is, before sex, he never really thought too much about the people around him in any sort of sexual way. After sex, his physical attraction towards women really starts to make him question, doubt, and reevaluate his feelings for Linneus. And according to Atros senior, "real men fuck women" and Linneus, of course, isn't a woman and that doesn't help.
Linneus on the other hand, now about to hit puberty, starts realizing that he's got feelings for Xanthe and that extends beyond just friendship. Living in a brothel, this is about the time Linneus starts realizing that none of the girls or what they do really interest him. Their attractive male clients (and Xanthe) on the other hand, do.
The summer before Xanthe's 18th birthday he comes home with news that he's got a girlfriend. It's also the first summer he sees post puberty Linneus. Just over 15, Linneus looks less like an adorable kid and more like the graceful, feminine character he is as an adult. It's a weird summer for both of them.
After convincing himself that he doesn't have feelings for Linneus, Xanthe finds himself suddenly having feelings for Linneus all over again, only this time it's more confusion. Linneus suddenly has all these delicate features, his hair has gone from poofy to silky smooth, his lips are all pouty now, and Xanthe never noticed it before, but Linneus smells like roses. It's like a constant perfume Xanthe can't escape.
And for Linneus it's hard because he wants to be a really good friend to Xanthe and know all about his life at boarding school but every time Xanthe talks about his girlfriend it's like a little knife stabbing him deeper and deeper in the heart. And even though Adele, Linneus' favorite courtesan taught him how to move like the girls around the house and straighten his hair (the way Xanthe seems to find attractive on girls) Linneus can't seem to get Xanthe to look at him let alone notice how hard he's trying. Linneus begins to realize that his crush on Xanthe may go unrequited.
Meanwhile, Atros' senior's gambling has turned into a full blown problem. Over the years he's been squandering the family fortune and now he's started selling off the family's land. In an attempt to alleviate some of his debts, Atros senior starts aggressively pushing for Xanthe to consider marrying Yvette, a girl Atros has known since they were children and the daughter of a man Atros senior is in great debt to.
No matter how hard Atros senior pushes it, Xanthe makes it abundantly clear that he's not interested. Regardless of the crush she has on him, Xanthe just can't see Yvette as anything other than that annoying girl who wouldn't stop tormenting Xanthe and pulling on his horse's hair.
On a lighter note, this is also the summer that Xanthe gives beautiful matching amber necklaces to both Argent and Linneus. Necklaces they both vow to wear forever. (Note: Depending on the outfit, you can see Argent wearing this necklace in the pages.)
A year later, Xanthe, 18 almost 19, comes home newly single. Linneus takes it as a sign that this is his chance to say something... but doesn't. He chickens out over and over and it's not because he doesn't get the chance, he gets plenty. He and Atros go riding, go into town together on several occasions, and they even have an evening on the roof together, on their backs, shoulder to shoulder, staring at the stars and watching an meteor shower and still Linneus chickens out.
That being said, Xanthe is being just as much of a chicken as Linneus is. When Linneus asks what happened between him and his girlfriend, Xanthe simply tells him that it didn't work out when the truth is that when he went back to school, after the end of last summer, he'd sort of lost interest in his girlfriend. Things just weren't the same and after months of awkward fights and distance, she finally dumped him. And while Xanthe now realizes that he does have some very serious feelings for Linneus, he can't tell whether or not Linneus is flirting with him or just being Linneus... which makes Xanthe feel like a creepy pervert for thinking that way about a male.
Right before the end of the summer, Atros senior again starts pushing Xanthe to consider marrying Yvette only this time he adds that Xanthe doesn't have much of a choice anymore. As it turns out, Atros senior's gambled everything away. The entirety of their family's fortune. The new owner of the Teahouse is Yvette's father and unless Xanthe marries Yvette, he plans on selling the house and all of its residents which will leave not only Atros senior homeless, but also Xanthe.
Xanthe realizes that he really has no choice. And right before he leaves to return to boarding school Xanthe tells his father that he'll marry Yvette. Ashamed of what his father's done, scared of worrying the servants, and desperate to find a way out of his engagement, Xanthe tells no one about the engagement.
Linneus, angry at himself for failing to tell Xanthe how he feels, decides he has to do it the morning before Xanthe leaves. This way if he feels the same way it's great, and if he doesn't, he'll just leave for school. That morning Linneus crawls into Xanthe's room through the window and spends the morning with Xanthe as he packs. In the minutes before he's ready to go, Linneus decides to go for it and kisses Xanthe, mid sentence.
Sure enough, Xanthe's stunned...
...and about a second later his mouth's on Linneus' and they're making out furiously. Groping. Hands all over the place when Atros senior calls out for Xanthe from outside his room. He has to go.
Blue balls. It's the one thing Linneus didn't account for and both he and Xanthe end up with them. Hard.
Their friendly letters turn into passionate ones. And the two spend several months corresponding everyday about everything from Xanthe explaining to Linneus that he's not really going to marry Yvette (but not why he had to get engaged to her) to Linneus telling Xanthe about the latest gossip about the house (like how Atros senior, Colette, and Adele are locked in a love triangle) to Xanthe telling Linneus what he thinks about doing to him day in and day out. Things get so heated over paper that Xanthe tells Linneus that instead staying at school during his short winter break, like he usually does, that he'll be making the long trip home. To see Linneus.
So the winter break comes and about twenty minutes after arriving, Xanthe has Linneus in his arms, and not to long after, he's taking his virginity. The two spend end up spending their two weeks together making love to each other everywhere and anywhere they can get away with it and it's amazing.
And they almost get away with it but they're brazen about their last kiss in the garden and Colette sees them. As soon as Xanthe is gone, Colette goes to Atros senior and tells him what she saw.
Suddenly everything clicks for Atros senior. He realizes that what he thought was a weird friendship between his son and servant has now turned into a dangerous relationship that could possibly jeopardize his future and immediately he sets out to destroy it.
Atros senior sets Adele out to intercept all of Linneus' letters to Xanthe and Atros senior blocks Linneus from receiving any of Xanthe's letters. Next he makes sure that Atros' marriage is announced in the local paper and makes a big deal about it around the house. Then, when Linneus asks him about whether or not he's received any letters from Xanthe for Linneus, Atros senior tells Linneus that he knows about them. That he's already told Xanthe how disgusting it was and that Xanthe admitted that he was ashamed of himself for sleeping with a man. That his shame was the reason the engagement was announced in the paper, because Xanthe suggested it. Linneus refuses to believe him.
Frustrated with how much faith Linneus has in Xanthe, Atros senior rips the amber necklace off Linneus' neck. Decides he's going to get rid of Linneus and starts advertising Linneus' contract for sale specifically looking for buyers who live in neighboring countries like Verone. When Linneus finds out, he begs Atros senior not to sell him but Atros won't listen. Desperate, terrified of losing the family he has at the Teahouse and scared of being separated from Xanthe in a way that would make it impossible for them to find their way back to each other, Linneus tells Atros he'll do anything, including becoming a courtesan.
On the flip side, Xanthe's confused as to why he isn't receiving any of Linneus' letters. He keeps writing and keeps writing. Eventually he starts writing his father about it. Suddenly Xanthe finds himself receiving congratulations from his classmates and discovers that his engagement to Yvette was officially announced. Unable to get a response from his family back home, Xanthe decides to fuck school and heads home.
The first male courtesan in the area, Linneus becomes instantly popular. The first time Linneus sleeps with another man, he hates it. He hates it because he knows he's cheating on Xanthe and what's worse, he enjoys the sex. And it doesn't get any better with the next client, or the next.
The last thing Xanthe ever expected to see when he walked into the Teahouse that evening was the love of his life, Linneus, dressed up in translucent silks and pearls, escorting another man into the house like he'd seen dozens of other courtesans do his entire life. But it's what happens and it breaks him.
And when Linneus finally sees Xanthe, standing in the entryway, stunned, mouth open and eyes full of horror, the last thing Linneus ever thought he'd do was run away from Xanthe but it's exactly what he does. Client in hand, ashamed and full of guilt, Linneus turns away from Xanthe and kept walking. Even after Xanthe called out to him, Linneus kept walking.
Feeling broken and hurt, Xanthe goes to Atros senior. Accuses him of forcing Linneus into becoming a courtesan. Hearing Atros senior tell Xanthe that it was Linneus' idea and choice is like a knife in the heart for Xanthe. He shoves the dagger in deeper by telling Xanthe just how popular Linneus is and how well he treats the clients. Disgusted Xanthe tries to walk away but before he can, Atros senior reminds him that this is all for the best since Xanthe's already engaged to Yvette. Xanthe tells his father to fuck off, that he's done with him.
Xanthe waits for Linneus but it's awful. Wounded and hurt they have a massive fight. Linneus accuses Xanthe of lying, saying he never really had any intention of breaking off his engagement to Yvette. Angry, Xanthe demands to know why Linneus chose to become a whore and it's like a slap in the face for Linneus. Things just get uglier until finally, Xanthe walks away from the argument, away from Linneus, and away from the Teahouse.
Shortly after Xanthe returns to school, he receives a letter. In the letter he finds out that Colette, in a jealous rage, killed Atros senior and his mother, Adele, before killing herself. Without a manager, Xanthe is presented two options: One, Yvette's father can sell the house and all of the servants out to the highest bidders or two, Xanthe can return home to marry Yvette and manage the house.
Xanthe chooses to return home and marry Yvette.
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