Holly smiled, letting out a small sigh of relief, and relaxing slightly. He put one finger to his head, and began to respond. "I think...what matters is in here," he explained. "I mean...no one chooses the gender they're born with, so, if you feel, in your head, the one you were born with is wrong...then...it is wrong."
In response to the last two things Jasmine said, he smiled again. "Thank you...but, you need to hear that yourself...This side of you I've seen today...this real side of you, suits you much better. You don't need to hide behind anything, either."
He took one step towards Jasmine, but, at that moment, someone pounded on the door, and Holly instinctively turned away from it, his heart pounding in his chest.
"Oi!" Holly's brother yelled as he flung the door open. "Since when did you get ho-...Who are you?" he demanded Jasmine, and the boy with his back turned to him.
Gem scrambled to his feet, glaring at Sammie as they began to run. "You idiot," he grumbled at her. "That was a stupid thing to do...Now they're angrier than ever, and have nothing to distract them from chasing you. Do you actually have a brain? I could have handled them just fine on my own!"
He could almost feel the idiots gaining on them, and continued breathlessly. "What are we supposed to do now? You don't have anywhere to go...do you?...Neither do I."