Caspian had absolutely no regrets about his decision. Even if Camden wasn't particularly impressed by the whole thing. "Well," he paused, and then shrugged his shoulders. "I could have." That was a valid point, but, well. Too late for that now. He had just really wanted this dog.
"I'll keep him out of your room." Or he would try at least. He wasn't entirely sure how he was going to manage that one, apart from Camden keeping his door shut. Though there might be some sort of spell that would keep the puppy out of the room.
"That aside, how was your day? You worked awfully overtime." Not that that was completely unsurprising, for either of them, considering that they were heads of departments after all. He got back up to his feet, and Captain jumped up at him. "Hey, down."
"It was exhausting. Which is why not coming home to an energetic puppy would have been ideal," Camden answered with a raised eyebrow. He was probably never going to let Caspian live down the fact that he'd just brought home a puppy without even mentioning it first. "Did you have to get such a big one?" They lived in an apartment for fuck's sake. There was no space for a puppy that was going to grow into a large dog. "Couldn't you have gotten something smaller? Like a chihuahua?" Except that would have likely been more annoying. Small dogs were the worst.
"Animals are meant to help relieve stress," Caspian pointed out. "And it's not as though I'm expecting you to actually deal with him." If they'd agreed on it, then sure, but as it was, Caspian was fully aware that the dog was his sole responsibility.
Caspian raised an eyebrow back at his friend. "Do you want me to go swap him for a chihuahua? Let's get something that yips really annoyingly, great plan," he patted Captain. "He'll be fine. I'll take him out a lot."
Eyeing the dog, Camden said, "I'm not sure how much stress they relieve when they're the cause of the stress." Maybe it would help if he was a dog person, but he really, really wasn't. Not that he had anything against dogs, but he just didn't prefer them for pets. They were too much work to take care of, with the walking, and the training, and jumping around all over the place. There were much calmer animals that suited his tastes just fine.
"Swap him for nothing maybe...." Camden muttered more to himself than to Caspian. Though maybe it the dog was like a Yorkie or something. Those didn't seem as annoying as a chihuahua. "How do you plan to take him out if you work long hours basically every day? Who's taking him out if you have to go out of the country or something?"
He rolled his eyes at him. "Maybe if you went into this with a somewhat open mind..." Or he could just continue being negative about a puppy that he had seen for about five minutes. That was also a possibility, and seemed like the way that things were going on.
"I'll take him to work with me. Which will mean that I'll actually have to take breaks, which will help me." Considering otherwise he tended to just work on through when he meant to take breaks. A puppy would help with that. He shrugged his shoulders. "Avery owes me for all the babysitting I've done. She can look after a dog sometimes."
"Maybe if you talked to me before bringing strange animals into the apartment..." he shot back. It had nothing at all to do with the fact that he wasn't a dog person. That would be a very ridiculous reason to be upset about a puppy. Except that it was also probably the main reason he was so upset, aside from the whole Caspian not discussing it with him first thing.
But if it got Caspian to stop overworking himself to take care of something else maybe it wasn't all bad. But he wasn't going to say that out loud, because that would be admitting defeat. "Poor Avery. A toddler and an overexcited dog..."
"Look," he said looking at his friend. "I should have talked to you, I'm sorry." He wasn't too proud to admit that that was probably something that he should have done before bringing a living creature into their house. "But that doesn't mean that I'm going to take him back."
"Avery will survive. And kids like playing with dogs, give her a break from having to entertain Elsie," he shrugged his shoulders. It didn't seem like that bad of an idea in his mind.
"I never said anything about taking him back," Camden pointed out. Though that would have been the preferable option in his opinion. It would be a bit rude towards the puppy, but at least then Camden wouldn't have to deal with it. It probably wouldn't remember being in their home for a matter of hours anyway, not as it grew up. Maybe. He wasn't sure how dogs actually worked.
While Caspian did have a point, Camden still shook his head. "That's all well and good until the puppy makes a mess with the toddler." Two mess making babies was two too many really.
Caspian glanced at his friend, and gave an acknowledging tilt of his head. "You didn't," he agreed. "I just had a feeling that was where you were angling."
"Pay back from all the messes she made me clean up," he said jokingly. "I spent a lot of time running around after them, and now after Elsie. The least they can do is babysit my dog if I need the help." Not that he resented, or regretted looking after his cousins, he wouldn't have changed the way that he had grown up, but the point was still there.
Camden shrugged. There was little point in denying things. After knowing each other for literally their whole lives, it was pretty easy to tell what each other was thinking. "But I never said it."
"That's fair I guess," he agreed. He remembered well helping out with the smaller Harlows when he'd been over when they were all younger. "Avery will probably see it that way too. I swear that woman sees the good in everything." And was probably his favorite of the bunch after Caspian because she didn't get on his nerves. He could do without the toddler though.
"You didn't have to say it," he said, shrugging back at him. He had known Camden long enough to have a good enough read on him, and what he thought he was going to say. It was kind of weird to think about how long he had known him, really. They'd been rather young.
"She probably would," he said with a faint smile, and shake of his head. "She does, yes." Which he admired Avery a lot for. It wasn't so easy being a single mother to a toddler, and especially not at twenty two. "Helps that she's such a good person."
He shrugged. "By not saying it, I can pretend that I never even so much as thought it, because you can't prove otherwise." What a mess of a sentence that was. All over a stupid dog that was still sniffing around. It better not pee on anything, because that would just be the icing on the cake.
"What went wrong with the rest of you?" he pondered out loud. Or perhaps it was what went wrong with Avery. Sure, Caspian was a good person and fought for justice, but Camden had never even seen Avery get angry. Probably just wrong place or wrong time, because everyone got angry. Regardless, she was still far too good.
Caspian gave a shake of his head, and rolled his eyes. "Pretending definitely changes what happened," he said. "Though it might help if you hadn't basically confirmed it, before you went on to say that. Bit hard to believe you after that." Not that it really made that much of a difference, this was derailing into foolishness somewhere.
"Hey now," he said with mock affront, and gave him a playful shove. "I basically raised that one, I'm taking the credit for her turning into a lovely person." Though that did bring up the question of nature versus nurture. How different would the five of them have turned out if things had been slightly different?
Camden merely shrugged. "What can I say? I don't like dogs, especially ones I had no say in." He was never going to let Caspian live that part down. Honestly he would probably get used to the dog, maybe even start to like it. But he would never, ever let Caspian live down that he hadn't talked about it first. It was just one more thing Camden could use as blackmail.
His mouth spread into a wide grin at Caspian's mock offense. "Oi," he said in response to the light shove, moving swiftly to return it. "You can take credit all you want, that doesn't mean you earned it." Especially considering Avery was even nicer than Caspian. He couldn't have shaped her into that, because people tended to shape children after their own image even when they didn't mean it.
"You know, I'm starting to think that you do not like much of anything," Caspian commented, faintly teasing. He might have had a point about the dog, considering he hadn't agreed to it, but Casp didn't really have any regrets about that one. He was very fond about his dog already.
As he was shoved back, Caspian made a face at Camden. "Oi, rude. I think the fact that they're all semi competent adults deserves me some credit." It wasn't as though he'd had a clear idea of what he was meant to do, he'd just done his best for them.