"Hey now," said Aidan, "I didn't question you on why Viola was the last woman you would want to be with.."
But after a sigh he said,
"When Hugh took me in, and I was just a kid, Egan, Dice, even Simon during the summers... they were always around. And they were really mean to me. I was the youngest, the odd one out, the orphan. But I don't just mean like... typical older cousins picking on a younger one. I mean they would literally torture me. And Egan was the ring leader. Dice is sort of bad to everyone. And I don't like him. But he actually apologized to me out of the blue when we were older. Said he was going to be a better cousin to me... which he wasn't but, with Dice it's the thought that counts, especially considering out thoughtless he is. And Simon... he wasn't really so bad on his own. He went along with Egan and Dice because he didn't really have friends in England when he was here visiting his father. He just wanted to fit in I suppose. Mostly he just watched and laughed. But Egan?..."
Aidan shook his head, then said, "He was the worst. He would seek me out just to make my life miserable. Made fun of everything. Nothing was sacred. At Hogwarts, first and second year, I was afraid to hang out in the common for fear that he would find me and make everyone laugh at me, or just beat me up for the fun of it. He use to tie me up and lock me in a closet, or a basement, tell me something horrible was down there waiting to kill me... Leave me for what felt like hours. Call me a baby if I cried. But you know it wasn't just to me. He was a bully to all younger kids in general. But I got the worst of it. He was kicked off the quidditch team for his violence you know? And one of the happiest days of my life was when he got expelled. See, even though he wasn't so much older than me he was much bigger. He was taller, and stronger from playing quidditch as a beater. Wasn't until I was sixteen... I said something he didn't like and he came at me to teach me a lesson. Something snapped in me. I fought back and beat him up. I had shot up that year and was actually much taller then him... Also, Ivan had seen them picking on me once and he had taken me aside and taught me a few actual boxing moves mixed with a little street fighting. I guess Egan's self taught style was no match."
Aidan smiled at the memory,. that was a good day. He then said, "He never hit tried to beat me up after that. But he was still nasty, condescending, rude...He still was even when he was dating you. Maybe you were too smitten to notice... or maybe you thought it was some sort of brotherly love. A joke between us" Aidan shrugged, then said, "I only know him as not being a nice person. No scratch that... as being an evil person."