"So," I said. "Seems you're going to be stuck with me for a while." -
"So," Simon said. "Looks like you and Derek are getting along again. What happened? Did he give you the look?"
"You know. The one that makes him look like a whipped puppy, and makes you feel like a jerk for doing the whipping."
"Ah, that one. So it works on you, too?"
He snorted. "It even works on Dad. We give in, we tell him it's okay, and the next thing you know, he's chewing up slippers again."