I wonder if you keep the volume up on your phone while you sleep
And I also wonder if you're a light sleeper
Keep texting you
Good morning Moony
You're killing me
Go be with Peter
We're watching your movie now
If you don't like it, don't tell me
I'm not nervous or anything
It's a movie, why are you nervous?
I don't know, but I am
I want you to like it
It shouldn't really matter, it's just a movie, I know
I liked the one last night, I trust you that if you say this is so important I'll like it too
Maybe, maybe not
Shall I tell you when it's over so that I can pay strict attention?
Have a nice "morning"
We're watching it again from the beginning.
Because I'm having feelings and I'm not ready to leave these characters and this place yet
There's a book.
Yes, you should read it
If you want
It's it as good as this?
Yes, trust me
You get more background about Fezzik and Inigo and the whole thing is just
I want it.
I'll see if Lily has it
Then you can read it in the mornings while you wait for me to wake up
That's true, isn't it
Texting her now
I'm really happy that you like it
I love it
Happy to share
Just a tiny bit
There's one more thing I need to know your opinion on
We're not talking about that, Moony.
All of his everything else is so pretty, whyyyyyy
Why the moustache?
Are you a fan of the horrible little moustache?
I hate it with every fiber of my being
Oh thank goodness
I think that's the only thing I don't like about it
That, and the almost slap, which is also the only thing that's worse in the book
Worse in the book.
Worse than him raising a hand to her just before claiming he loves her???
And you want me to read this?
I know that hitting her is unforgivable and if I could change anything in any book, it would be that. And I'm conflicted about still liking their relationship so much, but I got attached long before I knew better, and I need to keep this story as a good thing. I blacked out that line and I know pretending it doesn't exist and looking the other way is right under actually doing it on the list of horrible things, but I need it, I need this story to stay good in my mind.
You don't have to read it
But what does she do? When it happens?
She starts saying that she spoke the truth, but then stops when she sees him raising his hand again
It's bad, I know
I'm allowed to pretend that that's not something that happens?
I think. I think when something is bad in fiction and you know it, and you're critical about it, and you talk about it, and you acknowledge it, and you'd know to do better in real life, you should be allowed to not let it ruin it for you.
I don't want to excuse his character for it, I just want his character to be able to exist without it for me. It's literature, it's interpretive, right?
I want to read it so bad, but if it's going to be
I don't want to spend time with him
That's how I dealt with it, reimagining the character. I don't like Westley despite what he does, I like him because my Westley never does that
And he definitely doesn't have any facial hair
Does the book mention the moustache?
It does not
You don't have to read it
I could just tell you more about the story
Or I could read it to you one day and skip all the bad things, and you'd never have to know.
Just a thought
I want both.
I want to read it in the mornings before you wake up so I have a piece of you while I'm waiting for you. But also, I want you to read it to me someday.
I have your word?
You have my word.
I want to.
It sounds like it could be really nice.
Lily doesn't have it, so Wormy and I are going to stop off at a place he knows before I have to head to dinner
Nerd who has to go now
Tell your mum I say hello
You are under obligation, I told James good luck from you and I wanted no part of that
Fine fine fine I'll tell her
Yesssss thank you
My hands are all painty
I love that feeling
Of being dirty?
Of being art
You sound like you're always art to me
Real art, the kind that means you did something
Painting a fence isn't art
It is if you do it right. But that's not important. The important bit is the long, paint covered fingers
Those are the art
Fingers that created and were created upon
It's the best art
I've just realized something
You're a nerd too
Am not, you take that back
You so are
I am not!
No, that's you
You too though
Not that grades are a good indicator of anything, but you totally got straight A’s in school, didn't you
A’s aren’t that good
Ohhh excuse me, A+ then
Yeah okay but I never studied or anything
Yeah you seem like the type
The type who never studies and barely seems to even care but still gets better grades than people who actually try
That's never sounded more like an insult
Well I'm grumpy about it
I wasn't an arse about it
Well I was but I could have been much worse about it
What was your favourite subject?
One of my best subjects was like
But was that the one you liked best?
Hard to explain, the classes were really specific to the school
But it was like, this practical and theoretical self defense class. Not a traditional subject, I suppose
It's good that they taught that
I always thought I would do something with that
But they suggested things like law enforcement and that's not me
Very not you
What's your favourite subject?
Definitely not chemistry
Awww, I could've helped you
I would've been forever grateful
Not sure what I could offer in return
Well obviously you'd read to me
Ohh, of course
And the rest we could work on together
I can't tell if I like working alone or if that's just what I'm used to
Wish I'd known you eight years ago
In an alternate universe, maybe
I'm gonna go shower and wash all this paint off
Tell me when you're out?
Well it's about damn time
I wasn't gone that long!
It felt like foreeeeeverrrrr
Aren't you at dinner?
Yes but we're not allowed in the kitchen so I'm just sitting here
Are the others not there yet?
Oh it's just James and me and his parents
Lily comes sometimes but not every time
He's an only child
I mean, they're basically your parents too?
Do I get to know more about them now?
So Dad's family's lived in England for the last seven billion generations or something like that. His dad was a chemist for a beauty product company and he chose to rebel against that at all costs - James gets that from him. They both keep more hair than they will ever bother to manage. He likes modern jazz and do not get near him when he's got something in the record player because you WILL be swept into dancing. He's quite a good dancer, though, so no one ever really complains. He inherited an estate and comforts from his dad, but he's worked his whole life anyway. A government job. He smiles too big when you walk in the door, like he's spent every minute you were away waiting for you to come back, and he laughs at his own terrible puns. I get that from him.
Mum grew up in Bengaluru in what she calls a "modest home", but James once spent a summer with his extended family there in Karnataka and from what he says there was nothing modest about it. But she's the most REAL person you'll ever meet. We talk with her and she just gets swept into the conversation like she's one of us. She's the best cook in the entire world and I grew up with servants, so forgive me but my taste is refined. There's warm in everything she makes and I don't mean heat. She's in there now making bisi bele bhath, which is not even one of my favourites and my mouth is watering with the smell. And I should stop talking about it now because it smells soooooo good and I'm soooo hungry I'm going to bite James in a minute
They sound absolutely wonderful
When did you start living with them?
I was sixteen when I got my own bed
I'd already been spending most of the holidays at James's, but it was official when
Well there was a messy exit from The House of Black, and then I never looked back
I'm really glad you got away
And had a place to go
Really really me too
But your brother stayed?
You don't have to answer anything if it's too personal
It's you, so it's fine
To get him to come with me
The Potters would have taken him in, too, I know they would have
But he wouldn't come
So I left him there
I almost told you that when we were trading bad things that time
It keeps me awake a lot. It's the thing I want to take back.
Okay but you know it wasn't on you, right?
I don't think I want to talk about it anymore
Really don't be, you never have to talk about something you don't want to
I don't talk about him much
He's younger, right, so still in school?
Sorry, I'll stop
My mum says hello back by the way
Awww thank you
And some other stuff about me I won't tell you
Nope, you didn't tell me what Lily said, I'm not gonna tell you what my mum said
If I tell you?
She said something about me having good taste
My mum said she likes how I smile when I talk about you
Do you do that?
When you talk about me
For telling me that
Lily's also been calling you that thing James calls you. That's what she was implying I had good taste in.
Do you agree?
Well I know I have good taste in friend friends.
But not in boyfriend friends?
Had a lot?
There was a period of time where I went out with a lot of guys, but I don't think I'd call any of them my boyfriends. So maybe I've never had one to complain about, anyway.
I think I have excellent taste
Well I've never dated anyone, but all the people I've liked were wonderful
Tell me about one?
There was this one girl about two years ago. I was in a bookshop trying to decide between two books, and she came up to me and offered her opinion, because she had read both of them. I ended up buying a third one and asking her to let me borrow the other two from her. So we agreed to both come back there next week, and then the next, and the next. It was about three months of book exchanges, and we'd leave notes in them for each other. She was incredibly bright and kind and warm and positive.
I'm waiting for that
I'm waiting for that to end with the other person liking me back
It's always me, I'm always the problem
I'm always the one who can't manage to like the person back
Maybe they just weren't likeable
You'll find someone
Oh that phrase
I know how it sounds, I just honestly believe it in your case
Setting the table now
I have a bag of crisps
It'll have to
No dinner dinner?
Well maybe mum's gonna bring something back from work, but that won't be for hours
Are they good crisps?
You enjoy your dinner
I'll be here.
Sorry it was long
What were you up to?
Exams are starting, forgive me for having to actually study unlike some people
Can I help?
You can help me figure out how to convince a professor to let me take one of the exams on a different day
Can't make it next Friday
Something more important than an exam?
Sorry that was a poor question
And you can't just tell your professor that?
They never understand why I can't just reschedule the check-up
Um???? How about your health is much much much more important???
"Then maybe this course isn't for you, Mr Lupin."
I don't even know where to begin with that
The exact quote doesn't have 'Mr' either
Okay. Now I know where to start with it.
Don't tell them. Have Alice write you a note on behalf of the hospital. Does your school have official guidelines about "emergencies"?
Can't do that
The hospital isn't
It's just not possible.
What are you going to do?
But you’re studying so hard for it, that's not fair
Life isn't fair
It's fine, it's just 30% of the final grade
I hate that
That's not right
It's how it is
And it's not like all of them are arseholes, some are understanding
And the ones that aren't just make me want to b
I shouldn't tell you this
I want you to
This one's for the top of your nerd list
Just make me want to become a teacher that much more.
Go ahead, let's hear it
Do it, become a teacher.
I plan to
Kids need someone who understands, or is willing to try to
I think you'd be good at it
I like that
That you want to change it from the inside, not dismiss it as a whole
I just want to help. And be a person I wish I had in my life
You're the best kind of person
What I am is a sleepy person
You go first
Has it occurred to you that you'll be like. Here. In a few days?
12 isn't a few
Seems like a few
Yes it has
It's just weird
Didn't mean anything by it
Nothing to be sorry about, I'd just like you to explain more
The weird feeling
Like I'll want to still be texting you, but texting you so close seems
I dunno, it shouldn't be difficult. I texted James from the kitchen while he was in the bedroom the other day
It's just different
If it's any consolation, I won't be able to text most of the day
That is the least consoling thing I've ever heard
But I kind of assumed as much
Would you rather date a werewolf or a vampire?
Give me a werewolf any day
Well most days, I guess
But that's the point, werewolves are only wolfy one day a month, right? Supposedly?
Vampires are vampires always. Then there's the whole depressing eternity thing
Werewolves are werewolves always too. They just only transform into a more clear image of the monster once a month
Suppose it depends on the lure you follow
You're a vampire fan, aren't you?
Wouldn't say I'm a fan, but at least they're human
More human than werewolves???
I will fight you
Who would you rather curl up with at the end of a long day? The frigid undead? Or a person who's maybe a bit canine most days?
They're not frigid, that's just a myth.
Many vampire friends?
Nah, just met a few once
Met any werewolves?
Can't say I have
But you'd have no problem dating one?
Like I said, I'm a bit of a dog person anyway
I might go out and find myself a super cool werewolf boyfriend now to spite you
They're not dogs.
No, but I think I could translate my love of dogs to their wild ancestors. And thus their human counterparts.
I mean, the bottom line is I'd date either if I thought they were right for me, but superficially werewolves seem more attractive than vampires.
So your answer would be vampire?
My answer would be werewolf
Then would you rather date a werewolf or a witch?
They're not mutually exclusive, you know
If you say so
I do say so
You're just saying that because of the project you're not working on in school
Why would I not want to date a witch?
Warts and child eating?
Well obviously I'd find a good witch
Would you date a wizard?
Well I try to avoid doing things my birth family would approve of
They'd see that kind of magic as power
But not doing something you want just because they might approve of it, means they're still shaping your life
Whether it's an act of defence against them or an act of defence against defying them, my life is shaped by them. There's no avoiding it.
They don't have any power over you anymore
Oh don't they?
They're still in all of my decisions, her words and her voice is still in my head when I'm struggling.
They're there when someone leaves dirty dishes out and I cringe or when someone touches my hair without warning
They're all of the unfortunate parts of me, but they're parts of me nonetheless
I only meant
I don't know what I meant
I know they're there and you've been hurt by them and I know that won't go away. But they don't matter. Your feelings do, and they're valid, but they don't.
I promise if I ever meet a worthwhile wizard, I won't let my family's opinion get in the way
Maybe he'll also be a werewolf, they couldn't possibly approve of that
You know, I somehow think that would definitely be something they wouldn't approve of
Perfect, I'll have my fingers crossed that you fall in love with a wizard werewolf then