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Me & Cinderella, we put it all together
Sun Jul 22, 2018 18:48

Parker nodded to Cleo's question. He realized that possibly the Wallflowers weren't popular in the wizarding world.

"They, umm, are a band my parents listened to. The one my dad used to play a lot is I think called Heroes? The line I remember from the song is 'We can be Heroes, just for one day."

Parker was a bit surprised about Professor Right. He knew that the professor was an interesting person, but hadn't thought of him as a play writer. Parker fidgeted a bit with his jacket though. He was uncomfortable feeling like he was missing out on what might be a big part of wizarding culture.

"That seems cool. I promise to keep quiet, but umm... what is a wireless?"

Wireless for Parker meant phones and internet, and he was pretty sure that Professor Right didn't write for those, though maybe he did some stuff on YouTube. Parker wondered if there was a wizarding YouTube. From what Parker had seen there weren't really movies, unless you counted the moving photos in books and newspapers, so he doubted there would be a YouTube for wizards. Though maybe there were moving comic books. Parker made a mental note to check in with the librarian to see if they existed.

Parker let out a sigh that was louder than he had anticipated when Cleo mentioned that she thought the joke was funny. He saw the elf turn away with the tray of food, and Parker slowed down so he could walk next to Cleo instead of in front of her.

Trying to distract himself as they walked, he began to talk. He meant it to be about nothing in particular, but the subject that jumped out of his mouth surprised him. He hadn't mentioned it yet to anyone, though once he got going, he didn't stop.

"So, umm... my sister, Lyssa, will be coming next year. She apparently got her letter. Surprising our family again, cause what's odder than have a magical child when you aren't magical? Having two. Though this time it happened without someone appearing in the kitchen and freaking my mom out. I do't know what house she'll be in, but my mom told me I am supposed to take care of her. I don't know how I am supposed to do that if she isn't in Pecari. And to be honest, I don't know if she would be. How do you take care of someone when they aren't near enough to you to take care of? I dunno"

Parker paused briefly as they walked up to the photo booth. He turned to look at Cleo. The flowers in her hair definitely suited her.

"Look, I am sorry that we didn't get to spend as much time together this year. I know I couldn't always be the one to help you. But umm...anyways, I was reading up on a few things, and I don't think my sister will experience anything. And I was wondering if you could help me keep an eye on her next year?"

Parker had hidden in his request for Cleo something he'd been wanting to say, without knowing how. He wanted to help her in some way. He knew she wouldn't want him to help her, or believe that he could help her, but he wanted to do it anyways. He was reading about anyway he could help or just to know stuff in general, cause he wanted to spend time together with her. Parker knew he wanted to help for selfish reasons, but he felt either way help might be help.

He turned to see the photographer was sitting smiling at the two of them with such a wide smile that Parker momentarily was startled and moved his head back a bit.

"Hi. We'd like to have our picture taken?" Parker said stepping towards the woman with curled hair.

She clapped her hands together as she walked up to them,"So great. The first photo of the night, and my first couple of the evening."

Parker's eyes went big. "No, we're just friends," he responded quickly. To Parker's horror his voice actually cracked on the word friends.

Oh.God. was all Parker could think as the woman nodded slowly raising one of her eyebrows.

"Come this way and stand here then friend one," she said pointing to an sparkling gold x on the ground. Parker noted that she was saying friend in a slightly odd way, that made Parker think she didn't believe that they were simply friends. "And you stand here friend two, facing friend one," as she pointed to a sparkling silver x. As Parker stood this close to Cleo he could swear he could smell the flowers in her hair.

In his head he started to count down from ten.

  • “They’re a band?” Cleo asked. Although she spent a lot of her life listening to the wireless, her daddy had always preferred talky shows, nice radio dramas, or shows that played that music that he... more
    • Me & Cinderella, we put it all together — Parker, Sun Jul 22 18:48
      • We could steal time just for one dayCleo, Sat Jul 28 05:57
        “Oh, I might know it. That sounds familiar anyway,” Cleo mused. And if it was something Parker’s parents listened to, then that made sense with the rough age of her musical experience. The version... more
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