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Jehan
Lucky you, it sounds like!
Sun Aug 20, 2017 07:01
62.119.166.9 (XFF: 10.101.2.127)

“No, I quite like your English,” reassured Jehan, not wanting Dorian to think badly of his language abilities. After all, people often said that Jehan didn’t always make much sense (even if Jehan himself thought the opposite), and he felt sorry for the other boy, having to talk to Jehan straight away.

He frowned as Dorian suggested that he may undergo a similar thing. No, two people of dying of loneliness wouldn’t work, unless perhaps they were star-crossed lovers and there was a huge and fatal misunderstanding. Unfortunately, suggesting such a thing upon first meeting another person probably wasn’t the done thing. It would make the whole story awfully contrived, too, which would remove all the drama and tragedy from it.

“My mother always says that I make no sense,” he offered, not wanting Dorian to feel embarrassed by his apparently unsatisfactory explanation. “I find that things sometimes work better in my head than out loud. Some thoughts are complicated to say.”

That still didn’t really solve Dorian’s problem, though, and after a moment Jehan came up with the answer. “You could always switch to French, when you need to,” he suggested, brightening. “I can’t promise I’ll understand everything, but at least you won’t be left with words you haven’t been able to say.” Jehan knew that it could be frustrating, wanting to say something but not being able to say it. Victor always told him to keep quiet when around guests or their parents, because he had a habit of confusing people, or saying things that annoyed Father. He found it hard, but he knew that Victor was just trying to help him.

And here was a prime example of why Victor was right. “Yes, he’s muggle,” replied Jehan quietly and a little apprehensively. Mother didn’t really like him reading Muggle authors, even the old ones. Dorian probably knew it was Not Allowed too, and Jehan was about to lose his first friend here. Well, he didn’t really want to be friends with someone if they scorned Baudelaire just because he was a muggle, but it would be a shame to have driven someone off already. Roll on the tragic death, and quickly, please.

But Dorian kept talking, and Jehan recognised a couple of names that he mentioned. They weren’t poets, but he’d have plenty of time during the school year to introduce Dorian to that side of literature. No need to worry about it now. Then Dorian started getting very enthusiastic about musical theatre, and Jehan very much wanted to keep him. Not only did the other boy like reading, it was also cute how enthusiastic he was, and Jehan liked cute things.

“Oh! I wanted to see that, but Father said it wasn’t a good idea to encourage me,” said Jehan, jealous of Dorian, even if he wasn’t sure whether the other boy was talking about a trip in the past or the future. “Have you seen it yet, or are you going to see it during the holidays? I bet the costumes are glorious. Do you think a story is more romantic with music or without?”

He paused, realising that was rather a barrage of questions, and not wanting to overwhelm Dorian and his English. Jehan just couldn’t help it, sometimes; his brain came up with one thought and then that quickly led onto something else, and he just had to get everything out.

  • Lucky youDorian, Wed Aug 16 22:20
    "Oh, I am sorry for misunderstanding," Dorian apologised. "My English is terrible," this was a conclusion he had been forced to reach in the past ten minutes. Prior to disembarking the wagon, he... more
    • Lucky you, it sounds like! — Jehan, Sun Aug 20 07:01
      • I'm starting to feel that wayDorian, Mon Aug 21 05:35
        Jehan liked his English. Dorian was not quite sure whether this was just a way of saying that his English was fine, or whether it meant something else -that there was something special and different... more
        • Yes, this is all going very well!Jehan, Wed Aug 23 09:55
          Jehan beamed at Dorian as the other boy said that he made sense, and that he had good thoughts. No one had ever said that to Jehan before. His flights of fancy were seen as, at best, amusing, if not... more
          • Then let's keep goingDorian, Fri Sep 15 00:48
            "Yes, that will be very good! And I can also read some more harder English with you to help," Dorian nodded, glad that Jehan had brought up the idea of shared language study so that he didn't have... more
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