Monet's comment made Oliver's eyes widen. "You don't like candy?" It was shocking, but it only shocked him for a moment. "Well, I guess there are other things you can like." He popped more SweetTarts into his mouth. Obviously nothing was better than these sweet candies, but whatever. That was his opinion.
"Yeah, I totally think muggles would know," he replied. "I mean, Willy Wonka's supposed to be a muggle guy. Unless he wasn't and Oompa Loompas were magical creatures." Oliver laughed. He had never heard of Oompa Loompas in the wizarding world. If he asked his pureblood dad, he'd probably be offended. Oliver's dad had seen the Willy Wonka movie and had seen how ridiculous those short orange guys looked. "Maybe they're dwarfs," he continued, giggling a little more. It was a lot funnier than he'd first anticipated. At least to him.
"I bet they made the candy company after the book came out. Have you read any other Roald Dahl books?" he asked. Since she knew about Willy Wonka, she must have some tie to the muggle world like him! His mom had read him The BFG and James and the Giant Peach, but those were the only two. His mom didn't really have time to read to him and Oliver had never sought out books to read on his own. He wasn't much of a reader. More brawn than brain, Jeremy liked to say when he was feeling mean. Oliver liked sports and there was no denying that. Sitting and reading couldn't contain all the energy Oliver had in his body.
Picking a favorite candy was kind of hard. He looked back at where she was pointing. It was kind of hard to focus on the wrappers and candies left. "Um, I don't know!" He paused. "I think I like the SweetTarts best, actually." He popped another two in his mouth. "They just go so fast though." He wanted to jump up and run around the room, or at least he felt like he could. He turned back to Monet. Maybe if he really couldn't keep all the energy in his body, he could try to convince Monet to do something active with him. The librarian seemed to be in a good enough mood.
"So if you don't eat candy, what do you like? I know you drink coffee too. Do you like grown-up stuff?" 'Grown-up stuff' in Oliver's opinion were foods like salad, nutrition bars, and Fig Newtons. Grown-up drinks were coffee, beer, and iced tea. Monet didn't seem to eat a lot either, but Oliver had assumed awhile ago that girls just didn't eat as much as boys. Then again, the only girl he'd ever seen really eat before coming to RMI were the few girls he'd eaten lunch with in elementary school and his mom. A few more SweetTarts went into his mouth and the package was empty.
Monet walked slowly into the Reference Center, her hands in the pockets of her over-sized, black cardigan. Her red hair was tied in a messy bun and it bobbed as she walked. Today was an alright day.... more
Opinions fall on sugar-logged ears Oliver,Fri Jun 8 19:46
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