Now...cheers to the future.
Tue Mar 27, 2018 20:55

Nathaniel smiled sympathetically as his cousin admitted, in her polite way, that she, too, found it all a bit overwhelming.

“Exactly,” he said. “Except I don’t think I’ve ever wanted life to always be a party.” He liked a quieter life than Sylvia did and couldn’t say he really found parties fun at all, though he had never admitted this distaste to her in full. His perfect world, though, would be one endless summer evening - outside in the garden, or in the treehouse, now with Mama and Jeremy, now with Sylvia, and then by himself at other times, but in the same setting, the same time of day. Other things were obligations. “But - yeah, other than that, exactly.”

It made him feel better, he thought, just to speak honestly and find the rapport between himself and Sylvia unbroken when she did the same. Things couldn’t stay this way, or be this way all the time, but it could be sometimes and that was enough.

He glanced at her a bit curiously when she described Miss Pierce in a very mechanical way - what, was she not really being good? If so, what was Nathaniel going to do about it? Outsiders were not allowed to be unkind to Sylvia, but a girl from a family which by some measures stood above, and in all respects notably outnumbered, their own… - but she clarified and he nodded again. He grinned when she quickly assured him she wouldn’t swap the other girl for a unicorn, at the same time making a plan to get her a new one for her collection for Christmas, but not give it to her until after they got back to school. Uncle Alexander could hardly blame her for that even if he found out about it, could he?

“No, not really,” he said. “I mean, I’m only really there to sleep, and I’ve always done that by myself. And when I am in there, I write to Mama, or develop my photographs.” He half-sat up and snapped his fingers in irritation. “I meant to bring the new album and show you the ones I’ve taken here,” he said. “I’ll bring them next time - I was thinking we should do this more often, or something like it.” He didn’t make this a question, not after all the talk about how wonderful he was for thinking of it this time. “I took a lot when I went to the Gardens to see if there were any spots there we might like, and I - uh - got a little lost,” he admitted. “I met a nice girl from Crotalus, though, and she showed me the way back out.” How he had gotten her attention was something he was planning to keep to himself. “She’s a third year named Cleo,” he added in case Sylvia also knew her.

  • You're very welcomeSylvia, Thu Mar 22 05:06
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    • Now...cheers to the future. — Nathaniel, Tue Mar 27 20:55
      • I'm sure it's brightSylvia, Thu Apr 5 03:40
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