You could’ve asked for a better one
Mon Jul 16, 2018 19:37

“Thought you might say that,” Nolan quipped back, before Kaye made her request. Then he was so surprised (but simultaneously not surprised) that he had to laugh. No one else Nolan had ever met would ask a question like that, but he should’ve anticipated it from Kaye.

Admittedly, Nolan had been expecting some kind of fun and inappropriate prompt. He hadn’t expected this specific prompt. Sometimes people were too scared of being offensive to ask amputees about their missing limbs, as if Nolan’s feelings were gonna be hurt if they reminded him he only had one leg. More often, people asked dumb, invasive questions. Medically speaking he had none-of-your-damn-business-itis, but over the years Nolan come up with a lot of responses that spoke to the adage “ask a stupid question, get a stupid answer.”

How could he do that with Kaye right now? Frankly, Nolan wasn’t sure he could even give her that memory. He didn’t remember the part where he’d actually lost the leg, on account of being unconscious at the time. His memory of the events leading up to losing the leg were also kind of fuzzy, because apparently that happened sometimes when you got knocked unconscious. He did remember getting bucked from the horse and a little bit of being dragged and kicked, and then he woke up a few days later in the wizarding hospital in Dallas, minus one leg.

Okay, so he could probably give her something to view in the Pensieve. Did he care about Kaye seeing it? Out of everything that had ever happened to Nolan, that riding accident was one of the most significant and intense: it had divided his young life into before and after, in almost the same way Sylvanus being named Ramsey heir had. But it had happened a long time ago, to a different version of Nolan. It was next to impersonal in that way, not a secret he wanted to guard because it wasn’t about him. If Kaye wanted to see it then he had no objections.

And then a perfect response sprang fully formed into Nolan’s mind. Kaye was probably joking, but… “That’ll do,” he drawled, game for it. If Kaye was gonna try to mess with him, Nolan could mess right back. “I’ll show you that. If you show me how you lost your hair.”

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    • You could’ve asked for a better one - Nolan, Mon Jul 16 19:37
      • Could've, Would've, Should've - Kaye, Wed Jul 18 21:32
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            • I know my arithmetic - Nolan, Thu Jul 26 14:27
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