How do you know? You haven’t tried it yet. It’s different, you know, looking after a shop to browsing in it. And I bet if you were shopping, you wouldn’t spend more than a few minutes there before you’d seen everything you were bothered about seeing.
Well— maybe. I know. I don’t know. I’m still excited to have something to try.
Right, well, thanks for looking after him. And we can do tomorrow. That works. We can meet at noon, the usual place, yeah? Can't wait to hear about your news either. Sounds promising. Cheers, Hayden
Of course. It didn’t take much effort, since he mostly just stayed in the Owlery. I checked up on him every day though because I wasn’t sure whether the other owls would bully Homer. He seems okay, though. I hope he is, at least.
Well, to be honest, I just wasn't sure how long I was going to be gone, but I've returned. Told you it would be before the school year is over. I'm fine as are the grandparents. Well, I work today, you're welcome to stop by, if not maybe tomorrow. Figure I'd make up some of the hours I missed during the week. I've missed you too. Loads. What's the news though? It's good, right? I love you too. Cheers, Hayden
Why don’t I come to Hogsmeade tomorrow? I want to hear all about your trip and your family! I think Homer missed you, by the way. I’ll send this letter with him instead of Ophelia. He seems anxious to get home.
Oh! My news is very good news, but I’ll save it till tomorrow so I can share it in person.
You’re back? You’re home! That was fast! You had me so worried you were going to be gone for weeks. How are you? How were your grandparents!? When can I see you? I’ve missed you terribly even though it’s only been, what, a week? I still missed you. And I have news for you!
I just mean we’ve all got good and bad. We’re not perfect. I’m certainly not and neither are you. That’s it. Dark side probably sounded like I was hinting at any leniency towards dark magic, but it was far from it. Just that there are aspects about us that aren’t always pretty but we’re flawed people.
No, that’s true. You just talk to me because I’m easy to get a rise out of, like you said.
When you said dark side I thought you were implying I had a mean side. I don’t think I do. But I don’t think I’m perfect, so if that’s the definition we’re going with it makes perfect sense. I’m certainly not perfect. I’m actually very selfish, but— well, anyway. Glad there’s no dark magic involved.
That’s because I learned. You know, being a kid I had to fight my own battles so when I got to Hogwarts, I somehow managed to do that kind of branched out in a weird way. Suppose I was always just loud at home. Besides, you actually have a family and a boyfriend to ramble on about. I don’t. That’s why I don’t talk about them or her. I just turn to other topics. Besides, you probably listen better. Bet people love talking to you. You won’t take over the conversation like I do.
Probably a bit. But I’ve got a dark side to me sometimes. You do too, I bet.
I don’t know. My friends like talking to me just fine. And I do like listening. It’s one of the things I’m best at, I think. But— anyway.
That’s funny. I’m pretty sure there’s a good percentage of the older students who want anything but. It’s that whole thing that I’m younger than them even if only by a month or two and I’m definitely not their favorite. Think it’s easier to seem like everyone wants to be my friend because we’re in the same year. We know a lot of the same people, but I like to talk a lot. So I do. All there is to it. And you are. You get worked up easily.
Listen. You’re interesting and have a lot of unique interests and sure, I don’t understand most of them or anything, but I don’t know, you just— are drawn to people. You’re good at it. Me, I’m just boring. I don’t really ever have anything interesting to say. Half the time I’m just rambling on about my family or my boyfriend.
And you find it entertaining to work me up? That’s just a bit mean.
I wouldn’t say I’m used to it. Plenty of people who aren’t fond of me. Madam Pince, Professor Slughorn, Madam Pomfrey, my parents, this bloke who broke about five pairs of my glasses when I was eight, the housekeeper back home— and I’m sure there are plenty of others but those are just people off the top of my head.
Go on, I just like to play around with you a lot. You’re so easy. Thanks, but no. Probably just go for the usual pumpkin juice.
But you’ve loads of friends. Loads of people who want to be your friend. People like you, Nash, you can’t deny that. And for the record, Madam Pince and Madam Pomfrey don’t count— I don’t think they like many students. You’re — everyone wants to hang out with you. Being interesting and friendly isn’t as easy for all of us.
Course it is. Not saying it’s bad. It’s just an observation.
What is it about me then? If I can ask.
I think — you’re just very used to — I don’t have a problem with you, I really don’t. I just don’t know you all that well. I’ve never clicked with you, we never had real conversation. If you don’t mind my saying, I think you’re a bit used to people being exceptionally fond of you that when someone like me has no particular feelings one way or another, you get a bit thrown off. I’m not — I’m sorry. That was rude. Apple juice?
S’good to hear, yeah. M’well, bit anxious, but well. Would rather not work at a quill shop again, but I ‘spose we’ll see.
Ah, the quill shop. My summertime downfall a year ago. Um, thanks. Actually, yeah. Thank you for — well, if it wasn’t for — I just don’t think I’d be with Hayden now if you hadn’t — never mind. I hope you don’t get stuck in a quill shop, either.
Too much love is a dangerous thing, but it sounds like this bloke deserves it. I can’t really see you settling for someone unworthy. It’s certainly a new change for an owl. He’ll hold court among the rest. A little leader. Oh well.. look at that. He certainly is… healthy.
Dangerous? Why dangerous? He does deserve it. A thousand times over. Isn’t he precious? Homer only just recently started delivering letters. He’s still small so they can only be small packages, of course, but— he’s a sweet little thing.
You sound very much in love. It’s sweet in that.. young love sort of way. Homer? That’s a.. hefty name for a little fella. Lets hope he lives up to it. After you and watch your step.
I am. Maybe too much in love. Sometimes it feels like I might combust or something. Is it? I helped pick it out. It seemed like a sweetly unconventional name for a little owl. Come along, I set him up in this corner here. Where is he— Homer! There, up there. He’s kind of puffy.