Ah, nah. You’d need to apologize now. Now that the dust has settled. I mean…it’s kind of all you can do. Apologize to Aspen and whoever the other person…oooooh wow, it’s Solo, isn’t it? Washington. Katie went to UW with Solo so…oh, wow. Well. I don’t know how reparable that relationship is but. Might as well give it a shot, right? I’ve had people not forgive me for being awful and it sucks but…at least I tried and I feel better about myself for that. Hah, yeah, it really is scary. What a lot of people don’t realize is I used to just…I used to be a real big fuck, Orrick. Wasn’t until I met Matt that I started to become a decent person. I just…christ, I would have fought for the opposition. I know I would have. I’m getting married this August, yeah? Will you be in the wedding? I can’t have you be a bridesmaid, I have way too many, but. I’d like you to be in it anyway.
No, yeah, I… know I do. But like. What if it just seems like… I’m bringing it back up just to make it about me? I don’t want it… to seem like that. Because it’s not true. I wanna fix it, I’m just… afraid… erm… yeah. Yeah it’s Solo. No, I know. I just… it’s kinda hard to explain? It’s just that… gah, I don’t know. I just. Don’t… want her to think I’m the type of person she thinks I am, I guess. Her… opinion matters to me. For some bloody ridiculous reason it just… it does. Hopefully it’ll… make me feel better about myself. That’s be awesome. Well I… dunno. You might have been but you aren’t now. It’s all about the people you meet, I think. You stay around bad ones and you’ll… end up like them. But you get out and find new people and things get better just because they’re around… you are? You figured out the month and stuff? That’s pretty—… what? You want… are you… sure?
Something with Sarah then, got it. …okay, all this sounds like a big mess. Have you tried apologizing? Or are you going to let the friendships just dissolve? It’s up to you, obviously, but. I don’t know. I think apologizing to the people you screwed over would be a good start at not only getting where you want to be…but getting where you’re friends again too. Then it’s gonna come out. I don’t think it’ll be too bad though. You’re so much older now, so no one can really give you shit for it unless you let them. Oh, he definitely deserved it. There’s only so many times I can be called a Muggle loving whore until I snap at someone. This place saved my life too. To be honest…if I’d never come here? I think I’d be fighting for the other side right now. How fucking scary is that, right? Hey, I need to ask you something.
Erm, yeah…. yeah, something with Sarah. I… did? Right after it happened so I… don’t know if it was too close to the whole thing to really… mean anything to them. But we can hardly be in the same room now without… tension, so I don’t know if it’s something… that can be fixed. I can’t… force her to want to fix it. And I don’t really think… she likes me anymore. Which actually really sucks? It just… it sucks. No, yeah. I just… dunno. I’ve been missing for so long it’d feel kinda weird. But it’s gotta happen if I really want to do anything outside in the muggle world… okay, yeah, he deserved it, then. Asshole…. that’s scary as shit, El, oh my god. I’m glad you… you’re on this side. Real glad… uhm, yeah?
…really? Why? Or is that too much? I don’t know, you don’t have to tell me. Wait, really? Why not? I mean, you could still get in, I’d think? I don’t know how Muggle school works, but. I would imagine it wouldn’t be too bad, right? You look too much like Thomas for people to buy it. Especially since there’s news stories published about you, I’d imagine. Oh, no, you’re right, Sarah hit them both. The way she told it, it was hilarious. Just walked in and boom, walked out. Oh, yeah, sucker punched him right across the jaw. It was at the trial. He ran his mouth, so I punched it shut. I had to be escorted back to my seat by dementors. Who then tried to kiss me. …so I cast a patronus right in it’s hood. That was a fun. …Katie doesn’t know about that day. Yeah, but just…you sometimes have to remember the bad too. Learning experience, you know. Yeah,it’s tough. Just takes practice.
I just… hmm. I… asked someone important to do something I shouldn’t have. If it, uhm, gives you any idea it was during the whole… Keane thing, so. I wasn’t… thinking clearly. Which is stupid. In times like that I can’t… I can’t be like I was. Gotta be focused from now on. Well, the whole reason I was excited to go was because this person went there but… I dunno. Things fell through and I don’t want to… dunno. It’s weird. It’s like her place, yanno? I don’t want to impose, she’s had enough happen in her life than to have to deal with me in her school colors too. Oh, yeah, there were a bunch written and stuff. I usually was careful, though… huh. I don’t… think I ever thanked her for it, to be honest… I’m not surprised, El, go damn. Deserved it, though, from what I heard… Kate doesn’t have to know about that day. Oh, no, yeah. I… I certainly remember the bad. I really, really, do. But I dunno. You can’t let that overshadow the good here. It’s hard, especially with what’s happened recently, but… this place saved my life. I firmly believe that. Rigorous practice, but that’s what makes it fun.
I’ll just send her your way with Aspen. Unless you don’t like her, which, you know, weird, but that’s on you. The…the capital? Right? What’s in Washington? Well, fair point but. Let’s be honest, you’ll have to deal eventually. Your brother plays footie in the Muggle world. People are going to put two and two together eventually. As soon as they see you in pictures. It’ll come out, kid. You just gotta let it roll off. That’s what I’m doing with the whole, parents attempting murder on me thing. You don’t have to deal with you parents. Tell them to fuck off. Or take a note out of my book and punch your father in the face. Nah, you’re not done. Hogwarts will always be here. It never left me. I never felt done with it. It stays with me all the time, as stupid as that sounds. Perfect.
Oh, nah, that… wouldn’t work out so well. I like Aspen, I do. She just… she’s not overly fond of me. Oh, right. Uhm, no, not the capital. Washington like the state. I was gonna go to the University of, but. not anymore… ugh, fair enough. Guess the whole cousin thing won’t hold for much after that. Only one that knows is Ali, and she knew the moment she saw my picture even when he tried to say we were cousins…. yeah, yeah I really don’t even want to be in the same place as them, let alone get close enough to hit him. Besides. I think Sarah already did that, but I can’t be sure. Wait. What? You punched your father in the face?… No yeah, I… guess it will. Kinda have a point though. Pretty sure I spent my whole life here. The parts I want to remember, at least… huh. It wasn’t… that hard, I guess. Still difficult.
Actually, not really. All she does is mope about school and go to practice. I’ll shove her in your direction later this week. Whenever I see her next. What was your idea? Or can you tell me? Never know. It could still be possible. I don’t know Muggle laws, but you’re legal, right? If you’re a legal adult, the whole runaway thing can’t really affect you, no? Or, you could go easy and have me forge documents for you. I can do that. Hah…yeah, nah. Never was a surprise. Smart as a whip, that kid. So weird to think I watched her grow up. Well, yes, but. You’re thinking too hard about it. It should flow, to be honest. It’s tied less to thought and more to instinct. So, you know. It’s just…it’s almost like your wand. You don’t have to think too much for spellcasting with it, right? You just do it? So view it like that. An extension of your right arm. Or left, depending on which is your wand arm.
Oh, well… you know. When she’s not with Aspen if she wanted to come around I wouldn’t mind it. Oh, no, it’s not like… a secret or anything. I was, uh, gonna head over to Washington in the States? Had a… connection there. But not anymore. I… yeah. I’m legal. But that still wouldn’t like… keep away all the questions and people and I dunno if I want to deal with that. Not to mention I have like… no interest in dealing with my parents. At all… alright, criminal, calm down with the offer, haha. She technically did it twice, yanno? Graduating at the top of the class. Never a… coincidence with her. That… is very weird to think about. It’s weird to think that we’re like… done…. huh. Okay. That… yeah. That makes sense, I guess. So more natural and not… forced. Alright. Let’s see if this… like that? Almo… there. Like that?
The fuck, Wood? I’ll get on her ass, make her make more time for her friends. It’s still like pulling teeth though, for the record. She can’t even sit still for thirty minutes for team meetings. Really? Not an idea, huh? Well…what do you see yourself doing? You ready to quit school? Yeah, I’ll come for Sarah. Sarah and Aspen and you and all the other idiots. Holly too. And Allie. I owe that much to Matt. See his sister graduate for him. Mhmm, she’s a fifth year now. Huh…not bad, but you’re still thinking too much about it. It’s why the sand’s moving so slowly.
No, no, it’s cool. It really is. It’s fine. She’s off doing stuff she wants to do, which is the way it should be. But, yeah, no I don’t think that’ll ever change to be honest. Well, I mean… I had an idea. Kinda like… fell through, so. Gotta find somethin’ else I guess. I… don’t know, to be honest. I… really want to go to a muggle school. Learn stuff about both worlds. But… that would be tricky and then the whole me missing thing would just get messy. But I wouldn’t mind going to Uni and playing some footie. He’ll see her graduate at the top of the class, too. But that was never going to be a surprise… I don’t get it. How can I be thinking too much? Isn’t the whole point to think about it? To get the shape and stuff?
God, don’t I know it. You ever tried to watch a movie with that idiot? It’s impossible. She can’t sit still and just. Mess. She really does hate it though. The only reason she came back was because Coach B made her. That and her girl. Haah, you excited? Graduation’s exciting shit. I’ll probably come. And then come again for Aubrey’s in a couple years. Let me see. The sand, I mean.
Not recently, no. We’re never around each other enough to and she’s with Aspen most of the time. But I remember when we were younger, it was like pulling teeth to get her to sit still. Well, I hope she’s not like… completely miserable. That would suck. I… yeah, I think I am? But also kind of terrified because like… what am I going to do? I have no idea. You… will? That’d be awesome. But, yeah, in… two more years? For Audrey, I mean. Oh, uhm, here.
She’s done it twice though. She should be graduated by now. I think she deserves more sympathy than you, champ. But nah, you should have a break coming up, huh? You know how to do it yet?
That almost makes it worse, though. She gets bored easily as it is, but to have to learn the same shit over again? I can see why she hates it. Logically, I guess. But, yeah, I dunno. We should? A bit of one before we come back to the last month of hell before… we graduate, holy shit. I… not as good as you but… small things. Nothing animate yet, though. Just like… I made a rose the other day. It was lame.
Careful now. You’re starting to sound like Wood.
Yeah, well, she’s starting to make sense. All of this is just… so bloody useless… that, though. That’s stuff that’s interesting and cool and way worth my time.
… mhm, right behind produce juggling. And my inherent Wade charm.
Right. We can’t forget those, can we?… what’s that?
… just one of my many selling points, Ms. Orrick.
… is it now?
Alright— ohp… that was graceful.
… you’re such a dork, Mr. Wade.