[nods, pretending everything’s normal, something she’s very good at] I’m good. tired, though. school’s a bit hectic at the moment. You?
I’m glad you’re good, love. I understand, halfway through the semester and things just kick off… Oh, I’m alright too. I mean… generally alright.
[nods and brings his hand up to kiss his knuckles affectionately] Of course, Cast… [smiles warmly, reassuring him]
-smiles softly, some of the color returning to his face- Thank you, love… -swallows, trying to get more normal- How are you?
[shakes her head and reaches out for his hand, squeezing gently] You can talk to me, Cast…
-puts his other hand over hers, looking up at her- D-Do you mind if we don’t talk about it? I just… not right now…
[isn’t convinced, but shrinks back slightly anyway and nods her head, unsure what to say]
-drops his eyes, looking at his lap- It’s just… my mom… it’s okay.
[furrows her eyebrows, concerned] Is everything okay, love?
-slips the letter into his pocket, nodding slightly, talking to both of them- Yeah… it’ll be fine.
[spots him while on her morning walk, smiling softly and hugging herself as she walks over to him, sitting beside him wordlessly]
-senses her presence and quickly folds the letter, turning to look at her with the worried expression still on his face before it turns to relief and he smiles at her-
-is sitting on a bench in a courtyard, a letter clutched in his hands that he’s reading carefully, scanning the page over and over distractedly-