Re: [Lakeside Manor: Hugh & Atticus]
Hugh shrugged, it had been interesting to try to explain to Zee, and perhaps Theo would have had some explanation for it, or possibly not. His lips curled into a slight smile as he wondered if Theo had found his teaching as surprising as Repose. Probably. Either way, it seemed likely that the events on the lake would have fallen among the odd occurrences of Repose that Theodore would have enjoyed investigating had he stayed.
Hugh laughed, "Be sure to keep Box Five open as well." This took another bite of brownie, and he pulled a leg up, curious. He'd never heard of Second City from any of his theatre friends, or at least not as such, but his curiosity was almost certainly piqued. "Can anyone go?" It seemed like the sort of place where there might be a secret door, or some sort of something special required to get in, and even if 'strange things' seemed likely to fall outside of Hugh's normal range, strange things kept finding their way to him since he'd moved to Repose.
Hugh smiled and listened as he turned the glass of milk around in his hand. "Openness isn't always something I'm good at," he confessed. "Kinda always feel like there's something that'll turn someone off if they know. And the romantic part of me would like to think that there's someone who could see all my thorniest parts and still be okay with me, but." The 'but' felt huge, always. "I think sometimes it feels easier to accept someone else's broken mess, than mine," he offered with a small smile and a shake of his head. "I'm not going to say I don't want companionship, cause I know that would be a lie, but I'm okay right now - it's not… this acute longing that I felt like it used to be. Something shifted, I think. I don't know if it's good or bad, but it doesn't feel bad."