Re: [Lakeside Manor: Hugh & Atticus]
"Going to move from Phantom references to any other Webber references? Need to prepare in advance." Had grown up in New York, which meant he'd seen plenty of shows. Preferred a good book. Preferred a play without music, too. Tennessee Williams, as previously discussed, was a favorite. But knew the big musicals. "If we're going to start talking about anthropomorphic singing cats, then we're going to have a problem." Shook his head with mock sadness. "T.S. Eliot never meant for this to happen." Chuckled, and took another bite of his brownie. Swallowed another gulp of milk, then set both down and sat back comfortably again.
Second City. "Anyone can go. No parking, for obvious reasons, but walking is a lot easier in the Capital than here. More like New York. Don't think I'm into the whole rural town thing. Everything's spread apart. Anyway, yes, anyone can go. Will take you sometime, assuming weird doesn't concern you. Might like it. It's colorful. Filled with the smells of strange foods and voices haggling. Can't help but think it would make a good story somehow." Enjoyed the place. Hadn't seen anything dangerous there yet, not any worse than walking down the street in Brooklyn or the Bronx. Reminded him of home, mostly.
"Openness is challenging." Nodded his agreement. No question that Hugh was speaking gospel when he said that. Being open was hard. "Think we're always worried about letting people see our cracks and blemishes. Don't mean physical ones, but more the tendency of people to want to appear perfect. Have this vision of ourselves that we try to portray, but it's a falsehood. None of us are what we want to show. Even the most confident among us has flaws." Considered things shifting for the man across from him on the couch. "Think you seem calmer. Have to assume that's better, unless you're dead inside, but don't seem to be. Companionship is a complicated thing. Will give you that, too. That it's complicated. We're all so different that learning to communicate with another person is hard. Both might speak the same external language, but our internal languages are unique. Makes it challenging."