Re: capullo de rosa; dietre & hugh
Obviously not crazy? That statement struck Dietre as being both funny and sad. It was a nice thing to hear, but he didn’t think it was entirely true. “Not in that way, at least.” This was said as a joke, but the wanness of Dietre’s smile hinted that his heart wasn’t in it.
The food arrived, a welcome distraction. Dietre was beginning to regret bringing up the ghost thing. He wanted Hugh to know more about him, yes, but he felt he should have saved it for a night where nothing had been planned. Dietre wanted to forget his problems and just enjoy Hugh’s company. He didn’t want the man to worry about him, and he didn’t want his pity. Instead, he wanted to make him smile. Talking about ghosts wasn’t likely to do that.
“It's...disturbing,” he said as he began to cut into his filet. “It used to be scary.” Sometimes it still was. “And when they want help, it's frustrating, because there’s nothing I can do.” He could only see them, he had no power to guide them to their destinies, or to bring them back. A promise had been made to Liam that remained unfulfilled, and Dietre was becoming more convinced as the months passed that it never would be.
“What about you?” Quid pro quo. Dietre had revealed one of his secrets, now it was time for Hugh to do the same if he was willing. “Is there something about you that only close friends know?”