Really? Then it must be Lily or Alice, most girls in my neighborhood think me and Alice are weird, but Lily’s super nice! So is John, and Michael. And Nana, and mummy, and sometimes daddy when he plays with us.
Where’s his room? Is it upstairs? Is it here? Can we go in since it’s a boy’s room? Is this a castle? A magic castle? I’m supposed to go to a magic school next year with John. Is this it? Are there fairies and mermaids here? Can we see them?
It’s Lily, actually. We’re family friends, the two of us.
It’s the magic castle where John goes to school, yes. I go to school here too, and so will you.. and Alice.. and Lily. But don’t tell them just yet. Technically we’re not supposed to be in his common room by ourselves, but I think we’ll sneak around just fine. Ready for an adventure?
Erh, I - I, I’m sorry.
Ugh - I’m sorry.. I don’t mean to rant, you’re just - you’re infuriating sometimes Adam! Not that I blame you, it’s not your fault. …I just hate that you feel that way. Or that you ever did.
You’re welcome! I knew I had to get you something from there, it was practically a law! Now, how has your birthday been so far?
Oh, it’s been alright. I haven’t seen that many people. And it looks like Charlie’s disappeared again, but I’m still managing to enjoy myself.
Oh, who’s your friend? Yes, he’s John! I can’t find him anywhere and I think it’s him trying to scare me. It won’t work though, and Michael’s at home with mummy!
A little girl, about your age, really. We look a lot alike. We’ll just have to find him then, won’t we? John’s a friend of mine, I’ll take you to his room.
Yes! Do I know you? You look sort of familiar, but I don’t think I know you.
No, we’ve never met, but I think you know a friend of mine. *smiles* Your brother’s name wouldn’t happen to be John, would it?
Oh, never mind that.