Jun 21, 2021 12:00 PM
Ghys and her niece move to Beacon Hills
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"He'll be fine. It's hard losing a parent, but he wasn't a very good one." 

They arrive. 

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"I'm not sure whether that's better than the alternative..."

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"I don't know. If you really want to know how he's doing, you should ask." 

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"I shouldn't. I don't think it would help him any. I'm just - having some trouble."

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"Anything I can do?"

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She looks at him and smiles, a slightly sad, deeply grateful, intensely personal smile.

"I - I don't know. But thanks. You're a good friend, Matt."

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Nod.

Class proceeds. 

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Solvei pays less attention than usual. Which is still more than many of her classmates.

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In which case, she may manage to learn anyway. 

Lucky her.

Next, she has music.

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She is totally capable of playing the cello right now.

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No one notices anything amiss.

And then she has lunch.

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She continues to be uncharacteristically withdrawn at lunch. Maybe she'll sit by herself today.

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In an equally uncharacteristic turn of events, Isaac isn't sitting alone today.

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He has company.

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Oh. Good? Is that good?

(And what are they saying? Solvei isn't listening, but someone is.)

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It might be good?

They're very intently discussing how Isaac's father treated him.

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Solvei quietly eats her lunch.

(How did Isaac's father treat him, then?)

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Badly. Shamefully, disgustingly abhorrently.

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To the best of his ability. 

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