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Jan 29, 2022 1:50 AM
Zeke and Rebecca graduate
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"...okay." She pats his arm and eats her own share of the appetizers.

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Everything is fine. He is so fine and cool and fine, look, now he’s eating his appetizers in a much more typically-Zeke-ish fashion.

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Reassuring! Something you can snap out of is less likely to get you eaten less concerning than something that keeps happening even after somebody asks if you are okay.

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The appetizers are finished off; the ramen gets brought in.

Zeke gets through about half of his ramen and then excuses himself to go the restroom. 

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...oh right, yeah, it's okay to go to the bathroom alone, now.

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Why does EVERYTHING still taste like BLOOD. There definitely isn’t still any blood in his mouth. It’s been, like, a week.

He leans over the bathroom sink and stares in the mirror and he looks - kind of pale, and nauseated, and exhausted, and he is definitely not allowed to be any of those things, if he is any of those things he’s going to die and his girlfriend is going to die and everyone is going to die probably. Or he’s going to die alone and his girlfriend is going to be just fine without him because nobody needs him anymore and half of the people who did need him very urgently a week ago are already VERY DEAD. 

When he returns, looking slightly like it wasn’t okay to go to the bathroom alone after all, he would like the rest of his ramen to-go please random waiter thank you random waiter.

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This is a Zeke who needs the emergency chocolate stash except they have graduated so presumably this is a problem arbitrary amounts of chocolate could be thrown at without making a dent! Oh no! She hugs his arm and eats one handed even though that's kind of difficult with ramen.

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He is no longer trying to eat anything and a Rebecca is hugging his arm and this is almost like an emergency chocolate stash! He continues to look kind of pale and exhausted but the nausea fades and he perks up a bit. 

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Pet pet pet. "You still okay to go to the show?"

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“Yeah.”

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"Okay. If you're sick or something they probably have a great healer in New York, right?"

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“Uh. Definitely?”

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”We have the very best healers in the world,” mutters Damien, in Latin, “for everything that you never ever want to fix.”

”Ezekiel is still recovering from a very traumatic experience,” says Zeke’s mother, also in Latin, “and I am very proud of him, and he can take all of the time that he needs, and he is still never going to anything like you. I love you, Damien, but sometimes I get tired of how very you you are. We were having a perfectly nice dinner -“

“- Damien, Edna, I don’t believe everyone here can understand that,” says Zeke’s father, in English, glancing at Mr. and Mrs. Dillard.

”- oh, my apologies,” says Damien, with an excellent impression of sincerity.

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"Was that Latin? Rebecca knows LATIN now," says Beth.

"Yeah, that was Latin," says Rebecca, smiling a little uncertainly.

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... everything is so terrible. Zeke is going to try being very quiet and leaning on his girlfriend and maybe this will keep any other terrible things from happening. 

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"Rebecca what other languages do you know now again?" says Beth.

"I mean, I'm not super great at any of them," Rebecca says, "I just learned enough to do spells in them, but Latin and German and Spanish and Italian and Hindi and Russian and French."

They keep making small talk. John and Judy want dessert.

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Lincoln - who has been preoccupied for this entire dinner by thinking about dinosaurs and their tiny little arms, entirely oblivious to the world around him - would LOVE dessert. 

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Zeke does not want dessert, thanks no thanks random waiter, goodbye random waiter.

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Rebecca is full of ramen and will split something with her mom. And pet Zeke's arm.

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Rebecca is so good! Pale exhausted smile.

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And then maybe Zeke will be cheered up by Jesus Christ Superstar after they have made their way to it?

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Jesus Christ Superstar is really good! Box seats aren’t great for actually getting a good angle on the stage, apparently, but they’re very romantic and made moreso when he fetches chocolates (which he is not going to eat) and flowers (which he is also not going to eat). He’s visibly perked up by the time they walk out of the theater.

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Good! Perky Zeke is best. Rebecca can chatter about the show and all their musical direction decisionmaking all the way to her family's AirBnB.

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And then they are at her family’s Airbnb! 

“That was really cool I’m super glad we did it I love you!” he says, hugging her.

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"I love you too!" Smooch. "Thank you so much for taking me, it was a great show!"

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