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Aug 17, 2022 2:58 AM
Zeke and Rebecca graduate
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“It definitely was! Sorry for being a downer earlier and for my family being awkward and stuff.”

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"It's okay, no big deal. It was really sweet of your brother to give Judy a rose."

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“He can be really cool! Do you wanna see another thingy tomorrow?”

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"I would love to!"

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“Cool, I love you!” he beams, and he hugs her and picks her up and spins her around and says goodbye and leaves.

 

He heads back to the New York enclave, sits down in his bed, and spends an entire hour casting his set of italian warding spells over his room, over and over again. The words had stopped sounding like words a few months into freshman year - they feel like he’s hugging the teddy bear that he owned when he was eight, or like he’s saying ‘safe safe safe I’m gonna be fine Rebecca’s gonna be fine safe safe safe safe’ - but calling out to the holy trinity for protection does feel slightly different after watching an entire musical about the Apostle enclave. If they had even been an enclave and not some weird mundane equivalent? He’d picked up some scattered religious stuff from language lab and Rebecca but there had obviously been a few gaps, like, it had seemed pretty clear from the musical that Judas and Jesus and Mary had been dating and he’d definitely never heard about that before. Where even is Apostle, is it in the Middle East, he doesn’t feel like googling it. 

He takes a sleep potion, after a while, and wakes up from a nightmare about two hours later. He could, technically, start taking a potion of specifically dreamless sleep, but he has the very strong sense that it would be - cheating, somehow. He doesn’t want to take trauma potions to blur away all of his negative emotions like they’re not about real things that really happened, real things that are going to keep happening, and he doesn’t want to act like Jasmine and Antwon aren’t even important enough to mourn, and if he has to wake up from nightmares twice a night then he has to wake up from nightmares twice a night, too bad, maybe the world could try sucking less next time. 

He sends Rebecca a message, in the morning.

hi! do you wanna see hadestown or the phantom of the opera tonight?

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PHANTOM

like hadestown also looks great but I looooove Phantom

it's the one with the "anywhere you go let me go too" line, I must've sung that bit for you at some point
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christine, that’s alllll iiiiii aaaask oooof yooou - cool, i’ll get us tickets and stuff for 7:00!

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Are you gonna pick me up? Should I eat first?
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i can pick you up, yeah! if you wanna eat first that’d be good

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OK see you like 6:30?

SO EXCITED

THE PHAAAANTOM OOOOOF THE OOOOOPERAAAAAAA
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6:30 works! 

AAAAaaaAAaaAaaaAaAaAAAAA - actually I dunno that you can communicate the cool high note riff over text without just sounding like you’re yelling, nevermind. i love you!!!

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LOVE YOU
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❤️❤️❤️!!!

He drinks a nutrient potion instead of eating breakfast or lunch or dinner; it’s slightly less weird and terrible for potions to taste like blood. If everything keeps tasting like blood he’ll just live off of nutrient potions indefinitely, it’ll be fine. 

He arrives at 6:30 in a snazzy black limousine.

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"Ooooh a limo!" She hugs John goodbye on the doorstep and then pops into the backseat next to him.

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“A limo!” Zeke agrees. 

Has Rebecca considered that one important feature of limos is that you can make out in them? Zeke thinks that this is a very important feature of limos!

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Oh that's a VERY good feature. She has not made out with Zeke properly in like a whole week. Also, hypothetically, if they were to get really carried away, they could skip off to Vegas or something, so she doesn't have to keep catching herself and starting over. Though in practice the limo arriving at its destination will interrupt her.

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It’s very frustrating when the limo arrives at its destination; very rude of the limo driver to actually do their job and not just drive around in circles so he can have sex with the best person in the world continue to make out with the best person in the world and respect her religious thingy that’s really important to her for reasons.

The phantom of the opera is: the phantom of the opera! 

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He's there! The phantom of the opera!!!!!

They can make out at intermission. Just a little.

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They CAN! How is Rebecca so correct about everything. Is it because she’s pretty and perfect and the best person in the world??? Zeke thinks that it’s because she’s pretty and perfect and the best person in the world; he verbalizes this thought process out loud. 

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"Awwww thank you I love you and you are ALSO perfect and," mwah.

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They’re eventually interrupted by - “MASQUERAAAADE, PAPER FACES ON PARADE” - and then they should probably actually watch the Broadway musical that’s in front of them, or something. 

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Yes. But with her head on his shoulder and her hugging his arm.

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He leans both for head-on-shoulder positioning reasons and also because leaning on Rebecca is inherently rewarding.

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When the show is over Rebecca is BOUNCY. "That was SO good, I am SO glad I can see shows again that aren't, like, me personally singing all of it for you and Jean and a handful of random other people."

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“Those shows were still really good but you didn’t have an orchestra and stuff! I think that you should have an entire orchestra.”

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