The following day, after school, Sadde waits for Alistair.
"Good to see you, firestarter."
"Hey Kit. Doing alright?"
"Stellar. I hear you and Alistair have something planned?"
"Yeah. A date, actually, not sure he mentioned that part. As in, there will be lots of kissing. And I will be enjoying the view of him exerting himself physically."
"You're really something. I'm mostly just here to make a point to his parents, I'll get out of your hair soon."
"Sorry about him," he says to one of them, probably.
"I'm showing them I can be a responsible adult by escorting a pair of unruly teenagers."
"...have you met your nephew? He's the least unruly teenager I've met and I'm in school."
"I can be unruly."
"I'm not the parent here. Hands-off, that's me. But darling Christopher wants to trust me, so we play the game."
"I see," he says, then turns to Alistair to say, "I'd enjoy seeing you be unruly tremendously."
"I'd love to show you."
"That's my cue to leave. Have fun, but not too much fun."
"We'll have exactly the correct amount of fun."
And then they're alone.
"I'm sorry, I tried to talk him into just dropping me off."
"Next time might be a better idea to fly invisibly. I'm not sure I want your parents to think he's a responsible adult, though."
"I'm not sure I want that to be your problem. They're adults, they should be able to handle themselves."
"I'm in the habit of making everything my problem, but that is perhaps not the best priority."
"We have magic, we have the whole world. Save my family for later."
"Yeah, fair enough. Anyway, let's go?"
"I could drive us there, or we could use magic frivolously."
"Ooh let's use magic frivolously!"
So they do.
Alistair equips his handy bow, and offers Sadde the Jump card.