…I know. Vhat I mean is t’at you haven’t really shown up in the ‘social world’…t’ough, to be honest, I haven’t much eit’er. Only recently I’ve started to make an appearance. I suppose everyv’one has been awfully busy…but jo, you start to miss faces.
Ah … I see.
And yes, I’ve never really been that active, I suppose. I don’t keep in touch as often as I’d like to, and really, I miss the days of old letter writing… there was a lot less demand to keep up, as well. Busy is busy, I do like things keeping me productive, though.
It’s odd, really. Even with the kind of lives we lead…
Ludwig! What is going on? I think I smell food.
How do I even smell, I do not know.
Ah, I have decided to have a small, non-business related meeting, as I’ve been absent for so long.
/talking to a stick, basically
I blame you completely for this.
I’ve dealt with some shit. But being a waitress isn’t one of those things. I think you should take over, go get that apro—
[ Ludwig. Why. Stop. ]
So be it, I’m willing to accept that.
/came up with this plan after all
I didn’t say you had to cater people— /eats more ham
It would be nice if you tried talking to them, though. You know, entertain, sort of thing. I think the general rule is if you don’t raise your voice too much or call them stupid, you won’t frighten them away or offend them.
[ He’s dressed, amazingly, complete with pants. But still, less than enthusiastic. ]
West, this was a fucking awful idea.
[ There’s a plate of sausage, cheese and biscuits on a table. Help yourself, Gilbert isn’t. ]
/he places a hand on the man’s shoulder
I know it seems like a terrible situation, but there’s nothing we can do. We can’t run from our responsibilities. I think this is a positive step in becoming better men.
We will— /gets distracted by some ham
/he eats said ham
I’ve missed you and Gilberto as well!
Did you say? The magic word?
I will make you gelato from scratch! Any flavor you’d like. Oh, oh, oh, oh and then if it warms up a little we can go walking by the sea! And then, and then, and then we can go see a movie! Or go to the theater! Or go shopping—
Eh, what was that about work…
Have you? I suppose life would have been just as quiet without us, as well— /definitely doesn’t have a booming voice that most neighbours could easily hear, not at all
…/already a little hungry just thinking about it
I’ve missed everything, I don’t care, even the ridiculously sweet! Hazelnut and chocolate, however, I will never tire of. And I suppose with that, I can settle for whatever plans you may have, it’s been a while since I’ve even been to a cinema, hm…
And work, you know… paperwork, schedules, meetings.
I’ll go get the sausage ready.
…Please remember not to put that one on the plate.
My, my, look who decided to show up.
I’ve always been around, you know… I just didn’t see much point in being all that sociable out of meetings. I’m afraid it wasn’t really worth the headaches. But— I suppose you begin to miss others after a while. It’s nice to see familiar faces.
You never said we were having guests.
Gilbert. We need to be more welcoming, set some example for our neighbours, yes?
I want to be a decent role-model.
You should get ready, I’ll hold them off until then.
We are overdue for a sleep~over~
I have already expressed that I’d rather not watch films for children on a couch all night, but life has not been the same without our conversations.
I hope you’ve been keeping up with your work, Feliciano. Perhaps we should have lunch some time— I’ve been without gelato for too long.