…Well, don’t stop there. Elaborate. You’re not being funny by leaving me at a cliffhanger.
I did. Very much so.
I now intend to receive as many Christmas presents as possible this year. [Claps hands together.]
Unfortunately for you I do not share your views here. You might have better luck with Swag or Narci, since he’s so eager to please others.
At least, that is what I’ve heard.
Don’t you worry, you’ll have your presents on the right time. You’ll get something very, very special.
[Puzzles dismisses the topic of Narci with a wave of his hand; best not to linger on that one.]
So you’ve already brought me several?
[His grin couldn’t be wider.]
I’m touched. And placated.
[He pulls it a bit, just to keep it away from his skin. This darn thing itches…]
I never said I wouldn’t give you anything, dear. But don’t you think it’s a little too early for gifts?
I’m sure there’s a religion or consumerist holiday somewhere that has people providing their loved ones with gifts throughout the month of December. I consider myself part of this religion or consumerist holiday that may or may not exist.
[Just look at this earnest face. He’s so excited for gifts.]
[Narci pulls away from the hug. He knows he will regret that he didn’t milk the rare physical contact later, but he also knows it makes Puzzles unhappy.]
Even just that means the world to me.
[He nodded, jerkily, and ineffectively tried to wipe the tears and snot off his shoulder with his palm.]
You leaked bodily fluids all over me.
I’m taking a shower.
[Narci was silent through all of it until the end.]
You thought you didn’t like me?
[Emphasis on the past tense.]
[He pressed his teeth together, frustrated with himself.]
I. Don’t know.
I’m not fond of this feeling. [Not fond of feelings in general. When he does have ~feelings~, he feels too strongly and it’s hugely bothersome.]
// I have never seen the fans of any character take to harassing the character the way Riddler fans do. Riddler fans will follow twenty Riddler blogs and harass each and every one of them.
Never stop, Riddler fans. Never stop.
ooc; My thoughts immediately jump to Higgy. Beloved kingpin of the Riddler fans.
[Narci pulled away enough to wipe away his tears, then return to his previous hugging.]
Sorry. I’ll clean it for you later.
[His voice was a mumble into Puzzle’s chest.]
I know that no clean start will ever fix anything. No matter what I do it won’t make up for it. W-What I did to Nash..
I-I thought maybe if I became someone else I could-
I don’t know…run away? But I’m Edward Nigma, I don’t do self-loathing, I-I’m Edward Nigma and I don’t want to lose the one thing connecting me to the family that hates me.
[He shifted awkwardly.]
Why can’t we be built like crocodiles. No tear ducts, that is. [He swallowed thickly.]
Honestly, Narci, some degree of self-loathing and regret is — as far as I can tell — an integral part of being a Riddler. So congratulations, you fit the criteria. We’ve all done something we look back on with a grimace.
Well — Arkham might not have, but he’s a special case. And I’m not one to regret my actions either. [Or so he tells himself.]
If you feel the family hates you for what you did, and can’t forgive you, you don’t have to be — and you probably shouldn’t be part of it. Run away. There’s nothing wrong with doing that in your situation.
[He dropped his head onto Narci’s shoulder, though the rest of him remained tense.]
God, I don’t know what I’m doing. I thought I didn’t even like you and I — ……..but that’s my advice.