And haven’t I told you that too? I’m sure I did at some point. [He holds the other man with his free hand] It was still a surprise, if that serves as some kind of consolation. [Arkham is quiet during the kiss, smiling against the other’s lips and letting it last for a moment]
… I missed you as well.
I waited under your desk for ten minutes for this opportunity, but it’ll have to do. [He moves up a little more, sitting on the edge of the desk.] Missssed you more.
[That came out a little awkward.]
…My time overseas gave me the opportunity to readjust my priorities. I’m going to try a little harder to be more… [He waves his hands.] …more vocal about certain things.
[Cue incompetent people] Puzzles!
Narci. I see you’ve moved out. Which isn’t surprising, because I left without warning. And for that, I’m, mnnnnn… kinda……… sorry….
That aside, how have things been for you?
Wellll…to me, yes. Narci is moving along. He’s healthy, but the anons have found him. There’s a new Riddler around. He kinda toyed with my feelings a little bit, but whatever, it happens. If you were interested in talking to Unswag about anything, now is the time. He will probably be bafflingly un-Unswag, my fault, sorry. But he’s amenable to polite conversation at the moment, or he was when I left him.
Ah…I haven’t heard much from anyone else, but that’s what went down in my vicinity.
Nothing outstandingly negative. Good. [He rubs his hands together.] Except for that excerpt about the new Riddler. Give me their location, or their ‘nickname’ if they have one, and I’ll break his jaw for you. How does that sound?
[A pause. He probably shouldn’t be offering that, but… hey, it’s for a friend. So it’s okay. He’s still on the right track.]
…Is it that magic cat?
It’s one of two. The one that also turns into a human.
[Crawls under his desk. Waits until he sits before sliding a little taxidermied crocodile into his lap, towards his face.] SSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSssssssssssssssssssss or whatever sound it is crocodiles make.
[Quietly observing the approaching crocodile with a wide grin, the older man takes it from the other’s hand]
Why, you’ve been away to take it from it’s land and didn’t bother learning what sound it makes? That’s very insensitive of you.
I know, I’m a reprehensible man. The newspapers have said so several times. [Crawls up Arkham’s legs after it.] I’ll be sure to youtube it later and install a recording in it for you, but right now… [He shuffles up to give Arkham a chaste kiss.]
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There are also lots of incompetent people some consider ‘family’ to look after like a parent would, so there’s no need for an actual child
But I would actually be willing to subject myself to something of my creation. I’m not so sure about incompetent people.
*She laughs* Your secret’s safe with me. You should rest well after this too.
I plan to. Need to get rid of this jet-lag. [And just sleep well in general. And eat well. And exercise. And keep himself stimulated daily. If he wants to be as happy as his future self, he’ll have to work towards it.]
[He sets some cookies in a napkin for later.] Did much happen while I was gone?
This kind. The kind I promised.
[Takes a bite out of three cookies at the same time, chewing hungrily.]
Look away, Helix. I haven’t eaten anything but airport food for two days. This is going to damage my ‘stoic badass’ reputation.
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I thought the hot dad look was in?
It wouldn’t be ‘hot’ dad if it wasn’t in, but I don’t think I’m ready to look after a miniature human being just yet. I still periodically forget I have a pet.