Log 3s: Worlds That Never Were

Whether it happened all at once, or gradually over the past week or so, all four of Clem’s siblings have now succumbed to elderly demise. Cooper’s mom, too.

That face. :(  We have to help her!
That face. 😦 We have to help her!

Cooper was taking her mother’s death pretty hard. Not because the two had been close, but because they hadn’t been. Guilt, resentment, anger. Sorrow for yourself and the deceased. It’s hard to process all that stuff. She was spending time moping around the graveyard – especially at Estrella’s grave.

coop mourn estrella
What was it like, having a mother that liked being a mom – and liked you?

Dia tried his best to comfort her, but he didn’t know what to say. He could only imagine what it would be like to not have a loving family, or someone guiding and watching over his life, finding joy in his successes and wanting him to be happy. Coop acted tough, but Dia knew that family was something that was really important to her. And there was no way to go back and give her something she needed growing up but never had.

The most Dia could do is make sure Coop knows that she is wanted and appreciated here and now.

Dia remember 1
Dia: “Remember that night you handed me a rose, and told me to give it to my girl?”

Yeah. That was a sucky night. She was pretty bummed.

Dia: "I'm finally doing what you said."
I’m finally doing what you said.

Quite the romantic, our Dianthus. But we already knew that. 😉

Clem must have been able to sense that Coop’s morale was low, because he’s been going out of his way to be friendly with her lately. He seems to have found a kindred spirit in her – they’ve been doing a little training together.

clem love helps 1
Clem: “We don’t have to talk about it, but I know what it’s like to have a shadow.”
clem love helps 3
Clem: “It will always be there, but it doesn’t define you. And it doesn’t have to consume you.”
clem love helps 4
Clem: “Love helps. But for those days that it doesn’t, let me introduce you to my friend here.”

(For the record, I still think Clem is totally hawt. <3)

Wanting to make sure he was prepared to satisfy his sweetie in other ways too, Dia had been doing some research.

Whatcha reading, Dia?

Dia: "The Gentleman's Guide to Woohoo. It's supposed to be exhaustive."
Dia: “The Gentleman’s Guide to Woohoo. It’s supposed to be exhaustive.”

Oh, that’s precious. Coop was amused too.

Coop, smirking: "I see. Think you're ready for that material, do you?"
Coop, smirking offscreen: “I see. Think you’re ready for that material, do you?”
Dia: "Well, I'm only on the first chapter. Look, it says, 'arousal may be assisted by a romantic setting, music or other soothing situation.' "
Dia: “Well, I’m only on the first chapter. Look, it says, ‘arousal may be assisted by a romantic setting, music or other soothing situation.’ “
Coop: "Let's go see."
Coop: “Let’s go see.”
Dia: "Wha? Okay!! I mean uh, yes, it's probably a good idea to test the efficacy of this statement. If you're serious??"
Dia: “Wha? Okay!! I mean uh, yes, it’s probably a good idea to test the efficacy of this statement. If you’re serious??”

She’s serious, Dia. You should probably follow her.

dia door 1
Coop: “Leave the book out here, Dia.”
dia door 2
Dia: “Are you sure? There may be more informa –“
Coop: "You won't need it."
Coop: “We won’t need it.”
dia door 4
Dia: Oh. Ohh..  

If there was one thing Coop had learned about loving this boy, it’s that she needs to be patient. So very, very patient.

Coop: "Dia. Open your eyes."
Coop: “Dia. Open your eyes.”
Coop: "Hi."
Coop: “Hi.”
Dia: "The guide said that massage relaxes the nerves while increasing the level of intimacy."
Dia: “The guide said that massage relaxes the nerves while increasing the level of intimacy.”
Dia: "I don't know, I think they may be wrong on this."
Dia: “I don’t know, I think they may be wrong on this.”

Okay, this is driving me nuts, haha. Go ahead, Coop.

Coop: "Now we try my way."
Coop: “Now we try my way.”
Dia: *squeak*
Dia: *squeak*

Finally.

Finally.
Finally, damn.

There are things that books just can’t do justice, no matter how skilled the writer. Woohoo is definitely one of them. The world seemed bigger now, and full of wonder. Colors were brighter. Birds were chirpier. Yup, Dia was definitely in love.

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7 thoughts on “Log 3s: Worlds That Never Were

  1. “What was it like, having a mother that liked being a mom – and liked you?”

    A little close to home.. Not “Home”-home but someone I once knew well.

    * * *

    Great story but it’s “break” time.

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