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.
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.
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.
Yeah. That was a sucky night. She was pretty bummed.
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.
(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?
Oh, that’s precious. Coop was amused too.
She’s serious, Dia. You should probably follow her.
If there was one thing Coop had learned about loving this boy, it’s that she needs to be patient. So very, very patient.
Okay, this is driving me nuts, haha. Go ahead, Coop.
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.