Chapter 2:

Tuesday Part 2

Jolly Good, My Dear Jimothy-Kun


Caws in laughter given flight. An owl glitters its ticklish feathers from the heavens above. I turn to my left to look through a window. Bookmark here

Falling stray from the coat, a fluffy leaf leaves one of the bird's two branches—as it soars ahead into the windless skies above.Bookmark here

- Are we flying right? I stare at the fallen feather, lying on the other side of the window ledge outside.Bookmark here

- Flying right? Jimothy faces me, turning away to see what I'm looking at; the feather lifts away into the winds, sooner than he could make notice.Bookmark here

- Think about it. If you could fly, would you be able to tell when you are flying straight?Bookmark here

- I suppose not, they answer, facing back to me. He plops his silver fork on the table, but you can tell when you're making a great turn from that straight flight.Bookmark here

- So, you can only tell when you've turned too far?Bookmark here

- That implies there's no way to bring yourself back around.Bookmark here

- Does that mean that you can? I cross my arms and lean forward, looking at my friend in his emerald, green eyes.Bookmark here

- It means you can choose when to turn from that path.Bookmark here

- Even when the wind blows against you?Bookmark here

- If the wind fights there may be struggle but there will always be a way to fight back, Jimothy picks up his fork and stabs at a brownie, just try outsmarting it and adapt to its current.Bookmark here

- Outsmart the wind?Bookmark here

- Find another way to fly past it; build up speed to charge through it or use the wind to your advantage. He brings his brownie, fork and all, over to his licked lips.Bookmark here

- This metaphor is starting to drag a bit long is it not?Bookmark here

- What metaphor? Jimothy asks in playful cheer.Bookmark here

- The one we were just talking about.Bookmark here

- I know, I'm only having a laugh now Morris.Bookmark here

- Ah, I see. But I wonder: did you see the owl too?Bookmark here

- Owl? Asks Jimothy, brownie in mouth.Bookmark here

- Having me on again, are you? You surely saw it, did you not?Bookmark here

Telling me to wait a second, Jimothy holds his finger up as he swallows his food and flushes it in tea,Bookmark here

- Not having you on this time I'm afraid. He clear his throat. Also, owls are nocturnal, you're not going to see any at this time.Bookmark here

- Ah, I did not quite think about that, my sincere apologies.Bookmark here

- My, what a horrid act you bring upon me, cries poor Jimothy, how dare you make such a mistake—one as putrid as that.Bookmark here

- Goodness. I beg for forgiveness, please find it in yourself, sir, to grant me such.Bookmark here

- No, no. You shouldn't expect forgiveness for such a misjudgement.Bookmark here

- Nothing else would have worked, I could not do anything. Why can you not understand?Bookmark here

- I can't understand if you don't tell me. Stand and we shall start over.Bookmark here

- Start over, what may be the point in such?Bookmark here

- Just stand up; giving up doesn't suit you. We shall start again—restart from zero.Bookmark here

- Jimothy... I stand up from my seat, looking my friend dead in the eye. My friend stares back in silence. He sits in patience, awaiting my words, metaphorically clenching his fists and biting his lower lip. I open my mouth: three words leaving alone,Bookmark here

- I love Emilia.Bookmark here

Jimothy slams the table and jumps up from his chair, slamming back down to sit again, roaring into laughter. I join him in suit, the two of us giggling like children, and me clapping my hands together in loud slaps.Bookmark here

- Good gracious Morris, such rejection!Bookmark here

- Jolly good! Jolly good, my dear Jimothy; jolly good!Bookmark here

Our howling cheers set the room aflame, a stream of a's and h's bouncing off the walls. Cackles and chuckles and hackling giggles; roars of silver laughter run around the pure, white room, glittered in tears of joy. Joyous humanity. Half a fantasy in hilarity, half cries in the happiness of being human. A marvellous chatter: most humorous of words.Bookmark here

- I a funny man, I am.Bookmark here

- Yes you are Morris, quite the charming specimen indeed.Bookmark here

- And do not think I shall hold back my humour, just because you are younger than me.Bookmark here

- No, no I wouldn’t think so at all, Jimothy rolls up the sleeves of his sleeveless garments, such a statement should be expected, regardless of age or race or the like. After all, you do, above all, yearn for—Bookmark here

- True gender equality! I cry in bellow.Bookmark here

- Yes, for you wouldn't hesitate to drop kick a woman!Bookmark here

- Kyahahaha, what a storm!Bookmark here

- Veldora is that you?!Bookmark here

- Kyahaha! Goodness me! Glorious comedy. Simply splendid, is it not?Bookmark here

- It is indeed, Morris.Bookmark here

- Oh but, I clear my throat, speaking of storms and the lot—not so much of that today, is there?Bookmark here

- Ah, yes. You're quite right. Jimothy wipes his eyes from humorous salt.Bookmark here

- Simply so, I take a drink from my tea, and it is quite nice and warm for a change too.Bookmark here

- Rare for Britain innit?Bookmark here

- Indeed. But to my curiosity, Jimothy-san—Bookmark here

- San? Where'd that come from?Bookmark here

- I thought it would a be a fun nickname for you.Bookmark here

- Well san seems too polite. Not to mention how awkward it is to say san in English.Bookmark here

- Understood. Jimothy-kun.Bookmark here

- That's but even worse.Bookmark here

- Chan?Bookmark here

- You're having a field day today, aren't you Morris?Bookmark here

- Quite the fun one indeed, Jimothy-chan.Bookmark here

- Innit a little weird using an honorific when speaking English?Bookmark here

- I feel it is but weirder hearing "innit" coming from your mouth.Bookmark here

- Ah, you caught onto it I suppose?Bookmark here

- Quite quickly too. Maybe you should reward me.Bookmark here

- What with?Bookmark here

- I wish to call you Jimothy-san.Bookmark here

- No. Otherwise I'll start calling you by your last name.Bookmark here

- Rather formal is it not?Bookmark here

- So is your use of san.Bookmark here

- Touché. Says I.Bookmark here

- Touché indeed, James.Bookmark here

- I thought you were to not call me by my last name.Bookmark here

- Simply a little banter, Morris. Jimothy says, grabbing a pink-icing cupcake. He unwraps it from its purple and yellow, heart-patterned dress. Colourful? No: overdetailed. Bookmark here

- How about this then. Per my reward, I shall call you Jimothy-kun.Bookmark here

- It was a simple game of spot the difference, he brings his cupcake over to his mouth, there's no need for reward. Bookmark here

- There's no point of a game without risks. I waver.Bookmark here

- Fine. Then it was a simple joke that you happened to see through. Jimothy-kun takes a large bite from his little cake and rinses it in tea.Bookmark here

- Saying innit was a joke? Not very funny if you ask me Jimothy-kun, dear.Bookmark here

- Nor is calling me Jimothy-kun.Bookmark here

- I shall call you how I wish.Bookmark here

- As long as it's not in public, I’ll think about it.Bookmark here

- Why? Would you be embarrassed?Bookmark here

- Indeed.Bookmark here

- That only makes me want to do so even more.Bookmark here

- Do it and I'll call you James for the rest of your life.Bookmark here

- Even on my death bed?Bookmark here

- Even on your death bed.Bookmark here

- So you would arrive at the funeral and call me James there too?Bookmark here

- I would.Bookmark here

- But then you would have lied. You would have called me James more than the rest of my life.Bookmark here

- Fine, I'll have to die before you then.Bookmark here

- That is rather extreme. You could always call me Morris, on the day of my funeral.Bookmark here

- But then I have to stop calling you James. Therefore, I die before you do. That way there'd be no problem.Bookmark here

- Well, I would say there is one.Bookmark here

- And what'd that be, James?Bookmark here

- I would be left all alone...Bookmark here

- I doubt you'd be alone.Bookmark here

- ...And then I would have no-one to call Jimothy-kun.Bookmark here

- Why that specifically, James?Bookmark here

- Why not that specifically, Jimothy-kun?Bookmark here

- So, if anyone else came around with my name Jimmy and you befriended them, would you give them my nickname of Jimothy?Bookmark here

- Perhaps.Bookmark here

- Well, you told me before that you call me Jimothy because Jimmy is "too stupid a name"—so I quote.Bookmark here

- So?Bookmark here

- Would you later decide to give them that honorific of kun too?Bookmark here

- No, of course not. There can only be one Jimothy-kun.Bookmark here

- What am I? Some one-of-a-kind McGuffin?Bookmark here

- Absolutely, you are. I reach over for an orange and blue dressed, lime-iced cupcake. A mouthful. Not an action but a description; a long description. Overdone: generic.Bookmark here

Jimothy-kun sneezes.Bookmark here

- And who's the demon lord to take me from you?Bookmark here

- Suffocation.Bookmark here

- Suffocation? Jimothy asks squeakily.Bookmark here

- From laughter, I say, crossing my arms. Laughter from the hilarious jokes we make.Bookmark here

- They are rather intriguing, aren't they?Bookmark here

- Well, I would say that fits for the two of us—would you not say?Bookmark here

- In what way?Bookmark here

- In how we find each other so intriguing.Bookmark here

- Am I some strange puzzle now?Bookmark here

- Just one piece to it. I smirk.Bookmark here

- And it didn't even take hundreds of episodes to find it!Bookmark here

- Righty so, it would seem. Says I in chuckle, nearly dropping my cupcake in the process.Bookmark here

- Perhaps I'm not the real McGuffin.Bookmark here

- Not the real one, you say?Bookmark here

- Well, I mean it's just a theory.Bookmark here

- Alright, go on then, what be this theory of yours?Bookmark here

- Okay but take this with a grain of salt, Jimothy-kun stuffs his face with the rest of his cupcake. Okay so, I think... he sips his tea. That... he licks his lips. Perhaps... he says in ellipsis. Bookmark here

- Hurry up the jokes getting cold!Bookmark here

- Perhaps the real McGuffin were the friends we made along the way.Bookmark here

- .....Bookmark here

- .....Bookmark here

- If this was a novel, the reader would be bored after hearing that joke.Bookmark here

- No good?Bookmark here

- As good as a year-old slice of bread.Bookmark here

- How many slices of bread have you eaten in your lifetime?Bookmark here

- It seems the good joke train has crashed.Bookmark here

- Just some foreshadow.Bookmark here

- Foreshadow?Bookmark here

- Well, it isn't foreshadow if I tell you now, is it?Bookmark here

- True, that is Jimothy-kun.Bookmark here

- .....Bookmark here

- What?Bookmark here

- Not giving up on that name, I suppose?Bookmark here

- I doubt I ever will, my dear.Bookmark here

- Good gracious, how long will you persist?Bookmark here

- For the rest of your life.Bookmark here

- And after that too?Bookmark here

- We shall see.Bookmark here

- A question to take to the heavens!Bookmark here

- Unless this story becomes an isekai, that is.Bookmark here

- What an adventure awaits.Bookmark here

- Jolly good, is it not?Bookmark here

- And what a jolly morning is today.Bookmark here

- Indeed it is.Bookmark here

- Bravo, James.Bookmark here

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- Jolly good, Jimothy-kun my dear.Bookmark here

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