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Hannibal the Cannibal {Dr Hannibal Lecter} ([personal profile] itrhymes) wrote in [community profile] herbgarden 2016-02-03 05:17 pm (UTC)

Where else was he supposed to keep all the books he'd had to buy for university, Lydia? Do you have any idea just how many course textbooks are required for someone with not one, but two doctorates and a collective four years of residency? (Nevermind the tens of books that he's added to the collection to look important. Let's not focus on that.)

If Lydia were older, he'd offer some of the drinks he keeps in his cabinet. As it is, he has a coffee machine in a different room that branches off and serves as a kitchenette, for when he spends the full day at his office. Perhaps not coffee for someone so young. Tea, however...

Has he stumped her? He watches her without alarm or judgment, looking for the source of her confusion. Is it the simple fact that he's insisting on asking at all?

It's another reminder of the oddity of this situation. He's had a few younger patients, but generally his interaction with youth is restricted to grocery clerks and gas station attendants, and all of those are older teens. This strange girl offers him little except something to watch and learn about, and yet he finds that...that's enough, for the moment. If he enjoys the sensation of being admired - or so he tells himself that's where some of her motivations lie - well. That doesn't hurt.

But then Lydia says friends, and he can't help his surprise. Something like condescending pity sparks in him, a dismissal without a grounding argument behind it, but there's intrigue and softer feelings just underneath. How lonely is she for peers? He has the sudden instinct that he isn't the first adult she's ended up wanting to spend time with. Her parents had been strange, but not unkind...she must be a picky child, or there's more going on than meets the eye. "Well. If my office is where you would like to conduct 'hanging out', as you say, I might recommend that next time, you call ahead to be sure I'm not seeing a patient." Which is a well-wrapped version of saying 'I'm glad you came, feel free to visit again'. He certainly looks pleased with it.

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