Lissa: Who’s your favourite character in this one?
Gary: I don’t know, really. They’re all interesting.
Lissa: That is not an acceptable answer, Gary. You’ve got to have a favourite.
Lissa: … I don’t know why.
Gary: Well, who’s your favourite character?
Lissa: As if you couldn’t guess.
Lissa: It’s Will, you dope. WILL!
Gary: And why would I guess that?
Lissa: Because he’s a book guy! He keeps diaries about vampires! He’s an adorable little nerdy guy!
Gary: Okay, I see why you like him. Book guy. Yeah.
Gary: Though I don’t know what the grin is for.
Lissa: Oh, never mind. This book was incredible. I loved Will and Lily’s story.
Gary: I liked it but I thought it was a bit…. it made me… a bit… sad, I guess.
Lissa: It is sad. Parts of it are so terrible and heartbreaking. But it’s so hopeful, too. After everything that happens to them, everything that they do to each other, and they can still find something to hang on to afterwards. I like that they can find… I don’t know… diamonds in the ashes or something.
Gary: Oh. Um. I meant, about Bikini Kill.
Lissa:…. but nothing bad happens to the kitten.
Gary: I just meant that cats don’t actually like real vampires. Neither do dogs. Animals react very badly to real vampires. Like they know we’re… wrong.
Lissa: You’re not wrong.
Gary: Tell that to my dog.
Lissa: You had a dog?
Gary: Yeah. But after I… you know. We had to give him away. He kept biting me.
Gary: (wistful sigh) I like dogs.
Lissa: I’m sorry mine keeps trying to bite you too.
Gary: That’s okay. He’s just doing what he’s supposed to do and looking out for you. I guess.
Lissa: Can you have any other pets? Like goldfish?
Gary: No. They all jumped out of the bowl when I tried to feed them, when Mum and I tried it this one time.
Gary: (shrugs) Oh, that’s something else. About Will. I used to wear glasses too. I haven’t needed them since I became a vampire, but I wore them for reading.
Lissa: So you are finally making the connection that I like Will because he reminds me of you.
Gary: He reminds me of me too.
Lissa: Does Lily remind you of anyone?
Gary: No, but I bet Cora and Magdalene would get on well. Or try to stake each other.
Lissa: Yeah, that one could go either way.
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