“How about now?”
“Well, what about—wait for it, wait—now?”
Sophia let out a huffy breath and decided not to answer this time. She wanted to run away, but that was the downside to being annoyed by the voice inside of her own head, there was really nowhere to run away to. He would always be there to drive her up a wall. She took a deep breath in, counted to three, and tried to refocus on the books in front of her.
“You know—considering we’ve shared the same brain for a couple of decades now, I’m baffled how you became such a homebody, while I’m one of the coolest souls out there.” Charlie sighed, pulling his chair over so that he was always in the corner of my vision as I read. “It’s just tragic and I don’t understand it.”
“Perhaps you took all the social, Charlie, which means I have no choice but to be a homebody.” I answered without looking up.
“Hmm,” Charlie leaned against the desk, settling his elbows on the edge of my book, obscuring the last column of words on the page. “I suppose. Although, people say and you believe that I’m only a figment of your imagination. Can a figment of your imagination really steal from you?”
“Well, if you are a manifestation of everything I’m not but secretly want to be—it would make sense that you are in many ways the opposite of what I am.” Sophia turned to look at him now. Figment or not, he was making it hard for her to read. Maybe if she just humored him she could get back to work. It hadn’t really worked before, but there had to be a first time for everything.
“Well,” Charlie got a grin on his face that meant it was going to be hard for her to disagree with him, “If I’m a creation of things you secretly want to be—wouldn’t it be a step in the right direction for you to listen to what I want to do and try to act on it. If I want to go out—doesn’t it mean that secretly you want to go out on some level?” Sophia opened her mouth to argue, realized she had nothing, and shut it again. “Exactly,” Charlie grinned.
“Okay,” Sophia sighed, “Okay. We’ll go out. But we have to be home by 10:30 and then you have to let me study.”
Charlie jumped up and kissed her on the top of the head. “You’ve got yourself a deal!”