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"Hello, Riley."

"Hello, Kale."

"Would you like a hot chocolate?"

"Yep."

"Alright. Give me a minute."

"Okay."

...

"So, I haven't really seen you here for a couple days or so. Everything good?"

"Never been better."

"What were you up to?"

"Oh, just had a thing for my parents."

"Like an anniversary party?"

"Yeah, something like that."

"How was that?"

"Why are you asking so many questions?"

"Just curious."

"You talk a lot more than you usually did. You almost sound like you're starting to care about my life. Ew."

"Riley, I said I'm just curious."

"No, you're definitely catching the 'cares' for me."

"No, I'm not."

"Sure you aren't."

"So, about the party thing, how was that?"

"It was great. Lovely. So many familiar faces."

"Like all your parents friends and people were there?"

"Yeah.. Why are you curious again?"

"Because-"

"Because you care."

"No. Because I'm trying to make conversation and I'm actually curious. All we ever do is have friendly arguments or just arguments in general."

"Hm. Okay."

"So, tell me about your parents. What are they like?"

"Well, I guess my mom is kind of that mom that wants everything for their children, so she always pushed me to do what I love and stuff. She worked a lot when I lived with them so I never saw her that much."

"What does she do?"

"She was a lawyer. And my dad was a business man, he traveled a lot and brought home these cool keychain magnet things I collected on my little whiteboard."

"Nice, do you still have all of them?"

"Uh, yeah, still in my old room. Along with all my posters and books."

"Nice, your parents sound pretty nice."

"You got that from their jobs?"

"Well, no, I know you and you must be similar to them in a way. So I just assumed."

"You shouldn't assume things."

"Oh, were they.. Not so nice?"

"No, they were great people, don't get me wrong, but sometimes they just got annoying. So I.. moved out."

"Hm, I think they would be nice to meet. Not that we are anything but friends, and I don't have the 'cares' for you, but I'd love to meet them."

"What? Why?"

"My mom isn't really in the picture for me, and my dad is a bit of an drunk-butt, and I only have my little sister. So to meet other people's parents makes me, happy I guess?"

"That's weird. If anything it would make me depressed."

"Eh, I'd love to meet them. When they aren't working and if it's okay with you, that is."

"No, it's fine with me. As long as you never get the 'cares', we shall be fine."

"Really? Cool. I'm basically free most of the time. Whatever suits for you and them."

"How about right now?"

"Riley. Now?"

"Yeah, why not?"

"I have to watch the shop, and wouldn't they be working or something?"

"First off, no one is here but me. Close the shop for now, it won't take that long, the don't stay too far from here. And I'm sure they won't mind the visit at.. 1:00 in the morning."

"..Are you insane?"

"Slightly. Let's go."

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