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This one is a bit pointless :). I blame Gerry.



Gerry nearly stumbles over Eric when he rounds the corner. In all fairness, it's not Gerry's fault. Okay, fine, he has a history of running people over and there were one or incidents when people (West) called him a. a battering ram and b. a wrecking ball because he happened to be a bit too enthusiastic (not that there really is such a thing) with his greetings. In this case, however, it is entirely Eric's fault for sitting on the ground behind the cricket pitch like a car that broke down whose owner forgot to put out the advance warning triangle.

'Whoa, mate,' says Gerry, grinding to a halt or at least trying to. He ends up with his feet on either side of Eric's outstretched legs with Eric's cricket bat precariously close to his crotch.

'Hi Gerry,' Eric replies, like it's the most normal thing in the world to sit around on the ground like that. 'How's things?'

'Can't complain,' Gerry says on autopilot. 'And yourself? No, wait. What are you doing here?'

Eric looks up at him again, the bat now aimed away from Gerry's crown jewels.

'Waiting.'

Gerry frowns and walks backwards a little. He nearly stumbles over Eric's batting pads.

'Lying in wait?' he sort-of repeats. 'For whom are you lying in wait? Are you going to batter Christopher to death?'

'Nah, not three days before the summer holidays, mate.'

Gerry nods.

'Good point. Viggo, then?'

Eric arches an eyebrow.

'Am I going to batter Viggo to death? Who'd go to Greece with me then?'

Gerry shrugs, lifts his foot over Eric's thigh, so he comes to stand on Eric's left side.

'Not me, I'm going to the US, sorry.'

Eric makes a disappointed sound.

'Viggo will have to live, I reckon. Have you seen him by any chance?'

Gerry thinks about that for a moment, then shakes his head.

'Not since lunch, since he tried to convince Jeremy Needham to spit into Orlando's soup.'

Eric frowns.

'He did?'

'I was reading between the lines,' Gerry makes a dismissive gesture which, spontaneously, he then expands to encompass Eric as well. 'Why are you sitting on the lawn?'

Eric lifts one shoulder in a shrug.

'Last training session of the year is over. Just thought I would -'

'Relish the moment.'

'Commiserate the fact that there won't be any more cricket for six weeks.'

'That is tragic.'

'Don't mock my pain.'

Gerry shakes his head, then sits down on the ground, facing Eric.

'Good year?' he asks, then adds, 'Fuck, the grass is wet.'

'Yeah, fantastic year,' Eric replies and sounds extremely happy with himself and the world at large. 'And you're gonna get grass stains on your jeans.'

Gerry hums but doesn't move. The next fifteen minutes consist of a conversation that is to equal parts about cricket, removing stains, and Greece vs. the US as holiday destinations. Gerry is right in the middle of arguing the point of California, when Craig rounds the corner at high speed – for whatever reason, really, it is five in the afternoon -, stumbles over Eric's legs and lands on Gerry.

on 2017-07-12 05:05 am (UTC)
Posted by [personal profile] openidwouldwork
Greece WINS!

on 2017-07-12 08:26 pm (UTC)
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Posted by [personal profile] noalinnea
I'm intrigued... what ate both Gerry and Craig doing behind the cricket patch after school hours? And where is Viggo? I mean, Eric is right there!
I love the fact btw that Eric always seems to gravitate towards the lawn :)

on 2017-07-13 05:45 pm (UTC)
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Posted by [personal profile] noalinnea
All of that sounds very suspicious to me... why would Christopher and Craig meet behind the cricket pitch? And Gerry seems to be way to relaxed for chasing a pony... maybe Cate has summoned all of them to make sure she's right about Rochard's paramour? She might have told them she got under the sprinklers and now is in desperate need of a towel and someone's sweater or cardigan... ;)
I like both the fact that Eric always gravitates towards the horizontal and always wants to know where Viggo is :)
Edited on 2017-07-13 05:46 pm (UTC)

on 2017-07-13 06:48 pm (UTC)
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Posted by [personal profile] noalinnea
That sounds like a half fun party? I think parties with colleagues are always a little awkward because I'm always just 50% relaxed... but, well, if there's wine ;)
I thought I'd write about the plans the head of houses have made for the first quiet day after the kids have left (Sunday? If everybody gets picked up on Saturday?)... but there'll surely be more Cate&Richard soon! Glad you approve of Cate!
Btw head of house are Viggo, Sean, Orlando, Miranda/John, Kiele/Matt... and who was the sixth? Weren't there six?

on 2017-07-13 08:34 pm (UTC)
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Posted by [personal profile] noalinnea
Right, how could I forget that?! :)

on 2017-07-13 09:45 pm (UTC)
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Posted by [personal profile] noalinnea
Apparently, when I set out to write the heads of houses it turns out to be Eric/Viggo instead. Oh well. But I'm totally blaming you and your kiwi fic. Just so you know! ;)

on 2017-07-12 10:04 pm (UTC)
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Posted by [personal profile] gattodoro
Poor Eric. The end of the cricket season is solemn moment.

I'm glad that Betty broke Craig's fall.

on 2017-07-17 12:54 pm (UTC)
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Posted by [personal profile] gattodoro
P.S. Eric would like to add that triangles, by their very nature, are not pointless.

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