Well thankfully you won’t have to worry about those friends out-dressing you anymore. I would, but I’m afraid we’re alike in that respect where clothing doesn’t take precedence in my life… Far too much else to worry about, am I right?
I won’t lie to you, the friendship you have with Narcissa is refreshing… the two of us don’t really share many mutual friends, so speaking with you being hers is a nice break from hearing about how miserable she’s going to make me.
You know I’m never one to pry at secrets, Severus. It’s good to hear you’re doing well enough… I do hope things turn out better though if they’re not exactly where you want them to be. I know Lily can be stubborn, but she usually comes around… it just takes a saint’s patience. As happy as I am in my current state, believe it or not, things could be much better. I’m counting my blessings though… Like you said, not many people have found level ground with their match as I’ve found with mine.
Yes, that is nice, isn’t it?
I agree with you completely, of course, but I suppose that for the bored and brainless rich, too lacking in mental capacity for real hobbies, it’s as good a distraction as any.
Narcissa and I have known each other for a very long time, and she has been very good to me in a way that very few have. I am flattered that you consider me a friend - I wouldn’t put it quite like that, but in light of recent events I’m not terribly averse to the idea. As you said, it can only make things easier.
I’ll have to take your word for it. You certainly seem more polite than your lovely friends.
But I digress. Yes, I’m well. In part because, difficult as it is to believe, my entire life does not revolve around this ridiculous new law. Yes, it is an inconvenience, but that doesn’t change the fact that my business is doing well, that I recently came into ownership of my own house, and that I have plenty else going on without having to obsess over my romantic processes.
Honestly, I don’t see that you have much to complain about. Your match is hardly particularly objectionable, and you’ve recently secured a rather enviable teaching position. From my perspective, your life seems to be rather looking up.
But they’re both black! Ugh… For someone who’s not an expert on clothes you certainly sound pretty savvy with them knowing what kind of threads the purebloods wear. I’m not complaining though, in fact I’m glad at least one of us knows what I need… It definitely fits much better, that’s for sure.
I wouldn’t be imposing if I asked how things are going with you, would I?
As I’m sure you’re aware, I’ve spent my fair share of time around Narcissa’s old friends. Spend enough time painfully outdressed by that crowd and you start noticing what they’re wearing.
And I simply pay attention to what I see, Lupin. If you simply opened your eyes to the world around you, it would be painfully obvious that those others are cut from different cloths - different materials, in fact, now that I look a bit more closely. Put them back - Narcissa would never forgive me if I allowed her husband to show up at her wedding with a suit off the discount rack.
Imposing? No, I think not - that’s what people civil with each other do, isn’t it? Though, if you’re expecting the intimate details of my private life, I’m afraid you’ll be rather disappointed.
In any case, while I’ve hardly attained a state of domestic bliss anything like what you’ve found with dear Narcissa, but I’ve been well enough, thank you. I won’t bother asking how you are in return - your current state makes it easy to guess how you're doing.
Ruffles are ruled out, she already told me she thought they looked gaudy. If that was the most of my worries, I feel loads better. I don’t think I’d be ashamed in anything… I’m just more concerned with selecting something that won’t maker her ashamed of me. Besides, it’s a day she’s been planning practically since birth, so making sure I can make the most of that for her is more important than what I’ll feel silly in.
How’s this one?
Small mercies, then. You would look ridiculous in a ruffled suit.
Though, I wouldn’t exactly consider myself to be an expert on these sorts of things, Lupin. Surprisingly enough, I’ve never been particularly bothered about clothing.
…The jacket is a slightly different shade than the trousers. I doubt anybody else would notice, but that is absolutely guaranteed to drive Narcissa half mad.
Try this one - the tailoring is more in line with the sorts of things I’ve seen her crowd wearing.
Ugh, I don’t want that. She’s already been up day and night planning and ironing out details… As I stand here unable to even make the simplest of decisions. It shouldn’t matter though since they’re all black anyway… Unless what you say she deems appropriate will be something less simple?
Narcissa has a fondness for the more elegant, extravagant things in life. While I can’t promise you that her choice would involve ruffles, I certainly cannot rule out the possibility that it might. If you hope to escape with your dignity, I would worry less about what she finds acceptable and choose something you won’t be ashamed to be seen in come your happy wedding day.
I definitely didn’t think finding a suit that I’m only going to wear for a few hours would be so difficult to pick out.
I wouldn’t take too long to pick something you can tolerate, or else your lovely fiancée will swoop in and make the choice for you. If I know Narcissa at all, then I very much doubt that you’ll find her idea of appropriate wedding attire at all acceptable.
H: If you knew your girlfriend/boyfriend would be truly happier without you, would you leave?
Given current circumstances, leaving my… partner simply is not an option. But still, even if circumstances were different, I hardly see how it would be my responsibility to make that sort of decision. If my partner would be happier without me, surely she can choose for herself to move on.
F: Are you a virgin?
If you have to ask that question, you obviously know very little about me.
Whom, might I ask, do you honestly believe I would have allowed to get that close? I’m not some sort of animal, willing to debase myself by throwing myself into bed with just anybody.
V: Do you ever want children?
I don’t see that I have much choice in the matter anymore, but no. I’ve never found the idea of children particularly appealing.
A: Who was the last person to piss you off? What did they do?
A more revealing question might be who hasn’t annoyed me recently? You’ll find that list considerably shorter than the list of people who have - James Potter, simply for existing, Sirius Black, for his ridiculous antics, you, for asking these questions…
L: Have you ever told a big lie, one that you felt bad for? Did you ever come clean?
I am a man who has successfully deceived the Dark Lord; of course I’ve told a “big lie”. It would rather take the point out of the deception if I hadn’t.
Do I regret my actions? No, I can’t particularly say that I do.
W: If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
Y: Is there anything you wouldn’t do for love?
Love is a ridiculous motivating force; making decisions in under the influence of such a powerful emotion is bound to end in disaster.
Have I not already proved that there is literally nothing I would not do, no value I would not compromise, no loyalty I would not betray in order to keep her safe?
S: What is your sexual preference (straight, gay, bi, pan, ace)?
I hardly see how that could possibly concern you.
In my life I have been significantly attracted to oneperson. Make of that what you will.