Episode Eight — Part Three (Chapter four): In this episode we gather for a nice evening out, with Rob, Nick and Max. The good news is that Rob happens to run into Ariadne at the pub. The bad news is that Max drops acid, gets “the Sauce” and has a meaningful experience with a cactus. Oh, and Nick is pretty weird too. But Rob is definitely falling for Ariadne.
Meanwhile Max came out of his bedroom, dressed in some running shorts and a singlet. His green eyes looked scary, the pupils tiny despite the duskiness of the room. Nick calmed down again, and Max poured himself a scotch. He sat down, and immediately said, “Holy shit. Look at the fucking cactus!”
“What about the cactus?” I asked.
“I mean, look at it. How can you miss it?”
Nick sensed Max’s fascination, and he started staring at it too. It was like they weren’t there, and Ariadne and I started talking.
“Do they do this often?”
“Hardly ever. Nick especially. I have to say, I’m really surprised. Tundra is a freak. He probably does this more than he should, but I’m not usually with him when he does, so I couldn’t tell you how frequently.”
“It’s nice that you look out for your friends.”
“Ah, I’ll tease them mercilessly tomorrow. And for the foreseeable future.”
“Yeah, but you know.” She slid closer to me on the couch.
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