“This year has been one of the best years I’ve ever had and I might win the uncoolest-person-of-the-year award by saying this, but if you weren’t my friends, I think I’d just go into some kind of coma.”
YA Lit Meme: [4/7] Friendships » Tom Mackee x Francesca Spinelli (Melina Marchetta’s The Piper’s Son)
“Do you remember the first time we really…I don’t know…connected?” she asks. “You made me dance with you in drama class during one of Ortley’s ridiculous ‘freeing ourselves’ sessions.” He nods. “I asked you later why you got me to dance, and you said it was because…” He nods again. “You always looked sad.” “So did you, Tom. That’s why I took you up on it. Because back then, even before your uncle died, you looked as sad as I did. Except you were better at hiding it.” He stands up, needing to get away. Sometimes he feels a pull toward Francesca. She was the reason he came into their group. It was her misery that united them, and somehow it ended up being her personality that kept them together when everyone split.
YA Lit Meme: endless list of OTPs » Will x Frankie (Melina Marchetta’s Saving Francesca & The Piper’s Son)
Only in your tiny mind, Tom, does Frankie + Will = complacency. I wouldn’t exactly call that relationship an easy one to manage, or remotely one-sided, and don’t you dare presume you’d know what Will gets up to over there. He might be an arrogant and introverted cold fish at times, but ask him the question in front of his macho engineering buddies, “Where do you see yourself in ten years time?”and he doesn’t miss a beat. “Wherever Frankie is.” The same useless Frankie who’s still working on her music, and running Stani’s pub at night, and whose “sewing with her granny” job actually pays a shitload of money these days, and who’ll finish a history degree with honors when she’s up to going back next year. If that’s complacency, then I can’t imagine what category I fit in.
“I knew women who were trying to raise their children during brief visits in the visitors room while fending off sexual harassment and dealing with addiction and trying to get a high school education,” Kerman recalled.