okay also one more thing i promise but okay nathan and richard saw each other frequently in jail between the time when they were finally allowed to see each other again and the time of richard’s death. apparently richard worked at the greenhouse and nathan worked in the library and the two places were close enough that they could see each other often. every morning they spoke together after breakfast for twenty minutes. they played games together like bridge and handball. they established a better education system together for the prison (it’s unknown if they used this as a cover for homosexual activities but i’m gonna go with a definite yes on that one). the morning of richard’s death they spoke, they had plans for that afternoon. richard went to the showers alone and when nathan heard that he had been stabbed he was shocked because he had literally just seen him. nathan was with richard when he died. and it seems to be the case that richard was aware of nathan’s presence prior to losing consciousness. just the fact that they were speaking and they weren’t angry with each other to the point that they hated each other, the fact that richard didn’t die without ever seeing nathan again, or that nathan didn’t have some cruel parting word bestowed on richard prior to his death…… and that they were in communication not just regularly but every single day, i’m just. i’m shook. i’m in tears. “dick could charm the birds off the trees”, said nathan, an ornithology expert who would know. i’m never going to recover from this shit
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