The young man gently pulled his fingers through his hair with a frown. He couldn’t admit the real reason… it was too embarrassing!
I just uh… It is very comfortable actually. I just don’t have it with me right now?
He wasn’t very convincing as he hid the real reason – he didn’t like having that much of his legs exposed! He was used to being teased for his skinny legs and felt very self-conscious when wearing his kilt.
But maybe one day I will wear it again. We’ll see.
At the mention of cake, Tintin’s eyes lit up. However, he forced himself to remain composed as any true gentleman would.
Joyeux anniversaire! I hope you had a marvellous day, mon amie. And er… if you are quite sure you cannot finish it all… then…
The boy coughed and loosened his collar slightly before lowering his voice so that the others could’t hear him.
I’m sure I could have a piece or two. Or three. Or four. I do believe the others are on a diet and um… I don’t want to tempt them! But thank you for offering! You must be very kind to be giving away presents on your special day.
Tintin took the cake with a smile before devouring it at a rather rapid pace. Perhaps despite his mature exterior, there’s still some childish spirit inside him.
I’m quite fond of animals, and cats are no exception. I think they’re lovely creatures and I do appreciate how they subtly show affection. The Captain’s cat is very pretty, don’t you think? I get along with her very well when Snowy isn’t chasing her around. She often comes and sits with me whilst I’m working or relaxing. She has a peaceful air to her…
Upon hearing this, Snowy who was currently situated on Tintin’s lap made an unimpressed expression. Tintin chuckled and stroked his fur to ease him.
Don’t you worry Snowy – you’re still my favourite! But yes, the Captain said that he always had a cat on board to help with pests, and even though he can’t sail now, having a cat around keeps him in a positive mindset. After all, he misses the sea immensely. Not that he’ll admit it, mind you. A friend of his apparently gave her to him after they had a litter of kittens, and she’s been here since! Her name is Marina, in case you were interested!
Tintin: I’ve never really celebrated Halloween. It was never a huge thing anywhere that I’ve lived. I’ve only heard about it from reading books and from my trip to America I believe.
The Captain, overhearing the mention of Halloween popped his head into the room.
Captain: I’ve participated in its activities once or twice, but nothing recently. Nestor mentioned that his family never celebrated it, and Cuthbert has only read about it. Quite strange really! I’ve heard it’s very big in other countries!
Tintin nodded as his eyebrows furrowed in thought.
Tintin: Yes indeed. I don’t ever get too involved in many holidays though. I predominantly just celebrate Christmas. Maybe we’ll have to give Halloween a try this year…