[Follows her to the table, quietly oblivious to the commotion in the kitchen - taking a seat across from her and settling down into it with the slowness of an old man with arthritic aches and pains. He sighs as he sits forward, bracing his elbows on the table top - and looks to the oracle with a returned smile.]
I have been “up to” very little, I’m afraid. I have been … studying a supernova quite voraciously as of late, but I have done very little in the last … year? … Other than stare into the heavens. [He sighs fondly.] … It has been quite a wonderful year, I must admit, though many would say that to do one thing for so long is boring. I could talk for hours of the beauty of such a specimen … and the magic that pulses within its depths.
… … [Blinks, as though snapping out of a daze.] And you? What have you been … “up to”?
[Listens to her old friend as he goes into a vague explanation on how he has spent his time since their last meeting. She nods along slowly, acting as if she knew just what he was talking about. Her smile was somewhat forced, however, as she could not hid the tinge of jealously that hung around.]
Did you stay here? [She tilts her head and begins to look around his home, as if it’s state could be any sort of indication. (It’s not.)] I heard that, like, light… light pollyution? [Scrunches her nose, is that the right term?] Well, it makes it harder to see stars! You live in a town… You should come and see the stars from MY mountain, yuuuup! [Smiles proudly as she swings her feet underneath the table.]
[What had she been up to? Simply put… Nothing. She had simply traveled in her time away, but she wasn’t so eager to admit that.] I did, well, lots of studying! On, well, soooo many topics. Too many to list because listing ALL the things I learned would take FOREVER. [Pauses and purses her lips, is he buying her lie? She can’t tell.] But yeah… You know… The usual.