“When they discover the center of the universe, a lot of people will be disappointed to discover they are not it.” Bernard Bailey
Catherine Oh, you don't say.
Cullen Shame on you, Catherine! You shouldn't talk about Nathan that way.
Nathan Oh, I know exactly who she's talking about, and it's not me for once.
Catherine There's no point in going on about it.
Nathan Oh, don't pretend you aren't just as irritated as I am!
Catherine Have you turned into an owl, Cullen?
Nathan Appropriately scathing, darling! Well done!
Cullen WHO IS IT?!?!?
Nathan Well, let's see. Who is loud, annoying, single-minded, breathtakingly rude, loud, annoying, harder than plague to get rid of, opinionated, oblivious, mean-spirited, did I mention loud and really annoying?
Catherine Now Nathan...
Nathan ...has no idea when she isn't wanted... and gave birth to the spawn of hell whom Satan himself cast out because he plagued the crap out of him...
Nathan You know, your admonitions would be more effective if you weren't laughing.
Cullen Oh, dear lord, she's not here is she?
Catherine All right, you two. I've just had a long day and my threshold of patience just couldn't accommodate...
Nathan Oh, for the love of Fiaryn, Kitty! Just say you wanted to kill her like everyone else!
Arinda Who are you lot talking about?
Catherine ***sigh*** Lady Peabody.
Catherine Not you, too?
Arinda That devil-child of hers is enrolled at Vespith. I hate that kid!
Jahx Arinda! Shame on you! You're talking about a student...
Arinda Oh, don't you dare act like you didn't lock the door and pretend you weren't there the last time he was sent to your office!
Jahx I did not!
Arinda You did, too! I was the one who dragged him there. And you made Rook talk to his mother.
Jahx All right, fine! They are the bane of my existence! He's set on perpetual destruction and she thinks everything he does is precious and I clearly have unreasonable expectations.
Catherine I know! All she ever talks about is that horrible child of hers, and she never fails to bring him along to civic functions and he wreaks havoc! She volunteers for every single committee I'm on and latches onto me like a tick! I've tried tell her we're all full, but she just shows up anyway, quack, quack quacking away in that shriek of a voice about little Roooooooooooddddderiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiick! I've forbidden the rest of the volunteers to even utter a word about the details about any sort of function we're planning, but she manages to find out anyway, and just when I think I'll get a moments peace, here she comes! The last time we took baskets to the needy, he'd gone through half of them and taken one bite out of everything and then spit it back in the basket! And she just laughed, and said, 'Isn't he such a scaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaamp?" Oh, I just want to club her in the head with a cudgel!
Nathan Well... okay....
Arinda How do you know of her, Cullen?
Cullen If she calls for one of my healers one more time, I'm going to instruct him put arsenic in the well and put them out of my misery.
Nathan I didn't hear that.
Arinda Why is she calling for your healers, Cullen? She should be calling for the Rowan Guild healers.
Cullen I KNOW. I believe the Rowan Guild Master High Healer decreed that his healers are not to go anywhere near the Peabody Estate.
Catherine Oh, much that she cares! She has no sensitivity whatsoever. Rude, loud, thoughtless, completely oblivious... a ripping bore!
Nathan Well, Kitty, don't hold back now...
Catherine I had to put up with her all day, and you got me talking about it, so you can just shut up and listen!
Nathan All right then... you're scaring me a little.
Catherine Oh? I could call for Lady Peabody to keep you company, if you'd prefer.
Nathan Now that scares me a lot!