4.29: Tongue-Tied

Oh my God!

You will never guess what happened today (well, you can’t guess, since you’re just a journal. But you know what I mean!)

Anyway, Elliot (yes, THAT Elliot) talked to me. Like, an actual conversation! Can you believe it?!

08-03-16_11-52-03 PM

Okay. I need to calm down. I am literally cringing as I read what I just wrote. I sound like I’m 16 again!

Well… Okay, scratch that. I never wrote crap like that when I was 16. 19, maybe? When Daniel asked me out? The point is, I’m being a little ridiculous right now. I know that. And I guess it’s not quite as big a deal as I’m making it out to be… But I just can’t help it. I’m so excited!

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Let me try to get it all down while it’s fresh in my mind.

It happened this afternoon, down at the library. I kind of have Mark to thank for the whole thing, actually.

He and I are always talking about authors and different book series (or old school horror movies… It’s nice to have someone besides Luc who’s into them too!). But today it was the usual – books.

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I found out a few days ago that he loves Harry Potter almost as much as Clara and I do. It was kind of shocking – I’ve never met anyone his age who likes those books, let alone is an actual fan… It was a nice surprise!

But then he found out I’d never read them in English, just German. And apparently that’s a big deal? He looked at me like I’d just confessed to murder or something! And then today, he handed me a copy of the first book in English. “Let me know when you’re done so I can bring you the next one!” He said.

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Mark totally cracks me up. But I do have to admit that so far, it really is better. I figured he’d taken it as a personal slight or something, since he’s British and all. But maybe he’s actually onto something…

Anyway, I started reading on my downtime and got totally sucked in – I haven’t read these books in years.

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Hagrid had just showed up at the Dursleys’ cabin when I heard it – a deep voice with that funny Willow Creek accent. “Harry Potter? Sweet!” It said. “I love those books.”

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It was the first time I’d ever heard him speak English before – and maybe most importantly, the first time he’d ever spoken to me directly before… in any language.

I don’t think I’ve ever felt so tongue-tied. How the heck was I supposed to answer him in my own language, let alone English? So… I ended up just kind of staring at him.

08-03-16_11-46-34 PM

Then he repeated himself – in German.

Jesus, he probably thought I was crazy! Sitting there reading a book in English, then acting like I don’t even speak it!

08-03-16_9-29-10 PM

When I finally found my voice again, I did manage to remember how to speak English, thank God! We talked for a little bit about Harry Potter – I guess his little Schwester back home is a superfan. So then I asked him about where “home’ was, and it turns out I was right – he’s from a little town just outside Willow Creek.

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And then I did something I have never done before. I name-dropped grandpa Josh.

And the worst part is, it worked! Apparently his family have been diehard Ravens fans for years.

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I am so not proud. I hate doing that… The one time I name-dropped Papa to a guy, I promised myself I’d never do it again. And I guess I didn’t, technically. But still… I can’t help but feel a little ashamed of myself.

Know what though? It got us talking. So it was totally worth it.

08-03-16_11-51-17 PM

The conversation lasted two minutes, maybe three minutes… And then just like that, it was over. He told me he had to get to class, but that it was nice talking to me.  Then he checked out a book and left.

08-03-16_11-57-07 PM

I was on cloud nine for the rest of the afternoon.

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67 Responses to 4.29: Tongue-Tied

  1. Lol, I have gotten used to all the chapters never missing one day ;-; xD

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  2. CitizenErased14 says:

    Hahaha Mark is in his 40s, but the idea is the same 😛 I am sure she’d be surprised by how many older Potterheads there are out there! 😉

    We will get to know both Mark and Elliot a bit more as time goes on! ^_^ Thank you for reading! And for picking a side in the Marklyne vs Jelliot battle 😉 This amuses me 😀

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  3. crstasse says:

    Talk about dedication to this story and yes we are VERY spoiled because I don’t know of many writers who are consistent as you are!! Thank you for that! This story is written so brilliantly and I always look forward to the next chapter and I especially enjoyed Clara’s attempts at cooking and her phone call with Florian. I think I prefer Mark the Librarian to Elliott.


    • CitizenErased14 says:

      That’s so sweet of you to say! ^_^ I am so happy to love the story and all of my frequent updates hehe

      Glad you liked that phone call chapter! SO fun to write! And another member of #Marklyne! Hahaha hopefully there are some #Jelliot fans out there too 😛


  4. totalRainbow says:

    Eep, I just bought the full DVD set of the Potter movies and I’m hoping someone gets me the books this year for Christmas! 😛

    I know I don’t comment a lot anymore, but be assured I am always lurking, haha!
    I am so in love with Joce!! She’s so down to Earth and silly and I totally relate to her on every level, it seems. I am so excited for what ever love is coming her way (Elliot OR Mark!!) She deserves it!

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    • CitizenErased14 says:

      I know you’re lurking! Hehe and I appreciate it 🙂 Glad you love Joce so much! She is a sweet character and I really enjoy writing her! ^_^

      And another member of #TeamGetJoceAMan lmao 😛

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  5. sonniejj says:

    Hmmm I am not sure who of these two guys would be better for Joce. Mark seems the ‘obvious’ choice, but then again, with Joce being such a good girl her entire life, I kind of feel like she needs someone less stereotypically ‘boring’ (no hate, Mark!), like Eliott. Still holding off on picking a side for a while 😉

    That said, I love that Joce is getting some attention, and my goodness, is she gorgeous. Is her top from an expansion pack or is it CC? I love it! I want one like that for myself haha.

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  6. NessyRosy says:

    It’s so cute to ‘listen’ to Joce ramble about her crush, it makes me smile 🙂 I love how excited she is by the whole encounter XD

    I also just noticed that she has a tattoo. I don’t know why I never noticed it before, but it suits her 😀

    Also, WOW you are amazing at posting so much and so often! I love how dedicated you are to your writing. I certainly enjoy reading it ❤

    P.S. I'm on #TeamGetJoceAMan too 😛 I just want her to be happy 🙂

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    • NessyRosy says:

      ‘AT your writing’ not ‘TO your writing’ XD


    • CitizenErased14 says:

      Thanks! I love writing Joce all excited like this hehe And I’m glad you like her tattoo! The three little birds represent Clara, Luc, and Auggy ^_^ I haven’t 100% Come up with the backstory, but Luc and Clara both ended up with owl tattoos, so I was thinking wouldn’t it be cool if there was some kind of inside joke thing between them with birds, so the bird tattoos all have meaning? I’m definitely giving Auggy some kind of bird tattoo when he’s older ^_^


  7. octopocket says:

    Is it just me or do I see a possibleeee love triangle here hmm..

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  8. CitizenErased14 says:

    Hehehehe Potterheads unite! 😛 And yes, hopefully this will not be the last conversation Jocelyne and Elliot have 😉


  9. Mumei No says:

    Still shopping All they together! And yeah, the book thing must seens confusing…well, have a Nice time In the camp, while I think In the tree-person ship…( Maybe Jocellimar? Don’t know…) XD

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  10. kaffepigen says:

    Well I was seeing Mark with Joce too, but after you said he is in his 40’s I’m leaning more towards Elliot 🙂 he seems like a nice guy.

    Have fun at camp. I look forward to you getting back 😉

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    • CitizenErased14 says:

      Thanks! I’m not leaving yet though ^_^ Just an early warning hehe.

      And we will find out more soon about Elliot. Hopefully a nice guy! 😉


  11. Jes2G says:

    And I knoooooow she is. Helpless! And her eeeeeeyes are just… 😛

    Man, Mark looks eerily a lot like Jonas! Is she sure that isn’t her long lost uncle? lol

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  12. theplumbob says:

    Aww she’s so adorable. Such a sweetheart! I’m glad she’s excited. I can’t say I ship her with either of them, her boss seems cool, but I mean, so is my boss yet I wouldn’t want to date him lol. No need to picture yourself all hot and heavy with every single male presence in your life 🙂 As for Elliot… well, we know literally nothing about him. But I’ve definitely had crushes like that when I was younger 🙂 Definitely a good way to lighten up a work day haha!

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    • CitizenErased14 says:

      Joce is so sweet and innocent haha it’s very fun to write her! And yeah, we don’t know much about Elliot yet, except that Jocelyne definitely ships herself with him 😉 Hehe


  13. Yo! You know I love me some Harry Potter, so in excited that is what brought them together! Jocelyne, you do what you have to to break the ice, then smooth it out from there, lol. He’d probably been really nervous to talk to you, then saw you reading a book in English and got excited that you might actually be able to communicate.

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  14. peacesign101 says:

    I’m still Elliot’s #1 hater…

    Have fun as a camp counselor 😄 I’ve never realized how often you update, so thank you so much! ❤️

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  15. azzywoods says:

    Aww, Joce. She’s so sweet. I love her tattoo…
    You are great at posting, I’ve been really impressed by that. Have fun being away.

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  16. silentwolfy101 says:

    ❤ #TeamHope

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  17. Spottydog714 says:

    *smacks forehead* Awkward much, Joce.

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  18. maladi777 says:

    We are so happy to be so spoiled by you!

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  19. SpurklyNinja says:

    Hmmmmm… Elliliot, you say? I don’t know if you can be trusted to be around our Joce… 😉

    And have fun as camp counselor (though when you leave, I’ll be crying on the inside 🙂 )

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  20. lisabeesims says:

    Adorable liaison .. I am quite fond of Mark but she likes Elliot so I will “respect” her wishes

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  21. lisabeesims says:

    OH and have fun at camp


  22. Virtualee says:

    Oh Mark you British beauty you…I dunno I can’t get into Elliot at all – It was that sly smirk at the end that sent shivers down my spine like he knew he has her hooked or something hmmm…hope I am very wrong.

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  23. theceltygirly says:

    Harry Potter connects the world 🙂

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  24. addbratlove225 says:

    Either there was a Hamilton reference right there (“the conversation lasted two minutes, maybe three minutes”) or I’m just crazy. Possibly both.

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    • CitizenErased14 says:

      It was! I adore Hamilton and I try to sneak in the occasional moments like that 😉

      Thank you so much for reading, by the way! I appreciate it 🙂


      • addbratlove225 says:

        I love Hamilton! Not my favorite musical, but it’s definitely a good one!

        You’re welcome! I’ve been binging for a while but I just never remember to comment. I silently binge-read all of Dust to Dust as well. Definitely some of the best stories I’ve read!

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  25. marenkicks2 says:

    Rereading this again, just love your writing style and can never get into any other stories as much as I get into yours! Is there a Hamilton reference I never caught before in this chapter? If so thanks for getting Satisfied stuck in my head!

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    • CitizenErased14 says:

      Hahaha okay first off, thank you so much for taking the time to re-read, and for your super kind words about my writing ❤️❤️❤️

      And secondly… yes! I love Hamilton 😂 So there are little lines sprinkled around in gens 4 and 5 (I don’t think I’ve managed to sneak one into 6 yet hehe)

      Thanks again!!❤️


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