So this just happened and I thought I should share it with you. Um, I'm on my way to dinner now, so I guess I'll let you guys know if anything goes wrong there, but...I'm optimistic.
[8:04:06 PM] Joe: ...hi.
[8:04:12 PM] Edward: oh
[8:04:13 PM] Joe: can we talk?
[8:04:14 PM] Edward: hi...
[8:04:18 PM] Edward: i mean
[8:04:26 PM] Edward: you haven't wanted to talk to me for like weeks
[8:04:28 PM] Edward: why now
[8:04:51 PM] Joe: ...i donno.
[8:04:56 PM] Joe: I guess... i've been thinking
[8:05:01 PM] Edward: okay
[8:05:01 PM] Joe: and running the forum is really hard
[8:05:05 PM] Joe: I don't know what i'm doing
[8:05:08 PM] Edward: oh so that's what this is about
[8:05:10 PM] Joe: but mostly I'm thinking
[8:05:12 PM] Joe: no no no
[8:05:30 PM] Joe: Look, edward. I overreacted.
[8:06:04 PM] Edward: okay
[8:06:05 PM] Edward: yes
[8:06:06 PM] Edward: I agree
[8:07:10 PM] Joe: ...I don't really feel comfortable talking about this. this was a bad idea.
[8:07:15 PM] Edward: wait
[8:07:17 PM] Edward: no
[8:07:23 PM] Edward: just tell me
[8:07:40 PM] Joe: ...ed, i don't know how you can trust them
[8:07:51 PM] Joe: i don't know why you listen to them
[8:08:19 PM] Joe: but... that's no reason to treat you like I did
[8:08:40 PM] Edward: I can tell you why I listen to them
[8:08:53 PM] Edward: I don't know that I trust them exactly, but they're...scared
[8:08:58 PM] Edward: The bad decisions they've made?
[8:09:07 PM] Edward: Same reason you've made your bad decisions
[8:09:12 PM] Joe: hey!
[8:09:16 PM] Edward: Like not trusting me
[8:09:20 PM] Joe: ...
[8:09:34 PM] Edward: I don't get why you wouldn't even tell me about that letter
[8:09:49 PM] Edward: what did you think I'd do?
[8:10:04 PM] Edward: kick you in the shins or something?
[8:10:14 PM] Joe: i donno. i just knew if you didn't know you wouldn't do anything
[8:10:36 PM] Joe: I guess...
[8:10:50 PM] Joe: I guess I was scared.
[8:10:56 PM] Joe: I hate it when you are right
[8:11:02 PM] Edward: I know you do
[8:11:09 PM] Edward: It's okay though
[8:11:16 PM] Edward: I like it enough for both of us
[8:11:25 PM] Edward: (KIDDING)
[8:11:28 PM] Edward: (mostly)
[8:12:11 PM] Edward: how are you doing?
[8:12:28 PM] Edward: is settling back in at your family's going okay?
[8:12:52 PM] Joe: ...yeah. i was expect the cabal to come after me after i revealed I was home...
[8:12:57 PM] Joe: ...I was about to leave again...
[8:13:04 PM] Joe: but my parents wouldn't stop me
[8:13:09 PM] Joe: ...stopped me
[8:13:10 PM] Joe: I mean
[8:13:11 PM] Edward: have they?
[8:13:20 PM] Edward: have you gotten more letters?
[8:13:36 PM] Joe: ...i got a few.
[8:13:40 PM] Joe: ...mostly bills.
[8:13:56 PM] Joe: ...but...
[8:14:08 PM] Joe: ...I also got a letter from Don Juan...
[8:14:18 PM] Edward: you did?
[8:14:19 PM] Edward: what did it say?
[8:15:08 PM] Joe: ...it said I should forgive you >.> I never thought I would be given advice by a serial....
[8:15:17 PM] Joe: what is an adulterer who isn't married?
[8:15:21 PM] Joe: an affair...er?
[8:15:24 PM] Joe: whatever
[8:16:19 PM] Joe: but he said some things are more important than others, I guess
[8:16:38 PM] Joe: and it got me thinking... he's still a scumbag, but if a scumbag can tell i'm in the wrong
[8:16:43 PM] Joe: i'm probably in the wrong
[8:17:57 PM] Joe: so, uh, that's probably just made you more sympethetic to the cabal... I still think they need to go, and are villains at heart...
[8:18:06 PM] Joe: but... I mean, how you feel about them isn't important
[8:18:34 PM] Joe: it shouldn't have ever been
[8:18:37 PM] Joe: and I'm sorry
[8:20:00 PM] Joe: ...Ed?
[8:20:42 PM] Edward: I'm sorry, I'm just trying to wrap my mind around all this
[8:20:49 PM] Edward: I didn't even think you'd want to talk to me ever again...
[8:20:58 PM] Joe: I didn't either
[8:21:04 PM] Edward:
[8:21:04 PM] Joe: but it looks like I was wrong about that too?
[8:21:08 PM] Edward: ...
[8:21:13 PM] Edward: that is a tentative smile, btw
[8:21:32 PM] Edward: and I'm sorry too
[8:21:47 PM] Joe:
[8:22:01 PM] Edward: I do think that they are trying
[8:22:02 PM] Edward: the Cabal
[8:22:15 PM] Edward: I think they get that they went about things in the wrong way
[8:22:23 PM] Edward: and I think it's wrong of us to send them back
[8:22:33 PM] Edward: but really?
[8:22:39 PM] Edward: I'm just glad they're not a danger to you
[8:22:48 PM] Edward: they don't seem like they're gonna go after you or anything
[8:23:03 PM] Edward: I mean, they're off chasing echoes now
[8:23:08 PM] Edward: did you see that? how crazy was that
[8:23:11 PM] Joe: ...yeah...
[8:23:41 PM] Joe: ...I think they have to go back, Ed. Mr. A says so.
[8:24:28 PM] Joe: ...but... i donno. We'll see.
[8:24:48 PM] Joe: ...hey... uh,
[8:24:55 PM] Joe: Do you want to come over for dinner tonight? Mom's making flank steak...
[8:25:07 PM] Edward: I think I could go for flank steak
[8:25:11 PM] Joe: really?
[8:25:15 PM] Joe: I mean, cool
[8:25:18 PM] Joe: thats great
[8:25:20 PM] Edward: yeah, I've just been eating like
[8:25:21 PM] Edward: beans
[8:25:26 PM] Joe: thats gross man
[8:25:31 PM] Edward: yeah well
[8:25:31 PM] Joe: i hate beans
[8:25:36 PM] Edward: they're so easy to make
[8:25:44 PM] Edward: I like me some chili
[8:25:48 PM] Edward: anyway
[8:25:56 PM] Edward: have you read the cabal contact thread at all?
[8:26:01 PM] Edward: I understand if you haven't
[8:26:29 PM] Edward: but there are some things Morgan's said that really makes me think we don't have to send them back
[8:26:30 PM] Edward: like
[8:26:39 PM] Edward: what proof has Mr A given us?
[8:26:46 PM] Edward: really?
[8:27:12 PM] Edward: (i just want to talk about this now, if I bring this up at dinner your mom will think I'm crazy)
[8:27:24 PM] Joe: ...i...
[8:27:33 PM] Joe: ...look, I don't have the answers.
[8:28:16 PM] Joe: we'll see. I just want to make sure the world is okay. maybe we will only send back those who want to go... but I don't know.
[8:28:20 PM] Joe: we'll see.
[8:28:32 PM] Joe: I'll have to read the rest of the thread...
[8:30:41 PM] Edward: I just think
[8:30:47 PM] Edward: maybe they're right
[8:30:51 PM] Edward: I mean
[8:30:58 PM] Edward: even Mr A says he doesn't have all the answers
[8:31:30 PM] Edward: i do think we should send back the people who want to go back
[8:31:39 PM] Edward: (and cat...if he wants to go)
[8:31:46 PM] Edward: (does he want to go? i don't even know)
[8:31:47 PM] Joe: I don't want to send back the cat
[8:31:50 PM] Joe: actually
[8:31:53 PM] Edward: he's pretty awesome, right?
[8:31:54 PM] Edward: like
[8:31:57 PM] Edward: let's keep him
[8:32:14 PM] Edward: you already have a cat
[8:32:17 PM] Joe: my cat could use a friend. plus, maybe cheshire would translate for me
[8:32:18 PM] Edward: so he can be mine
[8:32:21 PM] Joe: no
[8:32:23 PM] Edward: right? cat translator
[8:32:26 PM] Joe: my cat
[8:32:28 PM] Edward: no
[8:32:28 PM] Edward: mine
[8:32:35 PM] Edward: WE ARE TORN ASUNDER YET AGAIN
[8:32:38 PM] Edward: no but seriously
[8:32:49 PM] Edward: maybe we can take turns
[8:32:50 PM] Joe: okay fine, look, i'll consider it. it would certainly be nice if they could stay
[8:32:57 PM] Edward: we just have to steal him from new orleans
[8:33:16 PM] Joe: but we are not going to be the ones who decide that
[8:33:24 PM] Joe: we started something, but it's out of our hands
[8:33:28 PM] Edward: who, then? Mr A?
[8:33:34 PM] Edward: oh the forum
[8:33:40 PM] Joe: I mean, the metaguards will
[8:33:49 PM] Edward: well
[8:33:59 PM] Edward: I think a happy solution would be...happiest
[8:34:10 PM] Edward: if we send back those who want to go
[8:34:12 PM] Edward: then seal the wall behind
[8:34:14 PM] Edward: them
[8:34:43 PM] Joe: Ed I feel like you are trying to push a conclusion on me. I will eat all that flank steak myself, I am warning you
[8:34:47 PM] Joe: it's super delicious
[8:34:57 PM] Edward: I'm not trying to push anything!
[8:35:00 PM] Edward: SAVE ME SOME STEAK
[8:35:06 PM] Edward: god I wish i could cook
[8:35:10 PM] Edward: make my own flank steak
[8:35:25 PM] Edward: anyway
[8:35:28 PM] Edward: that's just what i'd do
[8:35:51 PM] Edward: i get that you don't want to make that decision
[8:36:11 PM] Edward: i'm just...
[8:36:19 PM] Edward: i'm glad we're talking again
[8:36:25 PM] Joe: ...I am too.
[8:36:31 PM] Joe: I'll see you tonight?
[8:36:33 PM] Edward: yeah
[8:36:34 PM] Edward: OH
[8:36:35 PM] Edward: IDEA
[8:36:42 PM] Edward: so we get an apartment in the city
[8:36:46 PM] Edward: and SHARE the cat
[8:36:49 PM] Edward: done
[8:36:52 PM] Edward: I win the internet
[8:36:55 PM] Edward: best idea ever
[8:37:23 PM] Edward: joe?