Okay, so I may just have developed myself a slight Heartstopper addition. Seriously, if you haven’t see the Netflix show/read the graphic novels, you are missing out BIG TIME.
And yes, I know – being a middle aged (ouch), straight woman, I am hardly the target audience, but that is partly the beauty of it. It really can appeal to anyone – such a beautiful and uplifting love story – with a cast I just want to put in a bubble and keep safe forever!
Anyway, it’s been a while since this has happened, but I got this little future scene starting to run around in my head, and I know from past experience that the only way to silence it would be to write it down. So I did. I really wish I could draw so I could have presented this as a little comic strip, but such a talent eludes me so instead here it is in a kind of dialogue block. I hope someone likes it, but if not, oh well… I enjoyed writing it down 🙂
Heartstopper – Pillow Talk
10 years in the future – Nick is 26 and Charlie 25.
Nick and Charlie are lying in bed, it’s getting late.
Nick is on his back, one hand on his chest, his eyes closed. Charlie is on his side facing Nick, one hand under his head, his eyes are open.
Charlie: Do you ever…
Nick opens his eyes and turns to face Charlie: What?
Charlie: Doesn’t matter.
In the subdued light of the bedroom Nick can see Charlie’s brow furrowed in thought.
Nick: No, go on, what?
Charlie: Well, I just… do you ever regret us getting together so young?
Nick turns to lie on his side facing Charlie: What? No… why would you think that?
Charlie: It’s just… I dunno… you never got to like… sleep with a woman or anything.
Nick smiles: Nor did you!
Charlie: But I never wanted to.
Nick’s smile widens: Nor did I!
Charlie pauses in thought before speaking again: But you do, I mean, you like women? You still fancy them and that?
Nick: Yeah, and you fancy other men sometimes, I mean, I’ve seen your face when that fit postman brings a parcel round.
Charlie: Hey, that’s not just me. You think he’s hot too.
Nick: Exactly. But neither of us want to do anything about it, do we.
Charlie: No, I guess not.
Nick: Besides, I only ever wanted to sleep with someone I was in love with.
Charlie: But you’ve only ever slept with…. oh!
Nick pauses to kiss Charlie’s forehead: Actually, I’m glad we got together when we did.
Charlie: You are?
Nick: Yeah, I mean imagine all that drama of dating loads of people trying to find “the one”… and my “One” just came and sat down next to me in form room and said “hi”.
Charlie: That feels like a lifetime ago.
Nick: It was.
Nick returns to lying on his back.
Nick: Charlie, seriously, we need to get some sleep, we’ve got an early start in the morning.
Charlie: I know, just one more thing…
Nick turns his face to look back at Charlie again: Go on.
Charlie: I’m glad we got together when we did too. I don’t think I would have got through all that stuff back then without you.
Nick holds out his arm and Charlie snuggles into his chest: Yeah you would. You were always far stronger than you thought. But I was glad I was there to help.
Charlie turns his face to Nick and they share a soft kiss.
Charlie closes his eyes, knowing that he will never feel more loved, or more safe, than he does in the protection of Nick’s arms.