Hot Air

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[balloon noises]

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Edmund, “Ugh… How many of these are we supposed to blow up?”
Alister, “Umm the whole bag, I guess?”

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Edmund, “How long’ve we got?”
Alister, “Let me check…”

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Alister, “Maybe twenty minutes?”
Edmund, “Bollocks.”

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[balloon noises]

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Edmund, “Getting nervous yet?”

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Alister, “Heh… Out of my mind.”

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Alister, “I can’t believe you’re making us wait to find out the gender.”
Edmund, “Well, it wasn’t my idea but I’d be lying if I said it weren’t brilliant.”

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Edmund, “So other than that, how are you holding up?”
Alister, “Oh… You mean with the baby and everything…?”

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Alister, [sigh] “I feel like I wake up every morning shocked all over again.”

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Alister, “When is the reality of it supposed to sink in?”
Edmund, “Well, probably once you’re holding it… heh.”

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Alister, “Ugh…”
Edmund, “Relax, Alister!”

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Alister, “I just…… I don’t think I’m cut out to be a dad.”

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Edmund, “Allie…”

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Edmund, “I’m sure everybody feels that way when a baby is on the way…”

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Alister, “I’m serious, though. I can barely manage myself some days. How can I raise a kid?”

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Edmund, “I’m sorry, Alister. I know you’re worried, but what really matters is that you care enough to worry. I’m sure Meryll and Gabe would tell you the same thing.”

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Alister, “My father — rather, Sparrow’s father — he was… a lot to live up to.”

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Edmund, “I can understand that, but you needn’t compare yourself to anybody else. You are your own person.”
Alister, “I guess…”

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Alister, “What if… What if Chase decides she doesn’t want me around anymore? Am I just another irresponsible guy leaving kids in his wake?”

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Alister, “Even though we weren’t planning on a kid, I still want to matter… I want to be part of their life. I want them to know they’re loved and that I’m here.”

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Edmund, “…Chase will be Chase. Morrow willing, she’ll recognize that she lucked out with you. I don’t think you have anything to worry about.”
Alister, “Thanks, Teddy.”

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Edmund, “Now get blowing. I don’t want to be the only one doing all the work, here.”
[Fenrys, “I heard that!”]

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Edmund, “FENRYS SO HELP ME!!”
[Fenrys, “You two stop making out in there!”]

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