selva oscura (anonymousblack) wrote,
selva oscura
anonymousblack

try and fit themselves together again

how's the ancestor work post going? i'll tell you how it's going: here's more dialogue from the television series.

this is my favorite relationship in the series: miriam and her mother. they're at the courthouse, wrapping up a months long drama that started with miriam (who, along with a few other members of her family, is autistic) getting arrested for having an after-curfew meltdown at a local forest preserve. as is apparent from this conversation, in the wake of miriam's arrest, quite a bit about the double life she'd been leading up to the meltdown came out to her mother (but not her boyfriend's name) and there's been enough time for josie to come to terms with that. somewhat. obviously, things in court worked out in miriam's favor, and i won't tell you anything further than: josie is her mother, patrick is her father, penny is her paternal grandmother, jeremy is her younger brother, and tyler is an earlier love interest who eventually became a close friend.
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miriam
crap.

josie
miriam?

miriam
pretty sure that’s my boyfriend’s mom.

josie
your

miriam
she’s a lawyer, i think. don’t turn around!

josie
which one is she? the one in red?

miriam
stop looking! grey.

josie
she looks smart.

miriam
you can’t tell that by looking at her.

josie
well, what does everyone always say?

miriam & josie
she looks pretty.

josie
which she does, but i figure if she’s an attorney, she’s gotta be pretty smart.

miriam
well, her son certainly is.

josie
smart?

miriam
honors society. high honors. like, platinum honors. his graduation regalia had many tassels.

josie
hmm.

miriam
scholastic bowl.

josie
bowling? for honors students.

miriam
all i can tell you is that they are required to wear extremely unattractive blazers.

josie
huh. is there scholastic tennis?

miriam
there may be some badminton of the arts and sciences.

josie
academic volley—

miriam
no.

josie
oh, that’s right. you opt for academic bellydance fitness.

miriam
there was other stuff. he’s smart. real smart. never had to study for tests.

josie
isn’t that the worst?

miriam
yes.

josie
i see you inherited my intense attraction to smart boys.

miriam
indeed.

josie
bonus points for boys so smart their smartness is the cause of their own tragic undoing?

miriam
thanks for the heads-up on that, mom.

josie
i hoped it had skipped a generation.

miriam
if only you had some sign that it hadn't.

josie
i love tyler, sweetie, but your seven-year-old brother convinced him to eat a dish sponge.

miriam
he had no intention of actually eating it, mom. he was playing along.

josie
sure he was.

miriam
plus maybe you haven't noticed? but jeremy might be an evil genius.

josie
wait. wait. you—met her? unnamed boyfriend's mother?

miriam
not—

josie
i don’t recall ever being introduced to—

miriam
legitimately.

miriam
no… formal introductions.

josie
miriam.

miriam
. . .

josie
emily.

miriam
. . .

josie
abelson.

josie
no, actually i can’t even fain outrage on this one. penny walked in on your father and me once.

miriam
mooooom

josie
it just sucked. what? you think you and this boy you won't name invented cutting school to have sex? because that was old hat by the nineties, daughter dear.

miriam
i accept that you and dad have sex, mom. i simply require no further details on this topic.

josie
it was our first time.

miriam
mom.

josie
together, i mean, by that point we’d both obviously—i’d had thr—i’d had—sex before, and your father

miriam
mother.

josie
yes!

miriam
what?

josie
i finally got one of my daughters to say “mother” in a revolted tone of voice!

miriam
you say that like—

josie
i think that’s gonna be a bingo. i am whipping your father’s ass this year.

miriam
you have a bingo game?

josie
yup.

miriam
about me?!

josie
senior year is the bonus round.

miriam
what do you get?

josie
. . .

miriam
i mean, what’s the prize? i could

patrick
hey

josie
i may have just disqualified myself.

patrick
nope.

josie
pat?

patrick
i have no idea what you two are talking about, but from the looks on your faces i know that it's better for everyone if i wait in the lobby with mom.

miriam
dad’s getting a lot better with facial expressions.

josie
i'm proud.

miriam
disqualified?

josie
first rule of fight club.

miriam
mom you never even watched that movie
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