“Hi, Esther. He’s not being too much of a pain, is he?”
Esther cast a shy look at Mortimer, then back at Gunther. “No, he’s fine,” she said. “I’ll just magic him into an hour of being quiet if he gets annoying, but he’s not been too annoying yet.”
“Well now, that’s got to be a useful skill to have,” Gunther murmured, watching them as they both headed into the living room, their heads together, whispering. He raised an eyebrow at Ted, who grinned.
“Aye, I know what you’re thinking, and it’s crossed my mind, too. Are you okay with that? I can nip it in the bud, if not.”
“I’m fine with it. Esther’s a lovely girl. I just feel really old all of a sudden!”
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