At her comments, William stopped caressing her hand, letting it fall limply in his own instead. A frown soured his expression. Despite her voice sounding more like a squeak than her usual tone, he thought the sarcastic banter was at least having a small effect. “I still can if you’re missing it so greatly.” Though he was teasing, he waited a full minute, spending it giving her a contemptuous look, before answering her second question.
"No." Simple. Direct with no explanation. Quickly the smirk returned to his face. He couldn’t be angry with her. He couldn’t even pretend to be. Being distant was the last thing on his mind. "Is that better babe?"
"No no that’s alright," she said, another little smile playing on her face. Her body relaxed a bit, her mind being pulled away from the day’s memories. They weren’t gone but William’s presence overpowered them. And for that she was grateful. "I rather like being able to ask all the questions I want without you bitching at me."
The look caught her off guard for a moment and her smiled faltered for just a moment but it returned when William’s smirk came back. He was only kidding around. That was good. Of course he would. That’s what he was going to do.
"So not alive but not man-made." Yumi thought, her mind moving through thousands of different possibilities. And thinking about each one of them distracted her farther. Enough that she pulled William closer to her. At least she tried. "Okay then. A mineral?"
The minuscule tug on his hand caused the boy’s eyes to light up. He’d been itching to get closer to her since they’d started the little game. Before. His fingers laced with hers and his grip tightened. Any indication that she was even slightly better elated him. He rested his chin into the pillow barricade, eyes traveling the change in the shadows cast upon her face.
William thought for a moment before giving an answer. “I guess so? If you were to ask Jeremie, I think he’d say yes, but you don’t really think of it as a mineral. Eighteen.”