DS Matt Devlin (mattdevlin) wrote in etre_intouch,
DS Matt Devlin


I have never tried one of these things in my life, and have no idea why I am now. But humour me, who else is hanging out in their room waiting to wake up back home?
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Personally I'm waiting in my room because I have no idea what else to do. I'm not really a "hobbies" sort of person.
What about a cultural sort of person? I hear they have museums and galleries in town. And apparently a really good street to get food from.
Have you ever heard of the myth that if you talk in a dream, you'll never find your way back out of it?

I suppose I feel as though if I establish myself, see museums, get to know the area, it will somehow affect my ability to go home.
No, but there is debate there whether you actually hear sounds or feel in dreams anyway. Have you not talked since you got here?

I was told when I arrived that people come and go all the time. I assume those who leave have actually experience the island, so it might be just a fear of the unknown you're experiencing. Understandable in a foreign location.
I was referring to the myth as more of an allegory. When one starts to settle into a place, one begins to forget that one's eventual goal is to leave.

Perhaps that's true. Then why are you hanging about in your room?
I'm told we forget this whole place when get go back anyway, so technically if we go back, you automatically remember your origins. There is probably argument, too, that if you don't cater to the purpose of the place and enjoy your escape, you could be stuck here forever.

To be honest? The place terrifies me, and the sun feels like it's frying my skin off, considering I'm an Irishman living in London.
For someone who's terrified of this place, you're making an exceptionally good argument for adjusting to it.

Really? Where in London? I lived there in my student days; I'm from Kent, myself.
I guess it's reflexive for me to want to solve a puzzle, try and see every side of the case, so to speak. I don't want to be here, but I'm not naive enough not to listen to what people are saying in the fact we could be here for some time.

Right in the heart. I work for Scotland Yard, but I was raised in Kilburn, Ireland. Kent is a lovely town. A nice place to visit for some warmth. Exactly the sort of warmth I prefer, and not this tropical continuous sauna.
I can relate. It seems you're the best attorney to argue against your own solitude; now all you have to do is listen to yourself.

Scotland Yard? Impressive. I've never been to Ireland, myself, though I've had a number of Irish friends and associates.

I remember thinking much the same when I was sent out to California. Have you considered purchasing large quantities of sunscreen and those little battery-powered portable fans?
It's much easy to give others advice than to commit to it yourself. I'm a workaholic and haven't had a vacation in seven years. I'm out of my comfort zone. It's just getting over that mindset that is the challenge.

Cheers. I should go home for a visit soon, at least, if I ever get back. Ireland will always be home, but I do love the chaos of London.

I did consider it, and then procrastinated by analysing the cable TV channels on offer. This place makes procrastination easy.
I know very well how you feel. I've not had a vacation since I was twelve. It feels wrong to NOT be working.

Do you have family still there, to visit?

Ah, the television. I'm convinced it was developed by forces of evil. Much like decaffeinated tea and American chocolate. . . . Sarcasm doesn't work particularly well in this medium, does it?
Very much agreed. It doesn't help that I just walked out of a case that cut very close to home. I feel like I should be there and not here, almost guilty for skipping out on everyone. But I'm told that's not an issue with the time stopping thing. I guess I'm too tradtional a guy to understand things like space-time continuum or whatever they call it. Back to the Future is about my extent of knowledge on that.

Yes, my parents still live there. I'm an only child, so no siblings. Lots of aunties and uncles and cousins, though.

I would say no, but I've tasted American chocolate and nearly lost a tooth in the process. Sarcasm is better than anger.
It's a strange feeling to grasp.

That sounds very nice. I do hope you get to visit them soon, once you return home.