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Holden burst out laughing. "You've been reading comics now, have you?" Holden had been very into comic books when he was younger. He hadn't done a heck of a lot of reading, muggles movies had always been more his thing, but he had gone through a phase where he had obsessed over comic books. That was before he had even found out he was a wizard, if he remembered correctly, and it had carried on into his first years at Salem. He had read everything, Marvel and DC Comics alike, from Spiderman to the Green Lantern to the Hulk to the Flash. And, of course, he had read Batman, not to mention watched multiple movie versions. "I hope you know that the Joker is the villain. Are you implying that I'm evil?"
After a minute or two, his chuckling subsided into a simple grin. "I know you do. Just maybe not too many in the States." While Holden was certain he wasn't the only fan of the Kites, he was doubtful about the number of fans in the United States. Most Americans rooted for, well, American teams, or the more prominent European teams. The Karasjok Kites were a bit on the obscure side, although that wasn't to say they weren't good.
It was charmingly cute how embarrassed Niko was in his modesty. The young man even attempted to hide his bashfulness by putting his head in his arms on the stair railing, although Holden couldn't allow that. He didn't want Niko covering his features, oh no. "I will think what I want, thank you very much," he insisted, leaning down so his face was on the same level where Niko's was, tugging the man's arms so he could look at Niko as he said, "And I'm sticking with your awesomeness."
He leaned back as Niko switched the subject, suggesting he introduce Holden to his family. "I would love to. Can't be any weirder than mine." Well, his family wasn't really weird, per say. Harsh and judgmental on his father's side, maybe, and perhaps a little peculiar on Nora's part, but those were unimportant distinctions.