The study is my world, my life, my universe, where almost everything has a place, except love. I wasn’t usually allowed in there when I ran through the flat in shorts or with my hands covered in chilblains during autumns and winters. I had to sneak in. I knew every nook and corner, and for a few years I had a secret fortress behind the sofa, which I had to dismantle after each incursion so Little Lola wouldn’t discover it when she passed the floorcloth back there. But every time I entered lawfully I had to behave like a guest, with my hands behind my back as Father showed me the latest manuscript he’d found in a rundown shop in Berlin, look at this, and be careful with those hands, I don’t want to have to scold you. Adrià leaned over the manuscript, very curious.
‘It’s in German, right?’ – his hand reaching out as if by reflex.
‘Psst! Watch those fingers! You’re always touching everything…’ He smacked his hand.
‘What are you doing here, wasting time? Don’t you have homework? Don’t you have violin? Don’t you have anything, eh?’
And Adrià went to his room, with his heart still going boom-boom. He didn’t envy children with parents who kissed them because he didn’t think such a thing existed.
‘Carson: let me introduce you to Black Eagle. Of the brave tribe of the Arapaho.’
Black Eagle gave Carson a kiss, like the one Father hadn’t given him, and Adrià put both of them, with their horses, on the bedside table so they could get to know each other.