"Oh, I don't know..." replied Ira vaguely, "I don't mind drawing, but I'm not very good at it. I like to read, but only mystery stories, and only when I feel like it. Sometimes I do puzzles, like solving codes and stuff." He deliberately omitted mention of the times at which, when he was sure he was alone, he would pretend that he himself was a great detective. If Auden ever found out, it would be one more reason for her to scoff at him.
"Sometimes he watches telly with Auden, too," Fox pointed out, "They watch CSI and things. Mum won't let me watch. She doesn't like Ira to watch, either, but he does." She paused, remembering Dylan's question, "I like to play imagining games," she confided, "I pretend I'm a queen or a witch or something, and I go on adventures. I have to run away from the bad guys. Or sometimes, if I'm being Magda, I fly away - Magda's this magic bird. Dad and Auden tell me stories about her -" she stopped talking abruptly at a quelling look from her sister, and went on hurriedly, "But I don't read stories myself, like Ira and Auden do. It's not as fun. Auden reads everything. She even reads great big grown up books -"
"I told you," interjected Auden heatedly, "I can speak for myself, thanks."