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Having grown up in Poland, Matteusz might be an outsider, but he certainly knows more about fitting in than Charlie. Witty, sarcastic, and with firm moral beliefs, Matteusz is a rock of support for Charlie, who in turn is a comfort to him.
Oh, yes, my deeply religious parents are very happy I’m going to a dance with a boy.
But it’s not an easy ride for the handsome couple, and Matteusz’ deeply religious parents struggle to come to terms with his sexuality. Victim to their prejudice, Matteusz must overcome the difficulties that life throws at him, and keep fighting for the love that he believes in.
As their lives are endangered by alien invasion, Matteusz comes to realise that he and Charlie are not as similar as he thought.
He was thrown out of the house by his parents for his relationship with Charlie. (Nightvisiting) He subsequently lived with Charlie and Miss Quill. (Nightvisiting, What She Does Next Will Astound You) On his first night staying there he admitted to Charlie that he loved him, and the pair ended up having sex. After Charlie saw his parents due to the Lankin’s influence, he helped Charlie and Miss Quill defeat The creature, discovering on the way to Tanya Adeola‘s flat that every time he severed part of the creatures roots they immediately reattached. (Nightvisiting)
He became interested in the ornate box in Charlie’s room, and asked him about it. Charlie showed him the contents of the Cabinet of Souls, and explained the legends of his people that the box could be used as a weapon to kill or possess a whole race. Matteusz didn’t like this as it would lead to a genocide. This upset Charlie. He was the first of the Coal Hill defenders to notice the killer petalsthat were appearing around the school and how they were increasing in number. He went with Charlie to April’s house just in time to see her travel to the Underneath. (Co-Owner of a Lonely Heart)
When Miss Quill and Dorothea Ames took Charlie and him to their house in order to persuade Charlie to use the Cabinet of Souls to kill the petals, Ames pointed a gun at him to help Charlie decide. Matteusz was adamant that using the weapon was mass murder. He text Tanya telling her that the Shadows kill Petals hinting that the Shadow Kin could be used to kill the Petals. Whilst Charlie was arming the device, Ames had turned her back to Matteusz and he used that to his advantage and knocked Ames out the chucked her gun away. After Charlie disarmed the weapon, Charlie confessed that he might have lost what made him in him and Matteusz said that he would help him find it again. (Brave-ish Heart)
In 2015, Matteusz visited his grandmother in Poland for her birthday, with his father, and finally admitted his homosexuality to her. She had always known, but wanted to hear it from him. (Detained)
He was placed in detention by Quill to get him out of the way. He was the first to notice the meteor that contained the Prisoner embedded in the wall. When he touched the meteor he confessed that he was afraid of Charlie as well as loving him. This upset Charlie but he managed to bring him round using a story from his youth. Later Ram had a confrontation with him, as Ram, affected by the Prisoner, thought that Matteusz had some weird sexual fetish being into an alien. When Charlie had a panic attack he had to calm him down. He got concerned when Charl said that he wanted to used the cabinet of souls to destroy the shadowkin, but discovered that it was Charlie‘s love for Matteusz that stopped him. (Detained)
He moved out of Charlie‘s house following the events in Class B3, and spent the week sleeping in his cousin’s car. He came back to talk to Charlie about their relationship and how he hadn’t stopped thinking about him during the week they were apart. After Charlie‘heard that Corakinus was back. He went with him to April’s house and learnt that Corakinus had planed him to be the fifth person to die. Following Charlie who was going to see Ames in order to get the Governors to help in their plight, he was then captured by Corakinus to be used to get Charlie angry. He was released when April decided to go with Corakinus back to the Underneath. He was shocked when Charlie shot April to become king of the Shadow Kin, and pleaded with him not to use the Cabinet to kill the Shadow Kin. (The Lost)
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