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146 pages, ebook
First published March 1, 2016
"They want me," Crispin said slowly. " ... They think I'd do the right thing ... "
"You're not used to people thinking that, are you?"
"No, I'm not, except for you. You've thought that since the day we met, even when I got everything wrong."
"You never got everything wrong," Ned said. "I mean, you ain't always got everything right, but that's not the same thing."
‘Ned was everything Crispin wanted to be, and a fair portion of everything he wanted, right here in London.’
‘Ned liked his soft-voiced Freckles as he was, except that it drove him to Bedlam how down on himself he was. He’d sit there saying he wasn’t good enough, and all Ned could think was, Mate, you’re the best thing I’ve ever had.’
Mate, you're the best thing I've ever had.
A man could write a thing and even if he didn't have Crispin's powers, sometimes the world changed anyway.
"Funny, really. A man could write a thing and even if he didn't have Crispin's powers, sometimes the world changed anyway."
“Me too, mate.” Ned met Crispin’s eyes, knowing he’d understand what was being said. “Me too.”
“So much,” Crispin responded, a real smile dawning, and if they couldn’t kiss here in this stupid poncy hall, well, that was the next best thing.