Then he led her to sit by him on a fallen gum trunk, smooth and white, and he leaned to whisper in her ear. Transferred the secret he and her mother had kept for seventeen years. Waited for the flicker of recognition, the minute shift in expression as she registered what he was telling her. Watched as the bottom fell out of her world and the person she had been vanished in an instant.
("The Forgotten Garden")
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Nell was not one for friends and had never hidden her distaste for most other humans, their neurotic compulsion for the acquisition of allies.
He had the vague sense of standing on a threshold, the crossing of which would change everything.
Was that what Nell had done, too? Forsaken the life and the family she'd been given, to focus instead on the one she'd been without.
To tell the truth, she didn't want to; she liked the constancy of preoccupation.
A way of looking at you that told you she was listening, that she understood all you were saying, and all you weren't.
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