It's just something the tightropers used to say, " she says. "At first we thought they were mocking us-if one of got a little extra food, they'd tell us, 'someone is looking out for you, ' but then we started noticing they'd say it to each other. If one of the generals' small sons fell and didn't get hurt-'someone is looking out for you.'" Beckan is confused. "Who's looking out for you?" "I think someone you met once or twice who you didn't know was important, " she says. "You just passed by them and had no idea they were secretly taking care of you. Maybe they don't know either.
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I close my eyes and listen to the ocean. I'm thinking about sailing, to England or maybe France. The way the wind would feel on my face and the sound of his voice screaming my name through his laughter. The waves would crash like applause. God, I remember when I used to be afraid of the ocean.
He says, "But it is really whatever, you know? You've saved me way more times. And we call ourselves friends." It doesn't matter what we call ourselves, really. "You already saved me, " I say. "That was nothing." "I'm not talking about the cave." He wrinkles his nose. "That first day, " I say, "When you got up on the rocks to flirt with a human boy." He smiles big, with all his ground-down teeth shining.