Nick? Have you ever... ' 'No.' He lifted his head again, studied me. 'I've thought about it, but it never seemed right.' The idea of him making love to anyone else sent a shaft of pain straight through my middle. 'You better wait on me, damn it.' 'I don't think I have much choice.' He brushed my hair back. 'You're the only one I've ever wanted, Alix, the only one I'll ever want. That's a promise.
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You can't turn love on and off like a light switch, no matter how hard you try. All you can do is wall it off, one brick at a time, until you've created an impenetrable fortress around your emotions. And once that fortress is built, you camouflage it so well that even you can't see it anymore.