"She liked you, boy."
The intensity of his voice and eyes made me blink.
"Yes," I said.
"She did it for you, you know."
"Gave up herself for a while there. She loved you that much. What an incredibly lucky kid you were."
I could not look at him. "I know."
He shook his head with a wistful sadness. "No, you don't. You can't know yet. Maybe someday..."