We stood in silence.
“This sucks.”she said.
As I gave her a hug, I raised up as tall as I could, so as to reassure her that everything would be OK.
“Thank you, Johnny Caution.”
“I’ll see you when I see you,” I said bravely.“And I really mean what I said.”
“That you will protect me if I am in trouble?”
“That makes it sound like you’re my dad.”
We both giggled, but stopped abruptly. Mary hugged me, quick and tight, before turning and running off.