'to say that she was unlike any other girl he'd ever known was something of an understatement. there was so much about her that fascinated him; her extreme independence, the way she would go walking the streets alone for hours, her innate ability to find her way wherever she was, the strange, shadowy wildness he glimpsed in her sometimes when her guard was down. there were no subtexts to decipher, no frosty atmostpheres to navigate. and whenever he saw her, he would be overwhelmed by his need to touch her. within a few moments his fingers would be itching for her. and as the months passed, little by little he began to feel surer of his place in her life. '