The headmaster took Orlando off to talk. I watched them walk on the edge of the trees; they would be a while. I lay down on the floor and stared at the sky. I watched the patterns in the stars, and I let a breeze drift over me slowly. I closed my eyes. When I opened them again, Orlando was leaning over me. My eyes fluttered, and I felt him kiss me on both of myeyelids. Then I was lifted, and being carried. I felt covers underneath me, and I opened my eyes again.
My room. And I was tired. He lay next to me and held me, just held me, all through the night.
Nothing else, just held me.
I close my eyes.