How did you know? That she wasn’t the one for him?” Now he’s staring at his hands, slowing rubbing them together. “They just didn’t have that . . . natural magic. You know? It never seemed easy.” My voice grows tiny. “Do you think things have to be easy? For it to work?” Cricket’s head shoots up, his eyes bulging as they grasp my meaning. “NO. I mean, yes, but . . . sometimes there are … extenuating circumstances. That prevent it from being easy. For a while. But then people overcome those …circumstances . . . and . . .””So you believe in second chances?” I bite my lip. “Second, third, fourth. Whatever it takes. However long it takes. If the person is right,” he adds.If the person is . . . Lola?”This time, he holds my gaze. “Only if the other person is Cricket.”Chapter 27Pg 273


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