Their room had a small but functional bath, so they were able to clean up. They tended to each other’s small cuts and abrasions in privacy. When Nick’s stomach growled, Todd chuckled and rubbed the top of his head.
“I could eat. You up to going out, or should I get something and bring it back here?”
“Can we go out?” The thought of being alone, even for a short time made Nick queasy all over again. “She knew you were…” He looked down at his feet when tears pricked behind his eyes and threatened to cloud his vision. “She hated you and wanted you to die.”
“Yeah, I just have that effect on the living and the dead sometimes. But I didn’t die, Nicky. Don’t worry about what could have happened, okay? It’ll make you crazy, trust me.”
Nick swallowed the hard lump in his throat and squared his shoulders. “Okay.”
Nick followed Todd down the stairs, onto the street and stopped when Todd paused and looked around. They’d eaten in the pub earlier, and Nick figured they would again. Todd tapped Nick’s arm and tipped his chin toward the street corner. “We have a stop to make first.”
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