- I made breakfast for the both of us, reigning in the conversation by venturing too far as we ate. Bates laughed at me as I winced at the ache in my hips getting down from the stool. This caused him to have to defend himself against the fork I tried to stab him with.
- He caught my hand mid-air, stopping the assault to stare at my ring.
- "I liked the one I picked out better," he commented, observing it.