He ran a fingernail down the screen and the noise did not make Connie shiver, as it would have the day before. "Now, put your hand on your heart, honey. Feel that? That feels solid too but we know better."
My Family isn't here to protect me!?
Arnold said, "Be nice to me, be sweet like you can because what else is there for a girl like you but to be sweet and pretty and give in?"...She thought for the first time in her life that it was nothing that was hers, that belonged to her, but just a pounding, living thing inside this body that wasn't really hers either.
Come to me
Arnold friend said, "Now get up, honey. Now turn this way... That's right. Come over here to me.- Ellie, put that away, didn't I tell you? You dope. You miserable creepy dope." His words were not angry but only part of an incantation. The incarnation was kindly.
I have no choice!
He said, "Now come out through the kitchen to me, honey, and let's see a mile, try it., you're a brave, sweet little girl and now they're eating corn and hot dogs cooked to bursting over an outdoor fire, and they don't know one thing about you and never did and honey, you're better than them because not a one of them would have done this for you."
She brushed her hair back out of her eyes. Arnold friend let go of the post tentatively and opened his arms for her, his elbows pointing in toward each other and his wrists limp, to show that this was an embarrassed embrace and a little mocking, he didn't want to make her self-conscious.
She put out her hand against the screen. She watched herself push the door slowly open ...Arnold Friend waited... taken up just the same by the vast sunlit reaches of the land behind him and on all sides of him- so much land that Connie had never seen before and did not recognize except to know that she was going into it.