"She then regarded Nikolas. He was pretending to watch the other parents. Ben knew, though--Nikolas would never leave himself open to rejection, so he shifted emotionally away from any situation that threatened such exposure. Emilia snorted faintly and then flung her arms around him. Despite what Nikolas had once told her, Emilia had worked our for herself that some people need a more potent display of love than they let on."