I can hear Battle breathing-is it louder than usual? Faster? Or is that mine I hear?
I swallow a couple of times. I really should have gotten myself something to drink, too.
“i can’t feel any hair,” i announce, and step away.
I remember when I first saw Battle and thought of her as Beautiful Hair Girl. She’s still beautiful, of course. But now, with her head shaved, she looks much more vulnerable. Smaller. It makes me want to protect her. I dont know from what.
“Ooh yuck, I have little tiny hairs all down my shirt,” Battle says rapidly, in a higher voice then usual. She uses both hands to pinch her shirt at the shoulders, then shakes it in an attepmt to dislodge the hairs.
“That’s not gonna work, you”ll have to take a shower,” I say automatically. Then an incredible vivid picture of Battle in the shower forms itself in my brian. Special effects, cue the Nicola Lancaster Special Neon Blush. Again? Yep, again.