After leaving Jordan’s house, Brian goes to talk to Neil. Cynthia calls to let his parents know where he is, so they won’t worry, then leaves the men alone to talk. Brian tells Neil all about Jian, and they talk about Brian’s supernatural battles, and Neil’s experiences in the war.
“And I can’t imagine what you’ve been through. You aren’t a soldier in the same sense, but you’re a warrior. You’ve battled death and survived. You’re a hero, even if no one knows it. You won’t get a medal, no one will throw you a parade, but you impress the hell outta me, kid.”
Brian’s head snapped up. Staring with disbelief, he examined Neil’s face and knew that he was telling the truth.
“Funny, I was thinking the same thing about you.”
They shared a smile.
“Would you give this up, if you had the chance? I don’t mean now…
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