Fantine’s holding forth again, just a bit off the point. Thirty degrees off, maybe. Still horribly wrong.
When she stops to breathe Caleb leaps in to grab the tiller, steering conversation back to saner waters: the weather. Chyler sighs with relief.
“Sure,” she says later, as Fantine pouts, “but I’d rather have snow anyway–”
“Because you can’t throw rain?” Caleb asks.
She looks to him; he looks up; their eyes catch. Flash. Freeze. Chyler swears there are words in his face and crooked smile: You understand, he says. We understand each other. In charm, in understanding, this is our conspiracy.