Her eyes had this knowing innocence, so I told her. “That doesn’t actually make sense,” she said. No, I told her it very much did. “That’s cold fire and strange snow,” she said. I made a confused expression and asked her if it was a quote. “It’s Shakespeare,” she said. “I might have screwed it up though.”

“It means I just made a stupid contradiction,” I said, “trying to make a compliment, trying to sound smart.”

“Not stupid,” she said.

“Just not very meaningful, which is stupid.”

“I didn’t mean to call you stupid though.”

“You meant to imply it.”

“No I just wanted you to think I was smart.”

“I just wanted to say that your eyes were pretty, and that you often seemed to be thinking.”

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