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One of the things I love in my Jack and Gareth stories is the way their communications can go completely off track in three deep breaths.
Just because their expectations are so different.
Gareth isn’t a slouch and neither is he harmless. He served in the army for 20 years, so he’s well acquainted with danger and violence. But he has grown up in a loving family with a mum, dad and sister. Jack… has not. He was betrayed by the very person he trusted to have his back when he was too young to know better. It makes all the difference when it comes to the way they regard the world around them – and the dangers to the two teenagers they’ve rescued.
From Swings and Roundabouts
“You’ve taught them to pick locks?”
Jack had grown used to the half-appalled, half-fascinated look Gareth got at times. He no longer took offense at it. “Well… sure. I mean, they’re still learning, but they’re good enough to get out of places should they need to.”
The comment brought Gareth up short and Jack leaned back into his hold to let him know he understood. That he wasn’t mad. “You keep forgetting what they’re up against. Just because they’re ours now doesn’t mean they’ll never ever run into trouble again. There’s always the chance that another pimp or an old client creeps out of the woodwork and tries to resurrect what was and I want to be damned sure they can get away if they need to.”