The basic idea of Guild training is simple: live it, breathe it, drink it, sleep it until you get it right.

They go out of their way to touch her, these Thieves, and his primary duty soon shifts from that of being constantly absorbed to that of keeping her comfortable.

Hugs, handshakes, friendly touches, pats on the cheek, arm brushes, and all the bewildering array of human contact they're forcing her to get used to. Slowly but surely, it's paying off.

But neither of them know who cries first when she touches him one night and nothing happens at all.