"Yeah," Alfie said with another shrug, as if it wasn't something important. It was the most important thing he thought he'd ever had, but it was also commonplace now, the way his dad once told him he felt about his mum - like they were a part of each other, so he didn't feel the need to talk about her all the time. He hadn't really understood it then, but he was like his dad - better with his hands than he was with words.
"Well..." He said after a second, smiling and waiting for Oriel to look back up to him. "Thanks again for the book..."