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Table of Contents Title Page Copyright Page Dedication Epigraph one two three four five six seven eight nine ten eleven twelve thirteen fourteen fifteen sixteen seventeen eighteen nineteen epilogue, or the lindsey lee Wells chapter author’s note the appendix Acknowledgements Teaser chapter The Beginning (of the End) “So What are you good at, exactly, anyway? I mean, I know you’re good at everything, but what are you so good at besides languages?” “I’m good with codes and stuff. And I’m good at, like, linguistic tricks like anagramming. That’s my favorite thing, really. I can anagram anything.” “Anything?” “Night, nay,” he answered quickly, and she laughed and then said, “Katherine Carter.” “Um, okay. Her karate cretin—um, oh. I like this one: their arcane trek.” She laughed and pulled her hand away and placed it flat against his knee. Her fingers were soft. He could suddenly smell her over the dank basement. She smelled like lilacs, and then he knew that it was almost time. But he didn’t dare look at her, not yet. He just watched the blank TV screen. He wanted to draw out the moment before the moment—because as good as kissing feels, nothing feels as good as the anticipation of it. “How do you do that?” she asked. “Practice, mostly. I’ve been doing it a long time. I see the letters and pull out a good word first— like, karate, or arcane—and then I try to use the remaining letters to make—oh God, this is boring,” he said, hoping it w a sn’t. “Okay, so anagrams. That’s one. Got any other charming talents?” she asked, and now he felt confident. Finally, Colin turned to her, gathering in his gut the slim measure of courage available to him, and said, “Well, I’m a fair kisser.” OTHER BOOKS YOU MAY ENJOY SPEAK Published by the Penguin Group Penguin Group (USA) Inc., 345 Hudson Street, New York, New York 10014, U.S.A. Penguin Group (Canada), 90 Eglinton

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