of all the people in the room, he was the one she glanced over to enough times to make him notice. he was the one she talked to. he was the one she walked the extra length of a long room for, slowly even, hoping he’d notice. she reached out to him in the off-hours. broke her own rules to turn on her phone and text. and when things got rough and she felt more alone than ever, she reached out to him for advice and to feel comfort from someone who was, at least, close.