The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
And Roger told me that he and Eileen weren't in love with one another anymore, and that they hadn't been in love with one another for a long time. Which meant that he was feeling lonely too. So we had a lot in common. And then we realised that we were in love with each other. (157.15)
And then, after a while, she said, "Christopher, let me hold your hand. Just for once. Just for me. Will you? I won't hold it hard," and she held out her hand.
And I said, "I don't like people holding my hand."
And she took her hand back and she said, "No. OK. That's OK." (227.123-25)
And then I heard Mother's voice and she was shouting, "Christopher…? Christopher…?" and she was running down the road, so I came out from between the skip and the Ford Transit can and she ran up to me and said, "Jesus Christ," and she stood in front of me and pointed her finger at my face and said, "If you ever do that again, I swear to God, Christopher, I love you, but... I don't know what I'll do." (233.33)