"You asleep with your eyes open? she asked him.
Thomas tried to smile. “No. Just thinking about how much my life sucks.”
“Mine does, too. Sucks big-time. But I’m glad I’m with you.”
The statement was so simple and so sweet it made Thomas close his eyes, squeeze them shut. All the pain inside him transformed into something for Brenda, almost like what he’d felt for Chuck. He hated the people who’d done this to her, hated the disease that had made all this happen, and he wanted to make it right.