"Sophie said I'm to give you this from her," Mike says.


Mike kisses him.

Oh, Tim thinks. This.

Maybe it's not exactly the kiss Sophie would've given him--mostly because of the moustache--but it's close. Mike's certainly got the enthusiasm right.

And the tongue. The bit with the tongue is just what Sophie would do. So's the ear-nibbling, the arse-grabbing, the bedwards stumbling, and all the rest. Apart from a couple of things she didn't have the anatomy for.

"Did she really say to kiss me?" Tim asks later.

"Yeah, actually."

Tim always knew she was a genius.