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When they first met, they shook hands hastily. He wasn't even sure he looked him in the eyes. Instead, John did it; he definitely did it, getting lost in those vivid and bright green irises of him. He told him he had heard a lot of him, but, probably, it was just a mere formality. And then, they met again at his cousin's birthday party, in a town then almost unfamiliar to him. On that night, their collaboration began. How many cases did they work on? And yet, he felt that Ben still considered him not closer than a stranger.