"Knew I'd find you here!"
Crutchie pulled himself up the ladder to Jack's rooftop, smiling despite the cold weather. Jack grunted, acknowledging his friend, and then turned his attention back to the city skyline. Today was more dreary than usual, Crutchie thought, with the summer going by.
Jack still said nothing, and the duo were left thinking with the bustle of the city below. Crutchie nudged his friend, and Jack looked down at him.
"Looked like ya needed some company," Crutchie said quietly with a small smile. Jack shrugged, but nodded.
"Hey," Crutchie tapped Jack's shoulder. "Don't beat yaself up, Jack. I'm fine now. There was nothin' you could anyways."
"Yeah, I know," Jack sighed. "Your black eye botherin' you much?"
Crutchie shook his head, suppressing a smile as he looked down to the streets. "Stop worryin', Jack. Besides, we have a visitor. Didya forget about somethin' tonight?"
"Oh, Jack!" Katherine yelled up from the pavement below.
Jack's face whitened into something like horror while Crutchie cracked up. He fumbled for his hat, jamming it onto his head, and climbed down the ladder to meet Katherine.
Crutchie shook his head, still grinning. Race owed him 50 cents.