My snippet comes from The Scholar's Heart again this weekend. In this snippet (which is a little long--I'm sorry! I'll follow the six sentence rule next time!), Etan is going to pay his respects to Tristan after his wife dies, making for an awkward moment better the estranged friends.
And he felt wrong standing at her coffin with her mourners after doing his best to avoid her for so long.
Tristan’s voice brought Etan out of his thoughts. The musical quality was muted now, but his voice still made Etan’s insides swoop around dizzyingly. As it always had. He ruthlessly ignored the feeling.
“Tristan, I’m very sorry for your loss.”
Tristan nodded. “Thank you for coming.”
The words were stiff, formal, completely different from the words they used to exchange back before Tristan had married. Back when they had been close friends and Etan had reason to hope for more someday.