At a lunch afterwards, Brian asked if they might be friends. The way he asked—shyly and with a charming tone of worry in his voice—flustered her. In court he was so confident and authoritative. But now he sounded like a 7th grade boy asking her to dance. On the verge of saying of course, it struck her uh oh maybe he doesn’t want to be just friends, he wants— As if reading her mind, the lawyer put up a hand and shook his head. ‘Please don’t take that any way but how I said it. I just think we could be great friends. I hope you do too. No more and no less than that. What do you say?’ He stuck out his hand to shake. A funny, odd gesture at that moment—like they were sealing a deal rather than starting a friendship. It told her everything was all right. She hadn’t misread his intentions.
— Jonathan Carroll from East of Furious