if ever we grow up, Hem thought, I would like to marry Zelika.The thought was such a surprise that he smiled, Zelika was very likely would not want to marry him, and if they did marry, they would fight all the time. She was wild and unpredictable and maddening, but he loved her, all the same. She was the most beautiful girl he had ever meet. One day he would kiss her mouth, even thought she would probably slap his face. One day he would tell her he loved her.

But first, he had to rescue her from the Blind House. He could not afford to be afraid.

The Crow by Alison Croggon