It was almost midnight, and it was still not fully dark. The three of them sat at the top of the hill with the lights of the city glimmering beneath them...._ _ _
An owl hooted in the branches of an oak tree.
"You know, I heard rumors while I was away," said Silas, "that some weeks ago, you both went to somewhat further afield than I would have been able to follow...."
Bod said, "It's okay, Miss Lupescu looked after me. I was never in any danger."
Miss Lupescu looked at Bod, and her eyes shone. Then she looked at Silas.... "Perhaps I come back next year in high summer also to teach the boy again."
Silas looked at Miss Lupescu, and he raised an eyebrow a fraction. And he looked at Bod.
"I'd like that," said Bod.