It's his second winter with a loving family--and his first winter since becoming a Giant. He's not sure how to feel, honestly. He's glad to be free of the basement. But every time he looks in the mirror, he wants to scream. He hates his new body so much…
A hand on his arm. He looks down at Thea.
"What's wrong?" she asks.
"Sam could tell you're not fine." She looks at him steadily. "He felt your pain from the other side of the house."
And suddenly he can't hide it anymore. The truth spills out in a rush: he's scared of his own strength. He feels sick every time he steps on the scale. He still sees Opal in his nightmares.
Thea listens. He can tell she doesn't fully understand, but she listens.
After a moment she opens her arms. And he hugs her without fear for the first time in months.
"You won't break me," she's often told him since it happened.
Finally, he lets himself believe it.