The book thief stares at Mina in silence, anger, frustration and incredulity crossing his face. She stares back, refusing to back down. After a long pause, he closes his eyes and inclines his head ever so slightly.
"I acknowledge your claim," he says stiffly. "I apologise."
"Who's that in there?!" The shout comes from the front door of the library. Light dances through the shelves.
"Oh no!" Jakin spins to look back behind them. "Patrollers!"