He would have embraced her but, blushing, she stepped aside fearing to be rumpled.
Not fearing for my life is a total turn on, she retorted.
She didn't try to test the portals, fearing they wouldn't work.
He'd dreaded his first steps on his planet, fearing it, too, would've lost faith in him.
Though she concealed from him her intention of keeping him under her wing, Petya guessed her designs, and instinctively fearing that he might give way to emotion when with her--might "become womanish" as he termed it to himself--he treated her coldly, avoided her, and during his stay in Moscow attached himself exclusively to Natasha for whom he had always had a particularly brotherly tenderness, almost lover-like.