I have a passage that goes from an "about to say," to a "seemed to say," to the words finally spoken.
~~~ He was about to say, "Trust me, you don't have to worry anything about how you look," but then he remembered that smile and the bemused look in her eyes that seemed to say, "Yeah, I know what you're up to. I'm on to your game," so instead he went with, "Don't worry, it's a freakin' telemarketing job, have you seen how half the people roll in all hungover from the night before?" ~~~
Seemed to me it should be rolled all into one paragraph, am I right?