Hi I am stuck on how to convey the feeling in this exchange. The last sentence is where I am stuck. The protagonist thinks the guy she is talking to is a sadist because she has a (false) memory of him hurting her. He doesn't think of himself as a sadist so doesn't answer because he is unsure what she is asking. Anyway I want to convey that he doesn't answer her first question; "What you are?" so she rephrases with more detail saying "pain expert" but with a hesitation before those two words. Does the dash convey a hesitation? or should I write a tagline; "I hesitated, unwilling to call him a sadist," or something like that.... “How long have you known?” I managed to ask. “Known?” “What you are?” Silence. “When did you become a..." I hesitated, "...pain expert?” I had wanted to say sadist. ps. I just noticed I spelled grammar incorrectly in the title of the thread. How embarrassing!