I looked for an instance of the word “inkling” in my trilogy. Couldn’t find one. So I used a thesaurus, found that “hint” is another word for “inkling” and found this paragraph.
She started laughing softly. There was a hint of hysteria to the sound, though. His voice had been so sheepish, so hopeful. Her laughter turned to tears, as the absurdity of it all crashed in upon her. She had just been talking about vampires and Slayers and the craziness of the world to a werewolf, and he was worried about catching an STD. She felt his arms again, reassuring, caring, strong, human. She calmed down and answered.