“And I'm the only one with a plan," Fitz reminded them.
"Hey- I've got plans," Keefe argued.
"Plans that don't involve tormenting Dame Alina," Fitz clarified.
"But those are always the best plans!”
“Because our family doesn't decide who we are. WE decide who we are. Believe me, it drives my parents crazy. And sometimes, that's the only thought that gets me through the day.”
“Sparkles also make everything better. Well, except alicorn poop."
"I don't know. I think sparkly poop is way better than regular poop."
"That's because you've never fallen into a pile of it.”
“Ugh, they’ve been at it all day,” Fitz grumbled. “It’s been hours of ‘Look—I’m invisible. Now I’m not! Now I am!’” Biana rolled her eyes as she reappeared. “Like you were any less annoying with your ‘I can tell you what you’re thinking right now! And now! And now!”
“Aura of doom?" Keefe asked, a smirk curling his lips. "Sounds like my kind of party.”
“You must think I'm a total idiot."
"Nah. I am starting to wonder if you're trying to beat Keefe's record for biggest interspeciesial episode- and if you are, I'm pretty sure you've won. The Great Gulon Incident was epic, but it didn't almost start a war.”
“I wish I could give you a world where everything was perfect and shining and safe. I used to think that's what we had..." He shook his head. "I've realized now that our world doesn't define us. We define our world. And I hope you'll fill yours with as much light and happiness as you can."
"You realize how silly that sounds, right?"
"I do. But after everything that's happened, I think we could all use a bit more silly in our lives.”
“And interfering with the Council's decisions is a treasonous offense."
Grady snorted. "Not if the Council's gone crazy.”
“No matter how many times the elves explained the "illumination in a darkened world" analogy, she would never stop thinking it was weird to have a school named after glowing fungus.”
“Let’s go join the Black Swan!”
“But . . . I know your heart was in the right place—even if your brain had clearly gone on vacation for the afternoon.”
“The right road is rarely the easy road. And no war is ever fought without casualties."
"Is that what this is?" Sophie asked. "A war?"
"Unfortunately, yes. A quiet war to stop a louder one from raging. You may hate me for asking this of him, but this is the cold reality we all face. We cannot control the actions of others, nor stop them from disappointing us. We can only use the anger and pain to fuel us. To help us rise above.”
“Remember who you can trust, and keep them close.”
“She wasn't going to cry. She was going to fight.”
“It takes a special person to see darkness inside of someone and not condemn them.”
“Because if she was right, then . . . Brant hadn’t just been with Jolie the day she’d died. He’d set the fire that killed her.”
“The wind—or maybe Keefe—must’ve thrown back his father’s hood. But it wasn’t his father facing him. It was Lady Gisela. Keefe’s mom.”
“She was tempted to ask if they were journeying with a hobbit to reclaim the Lonely Mountain.”
“The rest of the Council nodded in agreement, except Terik and Oralie, and—quite surprisingly—Bronte. She only had three supporters,”
“I already did a cave of horrors thing with you a few weeks ago, and it wasn't awesome.”
“I know that I was a total jerk for a few weeks. But I do trust you," Fitz told Sophie. "I hope you trust me.”
“I've realized now that our world doesn't define us. We define our world. And I hope you'll fill yours with as much light and happiness as you can.”
“But he was also the boy who’d shown up on her class field trip and shown her where she really belonged. The one who’d let her cry on his shoulder when she had to leave her family, and who’d gone out searching for her in the middle of nowhere, just because he’d heard her voice in his head.”
“Dex was the boy who’d tackled the kidnappers so she could try to get away. He’d suffered in silence as they burned him over and over because he didn’t want them to do it to her. He was her first friend— her best friend— and he just wanted to keep her safe.”
“Things are happening, and I need your help. When and where can we meet?”
“Most of it was boring stuff. Complaints he was getting about tomorrow’s healing. Something about Grady not making any progress on the dwarves. But there was one thing I knew I had to tell you. A goblin patrol found some new tracks outside the Sanctuary. They were far away from the gates, and whoever made them was only there briefly. But one of the footprints definitely belonged to an ogre.”
“The Councillors had to be pretty concerned if they were willing to rely on Keefe. . .”
“Here I am frozen, when I deserve to burn.”
“Toast was a pointless invention from the Dark Ages. Toast was an implement of torture that caused all those subjected to it to regurgitate in verbal form the sins and crimes of their past lives. Toast was a ritual item devoured by fetishists in the belief that it would enhance their kinetic and sexual powers. Toast cannot be explained by any rational means.
Toast is me.
I am toast.”
“19Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced and the whole world held accountable to God. 20Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin.”
“Oh well. Better out than in,”
“You are about to begin reading Italo Calvino's new novel, If on a winter's night a traveler.”
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