“Maybe the princess could save herself."
"That sounds like a pretty good story too.”
“She cried for the girl who had never belonged. A girl who tried so hard, harder than anyone else, and still never had anything to show for it.”
“Love is a conquest! Love is war!”
“Why is it always a prince?” asked Winter. “Why isn’t she ever saved by a top-secret spy? Or a soldier? Or a … a poor farm boy, even?”
“I don’t know. That’s just how the story was written.” Evret brushed back a curl of Winter’s hair. “If you don’t like it, we’ll make up a different story tomorrow night. You can have whoever you want rescue the princess.”
“Like a doctor?”
“A doctor? Well—sure. Why not?”
“Jacin said he wants to grow up to be a doctor.”
“Ah. Well, that’s a very good job, one that saves more than just princesses.”
“Maybe the princess can save herself.”
“That sounds like a pretty good story too.”
“Levana's heart throbbed. "It's been almost ten years."
"And now? Are you still waiting for it to be over?"
His expression softened. The anger was gone, replaced with something infuriatingly kind, though his words were heartbreakingly cruel. "Are you still waiting for me to fall in love with you?”
“A good queen was a well-informed queen.”
“Come here, baby sister," she whispered, and despite the terror twisting inside Levana's stomach, her feet obeyed. "I want to show you something.”
“She was suddenly angry. Angry that this woman was so effortlessly pretty. Angry that tonight she would sleep beside her doting husband. That soon she would hold a wrinkled, wailing baby in her arms and that child would never question whether it was loved, or whether its parents loved each other.
Nothing Levana wanted had ever come that easily.”
“Levana had not seen the bodies, but she had seen the bedrooms the next morning, and her first thought was that all that blood would make for a very pretty rouge on her lips.”
“Don’t worry about her. It was only her birthday, after all. This was only her party.”
“I know you must be hurting now, but don't give up hope on future happiness, and all the good things that are still to come for you.”
“It's just... you never show your face, when they record you. Rumors are starting, you know. People think you're hiding something. And love begins with trust, and trust can't be formed if people think you're hiding something.”
“Are you still waiting for me to fall in love with you?”
“Ideally, a lady will have three toys at once. One to romance her, one to bed her, and one to adorn her with very expensive jewelry.”
“But no. She didn't want to be Channary. She didn't want her beauty, not if it came with her cruelty and selfishness as well.”
“The guilt and the horror and the memory of that awful smell might stay with her forever, but she was the queen.”
“At first I thought, why, he might be a perfect little match for my perfect little girl.”
“From this day forward, you will be my sun at dawn and my stars at night, and I vow to love and cherish you for all our days.”
“Love is a conquest, love is a war”
“Maybe she truly was hideous. But so long as she could deceive everyone, what did it matter?”
“Then, on the twenty-first day of December in the 109th year of the third era, Queen Channary gave birth to a baby girl. She was officially named Princess Selene Channary Jannali Blackburn of Luna,”
“Love is a conquest. Love is a war.
Here is what I think of love.”
“Would yell if a person didn’t coo and aww and tell her what a beautiful mother she would make and how her daughter would surely grow up to be just like her, by all the lucky stars.”
“Just one more fantasy that wouldn’t come true. Just one more lie she’d constructed for herself to escape into, never realizing she was welding the bars of her own cage.”
“She was so stupid. Such a stupid, stupid girl.
For ever thinking she could be admired, adored, or noticed. For every thinking she could be anything at all.”
“Illusions were dangerous, and being tricked into believing things that weren’t real was often the most dangerous thing of all.”
“Levana knew a great deal about beauty, just as she knew a great deal about ugliness.”
“Maybe the princess can save herself.”
“Being tricked into believing things that weren't real was often the most dangerous thing of all.”
“Then, between the heartbreak and the loneliness, there was love. So open and intense it stole Levana’s breath away.”
“Where history concerns mainly personalities, the drawings become either black or white according to the interests of the writer.”
“Penny said two words, the second of which was "you." Caine laughed. "I think you meant '---- you, Your Highness.”
“Men då sa Jonatan att det fanns saker som man måste göra, även om det var farligt. ’Varför då’, undrade jag. ’Annars är man ingen människa utan bara en liten lort’, sa Jonatan.”
“The race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, but to those who can see it coming and jump aside.”
“Then what happens? Diana demanded
“Then were hit with massive doeses of radiation. It’s invisible, but its like someone is shooting tiny bullets at you. They blow millions of tiny holes through your body. You get sick. Your hair falls out. You vomit. You die”
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