“Some things stay a little bit broken forever—even after they’ve been fixed.”
“She had power over the most magnificent forces on Earth, but she still didn’t feel like she had power over the most important thing of all—her own heart.”
“Hector, if you get yourself killed again, when I take over Hades I’ll give you a really long time-out in Tartarus,”
“The only time you ever hurt me is when you leave me.”
“I could wait my whole life for you, and you’d still be in love with Lucas.”
“I chose love—I chose you over everything that was offered to me.”
“Yes,” he whispered. “Until the next time you see Lucas. But you already know this. You didn’t just fall in love with him once. You fall in love with him every time you look at him.”
“You couldn't lose me, Helen. Not even if you tried," he said, pulling on her arm to bring her closer to him. "And for the record, I aggree with you. I should be more compassionate. I never expected you to think I was perfect. I know I'm not."
"You are to me."
"That's all I care about," Lucas said quietly. "Not-my-cousin Helen.”
“You better kill me now, Lucas, because I’m not going to stay away from her. I can’t.”
“You must all swear to me that you will protect my sister and her child. If Helen and her line of daughters die, there will be nothing on Earth for me to love,” she said, her eyes falling apologetically on her son, Aeneas, for a moment before they hardened against him. He dropped his head with a wounded look, and Aphrodite turned to Hector.
“As long as my sister and her line of daughters lasts, there will be love in the world. I swear it on the River Styx. But if you let my sister die, Hector of Troy, son of Apollo, I will leave this world and take love itself away with me.”
“Hey Orion? Put some pants on, toss her over your shoulder, and carry her off like a man, for the love of Pete!”
“She's too powerful," Matt whispered as his life faded away.
"I'll be there to balance her," Lucas promised.”
“Damn it!" Helen swore, turning to face the group. "Does anyone have a pumpkin?”
“She can’t stand the sight of me, Helen. The one girl, the only girl who’s ever really shook me up—and I horrify her.”
“Live every day like it's our last day on Earth together," she said, beginning their new motto as she jumped out the window.
"For forever if we can get away with it," Lucas finished, joyfully following her.”
“There's always more than one interpretation," Orion said from the doorway. Everyone turned to look at him as he came back into the library. "Face it. The Fates speak in riddles because they don't know what the hell they're talking about. If they did, they'd say something straightforward like, 'Orion is the Tyrant and he wants to eat your brains for breakfast' or whatever."
Hector's shoulders started bouncing up and down with silent laughter. Lucas turned his head away and tried to stuff down a laugh of his own, but he made the mistake of catching Jason's eye.
"Zombie Tyrant," Jason whispered to Lucas, his face turning red with a repressed laugh.
"Huzzah death," Lucas whispered back, cracking up. Apparently, that was some kind of inside joke between the Delos boys because all three of them busted out laughing.”
“It was like they were kissing for the first time.”
“Look at me," Lucas said suddenly, leaning close and locking eyes with her. "You're the only girl I've ever kissed."
"Liar," Helen said so fast she practially cut him off.”
“There was no "eventually", and Helen knew it. Even after she'd touched the water from the River Lethe and couldn't remember her own name, she'd still remembered Lucas. She'd never get over him. Lucas was it for her.”
“My whole life I've wondered what it feels like to be loved like that. To be loved more.”
“I never really have been, and I’m certain now that I never will be, and you know why? Because it’s impossible for me to love anyone like I love you—and I really tried with Orion.”
“Run,” he whispered in her ear. “I love to chase.”
“But how could anyone be grateful for what they have if they didn’t know what it was like not to have what they need?”
“Helen leaned down over her husband and ran her lips lightly across his bare shoulder in good-bye. Maybe, someday, she would find him by the River Styx. There, they could wash all their hateful memories away, and walk into a new life together, a life that didn’t have the dirty paw prints of a dozen gods and a dozen kings marring it. Such a beautiful thought.
Helen vowed that she would live a hundred lives of hardship for one life—one real life—with Paris. They could be shepherds, just as they had dreamed once when they had met at the great lighthouse long ago. She’d be anything, really, a shopkeeper, or a farmer, whatever, as long as they were allowed to live their lives and each other freely. She dressed quickly, imagining herself tending a shop somewhere by the sea, hoping that someday this dream would come true.”
“She'd created her own hell, and now that she had learned to control her fear, she knew how to create her own paradise.”
“Over and over the images rolled behind Helen’s eyes like giant waves. When they stopped, Helen could see everything clearly—like a beach wiped clean after a storm.
She and Lucas were woven from the same cloth, cut apart, and then stitched back together from one cycle to another. The circumstances changed, but they were always intertwined, no matter what.”
“So. Ever get the urge to drown anyone?' Ariadne asked.
'No!' Andy replied, horrified.
'Shes just messing with you,' Helen assured her. Her face dropped. 'Seriously, though. What's your stance on strangling?'
'You mean apart from wanting to strangle both of you right now?”
“I really don’t care if he’s my cousin anymore.”
“The last thing Helen thought before she drifted off after him was that she’d slept on a beach like this before with another boy. But this time there was no Helen-shaped dent for her to fit inside.”
“Trusting in the LORD 1 My child,* never forget the things I have taught you. Store my commands in your heart. 2 If you do this, you will live many years, and your life will be satisfying. 3 Never let loyalty and kindness leave you! Tie them around your neck as a reminder. Write them deep within your heart. 4 Then you will find favor with both God and people, and you will earn a good reputation. 5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. 6 Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. 7 Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom. Instead, fear the LORD and turn away from evil. 8 Then you will have healing for your body and strength for your bones.”
“Kissing with the tip of the tongue is like ice-cream melting. It was he who taught me that a kiss has a soul and colour of its own.”
“We’re all works in progress, honey. And believe me when I tell you that I’ve had to work harder than most.”
“She knew what he had in mind.
He'll propose in Scotland on my birthday.
There was no doubt as to what her answer would be.”
“It helps to know where you are going before you set out.”
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