“He who fears to suffer,
Suffers from fear..”
“I felt his other hand sear hot against my cheek. He bent his head, and in a voice that Jack couldn’t hear, said, “When you came down the stairs, and fell into me, that was the moment.” Then his lips pressed against mine.”
“When I said I had no choice about helping you, I meant it. There was no other option because you are the only option. I don't trust anything at the moment. But the one thing I am sure of, the one thing I do trust..." he paused for a fraction of a second, "is the way I feel about you.”
“It's Lila--come on, Jack. She might be a little impulsive but that doesn't make her a sociopath.'
I swivelled my gaze to Jack, trying my best not to look like a sociopath.”
“I sunk down onto the bench in the middle of the car. So Alex had loved me the whole time, from the moment we'd seen each other again? All that time I'd been freaking out about Rachel? All that time I'd spent inches away from him, sleeping in his bed by myself; sitting opposite him at dinner, smashing plates; clinging to him on the back of his bike; sneaking peeks at him through a half-ajar bathroom door - and all the time he'd been in love with me? We'd wasted all that time when we could have been kissing? And he'd had to wait until two seconds before leaving me until he told me? If the Unit didn't kill him, I was going to.”
“I wandered over to the motorbike and read the work Triumph on the side. 'How long has he had it?' I asked Jack.
'No. Over my dead body.' Jack's expression was hard.
'[…] I told Dad I'd keep you safe and the Alex you know is not the Alex who drives that bike. He's not known to respect the speed limit.'
Now I definitely wanted to go on it.”
“I didn't steal it,' I stammered in protest. I had so stolen it.”
“He finished tying the knot and looked me in the face and I felt my gaze fall from his eyes to his lips and back again. "Why are you giving it back to me?" I asked. He pressed his thumb to my bottom lip and I heard an intake of air. That was me, I thought, before my head started to spin. Then he bent his head and kissed me. Just lightly, for a short few seconds before drawing away again.”
“I felt the engine growl deep as Alex pressed down the accelerator. His foot would be through the floor soon. If looks could kill, the road would be dead.”
“I couldn't bear the thought of Alex looking at me like I was a freak. It was bad enough that the looked at me as Jack's sister.”
“Alex shot her a look that was colder than liquid nitrogen.”
“He kept his eyes on mine, his gaze unblinking, and I stared right back into the blue. He moved almost imperceptibly and in the space between a heartbeat his lips touched mine.”
“But, like most things in life, unless you really work at it, anger's a hard thing to hold on to.”
“Un rugido arrojado rasgó el aire y ambos nos volteamos para ver una moto de color rojo acercándose a la acera detrás del auto de Jack. El piloto levantó la mano en señal de saludo y luego se quitó el casco. Mi boca cayó abierta. Era Alex. Y sonreía de oreja a oreja.
¿Alex montaba una moto? ¿Desde cuándo? Y, más importante aún, ¿cuándo podría tener un paseo en ella?”
“—No. No vuelvas a pensar así. No tiene nada que ver con eso. Lo que sea que puedes hacer, cualquier habilidad que tengas, todavía eres Lila. Es parte de ti; quién eres. Y no cambiaría nada de ti, que no sea tal vez tu inclinación a salir corriendo —añadió en el último momento.”
“—Cuando bajaste las escaleras y caíste sobre mí, ese fue el momento. — Luego, sus labios se presionaron contra los míos.”
“—Cuando dije que no tenía opción excepto ayudarte, lo dije en serio. No había otra opción, porque tú eres la única opción. No confío en nada por el momento. Pero de lo que sí estoy seguro, en lo único en lo que tengo confianza...—se detuvo por una fracción de segundo—... es la manera en que me siento por ti.”
“If this earth should ever be destroyed, it will be by desire, by the lust of pleasure and self-gratification, by greed of the green frog skin, by people who are mindful of their own self, forgetting about the wants of others.”
“I had once been naïve enough to believe that all would be well if you lived by the rules. Good things happened to good people, blessed are the meek, et cetera, et cetera. How disillusioned I have become since then. It hurt, because I wondered now what all the discipline, repression, and suppression had been for if it had not procured me the thing I had most wanted, and it certainly did not guarantee happiness.”
“If a grasshopper tries to fight a lawnmower, one may admire his courage but not his judgement.”
“От важных дел либо очень скоро в тоску впдаешь, либо наталкиваешься на уйму трудностей - всё зависит от того, какую долю ответственности на себя взвалишь.”
“في منزل والدي كان الهاتف يرن يوميا ٢٠ مرة، ولـ ٢٠ مرة يوميا أخبرت أحدهم بأنه ميّت". ”
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