“Every white knight needed a deadly black sword at his back.”
“If I take you,” she said, and it was a warning, “I’ll keep you. Always.”
“It just means that when you screw up,” Remi added, “you don’t lose your place in the family. You might get a reaming, might be punished, but you’ll always have a home where you’re loved and where you feel safe.”
“Zaira had no dealings with children. Not even Arrow children. “What am I supposed to do?” she said to Aden. “Pick her up.” “Like a sack of supplies?” “A bit more carefully.”
“We can decide to remain in our isolated bunkers, becoming more and more obsessed with looking inward instead of outward, or we can decide to be great together. We can decide to stagnate, or we can decide to grow. We can decide to settle for the status quo, or we can decide to reach for the stars. “Choose.”
“Sascha. The only child she had ever borne. The cardinal who everyone had told Nikita was flawed, but who she’d known was a power who could not be allowed to come into her own. To do so would equal her death. So she’d crushed her child, and in so doing, saved her life and forever lost her.”
“Aden, I’m not fixed, she said, the words holding despair. You were never broken. There’s nothing to fix.”
“We are not that anymore. We are not only assassins trained to die and to kill. We do not abandon the weak or the hurt. And we never, ever leave our own behind." That, he decided at that instant, would be the new motto of the squad, be what all trainee Arrows were taught. No Arrow is disposable. No Arrow is to be left behind.”
“You’re the best of us.” A potent statement. “The best. The strongest, the smartest, and the one with a heart stubborn enough that it resisted Silence and cared for the most damaged among us.”
“Zaira didn’t know why men and women would need different cleansing supplies, but she used the female set because she liked the pale blue shade of it.”
“He really was a very bad leader in that respect—and it was why his Arrows gave him their unswerving dedication. All of them rejects from the world, from their families. No one else had ever come for them, ever would. Silence or not, it mattered that Aden would.”
“He held Aden’s gaze, the other man’s expression unreadable. “It’s the alpha’s responsibility and his privilege to create that environment—we are the guardians of every heart in our care.” Aden Kai might not be changeling, but he was an alpha and he held within his hands the power to change his people from the inside out.”
“Barely four feet tall back then, at least a foot shorter than him, and yet she’d said, “I won’t run anymore. I won’t try to leave. I’ve decided to stay and protect you.” “Why?” Midnight black eyes afire in a sun-browned face that was all sharp bones. “Because you don’t have a monster inside you.”
“Sahara’s lips curved. “I’ve always found the Ghost mysterious and deliciously sexy.”
“Jaw muscles tense, he returned to his conversation with Vasic. “Ivy makes you far more accessible to the public at large.”
“While Zaira is seen as a threat,” Vasic said, going down to pet Rabbit when the dog dropped a piece of wood at his feet in an attempt to be helpful. “Devoted to keeping you safe, but a threat nonetheless.” He looked up at Aden from his crouched position, his eyes no longer remote and cold as they’d once been. “That’s good. Your mate should be a blade in her own right.”
Yes, she was a blade. Dangerous and devoted and passionate.”
“What he didn’t say, because it was too heavy a burden for any man to bear, was that Aden was already a leader who was on his way to greatness. If he didn’t lose his way, if he didn’t break under the strain, he’d become a man who would be written of in history. To make it, he needed someone to walk with him, to hold him when things became too hard, and to fight for his right to his own happiness. Aden needed love more than anyone Walker had ever met.”
“If I could have, I would've taken you with me," Walker said. "That I couldn't do, but I could make sure you had the tools to survive."
It didn't answer Aden's question, but he didn't push.
Then Walker added, "You're not my son, Aden, but that's how I've always thought of you.”
“If you do that, I won't ever let you go." If the physical connection had sealed them together, this would turn that seal into an unbreakable glue. "Even my death won't free you." The psychic scars would be irreparable.
"Whether we bond or not, your loss would change me forever." A quiet voice that held so much power it vibrated with it. "You are written indelibly on my soul, Zaira. Nothing will ever alter what you are to me.”
“The Psy race’s greatest advantage was the mind; the changelings’, the body.”
“El hombre no estaba en el Silencio, solo era muy, muy, muy, bueno mostrando solo lo que deseaba”
“I felt him and didn’t resist the power draw. I knew Aden would never do something like that unless he was in danger.” And that, Zaira thought, was why she had always trusted Vasic. Even when she’d been jealous of him, she’d known he wouldn’t hesitate to stand with Aden against any threat.”
“Being isolated and alone and hurt day after day changes a person, Aden. It turns a child into . . . into a thing that isn’t quite human and not quite animal. Like any trapped creature, that child will gnaw off its own limb to escape—but if that child is a Gradient 9.8 combat-grade telepath named Zaira Neve, it’ll first ask if it can gnaw off its attackers’ limbs instead.”
“A single instant of kindness, she thought again, her heart breaking. How do we save them all, Aden? One at a time.”
“I’m yours.” It was his turn to stop her words. “Just stay with me,” he said. “In any way you want.” “You deserve better.” Rough, broken words. “There’s no one better than you.” “I’ll be the best soldier you ever have,” she repeated in a shattered whisper. “I know.” It would have to be enough.”
“Yeah, what the hell. We can be remedial alphas together.”
“The Arrow Squad had to die. For some inexplicable reason, this midlevel telepath and field medic was its nucleus; cut him out and the resulting fractures would mean the rest would be far easier to eliminate.”
“the things we hold inside, the nightmares we stifle, have far more power than the things we expose to the light of day.”
“....had made her see that there was hope for many of her squadmates, hope for a life beyond the regimented existence of an Arrow. Those like Zaira could stand sentinel against the darkness so others could be free to grab at life.”
“Whether we bond or not, your loss would change me forever.... You are written indelibly on my soul, Zaria. Nothing will ever alter what you are to me.”
“(...) conscientemente revisó la historia de Nikita y se dio cuenta de que, aunque a su madre siempre le había gustado el poder, lo había buscado con híper-impulso hace veintinueve años y medio.
Después del nacimiento de una hija cardinal E que necesitaba toda la protección que su madre pudiera proporcionarle.”
“May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view… where storms come and go as lightning clangs upon the high crags where something strange and more beautiful and more full of wonder than your deepest dreams waits for you… beyond the next turning of the canyon walls. —Edward Abbey, “Benediction”
“Oh, never and forever aren't for mortals, love. But we won't be parted till I know it's right that we part.”
“Too far! Dammit, I need a rifle! But his own men were answering, the M-1s close beside him opening up. “I got one! I got one!” Marley’s”
“You see, what I want is life. A real life, full of moments of joy, of anguish, of irritation, of fun. A life with an end point, which makes each second important. A life that is full of love, that doesn't cause suffering and pain.”
“Diesel is back," Ranger said.
Yes. How did you know?"
I woke uo with a migraine this morning," Ranger said.”
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