“Call listened with amusement--not that the incident hadn't been terrible. Being decapitated was a grisly fate, whether you were a Yankee or not. But then, amusing things happened in battle, as they did in the rest of life. Some of the funniest things he had ever witnessed had occurred during battles. He had always found it more satisfying to laugh on a battlefield than anywhere else, for if you lived to laugh on a battlefield, you could feel you had earned the laugh. But if you just laughed in a saloon, or at a social, the laugh didn't reach deep.”
“This is a damn useless conversation. Goodbye. (Charles Goodnight to Woodrow Call)”
“She didn’t know what to do with the severed leg. She had cut it off, but she didn’t want to touch it or even look at it.”
“Not too many men, in his experience, had achieved a great thing, even one. Very few ever achieved more than one, he knew.”
“Still, he was a salaried man. Even though Katie, who had been a good wife, was dead, he was not his own master.”
“He was just a husband and a salaried man. Choice didn’t play any part in his life.”
“There was no degree of competence that would assure anyone of survival, and no scale that would tell a commander which man would live and which man would die.”
“It seemed to him the highest principle, loyalty. He preferred it to honor. He had never been exactly sure what men meant when they spoke of their honor, though it had been a popular word during the time of the War. He was sure, though, what he meant when he spoke of loyalty. A man didn’t desert his comrades, his troop, his leader. If he did he was, in Call’s book, worthless.”
“I need to devour you."
Those words manage to knock the air right back out of my lungs, and my head spinsas one of his hands skims around my body. He splays it across the small of my back, pulling me closer to him, and leaning over until his lips are a centimeter from my collarbone.
"Sienna?" he growls, and I murmur to acknowledge him.
"I'm going to taste you."
He wasn't asking me, he was flat out telling me what was going to happen between us, and yet I felt myself nod, felt my body mold against his the moment his warm lips sought out the center of my throat.
"You smell like apples." he wispers harshly before his tongue darts out to trace the column of my thorat. I moan, letting my head fall all the way back.
"And you taste like the best kind of sin.”
“Wrap yourself in the sheets tightly. Feel that? Those are my arms around your waist, my head against yours and my heart beating in time with the thunder of your heart. I’m there baby. Maybe not in body but I am there with you constantly. You carry my heart on your sleeve Layla and it keeps me close to you. No matter where I am, however far apart we are, I carry you with me. You are never too far for my heart. We’re bound together.”
“It is the very nature of desire that it remains unfulfilled. It will arise again and again, and the more you try to fulfill it, the more it will arise; you are simply feeding the desire when you think you are fulfilling it.”
“By now, a significant portion of the whole Sherpa economy depends on the spring and fall seasons on Everest.”
“a try. Let’s make it to the kitchen first, huh? Four-year-olds could still be distracted by cookies. Jennie looked up as they entered the kitchen. “Hello, my boys! You’re just in time.” She held out two cookies, still steaming. “Fresh out of the oven.” Aervyn bit into his and danced around like an Irish step dancer on speed. “Hot, hot, hot!” Jennie laughed. “Hasn’t anyone taught you a cookie-cooling spell yet?” “Oh.” Aervyn giggled. “I didn’t think of that.” He waved a hand”
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