“Because you are just a pawn. And a pawn can’t help but get played.”
“This is yours,” he said, pressing my hand more tightly to his chest. “And I don’t give it lightly.”
“Perv—I’ve gotten upgraded from stalker.' Wasn’t he the eternal optimist?”
“I love all of you Ember—the ferocious, beautiful girl I first laid eyes on, the fiery girl who punched me in the face when I threw off her sheets, the penitent girl I found curled up in the shower, the curious girl who questioned a wanted man’s guilt, the brave girl who pushed me down when she saw a gun, and the secretive girl who thinks she needs to carry the world on her shoulders.”
“God, he’s sexy. No wonder he was a little shit all the time.”
“Ember, the bad comes in with the good. And I want all of it—I want your secrets, your worry, your pain. I love you—you’re not alone in this life.”
“The government had been controlling my nightly visits.”
“They’d given me a blowtorch. Idiots.”
“Someone so annoying didn’t deserve to look that good.”
“I met his eyes. “Easily. I could love you easily.”
“eyebrows rose. “I’m just going to throw this out there, but I’m okay with being taken advantage of.”
“I never listened to those who told me about the dark side of loving your pair.”
“I love you too.” Funny how those words got easier to say the more I voiced them.”
“Guerilla warfare? I was in way over my head. I told myself that I could do this. It was guerilla warfare every time I went to sleep.”
“Caden might be my partner, but he was also the enemy.”
“Jesus. It was worth it,” Caden said, looking dazed and pleased.”
“How do I get to Broadway?...I want to get to the center of things.”
“The criminal element is contained – held under lock and key – and still it happens. How could it go one without me (us) – is that too narcissistic a mind? What I’m getting at is that, with so many of us locked up, you’d think it would stop. That it continues means that it is you and not me. Tell me about your day, your routine, and what you did at the drugstore when the dumb little girl charged you five cents instead of five dollars. Did you speak up? Are you all so lily-white? The harder it gets to be safe and secure, to trust, to find love and understanding – the more you feel entitled, allowed, even encouraged, to cheat, to lie, to steal, and then later, even to kill. That you are just beginning to feel it now only means you have been lucky for too long.”
“The hunt for spouses is an activity on a par with fox-hunting or hawking, though the weapons and dramatis personae differ. Just as grizzled old men know the habits of hares and quail, so do elegant society gossips know every titbit about the year’s eligible men and women.”
“I realize yes, this is done. After all this time, after so much thinking and worrying, clinging so tightly. Just like that, there is nothing to hold on to.”
“Some people, after all, don’t care who they yell at as long as they have a reason to keep shouting.”
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