30+ quotes from Wicked as They Come by Delilah S. Dawson

Quotes from Wicked as They Come

Delilah S. Dawson ·  395 pages

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“I would burn down the world for you," he whispered fiercely. "Your world or my own. I would rip down the entire city with my bare hands without a second thought. I don't need to taste anything else, I don't need a comparison.”
― Delilah S. Dawson, quote from Wicked as They Come


“Time to beat back the bunny hordes," he said gallantly,knowing that any blood-hungry animals in the area would be waiting outside for me.
He threw open the door, shouting, "Bunnies, prepare to meet your doom!”
― Delilah S. Dawson, quote from Wicked as They Come


“Dammit, woman! You're scent, your stupid bloody delicious scent lingering in every crevice of my body and my wardrobe, driving me nearly mad. Do you know what it's like to want something so badly, to have it so close, and still feel that it's out of your reach? Out of control?”
― Delilah S. Dawson, quote from Wicked as They Come


“Why, Criminy Stain," I said. "You're a romantic."

"Oh, no," he said with a grin. "I'm fiendish and unscrupulous, a vicious killer and a thief and a bloodthirsty monster. And maybe a little romantic. But don't tell anyone, or my reputation's shot.”
― Delilah S. Dawson, quote from Wicked as They Come


“Let me guess. You think we’re going to live happily ever after, like some stupid fairy tale?”

“Why not?” His stare dared me to laugh or, worse, to argue.

“Because the whole thing is ridiculous,” I said. I despised the bitterness in my own voice. I sounded so damaged. Good. If he thought I was his soul mate for some mysterious reason he wouldn’t let on, let him see the worst of me.

“It’s not ridiculous to me. Perhaps that’s the difference between predators and prey, love. I’ll never stop hunting. But I expect that one day, you’ll stop running.”

“Because I want to die?”

“Because you want to live.”
― Delilah S. Dawson, quote from Wicked as They Come


“He was watching me, and he chuckled.

"Do you know how a man tames a wolf?" he asked me.

"No," I said.

"You get some clothing that you've been wearing for a while, and you toss it in with her. In the cage or the cavern where she sleeps. That first one, she rips up, shreds it to nothing. The second one, she just mouths it a bit, gets a taste. Inhales, like you're doing there. The third but of clothing, she starts dragging it around, loving on it, sleeping with it. And then you've got her under your spell. She's got the scent of you, wants to keep it around. She'll follow you everywhere."

"Are you calling me a wolf?" I asked.

"Are you calling me a man?" he said.”
― Delilah S. Dawson, quote from Wicked as They Come


“Sweetheart, you couldn't conjure me if you tried.”
― Delilah S. Dawson, quote from Wicked as They Come


“He was an animal. He was terrifying. And he was beautiful. I realized that I was biting my lip, that my hand was wound into the ruffled fabric at my chest. Something in me was drawn to the carnage. Like so many women before me, I was a slave to the caveman brain, that deep old part of my DNA that whispered that ferocity would keep me safe and fed and alive and that I should most definitely find the fiercest creature around and hump it.”
― Delilah S. Dawson, quote from Wicked as They Come


“I don’t know,” I said, exasperated. “What else do you have in your wacked-out world? Heat sensors? Mine fields? Dirigibles? Booby traps? Machine guns? Shrink rays? What?”

“Aside from dirigibles, which are rather expensive and rare outside of trade routes, most of what you just said made no sense whatsoever,” he said, as delighted as a child hearing a foreign language for the first time. “But it all sounds very dangerous. And fun. Especially the part about the boobies.”
― Delilah S. Dawson, quote from Wicked as They Come


“What if you could take everything you were looking for in a person and whisper it into someone’s ear, and they brought that person to you? And then, when you saw them for the first time, even if you didn’t know they were the one for you, you suddenly knew it anyway?”

His finger traced my eyebrows, my cheekbones, as he thought a moment.

“What if your heart stopped when you saw that person, and only after that did you realize that they truly were everything you ever wanted?”
― Delilah S. Dawson, quote from Wicked as They Come


“Easy things aren't worth much. Your hand in mine is worth a great deal, Leticia." he said, helping to my feet. "That's what I'll be fighting for tomorrow.”
― Delilah S. Dawson, quote from Wicked as They Come


“What you’re seeing is pain. And you’re the only one who sees it,” he said more softly. “You’re the only one who can cut me, and you wound me deep.”
― Delilah S. Dawson, quote from Wicked as They Come


“I'm a nurse," I said, feeling huffy. "I help sick people."

"So you can stop the diseases?" he asked.

"Not really. I mostly help the people who are already dying, trying to make their last days comfortable."

"You help people die," he mused. "That sounds quite sinister, and that's coming from someone who drinks blood.”
― Delilah S. Dawson, quote from Wicked as They Come


“I needed to take control of the dream. I held out a hand with fingers splayed and focused my will. “Zzzzzzzsssst! Pshew! Zzzzist!” I said. But nothing happened.

“What in Sang are you doing, love?” he asked.

My arm dropped to my side. “I was trying to shoot lightning bolts out of my fingertips,” I said. Then, quietly, “It usually works.”

“Told you it wasn’t a dream. Do you want to try flying, too?”

Sheepishly, I gave a little hop, but my feet came back down to the ground.

“No,” I said, feeling sullen and embarrassed and on the verge of outright panic.”
― Delilah S. Dawson, quote from Wicked as They Come


“I don't think there's anything wrong with the way you are," I said shyly. "I just don't want to mess up, and you're much better at this sort of thing than I am."

"Don't worry. You'll enjoy playing along. You'll have to be haughty, and I'll have to act beaten down, when we're in public."

"That sounds kind of fun." I said.

"Just don't forget that it's a ruse, love," he said. "Because once we're outside the walls again, you'll be entirely in my power. And I'd hate to have to spank you.”
― Delilah S. Dawson, quote from Wicked as They Come


“You're here," he said simply.

"Do I know you?" I asked, which came out more haughtily than I had intended.

"You will," he answered, kicking off the tree and walking toward me. "After all, you're wearing my locket. And I've been waiting for you.”
― Delilah S. Dawson, quote from Wicked as They Come


“I watched him playing with the long blades of grass, weaving them into patterns as he hummed an unfamiliar song, a waltz.
"What are you doing?" I asked him.
"I'm letting you get used to the idea of me," he said idly. "I'm pretending to be harmless. Is it working?"
"Until you smile," (...)”
― Delilah S. Dawson, quote from Wicked as They Come


“He sighed. "Look, love, I know I seem like a tactical genius, but really, I'm just a magician who occasionally kills a bunny or drives a train.”
― Delilah S. Dawson, quote from Wicked as They Come


“Honestly," he said with a grin, "how would that have worked? Oh, hello dream lover. Would you drink some of my blud so I won't murder you in front of all these nice people?"
― Delilah S. Dawson, quote from Wicked as They Come


“Wait," I said looking around. "How do we get off of this thing and onto the island?"

Criminy's mouth compressed into a thin line. Then his lips started to twitch. Then he started to shake. And then he cackled, head thrown back, as if it was the funniest joke he'd ever heard.

"Darling, I have no idea whatsoever," he said, "I didn't think that far ahead.”
― Delilah S. Dawson, quote from Wicked as They Come


“What if your heart stopped when you saw that person, and only after that did you realize that they truly were everything you ever wanted?”
― Delilah S. Dawson, quote from Wicked as They Come


“It's a little scary, what you do."

As I tried to figure out how to respond, and with words as sharp and cold as the blade of a knife, Criminy said, "If you're scared of her talent, then you don't truly know what fear is.”
― Delilah S. Dawson, quote from Wicked as They Come


“He was gazing down at me, and his eyes were endless, deep pools of pleading and fire and barely restrained something or other, and they were magnetic, like black holes, but full of flames, and yet gray, and yet full of colors and see-through and dancing with little flecks of glitter, and I couldn’t look away, and what pretty eyelashes he had, as long and dark as a woman’s, as a kitten’s, as a panther’s, and the smell, oh, the smell, like crushed heather and berries and springtime in the morning and bodies rolling over and over in the grass and everything covered with dew like cobwebs making mandalas of raindrops, and I couldn’t stand it, couldn’t hold back for one more second...”
― Delilah S. Dawson, quote from Wicked as They Come


“The word WANTED slithered across the top of each image in elegant calligraphy. The drawing of Criminy was spot-on, but the one of me was more than a little imaginative. I looked like an evil seductress, some sort of vampy witch-queen.
I liked it.
I wanted a copy for my wagon.”
― Delilah S. Dawson, quote from Wicked as They Come


“Are you saying that was real magic?" I said. "That's crazy."

"Well, let's see. Are you telling me you just saw the past in a vision. That a monkey in a top hat was trying to murder my chief costumer and head accountant with the most powerful poison in existence using her makeup jar? If so, perhaps I'm not the crazy one here.”
― Delilah S. Dawson, quote from Wicked as They Come


“Criminy?" I asked.

"Hmm?"

"What are we doing?"

"I'm having a meal with a friend while you squirm like a child," he said serenely.”
― Delilah S. Dawson, quote from Wicked as They Come


“I'm a gypsy. A rogue. Wicked as they come.”
― Delilah S. Dawson, quote from Wicked as They Come


“Like so many women before me, I was a slave to the caveman brain, that deep old part of my DNA that whispered that ferocity would keep me safe and fed and alive and that I should most definitely find the fiercest creature around and hump it.

Dawson, Delilah S. (2012-03-27). Wicked as They Come (Blud) (p. 309). Pocket Books. Kindle Edition.”
― Delilah S. Dawson, quote from Wicked as They Come


“. . . dreams are your heart's playground.”
― Delilah S. Dawson, quote from Wicked as They Come


“I told him my own story, from locket to fainting. But I left out the part about how I was supposed to be Criminy's magic mail-order bride.”
― Delilah S. Dawson, quote from Wicked as They Come


About the author

Delilah S. Dawson
Born place: in Roswell, GA, The United States
Born date October 21, 2018
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