Oooohhhh, you're one of those kids, ' Whitney said, suddenly cracking up. 'What in the hell is so damn funny? One of what kids?' 'You had a horrible high school experience, didn't you?' 'High school is where demons go to eat little children.' 'Carter!' She erupted into body-shaking laughter, rolling from left to right. 'Oh my God, you are too much. This isn't high school anymore!' 'Um, hello, have you seen the movie Carrie?
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I came to the sobering realization that I was not making it out of here alive, no matter what. I was bruised and bloodied in mind and body, surrounded by the most literal interpretation of monsters, and a final nail in the coffin-I was in love with one of them. The love and loss alone would kill me, if not for the mythical creatures standing in front of me, ready to beat love and loss to the punch.- Camille
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I smiled and rolled onto my side, bringing my arms around her. She wiggled against me, letting me spoon her, and I swept some sweaty hair away from her neck to kiss beneath her ear. 'How do you like your new tattoo?' 'I love it. It makes me want to be a bird.' 'You already are a bird.' 'I don't get to fly.' 'You fly all the time. Haven't you noticed?
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I hoped Tia was different. Easier to manage for people like me, who didn't naturally jive with the little tykes. I'd only met her for a few seconds, so I had no idea what I was in for, here. All I knew was this wasn't my element, and her father had just compared me to a pregnant woman. Wasn't there something wrong with this picture?
She pursed her lips and nodded, swiveling around to continue her survey of my modest living space. Her arms were folded tightly across her chest as she strolled around. Letting out a long, deep breath, she dropped her hands to her sides when she reached my DVD collection. 'Downton Abbey?' I jolted forward, clearing my throat. 'Yeah, it's uh... it's a good show.
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We could stay. You could sleep it off and we can still go to Disney with everyone tomorrow. Don't you want to go to Fantasyland?' I batted my eyelashes. Jackson ran his thumb and forefinger over his lip, catching his grin and a speck of dried blood at once. The second that grin appeared, it was as if the entire evening's events evaporated. 'Why, Emma Pierce, do you want me to take you to Fantasyland and make all of your dreams come true?' He winked with his good eye. It was painfully adorable.
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The second he slipped inside of me, all I'd doubted, questioned, or feared evaporated, leaving me with one single, definite truth-I'd fallen in love with him in an all-consuming blaze that would blind me if I wasn't careful. We fit together like poorly cut puzzle pieces, but when the edges joined and were positioned just right, our scattered images came together to create a solid, deliberate piece of art, completely crystal clear and in focus. I was a goner.
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What do you see when you look at me?' My eyes narrowed and I pressed my lips together, weighing my thoughts. All of his bimbo admirers aside, what did I see? What did my gut tell me about this man? What did it say that allowed me to wind up here with him, under such impulsive circumstances? 'You're a sad man, ' I swallowed. 'You're arrogant and set in your ways, but that creates a fortress for you. It's your safe haven. Behind the moat is someone who has lost something he loved, only I'm not sure what, or who. You're afraid of something and your loyalty is hidden away in a cell, wounded by betrayal.' I rested my head on the pillow. 'That's what I see.' 'On second thought, ' he exhaled, letting his head drop next to mine. 'You're psychic.
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Is there a problem, Ms. Parker? Something you want to say to me?" Reaching for his tie, he began to loosen it, unraveling it with his fingers, angry eyes still locked on mine. "I'm not sure I like being your pet. Or science project, I don't know which." "You have a smart mouth." "You make smart observances." "You're going to make this invitation difficult, aren't you?" "If you're dishonest with me, yes." "You'll regret it if you don't accept." "Is that a threat?" "That's a promise.
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Stumbling closer, I held up the manuscript, the pages flapping frantically in the wind. 'I take it this is a murder mystery? You killed the ex-fiancee and thanked her in the dedication? Mighty dignified of you, I must say.' 'Nah. It's a horror novel. But yeah, the bimbo dies in the end. Bob Hall says it's going to be a bestseller, so I figured I owed her some thanks for the inspiration.' He edged a few feet closer, his smile spread from ear to ear. The glimmer in his eyes flickered toward the ocean, breaking our connection. He hung his head, licked his lips, then returned his eyes to mine, restoring the connection with an intense smolder. 'Are you gonna get over here, or what?' Letting out a soft chuckle, the tears began to blind me. 'Make me.
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I winked and locked my arm in Carter's, and we stood there, watching Dean stroll away. "You know the guy's never gonna give up, " Carter nudged me, letting out a sigh. "We'd have really pretty babies, huh?" "Yup. They'd be rad little Brangelinas, running around tearing the place up." "Yeah, you're right. My rejection is such a disservice to the world...
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I better go, " Carter squeezed me once more and stood, grabbing his wallet from the coffee table. "I need to hit up the lottery if I want to get you out of this mess. Will you let me buy a monkey if we win, though?" "Only if you buy me an island off the coast of Fiji." "You crazy-ass woman. A monkey is so much cooler than an island." "How about a monkey IN Fiji?" "Now there's a woman after my own heart, " Carter slapped his hand to his chest, sighing dramatically. "I'll let you know if we win." He started for the door. "Uh huh." "You'll know if we do. I'll be the one streaking on Pike Street.
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Hey Kate, you coming to our show Friday night?" He leaned in close and touched my shoulder. "The guys would love to see you there." "Yes. Yes, the guys would indeed." Carter rolled his eyes and smirked. I held back my grin, well aware that he was laughing inwardly at the same thing I was. When Dean spoke of 'the guys, ' he mostly meant himself. With a body like a Ken doll and hair like Meredith's McDreamy, I couldn't figure out for the life of me what he wanted with me.
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Well, in the meantime, Carter and I have been discussing the matter of Ryan." This time it wasn't the clang of a pan I heard, but instead a messy smack-the contact of Carter's backhand with Dean's head, I presumed. "Just hear me out. You have options. I have an Italian uncle. He'll make sure Ryan is sleeping with the fishes by next week." "Dean!" Unable to repress my amusement, my eyes flew wide and my grin grew. "Either that, or we can go all Sweeney Todd on him and-" "Oh, will you stop?" My laughter was crippling. "There will be no calls to your uncle and no trip to the barber shop-please, leave Sweeney Todd out of it.
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You think when someone you love passes away, everything becomes clearer, that your priorities and perspectives align in a way they've never aligned before because of the sobriety of it all. But it doesn't. Those revelations just become skewed and distorted until you're forced to rewrite them entirely. You can't walk straight on a new path when you have too much luggage on your back. You just keep swerving, trying to find a way to accommodate the weight, but it's all dead and you know it's going to take you down. The only answer is to reroute. -Emma
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I turned to face Audrey, and everything I loved was right there in her eyes, the memories tangible: the schooldays and sleepovers, the cheap bottles of wine and sappy chick flicks. She was there for my mother's drunken relapses, there to hold me until I fell asleep the first time the ex from Seattle hit me. It was all there, and my God, each memory was suddenly sacred and the sun rose and set upon it.
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Gavin! What'll I wear home?' 'Cloak.' His voice roughened and he ripped harder, tossing the material to the ground. I felt his smile when he kissed my neck, and shivers ran down my back at the sound of his low growl. 'I made that! I don't have many of those, you know.' 'Cam, ' he snaked one hand around my stomach and made his way north, slipping one hand into my corset top to grope my chest. 'You won't be thinking about it when I'm inside you.' His hips shifted off my back and he separated my legs with his knee, his breathing ragged against my shoulder. 'Now forget the damn dress.
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Joel's face swam across my vision and I blinked, goose bumps running up my arms. I shook his memory away, determined to stay focused, although my heart caved at the thought of his last words to us, right here in this very spot: Take care of each other. I'd be damned if I was going to let him down now.
I saw it in his eyes, first-the beginning of the end, the beginning of things to come. The blackest night, they cut into me, paralyzing my trembling body. Not even the gods could sense my fear now, for the celebration of the monsters who'd claimed me drowned out all perception of pain. It was all-powerful, all-knowing, the definition of infinite, an overwhelming possession that consumed every inch of my being.
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Gavin turned us to face Josh, a satisfied grin springing up when he noticed the condition of Josh's clothes. 'Thanks for the last-minute invitation, man.' Josh chuckled, patting Gavin on the shoulder. 'Shall I do the honors, Mr. Suave?' 'Sure thing, Frodo Baggins. By the way, I hear the Shire has impeccable dinner parties this time of year.' The corners of Gavin's lips twitched and his eyebrows shot up as he gestured to a food stain of some sort near the collar of Josh's white shirt. Josh's chin shot down to follow Gavin's amusement and he quickly tried to wipe away the crumbs. 'Yeah, well ... you know how we hobbits like to eat.
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I looked around the room, at everyone who inhabited the space, person and monster, slave and master, aware we were in the madness together, swirling around in the same mess, all out to get something, a piece of our own pie. But I knew that in the midst of that noxious stew, coming to terms with our poisons was only the beginning. Ever forward, Cecile's voice replayed in my mind. Ever forward.
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And then the lights went low, and our song began. The song I'd been working on since I'd arrived on the island. The one that morphed into something else entirely, something I never intended it to be. But music is like that. Much like life. It tells the story, it takes the lead. You're just along for the ride.
Let me tell you something, honey. Fifty percent of life is others trying to push their own agenda on you-their belief system, their views, their convictions. The other fifty percent is you deciding whether or not you're going to let them. Or if you're going to form your own opinions. -Miss Velma
Sometimes evil wins, nah, child. But it's always fleeting. Just a temporary ripple in a sea of goodness, brought on by the carnal nature of greed 'n corruption. Sacrifice washes that ripple out in waves of love 'n light, and peace is found when justice is served, even for those who lose, ya hear?
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Let me tell you something, honey. When your boobs fall south and that pretty skin of yours looks like you've been tanning in a nuclear war zone, you'll see what I mean about independence. When the looks are gone, all you've got left is your spirit, and ya gotta use it until you lose it. That and the occasional sponge bath from Francisco, but soon his ass will be just as wrinkly as mine. Beauty fades, but a strong will keeps ya young and springy. -Miss Velma
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She smiled thoughtfully. 'I think Jackson was like a lost puppy. He needed purpose, someone to believe in him and love him despite his bullshit. But he didn't have that, so he just went around humping everyone's leg and peeing everywhere. Then you came along and he thought he found that owner that would give him that purpose-something that would make him feel needed-but you chose the fancy pet store puppy instead, so he went back to peeing on everything and destroying all the furniture.' 'Um, Whit... is there a point to this?' 'We all need someone to believe in us. It helps us see our full potential. You were that someone to believe in him. I think he'll be a new man because of it.' 'So you're saying I rescued a lost puppy, and now he'll become a topnotch show dog because I'm just so amazing?' 'Exactly.' 'You have such an eloquent way with words.' 'No shit, right?' 'Precisely.' -Emma and Whitney
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You all set?' he asked, tossing me a pair of sunglasses. 'Wow, nice.' I felt the frame, rubbing my finger over the lenses to wipe away a smudge. 'Not bad, Phoenix.' 'Twinkies.' He slid his pair on and adjusted the gun across his chest. 'Told you. Breakfast of champions." - Skylla and Jet
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We sat on the dusty floor like that for what felt like hours, our legs intertwined in the kneeling position. Like the demon and the angel reaching for one another on Jet's arm, I felt half of everything. Half pure, half used. Locked in a dark, beautiful embrace. One I wouldn't wish on anyone yet one I wouldn't ever reverse if given the chance. Not when it had the power to save a life. - Skylla Warden
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Open your eyes, baby. Look at me.' He pressed his forehead down to meet mine, my eyelids fluttering open at his command. 'Look at me and tell me you don't want it.' I peered up at him with unsteady breaths, hearing his throat work when I tilted my lips to graze his. The contact was feather light, my heart hammering through my chest at the feel of it. 'I'm looking, ' I breathed against him. 'Good. Because right now, all I want to do is rip your clothes off and make you come until you can't stand, and I want your eyes on me the whole time, are we clear?' -Jackson and Emma
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