Do you even feel anything, Chad? Will you for once stop walking around, all in control and f'ing calm? Do you have any idea what you all have done. I lost everything, Chad. Everything, when Kyle died. I lost myself. I had finally begun to build a new life with new friends. With people I thought cared about me. I have started to be just a little bit happy again. Was it too much to ask? Did I ask for too much by just wanting to have a little bit of a life again? Now, it’s all screwed up again and you walk around here like you don’t feel anything about what’s happened.Chad spun around and for only the second time since she’d known him, she saw the flash of anger so fierce her breath caught in her throat and she took an involuntary step back, away from him. Jennie knew Chad would never hurt her on purpose, but the anger rolling off of him was palpable. It seemed to force her backwards as if it had a life of its own, a power of its own.Not feel anything, Jennie? Are you f'ing kidding me? I walk around here every day and I ache every f'ing minute I’m with you. I’m so twisted up with loving you and hating you, I can’t breathe. I can’t keep my hands off you, but I can’t let myself kiss you because I might lose myself in you. I can’t make love to you because I’m afraid you’ll pretend I’m him. I know you want his arms around you, not mine. I know you want it to be his baby inside you, not mine. And I know you can’t love me back, no matter what I do, because you’re still so in love with your husband, you can’t even begin to see me.Chad didn’t stop and Jennie didn’t try to stop him.And every day, I have to sit here and wonder how I’ll be a part of my baby’s life. I wonder if you’ll let me be in the delivery room, if you’ll let me help you name the baby. I wonder how much money I’d have to offer the people who live across the street from you to get them to sell me their house, just so I can see my child grow up. If you’ll let me... Chad stopped as if he’d run out of steam.They stood in uneasy silence for a long time before Chad spoke again. He sounded worn out and bitter and angry, mirroring Jennie’s chaos of emotions.Am I feeling anything? Yeah. I’m feeling some f'ing sh**, Jen.
Lori Ryan
Michael grew silent, his gaze softening as he looked from me to Will and a dim light of hope flickered in my heart. You would mourn for him.Yes, I said. I would mourn him forever with a broken heart. This human soul has given me so many blessings and curses. I’m the only one of our kind who has ever felt the most perfect happiness and the truest sorrow - because of this soul. My love for my Guardian is one of those blessings. It’s not a curse.You can, I promised. Please trust me. I need all the help I can get and that includes yours. If you kill my Guardian, then I will never forgive you. I can’t be at war with you too. Please, please, Michael, my brother. Don’t kill him.…A tear caught on the edge of my lips. Do you love me as your sister?His mouth opened to reply, but nothing came out.It’s okay, I whispered. You’re worried about me, because you love me. Don’t be afraid of feeling anything. our Father made us this way. He wouldn’t make a mistake.I…, Michael said and emotion spilled over his face. His brow furrowed with exhaustion and he seemed overwhelmed by what he felt. He closed his eyes and took a deep breath before opening them again. You are my sister, Gabriel.Then don’t do this. I begged him.He was quiet again for several agonising moments, returning to his emotionless state. Keep him. I have faith in you, Sister.Will and I breathed sighs of relief, but it was a few seconds before Michael withdrew his sword. His expression remained unchanging as he lifted Will’s death warrant.
Courtney Allison Moulton
She traced the dragon’s body on his biceps where it transitioned into rope. I just thought it would be more difficult. After all this time, the heartache, the waiting, the despairing and giving up, the pure pissed-offness of dealing with near misses… She blew out a breath. And there it is. With you, easy as breathing. ‘I’m in love with you.’ You said it and meant it. It changes the universe, but the way throwing a stone in a pond does. All those ripples. It's…amazing.She frowned and cocked her head. There should at least be dramatic music. I can retract it if you want. Brood for a while, play commitment paranoia games, alienate you so we break up, sort of and then I chase you down before you make some monumental decision, like moving back to New York, or signing up for a three year stint in the merchant marines. Then we can have a big makeup scene. She pursed her lips. Complete with dramatic music. Absolutely. If I could afford it, I’d hire John Williams to come up with the score. You’d do all that for me? Hell, no. He snorted, puffing a short, playful breath against her. I’d tie you up and keep you in my basement until you contracted Stockholm syndrome and couldn’t breathe without me.She tipped her head back, sobering. Sometimes, it feels like I can’t. Crazy, right? He put his mouth on hers and took her air in the best kind of way, all while giving it back to her. at her, boyishly appealing, but then sobered. We’re normal, extraordinary people, he said. It took us a while, but we always knew what it would look like when it happened. The simplicity of it is what makes it extraordinary. A tadpole gets legs and walks on land and evolution begins. All in a simple blink, the whole world changes.
Joey W. Hill