When life doesn’t meet your expectations, it was important to take it with grace.
MS. THOMPSON, it said in heavy block letters, PLEASE KEEP YOUR FELINE OFF MY PROPERTY. IF I SEE IT AGAIN, I WILL EAT IT.
Why is it that all cars are women?” he asked. “Because they’re fussy and demanding,” answered Zee. “Because if they were men, they’d sit around and complain instead of getting the job done,” I told him.
It is one of those lessons that every child should learn: Don’t play with fire, sharp objects, or ancient artifacts.
When I die of heart failure the next time you frighten me like that, you can put that on my gravestone—‘I didn’t mean to startle her.
Cheeses crusty, got all musty, got damp on the stone of a peach,” I agreed. He looked blank, so I repeated it with proper emphasis. “ ChEEZ-zes crusty. Got Al -musty. Got DAMp on the StoneofapeaCH.
Where does a werewolf sleep? Anywhere he wants to.
Are you going to tell me what that was about?” Adam asked as we went back upstairs.“Sometime,” I told him. “When we’re telling ghost stories around a campfire, and I want to scare you.
What would a racist call werewolves? Wargs? She kind of liked that one, but suspected that racist bastards didn’t read Tolkien.
I don’t like lies,” said Bran, and I knew I’d failed to keep the pain of his revelation from my face. “Not even lies of omission. Hard truths can be dealt with, triumphed over, but lies will destroy your soul.
I suppose we must work on being gracious and grateful until we can do for ourselves. Someday the wheel of fate will put us in a position to be of use to them, and we will remember how much easier it is to give help than it is to accept it.
It was like being leaned on by a very heavy, warm brick. A sexy brick.
She wondered that hope was so much harder then despair.
I don’t say goodbye very easily, Anna. Not gracefully or prettily.Goodbye tears your heart out and leaves it a feast for carrion birds who happen by.
I used my history degree about twice a year whether I needed to or not.
Time was such an odd thing. One moment you could talk to someone, then suddenly, they were gone.
Fear makes idiots out of us all, at some time or other.
He sighed. “I don’t think an apology will do, Mercy. Because an apology implies that you wouldn’t do it again. And, under the circumstances, you wouldn’t do anything differently, would you?”No.
Then he’d come back home and found out that war didn’t cause fear—love did.
You can’t cage an eagle for long without destroying it.
Women are the bloodthirsty sex,” said Ric sadly. “We get the reputation, but it is only because the women stand behind us, and say, ‘Kill it. Squish it.
Over a lifetime of dealing with difficult women, I have learned it is often better to give into their demands immediately.
A man says a lot of things in summer he doesn’t mean in winter.
People will do amazing things to ensure their survival.
He didn’t say anything more, just waited for me to tell him what I’d been thinking. It was pure speculation, and I was opening myself up to ridicule by saying anything at all. I sat on the stool and realized that I had my loyalties, too.
The main thing to remember is that making love is at onces the silliest and the most sacred act humans can perform.
If she know how strongly he felt, she’d have run out the door. He wasn’t used to the possessive, or the savage joy she brought to his heart. It ate at his control, so he turned his attention to the music. He understood music.
Cheeky. Carry them for nine months, feed them, clothe them, and what do I get? Impertinence.
C’est moi, c’est moi,’tis I,’ I told him. It seemed appropriately melodramatic, though I didn’t know if he’d catch the reference. I shouldn’t have worried. Unexpectedly, he laughed. “Trust you to quote Lancelot rather than Guinevere.
Some people will tell you werewolves can only shapechange under a full moon, but people also say there’s no such things as ghosts.
My father always said that too many words cheapened the value of a man’s speech.
My mother raised her eyebrow, and murmured, “And to think I was always worried that you didn’t have any friends. I suppose I should have been counting my blessings.
Death is not such a bad thing. What would be a bad thing would be living without challenges. Without knowing defeat, we cannot know what victory is. There is no life without death.
Almost-Sister, you picked a real catch.”“It was I who caught her,” Adam said softly. “It took years.
Brother Wolf gave Anna an amused look and then went back to being scary.
Sometimes I think I live more closely to the past than the present.
If there was such evil in the world, was it possible that there was good, too?
You have to acknowledge evil, or you give it too much power over you.
Anger is stupid, and stupidity will kill you more surely than your opponent’s blade.
Identity was partly heritage, partly upbringing, but mostly the choices you make in life. ~ Bran
So in the sweltering heat of a July night, I sang a Christmas carol to a room full of fae, who had been driven out of their homelands by Christians and their cold-iron swords.
No, really,” I said. “Now that we know that Flores is really this nasty, fiery, superpowerful nothing-can-kill-me demon from hell, maybe we should consider just giving Christy to him?
This was not a man who wanted to give up his mate. This was a man trying to do the honorable thing—and give her a choice, no matter hiw much it cost him.
You’d tell the world what your best friend wore to sleep if you thought it made a good enough story.
I was going to fight vampires, and my name wasn’t Buffy–I was so screwed.
Vampire politics make the very complicated dance of manners that is werewolf protocol look like the Hokey Pokey.
If creation was given no limit, ultimately everything would cease to exist.
He was like Superman, but with fangs and oddly impaired morals.
Damn it,” I said. “I don’t suppose you have any ideas on how to kill Littleton.”He smiled at me, his teeth very white in the darkness of his face. “Eat him,” he said.
One of the oddest things about being grown-up was looking back at something you thought you knew and finding out the truth of it was completely different from what you had always believed.
You are a sick, sick man,” I told him.“Thank you,” Ben replied, looking modest.
Death isn’t a tragedy to God, only to those left behind.
Stupid young girls who get caught alone in the forest fall prey to anything that crosses their paths, be the beast animal, human or shapeshifter.
You should be home sleeping. What is the use of having a man in the house, if he cannot take care of you for a while?” “Mmm,” I said. “I give up. What’s the use of having a man in the house?
Trouble seems to follow me around, waiting to club me with a tire iron.
It was complicated. I understood it, mostly, but I had to think a little sideways to do it.
I didn’t like anyone except me having their hands all over him. There had been possession in Wolf’s touch, and Adam belonged to me.
I was too busy fighting the river to worry about adjusting my beliefs in accordance to reality.
I am the reality of all coyotes. The archetype. The epitome. You are just a reflection of me.
Matt Smith?” I said. “Really? You are not the Doctor, Bran. At your age, it is important to keep a lookout for excessive hubris.
Food was good, company better, and if I had been a cat, I’d have preferred.
Werewolf games,” Mercy said solemnly, “play for keeps, or go home.” She was so cute sometimes it made Adam’s heart hurt.
Yes,” he said sincerely. “Such a one deserves peanut butter on the seat of his pants.
Knowing someone desires you is the greatest aphrodisiac
Dragons and legends…It would have been difficult for any man not to want to fight beside a dragon.
Pack is for comfort when you hurt, I thought, putting my head back down. And for the first time in a long time, maybe the first time ever, I appreciated being a part of one.
We’ve determined that Ms. Hauptman is a potential threat to the public safety, and we are bringing her in as a murder suspect who has supernatural powers that make her too dangerous to be incarcerated in the usual ways.
What do you mean?” Leslie’s voice was cool, as if she questioned witches who were flat on their backs being threatened by werewolves every day.
New rules. If you are smart enough to live, you won’t hit Charles’s mate in front of his father.
You play games with people’s lives.(…) You forget that they are fragile.
Then Walter died as he lived, he told his mate. A hero, a soldier, and a survivor who chose to protect what was precious to him. I don’t think, if you could ask him, that he would have any regrets.
Honey will wipe the floor with you.” His eyes went half-mast, and his voice dropped in evident pleasure. “I know.
It is hard to accept being different, hard to have people avoid looking at you, and still believe in yourself.
Love thy enemies, it says in the scriptures. My foster mother always added, “At the very least, you will be polite to them.
Hard truths can be dealt with, triumphed over, but lies will destroy your soul.
It is the way of mortals. They fling themselves at life and emerge broken.