“Meghan,” whispered a voice, heart wrenchingly familiar, drawing me out of the void. I recognized it immediately, just as I realized it was a figment of my desperate imagination, because the real owner of that voice would never be here, talking to me. Ash? “Wake up,” he murmured, his deep voice cutting through the layers of the darkness. “Don’t do this. If you don’t come out of this soon, you’ll fade away and drift forever. Fight it. Come back to us.” I didn’t want to wake up. There was nothing but pain waiting for me in the real world. If I was asleep, I couldn’t feel anything. If I was asleep, I didn’t have to face Ash and the cold contempt on his face when he looked at me. Darkness was my retreat, my sanctuary. I drew back from Ash’s voice, deeper into the comforting blackness. And, through the layer of dreams and delirium, I heard a quiet sob. “Please.” A hand gripped mine, real and solid, anchoring me to the present. “I know what you must think of me, but…” The voice broke off, took a ragged breath. “Don’t leave,” it whispered. “Meghan, don’t go. Come back to me.” ― Julie Kagawa, The Iron Daughter “If a writer falls in love with you, you can never die.” ― Mik Everett “I like being the girl nobody can have.” ― Miley Cyrus “‎True love isn’t expressed in passionately whispered words an intimate kiss or a embrace; before two people are married, love is expressed in self-control, patience, even words left unsaid.” ― Joshua Harris “You’re like a grey sky. You’re beautiful, even though you don’t want to be.” ― Jasmine Warga, My Heart and Other Black Holes “Love as thou wilt” ― Jacqueline Carey, Kushiel’s Chosen “Does he love me? Does he love anyone more than me? Does he love me more than I love him? Perhaps all the questions we ask of love, to measure, test, probe, and save it, have the additional effect of cutting it short. Perhaps the reason we are unable to love is that we yearn to be loved, that is, we demand something (love) from our partner instead of delivering ourselves up to him demand-free and asking for nothing but his company.” ― Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being “It is only with true love and compassion that we can begin to mend what is broken in the world. It is these two blessed things that can begin to heal all broken hearts.” ― Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free “I suppose it’s not a social norm, and not a manly thing to do — to feel, discuss feelings. So that’s what I’m giving the finger to. Social norms and stuff…what good are social norms, really? I think all they do is project a limited and harmful image of people. It thus impedes a broader social acceptance of what someone, or a group of people, might actually be like.” ― Jess C. Scott, New Order “Perhaps watching someone you love suffer can teach you even more than suffering yourself can.” ― Dodie Smith, I Capture the Castle “Every life needs a little space. It leaves room for good things to enter it.” ― Sarah Addison Allen, The Peach Keeper “No man is offended by another man’s admiration of the woman he loves; it is the woman only who can make it a torment.” ― Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey “A real relationship is two-way.” ― Sophie Kinsella, Can You Keep a Secret? “In his forty-third year William Stoner learned what others, much younger, had learned before him: that the person one loves at first is not the person one loves at last, and that love is not an end but a process through which one person attempts to know another.” ― John Edward Williams, Stoner “Well, it’s simple to love someone,” she said. “But it’s hard to know when you need to say it out loud.” ― Rebecca Stead, When You Reach Me “A man is lucky if he is the first love of a woman. A woman is lucky if she is the last love of a man.” ― Charles Dickens “I have now been married ten years. I know what it is to live entirely for and with what I love best on earth. I hold myself supremely blest – blest beyond what language can express; because I am my husband’s life as fully as he is mine. No woman was ever nearer to her mate than I am: ever more absolutely bone of his bone and flesh of his flesh. I know no weariness of my Edward’s society: he knows none of mine, any more than we each do the pulsation of the heart that beats in our separate bosoms; consequently, we are ever together. To be together is for us to be at once free as in solitude, as gay as in company. We talk, I believe, all day long: to talk to each other is but more animated and an audible thinking. All my confidence is bestowed on him, all his confidence is devoted to me; we are precisely suited in character – perfect concord is the result.” ― Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre “Vladimir did great things—so could she. Besides, they come first, right?” “Not always.” I stared. I’d had they come first drilled into me since I was a child. It was what all guardians believed. Only the dhampirs who’d run away from their duty didn’t subscribe to that. What he said was almost like treason. “Sometimes, Rose, you have to know when to put yourself first.” ― Richelle Mead, Shadow Kiss “Sometimes loneliness makes the loudest noise.” ― Aaron Ben-Ze’ev “When you loved someone and had to let them go, there will always be that small part of yourself that whispers, “What was it that you wanted and why didn’t you fight for it?” ― Shannon L. Alder “When you say “I” and “my” too much, you lose the capacity to understand the “we” and “our”.” ― Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free “It is very difficult to live among people you love and hold back from offering them advice.” ― Anne Tyler “Jessica. For god’s sake,” he said. “Allow me to do at least one common courtesy for you. In spite ow what ‘women’s lib’ teaches you, chivalry does not imply that women are powerless. On the contrary, chivalry is an admission of women’s superiority. An acknowledgment of your power over us. This is the only form of servitude a Vladescu ever practices, and I perform it gladly for you. You, in turn, are obligated to accept graciously.” ― Beth Fantaskey, Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side “I didn’t care who kissed you first as long as I kissed you last.” -George from If We Kiss” ― Rachel Vail, If We Kiss “Loving someone always requires you to not love others.” ― Koushun Takami, Battle Royale “When male authors write love stories, the heroine tends to end up dead.” ― Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Ain’t She Sweet “If love is like a possession, maybe my letter are like my exorcisms” ― Jenny Han, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before “So, it’s not gonna be easy. It’s gonna be really hard. We’re gonna have to work at this every day, but I want to do that because I want you. I want all of you, forever, you and me, every day. Will you do something for me, please? Just picture your life for me? Thirty years from now, forty years from now? What’s it look like? If it’s with him- go. Go! I lost you once, I think I can do it again, if I thought that’s what you really wanted. But don’t you take the easy way out.” ― Nicholas Sparks “If you press me to say why I loved him, I can say no more than because he was he, and I was I.” ― Michel de Montaigne, The Complete Essays “Yet, it had been Dimitri’s gentleness and thoughtfulness mixed with that deadliness that made him so wonderful. The same hands that wielded stakes with such precision would carefully brush the hair out of my face. The eyes that could astutely spot any danger in the area would regard me wonderingly and worshipfully, like I was the most beautiful and amazing woman in the world.” ― Richelle Mead, Blood Promise

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