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You know, I can sort of control it now," I tell him, beaming. "I can moderate my strength levels."
"Good for you. I'll buy you a balloon the minute the world stops shitting on itself.


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It's incredible how someone can look so right and feel so wrong. Kent is a lucky bastard.
TAHEREH MAFI
People can think whatever they like....I don't desire their validation.
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All I ever wanted was to reach out and touch another human being not just with my hands but with my ...
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I do know that I don't want to wake him.

We were up very late last night.
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I touch the tip of my finger to his lips. "There are secrets in here," I say. "I want them out."
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The moon is a loyal companion.
It never leaves. It’s always there, watching, steadfast, knowi...
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Red was ruby, green was fluorescent, yellow was simply incandescent. Color was life. Color was every...
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I spent my life folded between the pages of books.
In the absence of human relationships I form...
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So she told me a story. A story about a boy who was born with very green eyes, and the man who was s...
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His lips soften into a smile that cracks apart my spine. He repeats my name like the word amuses him...
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Hate looks like everybody else until it smiles
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His eyes are two buckets of rainwater: deep, fresh, clear. Hurt.
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I'm wearing dead cotton on my limbs and a blush of roses on my face.
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You’ve been on the edge of insanity your entire life, haven’t you? So many people called you cra...
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Are you out of your goddamn mind? You think we can take on two hundred soldiers? I know I am an extr...
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I hear Warner laugh.
I see him smile.
It's the kind of smile that transforms him into some...
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I didn't want the clothes or the perfect shoes or the expensive anything. I didn't want to be draped...
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Good God, I have taken leave of my senses. I never thank Delalieu. I've likely given the poor man a ...
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She could see all of Ferenwood from here: the rolling hills, the endless explosion of color cascadin...
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My opinions,” I say to him, quietly this time, “should not so easily break your own. Stand by yo...
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This girl is destroying me.
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I almost forget that she still hates me, despite how hard I've fallen for her.
And I've fallen....
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People seldom realize that they tell lies with their lips and truths with their eyes all the time.
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There is nothing to fear. Nothing to worry about. Grieve nothing in this transitory world," he says ...
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Don't do that," he says. "Don't ask me questions you already know the answers to. Twice I've laid my...
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Aaron Warner Anderson, chief commander and regent of Sector 45, son of the supreme commander of The ...
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Why do you call her 'love'?" James asks. "I've heard you say that before, too. A lot. Are you in lov...
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In just two days, one girl has managed to cripple me.
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Of course I remember you." My voice is a strangled whisper. I squeeze my eyes shut. "You were the on...
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It's like there are a million screams caught inside of my chest but I have to keep them all in becau...
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I open the book and turn to the next page. Day three.

I started screaming today.
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Damn,” Kenji says after a moment. “Damn damn damn. This shit is bananas
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It's strange. How hollow i feel. Like there might be echoes inside of me. Like I'm one of those choc...
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This isn't about Adam or Warner," I tell him, "This is about me and what I want. This is about me fi...
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I have a curse.
I HAVE A GIFT.
I'm a monster.
I'M MORE THAN HUMAN.
My touch Is l...
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Narrow-mindedness will only get you as far as Nowhere, and once you're there, you're lost forever.
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There is nothing to fear. Nothing to worry about. Grieve nothing in this transitionary world. It's t...
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Warner. A white bird with streaks of gold like a crown atop its head. A fair - skinned boy with gold...
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His chest, heaving harder this time. His words, almost gasping this time. “You destroy me.”
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Dude, you ran off with the crazy chick! You ran off with the psycho girl!" he's calling after Adam. ...
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He whispers, "You have no idea how much I've thought about you. How many times I've dreamt"-he takes...
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Killing time isn't as difficult as it sounds.

I can shoot a hundred numbers through the c...
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Someone picked up the sun and pinned it to the sky again, but every day it hangs a little lower than...
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Swallow the tears back often enough and they’ll start feeling like acid dripping down your throat....
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Kenji is a walking paradox of Unflinchingly Serious Person and 12-Year-Old Boy Going Through Puberty...
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I have an extremely low threshold for disorder; it offends my very being.
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There’s something simmering inside of me. Something I’ve never dared to tap into, something I’...
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Torture is not torture when there’s any hope of relief.
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We breathe when we're wrong, we breathe when we're right, we breathe even as we slip off the ledge t...
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You can go to hell!"
"Just because I'm going to hell doesn't mean you'll ever deserve her.
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All I know next are his arms, the desperate edge to his voice when he says my name, and I'm unraveli...
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I'm not falling for Warner," I say quietly.
"Sure you aren't."
"I'm not," I insist. "I'm j...
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