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Portia followed after, a smirk on her face, and Syc hissed as he passed.
Donegan waited till they were gone, then swung round to Gracious.
"He hissed at me."
"He hissed at you."
"Should I hiss back?"
"It's a bit late."
"He could still hear."
"Not unless you run after him."
"Do you think I should?"
"Probably not."
"I think I should."
"It'd be a bit weird."
"You might be right." Donegan pursed his lips, then shook his fist at the doorway.
"That showed him," said Gracious.
Donegan nodded. "He'll think twice about hissing at me again.


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DEREK LANDY
Doran stood on the dais, fists clenched. "All right," he said. "Let's do it, come on. Charge me up."...
DEREK LANDY
Now, before you begin to worry, the section of the gaol that I’m standing in is completely secure....
DEREK LANDY
I wasn't always who I am now. No one ever is. I've spent my entire lifetime becoming who I am. Final...
DEREK LANDY
Stephanie thought about the world she’d grown up in, and how different it was from the world she...
DEREK LANDY
You can only anticipate what someone is going to do if you know know exactly what that someone has j...
DEREK LANDY
Stephanie: I wouldn't mind a sister either
Tanith: Any chance of that happening?
Stephan...
DEREK LANDY
Wow," she said. "It's like you're teaching me something and being all wise."
"You are not easy ...
DEREK LANDY
Cheer up everyone, since we're all going to die horribly anyway, what's there to be worried about? -...
DEREK LANDY
She held her sword like she was ready to use it on anyone who got close. Darquesse could see her own...
DEREK LANDY
Her father sagged as relief spread through him. “I thought
something awful was happening.”<...
DEREK LANDY
Every once in a while, I get the urge. You know what I'm talking about, don't you? The urge for dest...
DEREK LANDY
I just want to let you know that I love you all. Even those of you that I don't like; that's you Ber...
DEREK LANDY
Tides do what tides do–they turn.
DEREK LANDY
You're not stealing anything, you're not breaking anything, so I'd guess you're Stephanie.
DEREK LANDY
Are you kidding? I jumped off a building -- of course I'm hurt.
DEREK LANDY
mostly we've had to found ways to amuse ourselves."
"Really?" Valkyrie asked. "Like what?"
DEREK LANDY
If he can't get to the clock, any idea how we deal with this lot?"
"With great care," Donegan s...
DEREK LANDY
Gracious ignored him. "A farmer's daughter, she was, though back then every girl was a farmer's daug...
DEREK LANDY
I find it rude to laugh at a man with a sword.
DEREK LANDY
Ladies and gentleman," he said over the speakers, "welcome aboard this recently liberated Gulfstream...
DEREK LANDY
Valkyrie patted Fletcher’s arm. “Don’t worry,” she said. “If the bad man comes, I’ll pro...
DEREK LANDY
I swear, talking to you is like talking to a really good-looking and mildly stupid brick wall.
DEREK LANDY
Fletcher appeared beside her. He peered at the baby.
"Can it do any tricks yet?"
"I'm sti...
DEREK LANDY
But I'm really enjoying my retirement. I get to sleep in every day. I do crossword puzzles and eat c...
DEREK LANDY
Emergency Valve Regulators," she repeated. "So you do know what your doing?
"Not really," he sa...
DEREK LANDY
I am Detective Inspector Me. This is my partner, Detective Her."
The traffic warden frowned. "H...
DEREK LANDY
He looked at Ghastly. "Thoughts?"
"I want to kill Sanguine," was the first thing Ghastly said. ...
DEREK LANDY
I am what prevents the Accelerator from being a bomb."
"Except you didn't," said Gracious. "Bec...
DEREK LANDY
You're not used to early mornings, are you?"
He shook his head. "Early mornings were invented b...
DEREK LANDY
It was a trap. It was so obviously a trap.

Darquesse smiled.
DEREK LANDY
Every once in a while, I get the urge. You know what I’m talking about, don’t you? The urge for ...
DEREK LANDY
She had been a teenager once, and she knew that, despite the apparent contradictions, a person's tee...
DEREK LANDY
You think Bernadette Maguire killed him?”
“Uh… no. She’s, like I said, she’s old.”<...
DEREK LANDY
Over his shoulder, she saw Skulduggery walk in. "Oh, hell," she muttered.
Wreath's smile reapp...
DEREK LANDY
Tanith frowned. Did people still go on DATES any more? She was sure they did. They probably called i...
DEREK LANDY
Look, this is all very, very weird. Why are you focusing on rumours and urban legends? You haven’t...
DEREK LANDY
Kindness suits you."

"Really? I think I'm quite allergic to it.
DEREK LANDY
I'm sorry,' said the shopkeeper. 'I can't understand your ridiculous accent.'
'My accent?'
DEREK LANDY
Oh, China. How I have missed you.'
'And I have missed you, Eliza. But don't worry, next time my...
DEREK LANDY
You're in a bad mood,' Skulduggery said. 'I understand. I do. You're saying things that you don't re...
DEREK LANDY
Embrace your inner lunatic. Fun times guaranteed.
DEREK LANDY
I'm sorry, I don't know what any of you want, or why guns and knives are being waved around, or why ...
DEREK LANDY
That's a shame. I'm sure somebody, somewhere, cares.
DEREK LANDY
Even as she'd been writing it, she wondered if she was using too many exclamation marks, but she was...
DEREK LANDY
It's a very small object to be capable of doing many wonderful things, don't you think?"
"It do...
DEREK LANDY
If you don't see me in five minutes, then I've probably died a brave and heroic death.
DEREK LANDY
What about you?" he asked, his words not much more than a mumble. "Regrets?"

"Many," Skud...
DEREK LANDY
Personally, I thin knees should be kept for the eight or ninth date, or the wedding day. As a nice s...
DEREK LANDY
Personally, I think knees should be kept for the eighth or ninth date, or the wedding day. As a nice...
DEREK LANDY
strike from the shadows, disapear into darkness
DEREK LANDY
I wouldn't mind a sister either."
"Any chance of that happening?"
"I can't see what would ...
DEREK LANDY
She's you, without your conscience, or your feelings. She's you without your humanity."
"You're...
DEREK LANDY
Wait, do they even know I'm coming with you?"
"No. But they like surprises. Almost always.
DEREK LANDY
Right, well, we've got to work out what we need. We've got to work out what we need, how we get it, ...
DEREK LANDY
You can only anticipate what someone is going to do if you know exactly what that someone has just d...
DEREK LANDY
This should be a highlight of the festival. I think it's a unique event in our area.
JEFF LANDY
It was a great day to get a lot of players a chance to play. Now we can focus on getting ready for d...
LANDY FAEDO
I think a lot of folks had not expected them to be back this quickly.
MARK LANDY
If they do negotiate a lower price, they may open themselves up to litigation by essentially concedi...
MARK LANDY
He told me that he would contact me within the next couple of weeks with any information that he can...
JEFF LANDY
That was great pitching from both guys. They're the top two pitchers in the county.
LANDY FAEDO
[MacMillan] has big shoes to fill and he's inheriting a legacy of 20% earnings growth.
MARK LANDY
I would venture that we are now outside of gentlemanly territory,
MARK LANDY
If we hold it when they are practicing in Latrobe, it will be easy for them to come over here for th...
JEFF LANDY
The good thing is they come out every day, work hard and do what's asked. And we're pretty demanding...
LANDY FAEDO
If the deals went to shareholders today, we believe Boston Scientific would prevail.
MARK LANDY
I don't see material upside or downside (for Boston Scientific shares) for the next 12 months.
MARK LANDY
While Johnson & Johnson has the clear technology lead, the risk they run is in setting the price. If...
MARK LANDY
You can't just sit back on your laurels. You have to constantly innovate.
MARK LANDY
He needed a place to practice so someone from those two families told him to come to Mt. Pleasant. T...
JEFF LANDY
We wanted to have just a few categories and make sure we did this right before we got too crazy this...
JEFF LANDY
There's a place in Texas that allows individuals to participate in the parade.
JEFF LANDY
I told my guys before the season that if you win your one-run games then you'll have a great season....
LANDY FAEDO
I was a little concerned. We let two leads get away this week, but Tommy made the pitches and the gu...
LANDY FAEDO
Go out and play consistent, not be good, just consistent. Just make less mistakes and put the ball i...
LANDY FAEDO