Nesta gritted her teeth, trying to haul Cassian up once more. A broken sound of pain ripped from him. “Go!” He barked at her.
“I Can’t,” she breathed, voice breaking. “I can’t.”
The same words Rhys had given him.
Cassian grunted in pain, but lifted his bloodied hands - to cup her face. “I have no regrets in my life, but this.” His voice shook with every word. “That we did not have time. That I did not have time with you, Nesta.”
She didn’t stop him as he leaned up and kissed her - lightly. As much as he could manage.
Cassian said softly, brushing away the tear that streaked down her face, “I will find you again in the next world - the next life. And we will have that time. I promise.”
— A Court of Wings and Ruin (pg. 652)