At my elbow, a nurse said, “I’m sorry – Sam? But since you’re not an immediate relative, you can’t stay in here. They’ve asked us to have you leave.” I just looked at her, feeling utterly empty. I didn’t know what I was supposed to say to her. My life is in that bed. Please let me stay.
“Come on,” Cole said. He looked back over his shoulder at Mr. Brisbane, who was looking at me with a complicated expression as I left. Cole pointed at him and said, “You’re a son of a bitch. He belongs here more than you do.”
helen hamilton (starcrossed series by josephine angelini) | Helen remembered the story, even though it was just a small part of the Iliad. Apollo fell in love with Cassandra of Troy right before the war. When she told him that she wanted to remain a virgin and rejected his advances, he cursed her. A dickhead move if ever there was one.
“Augustus Waters talked so much that he’d interrupt you at his own funeral. And he was pretentious: Sweet Jesus Christ, that kid never took a piss without pondering the abundant metaphorical resonances of human waste production. And he was vain: I do not believe I have ever met a more physically attractive person who was more acutely aware of his own physical attractiveness.
But I will say this: When the scientists of the future show up at my house with robot eyes and they tell me to try them on, I will tell the scientists to screw off, because I do not want to see a world without him.”
It’s different, you know that? The sky looks different now. […] When I first met you, that’s what I remember. I looked up at the sky and thought, I’m going to love this person because even the sky looks different.
(his face clouded over at the mention of her name. the question hung in the air, but we both knew the answer. if the woman he loved needed him, he would do anything to help – from this side of the grave or any other.)