liam stewart

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character posters: liam stewart

“What I’m trying to get at is, as bad as everything seems, I think, at its heart, life is good. It doesn’t throw anything at us that it knows we can’t handle—and, even if it takes its time, it turns everything right side up again.”

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I hate him for thinking that me and Mom and Harry—that any of these kids who basically worship the ground he walks on—would love him less.

I couldn’t get him out—we got inside, we were taking pictures, one of them saw us and we couldn’t get away—they shot him. He fell down and I couldn’t get him out, I tried to carry him, but they saw us and they opened fire—I didn’t want to leave, I had to…

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“So, it’s the summer and you’re in Salem, suffering through another boring, hot July, and working part-time at an ice cream parlor.”

“Yeah? What about you?”

“Me? I’m in Wilmington, suffering through another boring, hot summer, working one last time in Harry’s repair shop before going off to some fancy university”

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“You were the gawky one,” he corrected, “Lee was the reckless one, Zu was the cute one, and I was the wise one.”

The amazing story of us

Wow imagine how they could integrate the amazing story of us iN THE MOVIE? Okay so, after Chubs got shot and Liam and Ruby are taken in by the League, they do not say anything about Chubs (because let’s face it, not knowing might attract such interest to non-readers who see the movie). So they’re at the safe house and Ruby implicitly makes a deal with Cate to let Liam go. Then Ruby goes to the room with Liam and THEY ACTUALLY SHOW the amazing story of us instead of telling it. So, we see them on a beach, obviously Ruby is in this beautiful green dress and we see them as they meet and grow fond of each other and when they’re almost at the “kissing” point, Ruby just disappears like sand blown by the wind. ANd then we see her disappear the same way in every other memory Liam has of her. ANd then we’re back at the safe house and Liam doesn’t know RUby anymore. And then he leaves, calling her “darlin” one last time”

AND THEN THE MOVIE IS OVER 

AND WE’RE ALL DEAD!!!!!!

ok i need to talk about this particular part of TDM that’s seemingly always slept on because it’s one of my All Time favourite scenes and it’s so important

In Chapter 20 (page 312), there’s this section: 

“What?” he whispered. “What are you smiling about?”

My fingers brushed against his hair, trying to smooth it down. I realized what I was doing a full minute after Liam had closed his eyes and leaned into my touch. Embarrassment flared up in my chest, but he grabbed my hand before I could pull back and tucked it under his chin.

“Nope,” he whispered, when I tried to tug it away. “Mine now.”

Dangerous. This is dangerous. The warning was fleeting, banished to the back corners of my mind, where it wouldn’t interrupt how good it felt to touch him—how right

“I’m going to need it back eventually,” I said, letting him run it along the stubble on his chin.

“Too bad.”

THIS SCENE means so much to me, let’s reflect on why really quick:

My queen, Ruby Elizabeth Daly, has spent the last six years of her life in the most treacherous conditions, terrified to touch or be touched by anybody. This poor cinnamon roll has lived in fear from the age of ten onward. Here in front of her, she has this beautiful boy with the bluest eyes and the kindest heart, who has been soOoo patient with her since they met. 

This scene, friends and neighbours, is so incredibly important because Ruby is letting herself, for the first time in six damn years, touch not only another person, but someone who she holds so much care for. In her mind, she knows it’s dangerous, but guys!! She’s pushing past the fear and giving into something that she wants for the first time in so freaking long!! This particular moment (to me) is so symbolic of what’s to come for her and Liam because when she reaches out to him, Lee keeps her there with him, letting her know that !!!!! it’s okay to want to go for what you want—that he’s not going to let this fear keep him from being with her or there for her. That he’s not going to leave, even if Ruby pulls away because of what she is afraid of; especially if she’s afraid of what she’s going to do to him without intentions of inflicting pain—especially if she is afraid of herself, because Liam understands Ruby, and will never, never, never leave her to fight her demons alone.

After they have this marvelous little (massive) moment, Ruby Tuesday starts to open up to Puppy Lee about her Orange abilities as he inquires. When she tries to pull away after he asks if she was in his head (because TDM Chapter 20 Ruby chooses flight rather than fight in most situations), Liam holds on tighter, telling Ruby that he isn’t mad (because he knows this about TDM Chapter 20 Ruby). THEN !!! when they’re holding hands, Liam asks if it’s okay—and we all know that if she said no, he would have nodded with a smile and let her hand go, but wouldn’t have left her side. This entire passage is so symbolic of their relationship guys!!!! The patience, the reaching out, the holding on even when things get tough? Not only this, but all of the following Luby Rubiam parts happen because of this one?? This scene means the world to me and I can’t stress it or its importance enough.