Tessa: I have nothing to read.

Jem: *points at a bookshelf full of books collecting dust* Well-

Tessa: NOTHING!!!

Jem: There’s literally a stack-

Will: *bursts into the room* I CAN’T FIND A SINGLE BOOK IN THIS ENTIRE INSTITUTE!!!

Jem: *points at huge library down the hall*

Will: NOT A SINGLE ONE!!!

Tessa and Will: *cling to one another, sobbing*

Jem: *sighs*

When you love a book so much you just tuck the characters into a little place in your heart and carry them around everywhere you go and they influence your life so much and fuck me books are beautiful

last hours snippet

Will had been sitting on the floor, the rug bunched up under his feet, with his back against Tessa’s legs. He looked up when Jem came in, and Jem, in his Silent Brother robes, went over to Will and sat down beside him. He drew Will’s head against his shoulder, and Will held the front of Jem’s robes in his fists and he cried. It was the first time it had ever occurred to James that his father might cry about anything. — Chain of Gold, The Last Hours Book 1

Listen up. I will put everything as a bookmark. A sock, a pen, a nail you name it i’ll do it but i wiLL NEVER EVER FOLD DOWN A CORNER OF A BOOKPAGE

Lily: You don’t think I can fight because I’m a girl.

James: I don’t think you can fight because you’re wearing a wedding dress. For what it’s worth I don’t think Sirius could fight in that dress either.

Sirius: Perhaps not, but I would make a radiant bride.

3

“I just wish he were here to see this with us, just here with us one more time.”

She felt the rough silk of his black hair as he bent to kiss her fingers lightly—a courtly gesture from a bygone age. “He is with us, Tessa. He can see us. I believe it. I feel it, the way I used to know sometimes if he was sad or angry or lonely or happy.

She touched the pearl bracelet at her wrist, and then his face, with light, adoring fingers. “And what is he now?” she whispered. “Happy or wistful or sad or lonely? Do not tell me he is lonely. For you must know. You always knew.”

He is happy, Tessa. It gives him joy to see us together, as it always gave me joy to see the two of you.”

Okay but if Jem Carstairs can be a good and kind person after being tortured nearly to death and being fatally ill for years after because of that, and hearing his parents scream for him whilst they were being tortured to death and then living in a place with a girl who hated them all, and a boy who tried to get everyone to hate him, then a girl who he is in love with, having the knowledge that he’d die before his time and never be able to live the entirety of his life with her, all whilst helping defeat the antagonists and never, ever complaining, then anyone can be a good and kind person too.