Vladimir did great things—so could she. Besides, they come first, right?Not always.I stared. I'd had they come first drilled into me since I was a child. It was what all guardians believed. Only the dhampirs who'd run away from their duty didn't subscribe to that. What he said was almost like treason.Sometimes, Rose, you have to know when to put yourself first.
Yet, it had been Dimitri’s gentleness and thoughtfulness mixed with that deadliness that made him so wonderful. The same hands that wielded stakes with such precision would carefully brush the hair out of my face. The eyes that could astutely spot any danger in the area would regard me wonderingly and worshipfully, like I was the most beautiful and amazing woman in the world.
Other people spoke, and I tried to keep up with the translations. All the stories were about Dimitri's kindness and strength of character. Even when not out battling the undead, Dimitri had always been there to help those who needed it. Almost everyone could recall sometime that Dimitri had stepped up to help others, going out of his way to do what was right, even in situations that could put him at risk. That was no surprise to me. Dimitri always did the right thing.And it was that attitude that had made me love him so much. I had a similar nature. I too rushed in when others needed me, sometimes when I shouldn't have. Others called me crazy for it, but Dimitri had understood. He'd always understood me, and part of what we'd worked on was how to temper that impulsive need to run into danger with reason and calculation. I had a feeling no one else in this world would ever understand me like he did.
Do you love him?There were only a few people in the world who could ask me such insanely personal questions without getting punched. Dimitri was one of them.
When we were almost to the other campus, I felt the weird nausea hit me. I called a warning to Christian, just as a Strigoi grabbed him. But Christian was fast. Flames wreathed the Strigoi's head. He screamed and released Christian, trying frantically to put the flames out. The Strigoi never saw me coming with the stake. The whole thing took under a minute. Christian and I exchanged looks.Yeah. We were badasses.
Belikov is a sick, evil man who should be thrown into a pit of rabid vipers for the great offense he commited against you this morning.Thank you. I said primly. Then, I considered. Can vipers be rabid?I don't see why not. Everything can be. I think. Canadian geese might be worse than vipers, though.Canadian geese are deadlier than vipers?You ever try to feed those little bastards? They're vicious. You get thrown to vipers, you die quickly. But the geese? That'll go on for days. More suffering.Wow. I don't know whether I should be impressed or frightened that you've thought about all of this.
I spent the rest of the day doing little more than that. I skipped dinner. I shed a few tears. But mostly, I just sat on my bed thinking and growing more and more depressed. I also discovered the only thing worse than imagining Dimitri and Tasha together was remembering when he and I had been together. He would never touch me again like that, never kiss me again…
Roza. His voice had that same wonderful lowness, the same accent . . . itwas all just colder. You forgot my first lesson: Don’t hesitate.
Everything's about my personal entertainment. The world is my stage. Keep it up- you're becoming a star performer in the show.
This college would probably have the same problem as the last one did.I frowned, What's that?Homework.
You and me are going to have so much fun, Rose. Picking out curtains, doing each other's hair, telling ghost stories....
I don’t believe in soul mates, not exactly. I think it’s ridiculous to think that there’s only one person out there for us. What if your ‘soul mate’ lives in Zimbabwe? What if he dies young? I also think ‘two souls becoming one’ is ridiculous. You need to hold onto yourself.
You can think whatever you want, do whatever you want... I'm going to just go on loving you, even if it's hopeless. - Adrian Ivashkov
I had a standing arrangement with God: I'd agree to believe in Him -barely- as long as He let me sleep in on Sundays.
Rose, I cheat at cards and buy liquor for minors. But I would never, ever force you into something you don't want.
You did what you did out of love. I can't be mad at you over that. It was stupid, but that's how love is. Do you have any idea what I'd do for you? To keep you safe?