Glitch will go straight to the queen, and she is not going to be happy. With either of us. And if Ash decides to pursue… For the first time, a worried look crossed his face.

Julie Kagawa

Julie Kagawa

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Nationality: American

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Because you're exactly like me- you don't want your whole life planned out. You're tired of following Talon's rules, of not having any say in your future. You want to know who Talon really is, but it's even more than that, isn't it? You want to be free." His eyes gleamed, golden and brilliant in the shadows. "And I can show you how.

Wait, you already know where you are? Puck demanded as we edged toward the mouth of the alley, stepping over trash and piles of debris.

A little warning would've been nice. You couldn't have said, ‘Hey, as part of your training today, I'm going to beat you senseless'?

So, anyway." Jackal's impatient voice broke through our cold standoff. "Not to interrupt this riveting family drama, but are we going to go hunting anytime soon, or are you two going to glare at each other until the sun comes up?

Your friends are…interesting, she said, making me snort. I would hate to see your enemies. She looked back at me, black eyes assessing. You did not mention that one of the ‘friends' you risked your life for was desperately hoping he could rip your head off.

Don't tell me you're guarding the pearly gates. You never struck me as the angelic type.

Meghan rose with the regal grace of a queen, calm and unruffled. I noticed she subtly moved in front of me when facing Ariella, a familiar gesture that caught me off guard. The Iron Queen was protecting me.

I ached for him, my stomach twisting painfully. He looked so desolate standing there alone facing a mad queen and several thousand angry fey. His voice was flat and resigned, as if he'd been pushed into a corner and had given up, not caring what happened next.

Idiot. I told you not to fight the horse thing.

Ash looked at me. I saw pain in his eyes, and a little regret, but they shone with such emotion I felt breathless. 'I already have.

I kissed him. His arms slid around me and drew me close, and we stayed like that for a while, my hands tangled in his hair, his cool lips on mine. My earlier thoughts in the crypt came back to haunt me, and I shoved them into the darkest corner of my mind. I would not give him up. I would find a way to have a happy ending, for both of us.

As I studied the remians of book pages, scatered among the ashes, my heart sank.

He was my best friend, and I'd always have a spot for him in my heart, but... it was you, Ash. I didn't really have a choice. It's always been you.

Touch her, and I'll freeze your testicles off and put them in a jar. Understand?