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“Tucker: "But she gave me the perfect gift."
Clara: "What?"
Tucker: "You.”
Cynthia Hand, Unearthly
“So often we only do what we think is expected of us, when we are capable of so much more.”
Cynthia Hand, Unearthly
“Tucker," I say. "I'm so glad you're still here."
I throw myself into his arms. He hugs me tightly.
"I couldn't leave," he says.
"I know."
"I mean, literally. I don't have a ride.”
Cynthia Hand, Unearthly
“There's nothing more inspiring than the complexity and beauty of the human heart.”
Cynthia Hand, Hallowed
“What do you see in a guy like Christian Prescott?" he asked me that night when he dropped me off from prom. And what he was really saying then, what would have come through loud and clear if I hadn't been so blind was, why don't you see me?
Cynthia Hand, Unearthly
“Are you any good at it?"
"Pulling idiots out of the snow? I'm the best.”
Cynthia Hand, Unearthly
“Insert the biggest, most awkward silence in the history of big awkward silences.”
Cynthia Hand, Unearthly
“I feel like Cinderella sitting in the middle of the road with a pumpkin and a couple of mice, while Prince Charming charges off to rescue some other chick.”
Cynthia Hand, Unearthly
“Hey, you feel like driving today?" he asks. "I don't want to walk to the bus stop. It's too cold."
"You feel like dying today?"
"Sure. I like risking my life. Keeps things in perspective.”
Cynthia Hand, Unearthly
“Tucker: Why would you tell me now if it's against the rules?
Clara: Because I love you.”
Cynthia Hand, Unearthly
“Tucker: "Today we ran into a mama grizzly with two cubs at the ridge off Colter Bay and Clara sang to it to make it go away."

Mrs. Avery: You sang to it?

Tucker: Her singing is that bad.”
Cynthia Hand, Unearthly
Think about a good memory, she whispers in my mind. Remember a moment when you loved him.

And just like that, I do.

"What did the fish say when it hit a concrete wall?" he asked me. We're sitting on the bank of a stream and he's tying a fly onto my fishing rod, wearing a cowboy hat and red lumberjack-style flannel shirt over a gray tee. So adorable.
"What?" I say, he grins. Unbelievable of how gorgeous he is. And that he's mine. He loves me and I love him.
"Dam!" he says.

Cynthia Hand, Unearthly
“I'm looking at you. Why are you always trying to hide how pretty you are?”
Cynthia Hand, Unearthly
“Have you ever been to a place you're supposed to love, but all you can think about is home?”
Cynthia Hand, Unearthly
“Our purpose on this earth is not one single event, an accomplishment we can check off a list. There is no test. No passing or failing. There's only us, each moment shaping who we are, into what we will become.”
Cynthia Hand, Hallowed
“Sam: "I always thought you were the most beautiful of all the Nephilim."
Meg: "That's ironic because I always thought you were the ugliest of all the angels.”
Cynthia Hand, Unearthly
“Hey, Carrots," he says.”
Cynthia Hand, Unearthly
“Before I moved here, I never got the whole love-triangle thing. You know, in movies or romance novels or whatnot, where there’s one chick that all the guys are drooling over, even though you can’t see anything particularly special about her. But oh, no, they both must have her. And she’s like, oh dear, however will I choose? William is so sensitive, he understands me, he swept me off my feet, oh misery, blubber, blubber, but how can I go on living without Rafe and his devil-may-care ways and his dark and only-a-little-abusive love? Upchuck.”
Cynthia Hand, Hallowed
“Tucker: I'm glad it happened. because then I got to know who you really are.

Clara: Oh yeah? Who am I?

Tucker: A really, really spiritual, spoiled California chick.

Avery: Shut up.

Tucker: It's cool though. My girlfriend is an angel.”
Cynthia Hand, Unearthly
“This is the part where I kiss you.”
Cynthia Hand, Hallowed
“Hi there," Tucker says brightly, like we're bumping into each other on the street.
"Uh, hi."
"Nice night for stalking," he observes.
"No, I was---"
"Get your butt in here, Carrots.”
Cynthia Hand, Hallowed
“I’ve learned that a storm isn’t always just bad weather, and a fire can be the start of something. I’ve found out that there are a lot more shades of gray in this world than I ever knew about. I’ve learned that sometimes, when you´re afraid but you keep on moving forward, that’s the biggest kind of courage there is. And finally, I’ve learned that life isn’t really about failure and success. It’s about being present, in the moment when big things happen, when everything changes, including yourself.”
Cynthia Hand, Hallowed
“Silver Avalanche coming up the driveway," calls Jeffrey from upstairs.
"What are you, security?" I call back.”
Cynthia Hand, Unearthly
“Clara: My heart doesn't belong to me anymore. It belongs to Tucker.”
Cynthia Hand, Unearthly
“I think he seriously believes that deflowering an angel could mean an eternity in fiery hell.”
Cynthia Hand, Unearthly
“I won’t be that girl who lets the guy treat her like crap and still fawns all over him.”
Cynthia Hand, Unearthly
“Have a care, Sir Tucker, lest you find yourself in the stockades."
He scoffs and looks at Mr. Erikson. "She can't do that, can she? She's not the ruler of this class. Brady is."
"You could strip him of his title," suggests Brady, apparently not minding at all that I have usurped his throne. "Make him a serf."
"Yeah," says Christian. "Make him a serf. Being a serf blows."
As a serf, poor Christian has already been killed several times in our class. Aside from dying of the Black Plague on the first day, he's starved to death, had his hands cut off for stealing a loaf of bread, and been run down by his master's horse just for kicks. He's like Christian the fifth now.”
Cynthia Hand, Unearthly
“Tucker: Is it okay to kiss you?

Clara: What?

Tucker: I won't get struck by lightning?

Clara: (laughs) No lightning.”
Cynthia Hand, Unearthly
“What did you think I was?"
"A rude Hick."
"Geez, blunt much?”
Cynthia Hand, Unearthly
“I sneaked out to his house a couple times in the middle of the night to watch over him while he slept, just in case, I don't know, his comic book collection decided to spontaneously combust. This was dumb and admittedly creepy in an Edward Cullen kind of way.”
Cynthia Hand, Hallowed

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