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“See you soon,” I whispered. I bit my lip; and, in a moment of sheer abandon, I added, “I think I might . . . you know . . . love you, by the way.”
“Too,” Joshua whispered back groggily. “Love.”
Tara Hudson, Hereafter
“Jillian,” I whispered, “I know you don’t know who I am. But I love your brother, and I know you do too. So . . . do you think you could wake up? Do you think you could at least try?”
For far too long she gave me no response. I’d just about given up—hung my head and prepared myself for the inevitable, impossible job of comforting Joshua—when Jillian whispered back.
“I guess. Since you asked so nicely.”
In spite of everything, a quiet laugh escaped my lips.
“Thank God. Because I have a feeling you’d be a huge pain in the ass if you died.”
Tara Hudson, Hereafter
“Not the kind of unconsciousness that torments the dead, but the kind that kills the living.”
Tara Hudson, Hereafter
“This is my first . . . ah . . .”
“Haunting?” he offered.
I snorted. “Yes, this is my first haunting.”
“Then I’m flattered.”
Tara Hudson, Hereafter
“My sense of direction would be the death of me. Metaphorically, at least.”
Tara Hudson, Hereafter
“Hours can pass like years when you wait impatiently for something, especially something you crave and dread at the same time.”
Tara Hudson, Hereafter
“Joshua?" I called out, a slight hitch in my voice.
"What do I look like to you?"
He tilted his head to the side, frowning.
"What do I look like to you?" I repeated urgently, afraid that if I didn't talk fast enough, I would have time to realize how absolutely, mind-bogglingly stupid I sounded.
Joshua smiled. He answered me, so quietly I almost couldn't hear him.
"Beautiful. Too beautiful for people not to have noticed you the other night.”
Tara Hudson, Hereafter
“I swear I’m not imaginary.” An uncontrollable grin spread across my face. “I would know if I was imaginary, right?”
Tara Hudson, Hereafter
“When he squirmed away from her, I felt the strangest mix of emotions. First, I wanted to jump into Joshua’s arms and give him a series of grateful kisses—rewards for his apparent disinterest in her. Next, I wished I was substantial enough to tackle this stranger and pull out her pretty hair”
Tara Hudson, Hereafter
“So . . . this means we’re buried in the same cemetery?”
He nodded, and then the tiniest smile crept over his features. When he spoke again, his tone had lost some of its bitter edge. “More proof that we’re fated to be together, don’t you think?”
“If that were the case, Eli, I’d have a whole graveyard full of choices, wouldn’t I?”
Tara Hudson, Hereafter
“My parents’ names are Rebecca and Jeremiah, by the way,” he whispered as I approached him.
I laughed, jittery. “Got it. So even though they’ll be too busy screaming at you, and they can’t hear me anyway, I’ll at least be able to address them properly?”
Tara Hudson, Hereafter
“I play DJ, and you tell me what you like.”
“Got it,” I said with a firm nod, fighting little jitters of excitement.
“And who knows? Maybe something will be familiar. As long as it’s not death metal, I think we can rule you out as a potential Satan worshiper.”
Tara Hudson, Hereafter
“I love you. And hell itself won't stop that. Sorry to put it so dramatically but, well, it's the truth." ~ Joshua to Amelia”
Tara Hudson, Elegy
tags: love
“I guess a case of nerves could survive even death”
Tara Hudson, Hereafter
“In our world, love is most certainly a weakness." ~ Belial”
Tara Hudson, Elegy
tags: love
“Anyway, it doesn’t matter where we go, because I just want to be whenever you are.”
Tara Hudson, Hereafter
“Why are you bringing these things up?" I asked softly.
Serena still wore that cold smile...Then, without warning, her face fell and she sighed heavily.
"I'm saying all these things, Amelia, because you're my bestie."
Serena's tone was sincere, but it made me scowl at her. The last time she'd called me "bestie," she'd shoved me over the guardrail of a suspension bridge. That kind of thing could really take the shine out of a word.”
Tara Hudson, Elegy
“On the morning of what should have been Amelia Ashley's birthday, the river valley that had once housed High Bridge changed for Joshua Mayhew. For the first time in many years, it seemed beautiful to him. For the first time in many years, it was beautiful.”
Tara Hudson, Elegy
“Plan for this world as if you expect to live forever, but plan for the Hereafter as if you expect to die tomorrow.”
Tara Hudson, Elegy

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