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“What are you doing to me, you plague of a girl?” he whispered.
“If I’m a plague, then you should keep your distance, unless you plan on being destroyed.” The weapons still in her grasp, she shoved against his chest.
“No.” His hands dropped to her waist. “Destroy me.”
Renee Ahdieh, The Wrath and the Dawn
“My soul sees its equal in you.”
Renee Ahdieh, The Wrath and the Dawn
“Some things exist in our lives for but a brief moment. And we must let them go on to light another sky.”
Renee Ahdieh, The Wrath and the Dawn
I love you, a thousand times over. And I will never apologize for it.
Renee Ahdieh, The Wrath and the Dawn
tags: love
“Shazi,

I prefer the color blue to any other. The scent of lilacs in your hair is a source of constant torment. I despise figs. Lastly, I will never forget, all the days of my life, the memories of last night—
For nothing, not the sun, not the rain, not even the brightest star in the darkest sky, could begin to compare to the wonder of you.

Khalid.”
Renee Ahdieh, The Wrath and the Dawn
“We women are a sad lot, aren't we?"
"What do you mean?"
"Strong enough to take on the world with our bare hands, yet we permit ridiculous boys to make fools of us."
"I am not a fool."
"No, you're not. Not yet.”
Renee Ahdieh, The Wrath and the Dawn
“It was because they were two parts of a whole. He did not belong to her. And she did not belong to him. It was never about belonging to someone. It was about belonging together.”
Renee Ahdieh, The Rose & the Dagger
“You honestly expect me to breathe in a world without air?”
Renee Ahdieh, The Wrath and the Dawn
“You have a beautiful laugh. Like the promise of tomorrow.”
Renee Ahdieh, The Wrath and the Dawn
“Love is—a shade of what I feel.”
Renee Ahdieh, The Wrath and the Dawn
“There is no one I would rather see the sunrise with than you.”
Renee Ahdieh, The Wrath and the Dawn
“So you would have me throw Shazi to the wolves?”
“Shazi?” Jalal’s grin widened. “Honestly, I pity the wolves.”
Renee Ahdieh, The Wrath and the Dawn
“This dangerous girl. This captivating beauty.
This destroyer of worlds and creator of wonder.”
Renee Ahdieh, The Wrath and the Dawn
“You are not weak. You are not indecisive. You are strong. Fierce. Capable beyond measure.”
Renee Ahdieh, The Wrath and the Dawn
“Get up, Shahrzad al-Khayzuran. You kneel before no one. Least of all me.”
Renee Ahdieh, The Wrath and the Dawn
“She was a dangerous, dangerous girl. A plague. A Mountain of Adamant who tore the iron from ships, sinking them to their watery graves without a second thought. With a mere smile and a wrinkle of her nose.”
Renee Ahdieh, The Wrath and the Dawn
“The more a person pushes others away, the clearer it becomes he is in need of love the most.”
Renee Ahdieh, The Wrath and the Dawn
“It’s a fitting punishment for a monster. to want something so much—to hold it in your arms — and know beyond a doubt you will never deserve it.”
Renee Ahdieh, The Wrath and the Dawn
“Love is a force unto itself, sayyidi. For love, people consider the unthinkable...and often achieve the impossible. I would not sneer at its power.”
Renee Ahdieh, The Wrath and the Dawn
“Her conviction wavered further. “I told you; don’t try to own me.”
“I don’t want to own you.”

She swiveled her neck to meet his gaze. “Then never speak of sending me away again. I am not yours to do with as you will.”

Khalid’s features smoothed knowingly. “How right you are. You are not mine.” He dropped his palm from the door. “I am yours.”
Renee Ahdieh, The Wrath and the Dawn
“From the stars, to the stars.”
Renee Ahdieh, The Rose & the Dagger
tags: love
“And he smiled a smile to shame the sun.”
Renee Ahdieh, The Wrath and the Dawn
“Shahrzad,

I've failed you several times. But there was one moment I failed you beyond measure. It was the day we met. The moment I took your hand and you looked at me, with the glory of hate in your eyes. I should have sent you home to your family. But I didn't. There was honesty in your hatred.Fearlessness in your pain.In your honesty, I saw a reflection of myself.Or rather, of the man I longed to be. So I failed you. I didn't stay away.Then later, I thought if I had answers, it would be enough. I would no longer care. You would not matter. So I continued failing you. Continued wanting more. And now I can't find the words to say what must be said. To convey to you the least of what I owe. When I think of you, I can't find the air to breathe. And now, though you are gone, there is no pain or fear. All I am left with is gratitude.
When I was a boy, my mother would tell me that one of the best things in life is the knowledge that your story isn't over yet. Our story may have come to a close, but your story is still yet to be told. Make it a story worthy of you.
I failed you in one last thing. Here is my chance to rectify it. It was never because I didn't feel it. It was because I swore I would never say it, and a man is nothing if he can't keep his promises.
So I write it in the sky-
I love you, a thousand times over. And I will never apologize for it.
Khalid”
Renee Ahdieh, The Wrath and the Dawn
“I’ve never been angry to have been born a woman. There have been times I’ve been angry at how the world treats us, but I see being a woman as a challenge I must fight. Like being born under a stormy sky. Some people are lucky enough to be born on a bright summer’s day. Maybe we were born under clouds. No wind. No rain. Just a mountain of clouds we must climb each morning so that we may see the sun.”
Renee Ahdieh, Flame in the Mist
“A shared history does not entitle you to a future, my friend.”
Renee Ahdieh, The Wrath and the Dawn
“A true plague of a girl. And yet a queen in every sense of the word.”
Renee Ahdieh, The Wrath and the Dawn
“No. He was not here to wreak revenge.
For revenge was trifling and hollow.
No. He was not here to retrieve his wife.
For his wife was not a thing to be retrieved.
No. He was not here to negotiate a truce.
For a truce suggested he wished to compromise.

He was here to burn something to the ground.”
Renee Ahdieh, The Rose & the Dagger
“I believe the stars align so souls can find one another. Whether they are meant to be souls in love or souls in life remains to be seen.”
Renee Ahdieh, Flame in the Mist
“So you intend to go through life never loving anyone? Just … things?”
“No. I’m looking for something more.”
“More than love?”
“Yes.”
“Is it not arrogant to think you deserve more, Khalid Ibn al-Rashid?”
“Is it so arrogant to want something that doesn’t change with the wind? That doesn’t crumble at the first sign of adversity?”
“You want something that doesn’t exist. A figment of your imagination.”
“No. I want someone who sees beneath the surface-someone who completes the balance. An equal.”
“And how will you know when you’ve found this elusive someone?” Shahrzad retorted.
“I suspect she will be like air. Like knowing how to breathe.”
Renee Ahdieh, The Wrath and the Dawn
“I’ve missed the silence of you listening to me.” Shahrzad attempted a weak smile. “No one listens to me as you do.” His expression turned quizzical. “You don’t wait to speak,” she clarified. “You truly listen.” “Only to you,” Khalid replied gently.”
Renee Ahdieh, The Rose & the Dagger

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