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First published August 22, 2016
"All of the lights in the city can't hold a candle to the stars—they're my savior from the darkness, the guides that lead me to something bigger, something better, something peaceful."
"Is it completely wrong that I'd gladly hand over my purse if he asked? [...] I resist the urge to swat him on the shoulder. Do not get engage physically. Pretend he's a creeper. God, if this is what a creeper looks like, then sign me up. He must have a waiting list."
"There's no going back now. No place I can run and hide. That's the thing about the truth—sooner or later, you have to look it in the eye."
"I think real family is the one you make. Blood doesn't necessarily have anything to do with it."
Are we looking for a distraction? Absolutely. And Bennett's served up the perfect one as he dances some kind of sloppy, half-drunk two-step in Rae's living room, sloshing back gulps of wine in between singing, "Don't call my name, don't call my name, Alejandro."
Laughter bursts through our self-imposed silence and I realize that I'm laughing right along with her. It's a welcome change from all this awkwardness and all this...whatever it is.
"Ugh," she laughs. "He's impossible to take seriously."
Of course, she says this right as Bennett belts out, "I'm not your babe, I'm not your babe, Fernando."
"I want this moment to last—this moment where he's looking at me like I'm the only person who matters. Like my safety and well-being is all he can think about. It's foreign, this feeling, but I want to live in it forever."
"We started this mess hating the very air the other breathed and now...now I was sitting here, trying to convince myself to forget her. If given the chance and if I threw all caution to the wind, I think I'd ride into hell and back for her."
"The sins of our parents have followed us for too long and I just don't know how to shake them. Everything I want, I can't have."