Valek Quotes

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Maria V. Snyder
“Everyone makes choices in life. Some bad, some good. It's called living, and if you want to bow out, then go right ahead. But don't do it halfway. Don't linger in whiner's limbo.”
Maria V. Snyder, Poison Study

Maria V. Snyder
“Trusting is hard. Knowing who to trust, even harder.”
Maria V. Snyder, Poison Study

Maria V. Snyder
“What have I earned from you, Valek? Loyalty? Respect? Trust?"

"You have my attention. But give me what I want, and you can have everything.”
Maria V. Snyder, Poison Study

Maria V. Snyder
“But you've slipped under my skin, invaded my blood and seized my heart.”
Maria V. Snyder, Poison Study

Maria V. Snyder
“Another relative?” Valek asked.

A broad smile stretched Moon Man’s lips. “Yes. I am her mother’s uncle’s wife’s third cousin.”
Maria V. Snyder, Magic Study

Maria V. Snyder
“You're right. And so was my snake."
Snake?"
He pulled my arm out to expose my bracelet. "When I carved this my thoughts were on you, love. Your life is like this snake's coils. No matter how many turns it makes, you'll end up back where you belong. With me.”
Maria V. Snyder

Maria V. Snyder
“Your mother sounds like a formidable woman," Valek said into the silence.
"You have no idea," Leif replied with a sigh.
"Well, if she's anything like Yelena, my deepest sympathies," Valek teased.
"Hey!"
Leif laughed and the tense moment dissipated.
Valek handed Leif his machete. "Do you know how to use it?"
"Of course. I chopped Yelena's bow into firewood," Leif joked.”
Maria V. Snyder, Magic Study

Maria V. Snyder
“Yelena, you've driven me crazy. You've caused me considerable trouble and I've contemplated ending your life twice since I've known you...but you slipped under my skin, invaded my blood and seized my heart.”
Maria V. Snyder, Poison Study

Maria V. Snyder
“I want you to have this.” He extended his hand. On his palm sat the beautiful butterfly he had carved. Silver spots on the wings glinted in the sunlight, and a silver chain hung from a small hole drilled into its body.
Valek looped the necklace around my neck. “When I carved this statue, I was thinking about you. Delicate in appearance, but with a strength unnoticed at first glance.” His eyes met mine.”
Maria V. Snyder, Poison Study

Maria V. Snyder
“Yelena.” I halted in the doorway, looking back over my shoulder.
“You once said I wasn’t ready to believe your reason for killing Reyad. I’ll believe you now.”
“But I’m not ready to tell you,” I said and left the room.”
Maria V. Snyder, Poison Study

Maria V. Snyder
“It's a dirty way to fight, but I'm late for lunch."
- Valek to Yelena”
Maria V. Snyder, Poison Study

Maria V. Snyder
“How did you—”
“Fool your guards? They’re not very good. They forgot to check the ceiling for spiders.” Valek grinned. His angular face softened. Startled, I realized he wasn’t in disguise. “This is dangerous.”
“I knew falling for you was dangerous, love.”
Maria V. Snyder, Magic Study

Maria V. Snyder
“Well, Valek, any new promotions?” the Commander asked
“No. But Maren shows promise. Unfortunately she doesn’t want to be in my corps or even be my second.She just wants to beat me.” Valek grinned, delighted by the challenge.
“And can she?” the Commander inquired. His eyebrows rose.
“With time and the proper training. She’s deadly with her bow; it’s just her tactics that need work.”
“Then what do we do with her?”
“Promote her to General and retire some of those old wind-bags. We could use some fresh blood in the upper ranks.”
“Valek, you never had a good grasp of military structure.”
“Then promote her to First Lieutenant today, Captain tomorrow, Major the next day, Colonel the day after, and General the day after that.”
“I’ll take it under advisement.”
Maria V. Snyder, Poison Study

Maria V. Snyder
“Valek leaned back in his chair and said to me, “I don’t think I would have made it past the audition,Yelena. I probably would have set my hair on fire by this point.”
“What’s a singed head for the sake of art?” I teased. He laughed.”
Maria V. Snyder, Poison Study

Maria V. Snyder
“I balled my hands into tight fists to keep them from wrapping around Mr. I-Know-Everything's superior neck.”
Maria V. Snyder, Poison Study

Maria V. Snyder
“Anything else you want to tell me?” I asked Valek as we stopped a few feet short of the castle’s south entrance. “Did Ari and Janco set me up for Nix’s attack? Do you have another test of loyalty for me up your sleeve? Maybe the next time, I’ll actually fail. A prospect that seems appealing!” I pushed away Valek’s supporting arm. “When you warned me that you would test me from time to time, I thought you meant spiking my food. But it seems there is more than one way to poison a person’s heart, and it doesn’t even require a meal.”
Maria V. Snyder, Poison Study

Maria V. Snyder
“Besides, thinking kind thoughts about Valek could be extremely dangerous. I could admire his skills, and be relieved when he was on my side in a fight. But for a rat to like the cat? That scenario ended only one way. With one dead rat.”
Maria V. Snyder, Poison Study

Maria V. Snyder
“We should make a list of who doesn’t want to kill you, love. It’d be shorter.”
I’d be offended, but it was actually a good idea.”
Maria V. Snyder, Shadow Study

Maria V. Snyder
“I shook my head at Janco. “I’ve got the situation under control. Go back to the Keep, I’ll meet you there.”
Janco stared at me in astonished silence. Ari, though, trusted me. “Come on, she doesn’t need our help.” Ari sheathed his sword. Janco recovered. He flashed me one of his mischievous grins. “I’ll bet you a copper that she’ll be free in five minutes,” he said to Ari.
Ari grunted in amusement. “A silver on ten minutes,” he countered.
“I’ll bet you both a gold coin that she kills him,” Valek said
from behind them. They moved aside and he entered, still dressed in his Adviser Ilom disguise. “The only way to take care of your problem. Right, love?”
Maria V. Snyder

Maria V. Snyder
“Valek coalesced from the shadows and wrapped me in his long lean arms. I soaked in his musky smell, listening to his heart beat. Strong and steady. No indication that he had been sneaking around.”
Maria V. Snyder, Ice Study

Maria V. Snyder
“Move back,” the man on the left ordered Valek. “Or I’ll skewer your friend.”

Valek considered the threat. “Do you plan to wound, maim or kill him?” he asked the guard.

“Threats should be specific in order to have the maximum impact.”

The man just stared at him.

“Skewer is just too vague. I think if you say, ’Stand back or I’ll stab him in the stomach,’ then I have an idea about how serious you are. After all, Leif’s stomach is his favorite body part so that’s a decent threat.”
Maria V. Snyder , Ice Study

Maria V. Snyder
“Come on, Valek. It’s us,” Ari said. “We won’t let you do it all on your own.”

They knew him too well. “I can’t ask—”

“You’re not. We’re volunteering.”

“Yeah,” Janco said. “We’ll play the good little soldiers. No one will suspect a thing.”

“You’ve never been the good little soldier,” Ari said. “If you start now, everyone will know something’s up.”
Maria V. Snyder, Night Study

Maria V. Snyder
“I learned the smugglers are producing Curare.” Guilt creased his face. “Yelena’s father developed the drug to help people in pain, and the Daviian Warpers stole it and misused it. And now... Hell, I was a Warper. I was a part of all that. And just thinking about some street thug using Curare on my children...” He twisted the cloth into a tight rope.

“It can’t be undone,” Valek said. “It can’t be contained. But we can fight it. There is an antidote, and Leif and Esau have been working on finding a way to mass-produce it. And more healers are using Curare to manage pain. A good thing. Besides, from what I hear about Reema and Teegan, the street thug will be the one in danger.”

That surprised a laugh from Devlen. “Especially if they’re together.”

“That poor street thug won’t know what hit him.”
Maria V. Snyder, Shadow Study

Maria V. Snyder
“The Commander’s lying is a more...recent event.”
“But he didn’t tell you about Owen.”
“Oh, he’s kept things from me before, but he’s never looked me in the eye and lied.”
“What changed?” she asked.
What indeed? “I suspect a few things.”
“Such as?”
“Not here, love. Janco’s far more interested in our conversation than his dreams.”
“Am not,” Janco said, not in the least embarrassed he’d been caught eavesdropping. “Besides, I don’t have dreams, I have nightmares.”
Before Janco could launch into a detailed description, Valek said, “Then we’ll let you get back to them.”
Maria V. Snyder, Night Study

Maria V. Snyder
“I’m surprised you didn’t go after him.” And glad.
“I wanted to, but Ari stopped me.”
“Did he sit on you?” I teased. That earned me a smile.
“No. He used logic.”
“Yay for logic.”
“I better go and tell them you’re safe. They’re waiting with the guards.”
“The guards?”
“Yes, I insisted they remain there. It was difficult since Ari and Janco won’t let me go anywhere on my own.”
“That’s good. Stronger together, remember?”
He hesitated for a second, then said, “I need to tell Ari he was right.”
“It could be worse.”
Valek waited.
“It could be Janco who was right.”
“Ah, yes. That would be worse.”
Maria V. Snyder, Night Study

Maria V. Snyder
“Retire?” That was new.

“Someone has to change diapers while you’re saving the world, love.”

My heart melted over his willingness to retire for me and the baby. “Me? Save the world? So you’re a comedian and an expert diaper changer. Wow, did I hook a keeper or what?”

He bowed. “You have the total package.”
Maria V. Snyder, Night Study

Maria V. Snyder
“Please tell me you really didn’t think I’d set up such an obvious trap for you.”

“You took a contract to kill Yelena. That makes me question the level of your intelligence.”

“Fair enough.”
Maria V. Snyder, Dawn Study

Maria V. Snyder
“Any estimate on a timeline for the eviction, sir?” Adrik asked.

“I suspect things will get hot around the fire festival.”

“And if they don’t?”

“That means we failed, and they won.”

“You didn’t train us to fail, sir,” Pasha said. “And if we can’t fail, neither can you.”
Maria V. Snyder, Dawn Study
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Maria V. Snyder
“While you’re checking the library, I’ll search Bain’s office. He might have had the same idea as us, and since he’s the First Magician, the library might have allowed him to borrow Master Magician Ellis Moon’s notes.”

“That’s a good idea.”

“Don’t sound so surprised, love. I might start to think you’re only interested in me for my body.”

“Did you say something? I was too busy staring at your muscular chest.”

“Nice.”
Maria V. Snyder, Dawn Study

Maria V. Snyder
“Valek wondered aloud if their bedroom exertions endangered the baby.

“No. Medic Mommy said we can have relations—those are her words, by the way, not mine—up until the last couple of weeks. However, I’ll be huge by then and probably resemble a turnip with legs. I doubt that you’d even want to have relations.”

He cupped her cheek. “You are more beautiful to me today than yesterday. Each day, when I think I can’t possibly love you any more than I already do, you prove me wrong. So I’m very confident that even if you turn into a turnip with legs, I will love and desire you.”

She turned and kissed him on the palm. “I love you, too.”

He nuzzled her neck, then nibbled on her ear. “Besides, turnips are my favorite vegetable.”

“Am I supposed to melt in your arms after that comment?”

He pretended to be confused. “Turnips don’t melt.” Which earned him a hard smack on his arm. “Ow.” He rubbed his bicep.

“Any other comments?”

“You’re even beautiful when you’re annoyed.”

“Nice save.”

“The truth is easy, love.” He pulled her closer and breathed in her scent. Contentment filled him as he drifted to sleep.”
Maria V. Snyder, Dawn Study

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