Born of Ice (The League: Nemesis Rising #3)

And I’ve been your monkey ever since. (Vik)
Nah. You’re not my monkey, Vik. You’re my bitch. (Devyn)
Of course I am. And I’ll remember that the next time your shower door is stuck and you want me to open it…Wait. That does make me your bitch, doesn’t it? Damn, I’m whipped. (Vik)

Are we just going to stand here taking pot shots at each other? Or can we focus our collective ADD on getting us off this shit hole? (Devyn)

Can’t you nudge her into submission? (Taryn)
Are you kidding? As stubborn as she is? I’d fry my brain trying. (Sphinx)

Dammit, Vik. How can you not know what’s wrong with this thing? Can’t you commune with it or something? (Devyn)
My name is not ‘Dammit, Vik’ and I find it ironic that you think I can commune with all metal beings when you can barely communicate your point of view to your own parents. And they birthed you. I did not give birth to this ship. Last time I checked, I was male and that would be impossible on a multitude of levels. (Vik)

Damn, I need eye bleach.

Excuse me, scary people. (Alix)

Goodnight baby, sleep in peace. After you kill that bitch!"

"Goodnight mom!

Happiest day of my life when my dad made him human. (Devyn)
Happy for you, bonebag…It cost me my girlfriend. (Vik)
It was a lamp, Vik, not a girlfriend. (Devyn)
I really loved that lamp. She lit up my entire world. (Vik)

Hey, Dad, you’ve got to taste what we just did. It’s actually good. (Omari)
That is good. What did you two do? (Devyn)
No idea. We just added spices until it didn’t suck anymore. (Omari)

Hi, Mom. (Devyn)
It’s the other parental unit. Not as pretty or as fierce as your mother, but loving nonetheless. (Syn)

Hi, Mom…Yes, I know my heart rate’s dangerously elevated. That sound? I’m being shot at, Ma. Gotta go now. Love you much. Hugs and kisses. (Devyn)

How could you let him do this? (Shahara)
I know you’re not going to pin this on me, Shay. I didn’t raise the embryo. You did. It’s what you get for teaching him things like honor, love, courage, and loyalty. If you’d left him a scared little snot-nose, he’d still be living in your basement. (Vik)

I agree, Dad. I was just explaining to the woman why we don’t look anything alike and why you would have been younger than me when I was born. It doesn’t mean I don’t love you ‘cause you know I do. Make one snotty comment in anger when you’re twelve years old going through puberty and getting grounded, and you pay for it for the rest of your life. Parents ain’t got no sense of humor. (Omari)

I don’t understand you. You could have handed over the slave and been free. (Paden)
Freedom bought on the back of a loved one isn’t worth shit. (Devyn)

I love you, Devyn Wade Kell, with everything inside me. But it’s okay if you don’t feel the same. I know I’m just a piece of trash in your world, and I don’t expect you to share my feelings. (Alix)
Don’t you ever say that to me again. Trash is something people throw away, Alix. I intend to keep you for the rest of my life. (Devyn)

I love you, man. You rule! Thanks for the food. It touches me deep in my tender place. (Sway)
I don’t want to know nothing about your tender place, you freak. (Devyn)

In all the universe, your mother is the only thing that truly scares me, especially where you’re concerned. I don’t ever want to be on her dark side. (Adron)
Ha ha. And need I remind you my mother wasn’t the one screaming at the pool when you got shoved in. (Devyn)
Yeah, all right, so we both have screwed-up, irrational mothers. (Adron)

I suggested we hire a new engineer, but someone ignored me. (Vik)
And what was I supposed to do? Shit one out? (Devyn)

I swear you’re a woman. (Devyn)
I would respond to that, but I don’t want to distract you while you’re attempting to drive and I’m dependent on you for my life. (Sway)

Little late for that now. I don’t think an ‘Oops, my bad, my weapon accidentally misfired two dozen rounds’ will work to get me out of this. (Devyn)

Move or die. (Quills)
Never give someone a choice that doesn’t leave them with any way out except to hurt you. (Devyn)

No worries. They don’t scare me. (Devyn)
All right, but if my brain matter ends up smeared against a wall, I’ll never forgive you. (Alix)

See, Sway, that’s what you get for flunking your pilot’s test six times…which I’m pretty sure is a record of some sort. If not for the actual flunking, definitely for the persistence in pursuing that which you obviously have no talent for. Personally, I wouldn’t let you fly a remote-control kid’s plane. (Vik)
Shut up before I find a can opener. (Sway)

So what brings you here? (Devyn)
People needed killing. (Adron)

Sway’s an idiot who didn’t order them when we used up the last bunch. (Vik)
Isn’t that your job? (Devyn)
No. I’m the sub-idiot. Sway’s head idiot because the company refuses to deal with mechas. Since I’m not organic, they think I can’t pay. (Vik)
Thanks, Vik. (Devyn)
Ever my pleasure to irritate you, sir. (Vik)

Vik is our– (Devyn)
Man-bitch. (Sway)

Vik? You ready? (Devyn)
Your stupidity is what I live for, Captain. (Vik)

You know, Vik, you’re amazingly human at times. (Alix)
I know. But I wonder if the feelings I have are real or just electrical stimulations in my cortex that simulate human emotion. I wish I knew if they were real or imagined. (Vik)
And that makes you completely human, sweetie. We all have those doubts. (Alix)

You mean there’s someone out there better than your father? (Quills)
No, idiot. My father trained him. Just FYI, my father is also his godfather. So you want to be real nice to Dev. All of us take it personally when people aren’t. (Adron)

Your dad called and sent me in with a replacement part. He doesn’t want you down for even a second. I’m also here to, and I quote your father, ‘Fuck up anyone who comes at you.’ (Nero)