Keepsake (True North #3)
Be well, Lark. Look kindly at yourself. Thats all I ask of you.
Dr. Becky was a huge fan of Zachs, even though she hadnt met him. Figured. Zach was pretty irresistible.
Everyone has a time when they need a lot more than they can give. It doesnt matter how much you hate it. Its just true.
Funny how I never really appreciated the bible until I got free of the people whod taught it to me.
Hang in there, I whispered. The night wont last forever. She relaxed, and I was the reason.
Humans are interdependent by choice. You have a burden of guilt, and its brave of you to want to carry it yourself. But its foolish not to let others help you. Give some of it away to your parents and your friends. And when they need your help, youll be strong enough to support them, too.
I am in love with you. My eyes filled instantly. I didnt think hed go there, and it hurt me to hear it. Well, dont be, I said, my voice a scrape. Im a mess, Zach. Im not scared of messes. I cant be anybodys girlfriend He stiffened. You cant, or you wont?
I can handle it, Lark. Just lean on me. Ill be your Apostate Farm.
I didnt know any sexual innuendo. Those still got me into trouble because it seemed there were a million terms for sex, and they didnt all make sense. Ill never forget the sight of Griffin doubled over after explaining what a blowjob was. But nobodys blowing on anything, Id protested while he tried to remember how to breathe.
If Im Ethan, youre Beverly.
If my brother can find someone to love his grumpy ass, and even Eeyore here is married She jerked a thumb toward to Jude, who grinned. - then its really astonishing that you and I are single. I, for one, was not astonished. Many are called, but few are chosen.
Ive been horrible to you, Lark sobbed. I said shitty things. I dont listen too good, I said.
I would work on this farm and share meals with these people. I would smile and act normal for as long as it took. Until acting normal seemed normal again, and the dragons in my heart forgot to blow their fire.
My dragons took long naps on their chains and forgot to frighten me with their fiery roar.
Remind me again, I whispered why youre a virgin? Never wanted anyone enough, he panted. And now? I pressed, punctuating the question by sucking gently on his skin beneath Zachs ear. In my dreams we do it every night.
Sex is ten percent skill and ninety percent listening. Whos a better listener than you?
Then she dropped it and asked. Did you deflower him? Ugh. Hello, this is 1865 calling. They want their word back.
Who could forget him? Zachariah was a thing of beauty.
Zach was beautiful on his worst day. But a horny Zach was a thing of fantasies.