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Marie Lu

    Annette Rosemembuat kutipantahun lalu
    No matter how much money the Republic throws at me, I will forever be the boy from the streets.

    And I’d forgotten that a boy from the streets is no match for the future Princeps.
    Annette Rosemembuat kutipantahun lalu
    “You’re wrong,” I say sadly. “It makes perfect sense.”

    “Why?”

    “Because Day chose to walk in the light.” I turn my back on him for the last time. The door opens; the cell’s bars make way for the hall, a new rotation of prison guards, freedom. “And so did Metias.”
    Annette Rosemembuat kutipantahun lalu
    My heartbeat slows to a stop. Everything stops. This can’t be real.

    How can the boy who stirred an entire nation be dying?
    Annette Rosemembuat kutipantahun lalu
    you die in the moment, you take it all one day at a time.” He looks toward the railway car’s open door, where streaks of dark water blanket the world. “You try to walk in the light.”
    Annette Rosemembuat kutipantahun lalu
    “You drive me insane, June,” he murmurs against my hair. “You’re the scariest, most clever, bravest person I know, and sometimes I can’t catch my breath because I’m trying so hard to keep up. There will never be another like you. You realize that, don’t you?” I tilt my face up to see him. His eyes reflect the faint lights from the JumboTrons, a rainbow of evening colors. “Billions of people will come and go in this world,” he says softly, “but there will never be another like you.”
    Annette Rosemembuat kutipantahun lalu
    I’m grateful for his silence, for not telling me that I am joining us together when I should be letting him go.
    Annette Rosemembuat kutipantahun lalu
    Before me is the boy who has bandaged my wounds on the streets of Lake, who has guarded his family with every bone in his body, who has stayed by my side in spite of everything, the boy of light and laughter and life, of grief and fury and passion, the boy whose fate is intertwined with mine, forever and always.
    Annette Rosemembuat kutipantahun lalu
    When the medics try again to pull me from Day, I shove them roughly away and scream. I scream for everything that has gone wrong. I scream for everything broken in our lives.
    Annette Rosemembuat kutipantahun lalu
    Even though he looks at me now like a stranger, he no longer has the look of pain and tragedy that always seemed to come with the passion and love he gazed at me with. Now he is free.

    He is free of us, leaving me as the only bearer of our past’s burden.
    Annette Rosemembuat kutipantahun lalu
    I fix my eyes on his, telling him silently everything that I’ll never say to him aloud. “Thank you,” I whisper. “For everything.”
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