• Caressed By Ice (Psy-Changeling #3) The Witch of Duva (The Grisha #0.5)

    She pulled back just far enough to give him a dry look. ―But worth it."

    The lawyer’s office is uptown from where I am, close to Times Square. I check my phone: 8:35 a.m. A small breeze kicks up, lifting the hem of my skirt and playing through my hair. The weather is surprisingly mild for mid-November. Maybe I didn’t need my leather jacket after all. I make a quick wish for a not-too-freezing winter before remembering that I probably won’t be around to see it. If snow falls in a city and no one is around to feel it, is it still cold?Yes. The answer to that question is yes.

    The Book of Lost Tales 2 (The History of Middle-Earth #2)

    I pull my jacket closer. It’s still hard for me to believe that my future is going to be different from the one I’d planned.Two and a half hours to go. My school’s only a fifteen-minute walk from here. I briefly consider heading over so I can have one last look at the building. It’s a very competitive science magnet high school, and I worked very hard to get into it. I can’t believe that after today I may never see it again. In the end I decide against going; too many people to run into, and too many questions like Why aren’t you in school today? that I don’t want to answer.Instead, I decide to kill time by walking the three miles to the lawyer’s office. My favorite vinyl record store is on the way. I put my headphones on and queue up the Temple of the Dog album. It’s a 1990s grunge rock kind of a day, all angst and loud guitar. Chris Cornell’s voice rises and I let it carry some of my cares away.

    Tempt Me with Darkness (Doomsday Brethren #1)

    NATASHA’S FATHER, SAMUEL, MOVED TO America a full two years before the rest of his family did. The plan was that Samuel would go first and establish himself as a Broadway actor. It would be easier to do that without having to worry about a wife and small child. Without them, he would be free to go on auditions on a moment’s notice. He’d be free to make connections with the acting community in New York City. Originally it was only supposed to be for one year, but one became two. It would’ve become three, but Natasha’s mom could not and would not wait any longer.She was only six at the time, but Natasha remembers the phone calls to America. She could always tell because her mom had to dial all those extra numbers. The calls were fine at first. Her father sounded like her dad. He sounded happy.

    After about a year, his voice changed. He had a funny new accent that was more lilt and twang than patois. He sounded less happy. She remembers listening to their conversations. She couldn’t hear his side, but she didn’t need to.

    How much longer you expect us to wait for you?I know the answer, but I can’t make myself say it right away. I think about my dad’s face earlier this afternoon. He’s so determined that Charlie and I have a better life than he did. He’ll do anything to guarantee it.

    Yes, I say. He would. But not because he’s evil. And not because he’s a Stereotypical Korean Parent. But because he can’t see past his own history to let us have ours.A lot of people are like that.

    Code Name Verity (Code Name Verity #1)

    Fitzgerald whistles low. So I guess you have to be sure the poetry thing is worth it.Now I’m the one leaning in. Haven’t you ever done something only because you’re obligated to? Just because you made a promise?

    His eyes drift away from mine. For whatever reason, this question changes the dynamic between us. It feels like we’re in the same boat.Meeting your obligations is the definition of adulthood, kid. If you’re going to make mistakes and break promises, now’s the time.

    He stops talking, flexes his wrist, and grimaces. Get your screwing up done now, when the consequences aren’t so bad. Trust me. It gets harder to do it later.Sometimes people tell you things by not telling you things. I glance at his left hand and see his wedding ring.

    Is that what happened to you? I ask.He unsteeples his fingers and twists the ring around his finger. I’m a married man with two kids.