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Break my heart. Break it a thousand times if you like. It was only ever yours to break anyway.
Kiera Cass (The One (The Selection, #3))
True love is usually the most inconvenient kind.
Kiera Cass (The Selection (The Selection, #1))
I hope you find someone you can't live without.I really do. And I hope you never have to know what it's like to have to try and live without them.
Kiera Cass (The Selection (The Selection, #1))
The best people all have some kind of scar.
Kiera Cass (The One (The Selection, #3))
No, I’m not choosing him or you. I’m choosing me.
Kiera Cass (The Selection (The Selection, #1))
It's always the fear of looking stupid that stops you from being awesome.
Kiera Cass (The Selection (The Selection, #1))
It turns out I'm absolutely terrible at staying away from you. It's a very serious problem.
Kiera Cass (The Elite (The Selection, #2))
Love is beautiful fear
Kiera Cass (The Elite (The Selection, #2))
I'll love you until my very last breath. Every beat of my heart is yours. I don't want to die without you knowing that.
Kiera Cass (The One (The Selection, #3))
If you don’t want me to be in love with you, you’re going to have to stop looking so lovely. First thing tomorrow I’m having your maids sew some potato sacks together for you.
Kiera Cass (The Selection (The Selection, #1))
You’ve changed me forever. And I’ll never forget you.
Kiera Cass (The Elite (The Selection, #2))
America Singer, one day you will fall asleep in my arms every night. And you'll wake up to my kisses every morning.
Kiera Cass (The Selection (The Selection, #1))
This isn’t happily ever after. It’s so much more than that.
Kiera Cass (The One (The Selection, #3))
You get confused by crying women, I get confused by walks with princes.
Kiera Cass (The Selection (The Selection, #1))
You know that you’ve found something amazing, and you want to hold on to it forever; and every second after you have it, you fear the moment you might lose it.
Kiera Cass (The Elite (The Selection, #2))
Your Majesty— Tugging my ear. Whenever.
Kiera Cass (The Selection (The Selection, #1))
I want everything with you, America. I want the holidays and the birthdays, the busy season and lazy weekends. I want peanut butter fingertips on my desk. I want inside jokes and fights and everything. I want a life with you.
Kiera Cass (The One (The Selection, #3))
He stood and went to read my pin as I approached. “America, is it?” he said, a smile playing on his lips. “Yes, it is. And I know I’ve heard your name before, but could you remind me?
Kiera Cass (The Selection (The Selection, #1))
Maxon: “To be clear, no one agrees with you.” America: “To be clear, I don’t care.
Kiera Cass (The One (The Selection, #3))
Sometimes I feel like we're a knot, too tangled to be taken apart.
Kiera Cass (The Elite (The Selection, #2))
I hit your thigh!” “Oh, please. A man doesn’t need that long to recover from a knee to the thigh.
Kiera Cass (The Selection (The Selection, #1))
I can’t help it." I sighed. "One can never help being born into perfection.
Kiera Cass (The Selection (The Selection, #1))
I should have known that if any girl was going to disobey an order, it would be you.
Kiera Cass (The Selection (The Selection, #1))
It wasn’t like I made his world better. It was like I was his world. It wasn’t some explosion; it wasn’t fireworks. It was a fire, burning slowly from the inside out.
Kiera Cass (The Elite (The Selection, #2))
Maxon, some of those marks are on your back so they wouldn’t be on mine, and I love you for them.” He stopped breathing for a second. “What did you say?” I smiled. “I love you.” “One more time, please? I just—” I took his face in both of my hands. “Maxon Schreave, I love you. I love you.” “And I love you, America Singer. With all that I am, I love you.
Kiera Cass (The One (The Selection, #3))
I'm not sure anyone knows what they're looking for until they find it.
Kiera Cass (The Heir (The Selection, #4))
Bravery hides in amazing places.
Kiera Cass (The One (The Selection, #3))
. . . It’s me?” “Of course it’s you.
Kiera Cass (The One (The Selection, #3))
Leave it to you to find beauty in something others would say ruins a day.
Kiera Cass (The One (The Selection, #3))
You are not the world, but you are everything that makes the world good.
Kiera Cass (The One (The Selection, #3))
Listen to me, kitten. Win or lose, you’ll always be a princess to me.
Kiera Cass (The Selection (The Selection, #1))
Yes, Maxon," I whispered. "It’s possible.
Kiera Cass (The Selection (The Selection, #1))
America, my love, you are sunlight falling through trees. You are laughter that breaks through sadness. You are the breeze on a too-war day. You are clarity in the midst of confusion. You are not the world, but you are everything that makes the world good. Without you, my life would still exist, but that's all it would manage to do. You said that to get things right one of us would have to take a leap of faith. I think I've discovered the canyon that must be leaped, and I hope to find you waiting for me on the other side. I love you, America. Yours forever, Maxon
Kiera Cass (The One (The Selection, #3))
You’re too beautiful for your own good. Once you leave, we’ll have to send some of the guards with you. You’ll never survive on your own, poor thing.
Kiera Cass (The Selection (The Selection, #1))
Just that. Your family must be very different from mine." "I’d say so." I laughed. "For one, no one wears their tiaras to breakfast." Maxon smiled. "More of a dinner thing at the Singer house?” “Of course.
Kiera Cass (The Selection (The Selection, #1))
I only have one heart, and I'm saving it.
Kiera Cass (The Heir (The Selection, #4))
Your eyes look like chocolate,” I mumbled. He smiled. “And yours look like the morning sky.
Kiera Cass (The One (The Selection, #3))
You can be brave and still be feminine. You can lead and still love flowers. Most importantly, you can be queen and still be a bride.
Kiera Cass (The Heir (The Selection, #4))
Is this a good time to pat your shoulder?
Kiera Cass (The Selection (The Selection, #1))
America, there’s no question that you’ve had my heart from the beginning. By now you have to know that
Kiera Cass (The Elite (The Selection, #2))
Mistakes mean it’s real.
Kiera Cass (The One (The Selection, #3))
Maxon lowered his lips to mine and gave me the faintest whisper of a kiss. Something about the tentativeness of it made me feel beautiful. Without a word, I could understand how excited he was to have this moment, but then afraid at the same time. And deeper than any of that, I sensed that he adored me. So this is what it felt like to be a lady.
Kiera Cass (The Selection (The Selection, #1))
Need someone to talk to? I could tug my ear right now.
Kiera Cass (The Selection (The Selection, #1))
Oh, yes. She’s still here,” Maxon said, not letting his eyes wander from Gavril’s face. “And I plan on keeping her here for quite a while.
Kiera Cass (The Selection (The Selection, #1))
P.S. May, don’t these strawberry tarts just make you want to cry?
Kiera Cass (The Selection (The Selection, #1))
Maybe it's not the first kisses that are supposed to be special. Maybe it's the last ones.
Kiera Cass (The Crown (The Selection, #5))
I should have proposed that night in your room." "I should have let you.
Kiera Cass (The Elite (The Selection, #2))
If this were a simpler matter, I'd have eliminated everyone else by now.
Kiera Cass (The Selection (The Selection, #1))
He must love you very much,' Gavril said once I had my footing. I couldn't look at him. 'What makes you say that?' Gavril sighed. 'I've known Maxon since he was a child. He's never stood up to his father like that.
Kiera Cass (The Elite (The Selection, #2))
America, you are full of nothing but bad ideas. Great intentions but awful ideas.
Kiera Cass (The One (The Selection, #3))
I’ve met nearly every woman in this room, and I can’t think of one who would make a better friend. I’d be glad to have you stay." My relief was inexpressible. "Do you think," Maxon asked, "That I could still call you ‘my dear’?" "Not a chance." I whispered.
Kiera Cass (The Selection (The Selection, #1))
I was nearly attacked. All because I missed your smell.
Kiera Cass (The One (The Selection, #3))
There are some things you don't learn about yourself until you let someone else into the most intimate places of your heart.
Kiera Cass (The Heir (The Selection, #4))
Darling, you’re perfect.
Kiera Cass (The Elite (The Selection, #2))
I love you beyond paint, beyond melodies, beyond words. And I hope you will always feel that, even when I'm not around to tell you so.
Kiera Cass (The One (The Selection, #3))
What am I supposed to call you?" "Your Royal Husbandness. It's required by law, I'm afraid.
Kiera Cass (The One (The Selection, #3))
I guessed princesses-in-training didn’t wear pants.
Kiera Cass (The Selection (The Selection, #1))
It doesn't really matter how you feel about your character; it just matters what you do with it.
Kiera Cass (The One (The Selection, #3))
Try patting them on the back or shoulder and telling them everything is going to be fine. Lots of times when girls cry, they don't want you to fix the problem, they just want to be consoled.
Kiera Cass (The Selection (The Selection, #1))
In those seconds, I was mourning everything I'd lost. How I'd never get to see you walk down an aisle toward me, how I'd never get to see your face in our children, how I'd never get to see streaks of silver in your hair. But, at the same time, I couldn't be bothered. If me dying meant you living, how could that be anything but good?
Kiera Cass (The One (The Selection, #3))
When you love someone, you sacrifice.
Kiera Cass (The One (The Selection, #3))
She smiled. “Not wanting the crown means you’re probably the best person to have it.
Kiera Cass (The One (The Selection, #3))
He sighed contentedly. “How are you feeling, my dear?” “I feel like punching you for calling me ‘my dear’ mostly.” I poked his bare stomach. Smiling, he crawled to sit over me. “Fine then. My darling? My pet? My love?” “Any of those would work, so long as you’ve reserved it solely for me,” I said, my hands mindlessly wandering his chest, his arms. “What am I supposed to call you?” “Your Royal Husbandness. It’s required by law, I’m afraid.
Kiera Cass (The One (The Selection, #3))
He reached up and tugged his ear. And I did the same.
Kiera Cass (The Selection (The Selection, #1))
Books were a safe place, a world apart from my own. No matter what had happened that day, that year, there was always a story in which someone overcame their darkest hour. I wasn't alone.
Kiera Cass (The Siren)
Do you think the ability to sleep in counts as a special skill?” I asked Dad, trying to sound torn over the decision. “Yes, list that. And don’t forget to write that you can eat an entire meal in under five minutes,” he replied. I laughed. It was true; I did tend to inhale my food. “Oh, the both of you! Why don’t you just write down that you’re an absolute heathen!” My mother went storming from the room.
Kiera Cass (The Selection (The Selection, #1))
A lot of things are yours, America
Kiera Cass (The Elite (The Selection, #2))
I’m smart and beautiful and strong. I don’t need to be rescued.
Kiera Cass (The Heir (The Selection, #4))
The Selection was no longer something that was simply happening to me, but something I was actively a part of. I was an Elite.
Kiera Cass (The Selection (The Selection, #1))
No wonder I’d never had any friends. I was shockingly bad at it.
Kiera Cass (The Selection (The Selection, #1))
This is a dandelion, " I told him. He shrugged. "I know. Some see a weed; some see a flower. Perspective.
Kiera Cass (The Crown (The Selection, #5))
...I want it to be as easy as breathing for you to say yes.
Kiera Cass (The Elite (The Selection, #2))
History isn’t something you study. It’s something you should just know.
Kiera Cass (The Selection (The Selection, #1))
And there we were, in the background of it all, holding on to one another. The Perfectionist, the Sweetheart, the Diva . . . and me.
Kiera Cass (The One (The Selection, #3))
Do you think, that I could still call you 'my dear'?
Kiera Cass (The Selection (The Selection, #1))
The picture of me just after I’d found out Aspen was saving up to marry me. I looked radiant, hopeful, beautiful. I looked like I was in love. And some idiot thought that love was for Prince Maxon.
Kiera Cass (The Selection (The Selection, #1))
You are not the world, but you are everything that makes the world good. Without you, my life would still exist, but that's all it would manage to do.
Kiera Cass (The One (The Selection, #3))
I'd spare your tears for the rest of your life if I could.
Kiera Cass (The Elite (The Selection, #2))
America: You didn't have to do that. Maxon: I know. But sometimes it's about what you want to do, not what you have to.
Kiera Cass (The One (The Selection, #3))
But even now I know this isn't a fairy tale. I know that we'll have hard times, confusing times. I know that things won't always happen the way we want them to and that we'll have to work to remember that we chose this. It won't be perfect, not all the time. This isn't happily ever after. It's so much more than that.
Kiera Cass (The One (The Selection, #3))
Live your life. Be happy as you can be, let go of the things that don't matter, and fight.
Kiera Cass (The One (The Selection, #3))
America Singer, you get back here." He ran in front of me, wrapping an arm around my waist as we stood, chest to chest. "Tell me," he whispered. I pinched my lips together. "Fine, then I shall have to rely on other means of communication." Without any warning, he kissed me.
Kiera Cass (The Elite (The Selection, #2))
You don't do that. You don't just leave your family. Sticking together... it's the only way to survive.
Kiera Cass (The Selection (The Selection, #1))
I only really ever hug my mother. Is this okay?” he asked. I laughed. “It’s hard to get a hug wrong.
Kiera Cass
I couldn't joke about the person who'd saved me from facing absolute heartbreak at home, who fed my family boxes of sweets, who ran to me worried that i was hurt if I asked for him. A month ago, I had looked at the TV and seen a stiff, distant, boring person-someone I couldn't imagine anyone loving. And while he wasn't anything close to the person I did love, he was worthy of having someone to love in his life.
Kiera Cass (The Selection (The Selection, #1))
I was afraid I was wrong, that you would change your mind any second. I’ve been looking for a suitable alternative, but the truth is …”—Maxon looked me in the eyes again, unwavering—“there’s only you. Maybe I’m not really looking, maybe they aren’t right for me. It doesn’t matter. I just know I want you. And that terrifies me. I’ve been waiting for you to take back the words, to beg to leave.
Kiera Cass (The Elite (The Selection, #2))
Mom was bossy. Even in print I could hear her tone, smugly congratulating me on already earning the prince's affections and telling me firmly to keep up whatever I was doing. Yeah, Mom, I'll just keep telling the prince that he has absolutely no shot with me and offend him as often as I can. Great plan.
Kiera Cass (The Selection (The Selection, #1))
I know, I know. It's hard to explain. All I can say is that I've been given a second chance. Maxon matters to me, and I'm going to fight for him.
Kiera Cass (The Elite (The Selection, #2))
I'm sure you would have stopped it if you could have." "In a heartbeat.
Kiera Cass (The Elite (The Selection, #2))
Fine," I said. "But I'm telling you, this won't work." With an impish grin on his face, he came very close and gave me a long, slow kiss. "And I'm telling you it will.
Kiera Cass (The One (The Selection, #3))
Lowering my gaze , I walked to my seat, settling in next to Kriss. "Seriously America?" she whispered. I tilted my head in her direction. "I'm sorry?" I replied, feigning confusion. She put her silverware down, and we stared at each other. "You look trashy." "Well, you look jealous.
Kiera Cass (The One (The Selection, #3))
All I want is your promise to stay with me, to be mine. Sometimes it feels like you can't possibly be real. Promise me you'll stay.” "Por supuesto. I promise.
Kiera Cass (The Elite (The Selection, #2))
What do you think my chances might be of finding a soul mate in the group of you? I'll be lucky if I can just find someone who'll be able to stand me for the rest of our lives. What if I've already sent her home because I was relying on some sort of spark I didn't feel? What if she's waiting to leave me at the first sign of adversity? What if I don't find anyone at all? What do I do then, America?
Kiera Cass (The Selection (The Selection, #1))
Fun math is an oxymoron.
Kiera Cass (The Heir (The Selection, #4))
It was almost comforting, this mutual acceptance of our secrets.
Kiera Cass (The Elite (The Selection, #2))
This letter has gotten foolish, and I think you know how I detest looking like a fool. But still I do. For you.
Kiera Cass (The One (The Selection, #3))
I let myself be sad. I let myself think of him.
Kiera Cass (The Selection (The Selection, #1))
You have to embrace the idea of imperfection, even if the thing that is most perfect for you.
Kiera Cass (The Crown (The Selection, #5))
When you know who matters most to you, giving things up, even yourself, doesn’t really feel like a sacrifice.
Kiera Cass (The Heir (The Selection, #4))
Though I still occasionally questioned my desire to be the princess, there was no doubt in my mind that I wanted to be Maxon’s.
Kiera Cass (The One (The Selection, #3))
It's the most wonderful and terrible thing that can ever happen to you," she said simply. "You know that you've found something amazing, and you want to hold on to it forever; and every second after you have it, you fear the moment you might lose it." I sighed softly. She was absolutely right. Love was beautiful fear.
Kiera Cass (The Elite (The Selection, #2))
You know how your mother and I met,” Dad began. I rolled my eyes. “Everyone does. You two are practically a fairy tale.
Kiera Cass (The Heir (The Selection, #4))
There’s always room for love. Even if it’s as small as a crack in the door.
Kiera Cass (The Siren)
So he enjoys a girl who stands up to him," Dad said once we all calmed down. "I like him more already.
Kiera Cass (The Elite (The Selection, #2))
Didn't they know who I was, what they'd trained me for? I was Eadlyn Schreave. No one was more powerful than me. So if they thought I was going down without a fight, they were sadly mistaken.
Kiera Cass (The Heir (The Selection, #4))
It’s because I’m so good-looking, isn’t it?
Kiera Cass (The Elite (The Selection, #2))
Do you need me to break her leg? I could make it happen.” She chuckled to herself. “I’m kidding.
Kiera Cass (The One (The Selection, #3))
I wanted everything from and everything for him, because I wanted every piece of him.
Kiera Cass (The One (The Selection, #3))
Beauty is subjective. You know how sometimes what makes a person attractive is the way they make you laugh or how it seems like they can read your mind?
Kiera Cass (The Crown (The Selection, #5))
She couldn’t have been more than twelve years old. In her hands was a sign that said RED-HEADS RULE! with a little crown painted in the corner and tiny stars everywhere. I knew I was the only redhead in the competition, and I noticed that her hair and mine were very nearly the same shade.
Kiera Cass (The Selection (The Selection, #1))
One can never help being born into perfection.
Kiera Cass (The Selection (The Selection, #1))
My shoes I got to pick. I chose worn-out red flats. I figured I should make it clear from the start that I wasn’t princess material.
Kiera Cass (The Selection (The Selection, #1))
I kept thinking that I couldn't live my life for other people, that love was nothing but chains. And maybe it was, but so help me, I needed these chains.
Kiera Cass (The Heir (The Selection, #4))
I couldn’t help but notice it was always this way. At state events or important dinners, Mom was beside Dad or situated right behind him. But when they were just husband and wife—not king and queen—he followed her everywhere.
Kiera Cass (The Heir (The Selection, #4))
I kind of wanted someone to rearrange the stars so they spelled out his words. I needed them big and bright, and somewhere I could see then when things felt dark. I love you. And I'm so, so proud.
Kiera Cass (The Elite (The Selection, #2))
Which do you fight for?" "Actually, I'm here by mistake." "Mistake?" "Yes. Sort of. Well, it's a long story. And now ... I'm here. And I'm not fighting. My plan is to enjoy the food until you kick me out.
Kiera Cass (The Selection (The Selection, #1))
Castes never meant that much to me.
Kiera Cass (The Selection (The Selection, #1))
I loved him. I couldn't pinpoint what made me so certain, but I knew it then, as surely as I knew my name or the color of the sky or any fact written in a book. Could he feel it, too? Maxon broke the kiss and looked at me. "You're so pretty when you are a mess." I laughed nervously. "Thank you. For that and for the rain and for not giving up." He ran his fingers along my cheek and nose and chin. "You're worth it. I don't think that you get that. You're worth it to me.
Kiera Cass (The One (The Selection, #3))
Celeste walked up, as strong as I’d ever seen her, and whispered something into Maxon’s ear. When she was done, he smiled. “I don’t think that will be necessary.” “Good.” She left, closing the door behind her, and I stood to take whatever was coming. “What was that about?” I asked, nodding toward the door. “Oh, Celeste was making it clear that if I hurt you, she’d make me cry,” he said with a smile. I laughed. “I’ve been on the receiving end of those nails, so be careful there.” “Yes, ma’am.
Kiera Cass (The One (The Selection, #3))
It’s hard to know everything about people close to you, even the people you love the most.
Kiera Cass (The One (The Selection, #3))
America, I don't think you can change history." All the same, his expression looked hopeful. "Sure we can. Besides, who'd ever know about it but you and me?
Kiera Cass (The Selection (The Selection, #1))
You have to do whatever it takes to be with the person you love.
Kiera Cass (The Crown (The Selection, #5))
I don’t think any girl in all of Illéa could have been smiling more than me.
Kiera Cass (The Selection (The Selection, #1))
You ask for such simple things, I can't deny you.
Kiera Cass (The Selection (The Selection, #1))
Great. Now the queen thought I was a misfit, too.
Kiera Cass (The Selection (The Selection, #1))
I'm not so stupid as to believe that you've completely forgotten about your former boyfriend. I know you think there are others here more suited for me and this life, and I wouldn't want you to rush into trying to be happy with any of this. I just... I just want to know if it's possible...
Kiera Cass (The Selection (The Selection, #1))
Don’t worry. The best people all have some kind of scar.” I thought of Marlee’s hands and Maxon’s back. They both held permanent marks of their bravery. I was honored to join them.
Kiera Cass (The One (The Selection, #3))
It's the fear of looking stupid the keeps you from being awesome.
Kiera Cass (The Selection (The Selection, #1))
We danced. Remember? I was so proud to have you there, in my arms,in front of other people. Even if you did look like you were having a seizure.
Kiera Cass (The Elite (The Selection, #2))
But you should know the love can wear away under the stress of being married. Someone you think you love now, you might start to hate when he couldn't take care of your children, it'd be even worse. Love doesn't always survive under those circumstances.
Kiera Cass (The Selection (The Selection, #1))
The Angeles air was quiet, and for a while I laid still, listening to the sound of Maxon breathing.
Kiera Cass (The Elite (The Selection, #2))
Yeah, Mom, I’ll just keep telling the prince that he has absolutely no shot with me and offend him as often as I can. Great plan.
Kiera Cass (The Selection (The Selection, #1))
You're worth it. I don't think you get that. You're worth it to me.
Kiera Cass (The One (The Selection, #3))
I had to stop myself from laughing. Who needs help taking a pill?
Kiera Cass (The Selection (The Selection, #1))
He gave a dark chuckle. “But you’re not, so you had absolutely no qualms about kneeing me in the groin, right?” “I hit your thigh!” “Oh, please. A man doesn’t need that long to recover from a knee to the thigh,” he replied, his voice full of skepticism.
Kiera Cass (The Selection (The Selection, #1))
Because even though you're dating five other women, I think I'm cheating on you.
Kiera Cass (The Selection (The Selection, #1))
The look in Marlee's eyes was triumphant, and the smile hiding behind her cup of tea said, 'Gotcha'!
Kiera Cass (The Elite (The Selection, #2))
Opinions change. Don’t let that one moment bring you down too much.
Kiera Cass (The One (The Selection, #3))
So here I was expecting at the very best a cordial welcome from the girls who were prepared to fight me to the death for someone I didn’t want. Instead I was embraced.
Kiera Cass (The Selection (The Selection, #1))
The Swendish queen— whose name I couldn’t pronounce to save my life.
Kiera Cass (The Selection (The Selection, #1))
He'd wanted his first kiss to be with me.
Kiera Cass (The Selection (The Selection, #1))
But you just said you loved me." "I do, Mer. That's the point. I can't make you like me. I can't stand the thought of you hungry or cold or scared. I can't make you a Six.
Kiera Cass (The Selection (The Selection, #1))
It's just the way it is. The sky is blue, the sun is bright, and Aspen endlessly loves America. It's how the world was designed to be.
Kiera Cass (The Elite (The Selection, #2))
He wasn’t allowed to come with me there—my own rule for this little adventure. No more. Good-bye, Aspen.
Kiera Cass (The Selection (The Selection, #1))
So, buddy…
Kiera Cass (The Selection (The Selection, #1))
If me dying meant you living, how could that be anything but good?
Kiera Cass (The One (The Selection, #3))
But the truth is, love is as much fate as it is planning, as much a beauty as it is a disaster.
Kiera Cass (The Crown (The Selection, #5))
I'm happy, Ahren. I'm a princess. I have everything." "I think you're mistaking comfort for joy.
Kiera Cass (The Heir (The Selection, #4))
I sighed. "Actually, Mom, we argue pretty regularly." "What?" She gaped at me. "Well, stop it!" "Oh, and I kneed him in the groin once." There was a split second of silence before May barked a laugh. She covered her mouth and tried to stop it, but it kept coming out in awkward, squeaky sounds. Dad's lips were pressed together, but I could tell he was on the verge of losing it himself. Mom was paler then snow. "America, tell me you're joking. Tell me you didn't assault the prince." I don't know why, but the word assault pushed us all on the edge; and May, Dad, and I bent over laughing as Mom stared at us. "Sorry, Mom," I managed. "Oh, good lord." She suddenly seemed very excited in meeting Marlee's parents, and I didn't stop her from going.
Kiera Cass (The Elite (The Selection, #2))
You can’t spoil me, Maxon. I don’t want anything.” We were nose to nose by then. “Oh, I know. I don’t intend on giving you things. Well,” he amended, “I do intend on giving you things, but that’s not what I mean. I’m going to love you more than any man has ever loved a woman, more than you ever dreamed you could be loved. I promise you that.
Kiera Cass (The One (The Selection, #3))
If she cries, I want to wear pants for a week," I offered. "Done," Maxon said. "And if she doesn't, you owe me a walk around the grounds tomorrow afternoon." "You drive a hard bargain, sir, but I accept.
Kiera Cass (The Selection (The Selection, #1))
I knew that, in my whole life, if I married Aspen or someone else, no one would ever make me feel this way. It wasn’t like I made his world better. It was like I was his world. It wasn’t some explosion; it wasn’t fireworks. It was a fire, burning slowly from the inside out.
Kiera Cass (The Elite (The Selection, #2))
And I want us to find our own thing or maybe find out that our own thing is everything, because I feel like if I have him, even the stupid stuff would matter
Kiera Cass (The Crown (The Selection, #5))
I’m not sure if fate or destiny is real. But I can tell you that sometimes the very thing you’ve been hoping for will walk through the door, determined to fend you off. And still, somehow, you will find that you are enough.
Kiera Cass (The Heir (The Selection, #4))
We know you're strong, but accepting help is its own kind of strength.
Kiera Cass (Happily Ever After (The Selection, #0.4, 0.5, 2.5, 2.6, 3.3))
So far, I had a solid collection of my honest opinions…
Kiera Cass (The Selection (The Selection, #1))
If this were a simpler matter, I'd have eliminated everyone else by now. I know how I feel about you. Maybe it's impulsive of me to think I could be so sure, but I'm certain I would be happy with you.
Kiera Cass (The Selection (The Selection, #1))
Should I get more butter?" "Shut up, Eadlyn,
Kiera Cass (The Heir (The Selection, #4))
You made me proud, America. Sometimes I’m surprised at the things you say, but I don’t know why. You were always stronger than you knew.
Kiera Cass (The One (The Selection, #3))
He smiled. “You are always just Eadlyn. And you are always the queen. You are everything to everyone. And infinitely more to me.” - Erik
Kiera Cass (The Crown (The Selection, #5))
Your impression of everyone is probably wrong in some way.
Kiera Cass (The Crown (The Selection, #5))
If you live,” I whispered, “I’ll let you call me your dear. I won’t complain, I promise.
Kiera Cass (The One (The Selection, #3))
You deserved to be loved. And I hope you get to marry for love and not a number.
Kiera Cass (The Selection (The Selection, #1))
You were the one who changed us when you left me in the tree house; and you keep thinking that if you push hard enough, you can make everything go back to before that moment. It doesn't work that way. Give me a chance to choose you.
Kiera Cass (The Elite (The Selection, #2))
She must have been debating staying in the line or forcing me to run home and change.
Kiera Cass (The Selection (The Selection, #1))
Nothing makes you quite so aware of a person's presence as the loss of it.
Kiera Cass (The Crown (The Selection, #5))
Be happy.
Kiera Cass (The One (The Selection, #3))
Whatever happened, I'd met my person, the one my soul connected to.
Kiera Cass (The Siren)
I pranced around the room like a blind moose, but what I lacked in grace I made up for in effort.
Kiera Cass (The Elite (The Selection, #2))
I do intend on giving you things, but that's not what I mean. I'm going to love you more that any man has ever loved a woman, more than you ever dreamed you could be loved. I promise you that.
Kiera Cass (The One (The Selection, #3))
And Carolina will be cheering on the beautiful daughter of Magda and Shalom Singer, the new Lady America Singer!
Kiera Cass (The Selection (The Selection, #1))
It's funny how you think you've said something when you never really did. It's also funny how you can think you've heard something when you never really did.
Kiera Cass (The One (The Selection, #3))
You’ve changed me forever. And I’ll never forget you.” I ran my free hand down his chest, straightening his coat. “Don’t tug your ear with anyone else. That’s mine.” I gave him a tight smile. “A lot of things are yours, America.
Kiera Cass (The Elite (The Selection, #2))
You said that to get things right one of us would have to take a leap of faith. I think I've discovered the canyon that must be leaped, and I hope to find you waiting for me on the other side.
Kiera Cass (The One (The Selection, #3))
And I know it's over, but it's the same way I felt when you broke up with me.
Kiera Cass (The Elite (The Selection, #2))
It was like staring at a piece of art or the stars in the sky. I just had to watch him. -Kahlen, The Siren
Kiera Cass (The Siren)
I remembered suddenly that Aspen had always been this way. He sacrificed sleep for me, he risked getting caught out after curfew for me, he scrounged together pennies for me. Aspen's generosity was harder to see because it wasn't as grand as Maxon's, but the heart behind what he gave was so much bigger.
Kiera Cass (The Elite (The Selection, #2))
Break my heart. Break it a thousand times if you like. It was only ever yours to break anyway' 'I'll love you until my very last breath. Every beat of my heart is yours. I don't want to die without you knowing that
Kiera Cass
He let you have the pants anyway?" she asked. I had started talking about Maxon as soon as I could, eager to know how their conversation had gone. "Yeah. He was very generous about it all." "I think it's charming that he's a good winner." "He is a good winner. He's even gracious when he's gotten the raw end of things." Like a knee to the royal jewels, for example.
Kiera Cass (The Selection (The Selection, #1))
I nodded. “I’m sorry I let you down.” “No, no, dear,” she said, turning forward. “I see potential in you. I worked in a factory when I was your age. I was dirty and hungry, and sometimes I was angry. But I had an undying crush on the prince of Illéa, and when I got the chance to make him my own, I learned to check those feelings. There’s a lot to be done from here, but it might not happen the way you want it to. You need to learn to accept that, okay?” “Yes, Mom,” I joked. She looked back at me, her face like stone. “I mean, ma’am. Ma’am.” Her eyes started glistening, and she blinked a few times, turning forward again. “If it ends as I suspect it will, Mom will be just fine.
Kiera Cass (The One (The Selection, #3))
Mary took hold of the zipper. “Suck it in, miss.” I obeyed, and as the dress cinched me in again, I thought of a soldier going to war. Different armor but the same idea. Tonight I was taking down a man.
Kiera Cass (The One (The Selection, #3))
Break the stupid rule, Eadlyn. Marry the man you love. If he’s good enough for you to approve of, then I certainly do. And if the people don’t, that can be their problem. Because who are you?” “I’m Eadlyn Schreave, and no one in the world is as powerful as me,” I blurted without thought. He nodded. “Damn right you are.
Kiera Cass (The Crown (The Selection, #5))
I sighed and went back to filling out the application. The whole thing made me feel like my family didn’t think I had any right to want something of my own. It bothered me, but I knew I couldn’t hold it against them in the long run. We couldn’t afford the luxury of wants. We had needs.
Kiera Cass (The Selection (The Selection, #1))
Love is a risk worth taking. I'd waited an eternity for this. I'd have waited all over again if I had to. I was meant to be kiss this boy, designed to be held by him. All the careful postures I held melted away, and I pulled him closer. We were stars. We were music. We were time.
Kiera Cass (The Siren)
He let out a sigh. With my head there against his chest, I could faintly make out the sound of his heart beating through his suit coat. It seemed to be rushing. His hand, gentle as ever, reached to cup my cheek. As I looked into his eyes, I felt that unnameable feeling that was growing between us. With his eyes, Maxon asked for something we'd both agree to wait on. I was glad he didn't want to wait anymore. I gave him a tiny nod, and he bridged the small gap between us, kissing me with unimaginable tenderness.
Kiera Cass (The Selection (The Selection, #1))
Do you think," Maxon asked, "that I could still call you 'my dear'?" "Not a chance," I whispered. "I'll keep trying. I don't have it in me to give up." And I believed him. It was annoying to think he'd press that issue. "Did you call all of them that?" I nodded my head toward the rest of the room. "Yes, and they all seemed to like it." "That is the exact reason why I don't.
Kiera Cass (The Selection (The Selection, #1))
Fight,” I said to no one in particular. Then remembering where I was, I turned to the camera. “Fight. The rebels are bullies. They’re trying to scare you into doing what they want. And what if you do? What kind of future do you think they’ll offer you? These people, these tyrants, aren’t going to suddenly stop being violent. If you give them power, they’re going to be a thousand times worse. So fight. However you can, fight.
Kiera Cass (The One (The Selection, #3))
I’m tired of fighting with you, America,” he said quietly. I looked up and saw the sincerity in Maxon’s eyes as he continued. “I like that we disagree—it’s one of my favorite things about you, actually—but I don’t want to argue anymore. Sometimes I have a bit of my father’s temper. I fight it, but it’s there. And you!” he said with a laugh. “When you’re upset, you’re a force!
Kiera Cass (The One (The Selection, #3))
What’s so funny?” I asked, horrified, trying to think of an inconspicuous way to check my breath. “Of everything you’ve done, this is by far the most entertaining!” Maxon bent over, hitting his knee as he laughed. “Excuse me?” He kissed me hard on my forehead. “I always wondered what it would be like to see you try.” He started laughing again. “I’m sorry; I have to go.” Even the way he stood held a sense of amusement. “I’ll see you in the morning.” And then he left. He just left!
Kiera Cass (The One (The Selection, #3))
December 26, 7:40 p.m. Dear America, I’ve been thinking of our first kiss. I suppose I should say first kisses, but what I mean is the second, the one I was actually invited to give you. Did I ever tell you how I felt that night? It wasn’t just getting my first kiss ever; it was getting to have that first kiss with you. I’ve seen so much, America, had access to the corners of our planet. But never have I come across anything so painfully beautiful as that kiss. I wish it was something I could catch with a net or place in a book. I wish it was something I could save and share with the world so I could tell the universe: this is what it’s like; this is how it feels when you fall. These letters are so embarrassing. I’ll have to burn them before you get home. Maxon
Kiera Cass (The One (The Selection, #3))
Close your eyes, Maxon." "What?" "Close your eyes. Somewhere in this palace, there is a woman who will be your wife. This girl? Imagine that she depends on you. She needs you to cherish her and make her feel like the Selection didn't even happen. Like if you were dropped in your own out in the middle of the country to wander around door to door, she's still the one you would have found. She was always the one you would have picked. She needs you to provide for her and protect her. And if it came to a point where there was absolutely nothing to eat, and you couldn't even fall asleep at night because the sound of her stomach growling kept you awake—" "Stop it!" "Sorry." "Is that really what it's like? Out there... does that happen? Are people hungry like that a lot?" "Maxon, I..." "Tell me the truth." "Yes. That happens. I know of families where people give up their share for their children or siblings. I know of a boy who was whipped in the town square for stealing food. Sometimes you do crazy things when you are desperate." "A boy? How old?" "Nine." "Have you ever been like that? Starving?...How bad?" "Maxon, it will only upset you more." "Probably, but I'm only starting to realize how much I don't know about my own country. Please." "We've been pretty bad. Most time if it gets to where we have to choose, we keep the food and lose electricity. The worst was when it happened near Christmas one year. May didn't understand why we couldn't exchange gifts. As a general rule, there are never any leftovers at my house. Someone always wants more. I know the checks we've gotten over the last few weeks have really helped, and my family is really smart about money. I'm sure they have already tucked it away so it will stretch out for a long time. You've done so much for us, Maxon." "Good God. When you said that you were only here for the food, you weren't kidding, were you?" "Really, Maxon, we've been doing pretty well lately. I—" "I'll see you at dinner.
Kiera Cass (The Selection (The Selection, #1))
I was overwhelmed. He understood me so well, how nervous I was about making this commitment, how frightening it was for me to become a princess. He was going to give me every last second he could and, in the meantime, lavish me with everything possible. I had another one of those moments when I couldn't believe this was all happening. "That's not fair, Maxon," I mumbled. "What in the world am I supposed to be able to give you?" He smiled. "All I want is your promise to stay with me, to be mine. Sometimes it feels like you can't possibly be real. Promise me you'll stay." "Of course, I promise.
Kiera Cass (The Elite (The Selection, #2))
I could not hold my breath for seven minutes. I couldn’t even make it to one. I once tried to run a mile in seven minutes after hearing some athletes could do it in four but failed spectacularly when a side stitch crippled me about halfway in. However, there was one thing I managed to do in seven minutes that most would say is quite impressive: I became queen. By seven tiny minutes I beat my brother, Ahren, into the world, so the throne that ought to have been his was mine. Had I been born a generation earlier, it wouldn’t have mattered. Ahren was the male, so Ahren would have been the heir. Alas, Mom and Dad couldn’t stand to watch their firstborn be stripped of a title by an unfortunate but rather lovely set of breasts. So they changed the law, and the people rejoiced, and I was trained day by day to become the next ruler of Illéa.
Kiera Cass (The Heir (The Selection, #4))
What are these?" Maxon asked, brushing across the tips of my fingers as we walked. "Calluses. They're from pressing down on violin strings four hours a day." "I've never noticed them before." "Do they bother you?" I was the lowest caste of the six girls left, and I doubted any of them had hands like mine. Maxon stopped moving and lifted my fingers to his lips, kissing the tiny, worn tips. "On the contrary. I find them rather beautiful." I felt myself blush. "I've seen the world – admittedly mostly through bulletproof glass or from the tower of some ancient castle – but I've seen it. And I have access to the answers of a thousand questions at my disposal. But this small hand here?" He looked deeply into my eyes. "This hand makes sounds incomparable to anything I've ever heard. Sometimes I think I only dreamed that I heard you play the violin, it was so beautiful. These calluses are proof that it was real.
Kiera Cass (The Elite (The Selection, #2))
December 27, Noon. America, I might as well tell you this since your maids will tell you anyway. I've been thinking of the little things you do. Sometimes you hum when you walk around the palace. Sometimes when I come up to your room, I hear the melodies you've saved up in your heart spill out the doorway. The palace seems empty without them. I also miss your smell. I miss your perfume drifting off your hair when you turn to laugh at me or your scent radiating on your skin when we walk through the garden. It's intoxicating. So I went to your room to spray your perfume on my handkerchief, another silly little trick to make me feel like you were here. And as I was leaving your room, Mary caught me. I'm not sure what she was looking after since you're not here; but she saw me, shrieked, and a guard came running in to see what was wrong. He had his staff gripped, and his eyes flashed threateningly. I was nearly attacked. All because I missed your smell.
Kiera Cass (The One (The Selection, #3))
December 27, 11:00 p.m. My Dear America, I’ve never written a love letter, so forgive me if I fail now. . . . The simple thing would be to say that I love you. But, in truth, it’s so much more than that. I want you, America. I need you. I’ve held back so much from you out of fear. I’m afraid that if I show you everything at once, it will overwhelm you, and you’ll run away. I’m afraid that somewhere in the back of your heart is a love for someone else that will never die. I’m afraid that I will make a mistake again, something so huge that you retreat into that silent world of yours. No scolding from a tutor, no lashing from my father, no isolation in my youth has ever hurt me so much as you separating yourself from me. I keep thinking that it’s there, waiting to come back and strike me. So I’ve held on to all my options, fearing that the moment I wipe them away, you will be standing there with your arms closed, happy to be my friend but unable to be my equal, my queen, my wife. And for you to be my wife is all I want in the world. I love you. I was afraid to admit it for a long time, but I know it now. I would never rejoice in the loss of your father, the sadness you’ve felt since he passed, or the emptiness I’ve experienced since you left. But I’m so grateful that you had to go. I’m not sure how long it would have taken for me to figure this out if I hadn’t had to start trying to imagine a life without you. I know now, with absolute certainty, that is nothing I want. I wish I was as true an artist as you so that I could find a way to tell you what you’ve become to me. America, my love, you are sunlight falling through trees. You are laughter that breaks through sadness. You are the breeze on a too-warm day. You are clarity in the midst of confusion. You are not the world, but you are everything that makes the world good. Without you, my life would still exist, but that’s all it would manage to do. You said that to get things right one of us would have to take a leap of faith. I think I’ve discovered the canyon that must be leaped, and I hope to find you waiting for me on the other side. I love you, America. Yours forever, Maxon
Kiera Cass (The One (The Selection, #3))
Maxon, I hope you find someone you can't love without. I really do. And I hope you never have to know what it's like to have to try and live without them." Maxon's face was a shallow echo of my own pain. He looked absolutely brokenhearted for me. More than that, he looked angry. "I'm sorry, America. I don't..." His face shifted a little. "Is this a good time to pat your shoulder?" His uncertainty made me smile. "Yes. Now would be a great time." He seemed as skeptically as he'd been the other day, but instead of just patting my shoulder, he leaned in and tentatively wrapped his arms around me. "I only really ever hug my mother. Is this okay?" he asked. I laughed. "It's hard to get a hug wrong." After a minute, I spoke again. "I know what you mean, though. I don't really hug anyone besides my family." I felt so drained after the long day of dressing and the Report and dinner and talking. It was nice to have Maxon just hold me, sometimes even patting my hair. He wasn't as lost as he seemed. He patiently waited for my breathing to slow, and when it did, he pulled back to look at me. "America, I promise you I'll keep you here until the last possible moment. I understand that they want me to narrow the Elite down to three and then choose. But I swear to you, I'll make it to two and keep you here until then. I won't make you leave a moment before I have to. Or the moment you're ready. Whichever comes first." I nodded. "I know we just met, but I think you're wonderful. And it bothers me to see you hurt. If he were here, I'd...I'd..." Maxon shook with frustration, then sighed. "I'm so sorry, America." He pulled me back in, and I rested my head on his broad shoulder. I knew Maxon would keep his promises. So I settled into perhaps the last place I ever thought I'd find genuine comfort.
Kiera Cass (The Selection (The Selection, #1))
You are the last Five left in the competition, yes? Do you think that hurts your chances of becoming the princess?" The word sprang from my lips without thought. "No!" "Oh, my! You do have a spirit there!" Gavril seemed pleased to have gotten such an enthusiastic response. "So you think you'll beat out all the others, then? Make it to the end?" I thought better of myself. "No, no. It's not like that. I don't think I'm better than any of the other girls; they're all amazing. It's just...I don't think Maxon would do that, just discount someone because of their caste." I heard a collective gasp. I ran over the sentence in my head. It took me a minute to catch my mistake: I'd called him Maxon. Saying that to another girl behind closed doors was one thing, but to say his name without the word "Prince" in front of it was incredibly informal in public. And I'd said it on live television. I looked to see if Maxon was angry. He had a calm smile on his face. So he wasn't mad...but I was embarrassed. I blushed fiercely. "Ah, so it seems you really have gotten to know our prince. Tell me, what do you think of Maxon?" I ahd thought of several answers while I was waiting for my turn. I was going to make fun of his laugh or talk about the pet name he wanted his wife to call him. It seemed like the only way to save the situation was to get back the comedy. But as I lifted my eyes to make one of my comments, I saw Maxon's face. He really wanted to know. And I couldn't poke fun at him, not when I had a chance to say what I'd really started to think now that he was my friend. I couldn't joke about the person who'd saved me from facing absolute heartbreak at home, who fed my family boxes of sweets, who ran to me worried that I was hurt if I asked for him. A month ago, I had looked at the TV and seen a stiff, distant, boring person-someone I couldn't imagine anyone loving. And while he wasn't anything close to the person I did love, he was worthy of having someone to love in his life. "Maxon Schreave is the epitome of all things good. He is going to be a phenomenal king. He lets girls who are supposed to be wearing dresses wear jeans and doesn't get mad when someone who doesn't know him clearly mislabels him." I gave Gavril a keen look, and he smiled. And behind him, Maxon looked intrigued. "Whoever he marries will be a lucky girl. And whatever happens to me, I will be honored to be his subject." I saw Maxon swallow, and I lowered my eyes. "America Singer, thank you so much." Gavril went to shake my hand. "Up next is Miss Tallulah Bell." I didn't hear what any of the girls said after me, though I stared at the two seats. That interview had become way more personal than I'd intended it to be. I couldn't bring myself to look at Maxon. Instead I sat there replaying my words again and again in my head.
Kiera Cass (The Selection (The Selection, #1))
Well, I'm glad you're so amused," I said, running my fingers across the railing. Maxon hopped up to sit on the railing, looking very relaxed. "You're always amusing. Get used to it." Hmm. He was almost being funny. "So...about what you said...," he started tentatively. "Which part? The part about me calling you names or fighting with my mom or saying food was my motivation?" I rolled my eyes. He laughed once. "The part about me being good..." "Oh. What about it?" Those few sentences suddenly seemed more embarrassing than anything else I'd said. I ducked my head down and twisted a piece of my dress. "I appreciate you making things look authentic, but you didn't need to go that far." My head snapped up. How could he think that? "Maxon, that wasn't for the sake of the show. If you had asked me a month ago what my honest opinion of you was, it would have been very different. But now I know you, and I know the truth, and you are everything I said you were. And more." He was quiet, but there was a small smile on his face. "Thank you," he finally said. "Anytime." Maxon cleared his throat. "He'll be lucky, too." He got down from his makeshift seat and walked to my side of the balcony. "Huh?" "Your boyfriend. When he comes to his senses and begs you to take him back," Maxon said matter-of-factly. I had to laugh. No such thing would happen in y world. "he's not my boyfriend anymore. And he made it pretty clear he was gone with me." Even I could hear the tiny bit of hope in my voice. "Not possible. He'll have seen you on TV by now and fallen for you all over again. Though, in my opinion, you're still much too good for the dog." Maxon spoke almost as if he was bored, like he'd seen this happen a million times. "Speaking of which!" he said a bit louder. "If you don't want me to be in love with you, you're going to have to stop looking so lovely. First thing tomorrow I'm having your maids sew some potato sacks together for you." I hit his arm. "Shut up, Maxon." "I'm not kidding. You're too beautiful for your own good. Once you leave, we'll have to send some of the guards with you. You'll never survive on your own, poor thing." He said all this with mock pity. "I can't help it." I sighed. "One can never help being born into perfection." I fanned my face as if being so pretty was exhausting. "No, I don't suppose you can help it.
Kiera Cass (The Selection (The Selection, #1))
Are you enjoying your company so far?" "Yes! It's been a pleasure getting to know these ladies." "Are they all the sweet, gentle ladies they appear to be?" Gavril asked. Before Maxon replied, the answer brought a smile to my face. Because I knew that it was yes...sort of. "Umm..." Maxon looked past Gavril at me. "Almost." "Almost?" Gavril asked, surprised. He turned to us. "Is someone over there being naughty?" Mercifully, all the girls let out light giggles, so I blended in. The little traitor! "What exactly did these girls do that isn't so sweet?" Gavril asked Maxon. "Oh, well, let me tell you." Maxon crossed his legs and got very comfortable in his chair. It was probably the most relaxed I'd ever seen him, sitting there poking fun at me. I liked this side of him. I wished it would come out more often. "One of them had the nerve to yell at me rather forcefully the first time we met. I was given a very severe scolding." Above Maxon's head, the king and queen exchanged a glance. It seemed they were hearing this story for the first time, too. Beside me the girls were looking at one another, confused. I didn't get it until Marlee said something. "I don't remember anyone yelling at him in the Great Room. Do you?" Maxon seemed to have forgotten that our first meeting was meant to be a secret. "I think he's talking it up to make it funnier. I did say some serious things to him. I think he might mean me." "A scolding, you say? Whatever for?" Gavril continued. "Honestly, I wasn't really sure. I think it was a bout of homesickness. Which is why I forgave her, of course." Maxon was loose and easy now, talking to Gavril as if he were the only person in the room. I'd have to tell him later how wonderful he did. "So she's still with us, then?" Gavril looked over at the collection of girls, grinning widely, and then returned to face his prince. "Oh, yes. She's still here," Maxon said, not letting his eyes wander from Gavril's face. "And I plan on keeping her here for quite a while.
Kiera Cass (The Selection (The Selection, #1))