"That's all right." Risa shifted and slid
to the edge of the booth, but paused before getting up. She smiled at Cade, and
it lit up her girl-next-door face with shining beauty. Her gaze, however,
remained sober and sharp. "Maybe I don't need your concrete answer. Maybe
you need mine. So here it is. Forgiveness, faith, and trust: they are not magic
feelings that come over you with an ethereal light when you ask God for divine
intervention. Each of those things is a choice you consciously decide to make,
and then implement through deliberate action. So if you're waiting for
something to hit you smack in the head and show you the light before you let
yourself run to Ren and take him back, honey, it ain't ever going to happen.
Life doesn't work that way.
"If you want people to view you as a strong man,
so that you never get walked on again and always have the respect of everyone
around you, then act from a place of strength, always, and that's the result
you'll get. Deep down, you already know that. Look around you. You've created
that here in Quinten, just by being yourself."
Gina's nose-and-eyebrow-pierced teenage son. Instead of calling his mother Mom,
he called her the Authority Figure. . .
Island by Cathy Lamb (Almost Home Anthology)
without optimism, we can't go on. Optimism is just hope in formal clothes. And
without hope, the soul has nothing to cling to, the spirit dies."
—Marie Ferrarella from "The 39-Year-Old Virgin.
His lips tugged into a half-smile. "The chocolates please
you? At least the Oracle was right in that regard. So, if I prove that I am
from Kratania and give you the sweets, you will allow me the honor of ghrata?"
"What is ghrata?"
He frowned, as if trying to figure out how to explain the term.
"Yep." It was a safe response because poor, sweet,
deluded Matt was one taco short of a combo platter. There was no way in. . .uh,
Illania he would really ravish her. "I would ghrata the night away with you,
—Bride Portal by Michele R. Bardsley
Cut off the head?
Ewww.Um...maybe? But how do you explain it to the police
after? "Gee, officer. I'm pretty sure the victim was a vampire..."
Not so much. See previous comment re rubber room with padded walls.
"Daniel" by CT Adams and Cathy Clamp
used his guy words to explain. 'A man doesn't know shit about love until he
falls for the right woman.'"
"Hot As Hell" by HelenKay Dimon