Warning! There will be spoilers!
Published: May 18th, 2010
“Dimitri gave Rose the ultimate choice. But she chose wrong…
After a long and heartbreaking journey to Dimitri’s birthplace in Siberia, Rose Hathaway has finally returned to St. Vladimir’s-and to her best friend, Lissa. It is nearly graduation, and the girls can’t wait for their real lives beyond the Academy’s iron gates to begin. But Rose’s heart still aches for Dimitri, and she knows he’s out there, somewhere.
She failed to kill him when she had the chance. And now her worst fears are about to come true. Dimitri has tasted her blood, and now he is hunting her. And this time he won’t rest until Rose joins him… forever.”
“I’ve given up on you,” he said back, his voice also soft. “Love fades, mine has.”
“He’s out of line! He has no right to threaten my boyfriends. I’m eighteen. An adult. I don’t need his help. I can threaten my boyfriends myself.”
“Don’t touch her,” he growled. There was a note in his voice that would of scared me if it had been directed toward me. He shoved me behind him, putting his body protectively in front of mine with my back to the table. Guardians came at us from all directions,and Dimitri began dispatching them with the same deadly grace that had once made people call him a god.”
“What have you gotten me into?” I hissed to him.
“Me? What have you gotten yourself into? Couldn’t I have just picked you up at the police station for underage drinking, like most fathers?”
“I don’t remember you being this reasonable before.”
“It’s because everyone has different definitions of ‘reasonable’. Mine’s just misunderstood, that’s all.” His voice was lofty.
“I think you must be misunderstood a lot,” she laughed.
His eyes held hers, and the smile on his face transformed into something warmer and softer.
“Well, I hope this isn’t misunderstood. Otherwise, I might get punched.”
Leaning over, he brought his lips to her. Lissa responded with no hesitation or thought whatsoever, losing herself in the sweetness of the kiss. Unfortunately, I was swept along with it. When they pulled away, Lissa felt her heart rate increase and her cheeks flush.
“What exactly was that the definition of?” she asked, reliving how his mouth had felt.
“It means ‘I’m sorry’,” he said.
She looked away nervously and plucked at some of the grass. Finally, with a sigh, she looked back up. “Christian…was there ever…was there ever between you and Jill? Or Mia?”
He stared in surprise. “What? How could you think that?”“You spent so much time with them.”
“There is only one person I have ever wanted,” he said. The steadiness of his gaze, those crystal blue eyes, left no question as to who that person was. “No one else has ever come close. In spite of everything, even with Avery -”
“Christian, I’m so sorry for that -“
“You don’t have to -“
“I do -“
“Damn it,” he said, “Will you let me finish a sent -”
“No,” Lissa interrupted. And she leaned over and kissed him, a hard and powerful kiss that burned through her body, one that told her there was no one else in the world for her either.”
“There’s a big difference between death threats and love letters – even if the person writing the death threats still claims to actually love you. Of course, considering I once tried to kill someone I loved, maybe I had no right to judge.”
“Well, you’ve finally got a license to kill. It’s about time.”
“I can’t believe you just used to the word intel. This really is turing in to a spy movie.”
“Four thirty? Good God. Are we getting the senior citizen special?”
“But it was you, wasn’t it? Somehow you broke into a maximum-security prison. With Eddie.”
“Must not have been all that secure,” I remarked lightly.
“Dreams, dreams. I walk them; I live them. I delude myself with them. It’s a wonder I can spot reality anymore.”
“What had happened in those two years? I’d run off with Lissa, watched friends die, traveled around the world, fallen in love…’You can live a lifetime in two years.’ “
“That,” I told Tatiana, “is the most fucked-up law I have ever heard.”
“We can argue your messed-up unholy schedule some other time,” she said.
“The suit screamed, I’m sorry the queen is dead, and I’m going to look fashionable while showing my grief.“
“Abe shook his head. “There must have been some mistake. It took a while to get a flight here, so I can see why you would have appointed a community lawyer to fill in.”
“Community lawyer!” Damon’s face grew red with indignation. “I’m one of the most renowned lawyers among American Moroi.”
“Renowned, community.” Abe shrugged and leaned back on his heels. “I don’t judge. No pun intended.”
“At the end of the day, was it true that blood ran thicker than water? I didn’t know. I actually didn’t like the saying. Maybe it worked for humans, but it made no sense with vampires.”