"I've won nothing," Mimi replied coldly. "Please remember that almost all of the Elders are dead,that theDark Prince is ascendant, and what is left of the Conclave is being led by a broken man who used to be the strongest of us all. And yet all you seem to care about, my darling, is that you no longer get toplay with your little love toy."Instead of answering her, Jack flew across the room and slapped her hard across the face, sendinghercrashing to the floor. But before he could wield another blow, Mimi leaped up and slammed himagainst the window, knocking him completely out of breath."Is this what you want?" she hissed as she lifted him up by his shirt collar, his face turning a ghastly shade of red."Don't let me destroy you," he sneered."Just try, my sweet."Jack twisted out of her grasp and flipped her over, kicking her down the length of the room. Shesprung up with her hands clenched, her nails sharp as claws, and fangs bared. They met halfway inthe air, and Jack put a hand on her throat and began to squeeze. But she scratched at his eyes and wrenched her body so that she was rolling on top of him, her sword at his throat, with the upperhand.SUBMIT. Mimi sent.NEVER."
Melissa de la Cruz "For a moment she was truly terrified. This was Abbadon the Cruel. The Angel of Destruction. Hecould and would destroy her if he had to. If he felt like it. He had destroyed worlds before. He haddecimated Paradise in the name of the Morningstar.She trembled in his grasp. All his gentleness, all his kindness, all the bright shining gorgeousness of his love, he had alwaysgiven tosomeone else. He had adored Gabrielle, had worshiped her, had written her poems and sang hersongs, and for Schuyler there were novels and love notes and sweet kisses and furtive tendermeetings by a fireplace.But for his twin, Azrael, he had shown nothing but his anger and violence. His strength anddestruction.He saved the best of himself for those who did not deserve it. Never showed his true face to thosedamnable Daughters of the Light.For Azrael, there was only darkness and annihilation.Rape and carnage. War and pillage. A tear escaped from her eye and glittered in the moonlight."
"Now that she decided she knew exactly what she wanted
she couldn’t wait to break the news. And if he didn’t want her, she could live with that –
what she wouldn’t be able to live with was if she
never told him."
Melissa de la Cruz (The Au Pairs)
"Popularity was fickle and elusive, like trying to catch fireflies in a jar. You were either born with it orrelegated to wallflower status according to your mysterious and unknowable workings of the