Today, Nicole is here with us again as she shares with us some of her favorites from the world of Angelfire.
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My favorite part (and a few favorite quotes) of this whole series is in Angelfire right near the end. The reason I love this part is because this is when we finally find out how Will feels about Ellie. And it takes place in Detroit Metro and I've been there, so it's really easy for me to visualize it all. We all want this to happen to us in an airport. There's a finality about it, but also the chance for a new beginning. I've gone back and read this part dozens of time. Here are the highlights (taken from pages 439-443):
"I hate...," he started, his shaking voice trailing off. "I hate when you die. It destroys me. I know I have no right to be upset, because I'm not the one losing my life, but it breaks me apart inside. I'm not very good with words, and I don't know how to explain to you how I feel. I get lonely when you aren't with me. I miss you. And every time you die, a little piece of me dies with you."
"I'll always come back to you," I promised as a warm flood rushed through me.
"I love you, Ellie," he breathed, his words lighting my skin on fire, and something inside me disintegrated, leaving a rushing feeling behind. "God, I've always loved you."
"All this time," he breathed. "I've always loved you and never said a thing."
He kissed me hard and folded his arm around the small of my back, pulling me even more closely to him. I wrapped my own arms around his shoulders and felt his other hand on my waist. I drew a nail down his biceps and the muscle trembled reflexively beneath my touch. He broke away and his lips grazed my jaw. I shivered and pulled him closer to me.
"I will die for you one day."
"Don't say that," I begged. "Will, I'm in love with you. You're the only one who understands what I go through every day, the only one I can share this world with. You're my best friend, and I can't take it if you're going to shut me out like this."
He closed his eyes, squeezing them tight. His hands balled into fists and his wings gave a shudder. I felt like I was dying inside.
"You can't love me," he said, his voice pained. "And I can't love you either. You're not mine to love."
"I am yours--"
"No!" I shouted, tears stinging my eyes. "You can't get this close to me and then push me away."
"I have to."
Sigh, swoon, any other kind of noise you might make after reading this. I actually read this book in Michigan while I was there and even bought a signed copy of the book when I went to a separate signing. I also had dinner with Courtney, but it was before I read the book. I think I would have totally fan-girled if I had read it prior to meeting her. Either way, CAM writes the best romance scenes. This was also the first big incident where she decided to tear our hearts out. We should have known it wasn't over.