L.A. Weatherly Quotes

There was no way that I wanted him to stop touching me, even for a few hours. My pulse thudded as I glanced across at the camp bed. I cleared my throat. “Wel…is there a reason we can’t both take the bed? The sleeping bags zip together, don’t they?” Alex stared at me without moving. “Would that be OK?” I asked, feeling nervous suddenly. The lantern light made his eyes look darker, his hair almost black. He started to smile, a grin spreading across his face. “Yes, that would be extremely OK.

A good angel is only a dead angel.

A framed photo on a dusty bookshelf caught his attention; he moved closer and picked it up silently. A small girl with long blond hair was standing under a tree, her face tilted up in delight as its feathery leaves brushed across her face, framing it. A willow tree. Willow.

I couldn’t meet his gaze. I stared at the table just behind him–the mess of cards on it, the lantern giving off its quiet glow. “When you gave me your shirt to wear that night, I could feel you. I could feel your essence.” The world went still. We were standing only inches from each other, not touching. Outside, I could hear the faint murmur of the wind blowing through the trees. “What did it feel like?” he asked in a low voice. “Like…coming home,” I admitted.

He kissed me, so gently at first that I melted. I pressed close against him as the kiss deepened, curling my arms around his neck and tumbling into pure sensation. The softness of his hair as I ran my fingers through it; his arms hands on my skin, caressing me. It felt so, so good. I’d been afraid that I’d never have this again–this sense of being so achingly alive that every nerve ending was on fire.

This is the ultimate bad-boy date, isn’t it? Breaking into a different country.” “Hey, it makes a change from hot-wiring cars together.” “Been there, done that….Alex seriously, are you sure no one’s going to shoot us?

Willow, things feel more uncertain than ever now,” He said finally. “But I love you. For as long as I live – if that’s fifty years from now, or just next week – I’ll love you.

After a long time, I cleared my throat. “So anyway, when we get to Nevada…I think we should rethink your dad’s rule.” Alex glanced down at me and smiled – the first real smile I’d seen on his face in a long time. “You know what? It’s already been rethought and completely ditched,” he said. And he wrapped his arms around me and we stood looking up at the mountains, with the rising rays of the sun lighting them from the east.

The urge at that moment to reach across and touch Willow–to link his fingers through hers as she rested her hand on her thigh, or stroke her bright hair back from her temple–was almost overpowering. He crossed his arms over his chest. “Yep, definitely time for a coffee break,” he said, closing his eyes. “You see right through me.

She felt so human that he could barely carry on a conversation.

Hey, you’ve got the girl, I’ve got the picture. That’s fair, right?

Gently, I ran my hand across his chest, exploring it. My breath felt tight in my throat. He was so beautiful. His muscles were toned, defined, his skin warm and smooth. Stroking my palm up over the line of his collarbone, I felt the firmness of his shoulder, the strength of his bicep. I traced my fingers over the black AK, following the lines of the letters. Alex hardly moved as I touched him, his eyes never leaving me. Finally I sighed and dropped my hand. I tried to smile. “I’ve sort of been wanting to do that ever since that first night in the motel room,” I admitted.

Dora appeared, placing Alex’s coffee in front of him.”Your girlfriend is a wonder, honey,”she siad to him, squeezing willows shoulder. Willow’s smile turned strained at the word “girlfriend. He could see her wanting to correct the woman and then deciding to let it pass.

Alex grabbed our things from the bike and bought them inside; then he fastened the tent closed, securing us in. “Come here, babe, I’ll keep you warm.

The girl I’ve been looking for my entire life. Alex resisted the urge to throw Seb off the balcony and see if he could fly.


He reached across and fingered the pendant; I felt it move against my skin. “Willow, look,” He said. “We haven’t talked much about what might happen, but…you know that I always want to be with you, right? I mean–no matter what.” And I had known it; I felt it every time he held me–but even so, actually hearing the words made my heart catch. “I want that, too,” I said. “Always, Alex.

Querida, it’s alright,” he said. “No one has hurt me in years.” “Hey, you’re supposed to be my brother,” I said, trying to joke. “Brother’s don’t hold their sisters’ hands or call them querida.” Seb smiled, his hazel eyes starting to dance. “Yes, they do,” he said. “This happens all the time.” “Well I guess things are different in Mexico then,” I said. “Because in America, no way. And I’m an American.” “But you’re in Mexico now,” he pointed out. “Right. And you’re saying here, boys holds hands with their sisters and call them sweetheart.” “Oh yes. We’re very friendly, we Mexicans.

Willow nestled against him. He smoothed her long hair down the back of her T-shirt, feeling its softness. In a few moments she fell asleep again, her breathing warm and regular against his chest. Alex kissed her head, his arms tightening around her. As he drifted back to sleep himself, he saw a brief flash of the thousands of angels streaming in, but right then it seemed distant, almost unimportant. The only thing that mattered was that he was lying in a bed holding Willow, their bare legs entwined. It was all he wanted to do for the rest of his life.

oh, my God,” I whispered. “But how did they get my photo? Alex tapped his mouth with his thumb. “That …book with everyone’s picture in it, that you have in high school.” “Yearbook,” I said. Was he trying to be funny? But of course he was right; that’s exactly where it was from.


Alex gazed at her. Her mouth was slightly open; she ran her fingernail against her lower teeth as she thought. She’d knotted her hair at the nape of her neck again, and a strand had slipped loose onto her shoulder, gleaming in the lantern light. Suddenly all of his objections seemed meaningless. Don’t, he thought. You’ll regret it. He didn’t care anymore. Slowly, unable to stop himself, he reached out and cupped his hand around her foot.

Touching his hair, she leaned hesitantly forward, and he folded his arms around her, sinking into sensation again as they kissed–the slight weight of her on his lap, the smell of her. He glided his hands up the warm dip of her spine, felt her shiver and press closer. He could never get enough of this. Never.

A teenage girl lay asleep on the sofa, curled up under a red-and-black knitted afghan. She was on her side, with one slender arm cradling a throw cushion nestled under her head. Long wavy blond hair spread across her back and her shoulders like a cape. Even though she was sleeping, Alex could see how pretty she was, with her delicate, almost elfin features. He stood in the doorway, watching the soft rise and fall of her chest.

His hands as he worked were deft and sure, but so gentle — he was being careful not to hurt me any more than he had to. I sat very still, hardly daring to move. I was in love with him. The knowledge swept through me, truer than anything I’d ever known. Oh, my God, I was in love with him.

Yeah, I must have been really bad in a past life or something.” He smiled, his eyes still in pain. Reaching up, he touched a strand of mt hair. ” Don’t leave, OK?” “Shhh. I’m not going anywhere.” I kept stroking his forehead, trailing my fingers across it. His muscular shoulders gradually relaxed, his eyes closing again. His breathing slowed, became more regular. I could hear the TV on in the other room, the sound of voices. None of it mattered to me. I stayed there until long after Alex had fallen asleep– gently caressing the vbrow of the boy I loved, trying to keep his pain at bay.

As we drove uptown, I spotted a Kmart on a corner,with its familiar red sign.I cleared my throat.”Wait. Can we stop for a minute?” “What for?” “Just – I need a few things.” He looked irritated, but pulled into a metered space. “We don’t really have time to go shopping.” I glared at him.”yeah, excuse me for being so frivolous. You have your suitcase all packed already; I dont even have clean underwear.I’ll be right back.