Veronica Rossi

«But when a cut is deep, it’s still just flesh beneath.»

Veronica Rossi


«Your voice sounds like a midnight fire. All warm and worn in and golden. I could listen to you talk forever."»

Veronica Rossi


«He’d pushed it back, where he’d kept the thought for weeks, but it wouldn’t stay. Wouldn’t stop. Wouldn’t let him go.»

Veronica Rossi


«-¿Y qué crees tú que ha hecho?»

Veronica Rossi


«It's time, Perry". He let her go. She took a step back, taking in his face one last time. His green eyes. The bend in his nose and the scars on his cheek. All the tiny inperfections that made him beautiful. Without a word, she turned and made her way downhill.»

Veronica Rossi


«What if this was a sign? Maybe I’m not supposed to be an Outsider.»

Veronica Rossi


«His hand snapped shut over the device and then he crossed his arms. Aria stared in horror. Her Smarteye was buried in a Neanderthal’s armpit.»

Veronica Rossi


«A good dream was something you clung to until the last moment before waking.»

Veronica Rossi


«Without thinking, he reached for her hand. Tucked it against her chest, feeling that was where it should be. Perry's heart slammed against his ribs. She had to feel it.»

Veronica Rossi


«There was nothing more painful than hurting someone you loved.»

Veronica Rossi


«She did it, though she hated opera. She hated everything about it. The overblown sense of drama. The violence and lewdness. No one had ever died of heartbreak in Reverie. Betrayal never led to murder. Those things didn’t happen anymore. They had the Realms now. They could experience anything without taking risks. Now, life was Better than Real.»

Veronica Rossi


«Her hand holding his for a dozen paces. His, resting on the small of her back for a moment. Touches that had no real purpose but to say I’m here and We are together still.»

Veronica Rossi


«In the afternoon, they stopped to eat on a rocky outcrop. Perry brushed a kiss on her cheek while she was chewing, and she learned that it was the loveliest thing to be kissed for no reason, even while chewing food. It brightened the woods, and the never sky, and everything.»

Veronica Rossi


«I was trying to help... The more I try to catch up, the farther I fall behind.»

Veronica Rossi


«She’d fallen into a deep silence once, when the sun appeared, and it was then he’d wondered most what she was thinking.»

Veronica Rossi


«If there was no fear, how could there be comfort? Or courage?»

Veronica Rossi


«Â Then he told Perry that love was like the waves in the sea, gentle and good sometimes, rough and terrible at others, but that it was endless and stronger than the sky and the earth and everything in between.»

Veronica Rossi