“You say we are born again. I say there is a river that divides the dead and the living. What I do know is that if we are born again, I will meet you in another life, if there is a river, you will wait on the shores for me to come to you, so we can cross together. […] You hear that, James Carstairs? We are bound, you and I, over the divide of death, down through whatever generations may come. Forever.”
He tasted like snowflakes and wine, like winter and Will and London.
“Will urged the horse toward the stable doors and, bending his head against the wind, galloped out into the night.”
Jem always said that Will rushed toward the end of a mission rather than proceeding in a measured manner, and that one must look at the next step on the path ahead, rather than the destination in the distance, or one would never reach one’s goal. Will closed his eyes for a moment. He knew that Jem was right, but it was hard to remember, when the goal that he sought was the girl that he loved.
“Jem told me what Ragnor Fell said about my father,” Will said. “That for my father, there was only ever one woman he loved, and it was her for him, or nothing. You are that for me. I love you, and I will only ever love you until I die —”
Gabriel’s green eyes sought Will. “It was demon pox, wasn’t it? You know all about it, don’t you? Aren’t you some sort of expert?”
“Well, you needn’t act as if I invented it,” said Will.
Hee. It’s really not. Hopefully there are bits that will be heartbreaking in the right kind of way, but most of the more lighthearted/adventurey bits are spoilery, so I tend not to post them.
I have however been having Cassandra JP illustrate scenes from Clockwork Princess, so consider this a visual snippet/spoiler from a scene about halfway through the book:
Will! (I hope to have all her drawings printed and packaged together as a giveaway for the Clockwork Princess tour in March.)