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Yeah, I did a couple Slayers in my time. I don't like to brag I love to brag! Buffy : We were at the Bronze before. Thought you said you might show. Angel : You said you weren't sure if you were going. Buffy : I was being cool. C'mon, you've been dating for, what, like, two hundred years?
You don't know what a girl means when she says maybe she'll show? Two centuries of dating. If you only had two a year, that's still like dates with different Angel : I taught you to always guard your perimeter. Spike : I did. I'm surrounded by idiots. What's new with you? Angel : Everything. Spike : Yeah.
Come up against this slayer yet? Angel : She's cute. Not too bright, though. Gave her the puppy dog "I'm all tortured" act. Keeps her off my back when I feed. Spike : People still fall for that Anne Rice routine? What a world! Xander : [to Angel] I knew you were lying. Undead liar guy. Spike : You think you can fool me?!
You were my sire, man!
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You were my Angel : Things change. Spike : Not us! Not demons! Man, I can't believe this. You Uncle Tom! Come on people! This isn't a spectator sport! Spike : [holding a pole] Fee-fi-fo-fum, I smell the blood of a nice ripe [turns to see Buffy, holding an axe] Buffy : Do we really need weapons for this? Spike : I just like them, they make me feel all manly. You don't strike me as the begging kind. Buffy : You shouldn't have come here.
Spike : No. I've messed up your doilies and stuff. But I just got so bored! I'll tell you what. As a personal favor from me to you, I'll make it quick. It won't hurt a bit. Buffy : No, Spike. It's gonna hurt a lot. Inca Mummy Girl [2. Buffy : Oh! I know this one! Slaying entails certain sacrifices, blah blah biddy blah, I'm so stuffy, give me a scone. Giles : It's as if you know me.
Devon MacLeish : What does a girl have to do to impress you? Oz : Well, it involves a feather boa and the theme to A Summer Place. I can't discuss it here. Devon : You're too picky, man. Do you know how many girls you could have? You're lead guitar, Oz. It's currency! Oz : I'm not picky. You're just impressed by any pretty girl that can walk and talk. Devon : She doesn't have to talk. Ampata : You are always thinking of others before yourself. You remind me of someone from very long ago. The Inca Princess. Buffy : Cool!
A princess. Ampata : They told her that she was the only one. That only she could defend her people from the nether world. Out of all the girls in her generation Do you know the story? Buffy : It's fairly familiar. Ampata : She was sixteen, like us. She was offered as a sacrifice and went to her death. Who knows what she had to give up to fulfill her duty to others? Xander : Okay, I have something to tell you. And it's kind of a secret, and it's, um, a little bit scary. I like you. A lot. And I want you to go to with me the dance.
Ampata : [laughs] Why was that so scary? Xander : Well, because you never know if a girl's gonna say 'yes', or if Ampata : Hmm. Then you are very courageous. Xander : I just, present company excluded, I have the worst taste in women of anyone in the world, ever. Buffy : Ampata wasn't evil. At least not to begin with, and I-I do think she cared about you.
Xander : Yeah, but I think that whole sucking the life out of people thing would have been a strain on the relationship. Buffy : She was gypped. She was just a girl, and she had her life taken away from her. I remember how I felt when I heard the prophecy that I was gonna die. I wasn't exactly obsessed with doing the right thing. Xander : Yeah, but you did. You gave up your life.
Buffy : I had you to bring me back. Reptile Boy [2. Buffy : What? What do you think is happening? Angel : You're 16 years old, I'm Buffy : I've done the math. Angel : You don't know what you're doing. You don't know what you want. Buffy : Oh, no, I, I think I do. I want out of this conversation. Angel : Listen, if we date, you and I both know one thing's going to lead to another. Buffy : One thing already has led to another. You think it's a little late to be reading me a warning label? Angel : I'm just trying to protect you.
This could get out of control. Buffy : Isn't that the way it's supposed to be? Angel : [grabs her roughly] This isn't some fairy tale. When I kiss you, you don't wake up from a deep sleep and live happily ever after. Buffy : No. When you kiss me I want to die. Buffy : Well, say it. Xander : I'm not gonna say it. Willow : You lied to Giles. Xander : 'Cause she will. Buffy : I wasn't lying. I was just Xander : Like a corn dog. Willow : Like you don't have a sick mother, but you'd rather go to a frat party where there's gonna be drinking and older guys and probably an orgy.
Xander : Whoa! Whoa-ho-ho, rewind. Since when do they have orgies, and why aren't I on the mailing list? Buffy : There's no orgies! Buffy : Angel barely says two words to me. Xander : Don't you hate that? Buffy : And when he does, he treats me like I'm a child. Xander : That bastard! Buffy : You know, at least Tom can carry on a conversation.
Xander : Yeah! Who's Tom? Willow : The frat guy. Xander : Oh, Buffy, I don't think so. Frying pan, fire? You know what I'm sayin'? Giles : She lied to me? Angel : Did Willow : [to Angel] Well, why do you think she went to that party? Because you gave her the brush-off! And I know she's the Chosen One, but you're killing her with the pressure! I mean, she's sixteen going on forty! I mean, you're gonna live forever! You don't have time for a cup of coffee?? Buffy : I told one lie, I had one drink.
Giles : Yes, and you were very nearly devoured by a giant demon snake. The words "let that be a lesson" are a tad redundant at this juncture. Halloween [2. I'm sure it's full of fun facts to know and tell. Buffy : Yeah. It's too bad. That stuff is private. Willow : Also Giles keeps them in his office. In his personal files. Buffy : Most importantly, it would be wrong. Cordelia : Oh, he's a vampire! Of course! But the cuddly kind, like a Care Bear with fangs. Willow : It's true. Cordelia : You know what I think?
I just think you're trying to scare me off 'cause you're afraid of the competition. Look, Buffy, you may be hot stuff when it comes to demonology or whatever, but when it comes to dating, I'm the Slayer. You're never gonna get noticed if you keep hiding! You're missing the whole point of Halloween. Willow : Free candy? Buffy : It's "come as you aren't " night! The perfect chance for a girl to get sexy and wild, with no repercussions. Willow : Oh, I don't get wild. Wild on me equals spaz. Drusilla : Do you love my insides? The parts you can't see? Spike : Eyeballs to entrails, my sweet.
Buffy : Ta da. Just little old 20th-century me. Angel : Sure you're okay? Buffy : I'll live. Angel : I don't get it, Buffy. Why'd you think I'd like you better dressed that way? Buffy : I just wanted to be a real girl for once. The kind of fancy girl you liked when you were my age. Angel : Oh, ho. Angel : I hated the girls back then.
Especially the noblewomen. Buffy : You did. Angel : They were just incredibly dull. Simpering morons, the lot of them. I always wished I could meet someone Buffy : Really? Interesting how? Angel : You know how. Buffy : Still, I had a really hard day. You should probably tell me. Angel : You're right. I should. Buffy : Definitely. Lie to Me [2. I can so relate to her. She worked really hard to look that good, and people just don't appreciate that kind of effort.
And I know the peasants were all depressed Xander : I think you mean oppressed. Cordelia : Whatever. They were cranky. So they're like, "Let's lose some heads. That's fair. And Marie-Antoinette cared about them. She was gonna let them have cake! Willow : Uh, Angel? If I say something you really don't want to hear, do you promise not to bite me?
Angel : Are you going to tell me that I'm jealous? Willow : Well, you do sometimes get that way. Angel : You know, I never used to. Things used to be pretty simple. A hundred years, just hanging out, feeling guilty I really honed my brooding skills. Then she comes along. Yeah, I get jealous. But I know people. And my gut tells me this is a wrong guy. Angel : He left no paper trail. That's incriminating enough. Xander : I'm going to have to go with Deadboy on this one.
Angel : Could ya not call me that? Angel : Do you love me? Angel : Do you? Buffy : I love you. I don't know if I trust you. Angel : Maybe you shouldn't do either. Buffy : Maybe I'm the one who should decide! Angel : I did a lot of unconscionable things when I became a vampire. Drusilla was the worst. She was She was pure, and sweet, and chaste. Buffy : And you made her a vampire. Angel : First I made her insane. Killed everybody she loved. Visited every mental torture on her I could devise. She eventually fled to a convent, and on the day she took her holy orders, I turned her into a demon.
Buffy : Well. I asked for the truth. Buffy : Well, I've got a news flash for you, brain trust. That's not how it works. You die, and a demon sets up shop in your old house, and it walks, and it talks, and it remembers your life, but it's not you. Ford : It's better than nothing. Buffy : And your life is nothing? Ford, these people don't deserve to die. Ford : Well, neither do I. But apparently no one took that into consideration, 'cause I'm still dying. Ford : I'm sorry, Summers. Did I screw up your righteous anger riff? Does the nest of tumors liquefying my brain kinda spoil the fun?
Buffy : I'm sorry. I had no idea. But what you're doing is still very wrong. Ford : Okay, well, you try vomiting for twenty-four hours straight because the pain in your head is so intense, and then we'll discuss the concept of right and wrong. These people are sheep. They're wanna be vampires 'cause they're lonely, miserable or bored. I don't have a choice. Buffy : You have a choice. You don't have a good choice, but you have a choice. You're opting for mass murder here, and nothing you say is gonna make that okay. Ford : You think I need to justify myself to you? Buffy : I think this is all part of your little fantasy drama.
Isn't this exactly how you imagined it? You tell me how you've suffered and I feel sorry for you. Well, I do feel sorry for you, and if those vampires come in here and start feeding, I'll kill you myself. Ford : You know what, Summers? I really did miss you. Giles : I believe that's called growing up. Buffy : Then I'd like to stop, okay? Giles : I know the feeling. Buffy : Does it ever get easy? Does it get easy? Giles : What do you want me to say? Buffy : Lie to me. Giles : Yes, it's terribly simple.
The good guys are always stalwart and true, the bad guys are easily distinguished by their pointy horns or black hats, and, uh, we always defeat them and save the day. No one ever dies, and everybody lives happily ever after.
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Buffy : Liar. The Dark Age [2. He's actually still bitter that there are only twelve grades. Buffy : He probably sat in math class thinking, "There should be more math. This could be mathier. Buffy : Mm. Vampire Meals-On-Wheels. Ethan Rayne : Well we can't run. Eyghon will find us. This mark's like a homing beacon.
Buffy : It's okay. I'm not much into running. Ethan Rayne : Aren't we manly? Buffy : One of us is. Ethan Rayne : If you think of it karmically this is, this is really big for your soul. You know, taking my place with the demon. Giving, so that others may live. Buffy : I'm gonna kill you. Will that blow the whole karma thing? Buffy : I'm not gonna lie to you. It was scary. I'm so used to you being a grownup, and then I find out that you're a person. Giles : Most grownups are. What's My Line, Part One [2. Buffy : So, mark "none of the above". Xander : Well, there are no boxes for "none of the above".
That would introduce too many variables into their mushroom head, number-crunching little world. Xander : What, and suck all the spontaneity out of being young and stupid? I'd rather live in the dark. Willow : You're not gonna be young forever. Xander : Yes, but I'll always be stupid. He looks around] Let's not all rush to disagree. Buffy : I wish we could be regular kids. Angel : Yeah. I'll never be a kid. Buffy : Okay, then a regular kid and her cradle-robbing, creature-of-the-night boyfriend.
Dalton : Yes, but The Order of Taraka. I mean, isn't that overkill? Spike : No, I think it's just enough kill. Cordelia : I can't even believe you. You dragged me out of bed for a ride? What am I, mass transportation? Xander : That's what a lot of the guys say, but it's just locker room talk.
I wouldn't pay it any mind. Cordelia : Oh, great, so now I'm your taxi and your punching bag. Xander : I like to think of you more as my witless foil, but have it your way. What's My Line, Part Two [2. I'm going. I'd rather be worm food than look at your pathetic face! Xander : Then go! I'm not stopping you! Cordelia : I bet you wouldn't. I bet you'd let a girl go off to her doom all by herself!
Xander : Not just any girl. You're special. Cordelia : I can't believe that I'm stuck spending what will probably be my last few moments on Earth here with you! Xander : I hope these are my last few moments. Three more seconds with you and I'm gonna Cordelia : "I'm gonna" what? Xander : Moron! Cordelia : I hate you! Xander : I hate you! We so need to get out of here! Cordelia : [nods, frightened] Uh huh. Willow : There's a Slayer handbook? Buffy : Wait. What handbook? How come I don't have a handbook? Willow : Is there a T-shirt, too?
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Giles : After meeting you, Buffy, I realized that, uh, the handbook would be of no use in your case. Buffy : Well, what do you mean it would be of no use in my case? Wha- what's wrong with my case? Kendra : And those two, they also know you are the Slayer? Buffy : Yep. Kendra : Did anyone explain to you what "secret identity" means? Buffy : Nope. Must be in the handbook. Right after the chapter on personality removal.
Buffy : It's your lucky day, Spike. Kendra : Two Slayers! Buffy : No waiting! Oz : Oh, hey, animal cracker? Willow : No, thank you. How's your arm? Oz : Suddenly painless. Willow : You can still play guitar okay? Oz : Not well, but not worse. Willow : You know, I never really thanked you. Oz : Please don't. I don't do thanks. I get all red and I have to bail. It's not pretty. Willow : Well then forget-that thing. Especially the part where I kind of owe you my life. And he has a little hat.
And little pants. Willow : Yeah. I see. Oz : The monkey is the only cookie animal that gets to wear clothes, you know that You have the sweetest smile I've ever seen So I'm wondering, do the other cookie animals feel sort of ripped? Like, is the hippo going, "hey man, where are my pants? I have my hippo dignity. Willow : The monkey's French? Oz : All monkeys are French. You didn't know that? Ted [2. Buffy : Oh, yeah! Xander : So, is it better than playing naughty stewardess?
Buffy : Vampires are creeps. Giles : Yes, that's why one slays them. Buffy : I mean, people are perfectly happy getting along, and then vampires come, and they run around and they kill people, and they take over your whole house, they start making these stupid little mini-pizzas, and everyone's like, "I like your mini pizzas", but I'm telling you, I am— Giles : Uh, Buffy! I believe the subtext here is rapidly becoming, uh Buffy : So Mom's like, "Do you think Ted will like this?
Angel : So, you gonna talk about something else at some point? I just have so much to deal with, I don't need some new guy in my life. Angel : No, but maybe your mom does. Buffy : Well, sure, if you're gonna use wisdom. Angel : Loneliness is about the scariest thing there is. Buffy : Okay, so my mom needs a guy in her life. Does it have to be Ted? Angel : Do you have somebody else in mind? There's a guy out there that would satisfy you? Buffy : My dad? Yeah, okay, that's not gonna happen. Fine, fine, I'll give Ted a chance. I'll play mini-golf, and I'll smile and curtsy and be the dutiful daughter.
Do I have to like him? Angel : Kiss me. Buffy : Finally, something I wanna do! Buffy : [about Ted] So far, all I see is someone who supposedly has a good job, and is nice and polite, and my mother really likes him. Xander : What kind of a monster is he? Buffy : Oh, Will, you're supposed to use your powers for good! Willow : I just wanna learn stuff.
Cordelia : Like how to build your own serial killer? Xander : Uh, it's so hard to rent one nowadays. Bad Eggs [2. An outfit that you may never buy. Buffy : But I looked good in it. Joyce : You looked like a streetwalker. Buffy : But a thin streetwalker. Joyce : You're just too young to wear that. Buffy : Yeah, and I'm gonna be too young to wear it until I'm too old to wear it. Joyce : That's the idea. Buffy : Did Mr. Whitmore notice I was tardy? Xander : I think the word you're searching for is absent. Willow : Tardy people show. And yes, he did notice, so he wanted me to give you this.
Willow : No, it's your baby! Buffy : Okay, I get it even less. Xander : You know it's the whole sex leads to responsibility thing, which I personally don't get. You gotta take care of the egg, it's a baby. You gotta keep it safe and teach it Christian values. Willow : My egg is Jewish. Xander : Then teach it that dreidel song. Willow : Hey, maybe you can have Angel help you find the Gorches.
Giles : Yes! Yes, yes, that's not a bad idea. Strength in numbers. Xander : Oh, right. I see a lotta hunting getting done in that scenario. Buffy : Please. Like Angel and I are just helpless slaves to passion. Grow up! A pot of scalding water and about eight minutes. Willow : You boiled your young?
Giles : I suppose there is a sort of Machiavellian ingenuity to your transgression. Xander : I resent that! Or possibly thank you. Giles : A little of both might be appropriate. Angel : So you don't think about the future? Angel : Never? Angel : You really don't care what happens a year from now? Five years from now? Buffy : Angel, when I look into the future, all I see is you!
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Angel : I know the feeling. Surprise [2. I mean, what else did you dream last night? Can you remember? Buffy : I dreamt I dreamt that Giles and I opened an office supply warehouse in Vegas. Angel : You see my point? He is a senior. Buffy : You think he's too old 'cause he's a senior?
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Buffy : You can't spend the rest of your life waiting for Xander to wake up and smell the hottie. Make a move. Do the talking thing. Willow : Well, what if the talking thing becomes the awkward-silence thing? Oz : I'm gonna ask you to go out with me tomorrow night.
And I'm kinda nervous about it, actually. It's interesting. Willow : Oh! Well, if it helps at all, I'm gonna say "yes. Do you wanna go out with me tomorrow night? Willow : [slaps forehead] Oh! I can't! Oz : Well, see, I like that you're unpredictable. Willow : Oh It's just, it's Buffy's birthday, and we're throwing her a surprise party. Oz : It's okay. Willow : But you could come! If you wanted. Oz : Well, I don't want to crash. Willow : No, it's fine! You could be my Oz : All right.
I'm in. Willow : Are you okay? Oz : Yeah. Hey, did everybody see that guy just turn to dust? Willow : Ohhh, well Xander : Yep. Vampires are real, a lot of 'em live in Sunnydale, Willow will fill you in. Willow : I know it's hard to accept at first. Oz : Actually, it explains a lot. Though I did enjoy the way they eventually interacted as their mindsets evolved to more than just the very basic of ideas. There is a bit of mystery in this book when people start showing up ripped to pieces.
Being the town recluse, this makes Saul look immediately suspicious, but he insists he had nothing to do with it. The acting Sherriff, Kyra was a strange character to me. At times, she felt strong and smart, and other times she felt a little bit stalker-ish and weak. I will have to keep reading this series before I make a definite decision about how I feel about her.
My feelings for her could go either way. Overall, this was an enjoyable read. It read quickly and easily. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a new vampire series with a different take on vampire politics. Author and Chicago resident Victoria Knight is a voracious reader now totally addicted to the dark, sexy call of the paranormal. She is the author of many bestselling shorts, the steamy vampire romance novels DarkFire, Gaia Rising as well as the brand new "Veiled" series.
Victoria has been writing all her life but only recently discovered her love for paranormal romance after being introduced to the Black Dagger Brotherhood and the Underworld movies by her husband. After that she decided to drop everything and create stories hot enough and action packed to satisfy her own dark hunger Website Goodreads Amazon.
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