Grimes believed in what he did, with no doubts. Though he was older than me by over a decade, I suddenly felt old. Some things mark your soul, not in years but in blood and pain and selling off parts of yourself to get the bad guys, until you finally look in the mirror and aren’t sure which side you’re on anymore. There comes a point when having a badge doesn’t make you the good guy, it just makes you one of the guys. I needed to be one of the good guys, or what the hell was I doing?

People who don’t camp much think darkness falls from the sky. It doesn’t. Darkness slides from the trees and fills them first, then spreads outward to the open places.

Some of the most deeply moral people I knew were least politically correct, because they actually worried about good and evil, not just what they were told was good or bad.

Sometimes the monsters are real, Anita. Sometimes they’re real and the only way to defeat them is to be the bigger monster.’
– Chang Bibi to Anita

If you are not a lady, then you are a whore. You do not want to know what would happen to a human whore within these walls.” He seemed tired as he said it, as if he’d been there, done that, and hadn’t had a good time.

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