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Quote-Tastic Monday #07: Toxic by Rachel Van Dyken


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Quote-Tastic is a weekly Monday meme hosted by Herding Cats and Burning Soup. Open your books (or turn on your devices) and pick your book’s quotable quote.

    toxic“Today we’re going to trade,” she whispered in my ear.

“Oh yeah?” I stared at the keys. “How so?”

“You said you’d make up for the second tear today, but instead, I’m going to make up for yours.”

“But I haven’t cried.”

“Just because we aren’t crying on the outside doesn’t mean we aren’t completely wrecked on the inside.” Saylor’s hands rested on my shoulders. “I figure you have more than one tear I can make up for, and even though I’m not the cause of them, I know exactly what you need to feel better.”

“What?” My voice was a hollow whisper as I swallowed the lump in my throat.

“Play.” She lifted my hands on the piano. “Let it go, Gabe.”

And just like that. I played.

For two hours straight.

While Saylor sat silently in the corner and waited.

And she was right, damn but she was right, because I did have tears. I had gashes and scars that were so horrendous I sometimes felt like the monster I’m sure Princess’s parents saw me as.

When I hit the last note, a weight lifted. “How’d you know?”

“Musicians.” Saylor got up off the floor and approached me, laying her hand on my shoulder. “We share the same soul.”

Slowly, I raised my head to look at her. “When I look… I see you. Beyond the music, beyond your smile, your touch, your laugh.” My voice caught. “I see you.”

“I see you too.”


–  Gabe and Saylor
Chapter 31, Toxic


Rachel Van Dyken love! This week’s Quote-Tastic is from Toxic, the second installment of Rachel Van Dyken’s Ruin series. Where Gabe  finally decides to let go and accept his past.

Read more about Rachel Van Dyken and her works at her website, her facebook page and goodreads page. Visit Ana at Herding Cats and Burning Soup for what others have posted for their Quote-Tastic Monday and then hustle on over to Camille at The Girl Meets Books and Duch at Komorebi Days to know their pick.


Author: Lorn (pakwanstripes)

Yogi, book lover, comic book reader, cat moma and diabetic :)

5 thoughts on “Quote-Tastic Monday #07: Toxic by Rachel Van Dyken

  1. Aww, that’s so touching. Even though I don’t know what the background story of these two is, I can feel that this was a pivotal moment for them and their relationship 🙂


  2. Aws I love when characters just get each other like that. I haven’t tried her yet. One day hopefully 🙂


  3. Oh, and don’t we all want someone to see us, to really get us? Nice.


  4. What a lovely quote choice. I love the moment when characters bare their souls either to one another, or when one of them gives the other enough space to feel safe and just let it all go.


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