This is a weekly meme hosted by Bookshelf Fantasies that requires you to post a quote or an excerpt from a book you’ve read this week in order to attract others to read it.
Today’s Thursday Quotables is The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken, which is the first book in a trilogy of the same name.
Here’s my excerpt:
“Why don’t you try to sleep?” I said. “We’re going to be flying for a few more hours. There’s no reason we both have to be tired.”
“Okay,” he said. “I just wish…”
“You wish what?” I asked.
“Can we keep talking instead?” He confessed it to his knees, awkwardly drawing his feet onto his seat.
“You really can’t stand sitting in silence, can you?” I asked. “It actually kills you a little bit, doesn’t it?”
It was a long time before he replied, as if he were trying to prove me wrong. “No,” he said. “It’s just that I don’t like the quiet. I don’t like the things I hear there.”
Don’t ask. Don’t ask. Don’t ask. “Like…what?”
“I hear them fighting, mostly,” he whispered. “I hear him screaming at her and the way she used to cry. But it’s…I hear it through closed doors. My mom, she used to put me in her closet, you know, because his temper was better when I was out of sight. I don’t remember what she sounded like normally, just the way she sounded then.”
I nodded. “That happens to me sometimes.”
“Isn’t that so weird? It’s been, like, eight years, and I hear them, and I think of how dark and tight it was, and it feels like I can’t breathe. I hear them all the time, like they’re chasing me, and I can’t escape them, not ever. They won’t let me go.”
I knew he was exhausted, and I knew firsthand what exhaustion did to your mind. The tricks it played on you, just as your defenses were dropping one by one. Ghosts don’t haunt people—their memories do.