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I felt like I was trapped in one of those terrifying nightmares, the one where you have to run, run till your lungs burst, but you can’t make your body move fast enough.

Bella Swan, New Moon, Preface, p.1

My own life meant little to me today.

Bella Swan, New Moon, Preface, p.1

As the clock began to toll out the hour, vibrating under the soles of my sluggish feet, I knew I was too late — and I was glad something bloodthirsty waited in the wings. For in failing at this, I forfeited any desire to live.

Bella Swan, New Moon, Preface, p.2

I was ninety-nine point nine percent sure I was dreaming.

Bella Swan, New Moon, Chapter 1, p.3

I didn’t have to look to know who it was; this was a voice I would know anywhere — know, and respond to, whether I was awake or asleep… or even dead, I’d bet. The voice I’d walk through fire for — or, less dramatically, slosh every day through the cold and endless rain for. Edward.

Bella Swan, New Moon, Chapter 1, p.4

Well, Gran, you might have noticed that my boyfriend glitters. It’s just something he does in the sun. Don’t worry about it…

Bella Swan, New Moon, Chapter 1, p.4

In that second, I wished that I was not the one exception to his mysterious talent; I usually felt grateful that I was the only person whose thoughts he couldn’t hear just as clearly as if they were spoken aloud. But now I wished he could hear me, too, so that he could hear the warning I was screaming in my head.

Bella Swan, New Moon, Chapter 1, p.5

Edward stood beside me, casting no reflection, excruciatingly lovely and forever seventeen.

Bella Swan, New Moon, Chapter 1, p.6

I couldn’t feel anything but despair until I pulled into the familiar parking lot behind Forks High School and spotted Edward leaning motionlessly against his polished silver Volvo, like a marble tribute to some forgotten pagan god of beauty.

Bella Swan, New Moon, Chapter 1, p.7

Despair momentarily vanished; wonder took its place. Even after half a year with him, I still couldn’t believe that I deserved this degree of good fortune.

Bella Swan, New Moon, Chapter 1, p.7

You’re only a senior once. Might as well document the experience.

Alice Cullen, New Moon, Chapter 1, p.9

How many times have you been a senior?

Bella Swan, New Moon, Chapter 1, p.9

So, as discussed, I am not allowed to wish you a happy birthday, is that correct?

Edward Cullen, New Moon, Chapter 1, p.9

But Edward was dead set against any future that changed me. Any future that made me like him—that made me immortal, too. An impasse, he called it.

Bella Swan, New Moon, Chapter 1, p.10

What was so great about mortality? Being a vampire didn’t look like such a terrible thing—not the way the Cullens did it, anyway.

Bella Swan, New Moon, Chapter 1, p.10

Edward and I had been together too long now to be an object of gossip anymore.

Bella Swan, New Moon, Chapter 1, p.12

It was easy to see where his inspiration came from—but Edward’s look wasn’t something that could be achieved through imitation.

Bella Swan, New Moon, Chapter 1, p.12

Attention is never a good thing, as any other accident-prone klutz would agree. No one wants a spotlight when they’re likely to fall on their face.

Bella Swan, New Moon, Chapter 1, p.12

College was Plan B. I was still hoping for Plan A, but Edward was just so stubborn about leaving me human…

Bella Swan, New Moon, Chapter 1, p.13

Money meant next to nothing to Edward or the rest of the Cullens. It was just something that accumulated when you had unlimited time on your hands and a sister who had an uncanny ability to predict trends in the stock market.

Bella Swan, New Moon, Chapter 1, p.13

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