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I didn’t want to speak up and draw attention, but I wished somebody would decide something. I was really thirsty, and I didn’t care much whether we went right or left or over the roof. I just wanted to find some unlucky people who wouldn’t even have enough time to think wrong place, wrong time.

Bree Tanner, The Short Second Life Of Bree Tanner, p.2

Spider-Man is such a whiny loser.

Kevin, The Short Second Life Of Bree Tanner, p.3

I so did not need to be on Raoul’s hit list.

Bree Tanner, The Short Second Life Of Bree Tanner, p.4

I was younger than he was, and therefore stronger — it was a good thing we younger ones were strongest, or we wouldn’t have lived through our first week in Riley’s house.

Bree Tanner, The Short Second Life Of Bree Tanner, p.5

Idiots! Like Riley wouldn’t give us instructions for a good reason. Self-preservation, for example. Is an ounce of common sense so much to ask for?

Diego, The Short Second Life Of Bree Tanner, p.6

This Diego guy wasn’t like the others. He was kind of… calm, I guess was the word. Normal. Not normal now, but normal before.

Bree Tanner, The Short Second Life Of Bree Tanner, p.6

I didn’t care what anybody thought anymore. Didn’t have to. Like Riley said, I was a god now. Stronger, faster, better. Nobody else counted.

Bree Tanner, The Short Second Life Of Bree Tanner, p.8

There we go. Just takes a little brains and patience.

Diego, The Short Second Life Of Bree Tanner, p.8

This was what Riley had told us to do. Hunt the dregs. Take the humans that no one was going to miss, the ones who weren’t headed home to a waiting family, the ones who wouldn’t be reported missing. It was the same way he chose us. Meals and gods, both coming from the dregs.

Bree Tanner, The Short Second Life Of Bree Tanner, p.8

I didn’t even believe in vampires before I was one.

Bree Tanner, The Short Second Life Of Bree Tanner, p.9

I turned off my brain. It was time to hunt.

Bree Tanner, The Short Second Life Of Bree Tanner, p.9

He looked at me with an expression that I could only describe as… sympathetic. But I could have been dead wrong. I couldn’t remember anyone ever giving me sympathy before, so I wasn’t positive what it looked like.

Bree Tanner, The Short Second Life Of Bree Tanner, p.11

I thought how stupid people were, how oblivious, and I was glad I wasn’t one of the clueless.

Bree Tanner, The Short Second Life Of Bree Tanner, p.13

Worst high five ever.

Diego, The Short Second Life Of Bree Tanner, p.14

Riley’s house was the last place I wanted to spend the rest of my night. I didn’t want to see Raoul’s stupid face or listen to the constant shrieking and fighting. I didn’t want to have to grit my teeth and hide out behind Freaky Fred so that people would leave me alone. And I was out of books.

Bree Tanner, The Short Second Life Of Bree Tanner, p.18

I had sat like this before—across a table from someone. I’d chatted casually with that person, thinking about things that were not life and death or thirst and blood. But that had been in a different, blurry lifetime.

Bree Tanner, The Short Second Life Of Bree Tanner, p.19

I usually kick it behind wherever Freaky Fred is hanging out.

Bree Tanner, The Short Second Life Of Bree Tanner, p.19

What skill does Raoul have? Super-stupidity?

Bree Tanner, The Short Second Life Of Bree Tanner, p.21

We aren’t the only vampires in the world.

Diego, The Short Second Life Of Bree Tanner, p.20

Ashes, ashes, we all fall down.

Bree Tanner, The Short Second Life Of Bree Tanner, p.23

If I were being honest with myself, I’d pretty much turned into a huge vampire nerd. I followed the rules, I didn’t cause trouble, I hung out with the most unpopular kid in the group, and I always got home early.

Bree Tanner, The Short Second Life Of Bree Tanner, p.24

Don’t freak out, Bree.

Diego, The Short Second Life Of Bree Tanner, p.26

Sure, it wasn’t going to be fun to sit in an underwater cavern all day—not breathing started to irritate after a few hours—but it was better than exploding into ashes.

Bree Tanner, The Short Second Life Of Bree Tanner, p.27

Better than Freaky Fred’s backside.

Diego, The Short Second Life Of Bree Tanner, p.28

You’re the kind that Riley should be looking for—the smart ones—not just these stupid gang-bangers that Raoul keeps bringing in. I bet you weren’t some junkie ho when you were human.

Diego, The Short Second Life Of Bree Tanner, p.30

That’s way better than mine. All I got was, “Want a burger, kid?”

Bree Tanner, The Short Second Life Of Bree Tanner, p.32

Hard to remember that stuff, isn’t it? Everything’s so fuzzy and dark.

Diego, The Short Second Life Of Bree Tanner, p.33

This is nice. You’re nice.

Diego, The Short Second Life Of Bree Tanner, p.34

It was like talking to Diego had cleared my head. For the first time in three months, blood was not the main thing in there.

Bree Tanner, The Short Second Life Of Bree Tanner, p.35

It would be stupid to risk my life to save some total stranger. But I hadn’t had anything close to a friend in forever. Already it would be hard to go back to having no one to talk to, after only one night.

Bree Tanner, The Short Second Life Of Bree Tanner, p.37

You are so… superstitious!

Diego, The Short Second Life Of Bree Tanner, p.40

I am a vampire. If that doesn’t prove that superstitious people are right, I don’t know what does.

Bree Tanner, The Short Second Life Of Bree Tanner, p.40

You should see your face, Bree.

Diego, The Short Second Life Of Bree Tanner, p.40

This helps a lot, you know. Talking about it. Helps me focus.

Diego, The Short Second Life Of Bree Tanner, p.41

C’mon, Bree. Be my bestest bud forever. Please?

Diego, The Short Second Life Of Bree Tanner, p.42

It was shockingly weird to touch another person after a whole life — because the last three months were my whole life — of avoiding any kind of contact. Like touching a sparking downed power line, only to find out that it felt nice.

Bree Tanner, The Short Second Life Of Bree Tanner, p.42

We need a secret handshake.

Diego, The Short Second Life Of Bree Tanner, p.42

So the super-secret best friends club is called to order, all present, secret handshake to be devised at a later date.

Diego, The Short Second Life Of Bree Tanner, p.42

Trust is an essential part of the whole secret club gig.

Diego, The Short Second Life Of Bree Tanner, p.43

You better be digging for garlic.

Bree Tanner, The Short Second Life Of Bree Tanner, p.43

The stories aren’t real, Bree.

Diego, The Short Second Life Of Bree Tanner, p.43

Light doesn’t burn us, it just… reflects off of us. I guess that’s kind of an understatement.

Diego, The Short Second Life Of Bree Tanner, p.48

So we’re walking disco balls.

Bree Tanner, The Short Second Life Of Bree Tanner, p.48

Diego grinned at me, his face beautiful with light, and suddenly, with a deep lurch in my stomach, I realized that the whole BFF thing was way off the mark. For me, anyway. It was just that fast.

Bree Tanner, The Short Second Life Of Bree Tanner, p.49

Let’s be ninjas.

Diego, The Short Second Life Of Bree Tanner, p.51

Super-secret ninja club sounds way cooler than the whole BFF thing.

Bree Tanner, The Short Second Life Of Bree Tanner, p.51

Both of us had been without any kind of good companionship our whole lives, and it was just too sweet to waste a minute of it.

Bree Tanner, The Short Second Life Of Bree Tanner, p.51

Ninja attack at dawn!

Bree Tanner, The Short Second Life Of Bree Tanner, p.54

He ducked close and kissed me — just a peck, but right on the lips. The shock of it zinged through my whole body.

Bree Tanner, The Short Second Life Of Bree Tanner, p.56

We don’t get extra points for being morons.

Diego, The Short Second Life Of Bree Tanner, p.57

Riley wasn’t kidding when he’d said that Fred was special. Gross, but really special.

Bree Tanner, The Short Second Life Of Bree Tanner, p.61

It’s enough for you to know that our enemies have great powers. We cannot be too careful.

Victoria, The Short Second Life Of Bree Tanner, p.75

We had an enemy. Or, our creator had an enemy. Did the distinction matter?

Bree Tanner, The Short Second Life Of Bree Tanner, p.75

I think you know who we are, so you must know that there is no point in trying to surprise us. Or hide from us. Or fight us. Or run.

Jane, The Short Second Life Of Bree Tanner, p.78

If you are not here to kill us, then… what?

Victoria, The Short Second Life Of Bree Tanner, p.78

We seek to know your intentions here. Specifically, if they involve… a certain local clan.

Jane, The Short Second Life Of Bree Tanner, p.78

What could be illegal for vampires? What cop, what judge, what prison could have power over us?

Bree Tanner, The Short Second Life Of Bree Tanner, p.79

Five days. We will come for you then. And there is no rock you can hide under or speed at which you can flee that will save you. If you have not made your attack by the time we come, you will burn.

Jane, The Short Second Life Of Bree Tanner, p.80

There were some things out there scarier than I’d imagined.

Bree Tanner, The Short Second Life Of Bree Tanner, p.81

He looked into my eyes, and I waited for his lips to twitch into that easy smile, for him to make some joke about ninjas or BFFs. He didn’t. Instead, he leaned in slowly, never moving his eyes from mine, and kissed me. His smooth lips pressed against mine for one long second while we stared at each other.

Bree Tanner, The Short Second Life Of Bree Tanner, p.82

Self-preservation, the only instinct stronger than thirst.

Bree Tanner, The Short Second Life Of Bree Tanner, p.88

Clear heads were not a vampire specialty.

Bree Tanner, The Short Second Life Of Bree Tanner, p.88

Vampires wouldn’t be a secret for very long. Even Raoul couldn’t kill people fast enough to keep the story from spreading.

Bree Tanner, The Short Second Life Of Bree Tanner, p.91

Do any of you have a brain?

Riley, The Short Second Life Of Bree Tanner, p.94

All our lives depend on you listening to what I’m saying now and thinking! We are all going to die. Every one of us, you and me, too, if you can’t act like you have brains for just a few short days!

Riley, The Short Second Life Of Bree Tanner, p.95

What kind of a threat can we pose when we won’t stop killing each other?

Riley, The Short Second Life Of Bree Tanner, p.99

Slow down, moron.

Riley, The Short Second Life Of Bree Tanner, p.101

I will not tolerate any more stupidity.

Riley, The Short Second Life Of Bree Tanner, p.105

No one had picked Fred for a side, or maybe he’d ignored them, or maybe they couldn’t even see that he was there. I could still see him. He stood out — the only one not participating, a big blond elephant in the room.

Bree Tanner, The Short Second Life Of Bree Tanner, p.111

Humans weren’t supposed to know about vampires. At least, not for very long. Just long enough for us to kill them.

Bree Tanner, The Short Second Life Of Bree Tanner, p.118

In a funny way, it was like we were some old married couple. We never talked, but we still did things at exactly the same time.

Bree Tanner, The Short Second Life Of Bree Tanner, p.119

The girl will be with the yellow-eyes. And whoever gets to her first gets dessert.

Riley, The Short Second Life Of Bree Tanner, p.126

Don’t be a bunch of babies! You’re vampires. Act like it.

Riley, The Short Second Life Of Bree Tanner, p.131

Whoa. I’m all… shiny.

Kevin, The Short Second Life Of Bree Tanner, p.132

We were hunters, not an army. There was no team. It was a race for blood.

Bree Tanner, The Short Second Life Of Bree Tanner, p.139

I turned and really ran for the trees, suddenly positive that Diego’s presence here was just another of Riley’s lies. And if Diego wasn’t here, then he was already dead.

Bree Tanner, The Short Second Life Of Bree Tanner, p.145

Riley had lied about these weak, older vampires, too, and we’d never had a chance.

Bree Tanner, The Short Second Life Of Bree Tanner, p.145

We can’t have any of these newborns associated with us when the Volturi come. Do you realize the danger that would put us in?

Jasper Hale, The Short Second Life Of Bree Tanner, p.149

We can’t just murder her in cold blood!

Esme Cullen, The Short Second Life Of Bree Tanner, p.149

It was strange to hear her speak like we both were people, like murder was a bad thing. An avoidable thing.

Bree Tanner, The Short Second Life Of Bree Tanner, p.149

There is no law against creating vampires if you control them.

Carlisle Cullen, The Short Second Life Of Bree Tanner, p.150

Follow the sound of my voice and don’t open your eyes. You look, you lose, got it?

Jasper Hale, The Short Second Life Of Bree Tanner, p.151

I couldn’t imagine what this scarred-up, dangerous vampire would be afraid of.

Bree Tanner, The Short Second Life Of Bree Tanner, p.157

I had tried to wrap my head around the idea of a coven with a pet human, but this was not close to what I had imagined.

Bree Tanner, The Short Second Life Of Bree Tanner, p.160

Who was this girl? Why did the vampires allow her to be with them? Why hadn’t they killed her yet? Why did she seem so comfortable with them, like they didn’t scare her? She seemed like she was a part of this world, and yet she didn’t understand its realities. Of course Jasper was bitten. He’d just fought — and destroyed — my entire coven. Did this girl even know what we were?

Bree Tanner, The Short Second Life Of Bree Tanner, p.160

If being able to tolerate the human the way these strange vampires did was my only hope for survival, then I was already doomed.

Bree Tanner, The Short Second Life Of Bree Tanner, p.162

Whoever this vampire was, whether he kept a pet human or no, he was a friend of mine. Even if he were the one to kill me in the end, I would still owe him.

Bree Tanner, The Short Second Life Of Bree Tanner, p.169

I couldn’t physically take revenge on this monster, but I could tell the yellow-eyes everything with my thoughts. I hoped.

Bree Tanner, The Short Second Life Of Bree Tanner, p.172