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High school. Or was purgatory the right word?

Edward Cullen, Midnight Sun, Chapter 1, p.1

I’d seen the new face repeated in thought after thought from every angle. Just an ordinary human girl. The excitement over her arrival was tiresomely predictable – like flashing a shiny object at a child. Half the sheep-like males were already imagining themselves in love with her, just because she was something new to look at.

Edward Cullen, Midnight Sun, Chapter 1, p.2

It was just the same as having my name called aloud. I was glad my given name had fallen out of style lately – it had been annoying; anytime anyone thought of any Edward, my head would turn automatically…

Edward Cullen, Midnight Sun, Chapter 1, p.2

Alice and I were good at these private conversations. It was rare that anyone caught us.

Edward Cullen, Midnight Sun, Chapter 1, p.3

Was it really necessary to experiment like this? Wouldn’t the safer path be to just admit that he might never be able to handle the thirst the way the rest of us could, and not push his limits? Why flirt with disaster?

Edward Cullen, Midnight Sun, Chapter 1, p.3

But humans rarely walked too close. Their instincts told them what their conscious minds would never understand: we were dangerous.

Edward Cullen, Midnight Sun, Chapter 1, p.3

We had to stick together, Alice and I. It wasn’t easy, hearing voices or seeing visions of the future. Both freaks among those who were already freaks. We protected each other’s secrets.

Edward Cullen, Midnight Sun, Chapter 1, p.4

It helps a little if you think of them as people.

Alice Cullen, Midnight Sun, Chapter 1, p.4

Though Rosalie and Emmett were more flagrant about their relationship, it was Alice and Jasper who knew each other’s every mood as well as their own. As if they could read minds, too – only just each other’s.

Edward Cullen, Midnight Sun, Chapter 1, p.5

It used to be nearly impossible to escape her constant, ridiculous daydreams. I’d wished, at the time, that I could explain to her exactly what would have happened if my lips, and the teeth behind them, had gotten anywhere near her. That would have silenced those annoying fantasies.

Edward Cullen, Midnight Sun, Chapter 1, p.6

I tried to block the inane chatter out of my head before the petty and the trivial could drive me mad.

Edward Cullen, Midnight Sun, Chapter 1, p.6

Rather unimaginative, actually. Just the barest hint of scandal. Not an ounce of horror. I’m a little disappointed.

Edward Cullen, Midnight Sun, Chapter 1, p.7

I acted as a lookout, for lack of a better word, for my family. To protect us. If anyone ever grew suspicious, I could give us early warning and an easy retreat. It happened occasionally – some human with an active imagination would see us in the characters of a book or a movie. Usually they got it wrong, but it was better to move on somewhere new than to risk scrutiny. Very, very rarely someone would guess right. We didn’t give them a chance to test their hypothesis. We simply disappeared, to become no more than a frightening memory…

Edward Cullen, Midnight Sun, Chapter 1, p.7

Jessica and her classmates had no idea how lucky they were that none of them particularly appealed to me.

Edward Cullen, Midnight Sun, Chapter 1, p.9

Perhaps it was just some long buried protective instinct – the strong for the weak. This girl looked more fragile than her new classmates.

Edward Cullen, Midnight Sun, Chapter 1, p.10

I didn’t want to fail at this – it irritated me. And I didn’t want to develop any interest in her hidden thoughts simply because they were hidden from me. No doubt, when I did decipher her thoughts – and I would find a way to do so – they would be just as petty and trivial as any human’s thoughts. Not worth the effort I would expend to reach them.

Edward Cullen, Midnight Sun, Chapter 1, p.10

So, is the new one afraid of us yet?

Emmett Cullen, Midnight Sun, Chapter 1, p.11

The humans weren’t smart enough to know that they feared me, but their survival instincts were enough to keep them away.

Edward Cullen, Midnight Sun, Chapter 1, p.11

Her scent hit me like a wrecking ball, like a battering ram. There was no image violent enough to encapsulate the force of what happened to me in that moment. In that instant, I was nothing close to the human I’d once been; no trace of the shreds of humanity I’d managed to cloak myself in remained. I was a predator. She was my prey. There was nothing else in the whole world but that truth.

Edward Cullen, Midnight Sun, Chapter 1, p.12

I was a vampire, and she had the sweetest blood I’d smelled in eighty years.

Edward Cullen, Midnight Sun, Chapter 1, p.12

Her glance met mine, and I saw myself reflected in the wide mirror of her eyes. The shock of the face I saw there saved her life for a few thorny moments.

Edward Cullen, Midnight Sun, Chapter 1, p.13

I knew what had to happen now. The girl would have to come sit beside me, and I would have to kill her.

Edward Cullen, Midnight Sun, Chapter 1, p.14

She would not have time to scream or feel pain; I would not kill her cruelly. That much I would give this stranger with her horribly desirable blood.

Edward Cullen, Midnight Sun, Chapter 1, p.14

The monster in my head smiled in anticipation.

Edward Cullen, Midnight Sun, Chapter 1, p.15

In a few moments, there would be nothing left in me that would reflect the years I’d spent with my creator, my mentor, my father in all the ways that counted. My eyes would glow red as a devil’s; all likeness would be lost forever.

Edward Cullen, Midnight Sun, Chapter 1, p.16

I knew that he would forgive me for this horrible act that I would do. Because he loved me. Because he thought I was better than I was. And he would still love me, even as I now proved him wrong.

Edward Cullen, Midnight Sun, Chapter 1, p.16

Why did she have to come here? Why did she have to exist? Why did she have to ruin the little peace I had in this non-life of mine? Why had this aggravating human ever been born? She would ruin me.

Edward Cullen, Midnight Sun, Chapter 1, p.17

Hating her, hating how she made me feel – it helped a little.

Edward Cullen, Midnight Sun, Chapter 1, p.18

It was sophistry to think that by saving the nineteen humans in this room with effort and patience, I would be less a monster when I killed this innocent girl.

Edward Cullen, Midnight Sun, Chapter 1, p.20

I had things ordered the way I liked them now. Why should I let some aggravating and delicious nobody ruin that?

Edward Cullen, Midnight Sun, Chapter 1, p.21

I was the last person who would ever stand as a protector for Isabella Swan. She would never need protection from anything more than she needed it from me.

Edward Cullen, Midnight Sun, Chapter 1, p.21

There was no reason for Bella Swan to cross paths with me. She would be avoided like the plague she was.

Edward Cullen, Midnight Sun, Chapter 1, p.23

I’ll miss you. No matter how short a time you’re gone.

Alice Cullen, Midnight Sun, Chapter 1, p.27

You will do the right thing. She’s Charlie Swan’s only family. It would kill him, too.

Alice Cullen, Midnight Sun, Chapter 1, p.28

As I sped back to Forks doing ninety, I wasn’t sure where I was going. To say goodbye to my father? Or to embrace the monster inside me? The road flew away beneath my tires.

Edward Cullen, Midnight Sun, Chapter 1, p.28