Zarek’s Point of View:
Dark-Hunter: A soulless guardian who stands between mankind and those who would see mankind destroyed. Yeah, right. The only part of that Code of Honor I got was eternity and solitude.
Insanity: A condition many say I suffer from after being alone for so long. But I don’t suffer from my insanity-I enjoy every minute of it.
Trust: I can’t trust anyone…not even myself. The only thing I trust in is my ability to do the wrong thing in any situation and to hurt anyone who gets in my way.
Truth: I endured a lifetime as a Roman slave, and 900 years as an exiled Dark-Hunter. Now I’m tired of enduring. I want the truth about what happened the night I was exiled-I have nothing to lose and everything to gain.
Astrid: An exceptional woman who can see straight to the truth. Brave and strong, she is a point of light in the darkness. She touches me and I tremble. She smiles and my cold heart shatters.
Zarek: They say even the most damned man can be forgiven. I never believed that until the night Astrid opened her door to me and made this feral beast want to be human again. Made me want to love and be loved. But how can an ex-slave whose soul is owned by a Greek goddess ever dream of touching, let alone holding, a fiery star?
“I don’t suffer from my insanity I enjoy every minute of it.”
“I wasn’t born, I was unleashed.”
“I have found my star. She is beauty and grace. Elegance and goodness. My laughter in winter. She is courageous and strong. Bold and tempting. Unlike any other in all the universe, and I cannot touch her. I dare not even try.”
“Forgiveness is the best part of valor… Discretion is easy. It’s finding the courage to forgive yourself and others that is hard.”
“Hopeless implies that at one time there was hope. And that’s another word I don’t understand. Hope only exists for people who have choices.”
“Vengeance is a dish best served cold.”
“We’re in Alaska, dickhead. Here everything is cold.”
“Wake up, Astrid. Your psychotic criminal is playing with knives.”
“What are you?”
“I’m a nymph.”
“I hope you just left an important syllable off that word, princess.”
“The Simi is very environmentally sound. Eat everything except for hooves. I don’t like those, they hurt my teeth. Thanatos don’t have hooves, do he?”
“No, Simi, he doesn’t.”
“Ooo, good eating tonight. I get a Daimon for barbecue. Can I go now, akri? Can I? Can I? Can I, please?”
“I hate you!”
“Oh, please don’t get my hopes up. You almost gave me a hard-on with that thought. At least tell me this time your hatred will last more than five minutes.”
“Don’t push me, princess.”
“Oooo. Next thing you’ll be talking like the Incredible Hulk. ‘Don’t make me angry, you wouldn’t like me when I’m angry.’ You’re not scary to me, Mr. Zarek. So you can just check the attitude at the door and play nice while you’re here.”
“If you want nice, baby, play with your fucking dog. When you’re ready to play with a man, then call me.”
“Then why haven’t you killed yourself?”
“Why should I? The only enjoyment I have in my life is knowing I piss off everyone around me. If I were dead, it would make them all happy. God forbid I should ever do that.”
“You really are here.”
“Hair of the dog, baby. Sooner or later, we all dance with the devil. Tonight, it’s your turn.”
“Oh, goodie! I get to make the redheaded goddess mad!”
“Dead or alive, the balls still hurt when kicked, huh?”
“I don’t have to do nothing you say, you old heifer cow. And you are old. Really, really old. And a cow, too.”
“Don’t use that tone with me. I like to know where people are in my house. Be nice, or I’ll make you wear a cowbell.”
“You could have said ‘Excuse me.’”
“I’m not talking to you.”
“Love you, too, babe.”
“You really are an animal, aren’t you?”
“You can’t kill me with a gun.”
“I know, but it’s fun as hell just shooting you.”