It starts so young, and I’m angry about

It starts so young, and I’m angry about that. The garbage we’re taught. About love, about what’s “romantic.” Look at so many of the so-called romantic figures in books and movies. Do we ever stop and think how many of them would cause serious and drastic unhappiness after The End? Why are sick and dangerous personality types so often shown a passionate and tragic and something to be longed for when those are the very ones you should run for your life from? Think about it. Heathcliff. Romeo. Don Juan. Jay Gatsby. Rochester. Mr. Darcy. From the rigid control freak in The Sound of Music to all the bad boys some woman goes running to the airport to catch in the last minute of every romantic comedy. She should let him leave. Your time is so valuable, and look at these guys–depressive and moody and violent and immature and self-centered. And what about the big daddy of them all, Prince Charming? What was his secret life? We dont know anything about him, other then he looks good and comes to the rescue.
— Deb Caletti, The Secret Life of Prince Charming

You two are too cute, the counter girl

You two are too cute, the counter girl said, setting two cups piled with whipped cream on the counter. She had a sort of lopsided, open smile that made me think she laughed a lot. Seriously. How long have you been going out?
Sam let go of my hands to get his wallet and took out some bills. Six years.
I wrinkled my nose to cover a laugh. Of course he would count the time that we?d been two entirely different species.
Whoa. Counter girl nodded appreciatively. That?s pretty amazing for a couple your age.”
Sam handed me my hot chocolate and didn?t answer. But his yellow eyes gazed at me possessively?I wondered if he realized that the way he looked at me was far more intimate than copping a feel could ever be.
I crouched to look at the almond bark on the bottom shelf in the counter. I wasn?t quite bold enough to look at either of them when I admitted, Well, it was love at first sight.
The girl sighed. That is just so romantic. Do me a favor, and don?t you two ever change. The world needs more love at first sight.
— Maggie Stiefvater, Shiver