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Everybody's Whispering About MeLena: "Just hate hiding all the time, feeling like everybody's whispering about me?"
Savannah: "Is that her? My mama says her whole family are Satanists."
Lena's feelings of being out of place are not irrational thoughts. In fact, her classmates go as far as talking smack about her when she's barely 10 feet away from her.
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I Like YouEthan: "I like you."
Lena: "You don't now anything about me. You don't know who I really am inside. I don't know who I'll be."
Ethan is initially smitten with Lena but Lena on the other hand has her reservations about opening up to him. She knows her life is different from his, her being a Caster and him a mortal, and she knows that means she cannot have a normal relationship with him.
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My Family's DifferentLena: "My family's different. We have powers."
Ethan: "Are you a witch?"
Lena: "We prefer the term Caster."
Ethan: "I'm just trying to figure this out. So you have powers, okay. What else can you do?"
Lena: "I collect poetry. I'm not meant to show a mortal any of this."
Ethan: "Tt's okay"
Lena: "No, I shouldn't have… You know, I just hate hiding all the time, feeling like everybody's whispering about me, people finding out I'm this freak. Sometimes I just want to be normal… What are you smiling at?"
Ethan: "Lena, you're a miracle. Why would you ever want to be normal?"
Against her better judgement, Lena explains to Ethan about her powers. She years to be normal, like him, but he sees her uniqueness as nothing short of a miracle.
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If She Goes DarkRidley: "If she goes dark, will you shut her out too? You think Lena's a good girl now, but it won't matter. You think you can keep Lena the same? Wasn't I so good, so innocent before I was claimed? And look at what I am now."
Clearly a wee bit butthurt about her own claiming, Ridley gets a bit nasty at a family dinner. Ridley was sweet and innocent before her claiming then afterwards everything changed, and not for the better.
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She's More Powerful Than Either of UsMacon: "Sarafine"
Sarafine: "The curse has already begun."
Macon: "Lena will not turn dark. She's too strong."
Sarafine: "She's going to be more powerful than either of us. She will lead us all…"
Macon: "Toward what?!"
Sarafine: "Mortals have run things for long enough. Lena will put an end to them."
Arguing over whether Lena will be claimed by the light or the dark, Macon and Sarafine have differing opinions of what is best for Lena. For Sarafine, this best path involves world domination.
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You Want to Be a Normal Human?Ethan: "Really, is this necessary? I'm agreeing with you. Okay, I'm just a dumbass mortal who can't make his own thunder but I know there's no way we're going to figure this out is if you stop feeling so damn sorry for yourself all the time."
Ethan: "Go ahead. Start an earthquake. See where it gets you. Everybody has to deal with s*** in their lives, Lena."
Lena: "What are you yelling at me for?"
Ethan: "You want to be a normal human? What do you think that is? We don't have powers to just change things whenever we like. Being human is feeling bad. It's feeling pissed off. It's feeling scared and not being able to do anything about it until you don't feel that way anymore, until you can just see your way out of it. And I yelled at you because I care about you. That's what normal people do when they love each other when one of them is acting like a brat. Now would you please stop raining on me."
The differences between Lena, a Caster, and Ethan, a mortal, are exemplified as both deal with a stressful situation. Ethan deals by yelling at Lena while Lena goes a bit bigger by creating a thunderstorm.