All The Devils Here follow Brie Hall, who is in her final year of boarding school when a biological disaster decimates much of the population. While traveling in an attempt to stay away from the contamination, she meets another girl, and fate forces them together in order to survive.
Because we’re focusing this weekend on queer YA, this snippet focuses a bit on the queer content within the story, and so is slightly spoiler-y, though out of context, it doesn’t mean much. (You could say we’re part of a secret special organization called Virs Deity, who wants to share especially queer snippets of books, because queerness is important.) But hey, you have been warned.
Raven is safer away from me; this I know is true. Regardless of possible infection, Raven has made herself as a solo hunter and survivor. She doesn’t need me. Alone, you make better decisions based soley on your needs. Yes – she will be better off without me. But still, I wish I could see her again. Ask her the things I couldn’t before. Hold out my hand to her and build what might be the last relationship I can have.
I am a selfish person. I won’t stay up and think of her any longer. The pain meds I take now aren’t the over-the-counter kind; these are little blue things that taste more like paper than nothing. I take two of these and feel immediately drowsy. My breathing sounds slow, like an out-of-body experience. In my weakness, I let Poppy inch closer and closer to me until she’s pressed against my side, and we both warm each other.
Emotional intimacy is a dangerous thing. More dangerous than the infection surely seeping through my shoulder. The loss of Bryant is heavy on both our minds and nothing, not the physical pain or the impartial small talk, will take it from us. It shouldn’t be, but it is – I feel the loss of Raven somehow as sharply. She has no business being a physical throb in my body, but there she is. Her brief introduction has left me somehow full of discouraged hope.
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