He’s not meeting my eyes anymore. “We’re young,” he says. “We’ve got lots of time to fall in love.”
Tucker to Clara in Unearthly by Cynthia Hand
I’ve got this thing now for book boyfriends who put what’s truly important before their feelings and/or hormones. Claire has a larger purpose in her life, and Tucker thinks he’s keeping it from her. So he is willing to put their relationship on hold, whether temporarily or permanently. He loves her more than he wants to be with her. It’s pretty incredible.