I’m going to continue to be a little loose with my definition of “line.” Rather than having it exactly equal “sentence,” I’m going to treat it as a single (and short) stream of thought.
This is from The Recruit. For a little context, this snippet comes very shortly after Phillip is turned. He’s already feeling a connection to Albert that he doesn’t quite understand.
Told from Phillip’s 3rd-person POV, and “he/his” refers to Phillip in this snippet.
“Please,” he whimpered, reaching for Albert. He couldn’t say anything more, but surely his eyes screamed, “Don’t fucking leave me with these strangers!”
Here’s the blurb:
Albert Manlii has walked this earth for more than two thousand years, but survival on his own was never easy. Now he leads a faction of highly organized vampires who carefully guard the secret of their existence. Unlike the old days, potential recruits are carefully selected and presented with an offer.
Phillip Brewer has weeks to live—if he lets his disease run its course. He doesn’t want to die, but given a choice, will his desire to live outweigh his concerns about the vampires’ ethics?
When the new recruit’s missteps are cause for concern, can Albert control the fallout, or will Phillip’s life once again be torn apart?