Zach Dempsey: They want us to think that we're the losers. That they're gonna get this win just like they get every other fucking thing they want in this world. But they will not get it. We will not let that happen! Because this is how they do it. For the rest of your lives, this is what's gonna happen. They're gonna look at you, and they're gonna come at you. They will make you feel like you do not belong. They will make you feel like you can't have what they have. And they will keep leaving you out and they will keep pushing you down until you say, "Fuck this, I belong here." Some of you think I'm soft. Some of you think I'm a narc or I don't know, whatever. Honestly? I don't give a fuck. 'Cause I know who I am. Do you? Do you? Because winning at the cost of who you are, winning at the cost of becoming someone that you hate, means nothing. I would bleed for any single one of you. I would. I would lay down my life. No lie. Because that's a promise that I made. What will you do? One half left. Let's show 'em who we are. Let's get this win. One time, who are we?
The team: Tigers!
Zach Dempsey: If I actually do have free time and I want to spend it, I have to come up with a really elaborate lie.
Ani Achola: Oh, yeah. I know. I'm a member of at least six non-existent academic clubs.
Zach Dempsey: Six?
Ani Achola: Mm-hmm.
Zach Dempsey: Can I join?
Ani Achola: Oh, absolutely.
Zach Dempsey: Come on, Charlie. Hustle. You got beat on Friday.
Charlie: Nah, you got beat on Friday! I just sucked.
Clay Jensen: It was you? Why the big mystery? Why couldn't you just talk to me? Tell me what was going on?
Zach Dempsey: 'Cause I'm a fucking coward. And you're not.
Mrs Dempsey: Why would you keep this from me?
Zach Dempsey: 'Cause that's how we do things, isn't it?
Mrs Dempsey: What does that mean?
Zach Dempsey: I don't even know how you feel about Dad dying. I don't know how you feel about anything. What if I felt like Hannah did? Because I have, Mom. I actually have. What would you do?
Mrs Dempsey: Zachary Shan-Yung Dempsey, that is enough. Don't say such things.
Zach Dempsey: Why not?
Mrs Dempsey: This trial... That girl has put thoughts in your head. You do not feel that way. You're fine.
Zach Dempsey: Yeah, exactly. I'm fine.
Zach Dempsey: You fool yourself into thinking that by keeping things hidden, it makes it easier for you to get by. Even though you know you'd feel a lot better if you just came clean. Hannah had nothing to be ashamed of. I made her feel like she did. Because I don't tell people things, like I said. Hannah didn't tell me how she felt either. But now... I guess I know. And I'll be ashamed for the rest of my life. And shame burns.
Zach Dempsey: I keep to myself mostly. I don't always tell people things. I'm not good with... like, drama. I learned pretty early on not to rock the boat. To stay in my lane. I try not to be a bully. I try not to be a victim. It's a tough line to walk.
Zach Dempsey: We're not allowed to talk about suicide. Or you. Or Hannah.
Jessica Davis: Says who?
Zach Dempsey: Says the school. They made a rule the day after you... after that day. And if you talk about it on campus, you get suspended.
Alex Standall: That's so fucked up.
Zach Dempsey: Yeah.
Ryan Shaver: Why are we defending Bryce? Can someone tell me? I mean, he's a rapist.
Zach Dempsey: Jesus, keep your voice down.
Ryan Shaver: I published a poem. He's a rapist.
Zach Dempsey: I freaked, okay? That letter. That shit was heavy, and… I didn’t know what to do.
Clay Jensen: So you threw it away.
Zach Dempsey: No. No, I didn’t. Hannah lied about that. Maybe that’s what she saw, I don’t know. I freaked out. But I never threw it away. I’m sorry, Clay. I’ll always be sorry.
Zach Dempsey: This shit that happens to you… I think some of it you bring on yourself.
Hannah Baker: Is that what you think? Thanks for the insight, genius.
Zach Dempsey: I was… I was trying to be nice.
Hannah Baker: Well, you failed.
Zach Dempsey: Well, fuck you.
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