Pleading

I saw Darkness lurking around the corner. Perhaps Darkness thought she was sneaky, but it’s hard to miss her. It’s impossible to ignore the stench of misery looking for company. As I walked down the street I could feel her. Watching. Waiting. So I stopped. As I began to turn my head I saw Darkness dart…

“I liked that. Books were safer than other people anyway.” -Neil Gaiman, ‘The Ocean at the End of the Lane’

Do You Trust Me?

“You are going to break your promise. I understand. And I hold my hands over the ears of my heart, so that I will not hate you.”
― Catherynne M. Valente, Deathless

Hardened Heart

“Somewhere, far down, there was an itch in his heart, but he made it a point not to scratch it. He was afraid of what might come leaking out.”
Markus Zusak, The Book Thief

Falling

“They say a girl who reads will try her hardest to make her life like her favorite book. You’re the book I’ll never be able to turn my life into…”

My Heart

“We who make stories know that we tell lies for a living. But they are good lies that say true things, and we owe it to our readers to build them as best we can. Because somewhere out there is someone who needs that story. Someone who will grow up with a different landscape, who without that story will be a different person. And who with that story may have hope, or wisdom, or kindness, or comfort. And that is why we write.”
Neil Gaiman, The Graveyard Book

Where to Place the Blame

“If you’ve cut something out of your life, or simply neglected to give it the attention you say you would like, don’t blame it on Time. She has been readily available to you.”

Things of the Past

“Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.”
Rudyard Kipling

Cracked

“Just let me fix him.
I just want to fix him.”

Storytime

She liked pirate stories, too, but most of all she loved books that had at least a knight or a dragon or a fairy in them. She was always on the dragon’s side, by the way.

Escape

Malkom was the precise reason as to why. The human heart doesn’t like to assume that something so beautiful on the outside, could possibly be anything but beautiful on the inside. Malkom was a spider, drawing innocent people into his web of lies and deceit. What looked like a man who was willing to protect you against anything, was really the reason you needed to be protected in the first place.