“Lots of things are impossible,” she said softly. “Until they’re not.”
“good warrior knows when to lose a battle so she can live to fight the war.”
“If you wait for someone else to make things better, you'll be waiting a very long time”
“But here, surrounded by friends who wanted her, she recognized for the first time that there was only one voice that truly mattered. Only one she had to listen to. Her own.”
“Her eyes drank in the colors of home—the soft gray of an arctic gull’s wing. The clear blue heart of an ice floe.”
“And a good warrior knows when to lose a battle so she can live to fight the”
“I’ve been in contact with her. She approached me months ago. I know the terms of her deal. She’s going to tell Ragnar that Ondalina’s attack on Miromara was an act of war and that he must surrender. Either he accepts Lucia”
“Volnero as the new ruler of Ondalina or Miromara obliterates our entire realm. I will advise Ragnar to accept her terms.”
“The blue whale was so magnificent and her song so beautiful, that Becca’s heart swelled. She felt Marco’s hand tighten on hers and knew he felt the same way. She turned to him, but Marco wasn’t looking at the whale anymore, he was looking at her. He was still holding her hand and was floating close to her now.”
“I said I was impressed, Martha. I'm beside myself with jealousy. What do you want me to do, throw up?”
“I love you more than myself,” I told her, “more than my own family, for Christ’s sake. I don’t want to take another step in this world without you next to me.”
“And so I learned what solitude really was. It was raw material - awesome, malleable,older than men or worlds or water. And it was merciless - for it let a man become precisely what he alone made of himself.”
“Why is it, I wondered, that old people are always so self-centered and excitable? But I just smiled benignly and stood back, comforted by the thought that soon they would be dead. I”
“How cold and foreign this city seemed, that even death could pass unnoticed.”
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