“I recall his somber eyes during that last, private conversation. His eyes and his words, far too wise for a boy of ten: only time will tell, Lia.
In the end, I suppose it will.”
“I avoid looking at the clock, fearing the slow passing of time that will only seem slower if I watch its progress.”
“I love you anyway, Lia," he calls after me. "Until time tells, I mean."
I turn to him and smile, loving him more in this moment than any other. "Until time tells, then, Henry, and beyond. I love you as well.”
“I shake my head. "Remember, Mother. There are no mistakes."
She smiles through her tears, leaning in to kiss my cheek "No mistakes, my angel.”
“Its emptiness is more than the lack of living, breathing beings. It is the unread pages of the many books that reside on the shelves throughout the room I should hot have thought one could tell when books have gone unread, but after the company of Birchwood's well-loved library it is as if I can hear these books whispering, their pages grasping and reaching for an audience.”
“Pero no puedo dejar de pensar, no puedo detener el movimiento del engranaje de todo cuanto he aprendido. Dejo que mi mente se pasee por la oscuridad”
“A veces los árboles nos impiden ver el bosque”
“Зелените ми очи са бездънни и празни и аз се питам дали е възможно човек да се променя отвътре навън, дали тъгата може да се излъчва през вените, органите и кожата, така че всички да я виждат.”
“To find the books end,
cross the ancient wood to the mystic isle.
Until then, prepare yourself
for the coming battle. . .
AND TRUST NO ONE.”
“The blackness that smothers me is total, and in the moment before everything falls away, I know what it feels like to be dead.”
“There is no ladylike way to tell him to push all he wants, that his mouth and body on mine are the only things keeping me from losing my hold on a reality I never questioned until these past days.”
“The day is like a diamond, all beautiful warmth on the outside but without any heat to accompany it.”
“Perhaps because it seems so appropriate, I don’t notice the rain.”
“Unlike you,’ she said pointedly, ‘some men understand a refusal.’
His mouth firmed, but he held his tongue, not about to mention that she almost never meant no when she said it.
‘I see,’ he said tersely.”
“Sometimes it takes a heartbreak to shake us awake & help us see we are worth so much more than we're settling for.”
“Wherever he found his speech growing too modern -- which was about every sentence or two -- he ladled in a few such Scriptural phrases as "exceeding sore," "and it came to pass," etc., and made things satisfactory again. "And it came to pass" was his pet. If he had left that out, his Bible would have been only a pamphlet.”
“You can talk to your old dad about anything, you know. Except boys. And bras. And that Bieber fellow.”
“Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on my dopamine neurons.”
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