“Darkness doesn't have fingers that twist into my flesh.”
“A small metal marble pinballs within my chest, banging and clanging against all the routes inside me.”
“His chair glides a few inches closer and he's in my face, all shoulders and cologne.”
“It's not the game, Zee. It's the fame. Everyone wants to be affiliated with a winner.”
“Lying on my bed, my brain cyclones with thoughts of men and boys and boys and men. All making the wrong choices.”
“That's not what it looked like'
He hangs his ha. "I know what it looked like. I wanted it to look that way.'
'Because I'm an idiot.' he brushes away a teardrop that creeps along his cheek. His eyes meet mine. 'I wanted to show you how you hurt me.'
'When have I hurt you like that? I've never even looked at another guy'
'See? You don't get it. That's why I needed to teach you a lesson.”
“I let it come to this, and I can only take responsibility for my own mistakes. Unfortunately, I've made a lot of them.”
“She didn’t know what to make of this sporadic urgency with him. It had confounded and humiliated her for the thirty years of their marriage. These endless pregnancies. And worse, her body’s insistence on a man who was the greatest mistake of her life.”
“I came here for you.”
“Because I want to kiss you.”
“In the music industry I get a lot of public judgement. Any time the topic of my religion surfaces, there are always people who react negatively, telling me to leave my crazy beliefs out of it. The problem is, I can't. My beliefs are as much a part of my being as my music, or my family, or my obsession with earthy-tasting cereal. Luckily, after all the rejection I faced on my mission, I'm no longer afraid of negative reactions. I've already heard it all--- face-to-face. Hateful comments still hurt, but they don't hold the same weight they once did. Besides, say what you want, but I'm a short-haired angel. (Or at least I was to one man on a subway.)”
“The great storyteller Frank O’Connor defined it best, saying once that every good story should end, in spirit, with the exact same words: “And everything that ever happened to me afterwards, I never felt the same about again.”
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