“Truth didn’t mean anything without someone to share it with; you could shout truth into the air forever, and spend your life doing it, if someone didn’t come and listen.”

“And I wasn’t old enough to be wise, so I loved her more, not less, because I knew she would be taken from me soon.”

“We’re meant to go. We’re not meant to stay forever.”

“They all had stories. They had mothers or fathers, sisters or lovers. They weren’t alone in the world, mattering to no one but themselves. It seemed utterly wrong to treat them like pennies in a purse. I felt the soldiers understood perfectly well that we were making sums out of them– this many safe to spend, this number too high, as if each one wasn’t a whole man.”

“There was a song in this forest, too, but it was a savage song, whispering of madness and tearing and rage.”  

“It felt like a war between two endless things, between a bottomless chasm and a running river.”  

“I hated her; I wanted her to burn, the way so many of the corrupted had burned, because she’d put her hold on them. But wanting cruelty felt like another wrong answer in an endless chain.”

“But she hadn’t been able to take root. She’d remembered the wrong things, and forgotten too much. She’d remembered how to kill and how to hate, and she’d forgotten how to grow.”

 

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