"My heart didn’t break into a thousand pieces after he left. Instead, I realized all the things he didn’t do. He didn’t want to hear my stories. He didn’t ask me questions. He didn’t hug me out of the blue to make me feel good. His hugs were always a preamble to something else, and after he was gone, I wondered if he ever knew me at all."
— Diane Les Becquets
"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."
— Valente, Catherynne M.. Deathless.