I mean, I love love love quotes. A book of quotes was one of the first books I purchased with my own money. I was twelve and I still have that book with its dog-eared corners, stars for my favorites, and newfound quotes written in the margins—pithy little phrases that instruct us how to be better people, or encourage us on journeys of self discovery, or gentle reminders to believe in our goals, love and peace. I also love the witty bits of sarcasm that mock life and make us laugh and examine the idiosyncrasies of humanity. Life has changed, but the quotes that inspired my twelve year-old self still ring true.
When I restarted my writing career one quote guided me and still does….
“You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.”
“Mama, Mama, where’s Pawbear?” the child whispered softly.
“Shush baby, your stuffed animal is here. He’s between us.”
“No Mama, he’s gone.” She knelt and leaned against the hospital bed railing, toward the empty recliner. “He’s gone.”
Struggling to sit, Avie remembered there was a button she could push to raise the head of the bed. Running her hand along the railing she found what she was searching for. She needed to get stronger. What if they came back?
"Mama, why’d he go? I didn’t talk. I didn’t. Did I do something else bad? He said he’d stay. He promised.” LilyMae sniffled, trying to hold back the tears.
The wall sconce snapped on. Deke stood silhouetted on the opposite side of the bed. He opened his arms to her daughter. Avie watched in fear as her child clambered into the arms of the man called Deke, the man her daughter believed was the living, breathing Pawbear from her book.
"You did nothing wrong little Boo, and I didn’t leave. I was here watching over you and your mom. I keep my promises. And I keep secrets," Deke replied.
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She’s come to the right place. He’s the monster hunter.
Owen spoke in the darkness. “My word, my promise, means everything to me. But you don’t know that. Yet. But I’m telling you so you understand. I can protect you.”
He cleared the lump in his throat. “While I was at war, my sister was abducted and murdered. I would never hurt an innocent person.”
“What about a person who wasn’t innocent?” Keira whispered.