I wasn't particularly afraid of death itself. As Shakespeare said, die this year and you don't have to die the next.
("Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World")
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If I have left a wound inside you, it is not just your wound but mine as well.
I'll never see them again. I know that. And they know that. And knowing this, we say farewell.
When I write about a 15-year old, I jump, I return to the days when I was that age. It's like a time machine. I can remember everything. I can feel the wind. I can smell the air. Very actually. Very vividly.
I can never say what I want to say, it's been like this for a while now. I try to say something but all I get are wrong words - the wrong words or the exact opposite words from what I mean. I try to correct myself, and that only makes it worse. I lose track of what I was trying to say to begin with. It's like I'm split in two and playing tag with myself. One half is chasing this big, fat post. The other me has the right words, but this can't catch her.
Only the dead stay 17 forever.
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