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Stories are both an escape from the truths of the world and the only way to see them clearly.
Axie Oh (The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea)
Nothing extraordinary is ever done out of reason or logic, but because it’s the only way for your soul to breathe.
Axie Oh (The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea)
Sometimes you don't find family in your own blood, but elsewhere.
Axie Oh (The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea)
I was angry at the fate I'd been given. Because I realised that in order for you to have what you want, I'd have to lose the only thing I've ever wanted.
Axie Oh (The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea)
That there is no place you can go so far away from forgiveness. Not from someone who loves you.
Axie Oh (The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea)
Sometimes, only through a story can a truth be heard.
Axie Oh (The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea)
I don't think love can be bought or earned or even prayed for. It must be freely given.
Axie Oh (The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea)
Not all storytellers are grandmothers, but all grandmothers are storytellers.
Axie Oh (The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea)
That's just like a human to think the world revolves around you, to think the rivers are for you, the sky, the sea is for you. You are just one of many parts of the world, and in my opinion, the one that blights them all.
Axie Oh (The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea)
Because the people who live for tomorrow don't take risks. They're afraid of the consequences. While the people who live for today have nothing to lose, so they fight tooth and nail.
Axie Oh (XOXO)
Something crafted with so much love could never sink
Axie Oh (The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea)
I’m saying, people do strange things to protect their hearts. But when you’re afraid, your heart is closed, and it’s never the right time, but when your heart is open, and you’re willing to be brave enough to take a chance, the time is always right.
Axie Oh (XOXO)
We will always love you, because you are ours. You are our sea, and our storms and our sunlight breaking out over a new day. You are our hope. We've been waiting for you for such a long time. Come back to us. Please come back.
Axie Oh (The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea)
Do you know how much I love you?" "Even I don't know. My love for you is endless. Deep and endless, like the sea.
Axie Oh (The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea)
Don't chase fate, Mina. Let fate chase you." " love can't be bought or earned or even prayed for. It must be freely given.
Axie Oh (The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea)
I apologize for many things, but mostly I apologize for making the weight you carry a little heavier.
Axie Oh (The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea)
If cellists have fan clubs, Jenny, I want to join yours.
Axie Oh (XOXO)
Wait for me," he says, "where the land meets the sea.
Axie Oh (The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea)
My grandfather understood the comfort there is in shared silence.
Axie Oh (The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea)
But strange, Mina, why do I feel like this? I don’t need a Red String or Fate to tell me that if you should die, so will I.
Axie Oh (The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea)
There are many pathways destiny can take.
Axie Oh (The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea)
Humans tell myths to explain what they cannot understand.
Axie Oh (The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea)
Nothing extraordinary is ever done out of reason or logic, but because it's the only way for your soul to breathe.
Axie Oh (The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea)
In order to remain a human you'd have to tie your life to an immortal. I may not be the god of a river, a mountain, or a lake but I am a god, and I would tie my life to yours, if you'll have me
Axie Oh (The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea)
And never was it for anyone's sake but my own. I couldn't endure in a world where I did nothing, where I let those I love suffer and be hurt. If I had stayed home, if I had never run after Joon, if I had never jumped into the sea, there would have been such a hole in my heart- the emptiness of having done nothing at all.
Axie Oh (The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea)
People don't begin relationships thinking they'll end." "No, people end relationships when they know they should have never begun in the first place.
Axie Oh (XOXO)
After all, a true musician doesn’t just perform a song but makes you feel something. And it’s clear with how my heart aches from the memory and the music, he has the spark. I want to ask him where it comes from, and how can I find it for myself.
Axie Oh (XOXO)
Your story has been told over and over again, by everyone but you, I might have jumped into the sea to save Joon, but it was your hesitation that gave me the courage. With everyone and everything pushing you toward the Sea God and a fate not of your choosing, you looked back to what you wanted. And because of that, to me, you are the Sea God's bride. The girl who, by saving herself, saves the world.
Axie Oh (The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea)
You can’t aim to please everyone, you can only aim to please yourself.
Axie Oh (XOXO)
My girlfriend that I was in love with who broke up with me on a hospital rooftop three months ago in Seoul shows up right before my concert in New York City. Yeah, I forgot about it.
Axie Oh (XOXO)
Love is a country. It’s vast and endless and full of an unbreakable hope. Maybe this love is a love that’s worth dying for, I don’t know. All I know is that it’s worth living for, again and again.
Axie Oh (Rebel Seoul (Rebel Seoul, #1))
Your people suffer not because of any great will of the gods, but because of their own violent acts. They wage the wars that burn the forests and fields. They spill the blood that pollutes the rivers and streams. To blame the gods is to blame the land itself. Look upon your reflection to find your enemy.
Axie Oh (The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea)
My grandmother often said that the most dangerous of gods are the ones who are forgotten.
Axie Oh (The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea)
Look Shin, I found your soul." I lift my palm. At the center sits the pebble with the carving of the lotus flower... "It might not be as large as a mountain or as bright as the moon, but it's your soul. It's strong, resilient, and steadfast. And stubborn. And worthy, just as you are.
Axie Oh (The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea)
I took the liberty of designing your pennant,” said Rhy, resting his elbows on the gallery’s marble banister. “I hope you don’t mind.” Kell cringed. “Do I even want to know what’s on it?” Rhy tugged the folded piece of fabric from his pocket, and handed it over. The cloth was red, and when he unfolded it, he saw the image of a rose in black and white. The rose had been mirrored, folded along the center axis and reflected, so the design was actually two flowers, surrounded by a coil of thorns. “How subtle,” said Kell tonelessly. “You could at least pretend to be grateful.” “And you couldn’t have picked something a little more … I don’t know … imposing? A serpent? A great beast? A bird of prey?” “A bloody handprint?” retorted Rhy. “Oh, what about a glowing black eye?” Kell glowered. “You’re right,” continued Rhy, “I should have just drawn a frowning face. But then everyone would know it’s you. I thought this was rather fitting.
Victoria Schwab (A Gathering of Shadows (Shades of Magic, #2))
I am like the other brides. I know what it is to love someone you would do anything to protect. Who are you to say what my fate is- if I am to fail, or if I am to succeed? My fate is not yours to decide, my fate belongs to me.
Axie Oh (The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea)
You make me believe in wonders.
Axie Oh (The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea)
Shim Cheong might be the most beautiful girl in the village but her face is a curse.
Axie Oh (The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea)
our relationship ended before it truly had the chance to begin
Axie Oh (XOXO)
I'm saying, people do strange things to protect their hearts. But when you're afraid, your heart is closed, and it's never the right time, but when your heart is open, and you're willing to be brave enough to take a chance, the time is always right.
Axie Oh (XOXO)
In another life, you might have found a more welcome shore than this. As it is, the sea is dark and the Sea God sleeps, and the shore is too far to reach.
Axie Oh (The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea)
Wherever you are, I'll find you." "I'll make it easy for you. Because I'll be right here. With you.
Axie Oh (The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea)
This is why I don’t like read receipts. It’s like psychological warfare. He knows I know that he read my message and chose not to respond.
Axie Oh (XOXO)
Have new experiences, make new friends. I promise you can get the life you want now, if you just live in it.
Axie Oh (XOXO)
Don't chase fate, Mina. Let fate chase you.
Axie Oh (The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea)
People do strange things to protect their hearts. But when you're afraid, your heart is closed, and it's never the right time, but when your heart is open, and you're willing to be brave enough to take a chance, the time is always right.
Axie Oh (XOXO)
Wait for me, he said, where the land meets the sea. But I have waited for you, every day for a year, and you haven't come. What am I to do? How can I go on, waiting like this, when I know you will never come?
Axie Oh (The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea)
I love them." It sounds like a confession, and I realize- haltingly- that it is. Whenever I ran through the rice fields, the long-necked cranes billowing their great wings as if in greeting; whenever I climbed the cliffs, the breeze urging me onward; whenever I looked out to the sea, the sunlight on the water like laughter, I felt love. I felt loved. How could the gods abandon those who love them?
Axie Oh (The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea)
The Sea God isn't angry, Mina. He's lost. He's waiting, in his palace far beyond this world, for someone brave enough to find him.
Axie Oh (The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea)
I was twelve years old, and I could feel the hours of our childhood slipping through my fingers like sand in the sea.
Axie Oh (The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea)
It is true that a wish is a piece of your soul. Because a true wish is something that if it never came true, it might break your heart.
Axie Oh (The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea)
My father used to say there's a fine line between death and sleep, and that both are ways to escape an unendurable pain. But he never spoke of the choice you'd have to make to wake.
Axie Oh (Rebel Seoul (Rebel Seoul, #1))
Because the people who live for tomorrow don't take risks. They're afraid of the consequences. while the people who live for today have nothing to lose, so they fight tooth and nail. I'm saying that maybe you should stop caring so much about your future, about getting into music school, about what'll come after, and . . . live a little. Have new experiences, make new friends. I promise you can get the life you want now, if you just live in it.
Axie Oh (XOXO)
Here, let me explain it to you in Jenny-speak. You know that movie we watched earlier tonight? Ajeossi. There's a quote Won Bin's character says that roughly translates to, 'People who live for tomorrow should fear the people who live for today.' Do you know why that is?" "No," I drawl, "but you're going to tell me." "Because the people who live for tomorrow don't take risks. They're afraid of the consequences. while the people who live for today have nothing to lose, so they fight tooth and nail. I'm saying that maybe you should stop caring so much about your future, about getting into music school, about what'll come after, and . . . live a little. Have new experiences, make new friends. I promise you can get the life you want now, if you just live in it.
Axie Oh (XOXO)
My eldest brother, Sung, says trust is earned, that to give someone your trust is to give them them the knife to wound you. But Joon would counter that trust is faith; to trust someone is to believe in the goodness of people and the world that shapes them.
Axie Oh (The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea)
My love for you is endless. Deep and endless, like the sea.
Axie Oh (The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea)
I am the maker of my own destiny.
Axie Oh (The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea)
What happened on that cliff so long ago that left an emperor murdered, two worlds torn apart, and a kingdom cursed for a hundred years?
Axie Oh (The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea)
I am not your bride," I say gently. "Not truly. You don't love me, nor I you. We are fated, but not in this way.
Axie Oh (The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea)
And there is no hope, because love can’t be bought or earned or even prayed for. It must be freely given. And I have given my heart to someone, but he is not the Sea God.
Axie Oh (The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea)
Why must everything we love be taken from us? Why can't we hold what we love forever in our hands, afae and warm and whole?
Axie Oh (The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea)
There is no place you can go so far away from forgiveness. Not from someone who loves you.
Axie Oh (The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea)
People who live for tomorrow should fear the people who live for today
Axie Oh (XOXO)
Is it considered cheating if you go to the concert of a boy band that's not the idol group your boyfriend belongs to?
Axie Oh (XOXO)
Because the world may be corrupt and broken, but as long as there are gods, there is hope.
Axie Oh (The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea)
love can’t be bought or earned or even prayed for. It must be freely given.
Axie Oh (The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea)
In this moment, I don't feel beautiful. Nor do I feel very brave, my hands trembling. But there's a warmth in my chest that nothing and no one can take from me. This is the strength I call upon now, because even if I am afraid, I know I've chosen this. I am the maker of my own destiny.
Axie Oh (The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea)
I used to wonder to myself , Is this what it's like to have a younger sibling? I wouldn't know , being an only child myself. Because Joon, knowing you followed , always walked a little slower.
Axie Oh (The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea)
The elders say Shim Cheong was fashioned by the Goddess of Creation to be the Sea God’s final bride, the one to ease all his sorrows and usher in a new era of peace in the kingdom. She has skin forged from the purest of pearls. She has hair stitched from the deepest night. She has lips colored by the blood of men.
Axie Oh (The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea)
I feel as if I’ve stepped into a scene from a K-drama. The main characters are Jaewoo, the stalwart class president, and Sori, the chaebol daughter of a huge entertainment company, which I guess would make Nathaniel and I the disreputable American side characters, there to disturb the otherwise idyllic life of the leads.
Axie Oh (XOXO)
Grandfather brought his rough hands to my eyes, wiping the tears from my face. “I’m saying, Mina, that Joon has loved you your entire life. Since the day you were born. He will always love you. It is his forever gift to you.” I shook my head. “Then why did he leave me behind?” “Because he knows that you love him enough to let him go.
Axie Oh (The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea)
We are fated, but not in this way.
Axie Oh (The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea)
Which makes me wonder how much of storytelling is embedded in the land and it’s people, a consciousness that we all believe in and share.
Axie Oh (The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea)
You make me happy. The ducks in the pond make me happy. The clear skies, the calm sea, the lasting peace. All of this makes me happy.
Axie Oh (The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea)
Don’t be foolish, girl. Nothing in this world is ever freely given.
Axie Oh (The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea)
A tall, not very frightening, honourable god without a soul. How did my fate get entangled with his?
Axie Oh (The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea)
I’ve never seen anything more beautiful. I’ve never seen anything more terrifying.
Axie Oh (The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea)
Then there are girls like my sister, who want to be the Sea God's bride because it hurts too much to be themselves.
Axie Oh (The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea)
The closer I get, the further away she seems. Until I'm right next to her, and she's as far away as the stars.
Axie Oh (Rebel Seoul (Rebel Seoul, #1))
When I look at Kirin, I see only him, a bright light in the darkness. When he looks at me, he sees only the darkness.
Axie Oh (The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea)
My fate is not yours to decide. My fate belongs to me
Axie Oh (The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea)
If you only trust yourself, it could be fun.
Axie Oh (The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea)
To blame the gods is to blame the land itself. Look upon your reflection to find your enemy.
Axie Oh (The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea)
Jenny, I just signed an endorsement deal with Samsung.” He grins. “Let me spoil you with popcorn.
Axie Oh (XOXO)
With his chopsticks, he picks up his macaron and places it on my tray. “Have mine too.” I beam at him. He’s giving me his macaron. It’s like he’s giving me his heart.
Axie Oh (XOXO)
Who would dare attack Lotus House?” Namgi says loudly. “Tell me, and I will go and hunt them down, tear them limb from limb. Destroy their homes, their sons, their goats, if they have them—
Axie Oh (The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea)
It has to do with me because it has to do with you," Young says, his voice dropping. "Jaewon-ah, we've been friends longer than we've been--." "Enemies?" I suggest weakly. "Than we've been lost.
Axie Oh (Rebel Seoul (Rebel Seoul, #1))
I used to think that the world could not spin correctly on its axis if he were not present.” “I’m sure you’ve learned otherwise.” “Oh, no.” Theresa shook her head. “I’ve just learned to walk off-center.
Courtney Milan (Once Upon a Marquess (The Worth Saga, #1))
There’s something I must do, somewhere I must go. Will you wait here? Do you trust me?" He doesn't answer me at first, watching me with his sea-dark eyes. Then he smiles, a small quirk of the lips. "With my soul.
Axie Oh (The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea)
But I think it might be the other way around. I think it would be a terrible sacrifice to do nothing. And never was it for anyone's sake but my own. I couldn't endure in a world where I did nothing, where I let those I love suffer and be hurt. If I had stayed home, if I had never run after Joon, if I had never jumped into the sea, there would have been such a hole in my heart-- the emptiness of having done nothing at all.
Axie Oh (The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea)
That's just like a human to think the world revolves around you, to think the rivers are for you, the sky, the sea is for you. You are just one of the many parts of the world, and in my opinion, the one that blights them all.
Axie Oh (The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea)
How did I know? I think of all the pieces I've gathered up until now—Shin, who lost his soul and his memories with it; the Sea God, who seemed less like a god and more like a boy caught in a terrible nightmare. But mostly I knew… “Because I am the Sea God's bride, and Shin is the one I love.
Axie Oh (The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea)
You left the house though I forbade it,” he says. “Didn’t you hear what the fox goddess said? My life is tied to yours. If you die, so shall I. You may not care for my life, but you should at least have a care for your own. There are many things in this realm that could kill a weak human like yourself.
Axie Oh (The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea)
Grinning, she hovered over him. Then, like a fist closing around a doorknob, her grin closed around him. With her lips, she turned the knob first one way and then the other: left, right, open, shut; left, right, open, shut. The knob did not squeak. In fact, Wiggs was unusually quiet. Now, falling into rhythm, she sucked the knob from its axle, sucked the axle from its door, the door from its hinges. Out onto the lawn, tempo increasing, she sucked up the flagstone walk, the rosebushes, the petunia bed, the sprinkler, the driveway, and the small Japanese car parked in the driveway: oh, what a feeling! Toyota! Wiggs moaned as the neighborhood disappeared. The towers of the city began to sway, and soon, the planet itself fell victim to the force, swelling at its equator, throbbing at its poles. It wobbled violently on its axis, once, twice, then exploded. The Big Bang theory, proven at last. Continuing to impersonate a black hole, she pulled in every drop and particle – she’d never had a man in such entirety – and it wasn’t until the final spasm had subsided and the cosmos was at peace that she loosened her grip and, lips glistening like the Milky Way, looked up to see – the legs of a third party standing there.
Tom Robbins
Leaning back in the couch, she let her mind relax. Think, Heather. Think. She visualized a grid containing the origin of a coordinate system. A perpendicular set of lines labeled “x axis” and “y axis” appeared to float before her. She drew a single point located right three ticks and up four ticks from the origin on the grid, then followed up with another point, connecting the two with a line. It was there, floating perfectly in the air before her. Right, she thought. She added another dimension to the grid to form a cube, and into this cube she drew spheres, ellipsoids, cubes, and pyramids. It was easy. The equations came faster and faster, as if she had fumbled around and found a switch in the dark. A part of her mind turned on, big time. Adding a fourth dimension was easy. She took her three-dimensional grid cube, shrank it to the size of a pinhead, then formed a line of these cubes. Five dimensions formed from a plane of the 3D grid cubes. Six: a cube made of cubes. Seven dimensions: a line made of the new cube of cubes. On and on the mental sequence spun from her mind. Easy. Oh so easy. She no longer had to think about the equations that represented the shapes. Merely visualizing the shape brought the corresponding equations to her mind. She didn’t have to solve them; she just knew them. It was beautiful beyond her wildest imaginings.
Richard Phillips (The Second Ship (The Rho Agenda, #1))
Sometimes I can be thoughtless. And I like to tease. But you can depend upon me.
Axie Oh (The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea)
She taught me many songs, as well as folktales and myths. She said that through songs and stories I could learn about the world, and about the people who live in it.
Axie Oh (The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea)
You’d have died anyway,” he says, “in time.
Axie Oh (The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea)
Finally he taps the songbook with his good hand. “All right. I’ll play your game. But you’re about to be disappointed. I’m actually decent at singing.
Axie Oh (XOXO)
My grandmother always says to pay attention to stories, for there are often truths hidden within.
Axie Oh (The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea)
There is no meaning, just a … feeling, maybe.” “And what is that?” “That there is no place you can go so far away from forgiveness. Not from someone who loves you.
Axie Oh (The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea)
I just have my own stubborn will, the one my grandmother always said would be the curse of me.
Axie Oh
For someone who loved stories so much, he now plays a part in one of the greatest of all.
Axie Oh
What would the world be like without the Sea God? Would we still suffer the storms that rise out of nothing to wreck our boats and drown our fields? Would we still suffer the loss of our loved ones to famine and sickness, because the lesser gods can’t or won’t hear our prayers, fearful as they are of the Sea God’s wrath?
Axie Oh (The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea)
Except for Joon. My fierce, stubborn fool of a brother, who stands as if he can single-handedly protect his love from the Sea God’s wrath.
Axie Oh (The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea)
Every year the storms begin, and every year a girl is brought to the sea. I can’t help wondering if Shim Cheong believes in the myth of the Sea God’s bride. If she’ll find comfort in it before the end.
Axie Oh (The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea)
It was strange, sitting in a room with a girl I’d never met before, helping her dress in the colors of a bride—bright colors signifying love, happiness, and fertility—when, come morning, she would be drowning, and the dress would do nothing but pull her beneath the waves.
Axie Oh (The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea)
By severing the tie that would make the Sea God mortal through his connection with you, Lord Shin keeps the Sea God invulnerable to attack, and the great lords under control, at least for another year.
Axie Oh (The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea)
Without such a staunch and powerful ally, many believe Lord Shin’s role as guardian of this city is at an end. And the Sea God, without Lord Shin to protect him
Axie Oh (The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea)
While others would wish to abandon, overthrow, or even kill the Sea God, you’ve protected him and the brides, and in turn, kept peace and order in this realm. I apologize for many things, but mostly I apologize for making the weight you carry a little heavier.
Axie Oh (The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea)
Don’t chase fate, Mina. Let fate chase you.
Axie Oh (The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea)
Yes,” he said in return, and his voice cracked somewhat. “Yes, Comrade General Secretary.” “And now,” Stalin said, “let’s have some soup, shall we?” Beria’s heart sank. He still had too much work to do. “Oh, not you, Beria,” the Vozhd said. “You are excused. Get the hell out of here and go do your job for a change. No soup for you.
John Birmingham (Final Impact (Axis of Time, #3))
Our bodies are lock and key, and we’re transfixed on each other. Inseparable. Insoluble. I seize her tongue, pulling her in, sucking her, wringing every drop of sweetness from the kiss. She whimpers, her hands clawing at my shoulders, my neck, scraping over my scalp. “I love you." Her words drop hot in my ear with her breasts flattened to my chest and her thighs clenching at my hips. She tightens her pussy around my cock, a deliberate, hungry grasp and release. "Bris.” My eyes roll back. I'm at the mercy of those muscles. "I love you, too." She tucks her head into the curve of my neck, her breaths short and sharp as she recites from “Sonnet LXXXI”, telling me I’m already hers, to rest with my dream inside her dream, that we are joined by forever itself, and that we’ll travel the shadows together. She pants, sitting up straighter, leveraging herself with one arm behind her on the bed, changing the angle, deepening the penetration. In the lamp's light, I see her head flung back in abandon, her muscles straining with the unrelenting ferocity, the rigor of our bodies. “You alone are my dream,” she says, adapting the quote, tears in the eyes she refuses to pull away from me. “And I alone am yours.” It is a pledge of persistence, hidden in the poems I sent her. It’s a vow that she won’t ever give up on us. Knowing she held the poetry in her heart when she wouldn't even consider me, when I wasn’t even sure there was any hope, undoes me. “Bristol, oh God." I touch my forehead to hers, twisting my fingers into the damp hair at her neck. Pressed together, our heartbeats ricocheting, the universe tips, a dazzling lurching. A spectacular axis spinning beyond my restraint, just beyond my control. I once threatened to make her come with my words, but as the stars go blindingly bright and then dark behind my eyes, I realize she’s the one who did it.
Kennedy Ryan (Grip Trilogy Box Set (Grip, #0.5-2))
Embury was the first true cocktailian of the modern age, and he took time to analyze the components of a cocktail, breaking them down into a base (usually a spirit, it must be at least 50 percent of the drink); a modifying, smoothing, or aromatizing agent, such as vermouth, bitters, fruit juice, sugar, cream, or eggs; and “additional special flavoring and coloring ingredients,” which he defined as liqueurs and nonalcoholic fruit syrups. Embury taught us that the Ramos Gin Fizz must be shaken for at least five minutes in order to achieve the proper silky consistency, suggested that Peychaud’s bitters be used in the Rob Roy, and noted that “for cocktails, such as the Side Car, a three-star cognac is entirely adequate, although a ten-year-old cognac will produce a better drink.” In the second edition of his book, Embury mentioned that he had been criticized for omitting two drinks from his original work: the Bloody Mary, which he described as “strictly vile,” and the Moscow Mule, as “merely mediocre.” On the subject of Martinis, he explained that although most cocktail books call for the drink to be made with one-third to one-half vermouth, “quite recently, in violent protest of this wishy-washy type of cocktail, there has sprung up the vermouth-rinse method of making Martinis.” He describes a drink made from chilled gin in a cocktail glass coated in vermouth. Embury didn’t approve of either version, and went on to say that a ratio of seven parts gin to one part vermouth was his personal favorite. While Embury was taking his drinking seriously, many Americans were quaffing Martinis by the pitcher, and Playboy magazine commissioned cocktail maven Thomas Mario and, later, Emanuel Greenberg to deliver cocktail news to a nation of people who drank for fun, and did it on a regular basis. Esquire magazine issued its Handbook for Hosts as early as 1949, detailing drinks such as the Sloe Gin Fizz, the Pan American, the “I Died Game, Boys” Mixture, and the Ginsicle—gin with fruit juice or simple syrup poured over chipped ice in a champagne glass. A cartoon in the book depicts a frustrated bartender mopping his fevered brow and exclaiming, “She ordered it because it had a cute name.” The world of cocktails was tilting slightly on its axis, and liquor companies lobbied long and hard to get into the act. In the fifties, Southern Comfort convinced us to make Comfort Manhattans and Comfort Old-Fashioneds by issuing a booklet: How to Make the 32 Most Popular Drinks. By the seventies, when the Comfort Manhattan had become the Improved Manhattan, they were bringing us Happy Hour Mixology Plus a Primer of Happy Hour Astrology, presumably so we would have something to talk about at bars: “Oh, you’re a Virgo—discriminating, keenly analytical, exacting, and often a perfectionist. Wanna drink?
Gary Regan (The Joy of Mixology: The Consummate Guide to the Bartender's Craft, Revised & Updated Edition)
Oh, my father, such a difficult man. His world turned on his axis. From "The Father Tamer" in BREATHE IN
Eileen Granfors
Tonight she'll be with Jeremy, her lieutenant, but she wants to be with Roger. Except that, really, she doesn't. Does she? She can't remember being so confused. When she is with Roger it's all love, but at any distance- any at all, Jack- she finds that he depresses and even frightens her. Why? On top of him in the wild nights riding up and down his cock her axis, trying herself to stay rigid enough not to turn to cream taper-wax and fall away melting to the coverlet coming there's only room for Roger, Roger, oh love to the end of breath. But out of bed, walking talking, his bitterness, his darkness, run deeper than the War, the winter: he hates England so, hates "the System," gripes endlessly, says he'll emigrate when the War's over, stays inside his paper cynic's cave hating himself... and does she want to bring him out, really? Isn't it safer with Jeremy? She tried not to allow this question to often, but it's there. Three years with Jeremy. They might as well be married. Three years ought to count for something. Daily, small stitches and easings. She's worn old Beaver's bathrobes, brewed his tea and coffee, sought his eye across lorry-parks, day rooms and rainy mud fields when all the day's mean, dismal losses could be rescued in the one look- familiar, full of trust, in a season where the word is invoked for quaintness or a minor laugh. And to rip it all out? three years? for this erratic, self-centered- boy, really. Weepers, he supposed to be pas thirty, he's years older than she. He ought to've learned something, surely? A man of experience? /// If the rockets don't get her there's still her lieutenant. Damned Beaver/Jeremy IS the War, he is every assertion the fucking War has ever made- that we are meant work and government, for austerity: and these shall take priority over love, dreams, the spirit, the sense and the second-class trivia that are found among the idle and mindless hours of the day... Damn them, they are wrong. They are insane. Jeremy will take her like the Angel itself, in his joyless weasel-worded come-along, and Roger will be forgotten, an amusing maniac, but with no place in the rationalized power-ritual that will be the coming peace. She will take her husband's orders, she will become a domestic bureaucrat, a junior partner, and remember Roger, if at all, as a mistake thank God she did not make... Oh, he feels a raving fit coming on- how the bloody hell can he survive without her? She is the British warm that protects his stooping shoulders, and the wintering sparrow he holds inside his hands. She is his deepest innocence in spaces of bough and hay before wishes were given a separate name to warn they might not come true, and his lithe Parisian daughter of joy, beneath the eternal mirror, forswearing perfumes, capeskins to the armpits, all that is too easy, for his impoverishment and more worthy love. /// Jessica steps away from Roger to blow her nose. The sound is as familiar to him as a bird's song, ip-ip-ip-ip NGUNNGG as the hankerchief comes away..."Oh sooper dooper," she says, "think I'm catching a cold." You're catching the War. It's infecting you and I don't know how to keep it away. Oh, Jess. Jessica. Don't leave me,,,,
Thomas Pynchon (Gravity's Rainbow)
Well, that might be fine for the lot of you,” Kerry broke in, “but given you’re siding with Mr. Wingman here, it hardly does me any good. What happened to the whole sisterhood thing? And this after I came to you, hat in hand--” “You were dragged in,” Fiona reminded her. “Laundry basket in hand. Then we had to all but sit on you to squeeze the details out of you. If you want us to be all supportive and on your side, then, you know, you have to actually give us something to side with. So far, all we’ve heard is how you didn’t know how he felt, and then he sent your entire world spinning off its axis with that--” “Fiona--” Kerry said, clear warning in her tone. But it was too late. Logan had walked back to the group and was just saying he had a sailboat lined up and did they want a captain or were they going to sail it themselves, when he overheard the last bit of Fiona’s statement and paused. He turned to look at Kerry, then perhaps a tad more menacingly at Cooper. “With that…what?” Before Cooper could remind him about their recently established wingman/bro code status, Logan’s wife slid past him and hooked her arm through her husband’s and tipped up on her toes to kiss him on the cheek. “Remember our first kiss?” She gave him a meaningful look to go with what was clearly a very private smile. “So I really don’t think you want to go there. Do you?” Logan cleared his throat. “Right, so…as you were,” he finally said. “I’ve got to get back to the station. Keep the mean streets of Blueberry Cove safe.” “Coward!” Kerry called after his retreating back. “See?” Delia said. “We have our ways.” “Except you’re supporting the wrong side,” Kerry said. “Oh, that all depends on how you define ‘sides,’” Grace put in. “We’re on the side of love.” She drew out that last word, making it sound almost like a coo, with Fiona joining her, both of them adding an exaggerated batting of lashes, aimed first at Kerry, then at Cooper. Fiona added a little heart made by steepling her fingers together. Logan looked back over his shoulder. He was grinning now. “If you know what’s good for you, you’ll head back to the airport right now,” he called to Cooper. Cooper lifted his hand in a wave. “No worries, mate.
Donna Kauffman (Starfish Moon (Brides of Blueberry Cove, #3))
We have our ways.” “Except you’re supporting the wrong side,” Kerry said. “Oh, that all depends on how you define ‘sides,’” Grace put in. “We’re on the side of love.” She drew out that last word, making it sound almost like a coo, with Fiona joining her, both of them adding an exaggerated batting of lashes, aimed first at Kerry, then at Cooper. Fiona added a little heart made by steepling her fingers together. Logan looked back over his shoulder. He was grinning now. “If you know what’s good for you, you’ll head back to the airport right now,” he called to Cooper. Cooper lifted his hand in a wave. “No worries, mate.” He glanced at the group of openly speculating women, then at Kerry, who was shooting emerald green daggers his way, and thought ummm…“On second thought,” he shouted. “Hold on, I’ll join you!” He trotted after Logan, then turned so he was facing the women as he continued jogging backward. “Just getting the boat rental details, luv,” he called back to Kerry. “Back in a jiff.” He blew Kerry a kiss, then added a wink, chuckling when Fiona grabbed Kerry’s arm as she swung it upward in a gesture he seriously doubted was going to be a wave. He knew she was feeling shoved along a path she hadn’t yet decided she wanted to take and he might have been more concerned about her prickly attitude except for one thing. Sent her world spinning off its axis, had I? Well, all righty, then. As shaky starts went, he’d keep his focus on that little nugget of truth and build from there. Whistling a jaunty tune, he turned back and set off to catch up with Logan.
Donna Kauffman (Starfish Moon (Brides of Blueberry Cove, #3))
Tonight she'll be with Jeremy, her lieutenant, but she wants to be with Roger. Except that, really, she doesn't. Does she? She can't remember being so confused. When she is with Roger it's all love, but at any distance- any at all, Jack- she finds that he depresses and even frightens her. Why? On top of him in the wild nights riding up and down his cock her axis, trying herself to stay rigid enough not to turn to cream taper-wax and fall away melting to the coverlet coming there's only room for Roger, Roger, oh love to the end of breath. But out of bed, walking talking, his bitterness, his darkness, run deeper than the War, the winter: he hates England so, hates "the System," gripes endlessly, says he'll emigrate when the War's over, stays inside his paper cynic's cave hating himself... and does she want to bring him out, really? Isn't it safer with Jeremy? She tried not to allow this question to often, but it's there. Three years with Jeremy. They might as well be married. Three years ought to count for something. Daily, small stitches and easings. She's worn old Beaver's bathrobes, brewed his tea and coffee, sought his eye across lorry-parks, day rooms and rainy mud fields when all the day's mean, dismal losses could be rescued in the one look- familiar, full of trust, in a season where the word is invoked for quaintness or a minor laugh. And to rip it all out? three years? for this erratic, self-centered- boy, really. Weepers, he supposed to be past thirty, he's years older than she. He ought to've learned something, surely? A man of experience? /// If the rockets don't get her there's still her lieutenant. Damned Beaver/Jeremy IS the War, he is every assertion the fucking War has ever made- that we are meant work and government, for austerity: and these shall take priority over love, dreams, the spirit, the senses and the second-class trivia that are found among the idle and mindless hours of the day... Damn them, they are wrong. They are insane. Jeremy will take her like the Angel itself, in his joyless weasel-worded come-along, and Roger will be forgotten, an amusing maniac, but with no place in the rationalized power-ritual that will be the coming peace. She will take her husband's orders, she will become a domestic bureaucrat, a junior partner, and remember Roger, if at all, as a mistake thank God she did not make... Oh, he feels a raving fit coming on- how the bloody hell can he survive without her? She is the British warm that protects his stooping shoulders, and the wintering sparrow he holds inside his hands. She is his deepest innocence in spaces of bough and hay before wishes were given a separate name to warn they might not come true, and his lithe Parisian daughter of joy, beneath the eternal mirror, forswearing perfumes, capeskins to the armpits, all that is too easy, for his impoverishment and more worthy love. /// Jessica steps away from Roger to blow her nose. The sound is as familiar to him as a bird's song, ip-ip-ip-ip NGUNNGG as the hankerchief comes away..."Oh sooper dooper," she says, "think I'm catching a cold." You're catching the War. It's infecting you and I don't know how to keep it away. Oh, Jess. Jessica. Don't leave me....
Thomas Pynchon (Gravity's Rainbow)
only the words I believe in are the ones that can hurt me.
Axie Oh (The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea)
If I’d broken my right arm, you’d have to feed me.
Axie Oh (XOXO)
bulgogi tacos.
Axie Oh (XOXO)
People who live for tomorrow should fear the people who live for today.
Axie Oh (XOXO)
Because the people who live for tomorrow don’t take risks. They’re afraid of the consequences. While the people who live for today have nothing to lose, so they fight tooth and nail.
Axie Oh (XOXO)
I like you, Jenny,” he confesses. “More than I’ve ever liked anyone before.
Axie Oh (XOXO)
With the hand that isn’t holding my seat, he lifts my face to his and kisses me.
Axie Oh (XOXO)
At first, it’s a close-mouthed kiss, soft and sweet. But then he leans forward, and I feel my ball cap tip off my head as my lips part beneath his. I would collapse, weak-kneed, if I wasn’t already sitting. He runs his hand through my hair, as I wrap one arm around his neck, holding him close.
Axie Oh (XOXO)
that
Axie Oh (The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea)
People don’t begin relationships thinking they’ll end.
Axie Oh (XOXO)
That might be true, but there are many things in my realm that could kill me, too. Drought. Famine." My eyes travel to the paper boat, where I dropped it on the grass. "A broken heart.
Axie Oh (The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea)
I am like the other brides. I know what it is to love someone you would do anything to protect. Who are you to say what my fate is - if I am to fail, or if I am to succeed? My fate is not yours to decide. My fate belongs to me.
Axie Oh (The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea)
Wait for me where the land meets the sea
Axie Oh (The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea)
Stories and myths are my blood and breath.
Axie Oh (The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea)
[...] as an idol, you agreed to share your whole life with your fans, so that they can love you without fear that you'll disappoint or hurt them.
Axie Oh (XOXO)
The last time I sat down for a meal with my family was when I first arrived in Seoul. Being here with Jaewoo and the people who love him makes me miss the people who love me.
Axie Oh (XOXO)
Culpar a los dioses es culpar a la propia naturaleza. Observa tu reflejo y encontrarás a tu enemigo.
Axie Oh (La chica que se entregó al mar)
¿Niegas entonces que los dioses estén destinados a proteger a los humanos? —pregunto. —Lo niego. —La voz de Shin es grave y sus palabras, tan despiadadas y crueles como en la sala del Dios del Mar—. Los humanos son criaturas volubles y violentas. Como temen su propia muerte, se ven abocados a la guerra y arrancan de la tierra en segundos lo que tarda años en crecer.
Axie Oh (La chica que se entregó al mar)
Y no hay esperanza, porque el amor no se puede comprar ni ganar, ni siquiera se puede rezar por él. Debe darse libremente.
Axie Oh (La chica que se entregó al mar)
Do you know how much I love you, Miki?" Dai whispers softly. "Even I don't know. My love for you is endless. Deep and endless, like the sea.
Axie Oh (The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea)
They were girls who would never have ventured to our backwater village in any other life than the one that forced them to give up their own.
Axie Oh (The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea)
I'm sixteen years old. I'm supposed to have all the time in the world!
Axie Oh (The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea)
My eldest brother, Sung, says trust is earned, that to give someone your trust is to give them the knife to wound you. But Joon would counter that trust is faith, that to trust someone is to believe in the goodness of people and in the world that shapes them.
Axie Oh (The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea)
Your people suffer not because of any great will of the gods, but because of their own violent acts. They wage the wars that burn the forests and fields. They spill the blood that pollutes the rivers and streams. To blame the gods is to blame the land itself.
Axie Oh (The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea)
Sung, says trust is earned, that to give someone your trust is to give them the knife to wound you. But Joon would counter that trust is faith, that to trust someone is to believe in the goodness of people and in the world that shapes them.
Axie Oh (The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea)
In this moment, I don’t feel beautiful. Nor do I feel very brave, my hands trembling. But there’s a warmth in my chest that nothing and no one can take from me. This is the strength I call upon now, because even if I am afraid, I know I’ve chosen this.
Axie Oh (The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea)
I wonder if it happens in a day, for your fate to change. Or if it takes longer for your life to be stolen from you.
Axie Oh (The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea)
You claim the gods should love and care for humans. I disagree. I don’t think love can be bought or earned or even prayed for. It must be freely given.
Axie Oh (The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea)
There’s an answer I could give her, that’s easier said in English. That words like “bitch” and “slut” have been used systemically to belittle women and entrench misogyny in all cultures around the world, that I wouldn’t want people to judge me or boil all my decisions down to a single word, without nuance or context or compassion.
Axie Oh (XOXO)
like I was chasing the spark that lit between us.
Axie Oh (XOXO)
My mom, an immigrant with an accent, knew the power of language, which to her was like a weapon to use against people who claimed she didn’t belong. That’s why she became a lawyer.
Axie Oh (XOXO)
Which destiny belongs to me? Which destiny will I grasp on to with both hands?
Axie Oh (The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea)
In this moment, I don’t feel beautiful. Nor do I feel very brave, my hands trembling. But there’s a warmth in my chest that nothing and no one can take from me. This is the strength I call upon now, because even if I am afraid, I know I’ve chosen this. I am the maker of my own destiny.
Axie Oh (The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea)
I wish I could bear some of your burden for you. Holding you now, I can feel how heavy it is. He starts to sob, and I wrap my arms around his neck, as if I could hold him together with just my strength.
Axie Oh (The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea)
Lifting her hand in the air, she flings the paper boat into the fire. "No!" I scream, lunging forward. My hand rips through the flames. A terrible sound comes from my throut, an agonized cry that has less to do with my burning hand and more to do with my breaking heart. Shin grabs me from behind, pulling me back. He drags me from the room the sound of the goddess's laughter ringing loudly in my ears.
Axie Oh (The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea)
I'm afraid of the forest," I blurt out, shame washing over me. How weak and human I must appear to him. When Namgi doesn't respond, I brush by him, trudging forward. I've only walked a few paces when he slips his arm into mine. "I'm afraid of a lot of things," he say, "but not the darkness. I can see in the dark, you know. That must be why. Really, I don't need this torch, but you do, so I'll hold it for you. sometimes I can be thoughtless. And I like to tease. But you can depend upon me.
Axie Oh (The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea)
You're stubborn and loyal and good, and when you love, you love with your whole heart... But when you're afraid, your heart is closed, and it's never the right time, but when your heart is open, and you're willing to be brave enough to take a chance, the time is always right.
Axie Oh (XOXO)
I press my hands to my eyes, and they come away wet. “I don’t know. I cry a lot, I think. I have weak eyes.” My brother wraps his arms around me. “Or a strong heart.
Axie Oh (The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea)
I won’t say the qualities he lacks that would make it impossible for me to love him, either: a caring heart, looking at me not as a burden or a weakness, but as a strength.
Axie Oh (The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea)
But instead of taking the pebble, he slips his hand over mine, the pebble pressed between our palms, holding tight. “If I take it,” he says, “I won’t ever let go.
Axie Oh (The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea)
People have died for love, they have lied and cheated and parted from those who loved them in turn. Love has slammed doors on fortunes, made bad men from heroes and heroes from libertines. Love has corrupted, cured, depraved and perverted. It is the remedy, the melody, the poison and the pain. The appetite, the antidote, the fever and the flavour. Love Kills. Love Cures. Love is a bloody menace. Oh, but it’s fun while it lasts. The world faltered on its axis, then resumed its customary gyration, a place of improved possibilities.
Louise Welsh (The Cutting Room)
You have to believe in something to be the god of it
Axie Oh (The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea)
I cry a lot, I think. I have weak eyes.' ' Or a strong heart.
Axie Oh (The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea)
And we were laughing. So hard that there were tears in our eyes, and I remember thinking, I'm so happy. I never want this feeling to end. I want it to last forever. But nothing ever does.
Axie Oh (XOXO)
His arms tighten around me. “Wherever you are, I’ll find you.” “I’ll make it easy for you. Because I’ll be right here. With you.
Axie Oh (The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea)
It's true that people do the most desperate things for those they love. Some might even call it a sacrifice—maybe that's what people believed when I jumped into the sea in place of Shim Cheong. But I think it might be the other way around. I think it would be a terrible sacrifice to do nothing.
Axie Oh (The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea)
He was right, in the end, but while it gained him nothing to be right, it costs me everything to be wrong.
Axie Oh (The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea)
It's easier to be brave when you're boiling mad.
Axie Oh (The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea)
The gentleness of his touch almost undoes the fragile walls I've built around my heart.
Axie Oh (The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea)