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|12. a city of memory: 271||'Did something happen to Valentine's heart?' / 'It happened a long time ago,' the red rider says. 'He did it himself. If you were afraid of being hurt by anything, you could put your heart in a box... / 'There nothing can pierce your heart, and nothing can hurt you any more.' / But then no warmth...|
|12. a city of memory: 272||'One day the heart grows completely hollow and disappears entirely. / 'I was angry when I first realized this. But hearts follow the shape of their surroundings. An iron box is strong, and cold, and hollow... I have accepted this.' / 'And is this your heart?' I asked. / 'This isn't my heart any more,'...|
|12. a city of memory: 273||'What happens when you put someone else's heart in your box?' I ask her. / 'The box thinks it is my heart,' the rider says. / 'And what about the other person?' / 'They die.' / 'Oh,' I said. / I didn't feel that was enough to say. But it felt like nothing I could say would ever have been enough,...|
|12. a city of memory: 274||'His box doesn't yet realize that it is empty,' the rider said. 'What a fool.' / For the first time, I notice a small crack in the lid of her box. As if something has managed to pierce it. / 'Isn't there anything I can do?' I asked. / 'He asked to be left alone when this happened,' she said. 'He does...|
|12. a city of memory: 275||The spaces between words are sometimes as important as the words. / Sometimes no matter what, a conversation will end, and perhaps there is nothing more one can do about it. / But perhaps somewhere, not too far away, someone else is waiting, / and you only have to travel the length of that space to...|
|13. a shrine for Lilith: 276||As we traveled closer to the white tower, it became apparent that others were leaving it. / I asked the red rider why this was happening. / 'The war is over,' she said. 'They are going home.' / 'That's wonderful!' I said. 'I didn't even know the war was over. Why is it?'|
|13. a shrine for Lilith: 277||'The war started because of one person,' she said. 'But now that person is dying. / 'So there is no longer any need for a war.' / And, under the shadow of the white tower, we did indeed find someone who seemed to no longer have any need for a war. / 'He seems to be a very peaceful person,' I said....|
|13. a shrine for Lilith: 278||'He'd always rather die than do something he absolutely hated. But he'd rather do something he hated than let someone else die... / 'That's why I ended up starting the war; so he had to stay alive to save me.' / 'Was it really as simple as that?' I asked. / 'Of course!' the king of demons said. 'Come...|
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