Oliver’s view of women was shaped early in life…
Bianca was 23. She didn’t have wings.
Did I just see the tip of his tongue protrude from its enamel cage…
He treated women as he did words: He played with them.
There are two ways to remember the island of Elathea: by the whispered memories of its remaining inhabitants or through the aching monument that barely remains.
His children didn’t notice the look in their father’s eyes that afternoon; the present is all they cared for.
He still trusted his strength and his memory, but not his judgement. That part was no longer with him. It escaped somehow when he wasn’t paying attention.