“I leave the door open because I trust you. I trust you because I think you’re the only person I’ve ever met who would have the audacity to kill me if I became a threat.”

I couldn’t sleep without the door open. I don’t think he understood why I was keeping it open because I heard him gingerly close the door one night, trying not to wake me. It was the door closing that kept me up, not the other way around.

“You know how some people learn Russian so they can read Tolstoy in the mother tongue?”


“That’s like me with people. I’ve been teaching myself the expressions that make up your language since the day we met, and linguistic knowledge is cumulative.”

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