My Name Is Memory


“People sometimes talk about the power of first impressions, and believe me, there is truth to it. The path of your life can change in an instant. Not just the path of your life but the path of all your lives, the path of your soul. Whether you remember or not.” -Daniel

“Imagine dozens of lives and dozens of bodies in dozens of places among dozens of families, further complicated by dozens of deaths in between.” -Daniel

“You forget your victories, but you remember the losses.” -Lucy’s father

“When we stopped to eat in the midday, she spilled rice on my knee, and she smiled. I wanted her to spill a thousand things on me, lava, acid, bricks, anything, and smile each time.” -Daniel

“I wrote a note to myself. For later. To make me remember.” -Lucy

“I did the searching and remembering, she did the disappearing and the forgetting.” -Daniel

“There was a satisfaction in being right and a terror in finding so much evidence that the world didn’t work the way you or most other people thought it did.”

“Daniel once said dreams were filled with images and feelings from old lives.” -Constance

Was this the explanation for deja vu? She had the sensation of both folding it up to hide it away and unfolding it carefully to discover its secrets.”

“But when nature offers you one of her true gifts, there’s a special punishment for those who throw it away.” -Daniel

“She put her hand down to the ground to see what he would do. He clung to her for a few seconds. But then he reached his head out courageously.”

“You remember what is lost, and you forget what’s right in front of you.” -Amita/Ben

“They’d engraved the name they’d given him second and the name he’d given himself first.”

“He loved it because he’d been loved.”

“I think I’m really here.” -Daniel

“He had watched her die once before.”

“No! If you didn’t have a choice, you had to make a choice. If you didn’t have options, you made some. You couldn’t just let the world happen to you.” -Daniel

“Hey, baby,” -Daniel

“You gave more than you took, my love. We’re all square. You’re allowed to forget it now.” -Lucy

-Daniel, Lucy/Constance, Ben/Amita; My Name Is Memory


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