slightly strange

“Listen you, take your hand from her hair, stand back, step forth, make hay while the sun is shining. The devil jumped up on a hickory stump, she shook her hips as she walked in a slightly strange and sexy way. Nor was meant to be. The room seemed to sway delicately with each shift of her slight weight.”

— Lord Malinov, Song of Songs

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applauded myself

“Yah,“ I said cooling, “Bender’s great” I applauded myself as I descended into the light, back into the crowd. Some perfect world we know we’ll never find. Your mind is not your own. My God what have I done.”

— Lord Malinov, Song of Songs

fault or weakness

“When a character in a novel does or says something outlandish, I don’t waste time wondering why, trying to unravel the mystery of the psychology of a fictional actor. I wonder why the narrator told me such a thing and what the author thought they might accomplish. For if there is fault or weakness in the storytelling, it is not the character’s failing. All blame lies solely with the author.”

— Lord Malinov

opened wide

“We took a few steps out of the kitchen. Terri’s voice grew stronger, enthusiastic in her high-pitched squeals. I looked at Meg, whose blue eyes were opened wide with wonder. Jack’s deep voice shook the beach house.”

— Lord Malinov, Journals of Lord Malinov

broke down

“Sarah’s been in love with me for a year or so. She’s actually the younger sister of one of my college buddies, so I’ve known her for longer than that, but when Rich moved down to Dallas, Sarah realized I wouldn’t be stopping by anymore and she broke down and confessed her love for me.”

— Lord Malinov, Journals of Lord Malinov