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Love takes hostages

30 April 2015

Have you ever been in love? Horrible isn’t it? It makes you so vulnerable. It opens your chest and it opens up your heart and it means that someone can get inside you and mess you up. You build up all these defenses, you build up a whole suit of armor, so that nothing can hurt you, then one stupid person, no different from any other stupid person, wanders into your stupid life…You give them a piece of you. They didn’t ask for it. They did something dumb one day, like kiss you or smile at you, and then your life isn’t your own anymore. Love takes hostages. It gets inside you. It eats you out and leaves you crying in the darkness, so simple a phrase like ‘maybe we should be just friends’ turns into a glass splinter working its way into your heart. It hurts. Not just in the imagination. Not just in the mind. It’s a soul-hurt, a real gets-inside-you-and-rips-you-apart pain. I hate love.

Neil Gaiman


15 Comments to “Love takes hostages”

  1. A bit too dramatic for me.

    Someone needs a hobby, or more casual sex 🙂

  2. Ink up one of your pens, Neil. That’ll make you feel better.

  3. Heh, I guess he hasn’t read any good books. The ones that you get so into it’s your loss when they lose, your gain when they win — and you cry for them when it all goes wrong …

  4. While I agree that letting someone into your heart makes you vulnerable, that person isn’t “stupid”. As with anything in life, the greater the risk, the greater reward.

    I’m glad I took a chance on my husband. We will be celebrating our 10th Anniversary soon.

  5. I couldn’t remember which Sandman character said this, so I googled it. Turns out it was Rose Walker. Considering how much Desire (the personification) messed up her life, I can hardly blame her.

  6. I’ve seen this before, but it never grows old for me.

  7. A very good time to not confuse a character’s voice with an author’s voice.

    Mr. Gaiman is powerful. Too much in one sitting alters my life for large blocks of time. An astonishing writer.

  8. So, this is a Sandman character’s voice saying this. I will have to check out his Sandman stuff. I love his work.

  9. Mmm, I need to go back and read Sandman again. The first time I did, I was sprawled on a basement floor, surrounded by comics carefully collected – all but issue #4, which had been stolen.

    It’s a good enough series I skipped right past the missing issue, and kept going for hours.

  10. I agree with him completely, and now I want to read everything he has ever written. LOL

  11. “They say money is the root of all evil. That may be true but if it is, love comes in a close second.” -Hank Mossberg, “Death in the Hallows”

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