Kristen D. Randle Quotes.

1. "Trust is weird, my mother said. People give it too easily, most of the time. Because somebody is attractive, they expect him to be good or honest. Or like pushy salesmen—somebody who carefully makes you feel like you’re emotionally obligated to trust them. Like you’re the rude one if you don’t. Trust is really something that needs to be earned. Hard earned. If somebody every says, ‘Don’t you trust me?’ Just say, No, as a matter of fact."
- Kristen D. Randle, The Gardener

2. "Which made me laugh, of course. If you ever want to get truly hysterical, just get really, really scared, and then have somebody say something funny. You get caught between the laugh and the sob, and it’s hard to find your way out."
- Kristen D. Randle, The Gardener

3. "I was thinking about his hands on me. Nobody had ever treated me like that. Not ever. But now they had. And how was I ever going to forget it? I would never. I would never."
- Kristen D. Randle, The Gardener

4. "He laughed, looking down into his empty cup. Decent people don’t expect that kind of twistedness. He put the cup down on the floor. And if they ever did suspect it, they’d just blame themselves for thinking too mean. You should trust your disquiet the next time. That’s what it’s there for. A man like that gets where he is by seeming. And then he makes you feel obligated to him. It’s an old trick."
- Kristen D. Randle, The Gardener

5. "There is a difference, I said stiffly, between being naive and being innocent."
- Kristen D. Randle, The Gardener

6. "I miss you. You don’t know how much I miss you. You don’t know how my heart sinks inside me when I think how far away you are. But then, maybe you know that feeling. I hope you do. No, I wouldn’t wish that on you. But then, yes I would . . .. Forgive me for missing you that much."
- Kristen D. Randle, The Gardener

7. "Then we were quiet. Quiet isn’t easy. Especially with virtual strangers. They say that nature hates a vacuum, and so it’s kind of natural to want to fill up a human silence with words—any kind of lame words. But there was such a feeling of space around us that my first self-conscious word died long before I ever felt it on my tongue."
- Kristen D. Randle, The Gardener

8. "But here in the open air, this naked, solitary fiddle began a rhythm that played havoc with time, making patterns that set you to moving and told your heart it had been beating the wrong way all your misspent life."
- Kristen D. Randle, The Gardener

9. "You coming? he asked her, leaning in through the door. And then he finally really looked at me. He came to a complete halt—not just his body, but his energy. His eyebrows went right up. Oh, he said. I sort of flicked my hem at him, assuming what I fondly considered an enigmatic look. This okay? I asked. Oh, he said again, stepping inside the house. The screen door hit him when it closed. Yeah. Yeah, that works. It kind of looked like he was beginning to sweat."
- Kristen D. Randle, The Gardener

10. "Why would I assume that the guy wanted to hurt me when nobody’s ever tried to hurt me before?"
- Kristen D. Randle, The Gardener

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