She told me to keep my emotions inside, because the outside world wouldn’t know how to deal with them.
He taught me about excess - at the cost of his own life.
She taught me that the means can justify the end.
He gave me a foundation that I still use today.
She wasn’t able to convince me to stop setting fires, so she taught me how to be more efficient.
He told me that I can’t change who I am.
She showed me what it was like to have a void, and as a gift she gave me my own.
He showed me what not being able to communicate looked like.
She told me that sometimes good intentions aren’t good enough.
He showed me what it meant to have a heart, and what happens when it’s used incorrectly.
She helped me discover the joys of losing an appetite.
He stood by, and watched it happen.
I’ve always known how to throw a stone, but she taught me when it was best to hide my hand, and when it was best to throw everything else.
She taught me compassion.
He showed me the true meaning of absence.
She showed me how to disappear.