Alex. Old enough to know better. Holding on to the calm amidst the chaos of life with varying degrees of success.
There is something about words. In expert hands, manipulated deftly, they take you prisoner. Wind themselves around your limbs like spider silk, and when you are so enthralled you cannot move, they pierce your skin, enter your blood, numb your thoughts. Inside you they work their magic.
— Diane Setterfield (The Thirteenth Tale)