"The sounds flood through the canals and the sting of iron washes over my tongue."
"The original personality, Lauren, stopped aging at this age, and she hasn't really been seen or heard from since."
"I cut all my hair off shortly after that to punish her, but that meant there were no more strands to pull."
"A child is like a houseplant, only needing a few basic things for survival. Food, water, love, and some sunlight. Maybe you assumed she was giving me those things. I suspect you never gave enough shit to provide them to me yourself, so there I was left with crumbs."
"Considering my lineage, I am genetically designed to endure way more than what I've done so far, so lets shift this bitch into maximum overdrive."
"Giving up is not something I take lightly, and making a conscious choice to do it again is a toss up for me."