once upon a time there was a boy who lived in a house across the field from a girl who no longer exists. they made up a thousand games.
she was queen and he was king. in the autumn light, her hair shone like a crown. they collected the world in small handfuls. when the sky grew dark they parted with leaves in their hair.
once upon a time there was a boy who loved a girl, and her laughter was a question he wanted to spend his whole life answering.
—the history of love, nicole krauss (via myhusbandstumor)