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The Sandman: The Kindly Ones, by Neil Gaiman, inked by Marc Hempel

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The Sandman: The Kindly Ones, by Neil Gaiman, inked by Marc Hempel

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<div> —  Neil Gaiman, <i>The Kindly Ones </i><br> </div><span>Have you ever been in love? Horrible isn’t it? It makes you so vulnerable. It opens your chest and it opens up your heart and it means that someone can get inside you and mess you up.</span>
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me, reading volume 9 of The Sandman: ʷʰʸ’ᵈ ᵗʰᵉʸ ʰᵃᵛᵉ ᵗᵒ ᵐᵃᵏᵉ ᵗʰᵉ ᶜᵒʳᶦⁿᵗʰᶦᵃⁿ ʰᵒᵗ ᶦⁿ ᵗʰᶦˢ ᵒⁿᵉ

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<div> —  The Kindly Ones<br> </div><span>Have you ever been in love? Horrible isn’t it? It makes you so vulnerable. It opens your heart and it means that someone can get inside you and mess you up. You build up all these defenses, you build up a whole suit of armor, so that nothing can hurt you, then one stupid person, no different from any other stupid person, wanders into your stupid life… You give them a piece of you. They didn’t ask for it. They did something dumb one day, like kiss you or smile at you, and then your life isn’t your own anymore. Love takes Hostages. It gets inside you. It eats you out and leaves you crying in the darkness, so simple a phrase like ‘maybe we should just be friends’ turns into a glass splinter working its way into your heart. It hurts. Not just in the imagination. Not just in the mind. It’s a soul-hurt, a real gets-inside-you-and-rips-you-apart pain. I hate love.</span>
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“Have you ever been in love? Horrible isn’t it? It makes you so vulnerable. It opens your chest and it opens up your heart and it means that someone can get inside you and mess you up.”
― Neil Gaiman, The Kindly Ones (Sandman, #9)

Paintings by Ron Hicks

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Have you ever been in love? Horrible isn’t it? It makes you so vulnerable. It opens your chest and it opens up your heart and it means that someone can get inside you and mess you up.

Neil Gaiman, The Kindly Ones

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“Have you ever been in love? Horrible, isn’t it? It makes you so vulnerable. It opens your chest and it opens up your heart and it means that someone can get inside you and mess you up. You build up all these defenses. You build up this whole armor, for years, so nothing can hurt you, then one stupid person, no different from any other stupid person, wanders into your stupid life… You give them a piece of you. They don’t ask for it. They do something dumb one day like kiss you, or smile at you, and then your life isn’t your own anymore. Love takes hostages. It gets inside you. It eats you out and leaves you crying in the darkness, so a simple phrase like “maybe we should just be friends” or “how very perceptive” turns into a glass splinter working its way into your heart. It hurts. Not just in the imagination. Not just in the mind. It’s a soul-hurt, a body-hurt, a real gets-inside-you-and-rips-you-apart pain. Nothing should be able to do that. Especially not love. I hate love.” -Neil Gaiman, The Kindly Ones

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From 1993 – a distributor catalog ad announcing the debut of The Sandman: The Kindly Ones, featuring one of my very first drawings of Dream.

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I have a new idea

So in Greek mythology The Kindly Ones from Greek mythology were the defenders of Athens and worked in the courts of the Athennean legal system, we also know that the fae are definitely lawyers, they work in courts and with contracts, they can’t outright lie but trade in half truths and misleading speech. What I’m saying is that lawyers and judges are fae and fury’s, specifically the fury’s are usually prosecuting attorneys and the fae are usually defense attorneys

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“Have you ever been in love? Horrible, isn’t it? It makes you so vulnerable. It opens your chest and it opens up your heart and it means that someone can get inside you and mess you up. You build up all these defenses. You build up this whole armor, for years, so nothing can hurt you, then one stupid person, no different from any other stupid person, wanders into your stupid life… You give them a piece of you. They don’t ask for it. They do something dumb one day like kiss you, or smile at you, and then your life isn’t your own anymore. Love takes hostages. It gets inside you. It eats you out and leaves you crying in the darkness, so a simple phrase like “maybe we should just be friends” or “how very perceptive” turns into a glass splinter working its way into your heart. It hurts. Not just in the imagination. Not just in the mind. It’s a soul-hurt, a body-hurt, a real gets-inside-you-and-rips-you-apart pain. Nothing should be able to do that. Especially not love. I hate love.”

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Is there a support group for people who had just finished reading the Kindly Ones ? I’d like to join

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I’m getting serious greek myth vibes from these promos and not just because of the toga-like dresses. They’re the classic goddess trinity like the Fates or the Furies. The imagery even has the maiden-mother-crone thing going on even though Eve is not a mother and Villanelle is far from maidenly.

The Fates:

One weaves life into existance (Eve certainly breathed new life into bored Villanelle), one determines how long someone can live (Carolyn’s orders determine who lives and dies) and one ends life (Villanelle, enough said).

The Furies:

I’m all for these women wrecking wrongdoers, even if those who wronged them are each other. No, especially if it’s each other.

P.S. I want Eve’s dress. It is gorgeous.

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