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Rickon cried as they crowned him. She held his hand after, whispering sweet words in his ear and thinking how much he looked like Robb. But Robb had never called her mother. “I am your sister,” she said firmly. “Sansa. Sansa Stark." There would be no more ghosts in Winterfell. She would not allow it.

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Brienne was as strong as most knights, and her old master-at-arms used to say that she was quicker than any woman her size had any right to be. The gods had given her stamina too, which Ser Goodwin deemed a noble gift. Fighting with sword and shield was a wearisome business, and victory oft went to the man with most endurance. Ser Goodwin had taught her to fight cautiously, to conserve her strength while letting her foes spend theirs in furious attacks. “Men will always underestimate you,” he said

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I remember the first time my father took me to court, Robert had to hold my hand. I could not have been older than four, which would have made him five or six. We agreed afterward that the king had been as noble as the dragons were fearsome.

Years later, our father told us that Aerys had cut himself on the throne that morning, so his Hand had taken his place. It was Tywin Lannister who’d so impressed us.

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“He has a song,” the man replied. “He is the prince that was promised, and his is the song of ice and fire.” He looked up when he said it […]. “There must be one more. […] The dragon has three heads.” He went to the window seat, picked up a harp, and ran his fingers lightly over its silvery strings. Sweet sadness filled the room as man and wife and babe faded like the morning mist, only the music lingering behind

Golshifteh Farahani as Elia Martell
Andrej Pejic as Rhaegar Targaryen
Hailee Steinfeld as Lyanna Stark

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They had been at court together. Companions to Princess Rhaella.

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A Lannister Fairy Tale | Part 1 Part 2

"…is how the golden knight slayed the dragon, and saved the city," Joanna said with a final flourish of her hands.

"Did the bards sing of the Dragonslayer? Did he become a great swordsman?" Jaime asked, clutching a wooden sword tightly in both hands. "And what about the girl?" Cersei asked anxiously. "The secret princess? Did she become queen?"

"They did," Joanna said. "But that’s a sadder story."

The twins weren’t listening. Surely, if the girl became a queen, and the boy a great knight, the twins in the story could do anything they wanted. Mayhaps even marry… 

Happy Birthday, Suzy

"The gods are fallen and all safety gone. And there is one sure thing about the fall of gods: they do not fall a little; they crash and shatter or sink deeply into green muck. It is a tedious job to build them up again; they never quite shine."  
—John Steinbeck, East of Eden

There was a time when a woman like Cersei would have been called possessed by the devil. She would have been exorcised to cast out the evil spirit, and if after many trials that did not work, she would have been burned as a witch for the good of the community. The one thing that may not be forgiven a witch is her ability to distress people, to make them restless and uneasy and even envious.

At seventeen, sitting in the front pew, Cersei held her twin brother’s hand as the reverend looked pointedly at her and asked, “Are monsters born in the world to human parents? If a twisted gene or a malformed egg can produce physical monsters, may not the same process produce a malformed soul?” The reverend thought himself an educated man; he did not understand. Jaime will go to Stanford and join the army and travel the world, and I will smile and fill my dance card and drink punch. He is father’s heir and I am to be sold to some stranger. Her grip tightened painfully, nails digging into flesh, but Jaime did not pull away. That would not come until later.

"You look as innocent as an angel," the same reverend whispered as he placed her hand in Robert Baratheon’s the following spring. Cersei beamed. I fucked Jaime this morning. Her smile died when she saw the look on Jaime’s face….

ASOIAF retold as classic literature
Jaime & Cersei in East of Eden

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