alex russell

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If you ask me, anti-heroes are the most interesting characters in any form of writing.

i want to be loved like an aquarium in a chinese restaurant

loved like an asterisk at the start of your name in someone’s contacts

loved honestly like when you have a free choice between your starters and pick charmander because it’s your favourite pokemon

loved tactically like your rival choosing squirtle because it’s the most likely to beat your charmander

and then the two of you go on a life changing journey across the world making an
eternal bond with your new best friend

sometimes we’re loved like the bulbasaur left on the table

there are no other trainers in pallet town
—  Alex Russell, “Lucky Star,” published in Spy Kids Review
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As human beings, we’re considered the apex predator but only because smaller animals can’t feed on us because of weapons and stuff, right? A lion does not feel guilty when it kills a gazelle, right? You do not feel guilty when you squash a fly… and I think that means something. I just think that really means something.

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“Why Tibet?”

“I don’t know. It seems really beautiful, you know. The monuments and mountains, you know? I don’t know. And the monks have achieved such a high level of enlightenment that they can like… they can like float and shit. You know, so we’d fit right in. Yeah, but like seriously, I think we should go. It would be really cool. Peaceful.”

“Hey, Andrew. I just wanted to say… that… I’m sorry. And, uh… I- I hope you know that I did what I had to do. You’re not a bad person. I know that. That’s all that matters. And uh- I want you to know that I’m gonna be better from now on. I’m gonna help people. I’m gonna find out what happened to us down there, I don’t care how long it takes. I’m gonna get answers. I’m gonna do it for you, and I’m gonna do it for Steve. And, I just- I love you, man. I didn’t ever get a chance to tell you, but I love you. And guess what?” […] “Isn’t it beautiful? Goodbye, Andrew.”