bradford cross

title: heist of hearts

words: 7.5k+

description: He still can’t believe she had a stun gun for a phone case.


sit still, look pretty - daya

dangerous woman - ariana grande

gun to the head - mishcatt

control - halsey

skyfall - adele

rock bottom - hailee steinfeld


Maya Hart didn’t do damsel in distress.

Actually, she didn’t do distress in general. Everything she did was calculated. From her tight lipped smiles and flirtatious one finger waves to the way she turned her body so she could figure out how many surveillance cameras were in the penthouse of the swanky Upper East Side building. (There were four.)

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Word of the Day: Riposte

riposte \ri-POHST\, noun:

1. a quick, sharp return in speech or action; counterstroke: a brilliant riposte to an insult.
2. Fencing. a quick thrust given after parrying a lunge.

1. to make a riposte.
2. to reply or retaliate.

He remembered von Neumann’s sly riposte to Oppenheimer’s famous words quoted from the Bhagavad Gita after the Trinity implosion was heard around the world on July 16, 1945.
– Bradford Morrow, Ariel’s Crossing, 2002

Bantering, smart but tentative as shy circling children, both of us checking covertly after each riposte to make sure we hadn’t crossed any line or hurt any feelings.
– Tana French, In the Woods, 2007

Riposte comes from the French word of the same spelling which means “a prompt answer.”