all, everything that i understand,” he wrote, “i understand only because i love.” but words on a page didn’t teach me that lesson. i learned it on my own. i learned it from a ribbon tied around my ring finger. i learned it from a kick inside my belly. i learned it from death, and hardship, and brief acts of inexplicable kindness. no matter where i’ve gone, or what i’ve done—all the dark things i do not regret, but will never speak of— that is a part of me that i have always kept safe.

 favorite comics: black widow vol. 7 by marjorie liu and daniel acuna