“It is hard to get comfortable people to do anything when it might cost them their comfort.”
— Trickster’s Queen, Tamora Pierce
“You asked me why the king doesn’t just call on the gods for help with Scanra. We mustn’t get too dependent on the gods. On the day before King Jonathan’s coronation, the Great Mother Goddess spoke of a crossroads in time, when not even the gods can predict how things might go. At such times they must step away and let us deal with things. It’s a blessing, in a way. It evens the balance and saves us mortals from being the gods’ puppets. Still, it’s hard to think of it as a blessing when you’re frightened, you don’t know why, and all you want is for the god to tell you what the bad thing is so you can hunt it down and kill it.”
— Trickster’s Choice, Tamora Pierce
This passage jumped out at me after the recent episode of Doctor Who- Kill the Moon. As nice as it is to have The Doctor make the decisions and often save the earth, it’s even nicer when a human does so.
Prompt #285 (by anonymous)
“Try not to make it a matter for the Dogs,” Ersken told him. “Friendly is always best.”
Rosto gave Ersken a grin that was all teeth. “I’m the friendliest cove around, Westover,” he said. “Ask anyone.”
"Living,” Aniki murmured.
— Bloodhound - Tamora Pierce