“I’ve roamed the earth since the primordial gases settled. I watched as the first cell split in two. I’m the curse on men’s lips and yet reside in the lap of every gal. I have been called a saint and a god. The children of the Nile called me Bes for a time. I have been known as Eros and Valentine. My boy, I am a creature of love and death and the Lord of union and separation.”

“I come and go as I fancy. Arrogant speck! None hold dominion over me. Not the great hand in the dark nor the pull of its stars. Certainly not you. I could as easily pass eternity sifting through sand.”