Novel Quote #5; first paragraph

Sometimes very bad things happen. Very bad things that make us stop and think.

If we’re lucky, that’s all there’s to it; we’re forced to live with the directly perceivable consequences, we gain some wisdom and we move on. That’s it. Perhaps it’ll come accompanied by basic emotional reactions such as sorrow, anger or even depression, but these are all manageable.

If we’re unlucky, the bad things spark a relentless journey into madness and delirium. These are a little bit more difficult to live with. They’re destructive. They’re vicious. They bring others down with them.

The problem, as far as bad things are concerned, is that if they happen and we’re unlucky, we won’t realise what’s happened before it’s too late.