Characters live

Over the years I have forged intimate familial ties with these characters, who are reflections of a portion of myself. Consequently, even a character who appeared only once in a short story waits now in the wings, concealed by the curtain, for his next appearance on stage. Not one of them has ever broken free of his familial ties with me and disappeared for ever – at least, not within the confines of my heart. ― from The Final Martyrs