When all’s said and done, all roads lead to the same end. So it’s not so much which road you take, as how you take it

path

“Maybe I should just take her and go,” Frankie said.

“That’s running again.”

“I know that, Tony. But maybe I’m just not cut out for making a stand. I came back here to exorcise old ghosts, not take part in a gangster shoot-out.”

Valenti nodded. “Well, it’s your decision, Frankie. Either way, I’ll back you. Just do what you think is right.”

“But I don’t know!

When all’s said and done,” Mally said, “all roads lead to the same end. So its not so much which road you take, as how you take it.

That made sense, Valenti thought. We all got to die sometime. So it’s the way you lived that you left behind. Beside him, Frankie nodded as she, too, thought it through.

by Charles de Lint (born 22 December 1951)
from Greenmantle (1998)
Part Three – A Fire of Bones
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