This is the section that I've been meaning to write for a long time, but never had the time to. Penny quotes a lot, and though some of her sources are mentioned within the story, most of them aren't. In order to give each person the credit they richly deserve, and to let curious people out there know where they come from, I figured I'd make a list of them all. They're listed by story, in the order in which they appear. I'll write down as much info as I'm able, but if you'd like to know more, feel free to send me a line...I may be able to find out more.


Excerpt from "Annabel Lee," by Edgar Allen Poe

"It's not lack of sex we die from, it's lack of love." ~ The Handmaid's Tale, by Margaret Atwood

"And as stars shine there is no doubt, that love remains when time runs out." ~ "My Reply to the Nymph's Shepherd," by Loganette - based on a poem by Sir Walter Raliegh


"Weeping Willows, Cattails," sung by Jane Olivor, written by Gordon Lightfoot

"Only boys that save their Pennies make my rainy day..." ~ "Material Girl," by Madonna

Excerpt from "Tell Her About It," by Billy Joel

Excerpt from "She's Got a Way," by Billy Joel

"Ever dance with the devil in the pale moonlight?" ~ The Joker (Jack Nicholson) in Batman


Excerpts from "The Raven," by Edgar Allen Poe

"A woman is like a tea bag, you don't know how strong she is until you put her in hot water," paraphrasing Nancy Regan

"I'm everything I am because you loved me," ~ "Because You Loved Me," sung by Celine Dion

"I don't need diamond rings or 18 carrot gold...satin sheets are very romantic, but what happens when you're not in bed?" ~ "Express Yourself," by Madonna


"Sandy Claus, why? Why are you taking our Christmas tree? Why?" ~ Little Cindny Lou Who, The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, by Dr. Seuss

"You were my lesson to learn, I was your fortress to burn." ~ "The Power of Good-bye," by Madonna

"And I built myself so strong again somehow...and I banished every memory you and I had ever made..." ~ "It's All Coming Back to Me Now," sung by Celine Dion

"Confiteor Deo Omnipontenti, Beatae Mariae semper Virgini, Beato Michaeli archangelo, Sancits apostolis omnibus sanctis, Et tibi Pater, Quia peccavi nimis, cogitatione, verbo et opere, mea culpa." ~ Catholic Confession in Latin, taken from the soundtrack of Disney's The Hunchback of Notre Dame

"Iris" ~ song by Goo Goo Dolls


"The night is my companion, the solitude my guide." ~ "Possession," by Sara McLachlan

"Remember, 'If you fall, I will catch you, I'll be waiting. Time after time." ~ "Time After Time," by Cyndi Lauper

"I can't look out a window without my shadow getting in the way." ~ paraphrasing "Building a Mystery," by Sarah McLachlan

"I stand inside my hell and hold the hand of death." ~ "Come to my Window," by Melissa Etheridge

Excerpt from "Dangerous Game" from "Jekyll and Hyde - The Musical"

Excerpt from "Black," by Sarah McLachlan

"'Touch me, it's so easy to leave me, all alone with the memory of my days in the sun." ~ "Memory" from "Cats"

"I don't know what to do, I'm always in the dark." ~ "Total Eclipse of the Heart," by Bonnie Tyler

"If you're lost you can look and you will find me. Time after Time." ~ "Time After Time," by Cyndi Lauper

"He should make me laugh, but let me cry." ~ paraphrasing Full Circle, by Danielle Steel *Note - I watched it for Reed Diamond...pretty sappy story, but great acting on Reed's part.

"Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise." ~ "Finale" from "Les Miserables"


"She Was a Phantom of Delight," by William Wordsworth

"Your coming back to me was against all odds." ~ "Against the Odds," by Phil Collins

"Everything dies." ~ one of the phrases used in the opening credits of The X-Files

"Hello, boy," and "Hello, Penny-lady" ~ paraphrasing Wendy and Peter Pan in Peter Pan

Exerpt from "She's Got a Way," by Billy Joel

"Now that I've grown, everything's changed. I'll never be the same." ~ "Nothing Really Matters," by Madonna

"Ever dance with the devil in the pale moonlight?" ~ The Joker (Jack Nicholson) in Batman

"Because he had learned that when there was no love to make, all you'd make in the end was nothing. And then you'd feel worse than before. " ~ paraphrasing an idea covered in the book The Visitor, by Christopher Pike

"I'll take your breath away." ~ "Possession," by Sarah McLachlan

Beginnings: Back to where it all started...
Weeping Willows: Cattails, gentle winds, and roses...
Winter Days: Sometimes they're hard, but the sun is still shining...
Winter Nights: The moon can light the way until the clouds cover it...
Darkest Before Dawn: The lights are out...can anyone find a match...?
Valentine's Day: It's not all hearts and chocolate anymore...