Good night. Sleep well. I’ll most likely kill you in the morning.
The Princess Bride is one of my favorite movies (though, of course, the book is better!).
And like all my favorite movies, lines from it have made their way into my life. My kids love the “No more rhyming and I mean it…” “Anybody want a peanut?” and “Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya. You kill my father. Prepare to die.” lines. And so do I. But the line above is the one that I thought of almost everyday when I was writing First Date.
For those of you who don’t know this movie (I am gasping in horror at the thought), let me set up the scene: Wesley (above) is telling Buttercup, the love of his life, how he survived being captured by the Dread Pirate Roberts. Roberts was known to leave no prisoner alive (hence the “Dread”). But when he captured Wesley, he allowed the younger man to work on the ship. But every night, he would say to him, “Good night. Sleep well. I’ll most likely kill you in the morning.” He never killed Wesley, though, and after a few years, he told him a secret.
You’ll have to watch the movie to find out what it is, though. That part isn’t pertinent to my story and, seriously, if you are reading this and haven’t seen it, that is now your summer movie assignment. I expect a report on my desk no later than August 1.
Anyway, it was the summer of 2009 and I was taking my now-retired laptop into my public library to write First Date. Every day I would pull into the library and that line would pop into my head. Except instead of “I’ll most likely kill you in the morning,” I was thinking, “I’ll most likely run out of ideas in the morning.”
But every day, God gave me new ideas. Until I had a whole book.
And that’s my Princess Bride story.
What about you? Do you have a Princess Bride story? Favorite lines? Comment away. Please!