"Will they reach the nursery in time? If so, how delightful for them and we shall all breathe a sigh of relief, but there will be no story. On the other hand, if they are not in time, I solemnly promise that it will all come right in the end."
--J.M. Barrie, at the end of a particularly suspenseful chapter of Peter Pan
I love this passage because I think it just sums up the contract we enter into with the reader when we write: If you choose the story over the sigh of relief, I'll take you on a ride, put you in danger and get you out again in the end. What more could anyone want? :)