We drive home from a bar, like we all have done, only someone steps off a curb and we're ruined for life.
He called Lydia's name but it was several minutes before he heard steps, and more time before the door was opened.
These steps lead to the Land of the Gargoyles.
With slow graceful steps, he pulled her into dance.
The man, or boy, couldn't have been more than twenty, yet his steps were as sure as the hands that whirled her around the room.
Quick steps crossed the porch.
In spite of his size, his steps were light, as if he chose every one carefully.
Quick steps from behind alerted Adrienne to the arrival of Michael.
As Adrienne stepped off the sidewalk, she heard quick steps from behind.
One day when they were sitting on the porch steps together, Brandon proposed a solution.
That's what keeps me two steps ahead of the opposition.
Somehow she managed to take a few steps, and then a few more - fury driving her on.
She raced up the steps, wondering if men who could not be trusted would plague her entire life.
She followed Cade up the steps and across the wide porch, waiting as he unlocked the door.
Retracing her steps, she advanced down the second hallway.
Cynthia leaned over as they drew near one and tried to pet it, but the cow moved away a few steps and began grazing again.
He took a few steps and then paused, glancing back at her.
She reluctantly relinquished the kitten and watched him retrace his steps to the barn.
It was like walking in water and I almost lost my balance but after a few steps, I could control my motion pretty well.
As soon as the mother entered the house, he pocketed the phone, scaled the fence at a low corner, crossed to the surprised boy in a few steps, and placed a rag over his face.
He surprised me in a later conversation by mentioning he was taking steps to remedy the problem.
When we reached the steps, I turned to him.
We've taken steps for my home not to look like a fortress, but believe me, it is.
The trio was out of camera range a few steps later.
"If they could find me, they would've by now, just like you'll never be able to retrace her steps back to this spot once you leave," her father said, his voice rising.
He smiled to himself as he climbed the steps, wondering what Jake's reaction would be to a search for ancient bones.
Cynthia, trailing a few steps behind, bumped into him as they stopped and stared at the gaping opening.
The darkness immediately engulfed them and they paused a dozen baby steps into the tunnel to allow their eyes to become accustomed to the blackness.
To Dean, the tunnel was even more claustrophobic as he hunched forward, taking baby steps like a second grade schoolyard game.
Neither wanted to retrace their steps to investigate.
While they had made no effort to be quiet, they now moved forward with caution, pausing every few steps to listen.
They moved more quickly, retracing their steps toward the entrance.
They retraced their steps until they reached another fork in the tunnel.
"I suppose this means it's inappropriate to fill Fred in on what happened at the Lucky Pup," Cynthia mused as they climbed the steps to Bird Song.
Brandon Westlake heard him as he climbed the steps and joined them.
Before she could answer, Joseph Dawkins came up the steps with Fred O'Connor close at his heels.
He thought she'd walk away, but instead, she cautiously lifted the rope, turned further away from the precipice and took baby steps backwards toward him.
He stumbled the last few steps onto the road and into a glare of lights and buzz of activity.
She limped a few steps forward.
Dean took a deep breath and crept a few tentative steps into the darkness.
"You may want to take steps to prevent her winning," she suggested.
Wynn entered and stopped a few steps into the room, not expecting what was before him.
He used to frown at her when she acted outside the Immortal Laws, unable to appreciate that a deity charged with managing a domain often had to take steps outside the rules to protect one's underworld.
He released her, and she gave another curtsy then took a few steps back.
One flip of the switch and she retraced her steps, quietly slipping under the covers to snuggle close to Alex again.
They stayed in the barn for a while, watching as the foal took its first steps, and finally found the milk supply.
She only made it a few steps away from him when she felt a tug on her back belt loop.
Down the steps and around to the car, and then she made the mistake of glancing up at him.
A few steps down the hall the other way assured him Destiny was still asleep.
She took three steps away from her cave.
"Only because I take steps to make certain it stays that way," he said.
I'm taking steps to remedy those issues.
I went several steps farther.
She sat on the river bank across from a series of wide, large steps leading up a hill to the park where the Arch stood, framed against a black sky.
The woman motioned them to follow, her quick steps echoing across the cobblestones.
Jim hastened his lagging steps at this assurance of a quick relief from the dark passage.
To their disappointment there was within this mountain no regular flight of steps by means of which they could mount to the earth's surface.
Hearing this apology the Tiger and the Lion stopped lashing their tails and retreated with dignified steps to the side of the Princess.
No more trying to retrace your steps to find your car keys; you can see where you left them by checking your GPS system records.
In other words, civil government steps in to take over roles traditionally provided by private charity only when charities no longer provide the service.
It has led us up those last few steps to the mountain pass; and beyond there is a different country.
We are more than three-quarters of the way through our forty-three steps toward world peace.
The Keller homestead, where the family lived, was a few steps from our little rose-bower.
In imagination I can hear Homer singing, as with unsteady, hesitating steps he gropes his way from camp to camp--singing of life, of love, of war, of the splendid achievements of a noble race.
They are like people who when walking with you try to shorten their steps to suit yours; the hypocrisy in both cases is equally exasperating.
I was like little Ascanius, who followed with unequal steps the heroic strides of Aeneas on his march toward mighty destinies.
Doubtless the work of the past few months does seem like a triumphal march to him; but then people seldom see the halting and painful steps by which the most insignificant success is achieved.
Soon after, she began to vary her steps from large to small, and little mincing steps were "very small."
Some of these words have successive steps of meaning, beginning with what is simple and leading on to what is abstract.
But the jailer said, "Come, boys, it is time to lock up"; and so they dispersed, and I heard the sound of their steps returning into the hollow apartments.
The little princess went round the table with quick, short, swaying steps, her workbag on her arm, and gaily spreading out her dress sat down on a sofa near the silver samovar, as if all she was doing was a pleasure to herself and to all around her.
She was already growing impatient, and stamped her foot, ready to cry at his not coming at once, when she heard the young man's discreet steps approaching neither quickly nor slowly.
Then the strains of the count's household band were replaced by the clatter of knives and forks, the voices of visitors, and the soft steps of the footmen.
While he was getting down from the carriage steps two men, who looked like tradespeople, ran hurriedly from the entrance and hid in the shadow of the wall.
Around him everyone began to stir: steps were audible and whispers, among which Anna Mikhaylovna's was the most distinct.
The regimental commander walked with his jerky steps to the front of the regiment and examined it from a distance.
And the commander, turning to look at the adjutant, directed his jerky steps down the line.
He looked back laughing to the Cossack who stood a few steps behind him holding two horses by their bridles.
The general in command of the infantry went toward his horse with jerky steps, and having mounted drew himself up very straight and tall and rode to the Pavlograd commander.
Shaking himself, he rose, threw back his head, and with resolute steps went past the ladies into the little drawing room.
With quick steps he went joyfully up to Pierre.
The little princess and Mademoiselle Bourienne had already received from Masha, the lady's maid, the necessary report of how handsome the minister's son was, with his rosy cheeks and dark eyebrows, and with what difficulty the father had dragged his legs upstairs while the son had followed him like an eagle, three steps at a time.
She raised her eyes, and two steps away saw Anatole embracing the Frenchwoman and whispering something to her.
They had not met for nearly half a year and, being at the age when young men take their first steps on life's road, each saw immense changes in the other, quite a new reflection of the society in which they had taken those first steps.
But at that very instant a cloud of smoke spread all round, firing was heard quite close at hand, and a voice of naive terror barely two steps from Prince Andrew shouted, Brothers!
And really he only ran a few steps alone.
The crowd, pushing forward desperately, squeezed together, moved a few steps, and again stopped.
Is everyone all right? he thought, stopping for a moment with a sinking heart, and then immediately starting to run along the hall and up the warped steps of the familiar staircase.
But now steps were heard at the door, steps so rapid that they could hardly be his mother's.
Curving her arms, Natasha held out her skirts as dancers do, ran back a few steps, turned, cut a caper, brought her little feet sharply together, and made some steps on the very tips of her toes.
He only heard Dolokhov's hurried steps, and his figure came in view through the smoke.
And after stumbling a few staggering steps right up to the saber, he sank on the snow beside it.
Oh, you are very pale! said Princess Mary in alarm, running with her soft, ponderous steps up to her sister-in-law.
Some women passing with quiet steps in and out of the bedroom glanced at the princess and turned away.
Then the voice said something more, Demyan replied, and the steps in the felt boots approached the unseen bend of the staircase more rapidly.
Three days later the little princess was buried, and Prince Andrew went up the steps to where the coffin stood, to give her the farewell kiss.
So said the mothers as they watched their young people executing their newly learned steps, and so said the youths and maidens themselves as they danced till they were ready to drop, and so said the grown-up young men and women who came to these balls with an air of condescension and found them most enjoyable.
"Nataly," he said, moving with rapid steps toward her, "decide my fate.
Half an hour later, the Rhetor returned to inform the seeker of the seven virtues, corresponding to the seven steps of Solomon's temple, which every Freemason should cultivate in himself.
The dark shadow was Princess Mary, who had come up to the cot with noiseless steps, lifted the curtain, and dropped it again behind her.
Pierre went with rapid steps to the door and suddenly came face to face with Prince Andrew, who came out frowning and looking old.
Two women ran out after them, and all four, looking round at the carriage, ran in dismay up the steps of the back porch.
At one end of the trench, steps were cut out and these formed the entrance and vestibule.
Hardly had Rostov handed him the letter and finished explaining Denisov's case, when hasty steps and the jingling of spurs were heard on the stairs, and the general, leaving him, went to the porch.
"Will Your Majesty allow me to consult the colonel?" said Alexander and took a few hasty steps toward Prince Kozlovski, the commander of the battalion.
When he had joined the Freemasons he had experienced the feeling of one who confidently steps onto the smooth surface of a bog.
Then our talk turned to the interpretation of the seven pillars and steps of the Temple, the seven sciences, the seven virtues, the seven vices, and the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit.
From the carriages emerged men wearing uniforms, stars, and ribbons, while ladies in satin and ermine cautiously descended the carriage steps which were let down for them with a clatter, and then walked hurriedly and noiselessly over the baize at the entrance.
At that moment, with soft steps, the countess came in shyly, in her cap and velvet gown.
After playing out a whole suit and to his partner's delight taking five tricks, Pierre, hearing greetings and the steps of someone who had entered the room while he was picking up his tricks, glanced again at Natasha.
At the last post station before Otradnoe he gave the driver a three-ruble tip, and on arriving he ran breathlessly, like a boy, up the steps of his home.
Mitenka flew headlong down the six steps and ran away into the shrubbery.
But just as Daniel was about to go Natasha came in with rapid steps, not having done up her hair or finished dressing and with her old nurse's big shawl wrapped round her.
He rode in angry agitation toward him, firmly grasping his whip and fully prepared to take the most resolute and desperate steps to punish his enemy.
"Uncle" lifted Natasha off her horse and taking her hand led her up the rickety wooden steps of the porch.
But here was a fairy forest with black moving shadows, and a glitter of diamonds and a flight of marble steps and the silver roofs of fairy buildings and the shrill yells of some animals.
They were quietly dropping melted wax into snow and looking at the shadows the wax figures would throw on the wall, when they heard the steps and voices of new arrivals in the vestibule.
From the back porch came the sound of feet descending the steps, the bottom step upon which snow had fallen gave a ringing creak and he heard the voice of an old maidservant saying, Straight, straight, along the path, Miss.
At a moment when all was quiet before the commencement of a song, a door leading to the stalls on the side nearest the Rostovs' box creaked, and the steps of a belated arrival were heard.
He dismounted, took Balashev's arm, and moving a few steps away from his suite, which waited respectfully, began to pace up and down with him, trying to speak significantly.
He heard hurried footsteps beyond the door, both halves of it were opened rapidly; all was silent and then from the study the sound was heard of other steps, firm and resolute--they were those of Napoleon.
The old prince returned with quick steps, accompanied by Michael Ivanovich, bringing the letter and a plan.
The same evening that the prince gave his instructions to Alpatych, Dessalles, having asked to see Princess Mary, told her that, as the prince was not very well and was taking no steps to secure his safety, though from Prince Andrew's letter it was evident that to remain at Bald Hills might be dangerous, he respectfully advised her to send a letter by Alpatych to the Provincial Governor at Smolensk, asking him to let her know the state of affairs and the extent of the danger to which Bald Hills was exposed.
"You brute, you murderer!" screamed a thin, pale woman who, with a baby in her arms and her kerchief torn from her head, burst through the door at that moment and down the steps into the yard.
Several times, waking up, she heard his groans and muttering, the creak of his bed, and the steps of Tikhon and the doctor when they turned him over.
Princess Mary murmured, pacing the garden with hurried steps and pressing her hands to her bosom which heaved with convulsive sobs.
Rostov glanced angrily at Ilyin and without replying strode off with rapid steps to the village.
Without considering what he would do he moved unconciously with quick, resolute steps toward the crowd.
The peasants in the crowd were similarly impressed when they saw Rostov's rapid, firm steps and resolute, frowning face.
But at that moment Denisov, no more intimidated by his superiors than by the enemy, came with jingling spurs up the steps of the porch, despite the angry whispers of the adjutants who tried to stop him.
Two valets rapidly dressed His Majesty, and wearing the blue uniform of the Guards he went with firm quick steps to the reception room.
An aide-de-camp approached with gliding steps and offered him a gold snuffbox, which he took.
With courtly adroitness de Beausset half turned and without turning his back to the Emperor retired two steps, twitching off the cloth at the same time, and said:
Mounting the steps to the knoll Pierre looked at the scene before him, spellbound by beauty.
The adjutant bent his head affirmatively and began to report, but the Emperor turned from him, took a couple of steps, stopped, came back, and called Berthier.
"Look out!" came a frightened cry from a soldier and, like a bird whirring in rapid flight and alighting on the ground, a shell dropped with little noise within two steps of Prince Andrew and close to the battalion commander's horse.
Two steps from him, leaning against a branch and talking loudly and attracting general attention, stood a tall, handsome, black-haired noncommissioned officer with a bandaged head.
Natasha moved a few steps forward and stopped shyly, still holding her handkerchief, and listened to what the housekeeper was saying.
From the anteroom Berg ran with smooth though impatient steps into the drawing room, where he embraced the count, kissed the hands of Natasha and Sonya, and hastened to inquire after "Mamma's" health.
But having taken a dozen steps he seemed to remember something and stopped.
While still a few steps from the officer she unfolded the kerchief and took out of it a white twenty- five-ruble assignat and hastily handed it to him.
Rostopchin, coming out there with quick angry steps, looked hastily around as if seeking someone.
Another still stronger wave flowed through the crowd and reaching the front ranks carried it swaying to the very steps of the porch.
At the moment when Vereshchagin fell and the crowd closed in with savage yells and swayed about him, Rostopchin suddenly turned pale and, instead of going to the back entrance where his carriage awaited him, went with hurried steps and bent head, not knowing where and why, along the passage leading to the rooms on the ground floor.
Without taking leave of his new friend, Pierre left the gate with unsteady steps and returning to his room lay down on the sofa and immediately fell asleep.
Stepping cautiously from one foot to the other she ran like a kitten the few steps to the door and grasped the cold door handle.
He held his head higher, his eyes shone with the light of life, and with swift steps he followed the maid, overtook her, and came out on the Povarskoy.
He walked among the crowd with rapid steps, scanning the various faces he met.
He had for some seconds been intently watching what was going on a few steps away.
While Pierre was running the few steps that separated him from the Frenchman, the tall marauder in the frieze gown was already tearing from her neck the necklace the young Armenian was wearing, and the young woman, clutching at her neck, screamed piercingly.
And without knowing how this aimless lie had escaped him, he went along with resolute and triumphant steps between the French soldiers.
He swayed like a drunken man, taking some steps forward and back to save himself from falling.
The carriage steps clattered as they were let down.
She turned away and was about to ask the countess again how to go to him, when light, impetuous, and seemingly buoyant steps were heard at the door.
As soon as Natasha, sitting at the head of Prince Andrew's bed, heard of Princess Mary's arrival, she softly left his room and hastened to her with those swift steps that had sounded buoyant to Princess Mary.
(5) Steps will immediately be taken to re-establish ordinary trading.
When they had crossed the Crimean bridge the prisoners moved a few steps forward, halted, and again moved on, and from all sides vehicles and men crowded closer and closer together.
There was a stir in the next room and he heard the steps of Toll, Konovnitsyn, and Bolkhovitinov.
Both fell silent, peering out through the darkness at the sound of Dolokhov's and Petya's steps as they advanced to the fire leading their horses.
Pierre walked along, looking from side to side, counting his steps in threes, and reckoning them off on his fingers.
She went in with rapid steps, pausing at the door for an instant as if struggling with herself, and then ran to her mother.
About midnight they heard the sound of steps in the snow of the forest, and the crackling of dry branches.
Cautiously withdrawing her breast, Natasha rocked him a little, handed him to the nurse, and went with rapid steps toward the door.
She turned around and walked three steps before it hit her.
Pual followed a few steps behind.
He came down the steps amid a flurry of activity.
She closed her eyes against the sunlight and took another two steps into the garden.
For computations, we developed processes that required us to perform many intermediate, error-prone steps to achieve an answer.