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[Video] Week 4, Day 2

[ The screen records a peaceful Himorogi morning. Light from the rising sun dances down the trunks of the large trees into the gently swaying grass. As the clouds roll easily on their way across the sky, the pink of dawn disappears into deep blue day. It is peaceful. Not a blade of grass is bent nor a branch broken.

The forest is awakening to the sleepy pitter patter of rabbits through the brush.

The eyes of the world are opening again.

The heavy blossom laden boughs shift with the gentle west wind as leaves flutter and twirl their way to the ground.

A rain of green, gold, brown and red, the land on the grass without a sound. Yet several have gathered on a strange guest cradled between the roots of a wisteria tree, blanketing him and hiding him from the flow of time. It is a A small boy, pale and thin, napping lightly in the sea of green. 

His soft and shallow breath sends small petals tumbling away and he makes a small sound in his throat before being stirred from his dreaming by the twittering of curious birds.

He rolls. His delicate face turning upwards towards the sky and his pink lips part in a soft yawn. As the crisp air fills his lungs he sits up and rubs and his cheeks. His hat, far too large for him, slips down over the bridge of his nose and momentarily disorients him before he reaches up thin gloved fingers to shift it back. His eyes are finally revealed.

Those eyes. Such an intense blue as to challenge the sky, but such sadness as to be the cold depths of the sea.

He is so small, and as he begins to move and stand, the bulkiness of his black winter coat makes him look even smaller. Everything he wears seems a size to large. His pant hems hang over his plain shoes, and his sleeves hang empty past his fingertips. The collar of his turtleneck is bloody.

Stepping quietly forward the boy stops and bends with a distant gaze to gather up the Hitomi. He purses his tiny lips. Such a thing he had never seen before, not that his siblings would have ever let him touch something so fascinating. He is entranced by its foreignness and he briefly twirls it by its strap.

How magnificent.

The child reaps joy from the simplest things and a fragile yet glorious smile quirks the corners of his small mouth as the light breaks in different directions off the surface of the hitomi.

It is a kaleidoscope for the child who has only known the dust of a cage.

Still smiling softly he brings it to rest in his palm and spins around. It is sinking into him. The world without bars, the songs without jeers.  Looking at the sun and the flowers without fear of a strike or a kick, he lets himself be overwhelmed by the colors, the sounds, and the smells.

He knows where he is. He knew he would be here one day.

He lets out a magnificent laugh]

I am dead!

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revengeisalie
Apr. 10th, 2010 09:38 am (UTC)
[video]
[Now this video, this is confusing. The boy looks small, and fragile, and a little sad. But then he's laughing, and saying he's dead like it's candy. Rin doesn't think death is like candy. In fact, it is more like bland things, without taste. Mom and dad said it's like going to sleep, only forever. And, well, that must just be the most boring thing ever! Rin considered she might be dead, too, and gone to the afterworld. The world of deities and ghosts. But she's discarded that idea now -- she's a little hungry, and she doubts dead people ever get hungry. Well, she's not sure.

At any rate, this boy looks way too alive to be dead. It doesn't make sense.]

I don't think you're dead.
erase_to_forget
Apr. 10th, 2010 09:46 am (UTC)
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[Sora was beginning to feel upset. It seemed everyone shared the general consensus that he was alive.

This was not good but he knew that they were all trying to be kind. They just didn't quite understand why he needed to believe it was all over.

So he paints on another shy smile and gives a little bow to her through the Hitomi]

I a-am glad to hear that all these wonderful people I have met a-are not dead...

[He specifically leaves himself out of that statement]

Edited at 2010-04-10 09:46 am (UTC)
revengeisalie
Apr. 10th, 2010 09:51 am (UTC)
[video]
[There's something off about that sentence, but Rin can't quite put her finger on it. He doesn't really seem to mean it.]

Well, I really hope I'm not. That would be really bad.
erase_to_forget
Apr. 10th, 2010 09:52 am (UTC)
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[Before he can rethink it he blurts out]

Is it really so bad to die?
revengeisalie
Apr. 10th, 2010 09:57 am (UTC)
[video]
[Rin isn't offended, just puzzled.]

Well, everyone talks about it like a bad thing. And they get sad when someone dies. And the adults say it's like going to sleep, and that sounds really boring.

[So far for Rin's reality. Which is why it's really strange to her that someone would be so happy about being dead.]
erase_to_forget
Apr. 10th, 2010 10:02 am (UTC)
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I think it sounds wonderful. It would make my family smile.

[Then silence... followed by that smile. That ever distant smile... so sweet yet so empty.]
revengeisalie
Apr. 10th, 2010 10:10 am (UTC)
[video]
... your family's weird.

[That is the only conclusion Rin can get to. She remembers something, from when she was smaller, and was really sick. Her mother worried about her the whole way through. Rin thinks she vaguely recalls mom saying something about how Rin couldn't die. That mommy would be so sad if she did, and daddy too. And what Rin's mom says has got to be right. She's mom.]
erase_to_forget
Apr. 10th, 2010 10:15 am (UTC)
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[Sora can't argue for or against this. It wasn't like he had experience with other families]

I cause them sadness.... so don't I owe it to them to die?

Edited at 2010-04-10 10:18 am (UTC)
revengeisalie
Apr. 10th, 2010 10:20 am (UTC)
[video]
[Rin doesn't really get this, at all. So she argues what she knows.]

Why would you? My mom sometimes gets angry at me, but she wouldn't want me to die.
erase_to_forget
Apr. 10th, 2010 10:23 am (UTC)
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...I killed my mother

She.. died giving birth to me....

revengeisalie
Apr. 10th, 2010 10:31 am (UTC)
[video]
Oh.

That's killing her?

[She can't really picture that very well, but she tries. It seems to her now that his sadness makes more sense. She looks at the screen in heartfelt six-year-old sympathy.]
erase_to_forget
Apr. 10th, 2010 10:32 am (UTC)
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[He nods weakly]

..o-of course. If i weren't here she would be and father and my siblings would be happy.

I ruined their happiness.
revengeisalie
Apr. 10th, 2010 10:55 am (UTC)
[video]
[Rin doesn't really know what to say to this. She doesn't know how to argue with this. There's something fundamentally wrong with this way of thinking, but so far, it seemed like a logical conclusion of facts to her.]

That's real sad.
erase_to_forget
Apr. 10th, 2010 11:41 pm (UTC)
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[ Sora nods quietly before changing the subject ]

u-umm... whats your name?

Edited at 2010-04-10 11:41 pm (UTC)
revengeisalie
Apr. 11th, 2010 07:53 am (UTC)
[video]
[Rin is very glad for this. So she gives her name and sounds very proud while doing it.]

I'm Rin of the Asano house! And you?
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