Tag Time: Why I Still Love Anime

I have to thank Raistlin for tagging me in this. I’ve really enjoyed seeing the responses other bloggers have written for it, and then Raistlin’s response made me really happy with what I’ve achieved as a blogger. I think this tag is highlighting something a lot of us already know and that is that the ani-blogging community are amazing. There’s so much positivity and passion for anime out there and a general willingness to share experiences and this tag is yet another way that we can bring that community closer together. So with that out of the way we’ll get on with actually answering the tag.

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Rules:

  • Write a post about why you love anime. It could be your favourite thing about it or one of your favourite things about it, it doesn’t matter which, but just pick one!
  • You can get as personal or as impersonal as you like. You might want to write about how anime helped you through a tough time or something that it has taught you or you might want to write about just how much fun you’ve had watching it over the years. Your choice.
  • Nominate three bloggers to do the same.
  • Link back to this post. I would love to see what you’ve written and I may compile a list of my favourite entries further down the line.

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Response:

I’ve said a number of times on my blog that anime isn’t necessarily my passion. My passion is actually for stories. And yet, even I have to admit that my preferred medium for stories these days is definitely anime. I haven’t bought a non-anime DVD in nearly two years (there’s a few small exceptions) and even the few TV shows I’ve watched recently that haven’t been anime focused have struggled to hold my interest. I still devour books but even with those I’m much more focused on light novels and even branching into manga now. It wasn’t a conscious decision and it isn’t as though I believe anime is better than any of those other mediums. But it does make me wonder why at 33 I am so incredibly obsessed with anime.

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However, I know the answer to that as well, whether I want to admit it or not. Watching anime reawakens the sense of wonder inside of me. That belief that anything is possible and might happen. The desire to see where things might go and take us even when the end result might not be great. It has been a long time since a movie, TV series or book outside of anime has had that impact (again with some exceptions because there have been a few, but they are few and far between).

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When I’m watching anime, or talking about anime with someone, or writing a post for my blog, I feel lighter. Even if I’m tearing something apart because it was terrible, I’m excited because something I’ve watched has made me have such a strong emotional response. Anime makes me smile and laugh and flinch, become tense and cry. It moves me emotionally and it draws me into its world even if for only the twenty minutes of the episode.

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And then, because we have such an incredible online community, I get to talk with others and relive those feelings and share them and be apart of a discussion around something I love. It would not be an exaggeration to say that watching anime and my blog have really kept me going over the last few months when things haven’t been going so well for me with health and other issues.

I love anime and I am thankful every day that I am part of such a community.

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Nominees:

I have no idea if you’ve already been nominated and you are under no obligation but here we go:


Thanks for reading.

Karandi James

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The One Liner Challenge

I’d like to thank Average Joe for throwing this challenge my way. I’ve done this one before (check it out here) but it was really great fun so I decided to try my hand at another round of it.

The Rules:

1. Accept and thank your challenger(s) by linking back to their post.
2. Make a post of one-sentence summaries and/or roasts of at least five anime.
3. No spoilers!
4. Link back to The Awkward Book Blogger so she can see your post.
5. Challenge as many or as little people as you want!
6. Have fun!

The Response:

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Princess loses father and control of Kingdom but gains a hot harem of dragon boys (oh and freedom and stuff).
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Hard working professional ice-skater with no self-confidence gains new coach and love interest and becomes second in the world proving beyond all doubt that falling in love is more fun than training.
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One class lost a classmate and instead of getting therapy just pretended they were still around and thus doomed every following class to pain, misery, and death.
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Cool music masking the fact that underlying this whole story is the message that life and death just aren’t fair and you might as well get used to it.
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Kurosaki Ichigo can see ghosts, death gods, and hollows and he’s going to prove he can defeat any and all challengers in the name of saving whoever currently needs saving.

The Challenge:

Okay, now for the next round of victims challengers. No obligation I get that some people don’t like tags or have done it before and some people are busy. Still, I’d love to see your responses.


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Nominated for the Unique Blogger Award

Apparently, I’m unique. A huge thank you to Eumiiboo for the nomination. Now if you haven’t checked out their blog you really should because while I think they are covering one or two seasonal shows, they write some really great posts on manga and just some great discussion pieces. Great blog to follow if you are not.

I’m definitely learning that if I just don’t close the post that I’m nominated in, I’m actually far more likely to remember to post my reply because I’ve got a tab open in the back of everything else I’m doing reminding me to actually do it. Hopefully this system will mean I won’t neglect so many in the future (though, I get that it is far from perfect).

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Rules:

  • Display the award!
  • Thank the person who nominated you, and post a link to their blog on your blog. (Try and include a little bit of promotion!)
  • Answer the questions they’ve written for you!
  • Nominate bloggers and give them three questions in the spirit of sharing love and solidarity within our blogging family

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Questions:

01. If you were to describe your life based on an anime character, who would it be, and of course why?

Probably some sort of cross between Ririchiyo from Inu x Boku with a little bit of Rei from March Comes in Like a Lion and Yuri from Yuri on Ice (yeah, I have some issues I need to sort out with self-confidence). Really though I am drawn to all three characters because I find their struggle reasonably relatable, in a much more low-key manner) and I really respect the work ethic of all of the characters. watching Ririchiyo take an entire night not to finish drafting a letter because she kept restarting was something I could definitely understand.

02. Now let’s try to get personal, what was one of the anime’s you’ve watch that left an impact on your life, or perhaps change your view in a certain point in your life.

I’d have to go with Sailor Moon. It was among the first anime I saw and I watched it when I was younger. But it was more that I finally found a group of female heroines who genuinely fought real danger and not some watered down version of villains, and they actually killed their opponents rather than making friends and playing nice with them (at least some of the time). I think Sailor Moon was my gateway to then falling in love with characters like Buffy, Xena, the cast of Charmed and so on. At the time it was just such a novelty to have that sort of female character in a story, particularly one that, in Australia at least, was being marketed to kids.

03. Imagine, you have been chosen to create a crossover between three anime series, which would it be and why?

Okay, so Syaoran and Sakura from Tsubasa Chronicles happen to travel into the world of Aincrad from SAO during their journey looking for Sakura’s memories. They meet Kirito who can’t ignore the damsel in distress aspect and so he joins them dragging Asuna along for the ride. After they defeat a floor boss and retrieve the feather they jump worlds again, this time ending up in the Black Butler universe where Ciel is holding a bunch of Sakura’s feathers and isn’t planning on handing them over any time soon. Sorry, who doesn’t want to see a fight between Ciel and Sebastian with Kirito and Syaoran? That would be straight up awesome.

I Nominate (but feel free to ignore):

Questions:

01. What story made you incredibly angry and why?

02. If you could rewrite the ending to anyone story which would it be and what would you change?

03. Easy one – favourite opening theme song ever?


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The Blog Evolution Tag

Hey everyone. Raistlin and I had this random conversation quite awhile ago about how bloggers evolve and how their writing style changes and from that we kind of decided that it might be fun to actually look back and reflect on those changes. However, as with most things, it is always more fun to do with friends and so Raistlin had this fantastic idea for starting a tag around the concept. Several emails and quite a number of weeks later because we have both been super busy and the Blog Evolution Tag was born. This tag is a little different in that it does require two willing participants to work, but I think there’s a lot of fun to be had with this one. I know I certainly had fun reading Raistlin’s posts and I hope he enjoyed reading mine.

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The Rules:

1. Pick a partner with whom you want to this tag (yes, as mentioned this is going to be a collaboration tag!)

2. Select a post from the early days of your blog (preferably the very first post you ever wrote)

3. Select a post from the current days of your blog.

4. Send your selections to your partner and ask him/her the three questions below and also answer them yourself as well.

a. What did you like about each post?

b. What do you think has changed the most?

c. What do you think might change in the future?

5. Both of you then write a post for the two old/new posts of your own blog, but you include the answers your partner gave you

6. Link back to the original post of the creators of this tag: Karandi & Raistlin

7. Try to publish your tag post around the same time your partner does and include The Blog Evolution Logo

8. Select 3 people to also get tagged (only select the person you want to tag not his/her partner).

Pretty straight forward, right?

Now because this is brand new, Raistlin and I decided to have a go at it. I hope you enjoy this post and you check out Raistlin’s over on his blog.

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Question: What did you like about each post?

The Old Post: What would you pay?

Karandi: This is actually harder than expected because I keep thinking about what I would change about the post. Like removing the word ‘obviously’ as it is obviously obnoxious to assume something is obvious when it is an opinion (not that I think I’ve stopped doing that but reading my own work always leads to criticism). Still, what do I actually like… I like the content and that I’m focused in on some of the anime that really made me fall in love with anime as an adult. It was early days on the blog and early days as a seasonal watcher so I had a more limited pool of anime to draw from but this post goes to some of those very near and dear to my heart. I also like that it gets to its point fairly quickly.

Raistlin: The Friday Feature’s posts from Karandi have always been one of my favorites since I started following her. But this was a post that I had not read previously, as I wasn’t yet a member of wordpress at the time this was published. I’m amazed at how high the quality of this early post already his. Karandi’s skill at writing an engaging post, already shines through quite well in this post about the price you are willing to pay for superpowers. It points out the old saying “ All power comes at a price”  by providing us with a few well thought out examples, also for series that I myself have never heard of. And not only that, in the end it offers the question to the reader as well, which opens the door for readers of the post to provide their own comments. 

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The New Post: Appreciating the Transformative Journey of All Might’s Character

Karandi: I really liked writing this post as it was a topic I’d been wanting to write about since the start of season three My Hero Academia and I finally found a good place for it. In terms of the writing, I like the narrowed focus on a single character within an anime allowing for a little more depth. I also like that I’m exploring the topic with the reader, I haven’t gone in to the post with my mind made up about where all of this is leading. That said, reading it once more for this pointed out the unnecessary repetition of words and ideas and the overuse of some linking language and generally made me want to rewrite the post.

Raistlin: This post to me felt almost like a journey. And it’s a funny thing, as it also recounts kind of a journey for a very beloved character on an equally beloved show. I loved the structure of this post, and how it contains quite a lot of heart. I can be a pretty emotional guy, and while I am still playing catch up to My Hero Academia, I can feel the emotion that this character’s exploits has taken fans of the show through. And that’s all because of the way that Karandi structured this post. It points out small scenes that you might even have missed as a viewer, and explains why these have an impact on the anime (and the world of this show). I always love it when a post becomes powerful because it contains a heart, and that’s certainly what this post did very well.

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Question: What do you think has changed the most?

Karandi: I think that some of my newer posts, and this one in particular, are far more narrow in their focus but they are striving for a bit more depth rather than skating across the surface of an idea. I think these two posts illustrate that fairly well. I also think I’m more confident in who my audience is and what they are wanting or expecting. I think a lot of my early posts were just kind of random thoughts in my head thrown into text and I wasn’t really sure who, if anyone, was going to read them so I didn’t really have someone in mind when I wrote it or think about how they would respond. Now I have a very clear view of who my main readers are who return again and again and so I feel my writing is more directed toward a specific audience and that makes it a bit easier to choose a tone for the post and makes the questions more targeted rather than just generally throwing them out there and hoping someone responds.

Raistlin: The thing that I think has changed the most is the fact that Karandi’s newer post has an even more powerful writing style. We get a clear structure, pretty much right from the start, and it takes us on a long post. Long posts are difficult to write, as when they are not interesting readers usually switch off. But that doesn’t happen for a single second. More than in the older post, we get a very well thought out piece of writing where we see that clearly a lot of time and effort was spent in creating it. It also contains more of a personal take on it, something that as mentioned I really like a lot when it comes to blog posts. 

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Question: What do you think might change in the future?

Karandi: Honestly, I’d like to work on making more of my posts focused and aim for a little more depth of analysis than a lot of my earlier work. I’d also like to continue trying develop my own voice through my blog. I feel I’ve come along way in being able to express myself through my writing in a way that feels genuine to me, though I think I can go a bit further with this and try to be a little more open with readers. That’s still a bit of a scary thought but I think given I want to make this blog more than a hobby, that’s what I need to do to make it very much my blog and not just another anime site. I really do need to work on my editing though and cutting out unnecessary words. But, as Raistlin said, its a bit of a journey and after two and a half years, I’m still loving it so hopefully I’ll continue on and continue to improve. Though most important is that my readers enjoy my work. 

Raistlin: The style of writing that Karandi has is the thing that I think is only going to evolve even more. It will become even more professional than it already is. And I would not be surprised at all if Karandi’s blog will eventually turn into a professional platform for anime, meaning that I think she is eventually going to be able to earn a living from this. With a new book being published by her in 2019, only more people will take notice. The future for Karandi’s blog is a bright one as far as I am concerned!

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Conclusion: 

Karandi: I’m really happy Raistlin enjoyed these posts and it was a great experience getting a reader’s view on my writing. Things I focus in on aren’t necessarily what my readers are paying attention to so creating this tag has really given me some valuable insight into my blog and I’d love to do something similar with other readers at some point.

Tagging:

This tag isn’t an easy one to do and it does take a bit of organisation and time so please feel free to pass if you are too busy. Still, I found this experience really valuable and gained a lot from it so hopefully some of you will take up the challenge and pass the tag on.


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Another Harem? For Me?

Ya Boy Jack over on the Aniwriter nominated me for this quite awhile ago and I’ve been meaning to respond but just never quite got there. In case you wanted to see my original harem, check out the post here.

Like last time I’m slightly modifying the tag. Instead of different types, I’ve decided this time to go with an all yokai harem just because.

The Rules:

1. Link back to the original post on Anime Q and A so they can check out everyone’s picks!

2. Use the ‘Build A Harem’ logo somewhere in the post.

3. Make sure to mention the person who nominated you too!

4. Pick 5 Anime Characters (any show & any gender) that would be in your ideal harem if you were the main character of a harem anime, explain a little bit as to why they are your picks (if you want).

5. Make sure each character you pick falls into some of the following harem character types: Childhood friend, tom boy/girl, genki girl/boy, loli/shota, trap, tsundere, yandere, kuudere, dandere, etc. (If there’s a character you’ve picked that doesn’t specifically fall into one of these types or falls into multiple types that’s fine too!)

6. Nominate 5 people to participate in this tag!


Who is in Karandi’s harem?

01. Nidaime (The Eccentric Family 2)

You have to admit, for a tengu, he has style. Also arrogance and a tendency to look down on others. As well as a slightly explosive temper when pushed too far. Still, Nidaime was a large part of the reason I really loved season 2 of The Eccentric Family as his was a character I just had so much fum watching. Now, as to him being in my harem I’m pretty sure I know what he would say to such a suggestion.

02. Byakuya (Kakuriyo no Yadomeshi)

I know Kakuriyo no Yadomeshi isn’t finished and it is also decidedly average as an anime, but I really like Byakuya as a character. The one who keeps the accounts in order he comes across as harsh, but it is hard not to love a guy who feeds the adorable fox spirits. Not to mention, he’s far more level headed and focused than a lot of the cast so he brings an element of sense to things even if his words are harsh. Wish he was on screen more often. I’m thinking Byakuya can keep the rest of the harem in check for me.

03. Kubinashi (Nurarihyon no Mago)

For a yokai who usually seems pretty laid back and aloof, Kubinashi has a pretty dark past and is prone to rage and losing himself. That said, when he flips the switch he becomes pretty unstoppable. However even his normal self remains relatively detached. Though he is part of the Nura clan and one of several yokai who regular guard Rikuo, Kubinashi only really has ties with a handful of the clan members and barely tolerates the others. As such, I see Kubinashi being the guy in the harem who just drops by every now and then when I was alone and otherwise wouldn’t be seen. The few times he interacts with the other members of the harem would usually be tense, and I’m betting no one else likes him at all.

04. Soushi Miketsukami (Inu X Boku SS)

Every harem needs a stalker like character in it. Miketsukami is the mostly harmless kind (mostly) who will simply collect a million pictures of you as well as save and preserve any text or note you send his way. Also, his child form is totally adorable. That said, his over protective nature would probably drive me crazy fairly soon, but he makes a great cup of tea and given he’s incredibly socially awkward I think we’d get along. Then again, I can also see him getting into some conflict with anyone else who was a part of the harem.

05. Tomoe (Kamisama Kiss)

Okay, I might have a thing for foxes (or at least good looking guys with ears), but Tomoe was someone I kind of developed a crush on from the minute I met him. Hot tempered, he hates humans, and he’s stubborn, but he does his work with care and pride and he’s really powerful. That and, those he does consider worth his time he’s incredibly considerate of. Besides, I always felt bad for Tomoe being abandoned at the shrine for so long by himself, so it kind of makes sense he doesn’t exactly welcome Nanami with open arms. I do think throwing Tomoe into my harem though is going to be a fairly explosive addition and I’m just waiting to see what happens when Tomoe and Miketsukami go toe to toe with who can be more stubborn about anything.


Nominations:

I am pretty sure everyone has done this tag already but here we go:

And anyone else who hasn’t been tagged who would like to have a go.


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My 13 Reasons Why

Matt in the Hat tagged me nearly two weeks ago and I know I’ve been tagged for this one before and just never got around to responding. Part of that is my busy schedule and the other part of that is thinking of 13 things that keep me going is actually kind of hard when I kind of sum it all up into one simple answer (which I will make my number 13 on this list). Still, I’m thankful for the tag this time and for those who tagged me before that I didn’t respond to (sorry).

Rules:

  • Mention the person who nominated you
  • List 13 reasons why you keep going/living
  • Nominate 10 or more people to give their reasons why.
  • Use the picture that I created in your post.

My Reasons:

I did mention finding 13 was actually quite hard. Some of these are a little silly as I desperately tried to fill the numbers. Really, number 13 is the only one that is actually important and it is enough.

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01. Too many books still to be read and still to be published.

02. Too many movies still to be seen and still to be created.

03. Too many anime I have never watched and that haven’t been made yet.

Okay, the first three are all very similar but very important. I have watch lists and read lists filled with titles and these grow every single day. If I had a hundred life-times it wouldn’t be enough to get through everything that I wanted to read and watch so that’s a pretty compelling reason to stick around.

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04. My current cat needs me to feed her and any future pets I acquire would be equally dependent.

05. Certain family members would need to find someone else to play scrabble against online if I suddenly went silent online.

06. I’m almost certain that my work would pile up even if I was no longer here and that is a depressing thought.

These three are all very much about the impact my not being here would have on others. While I’m being flippant about it, whether I realise it or not most days, my presence actually does have some kind of impact on others and that’s certainly something I should try to remember.

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07. I’m still growing my blog and I’m sure it would miss me if I stopped logging in.

08. I still don’t know what’s in Eren’s basement.

09. I won’t get to see season 3 of Snow White With the Red Hair or Noragami (should they ever get made).

10. I haven’t learned all the kanji (forget all, I haven’t learned 500 of them yet).

11. I still haven’t managed to max out every stat on Skyrim (and given I’m not playing it at the moment I’m unlikely to every complete that goal, but it seems wrong to leave it unfinished).

12. Chocolate (I don’t think that one needs an explanation).

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13. My story isn’t finished yet.

Outside of all of the other reasons, this is the most important. My story may not be all that fascinating to others, but it isn’t finished yet and that means there are still endless possibilities for where my story will go and where it might eventually end. And everybody knows there is nothing worse than a protagonist that gives up mid-adventure so while my story is still going, I’m going to keep trying my best to do whatever it is I’m doing at the time. I’m well aware that eventually I’ll run out of pages and that perhaps my book will be thinner than I would have liked, but I’m determined to make every page read the way I wanted to live my life (I may not succeed but at least I’ll try).

Nominees:

I have no idea who has been tagged at this point so feel free to ignore.

  1. Average Joe Reviews
  2. The Things I’ve Seen
  3. Anime Sunday
  4. Couch Crusin
  5. Negative Primes
  6. All About Anime
  7. Raistlin
  8. Keiko
  9. Otaku Orbit
  10. Anime Luxembourg

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Create a Story Tag – Or Create A Week of Writer’s Block Tag

I guess I should thank Arthifis for this given it did get me writing at least in a small way. And yet I don’t think I’ve been that frustrated sitting at my keyboard since I tried to write a series review of Yuri on Ice and scrapped it so many times before I finally just went with a plus/minus post so that I could finish it. Anyway, with all tags there are some acknowledgements and rules that need to go with it, so I’ll get on with those.

This tag was created by Leap, Keiko, and The Pantless Anime BloggerYou can check out the Create-A-Story Tag Announcement here!

– The Rules –

  1. You pick your first word, your setting, and your story genre from the list below. As individuals, your brand of creativity is unique to yours, so we want to highlight that by letting you choose from a bunch of words and creating something beautiful out of it.

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I picked “Fall”, “Mountain”, “Romance/Comedy/Tragedy – though the tragic part is probably the attempt at comedy”.

  1. The short story will have a limit of 1000 words. You do not need to write a story with 1000 words exactly. It could be 300, or 500 as long as it doesn’t surpass a thousand.
  2. YOU HAVE TWO WEEKS TO ANSWER THE TAG.
  3. You must tag three people to participate. The victims: The Lost Voice, Kawaii Paper Pandas, and Cain S Latrani (no obligation and I’m sorry if you’ve already been tagged).
  4. Don’t forget to link back to Keiko (use her post ) so she can collect all the stories. You can’t just link back to her WordPress, since she won’t be alerted of the pingback. You need to link back to a post or a page, because WordPress works like this.
  5. Use the Create-A-Story picture in the post.
  6. Copy and paste the rules in your tag post as well, so others can be clued in to the Create-A-Story rules.

Just so we’re clear my story:

  • Is incomplete.
  • Is incredibly dialogue heavy due to the majority of description getting cut to bring it in under 1000 words.
  • Has an asinine set of characters.
  • And any attempts at humour should probably be taken as a sign that I need more sleep.

With that disclaimer, I hope you enjoy.

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“You should just fall in love with me already,” James said confidently as he clutched Andrea’s hands tightly. “I mean, you must have already, given the circumstances.”

“Exactly how long are you going to keep the bad puns going?” Andrea asked as she expertly pulled James closer to her and rolled them over so that she was on top.

“I love a woman who takes charge,” James chuckled and then he peered down. “I’m thinking I’ve got about another 600 words left in me for bad puns and movie references.”

Andrea laughed. “That and fourth wall breaking.”

“That too,” James admitted. “Want to tell me why you did it?”

“Did what?”

“Jumped after me? I mean, he throws me off the cliff, you kill him. Nice and easy. I’ll admit it made the whole thought of going splat at the bottom a little better knowing that bastard would have been dead. And yet, instead of finishing him off, here you are, plummeting down the side of this bloody mountain. I’m not sure if I’m thrilled or pissed off with you right now.”

“That goes for you and me both.” Andrea hugged him tighter as she leaned to the right to try to see how far the tree-line was. “I get there to rescue you and you tell me to let him throw you off the cliff. Really? As if that was ever going to happen.”

“Again, he’d be dead.”

“So would you! Idiot!” Andrea hugged him so hard that James thought his ribs would break. “Don’t you ever do that again.”

“I can more or less guarantee that.”

Far below James could now make out the shapes of the trees of the forest, a winding road in the distance. When the wind wasn’t rushing past his ears he thought he heard the faint sound of machinery. Possibly someone tree clearing or doing some road work.

It wasn’t such a bad place to die. A nice view at least.

“So, you had a plan right?” James asked trying to turn his head to see Andrea without moving his body. He knew she was up to something and he didn’t want to disrupt her.

“Excuse me?”

“A plan. You know, a scheme, an idea, a strategy… You know something other than a fairly lengthy drop before a sudden stop.”

“Did you just miss-appropriate a line from Pirates of the Caribbean?”

“Duh.”

“We’re dying here.”

“Unlikely.” James coughed. “So, the plan?”

“No plan,” Andrea said.

“You’re kidding. That’s just terrible. I mean, I’m average height with average brown hair and average looks and intelligence. By default that should make me the protagonist. Where is my plot armour?”

“James,” Andrea said.

“What?”

“I love you.” She rolled him over and kissed him. “Now don’t even think about moving.”

Shoving him back roughly she wrapped her arms tightly around him, locking her grip in place, hand to wrist. As the tree-line became richly detailed and the branches began to poke up toward James at an alarmingly fast rate, he suddenly felt a massive jolt as he was jerked abruptly backward and Andrea’s bony hands seemed to drive into his chest. A small cry of pain escaped his lips before he bit down on his own lip and the metallic taste of blood flooded his mouth.

Legs dangling and Andrea’s grip pushing roughly against his underarms, James once again twisted his head expecting to see a parachute, even though such a thing should be possible.

Instead he saw something even more improbable.

“Wings. You have wings,” he murmured.

“Sometimes.” Andrea let out a groan of pain and they began to rapidly descend between the branches of the trees. Her face was pale, she was sweating horribly, and it looked kind of like she was going to throw up.

“I don’t have wings,” James continued to prattle.

“I swear if you make a Dark Crystal reference right now I will let you drop,” Andrea muttered through clenched teeth.

“Any chance we could fly back up to the top of the mountain?” James asked mockingly.

“Are you crazy?” Andrea asked as the ground looked like it was about to rise toward them. She bit down on her lower lip and forced one single flap from her wings to decelerate and then they folded and the two of them fell, tumbling to the ground with a thud and groans of pain. When Andrea caught her breath she tilted her head toward James, heedless of the leaves and twigs catching in her hair. “Why would you want to go back to the top of the mountain that you were just nearly killed on?”

“Well, as we fluttered past that moron we could yell out, ‘Can you fly, you sucker, can you fly?’ totally Kevin Bacon style.”

Andrea let her eyes close. Part of her couldn’t believe what she’d just done to save the idiot laughing in sheer relief beside her. The other part of her couldn’t believe she’d come so close to losing him. Tears of pain and frustration leaked out of her eyes and she covered her face with a sweaty, dirty hand.

“By the way, aren’t I supposed to rescue you?”

“Why?”

“Well, I’m the guy. And every good 80’s action movie kind of made me believe that in situations like this I should like rappel in before leaping out and clutching your hand and then someone managing to cling back to the rock-surface Spider-Man style.”

“Well, Mr Hero,” Andrea said, “given I’ve severely injured myself by over straining my wings, if you want to be all chivalrous you could carry me home.”

James pulled himself to his feet. “It’s a long walk.”

“Complaining already, Hero-San?”

“I guess it gives you time to tell me why my child-hood friend has wings.” He scooped her up before she could protest and started walking.

‘Do you even know which way you are going?”

“Home, James!”


I’m going to be honest, it’s pretty dreadful and rushed, but I finally wrote something and didn’t delete it. I also actually had a lot of fun writing it in the end, though possibly that was just me enjoying writing the references in. I kind of figure if you are falling off a mountain you need something to take your mind off of it.

Anyway, let me know what you think and thanks Arthifis for tagging me.


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Help me, I’ve been tagged by the T.A.P Tag

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Fewer things scare me more than trying to write poetry that has strict syllable limitations. I can’t even keep my episode reviews to an approximate 100 words let alone try and say anything useful in five lines, but here we go. Thanks to the wonderful Alex Prange (link below in the rules), I’m giving this a go. Now I could have passed on the tag except that I do love a challenge and as much as this one seems like an enterprise doomed to failure I refuse to turn tail and run.

Unless it ends badly in which case I will flee the country or at the very least severely edit the post.

Rules of the tag:

  1. Headline your post with “The T.A.P. Tag!” and put “tanka” as one of your tags.
  2. Make sure to link back to the original post that started the tag (this post!).
  3. Make sure to mention the person who forced introduced the tag to you! (Thanks Alex)
  4. Pick 1-3 of your favorite anime.
  5. Write your tanka about the anime you’ve chosen. It’s fine if you decide to do only one or two if the schedule is tight.
  6. Tag at least 3 or more bloggers you know, and get their creative muscles flowing (Sharing the love with Rocco B, Raistlin, and Chloe – apologies if you’ve done this one.)

Yuri on Ice – Victor’s Tears

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Words with edge like glass

Shatter heart and illusions

Begin dream anew

See truth of love and person

Bind hearts closer than before.


March Comes in Like a Lion – Rei’s Untouchable Sunshine

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The sunlit goddess

Draws me like moth to candle

But I cannot touch

Distance expands between us

I raise the pedestal high.


Madoka Magica – Homura’s Selfish Wish

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This dark, crazy world

Alone I face all trials

For I chose this path

Denying other’s choices

Rejected their oblation.


And that is my somewhat feeble attempt at poetry. Hopefully you somewhat enjoyed that and I certainly enjoyed the challenge of trying to put them together. I think Victor’s turned out the best but I’d love to know what you thought of them so leave me a comment even if it is just to tell me not to count on a career as a poet.


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Friday’s Feature: Let’s Try Something Different and Build A Harem

I’m going to thank Cactus Matt from Anime Q & A for throwing this tag my way. I have never even considered building a harem and so when I was nominated my brain suddenly went a little bit crazy with the possibilities. Then of course I had to think about when I could respond to the tag and ultimately I decided just to make it my feature for the week. I think this is going to be fun if only because I decided to go all out and not think for a moment about the reality of what such a gathering would be like.

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The Idea:

You are the central protagonist of a harem anime. Pick five characters (of any gender) that fit into a different harem character type. The characters must be from existing anime (but can come from any anime). If you want the full list of original rules, click here.

My Amended Idea:

You are the central protagonist of a harem anime. Pick five characters (of any gender) that will play a particular role within the harem. The characters must be from existing anime (but can come from any anime).

The reason for the change is I don’t really use labels from the types and tropes that this list should probably include (Tsundere, etc). I actually find these labels really limiting as they only focus in on one part of a character, much like the ‘manic pixie girl’ label that gets thrown around. So while I do understand these terms, I tend to avoid using them except when I’m being really sarcastic toward something, so I decided not to use them in my harem.

My Harem

01. The Dangerously Perfect Guy

Okay, we all know this type in fiction, though fortunately few of them exist in real life. This guy can do anything. Literally anything. And he does it perfectly, flawlessly, and looks really good while doing it. Too bad he’ll chew you up and spit you out and not even look back as he moves on to the next meal. And of course, to fulfil this role in my harem I’ve enlisted the aid of one hell of a butler, Sebastian Michaelis, from Black Butler. The one advantage of this, is by default I get Ciel Phantomhive to be part of the harem without using one of my five because Sebastian isn’t going to just join someone else’s harem. So realistically, I’ve somehow connect Ciel into it and Sebastian came along for the ride.

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02. The Smart and Sexy Guy

He doesn’t necessarily have to wear glasses, but why would you turn down a gorgeous looking guy with glasses who also has a brain to back up the look. He’s probably a little bit sharp tongued and he’s probably talked down to you on more occasions than you can count, but he genuinely smiles when you argue back and win a point or two in the verbal sparring match. This guy has a plan at all times, doesn’t respond well to sudden shocks, and isn’t great at expressing emotions, but he’s just too cute because of his awkwardness. So yes, I’ve selected Uryu Ishida from Bleach. He’s smart, deadly with a bow and arrow, he sews, and the guy is seriously stubborn. Plus, he really does rock those glasses.

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03. The Guy You Just Want To Hug

He’s like your little brother, only fortunately not. His smile is infectious, his tears make you melt, and all and all, this is the guy you want to hang around and spend time with. He tries hard at everything, he’s always looking out for you, and when he falls down he pulls himself back up but you just know one day he’ll need you. Yep, I had to throw Katsuki Yuri, from Yuri on Ice, on this list. Partly because I actually needed someone nice in my harem, and partly because I really would like to give Yuri a hug. It probably doesn’t hurt that if Yuri is around there’s a good chance Victor might show up.

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04. He’s In His Own World, But One Day He’ll Need You

It’s amazing how many girls in anime fall for the guy who barely know they exist and yet insist on just waiting patiently. And yet, there was one guy I thought of who might just be worth waiting for. Natsume Takashi from Natsume Yuujinchou. The guy literally lives in his own world and at times his human friends get quite forcibly pushed aside, and yet, for someone like that, I could definitely see them being worth the wait. As he slowly opens up to people, there’s such a kind and gentle soul there. Much like with Yuri Katsuki, I’d just like to give Natsume a hug.

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05. Finally, The Bad Boy, Because Every Harem Needs One

I’m going to be honest and point out that I’m not a big fan of bad boys in real life, but in stories they work beautifully. The joy of watching a rebel or rule breaker in a narrative is fun and safe, in real life they are a destabilising factor that is best avoided. But for my fictional harem, I’m throwing one in because that allows me to toss this truly gorgeous guy in, and I’m pretty sure most of you will agree he belongs in the list: Shinya Kougami from Psycho Pass. He’s fighting for his sense of justice, or revenge, and he doesn’t worry about whether or not he has to break the rules to do it. His single-minded focus is attractive as hell, but also dangerous as it is likely to burn those who come too close.

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Your Thoughts:

Given I’d never put together a harem before, or even considered it, this ended up being a lot of fun. Of course, I then visualised these five guys (six if you count Ciel) in a room together and realised there is no way I’m stepping foot into that room. And with the exception of Natsume, am I noticing a trend in my type of anime guy? Definitely. Now the question would be, if this was a real harem, who would be the OTP? Karandi and…

Nope. Can’t see it. Not with any of them.

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Let’s All Write A Book – Chapter 2 – Part 8

I’d like to thank Scott  for tagging me, though I’m going to point out the thought of trying to write part of a story I don’t know the end of is kind of terrifying as I don’t have a clue if what I’m adding is actually helping the plot along. Still, this has been a fun project to watch develop and I had quite a bit of fun trying to figure out what should happen.


THE RULES FOR THIS STORY TAG:

  1. Copy the post you’ve been tagged from the rules down (with the links)
  2. Go here and read the rules
  3. Write your name and link it to one of your posts (The main character is called NoGender, and as the name indicates, does not have a gender, so if you want to speak in the third person use the word “it”)
  4. Write your paragraph (max 300 words with 100 words margin, so basically you can go further until 400)
  5. Tag someone’s post who wasn’t tagged before and say the following rule in the same phrase “You have 3 days to accept this tag”
  6. If the person you tagged doesn’t answer or doesn’t want to participate tag other person (again, tag a post and not a page)
  7. Write the Title “Let’s All Write a Book | Chapter 2 | Part X”,  being X your paragraph
  8. If you are writing Part 10 link it to Arthifis again
  9. Copy and paste at the end of your post all the people who have already been tagged in chapter 1, unless it says the contrary you can’t tag them again;
  10. People who said they want to be tagged again, if you do get tagged and write a part for this chapter delete the part where it says that you want to be tagged again in the list, the idea is to have only one tag for each chapter.
  11. To read Chapter 1 go here

CHAPTER 2

ARTHIFIS – CHAPTER 2.1

The seven maisters had created a circle with NoGender and Ligeia in the center. They also had diminished the light of the room and now the only light present was coming from the 7 candles positioned at the front of each maister making scary shadows in their faces.

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Below of NoGender and Ligeia was a complex diagram written in blood, its center starting where their bodies finished. NoGender was scared, he didn’t know what was happening and it had received zero explanations. Ligeia had used all the time for explanations arguing and saying she didn’t want to do this, that she didn’t know NoGender and they were asking too much of her. However, after a while she understood this was an argument she wouldn’t win, she accepted defeat and decided to go along.
– Very well! – One of the maisters said, NoGender could not pinpoint which one – The time is near, you need to strength your bond before the time runs out. What you did in that library is just too rare and in the timing that happened… We can’t just say this is a coincidence. I’m not one to believe in destiny, but maybe you will prove me wrong. In conclusion, we can’t let this opportunity pass by, you need to become one before the time runs out and your wavelengths stop being in accordance.
– You will do the test of the tests. However, I’m afraid to say that it will only become harder from here. We will transport your souls to the spirit World. There you will need to find your way, work together and be able to come back. It’s not going to be easy, but it’s imperial for you to reach plenitude and reach your full potential. Water and Soul need to become one.
After this being said, everyone went silent and, without warning, all seven maisters started mumbling in unison some kind of spell in a language which NoGender did not recognize.
Wind, water, fire and earth, the four elements appeared and started circulating NoGender and Ligeia. It started to get more condensed and closer to them until the moment where anyone from outside would only see a multi coloured ball in the center of the diagram.

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NoGender didn’t know what he was feeling, he just knew that it was not good! When he though he would not be able to take it anymore and just throw up, everything went black.


SHADDOWCAT99 – CHAPTER 2.2

The shroud of black that enfolded NoGender and Ligeia D. Mortem slowly began to disperse, revealing to NoGender that they were both still standing in the circle. It looked around confused, it seemed as though nothing had happened, until looking down it could see both of their unconscious bodies laid at their feet. Feet that were no longer quite touching the ground.
A hazy mist had separated the two of them from the maisters and NoGender couldn’t hear anything they said, even though it was pretty sure they were still speaking or chanting. Where are we? NoGender tried to ask the Necromancer, but rather then actually speaking it felt like its words were snatched away from its mind and blown away in a fierce wind.
Her head snapped around sharply and she glared at NoGender with her sharp green eyes. Her words too, came from somewhere other, Did you not pay attention in the one class that I teach! We are in the spirit world!
She pointed upward towards the ceiling, but as NoGender looked up he saw that the ceiling was no longer there and that instead it was replaced by a seemingly infinite expanse of great lights. They were not stars, they were too large, or perhaps to small for that.

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Ligeia reached over and grabbed NoGender by the arm, which now appeared to be attached to a shoulder that was whole again, and began to pull on it as she moved upwards towards the lights. When they began to move, any sensation of being solid left NoGender and if it had still had a working stomach, any leftover breakfast would have left it.
Where are we going? What’s Happening? It asked.
Without stopping for an instant, Ligeia’s soundless answer traveled back to NoGender, to see what we must do to begin the trials. I would like to get home as soon as possible and I ask you to do your best to not get killed.


THE SPOOKY RED HEAD – CHAPTER 2.3

Ligeia heads towards the room’s exit, leaving NoGender behind to catch up. Once at the door, NoGender reaches out to grab the handle. A silent gasp escapes NoGender’s lips as its hand goes straight through the solid object.
NoGender hears a scoff coming from somewhere. It glances up to see a head shaking with disapproval, sticking out through the middle of the door. “Where’s rest of your body?” NoGender mumbles, voice echoing around the room and averting its gaze from Ligeia’s floating head.
Ligeia’s head just snickers, “You’re sure taking your sweet time. Keep this up and you’ll be dead within the hour.”
NoGender freezes at the mention of death, again. It shifts awkwardly from side to side as it tries to purge its mind of dark thoughts about its corpse being mangled, tangled, or anything else.
“You coming or not?” Ligeia prompts, gesturing with a swish of her head for NoGender to follow.
So, ignoring the strange tingling sensation now in its hand, NoGender pushes its entire body through the door.
“We have to go into the forest first,” Ligeia informs NoGender once NoGender’s through the door. “That’s where the first trial will be.”
“But I’m a water-bender!” NoGender interjects, its voice now resonating more in the open hallway.
Ligeia snorts, “Any idiot can bend when they’re surrounded by their own element. It takes actual talent for someone to complete their trials in different elemental places though.”
But before NoGender can argue the point further, Ligeia ushers NoGender towards an open window at the end of the hall. NoGender peers out over the sill and sees the forest that surrounds the west wing of the school, stretching out for miles.
“Here we go!” Ligeia calls, and dives out of the window.
“Wait!” NoGender cries. NoGender leans out over the sill, feeling its eyes widen and its forehead crease together with worry. NoGender searches for any signs of Ligeia.

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“You’re not in your physical body right now!” Ligeia calls up at NoGender from the ground, seemingly unharmed. “So nothing from the physical world can hurt you here! I mean, of course your physical body can still be damaged… But don’t worry! The maisters will look after them for us!”
“That’s reassuring,” NoGender mutters darkly under its breath, before jumping off of the sill.


AURI CHAPTER-2.4

NoGender landed with a jarring impact. It cursed under it’s breath, “I thought you said nothing can hurt me Ligeia!”
Ligeia’s head smirked at it from above, “Well, what’s the point of a trial if you can’t feel the pain of your mistakes huh NoGender? Don’t worry, the injury won’t be there, you’ll only feel the pain. Now, stop dilly dallying and start walking already.”

‘Dilly-dallying?’, NoGender frowned and followed Ligeia’s bobbing head. ‘She’s enjoying this a little too much….’

After walking for what seemed like an hour, NoGender finally lost it’s patience, “Ligeia is this trial a test of patience or wha-”

It was interrupted by a shrill scream. “DEMON! GO AWAY!”

When NoGender looked around to see who it was, it came face to face with a pretty young girl on her knees, trembling with fear and trying to push away Ligeia’s floating head.

“H-Hey Ligeia! Get away from her!” NoGender pushed Ligeia’s head away and offered it’s hand to the young girl, “Don’t be scared, she’s not a demon.”

The girl, her eyes wide stared at it’s hand before grasping on tightly. A little too tightly.

“Y-You! You’re a water bender right? P-Please. Give me some water. I beg you! I’m going to die! Please!”, she began to sob and beg NoGender.
Surprised, it turned to look at Ligeia for some help.

“If she’s here, it’s for a reason NoGender. You should leave her.” Ligeia’s face was grim.

“NO! PLEASE! I’M SO THIRSTY!” The girl began to scream and fell to NoGender’s feet, “Please! I’m begging you! Water! Water. Please.”

NoGender noticed her hoarse throat and her slightly shriveled skin. It looked to Ligeia again. She shook her head (Or rather herself), “You shouldn’t. Leave her and come.”

The girl sobs grew more desperate and NoGender shuddered, “I- I have to. It would be unfair not to….”
Against Ligeia’s warnings NoGender concentrated on the ground beneath it’s feet. It took every bit of it’s effort and concentration but a rivulet of water broke the ground.
The girl gasped in joy and jumped towards it, gulping and drinking with deranged intensity.

Ligeia tsked, “Idiot.”

“Huh?”

A sharp pain came from NoGender’s side. It yelped and looked only to find the young girl gnawing at it’s skin. It’s blood ran down her chin and her eyes were bright with lust.
“More. More. MORE!”

“There’s a reason some people shouldn’t be helped. Take this as your first lesson.”


KEIKO – CHAPTER 2.5

No Gender looked on in utter shock as the girl began to lick the blood as if this was her last life line. When something is taken away from someone for so long and then they are given but a brief taste of it, their response is always the same; they desire more. What No Gender was seeing wasn’t just lust or desperation. This was something more akin to a forced fed addict whose supply had been cut off only to be given the briefest taste of heaven.

No Gender forced the girl off of it and took a couple of steps back as horror masked its face. The girl was on all fours now, hair covering her face as she began crawling towards him, still chanting her mantra of “More, more, more”.

The horror of what it witnessed only stayed a while as No Gender began to understand what it had done as the words from earlier echoed in its head. It had been told countless times that the water created by a water bender is different to natural water that is part of the earth. As a water bender, No Gender had the ability to control all aspects of water in all its states but there was more to it than just that. The element created by any bender is infused with their personalities, making each water bender’s water different. In colour and in taste. No Gender knew this. It also knew that because of this, drinking water created by a bender, though not forbidden, was inadvisable. After all, the taste of the water can be anything. It can be sweet like honey, intoxicating like alcohol, or even lethal like poison.

That was not all. How did this girl, someone it had no recollections of ever meeting or seeing, know that it was a water bender? It hadn’t mentioned it and neither had Ligeia but somehow this child, this girl, knew. And yet, she displayed a thirst, an addiction, to a water she had only ever tasted once.

This was a girl it should never have helped.


SHOUJO — CHAPTER 2.6

NoGender stared, eyes wide and quivering, as this demonic creature—for could it truly be called human?—suddenly stopped and rolled upward like a corpse reanimated. The disturbing fluidity with which it reared called to mind something from a long forgotten nightmare. NoGender swallowed once, and the creature pinned an eye—once blue, now a hollow, iris-less black—on them from behind its tangled mass of auburn hair. It howled in unholy anguish, clawing at its own neck with nails suddenly grown so very long, and through the cacophonous sound still echoed remnants of a single discernible word: more, more more.

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How could they have made this costly mistake after being warned so many times to stay away from reliance on their power to meet another’s mortal needs? How quickly had NoGender forgotten this most important of lessons in light of a sweet, young face in agony?

The creature’s claws drew blood as they dug deeper into its throat when, without warning, it launched itself at NoGender, flying forward with force enough to move the ground beneath it. It slammed into NoGender at breakneck pace, and the two went tumbling to the solid earth below. There was no time for acclamation as the creature bit deeply into NoGender’s neck and began to suckle greedily on their life’s blood. NoGender screamed, a long and painful echo through the twilight-dusted trees.

Through the haze of pain and their own howls of anguish—distinguishable from the burning of the creature’s now protruding teeth buried deeply into NoGender’s flesh—they could feel on their face an altogether different sensation.

Their burning cheek was wet.

This creature—the inhuman thing feasting obscenely on their blood—was crying.

And in their mind, NoGender heard an echo.

“Kill me. Kill me. Please.”


SCOTT – CHAPTER 2.7

With the creature sucking, it didn’t see a way out of this.  NoGender’s strength was slowly leaving it as the creature was slowly digging further and further into it’s inner body mass. There seemed to be no way out of this for NoGender. It was still young and there were so many things NoGender wanted to achieve still. Death from a creature that was seeking its own death seemed ironic and inevitable at this point. It prepared a final prayer for itself in it’s seemingly final moments.

That was until NoGender felt heat out of nowhere. NoGender’s face was on the ground, so it had no way of knowing where it came from. Things got better, because the creature on NoGender’s back started shrieking in pain and then the creature’s weight was gone. There was nothing else consuming its flesh anymore. Maybe it will live after all.

With the removal of the weight from his back removed, there was a soft but firm grip that helped NoGender to it’s feet. Having expected its savior to be Liegia, because that’s the only person NoGender knew was in the spirit realm, it was surprised to see their speckled classmate Fernelle.

“Fernelle, what? How did you get here?”

“Well, um, that’s ah um, a complicated story. Something about me dying and slowly returning to the normal realm.” Fernelle shyly adjusted her glasses.

“Whatever the reason is, thank you. Thank you so much.” NoGender started crying.

Fernelle looked around not knowing what to do for a few seconds, but she decided that the best thing she could do was just put an arm around it and provide comfort. They both turned to the dying creature burning up on the ground. There was an odd beauty about the thing having a smile on its face while burning into ash. NoGender nodded knowing that this is what the creature wanted.

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“Let’s get you back home.” Fernelle motioned toward a vague direction to their left. She felt something calling her back to the mortal realm in that direction.

“No yet.” NoGender had a determined face under it’s tears. “I still have to pass my trial.”

“You can’t handle this on your own. At least let me helped you.” Fernelle urged.

Unsure where to go, NoGender and Fernelle slowly walked to where it first met the creature. A few minutes later, Liegia ran up to them completely out of breath.

She looked at Fernelle with a confused look.


Karandi – Chapter 2.8

“Unexpected,” Liegia murmured more to herself than to NoGender, but it seemed as though she’d made a decision as she’d uttered the word. “Up ahead, take the path to the right,” she instructed and then promptly disappeared.

Looking around, Fernelle’s eye’s widened. “Could she always do that?”

“No idea.” NoGender peered at the trees ahead of them and wondered whether it would be wise to follow Liegia’s counsel this time given the disaster last time NoGender had ignored her advice. Still, there was something about her tone that had NoGender concerned. “Are you coming?”

Fernelle nodded and the two of them pressed forward. They soon found where the path split, with the left side winding into the trees and disappearing from sigh and the right side angling down and seemingly disappearing into a cavern.

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“Would it be too much to ask that common-sense prevail and we don’t go traipsing about a cavern in the dark?” NoGender demanded of the sky. Naturally it didn’t respond and NoGender was almost disappointed by that.

“Come on,” Fernelle whispered but grabbed NoGender’s arm as she started moving forward.

“I don’t suppose you could give us a light down there?” NoGender asked.

“Sure. I certainly could do that. But, you know, things that live in caves tend to not really like it when you start illuminating their home.”

“Wouldn’t that only be true if this were in the physical world? I  mean, I’m not exactly worried about running into a bear in there.”

Fernelle giggled. “Bear in there.”

The path was slippery so they didn’t talk again as they concentrated on reaching the cavern entrance without slipping and then they simply stopped and stared. The cavern mouth stretched open wide and was lined with vines that draped part way down. There was the sound of water trickling within and that was the first time NoGender felt even a little optimistic about entering the cavern. Inside there was water. And from the smell, probably a lot of it.

NoGender was about to suggest they enter when a sound rumbled from within the cavern and enveloped them. It shook NoGender to the core and NoGender felt its limbs turn to jelly. Then the sound came again and NoGender collapsed onto its knees.


I’m going to throw this over to Lita Kino(you have three days to accept this tag – let me know if you pass). Hopefully you can have some fun with it. Or at least figure out where it is supposed to be going, which is something I think I still failed to do.


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