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AoI - 100 Themes V1: 12. InsanitySanity; Llandi didn’t think any of them held the high ground there, after all who in their right mind would take up arms and charge towards certain death far from their homeland, when they could hide in their thick stone walled cities?
Then again if they knew, what you knew… They would be as crazy as they think you are already.
Being able to face the truth of the insane situation, and hold it together did that make them any more sane that those who remain ignorant?
No; they had seen so much, too much, to ever be sane again.
AoI - 100 Themes V1: 11. MemoryMinds are tricky things; they are unpredictable and unreasonable, fighting against themselves as much as they fight the world, at the core they are driven to survive, be it by creatively editing their records, or omitting chunks in their entirety.
She knew they had been patrolling the boundary as they did every year, she remembers him falling, being held back by well meaning but traitorous hands.
She remembers her vow as one life bought another.
She knows there were six months of wandering between then and the Corsair’s crew.
Six months lost; before they found her - brought her back.
AoI - 100 Themes V1: 10. Breathe AgainEvery time she did it, it was like drowning; the disorientation the swirling images looming out from the dark recesses of the mind or minds. She thinks to herself that she will never understand how shamans such as Mac approach such things with so little trepidation, opening yourself to the power was one thing, but opening your mind to the unfiltered thoughts and memories of another…
The way back was the worst; submerged, struggling upward, desperate to break the surface, she would come to herself collapsed and shaking, beached on the shores of her consciousness, finally able to breathe again.
AoI - 100 Themes V1: 9. DriveSky whale, airship, flying metal cave, the Beautiful Sanaa, call it what you will this was the thing that the adventurers called home; for now. Llandi didn’t like it, but she liked travelling by the stone circles a whole lot less, people were starting to have strange dreams and everything felt off kilter somehow, she blamed the ship. She didn’t like the fact that they were sitting in a metal box of malice, surrounded by ‘Immortals’ she wasn’t sure just how much she trusted these metal men, she was thankful to them for one thing though; they didn’t let Kykilla drive.
AoI - 100 Themes V1: 6. Break AwayHer nightmares had taken on a darker quality after the Ill advised sojourn into each other’s heads, and they had been fairly dark to begin with, the fire was new though, as was the purple cloth, dust and sandstone walls, the metal men however could have come from many places.
This however was different; it was dark yes but filled with blood, flowing up from the ground, in sickly death blooms, a seductive voice offers the power to raise the fallen, it speaks her vow but twists it into something hideous…
“Not like that!” starting awake, shuddering “Never like that.”
Red Riding HoodI want to believe people so badly when they say they won’t bite
that I contemplate climbing into their smiling jaws
thinking that it might be better to be split in two than left hanging.
But always, I draw my red hood and flit back into the forest
running in the shadows of pathways, never stepping into clearings
because I’ve spent my whole life in the wilderness
and I still can’t tell the wolves from the woodsmen.
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