C. M. Brighid Bachleda
Universe's Collide By: Thomas Boyle
The Tycho Calamity By: Samuel Pomerantz
Thanks for the comment! Heh, I’m going to totally pretend like I’ve been paying attention and knew that that rocket launch happened :P I totally knew. I didn’t just find out when you posted that, honest. And I’m sorry to hear you’ve been sick :/ I hope the cold medicine is doing it’s job and you’ll feel a right back to normal soon. Anyway, I was glad to get to post something from Samantha’s POV. She’s practically an unofficial main character at this point, which isn’t a role I ever envisioned her taking when I started this story :P She’s not my favourite character (simply because I don’t have one :P) But she’s the character who’s changed the most since my initial vision. She’s evolved so much beyond what I initially planned for her to be and so I was really glad to get a chance to delve into her past.
Anyway, I’m glad the scene with Michelle and Samantha was moving, although it kind of grossed me out to write it. I mean, I’ve seen some pretty gross things in my time. I’ve seen a cat with a giant ulcerating squamous cell carcinoma covering practically half his face. But searching Google Images for “woman with untreated breast cancer” scarred me for life xD Anyway, this was easily the hardest time of Samantha’s life so I’m glad her vulnerability shone through. Not only did she had to deal with the death of a loved one, she had to watch her deteriorate over time. She saw her mother become a shadow of her former self without being able to do anything about it, all the while knowing she was probably in great pain. Anyway, I don’t know if you remember me saying this but a long time I told you that I don’t mood-set with music when I’m writing. That’s mostly true, but this is the one exception that I completely forgot to mention back then xD ‘Do you hear the people sing?’ is the song I blast when the rebels (or the Gifts of Earth, in that one chapter) are doing something particularly rebellious :P It’s my favourite song from that musical, and one of my favourite songs in general.
Hey, what do you mean? The villagers are the loveliest gems of people :P Although to be fair, like the rest of us they’re simply believing what their society tells them to believe, so I probably shouldn’t judge them too much. Still, their actions led to a lot of suffering for Samantha and Michelle (and Thomas too, but as a man and a hermit he wasn’t exposed to it nearly as much as they were :P) and as far as Sam’s concerned, her father is to blame for it. She imagines him as a womanising douchebag from another village who seduced her mother and left, getting away free while she and Michelle suffered. Anyway, obviously 805 isn’t really what she imagined he’d be, and although it’s true that he didn’t face any stigma over their relationship (and wouldn’t have, even if everyone knew he had an illegitimate child and the whole Island was totally chill with the whole Gifted/nonGifted relationship thing :P) he certainly suffered in other ways. And I think she does understand that to some extent, but it’s still very difficult for her to let go of that vision she has of him. Long story short, I think things would’ve been a lot easier for her if he’d just turned out to be a total douchebag all along :P
Heheh, I also am terrible at remembering names xD And similarly to Samantha, people always seem to remember mine somehow which makes it that much more awkward :P Anyway, as Samantha hinted at, I don’t think she (or Janelle) would have ever dared to leave if they hadn’t found each other. Their shared goal is what brought them together after so many years and forms the foundation of their friendship. Anyway, despite that Samantha certainly was never very fond of Janelle throughout their childhood, which was mostly her own fault :P Janelle always made an effort to be friendly and inclusive to Samantha, but Samantha never really made any effort to get to know her at all. She just kind of wrote her off as this generic shy girly girl who wasn’t worth getting to know. Heh, for a moment there you confused me with all the talk of Amy xD I was like: “Her daughter? What? Amy’s her mother.” It took me way too long to realise that it was the younger Amy to which you were referring. This is what I get for being lazy and naming characters after each other :P Even if it makes sense in the story for Janelle to name her daughter after her mother, the true motivation behind it was, like many things, my laziness xD Anyway, Happy Valentine’s Day to you too! Somehow, I managed to survive my night with the horses without serious injury :P
C. M. Brighid Bachleda
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