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Rumination is an experimental work I did for my Interactive Narratives class. The story plays out like a choose your own adventure book, but no matter what you choose, it all leads to the same ending.

The story is not meant to say that we have no choices in life, but that there is no point in ruminating about a past that can't be changed. I use to waste away my days dreaming about what I could have done to save my parents' marriage, only to wake up to the realization that the past is gone, but I still have a future ahead of me.

At the Garden of Forking Paths I made a choice. No regrets. I look ahead.

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Music: Atlantean Twilight by [link]
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MustafaE3 Featured By Owner 21 hours ago  Hobbyist General Artist
That was...outstanding. Quite spectacular, I'll say!
MeilieStark Featured By Owner 1 day ago  New member
crying like a big baby,,..i bow to your geniusly genuine mind...,,turning pain into greatness..,,speechless..,,keep it up
Wayfir Featured By Owner 2 days ago  New member Hobbyist General Artist
I dont hard ive cried...
KirBara Featured By Owner 5 days ago  New member Hobbyist General Artist
rainbow cry Cry forever SpongeBob (Cries) Miuna Crying Icon Cry Cry STITCH LLORA Llama Emoji-08 (Crying) [V1] Asuna Crying Icon Rikka Crying Icon
that my expression after watch this Romano (Cries) [V4] 
Fuji615 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2015  New member Hobbyist General Artist
Thank You Yuumei
LovelyKokeshi Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
i miss my dad too, but at  the end, u're right, we cant change things like this
Akahiru Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015  New member Hobbyist Digital Artist
i love my dad but i live by my mum because my dad diedPikachu Crying Plz 
LazerNart Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015  New member Hobbyist
I feel bad for people whose parents split.I think that my parents probably aren't going to split until they get too old (like my grandparents). Honestly, I think that they would split if money wasn't an issue, I can't tell how THEY feel but I think that there marriage ended a long time ago and it's just a 'paper-marriage' now.

Ahhh. If I say stuff in here that makes no sense like mixed up words or repeating sorry, I just can't concentrate with the music. Music-vs-Reading 
DemonFirez Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
this is very meaningful an almost hurt to choose what i would in real life. i suffer as well from a broken family, but not one you might think. half my family want a divorce and the other half doesn't. i am one who supports the decision due to the verbal abuse. this was a very meaningful experience to choose the path one's heart truly desires. i think it was very well done and i hope all goes well for both you and the rest of the children/families that have to go through this.
Carved-Smile Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015
Well I don't understand how divorce feels like but I know what it feels like to have a parent die
because of drugs

And only to find out years later he tried killing you and your family multiple times
younger-it Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh wow... That was terrible. Choosing like that, even if it was just to see the end of this. It's... true though. We can't just stop and regret the choices we made. We have to live.
procrastinator175 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015  Hobbyist
Wow, gorgeous. I tried every single route I could think of, to see if there was an ending that different. Truly a powerful message.
lamachu Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I found this a while ago... I'm so happy I found it again :)
Dragonic-Demonic Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Madi003 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is one of the most beautiful things I've seen on deviantart.. My parents are currently going through a divorce and I feel like the child in this comic sometimes.. Thank you for making this. :)
ratnendra Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2014
wowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww i have never seen any thing like this
artificial-en3my Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014  Student Digital Artist
mfw this is so freakin amazing
TheSnowe Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2014
These comics are so touching and beautiful... truly amazing work :'D 

Heart  Gallery  Heart Deviation love Heart
sefira101 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
haru-ryuno Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Actually my parents broke up when I was 3 y.o
It was kind of painfuf but my dad was an alcoholic so I understand my mom
She had a hard Time at raising me and my sister because she was working in a Bank in London and we we're living about 1h away from London.
But well, my mom found my Step Dad 8 years ago and She's happy, I'm happy and my sister is happy too^^
And I even got an younger half sister who I consider as my full
NephthysSenpai Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2014  New member Hobbyist Artist
Defnately touching just like 1000 Words... Thank You DD Sign 
Navijunior Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2014
People forget that many upbeat and strong people became what they are now, not because they don't have hardships, but because they made the best choice they could with their head held up high.
GOOEYBEARinDaHouse Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i think i died a little on the inside....
*cries in the corner*
elie2000 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014
that's soooo sad these kids suffer so much through their life without anyone's just so horribleEnju Crying Icon  Sayu Crying Icon Futaba Crying Icon 
i just... ... forget it
isune Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014
Although I am positive that you are well on your way
isune Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014
I hope that your works save thousands and inspire millions.
auliaputri Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2014
New Bonnie mustache New Bonnie mustache New Bonnie mustache  thanks for make me cry... it's true...
HorseWar Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
it made me almost cry Cry emote but they music is beautiful Really Sad Heart Love So beautiful :) thing you made ^^ i love it !!! a very big + for it 
beaniebae Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
this made me cry oh my gosh thank you for making this its just beautiful QAQ
animegirlMLP Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2014
All my life my parents fought. I'm sure there was a time when they loved each other, but i had never seen it once. At first, all i wanted was for us to be a family and to be happy, but as time passed i could see that nobody was happy. Eventually, i began to look at the situation in a different perspective. My parents could live under the same roof, but would they really be happy? no. They would only fight, and i had to live with that fact, knowing that nothing could be done to change it. I actually wanted my parents to get a divorce, i wanted them to be happy and to hopefully find a person in there lives who could make their pain better. i knew i might end up with a knew mom or dad, but i never would treat my step parents better then i would my real parents. For anyone who is suffering through a parents divorce, just know that thousands of people are suffering as well. I live in two homes now, it's hard, but much easier then dealing with screaming every day. And please, please don't ever think that it's your fault, because it's not.
1acaulis Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
heart breaking ! 
DreamCatcher232 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2014
My parents were married for 20 years.
Mother went through a mid life crisis.
She divorced my dad within a month of saying she was unhappy.
Now, 4 years since the divorce and living in the same household for 'the sake of the children', we're going our separate ways and I'm faced with this decision.
They're both still in love with each other yet we have to split up.


Why can't they just be honest with each other?
WhoreLenore Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014  Student General Artist
Thank you. Thank you so much.
jop041 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014
where can i get the link to the back ground music???
i really love the sadness and feel of the piece.
please tell me the title or send the link.
thank you! 
Sccaggs Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It's in the description.
jop041 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014
where can i get the background music link??? or the title???
kuricurry Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014  Professional General Artist
It's amazing how you can channel all the negativity that has happened to you in a form of something so beautiful...
I know these are only words, but I really hope life's showing you how pretty it can be.

You are an amazing person...
I hope people around you know this as well, because we all sure do.
YUME-SENPAI Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014  Student General Artist
; 7 ; tried all endings all sad, yet so true. There are kids out there who can't choose between their Mom or Dad. They end up having problems with school and cannot focus. These kids need comfort and trust me, they do. They always ask, "Why Mom?" or "Why Dad?" and the answer is always "Mom and I" or "Dad and I have been having problems..." (or something like that) As they grow up the kids slowly figure out why but they still wish it would have ended differently... where they can have both Mom and Dad... If you know someone who's sad because they're parents divorced and they can't choose, help them feel happy... 

~~YUME-SENPAIKomari Kamikita (Crying) [V5] Asuna (Crying) [V2] (please help those kids)
xXRisingDawnXx Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
So heart breaking!
Mandelay Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014
I tried all the endings....their all sad T-T But amazing.
BlackDIamond55 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014
the shivers that went up my spine... I'm almost to tears... Meh...
Sulffy Featured By Owner Edited Oct 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Omg, I'm lost in the page where i should choose between my 2 parents. I don't know what to do :(

Wow, I just... Don't know what to say. Good job!
Samantha-Bennett Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I feel like I was incredibly lucky to have the parents that I do: even though they are divorced, they never made me feel as if it were my fault. They went out of their way to make sure I knew I had no part of the reason. We're all on good terms, too... I can only wish this for others who have gone through parental divorce, and I wish those considering divorce would read these things and see how much pain they cause their children, who seem to only be of secondary importance to them anymore. 
TotalDramaFan314 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014  Student Interface Designer
Well now I'm sobbing. A lot.

Why does everything remind me of my dad now?

Exo : Crying Kai
animegirlMLP Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2014
* Gives you a thousand hugs*
TotalDramaFan314 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2014  Student Interface Designer
Thank you dearly. Oh my gosh, thank you. Happy cry (Tears of joy) 
gothrockangel Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful <3

I've never experienced parental separation, but I have a lot of close friends who have, I stuck with a friend while it was happening. The pain is so hard to bear. Even for the one who is there for the hurting person, just watching your friend go through the pain and depression and guilt is hard. Since then, she has healed and is working through it. 
I'm glad I was able to be there for her. 

Even if you've never experienced it, just be there for those who are. They need to know they are not alone and that they can come to someone with their pain. Be that person <3
Rosepetals1 Featured By Owner Edited Oct 4, 2014
beautiful ^_^
My parents just recently seperated and i used to find the blame in myself, its been hard on me but i would keep the same smile on my face even if i had to force itself to show :) 

This was absolutely amazing ^_^
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