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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.

Related work: 1000 W0RDS by yuumei Tape it Back Together by yuumei

Music: Atlantean Twilight by…
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Kizu-E Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you. ;^;
pastelsundays Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2016  New Deviant  Traditional Artist
(;ω; )
SheRadioactive Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2016
Feel my tears. I thought although this is sad, you have portrayed this situation beautifully, effectively showing the seriousness and sadness of any of these situations. I love this, Ill see what else you have.

A quick question if you don't mind, but how did you manage to do this? Its very inspiring and I might wish to try someday,


And keep up the Majestic work! 
noaperlasus Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2016  Student Artist
To strange :v
Icefeather112 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is absolutely beautiful and I can't begin to imagine what it's like for other people. I have a somewhat similar situation so I feel I can empathize, however.. I never had much of a choice since this somewhat went on at my birth. I had to stay with my mother and I love her with all my heart and I'm glad it's like that, but I wish I could help those who don't have it like me.

Thanks for making this ;n;
The children.. ;n;
ATALIASHUNSHION Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
hum.. I cannot imagine ... I'm so lucky...
TekinaFiction Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2016  New Deviant Student General Artist
This says so much that needs to be said.

During this, I was always finding an option in the middle. But there wasn't any.

Inspiring work, as always.
burketthayden Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2016
my life...
Sabernode Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
This makes me remember when my parents divorced, 12 years and my mom said she didn't love my dad and I blamed myself up until a few years ago when my best friend and sister from another family, told me different, and things like that happen. Your posts are really appreciative, and inspire me. I love people like you <3
ReiYukiro Featured By Owner May 20, 2016  Hobbyist
This forced me think about my past the day when dad told me and mom about his leaving to another woman who was his 1st love... he left mom after 18 years. First i thought it was all my fault but after few years i figured out why their relationship didn't worked like in any other families but there is still one big mystery for me maybe one day i will figure it out maybe not. It's sad every divorce the childrens have it worst they think it's theirs fault but mostly it's not. I hope for everyone who experienced this will one day find answers for their questions and don't loose hope Meow :3 
ink1brazen Featured By Owner May 18, 2016  New Deviant Hobbyist General Artist
powerful and much needed message. thank you.
coraajna Featured By Owner May 9, 2016  Student Writer
This was incredible! I am going through something similar so I understand where you are coming from. Thank You. :hug:
arihui Featured By Owner May 3, 2016
LoZGamer316 Featured By Owner May 1, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Chisaki Crying Icon Damn...
lovemermaid20 Featured By Owner May 1, 2016  Hobbyist Artist

still love it tho :sad: 
animegirl38 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Wow this hit me , I know how it feels to have your parents divorce. Mine have never agreed on anything and argued a lot, and I felt so scared that it was our fault ( Me and my two brothers ) that the separated. Two years past and I now look back and see that it was never us that drove them apart, but they did it For us. I know that my parents love us, but it still hurts to realize things can never be the same for them.  So with that, Thank you for this.
Zypex117 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2016
I found something similar to this…
At first I thought it was yuumeis but it seems otherwise.
TMihiT Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i admir your art and your talent! Wow ~ it was amazing! <3 
MishukoEmi Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
wow... this is amazing. i love things like this that make you think. this is amazing... im gonna go cry for an hour...
sloren96 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2016
It’s my fortune to go to at this blog and realize out my required stuff that is also in the quality.
BurningHarmony Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is ....I can't even find fords for it :'(
BIBABianca3210 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Fords? i think you meant words...
BurningHarmony Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
yes xD
BIBABianca3210 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
yay...i guessed
BurningHarmony Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
haha xD
BIBABianca3210 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
secretandrose Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2016   Traditional Artist
this is perfection. my mom told me she stayed with dad for my happiness and i have ever hated myself for it. because neither of them seem happy to this day.  but i talked with my fiancee about it and he reminded me that they were adults too, they made their own choices. and in many ways i think they are happier being unhappy. i am still trying to forgive myself for being the cause of all that pain haha. this got me really hard. but in a good way, in a kind way. much love 
EdgeStone14 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2016  Student General Artist
Thank you for this...
Catsperri Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Feels I love this 
xavierk99 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2016
Ow Yuumei, you use your art to help people here. I didn't have this kind of problems, but thank you for help who has/had!
yuuminami Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
i feel this at a very personal level..
SydneyitsSydneyYo Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Really cool...
VIK4 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2016  Hobbyist
a very touching message, ur very talented ♥.....the music in the bachground broke my heartWaaaah! 
aSHuNa7164 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
honestly speaking I dont know what a broken family feels like even though my mom and dad are divorce... in fact I was even happy when they divorced because my dad was a jerk
Ryuutsu Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2016  Student Digital Artist
That was... powerful. Well flashed out, and I love how you used not only the story, but the mechanics itself to show the point. :heart:
Ali29tmnt Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2016  Student Digital Artist
I truly don't know what a separation feels, but I do live in a broken family where my parents just ignore each other, where my external family sees us like some parasytes, where my little brother is the only one who keeps dreaming, and where I needed to grow up so early. Wait! Why did I just write all this? Pity? Lament? Comfort? He. Forgive me for writing this; even if it doesn't matter to you, I really like more to not share my feelings nor stories. ;)
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