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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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Beaubema Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
That was the coolist thing ive seen on here so far! Make another make another :D
Wilyy Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2015
This... This is like taken right from my own life. It's so well done and such a beautiful piece of work. And really touching
AmaniSalama Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2015  Student General Artist
This is beautiful. Captivating. Touching. Very well done.
gilky698 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2015
its was genuinely vital. highly welcomed. I am continually scanning online for articles that can help customer service
Spitestar Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
What a powerful story! You really have a deep understanding of how it hurts when a family separates.
I personally haven't had that problem, but I feel so much for those who have.

You really have done this, justice. :)
RestInPC Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanx good workThumbs Up ! i cried while playing the game. It would be great if we would have chanse to do something with it in past. But even we try again and again, it would be the same thing:lonely: . thank you!Thanks 
chijow Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2015  New Deviant
This is a very powerful story.  Thank you for sharing. 
manaalzen Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Micro-Grim Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I feel sorry for the children out there who's parents have been broken from their true love.
I'm just glad I have a good family who cares about each other. :')
KGSierre Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2015  Student Artist
It deeply moves me, although I have a nice family with two parents and an older brother... But this is very sad, and I wish I could be there for people whose parents have split up...
Colinttx Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2015
Am I wrong? I don't understand this sadness... My parents separated when I was 10 too, but that only led me to build myself on my own and realize that despite all efforts made to break a family apart, people in love never really get separated. Even now I wonder about how while being separated they could still be so close...

SkullyThirteen13 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
*rubs eyes*
...I'm crying. ;-; I couldn't imagine trying to choose who I go with... I love my mom, and my dad, I'd struggle so much. When I was younger, I always feared this kind of thing would come true, and luckily, it hasn't. :heart:
GingerbreadTARDIS99 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This sort of hits home for me. My grandparents separated when my mom was twelve. This interactive story kind of helps me understand what my mom might have gone through when her parents were no longer together.
Joichiroll Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
This made me cry alot... I've been dealing with alot of heavy family issues. And it hit home with me. Thank you for making this game.
Sukkutte Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2015  New Deviant
*starts* *klics watch*
Purrloin77 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
i've read many of your stories and i love all the meanings and feelings behind them. and it's true that it's not anyones fault, just like loosing a parent slowly through illness, it's not anyones fault, though it might be hard to realize. there isn't anyway to change it. the best way is to move forward and except what has happened and use those experiences to learn how to go through life.
Ocurimi Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
so cool *o*
jessi5658 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2015
That´s so admirable ...
LukaMegurineLover Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's totally awesome. Really.
GingerbreadTARDIS99 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Iolyn-chan Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2015
I love your work, Yuumei. This one actually broke me to tears several times. Even though I replay this interactive narrative very often, even though I know the ending, I cry every time. I love it and understand it, and it always makes me feel both better and worse at the same time, especially when I go through a new issue with my parents. I know this must sound ridiculous, but you've changed my life, Yuumei. I do have one question, though: how do you get into that state of mind, the state of, "It isn't my fault," when all the decisions are left up to you? My parents hate each other. They also say entirely different things on the same subject and make me pick a side, and I'm not sure who to believe. I desperately want them to both be telling the truth. Oh, great. Now I'm getting my homework wet with my tears.
SkyeFalle Featured By Owner May 31, 2015
This brought up feelings from when my parents divorced a long time ago... I remember feeling like it was something I did that caused it. With what came after made it feel like my world was crashing down around me. I'd hear them fight at night and wonder if it was about my brother and I, but of course it was what I thought since I was just a child and thought the world revolved around me. I'm older now and I know the real reason they separated, which was probably the right choice. There was emotional and physical abuse in my household and my mom finally said she had enough, and I could not be more proud of her.
fizzymoth Featured By Owner May 24, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i'm getting goosebumps
i listen to this song all the time
it's by Kevin MacLeod!
YellowVixen Featured By Owner May 22, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This was interesting for me, as I have never experienced any father at all. I don't put blame on myself, but I'll never know if my birth compelled my father to divorce his wife (whom he cheated on with my mother).
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sinterfall Featured By Owner May 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This is beautiful. It captures all of the feelings that each of us may have, just in one slideshow. 
Whether big or small, we each carry our own burden. Like you explain, we just have to move on, like it or not.

...too many feels...
ButterChez Featured By Owner May 14, 2015
AAaaaw this is really sad...
Silffy Featured By Owner May 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I kind of blamed my dad for the separation, i still do, I probably should stop doing that.
linnkp8 Featured By Owner May 6, 2015   Artist
Its so AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!
Daynala Featured By Owner May 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, this is great, it has so many feels, I loved it
otakunakuro Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2015  Hobbyist Filmographer
THE  FEELS T.T i love it
Hieme-F Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I like to be with my mom. my dad is drinking and smoking, I don't like it.
ArtIsLife512 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Danisnotonfire: FEELS 
minimimimania Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
yeah, what they said.
Zakatsukuyo Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2015  Hobbyist
Maybe it was a good thing that my parents separated before my birth...
EillaThePortalMaker Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I fell so torn, no matter what I do nothing helps!....I hope I never have to fell this for real.........
Eternaldragonqueen Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
My parents never divorced, so I don't know how it feels, but this really shows how awful it can be. I've always just considered divorce the norm. People can talk to you about your parents and except them to be divorced. But that's not right, I think.
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