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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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animegirlMLP Featured By Owner 1 day ago  New member
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  New member 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  New member
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  New member
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  New member 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!
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