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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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ShampsHeart Featured By Owner 1 day ago  New Deviant
This is incredible! Such a great idea.

What program did you use to make this?
FireTrinity Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is sooo good. It made me cry... Menma Honma (I still want to be with everyone) V1 Momo Kisaragi (Tears) [V7] 
ShinjiArashi Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
There is no way to change the past, and because of it there is no reason to feel regrets. We learn on our mistakes and this knowledge should be used to change the future into better one. If you have time to regret then you have time to stand up and fight for better future.
janev777 Featured By Owner Edited 3 days ago  Student Digital Artist
hmm... they divorced when I was 3.. don't know much but I could feel the pain when I grew up. Well, I managed to get over it tho :D
But yeah, this interactive story really catch the feeling. Solid idea :)
alexjee123 Featured By Owner 4 days ago
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Odette0216 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2015  New Deviant
so sad, but yuumei you are so incredible. you are the greatest.
MC-Gemstone Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
gosh I remember playing this game 0.0 well more of a interactive story I was like 10 when I play this XD
m-dot Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2015
wow. Luv it!
WoBuShi Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2015  Student Digital Artist
hahaha is it a game?
jstatham034 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2015  New Deviant
I empathize with all those that had broken families, especially when both the mom and dad have their own families, and the child no longer belongs anywhere.. Poker Online
AaronMetallion Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is so damn beautiful yuumei! my biggest fear in the entire world is falling in someone, starting life together, and having it crumble, especially when kids are part of the family. I empathize with all those that had broken families, especially when both the mom and dad have their own families, and the child no longer belongs anywhere... you're one of my most favorite artists here on deviantart <3 hugs*
HiddenSnowFlower Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
;_; I cried playing this. You continue to touch and inspire me and countless others. That is something to be proud of.
nenufarbrush Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
There are very few words to describe how touching this is. <3
BlindDankness Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2015
Incredible and touching
FrostedMoonkist Featured By Owner Edited Oct 21, 2015  Student Digital Artist
I.. Couldn't pick between them...
janev777 Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Student Digital Artist
exactly !
armaryte Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2015
When you don't want to do anyone choice about it. Well done
Beaubema Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2015  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.
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