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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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CrypticMachine 9 hours ago  Student Digital Artist
 So wonderful!<3 I can relate to this thank you so much for sharing.
clayfangirl 2 days ago  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
im getting to many feels for this cuz this is what happened to my parents to this day both of them still tell me that i waint my falt and i shouldint feel bad and now this precious pice of art has made me think about it and im a bit happier now reeding this im glad i found this 
trying to not cry... TT^TT
anyway... what i think is..
you don't need a perfect world..
just think positive,
look at future..
cause , happly forever after only happened on fairy tales
no one is perfect, i agree with you, this animation made me cry
your cry? same here.... QwQ
i need a hugs QvQ please?

pd: can you add me? QwQ?
and cause all human is not perfect
Amazingly illustrated, well thought out and executed. One of the exaples of the power of art
khajiitpony 5 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Sob Emoticon am sad now
a lot of my friends family were split up like this,  and I feel greedy that im always surrounded by family when they hardly ever are.
this was a truly amazing. it nearly made me cry. Sign Emoji-03 (Thumbs up) 
Bunny Emoji-66 (Thank you arigatou) [V3] 
Alice-Shinigami Apr 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
If I was given the choice between my mom and my dad, I would tell them either both or none. I wouldn't let them drag me into an argument with no right solution. I would tell them that this selfishness to be on their own with their kid would be childish in its own right. Putting their own priorities above their child's.....Anyone who does that can't even call themselves a parent. Just because they've grown to not love each other doesn't mean they have to hate and hurt each other then destroy their kid along with them.
I guess even though i'm the youngest, I  feel the need to protect someone.

I never really understood how two people that loved each other so much could come to hate and despise one another. If you really loved someone, then grew not to love them anymore, then wouldn't you remember that love and do what's best to make things right for everyone?

I'm sorry for the long comment. But even though your art is phenomenal and your stories are beautiful, I can't bring myself to like this one. I don't like things that make one feel trapped and without choice. I can't even bring myself to begin the story where it says expectations...because I know that once you choose a side, that's when you can never turn back.
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