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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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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...
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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  New Deviant 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  New Deviant 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
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 Writer
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.
VoluptuaryPedant Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Bang OW! Right in the feelings
64killinninja Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2015  Student Digital Artist
This was really... well, it left me emotional that's for sure. Great job. :3
gojesser Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2015
You're a genius! :D
Ravengirl241 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
This really impacted me on a personal level...I am glad you made this and the 1000 words. 
monkeyman19t Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2015
omg i so sad
fronanc345 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2015
Well. I feel... like a weight has been lifted off of my soul. Thank-you!
baileykat10 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2015  Student Artist
I couldn't choose.
Between mother and father.
I live with my mother and have never met my father.
But that doesn't make a difference, in what could have happened if I had met him.
Beautiful art. Thank you for sharing with all of us.
Thefriendlywolf Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2015
I returned to this adventure book once again. It really touches deep about what is happening right now.
chiwawapower Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2015
 always used to blame myself for my moms death, I kind of still do but my sisters tell me it was from the cancer she had
(I still wonder if it truly was cancer or are they just lying to me)
JaiyaPapaya Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2015  Student General Artist
Sorcerer1800 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
I couldn't choose.
My mom and dad always fight, but just refuse to divorce. 
It's hard to make a decision... 
I felt so small playing this, 
yet i felt like the world supports me. 
Yet I still can't choose.
Chihaki Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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