En Fugue - Ch. 2 - Naming NamesI felt paralyzed. I didn’t know what to do, but I knew I needed to do something, and fast. – A.S.H. The basilica was packed with curious gawkers awaiting the names of the selected warriors for the year. Many stirred and struggled to get closer as the village chancellor stepped out onto the raised platform, dressed in his ceremonial gold-trimmed burgundy robes. He bellowed in a voice that boomed across the basilica, despite how packed it was. He carried out his traditional speech, which many in the audience had heard a dozen or more times in just as many variations. “Soldiers and heroes of honorable Calaban, we gather once more to declare our fighters for the Duels of Nerivad. An honor granted to the lucky few, one from each borough of our fair town. Though there may be only one victor, al
En Fugue (Updated) - Introduction and Part 1Introduction When I was young, I wanted to be a scientist, a biologist. Life has always fascinated me. Maybe that’s why I was always at odds with my society. You see, I’m no fighter. Never have been. I’m not strong. I’m not aggressive. I hate fighting. That is, I used to be that, as a boy. I still hate fighting, but I had to become a fighter in spite of that. I had to take up arms to fight for my life, and for the lives of everyone dear to me. Things change in the face of fear. Things change in the face of hate. Things change when you have something, or someone to fight for. I've done things I would have never dreaded in my wildest nightmares to escape tragedy. I'm not proud of everything from my past, but I'm proud that those I love are safe. A.S.H.
Over Eight Hours and Nothing To ShowThere's a thing known as the "Three Eights." The idea that eight hours of a day should be dedicated to sleep, work, and recreation, respectively. Typically this is how society tries to veil itself as functioning.As of February 2013, the average cost of food in the US for a family of four (est. children of 7 and 11, father aged 30s, mother aged 30s), is, in the cheapest scenario shown, 636.30 a month, or 146.90 a week (587.60, the price we'll use for the rest of this, as it is the lowest scenario.) On average, a person who works full time minimum wage on a single job is $290 a week. Electricity, estimated by the EIA (most recent estimations only as recent as 2009), is around $103.67. Average gas costs according to
Scootaloo's Personal Diary - Entries 304-9Entry 304:I woke up this morning and felt really bad, I'm all achy. I have a sore throat and my nose is all stuffed up. Featherweight and I were going to hang out, but I don't want to make him sick, too. I guess I'm staying in, today. [The pages of this entry have several drawings across the pages.]Being sick is sooo boring. I don't get sick very much, but every time I do it's always crummy.Dad made me some of the tea Pipsqueak got me, and some soup. Mom read me a couple of the Daring Do books. I may not be flying, but even spending time with Mom like this makes me happy. I see why she likes the books, too, they're really exciting!Dad got me some medicine. It's gross, gross gross gross, and it makes me sleepy, but he said it is some of the best. I hope so, I wanted to have fun today, and I have to stay cooped up in my room. I'm too sore to get out of bed and walk around very much, let alone fly, which is really annoying.Mom had to go bring in some of the winter clouds, so she isn'
Scootaloo's Personal Diary - Entries 301-3Entry 301:Featherweight tried to calm me down at recess. He said I need to stop freaking out about Diamond Tiara. Sweetie Belle and Apple Bloom said I didn't need to let her walk all over me just because she's rich. Featherweight says I'm overreacting. I just don't want to cause trouble for Mom and Dad. Diamond Tiara is loving it. She spent all recess making fun of me, and I felt like I couldn't do anything. Why does she even need to act like this anyway? What's her deal?I felt crummy all afternoon. Featherweight couldn't cheer me up for a long time. Finally he started to get upset and I felt worse. I was almost in tears. Diamond Tiara went after me with everything she had. She made fun of me for losing my parents, for being a blank flank, for being with Featherweight, for not having as much money as her... it was a really difficult recess until Miss Cheerilee pulled Diamond Tiara aside and made her stay in for the rest of recess and for an hour after school.Featherweight finally ch