Someone in the Highlight

You were a kid running away from home, but you were also eighteen. The world thought you did not deserve even a tiny bit of pity.

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You left the house when you were eighteen. Contrary to what you’d previously believed, the sky was so bright it hurt your eyes. It was as if the world was celebrating while your heart broke into pieces you had no time to collect.

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Where to Place “Bishop’s Honor” While The Cold Bites Off Humanity

“Bishop’s Honor” tells the story of Bishop, a detached soldier who formerly lived in solitary, far from the rest of the humanity. Then came Maeve, his former best friend’s widow, and her six-year-old son. Due to his promise to Maeve’s husband, Bishop came out from his isolation in order to help Maeve and her son navigated themselves through the Maunder Minimum, a period of solar inactivity that led to a mini-ice age.

“Bishop’s Honor” tells the story of Bishop, a detached soldier who formerly lived in solitary, far from the rest of the humanity. Then came Maeve, his former best friend’s widow, and her six-year-old son. Due to his promise to Maeve’s husband, Bishop came out from his isolation in order to help Maeve and her son navigated themselves through the Maunder Minimum, a period of solar inactivity that led to a mini-ice age.

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Onward: Resurrecting Lost Dreams, Having Courage, and Treasuring What You’ve Already Got

For Ian, his older brother is uncool, his mother’s boyfriend is even less cool, and he himself is the least cool of all. All Ian wants to be is like his father, who was both courageous and funny. Apparently, Ian’s father had been a magician and he left his children a last gift: a spell that could summon him back from dead just for one day. Now, Ian and his brother, Barley, decides to embark on a journey to search for the final touch to complete the spell, a magic stone guarded by a magical dragon.

For Ian, his older brother is uncool, his mother’s boyfriend is even less cool, and he himself is the least cool of all. Ian wants to be like his father, who was brave, funny, and courageous. So he is determined to cross off his list of dreams: to talk more, to learn how to drive, to invite his friends to his birthday party, and to be more like his dad. Unfortunately, his plan fell through. He came home from school feeling dejected, until his mother showed him and his brother a present from their late father: a magic wand.

Apparently, Ian’s father had been a magician and he left his children a last gift: a spell that could summon him back from dead just for one day. Now Ian and his brother, Barley, decides to embark on a journey to search for the final touch to complete the spell, a magic stone guarded by a magical dragon.

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Kelopak yang Meniupkan Angin #13

Separuh darinya adalah hutan. Maka separuh dari dirinya adalah satu yang enggan menumpahkan darah. Separuh darinya adalah milik rembulan. Maka hatinya tidak bisa menyalahkan naluri sang adik, yang lebih memilih menyerang daripada diserang.

Separuh darinya adalah hutan.
Maka separuh dari dirinya adalah satu yang enggan menumpahkan darah.
Separuh darinya adalah milik rembulan.
Maka hatinya tidak bisa menyalahkan naluri sang adik,
yang lebih memilih menyerang daripada diserang.

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Kelopak yang Meniupkan Angin #12

Mata Luna masih terpaku pada bocah manusia yang terbaring di atas hamparan salju. Darah dari lehernya tidak lagi menetes, entah karena kebekuan udara di sekitar mereka atau sihir rembulan telah menutup lukanya. Mereka tidak bisa melihat wajahnya, yang membuat Victor akhirnya menyadari apa yang saudarinya tengah pikirkan.

Kesedihan menerpa dua puluh sembilan jam setelah kematian hadir dan pergi. Di sekitar mereka hanya salju, dinginnya menusuk tulang. Tetapi ketika mereka tatap bulan merah yang memudar di awal hari, mereka tahu bahwa api telah membakar darah yang tumpah hingga tak berbekas. Dalam benak Victor, implikasi bahwa hal seperti itu bisa  terjadi terasa seperti tamparan yang menyakitkan. Ia pikir klan mereka tak terkalahkan, tapi dalam satu malam, hanya mereka berdua yang tersisa. Dua bocah yang tersesat di bawah rembulan yang perlahan menghilang.

Fajar akan menghampiri lebih cepat dari kedipan mata. Maka Victor menarik ujung jubah yang menutupi figur ramping saudarinya, mengirim pesan yang bahkan tidak membutuhkan kemampuan telepati mereka untuk tersampaikan.

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Kelopak Yang Meniupkan Angin #11

Mereka hanya dua bocah yang kehilangan rumah. Dua bocah yang kehilangan arah. Dua bocah yang mulai memijak tanah kemalangan.

Seperti kelopak bunga yang ditiup angin, dia runtuh.
Bocah manusia yang tak nampak lebih tua darinya,
Meski wajah senantiasa menipu.
Tangan Luna terulur, namun tidak menyentuh.
Karena seumur hidup,
Dia dibesarkan untuk menjadi pemburu.

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