Monday, June 15, 2009

Getting to know you: Favorite memory


When you think back on your life, long or short as it may be, what is your very favorite memory?

Or if you don't happen to be alive, what is your favorite memory of after-life? Or your non-organic existence? Or....well, you know what I mean!

What memory do you cherish?

91 comments:

DESTINY said...

I remember before the beginning. It was peaceful then.

Very quiet. Very pleasant.

No people running around ignoring you.

Sigh.

Marenya said...

The morning after Midwinter's Eve, when everyone went out to watch the sun rise over the snow. Faldur and I were standing behind everyone else.

He kissed me.

I couldn't quite believe it was happening at the time, and sometimes now I wonder if it really did. He seems to have forgotten all about it.

Faldur said...

The morning after Midwinter's Eve. I sat up all night, because I had promised to wake Marenya. It is our custom to stay up through the longest night of the year and watch the sun rise.

She fell asleep but I stayed awake, partly because I was afraid of having a nightmare and startling her, partly because the Hall was so peaceful.

I had to wake her, and we were the last to go outside. I forgot myself for a moment, and kissed her.

I'll never forget it. I wish she would, though. I don't think she'll ever forgive me.

Marenya said...

That's not what I'm upset about, Faldur.

It's the fact that ever since, you've seemed sorry for it.

I'm not.

Ricky said...

My most special memory is the last time I went fishing with my dad. Funny thing is that I don't even like to fish. It's just that my father was the only person in my family who understood me and supported my dreams.

Kalila said...

I support your dreams, Ricky. And I would've thought the night I came to your apartment when you were wearing nothing but a towel would've been your favorite memory.

Ricky said...

Kalila, this is a G-rated site. Or at least PG. That's why I didn't mention that night.

Marenya said...

Hello, Ricky! How are you?

I didn't get a chance to answer your comment last night, that my situation is worse than yours because I get stuck for so long.

I think it's because you have a website. I'm pressing my author for one, but she says she's too busy.

She is actually writing this morning, so I'm grateful for that. Her first page is up on her blog.

It's all about Faldur, though.

*sigh*

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Faldur said...

Yes, it is actually. I'm sorry Marenya. I know you thought I was going to be a secondary character. But you should be glad she's made me three-dimensional. I'm sure it's more... satisfying... for you.

Hello, Kalila. I hope you slept well.

Ricky said...

Hi, Marenya! I'm going to ask the administrators here if we can talk some more about our involvement as characters in our stories. I don't think we have enough say in what goes on.

I see that your favorite memory is before you got stuck in the cave, but do you have any nice memories since you contacted us and we started visiting? I felt bad I couldn't spend more time at your picnic.

Nevin said...

The cave picnic was fun, Ricky. That's one of my favorite memories since finding this place.

I have so many lovely memories, though. I think the time I met Kalila at Maria Anna Mozart's house was especially nice, though. I was a student there, and so was Kalila. I arrived early for my lesson and heard the most lovely harpsichord music. I wanted to meet the person who could play like that! Kalila and I have been best friends ever since.

Kalila said...

Aw...thank you, Nevin! *blush*

Honestly, everyone, Nevin is much more talented than I am. That's why he writes most of our songs. I then take his compositions and sort of roughen them up, since they're usually to sweet for rock and roll.

Hi, Faldur! I had no idea you weren't three-dimensional before now. How many dimensions did you have previously? I bet you could shape-shift!

Kaelin said...

My favorite time is the year I spent with my father. It wasn't very happy at the time, but I didn't know then what I know now.

Aidan said...

My days at Cambridge, before the war and before I knew anything about it.

Faldur said...

I'll wager I could, Kalila, if you taught me. I'd like to learn. It could be quite useful.

I would still care to see that lamp you mentioned, if you happen to have time to show me.

Marenya said...

I think my favorite memory since finding this place was talking with Nevin Saturday night. We had such a nice time exploring the caves, didn't we Nevin?

You're very kind and understanding. And you don't smell like a horse, either. You smell like the air after it rains.

Mitsu said...

Ohayo gozaimasu! I would have to say that my favorite memory was the first time I set foot on land after leaving Japan. The voyage was not long, but it made me very sick. I wondered around the town like the awestruck tourist I was. Everything was beautiful. The plants were in full bloom, and in the middle of the street was a little red envelope, which just so happened to contain a large sum of money... and ironically it lead to my death.

I don't have a favorite memory of my after-life. As far as I am concerned this place is ****.

Marenya-san. My author is also writing. Or at least attempting to. But she is mostly just complaining to thin air about the fanfiction she has not be able to write well for the past 5 days, that she wanted to have finished in 10 days.

Faldur said...

I remember back before our war, Aidan. It certainly was nice back then.

Marenya said...

Mitsu, my author complains a lot, too. I think it is just what they do when they are too lazy to be productive. They just complain.

Mitsu said...

Marenya-san, you are right. They do complain a lot when they are being lazy. Along with procrastinating, which my author is currently doing. I guess I can't complain much though. She is finally making a blogger account for me.

Ricky said...

Good news, everyone! My author says she'll make sure we get a chance to talk tomorrow about how we would change our plots if we had more input in the process!

Start thinking about what we'll say tomorrow, and in the meantime, let's talk more about our memories so they don't realize what we're up to.

Bo said...

I can't share my favorite memory here, Ricky. It's X-rated.

Kalila said...

Come on, Bo. You have other types of memories.

Bo said...

Well, there was the time we were about to get kicked out of that club down by the river because of what I did with the manager's wife when we were on break, so when the manager came to complain, I said we should discuss privately in his office, and...

Uh...never mind. Maybe Vic has a favorite memory to share.

Vic said...

The time Nevin suggested I try organic foods was pretty cool:
All Natural Ingredients

You can really taste the difference when someone has been eating a diet without any preservatives, plastics, and things like that. Now I look for my prey, I mean food, at Whole Foods and other natural food stores when I can.

Lazaro said...

I went on a pilgrimage. I thought I would like it. I was disappointed.

Pilgrimage of the Living Dead

Ricky said...

Uh, Lazaro? You're supposed to talk about your favorite memory, not your disappointments.

Lazaro said...

Oh. I guess my favorite was the night I got two law students. Very tasty.

Ricky said...

I'm sorry I asked, Lazaro. And I hope there aren't any cops lurking here.

Nevin said...

If you went to jail, Ricky, we'd bail you out!

Ricky said...

That's not as reassuring as you think, Nevin. But thanks, I guess.

Christine H said...

I guess I'm glad I haven't seen that movie (Night of the Living Dead.) And that I prefer Cheez-its to health food.

Is it my imagination, or are the band all ganging up on you at the same time, Ricky?

Christine H said...

Oh, and it should be ve-ry interesting to see what plots you guys would rather have.

I can think of some things I'd like to change in my own plot line. But I have to cope with being real. You have no idea.

Marenya said...

What's a Cheez-it?

Faldur said...

What exactly *were* you and Nevin doing all that time, Marenya?

Bo said...

Meh, don't worry about Nevin, Faldur. He thinks sex is weird and nasty, no matter who's doing it. Your girlfriend is completely safe with him.

Faldur said...

Who said she was my girlfriend? I don't believe this.

Nevin said...

Well, maybe she should be your girlfriend, Faldur. I think it would be very sweet and lovely if she were.

Marenya said...

I can't believe that either of you think I would dishonor myself, or that Nevin would.

I'm going back to my cave now. At least it's quiet there. Like Destiny said. Peaceful. Pleasant.

Marenya said...

Thank you, Nevin. Feel free to visit any time you like. At least you are a gentleman.

Faldur said...

Hold a moment! I'll come with you!

Christine H said...

Nice try, Captain. But, no. You have to work your way through the plot from the beginning.

My favorite memory is my life before this book started.

Ginger said...

You two sound like me and my husband before we were married. I'm sorry to say it didn't turn out very well.

Perhaps you should let Faldur go his own way, honey. You may be much happier in the end. It's much worse to marry someone who doesn't really want you. Or who wants you, but for the wrong reasons.

Trust me. I know.

My favorite memory is the opening day of the tea room. Everything was perfect and I was so proud!

Ricky said...

Hi, Ginger. Starting your own business is a great feeling, isn't it? I was pretty happy the day I signed my first band and later when I got them their first gig. Too bad they sucked. We all have to learn somehow, right?

Ginger said...

Oh, it's definitely been a learning experience! By the way, Nevin said you might be able to help me with promoting the tea room. I really could use some expertise.

I paid an ad agency a thousand dollars to put ads in all the tourist papers and brochures. They took my money and never placed the ads!

Ricky said...

Ginger, that sucks. Have you talked to a lawyer? If you don't have one on retainer or a friend who can send a letter pro bono, it may not be worth your while. Legal counsel can be expensive. But that would be my first choice. Get the money back and advertise elsewhere.

Lazaro said...

Want me to eat the advertisers?

Ricky said...

I don't think murder is quite called for yet, Lazaro. Thanks.

Ginger said...

I can't afford a lawyer, Ricky. But we are in a resort town, so Susan and I are printing up our own flyers and have a college student who is handing them out on the boardwalk. We are also distributing them to the realtors to give the tourists in their rental welcome packets.

I'd like to hire one of those little planes that fly over the beach with a sign. I wonder how much those cost?

Kaelin said...

At least Lazaro has a good way to get rid of the evidence.

Ginger said...

Lazaro, I think this "ad agency" is really a scam artist. I know this isn't very Christian of me, but I have to say the thought of you eating their brains did appeal to me for just a moment.

Jason said...

Favorite memories, eh?

When Aidan was a toddler before his mother spirited him away. He got into everything, but he was so cheerful and fun.

Ginger said...

Kaelin, I have evidence. I have the cancelled check.

Nice to meet you. What do you do?

Marc said...

Aidan still gets into everything.

Ginger said...

Are you all brothers?

Kaelin said...

Hi Ginger

I'm a contract killer for Sentinel Security Services.

Yourself?

Aidan said...

Geez Kae, way to woo her. Whatever happened to your cover ID?

Kaelin said...

Aidan and I are twin brothers. Jason and Marc are brothers with each other and our cousins.

Kaelin said...

Oh, and by "evidence," I meant "bodies".

It's one of the hardest parts of the job.

Gabby said...

My favorite memory is the fear on my mother's face when I had that chair raised ready to bash her head in. All the cussings, beatings and being locked up in the rat filled basement were paid back in that one sweet moment.

Nevin said...

Oh, dear. At this rate we'll scare Ginger away, and she seems like such a nice person!

Ginger said...

Oh, my. This IS an interesting site!

Well, Susan has been telling me I need to come out of my shell since Scott died. She says I'm hiding behind my ruffled apron. I'll definitely have to tell her about this!

By the way, I'm baking pasties. Can you smell them? (Those are little meat pies, in case you weren't sure.)

Ginger said...

Oh, Gabby! I'm so sorry about your mother and you. Scott never hit me, but he was cruel in a subtle way. I think he just saw me as a trophy to show off to his stockbroker friends, but nothing I did was right and he never let me make any decisions about our life.

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Bo said...

Damn. And here I thought you were talking about the other kind of pasties, Ginger!

Okay, Ricky, Kalila. You too, Nevin. I'm leaving!

Aidan said...

I was going for the other kind of pasties, too, Bo. It's not just you.

But meat pies sound good. I'm hungry.

Marc said...

You're always hungry. Come back at dinner time, would you?

Aidan said...

Why can't I eat now and then?

Marc said...

Because you're in the WAY.

Don't you have a world to save or something, Lord Seer?

Aidan said...

Yawn. I saved it yesterday. It's so boring.

Guess I'll go have a nap instead. Wake me for dinner.

Kaelin said...

Ginger,
How did Scott die? Old age or something else?

And please ignore my brother. He's usually harmless.

Ginger said...

Hi, Kaelin. He was killed by a drunk driver. Thanks for asking.

You boys can come over and have some of these, if you like.

(I didn't know there was another kind of pasty. I guess from now on I'll have to specify "Cornish pasty". http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cornish_pasty)

Marenya said...

Kaelin, you are an assassin? Do you think you could kill Lord Synedd for me? Then I could get out of here sooner, because I'm not sure I can do it myself.

Ginger, I love pasties. You are making me so hungry!

Mitsu, make sure your author finds you a nice photo. That is very important.

Mitsu said...

Arigatou Marenya-san. My author has been looking (aka procrastinating) for most of the day for a good picture for me. I do not like most of the ones she has found though. They all make me look too feminine.

Ginger-san. I'm sorry your husband was cruel to you. I can definitely sympathize. My spouse is the same way.

Candy said...

My favorite memory is when my art teacher told me I was good enough to go to art school. She really did like my paintings. I felt so fantastic I could have burst! No one had ever praised me for anything before. Sometimes I take that memory out and it makes me warm all over.

I love pasties too. Do you have scones with strawberry jam and Devonshire cream? Yummm

Nevin said...

I would love to see some of your art, Candy. I think it's very important to have creative pursuits.

Kaelin said...

Marenya,

I could kill him but I'm not sure I should. I might get in trouble with the Council. And I usually just kill demons. Is he a demon? Then it would likely be all right.

Aidan said...

Dear Kaelin,

Go ahead and kill Lord Whatshisname for Marenya. If anyone asks, I told you to do it.

Sincerely,
Your Lord Seer

Kaelin said...

I thought you were napping.

Aidan said...

I was. But my visions were boring so I woke up and came here instead.

Aidan said...

I think Candy should throw an art show.

Nevin said...

I'll come to the art show! And maybe Ginger could cater the refreshments!

Elaine 'still writing' Smith said...
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Elaine 'still writing' Smith said...

I have 'before' and 'after' memories.
The before ones are not good - I tried to think of a 'before' one I could write but ...
After memories aren't usually happy, really. But, the only thing that makes me smile - which is like deeply ironic - is to do with cars and driving. My Uncle Will driving the Morris Minor with one hand on the door in case it flies open ... and the car is so antique it pops up orange triangles to indicate he's turning - seriously ... it's a driving experience that's nearly impossible to describe.

FLOWER

Marenya said...

Hi Kaelin,

I'm not really sure if he's a demon or not. He might be, since he's survived this long and seems to have unnaturally strong powers. If he isn't one, I'm fairly certain he's working with one. He needs something that powerful to break his banishment.

Thank you, Aidan! That is very kind of you.

Oh, no. My author said we are ruining her plot! I'm going to rewrite it tomorrow in any case.

I can't wait!

Ginger said...

Hello, Flower! Is that your real name? Your uncle's car sounds wonderful. My dad likes old cars. We go to car shows on the boardwalk sometimes.

Candy, I'd love to cater an art show! That would be great exposure for my business, too. What a wonderful idea, Nevin!

Mitsu, I hope you don't wait for a car accident to get away from your spouse. I should have walked away before he died, but I didn't have the courage. I thought everything was my fault.

Mitsu said...

Ginger-san, I wish I could get away from my spouse, but I am afraid that is rather impossible at the moment. See, we are both already dead, and I have no where to run away to. Mostly I just hide when I can. We live with all of my spouse's deceased relatives, so the house is rather large with lots of good places to hide.

Did your husband die in a car accident Ginger-san?

Candy said...

I'm sure others of our group do kinds of art too, It would be fun to have a show of everyone's talents all catered by Ginger. Perhaps the Japanese girls do origami? What do the rest of you create?
Anyone sing?

Mitsu said...

Candy-san, I believe the site swallowed my previous comment, so I will repost. I appoligize if it shows up soon. I have no talents to offer to this art show. However I would love to attend and see what everyone else can do.

Gabby said...

I carve things out of wood . I carved a unicorn yesterday but I'm keeping it hidden . If I can't find wood I use soap but we're not allowed to have knives so I hide that too.
('Course we all have 'em)