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Journey- The Parting


We met in the Blue Halls, after my previous partner had left suddenly. He shouted from across the room, and I shouted back, in greeting. I reached him and I led on, stopping so he could catch up, as his scarf was shorter than mine. He had a red cloak on, while I had white. It had looked like he had Journeyed about four times, based on the markings on his cloak. This was my sixth Journey. We traveled through the Halls, being careful not to attract the attention of the monsters. We reached the altar and the gate to the Temple opened. We stepped through, and began triggering the power glyphs, so we could reach the top. After we had made it to the altar, and had the vision, the gate to the Mountain opened. We were going to make it.

I heard his steps on the stairs.
That meant one word.

Bed.

It was 9:36. My father had come upstairs, and told me to go to bed; it was past 9:30. I turned back to my companion, uttering three short chirps. "Got to go." He had moved towards the stairs, and looked back. I shouted a bit louder, and walked a few steps in the other direction, then stopped. He went further away and looked back again. "You're coming too, right?".

"Can't I finish the game, Dad?"

"No."

He went back downstairs.

I knew this would happen. I didn't know it would be this difficult. I turned to my companion once more, and shouted as loud as I could. My companion started down the hallway, and looked back towards me. I walked to the top of the stairs, and shouted again at the same volume. "Go!," I was whispering out loud. "Go!" He reached the end of the hallway and was about to step into the light when he looked back a final time. We were so close.

I shouted a final time, and he walked into the light. I sat down at the top of the stairs, looking at that light, knowing it was over. I would never know who that person was that felt like my child. I hit the PS button and sat there on the couch, not wanting to turn it off even though that person was gone. Tears formed in my eyes. Even though it was only two levels, I FELT that bond. I turned it and the TV off and went downstairs.  I couldn't believe what I had done. Even though he probably found another person, I felt like I ABANDONED him on that mountain. Like I left him to DIE. I felt awful. But it wasn't my fault.

I'm so sorry.
What happened last night in Journey. (Which would be 5 hours ago at the time of this uploading.) Sorry, I'm not a good author, as this is my first time actually trying to write. So if you want to, please leave comments on how I can improve it. This was written almost right after this happened. Saddest thing to happen in this game.... Not counting [SPOILER FOR PEOPLE WHO HAVEN'T PLAYED, BUT EVERYONE ELSE KNOWS WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT]. (Okay, Capslock off.) Rambling description is long...

Journey(c) Thatgamecompany

If you haven't played it, PLEASE go play it! Other games now pale in comparison.
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:iconclarityofsound:
I went through the same thing the other day. I was starting my eighth journey when I met someone on the bridge level who was starting their first. My cloak was white as well and I guess they figured that was a sign that I was to be followed. We did almost our entire journey together. I got excited when we raced down the sand together and cheered him on when we found symbols and his scarf grew longer. I felt like a parent or an older sibling. It was a significance in pride and joy that I keep this person close to me. And when we went underground, I actually cried because he didn't know that you weren't supposed to get caught in the dragon's light. When he was seen, i sang to him in rapid tones, trying to get him to come to me, but it was too late. He was attacked and half of his scarf was ripped from him. We traveled the rest of the way with this slow sort of silence about us. I showed him where to hide and what to do. We even found another symbol and he slightly perked up, but it wasn't the same. We huddled together in the snow and I showed them how to hide behind stones in the wind and how to dodge the light the second go around with the dragons. I actually had to quit the game when we got to the final trek through the snow. I was completely and utterly mortified. I wanted to die. Tears stung my eyes too, because throughout the game, any time we lost each other or couldn't find eachother, we sang out and caught the other's presence. So, when I stopped, he ran circles around me and sang, thinking that I was just looking or something. And then it happened. I'm sure they were wondering what was going on when my little white Journeyer sank into the snow. But I guess that is the Beauty of J O U R N E Y. It's so much like life. You may meet someone you've never met in real life-a complete stranger- and you are torn when you part. It's just how life is. It hurts.
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Ah, a writer. Reading about your experience made me tear up again. I'm glad that I'm not the only one that felt that familial bond. I finished that journey the next day. I went through that one with a very cold atmosphere towards my companion. I didn't even care when I was spotted by the dragons, and I just laid in the snow after my scarf snapped. I reached the end by myself, and I felt like that's how it should have been. I felt so empty after that experience that I haven't played it since.
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I understand. Life can be like that too and I think that's what the creators of Journey were trying to portray, that sometimes, we lost people most dear to us and we just......quit. Desolate and angry at the world, we find no reason to keep going......but life isn't meant to be sat through. I keep playing, because I want to help others and meet new people. Honestly, I wanted to stop myself. A couple of times, (and it's always in the underground) I was abandoned myself and I had never truly felt so alone before. I called out, hoping another person would hear me and come running, but no one ever answered. And life can be like that too. Sometimes people come to us and other times, we have to face things alone. I'm sorry that that happened to you, friend, and I'm also very happy to know that I found somebody who connected to the game in a similar way. I really did enjoy your piece, dear, and hope to read more on it. I tell my friends about Journey everyday in hopes that they'll play too. =)
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:iconcookiesandkeyblades:
Oh, now I'm crying. However, your comment has given me new hope in a time where I felt kind of low. Thank you for that. I'll be starting my ninth journey tomorrow. No more quitting for me. :thanks:
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:iconclarityofsound:
8C I didn't mean to make you cry!!!! Ugh, i'm so sorry!!! UGHGHGHGHGHGH......but.....I am glad that you are continuing onward. I hope we can actually meet up in Journey. I wouldn't be surprised if we haven't already crossed paths. =) FYI.......I'm playing right now, lol
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:iconcookiesandkeyblades:
No, don't be sorry! It's been a long time since I cried over anything, so this was refreshing! I hope we can too. I wonder if we have... Do you remember if you've ever met a Monel144?

Lucky! Of course my parents bedroom has to be right under where the tv is... Grr. :tantrum:
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:iconclarityofsound:
Ah......I have no idea if I ever recalled that name. Mine is ClarityofSound, just like on DA. And I'm glad it was refreshing for you. =) -Pats head- don't worry, my room is actually above my parents' room, so i'm sometimes stuck in a pickle, but right now my dad is watching a movie and mom is in the living room, so I am sort of lucky....

And thank you so much for the fave. I wrote that when I was in some depression. XP
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:iconcookiesandkeyblades:
Hmm. We might have.. I'll remember that name now. Now I'm thinking how you would recognize me if we met... Three short chirps and one loud chirp, maybe? You're so lucky. Mine are asleep... Maybe I can take a sick day from school and play... :plotting:

Ah, of course. Yeah, I think most of us get like that at some point in our lives.
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KaleidoScopeOfIce Mar 27, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
This comment that you just wrote...you should totally have ThatGameCompany see it. I bet it would break their hearts. And ur right, J O U R N E Y is so much like life. Its amazing how much this little game can make u feel
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:iconclarityofsound:
Oh! Th-thankyou. I would let them see it, if there was a way to let them. And yeah, I play this game at least once or twice a day. I'm going to do a little comic series with mine. And last night, sort of the same thing happened. I went through this entire game with someone, and then when we got to the snow, they got........"eaten" by the dragons. I actually ran around and "shouted" out for them, but I never got an answer. I had to go the rest of my journey alone and I actually teared up and cried. This game is just so beautiful in how it makes you feel so small. I was so sad to know that the civilization before ours was destroyed by hunger for power. I guess with such glorious light came such horrible darkness. But really, thankyou. I'm sorry my comments are so long and I really did enjoy reading what you wrote. I could feel the emotion you put into it. As a writer myself, seeing what you wrote inspired me to do a comic. So, lol, thanks again. And you should continue writing about your Journeys and what not. You're really good.
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