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.
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?"
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.