The look on Lao Lao’s face was an image Kallan hasn’t seen in a long time. She remembers Lao Lao looking this way when a being asks about the future. Lao Lao’s face becomes devoid of all emotion. And the being that is in front of Kallan is no longer her Lao Lao. Instead, it is an entity that has existed before time and will continue to exist after everything is gone. To say Kallan wasn’t tempted was a lie. She wanted to know or at least know enough to know for sure if the explosion had been an accident or something more sinister. She swallows.
Chapter One – Part One
The funny thing about you being dead, twice mind you, is you get a lot of perspective.
When I first died. I mean, when I first thought I was dead I couldn’t quite cope with where I was in life. Everything, everything I had ever known had gone up in flames. The Past became my Present. My Future, or at least the future I had hoped for was gone.
There was no back button. There was no way to undo our actions.
If you’ve lived the life I had lived up until that point – you might feel like: what was the point then?
You try to make up for a broken childhood. You try to re-make yourself in a better woman who you thought you could be. But what does that do for you? What?
I can’t even say I died. Not yet, anyway. That’s later of course, but you’ve seen that. Or at least, part of that.
But when life or a combusting, anti-matter explosion kicks you in the stomach you don’t slither off into the darkness and give up. No, that’s not how you were trained. That’s not what you know how to do. Giving up is not something you do. You fight. You get up. You shake your fist at the goddamn sky and say you’re gonna make something of your life.
Granted, this was before I had been thoroughly exposed to any form of popular cinema so I had no strong archetype female to compare myself to.
When my eyes opened and I saw the brown world below me my heart lodged itself under my tongue.
Beauty and the Beast – Not Quite the Original
Beauty and the Beast (2017), stars Emma Watson as Belle and Dan Stevens as Beast/Prince Adam. It is the newest live-action movie by Disney.
Belle is also the third princess made into a live-action and the words “third time’s the charm” definitely rang true.
Beauty and the Beast hits a unique spot for both being modern and nostalgic fans who grew up with the 1991 version.
Kallan straightens her back and hears her spine crack and pop. Her muscles are both numb and achy for sitting in one position for so long. But at least she’s at home. Her desk is covered in files and her laptop looks as tired as she does. She finishes the last bit of her high-caffeine tea and gets up to walk to the kitchen to fix another cup.
The house sits on top of a cliff. It is a creation of wood and glass, made to view the sea. Stairs and a deck are carved into the cliff side. They lead to a modest beach that surrounds one side of the cliff. It then stretches on for a bit before being surrounded by the same cliff.
Water always makes her happy. She floats in the ocean away from the shore as she bobbles up and down with the water currents. The water is colder today but it feels nice as the sun shines on her skin.
Kallan gets the summons a day before Jim’s visit. The letter has the traditional wax seal of the council. It is written on thick paper making the letter feel incredibly heavy. Now that the council has allowed the duel, it is as good as being bound to it. There are few things that can cancel a duel.