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Comic 908 - For the better

10th Apr 2017, 7:03 AM in Spirit of Adventure
For the better
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Lackinganame 10th Apr 2017, 7:03 AM edit delete
Lackinganame
Xura is gone for now. But we may see her again at another time.

Over this past week I was thinking about how often we have time to tare others down. But how little time we have to build others up. In my current place of work it seems like there is a lot of negativity towards others and I've been thinking. "What does that really accomplish?"

A quick joke about someone may be funny, and in some regards even good. My family and I are big hecklers with each other and we get a lot of good laughs out of it. (Yes I even laugh when someone does a good burn on me.) But for every interaction of put downs I feel we should have even more put ups! This lets others know that we care about them and can go a long way to lifting someone's day.

So If you took time this week to read my ramble, Then take time to build someone else up this week.

(yes I count as someone else so if your looking for a easy way to lift someone up I am aware that you can just complement me and that will count.)

(Next update 4-17-17)

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Maryalee 10th Apr 2017, 4:55 PM edit delete reply
Maryalee
This is not a happy resolution for me. I feel like both of them deserved better. Xura deserved better than to be left with a lingering fear. She has tried so hard to do better, to try and make up for the evil she did. And up to now she has been trying just because she wanted to redeem herself. Now, she is going to be living with fear hanging over her head like Damocles' sword, and that is no way to live. No one trying to seek redemption deserves that. Arua deserves better than to be left hanging on the edge of forgiving. And she has got her own fear to deal with now. Including, the fear of forgiving.

I'm going to suggest that Arua could go a long way toward conquering her own fear, by removing Xura's. I believe once she lets go and shows forgiveness toward someone she hated so much, her own burden will vanish. When she reaches the level where she can forgive Xura, she will have arrived at where The Light wants her to be. I believe at that point The Light will flow through her in a way her world has never seen before.

And hopefully, when she reaches that point, no idiot will stand up and say: "I REMEMBER HER WHEN SHE WAS NEKKED!"
Lackinganame 11th Apr 2017, 8:22 AM edit delete reply
Lackinganame
True there is not full resolution here.

But as you pointed out, hate is something for Arua to over come. I felt that if she forgave Xrua right now that would lessen the pain and sadness Arua felt over Brewer's death.

In some regards I do wish I had come up with a way for Xrua to have some hope because it feels like she's kind of worse of now then she was at the start. Which is a poor character arc.

Well this story did not have a full or happy resolution I actually hope some people did gain a in sight into their own life and thinking about their own Xrua's and Arua's.

I guess in that regards people are then challenged to finish the resolution them self.
Maryalee 11th Apr 2017, 4:50 PM edit delete reply
Maryalee
Having done a teensy bit of writing meself, I know that what readers often perceive as character arcs (if they even perceive such)...aren't. I've seen character arcs unfold over several full-length novels before they are successfully resolved, and the results I have seen have been extremely satisfying. You just have to trust in the writer knowing what they are doing with their characters, and I believe that you do. I know that when we do reach "a" resolution point, it will feel right. In a sense these characters are living under your hand, and will continue evolving for as long as you feel like working with them.

You may decide next to do an arc, or two, with StarVan, or you may even catch us up on what Green and Red have been doing. It will all be good.
Domestic Goddess 13th Apr 2017, 8:30 AM edit delete reply
I enjoyed your ramble about building people up. Negativism is a social illness than leads to a lot of problem. I am grateful when someone shows me a bit of kindness and feel really happy when I get a "put up." This makes me want to help others feel happy, too. In keeping with your comic, repentance and forgiveness are something we all deal with daily, but those things should be optimistic because they are a chance to improve ourselves, lighten our load and lighten the load of another. Thanks for bringing this out.
Domestic Goddess 13th Apr 2017, 8:30 AM edit delete reply
I enjoyed your ramble about building people up. Negativism is a social illness than leads to a lot of problem. I am grateful when someone shows me a bit of kindness and feel really happy when I get a "put up." This makes me want to help others feel happy, too. In keeping with your comic, repentance and forgiveness are something we all deal with daily, but those things should be optimistic because they are a chance to improve ourselves, lighten our load and lighten the load of another. Thanks for bringing this out.
Maryalee 14th Apr 2017, 8:19 PM edit delete reply
Maryalee
I hope my second comment counted as building you up because I intended it as such.

I just wanted to say that I like Xura's character and I hope we do see her again. Way back in Exaltation I felt she was redeemable, and I am more convinced than ever. When we see her next I am hoping that she will have completed her circle: that she will have lost her fear of facing death, because she will have replaced self with selfless.

I'll let Arua's last line speak for itself. I see enough synergy between the two that Xura could work even better as a team addition than Tirea. But, I'll still advocate that Tirea's engineering knowledge could be extremely useful and make for some very interesting plot points.

Besides, we know Cer'veja will want to spend some more time with Tirea, and Arua may find it difficult to be the anonymous traveler after this.
Guest 16th Apr 2017, 1:44 PM edit delete reply
Ah, well, I guess that Cer'veja -does- know now? But he couldn't have known that she was stabbed in the chest this time unless she let him know.

I'm going to miss Xura. She's a great character to continue expanding upon. As for similarities, and theory time, maybe Arua will accidentally kill someone close to Xura the next time that they meet? And by accidentally, I mean that Xura might have grown close to someone who's threatening peace and good in the land and Arua kills them to preserve it without realizing the relationship, or, she does it to save Xura. It's not entirely farfetched, what with Xura trying to find her place in the new world, Arua championing the Light, and villains hiding their true intentions. Really, I just think that it would be a neat dynamic for the two. Xura kills Brewer to get to Arua, and Arua kills her friend/mentor/lover.

As for a compliment, I'm glad that you choose to leave story threads open-ended for later, rather than resolving them and moving on! It's definitely a mark of good writing!
Ty 16th Apr 2017, 1:45 PM edit delete reply
Whoops, I forgot to add my name. It was me. This was my comment. =3
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