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Grief-8 It was a good funeral. Poor Mr. Volkanon couldn't stop crying, and everyone showed up to tell Venti good bye again. Sir Arthur really came through.... And everyone else who helped too. I think she would have liked it, but knowing Venti, she might have complained that it wasn't fancy enough.
I'm feeling better now. Not so lost or helpless any more. I have people to lean on now, and even if Venti's gone, Leo and Darling are right. I have to keep believing in her. And even more, I have to keep going. I still... I still miss her a lot, but I understand now.
I'm not alone.
It wasn't an amazingly elaborate funeral, but it was pretty impressive. Illuminata had donated the flowers from her shop, and Porcoline had been more than ready to feed everyone. Of course, with Porco it meant fending him off from the food as well... Margaret was good at that, at least.
Everyone who could made a short speech about Venti, each speaking of how the Elder Dragon had touched all of them in some form or
Grief-7 I would never have expected her to return so completely to herself with the support of others, but I must admit, there are times when her resilience surprises me most of all. It was very much similar to when I first met her in Lady Ventuswill's chamber... She did not cry then, though I have no doubt that she truly wanted to. I could not have her cry, nor could I leave someone who knew so little about herself to such elements...
And truly, everything worked out for the best. Even if it has been painful at times, it is the best.
Arthur had meant to take Reesa on a date of his own, but he had been hit with several customers in a row, plus a large pile of unfinished paperwork. He had apologized profusely about the delay, and had set her up with some Relax Tea and a small tray of food to eat while he rushed through what he could. He glanced up every now and then, to make sure she wasn't upset at the delay, but each time she seemed to have her nose buried in one of his various
Grief-6 It was slow, and subtle, but she started cheering up again, naturally. It wasn't forced, and it was obvious she still missed Venti, but it was definitely nice to see her smile. Trading off watch-duty didn't hurt either, since we all wanted to help her get better. I had to work for the smile and laughter, but I'll be the first to say it was worth the effort.
It had been Leon's turn to take her on a date this time, and it had taken some thinking about. He'd considered the airship for a long time, but had inevitably discarded it as too close to home for her. And he wanted to be alone with her, so that ruled out places like the lake, Porco's restaurant, and both general and flower stores. Her room was right out, of course, as he wanted to keep it friendly...
In the end, he fell to the same idea Dylas had, in taking her outside of town. She had blushed most adorably when he'd slung an arm around her shoulders, steering her towards the main gate.
“Ah, wh-where... where are we g
Grief-5 We got her home, and pretty much put her under a watch. No one suspected that she'd run off again, this was more so that we would be there when she needed people to talk with. And it was frustratingly hard to get her to talk at all, even after that whole mess. Especially when you're not good at really talking to people the way I am.
But I tried. I took her out on a couple of dates, and we went on short walks together. We stayed inside the town for the most part,and everyone we ran into had something to say that they hoped would help.
She was so stubborn.... But in the end I finally got her to talk to me.
It was time to take her out of Selphia, he'd decided, to a quiet and calm spot. It was one of his favorite fishing spots, though he didn't often get the chance to visit it. It was pretty far out, and work did tend to keep him busy. Plus, now he was spending part of his time looking after Reesa...
She liked fishing, though, so it seemed like a good idea. And it had a slightly se
Grief-4 I don't know how much longer I can keep doing this. They all come to me now, and I have to tell them everything will be okay, even without her, but I can't keep this up. I don't want to eat, I don't want to sleep... Working on the farm helps a little, and fighting monsters too... Anything so that I don't really have to think about what happened.
Venti was like... like a security blanket. As long as she was here, it was okay. But Venti's not here any more, she's gone and it's all my fault! How can people not blame me for this?
I blame me. If I'd been faster, or stronger, I could have won sooner, and Venti would still be here with us. I'd still be arguing with her and having late-night talks when I couldn't sleep...
I wish I had someone I could talk to...
I want Venti to come back.
Reesa opened her eyes wearily, feeling the chilly wind of the Floating Empire washing over her. She had come up here a few days ago, wanting nothing more than to jump from one of the edges; mayb
Grief-3 I had hoped that with time would come awareness and a chance to reason with her, but somehow Reesa managed to give us all the slip. I suppose it was inevitable that she would do so, but it is hardly comforting to not know where she is, or how to help her.
Perhaps fortunately, no one is to blame for her disappearance. She simply woke up and left under her own power when no one was around to watch her. Not that it stopped Dylas or Leon from being upset. Dylas most of all, I think, though Leon's way of being upset is perhaps most similar to Reesa's own.
We are all at a loss of where she might be. The airship is missing, but unfortunately, without another we cannot hope to track her down. I only hope that wherever she's gone she's in no danger...
It wasn't hard to guess that everyone was upset at the now missing princess. Dylas had needed to head out of town to vent his frustrations, and Leon was off at the lake trying to keep his mind on fishing. Arthur felt sympathy for both of t
Grief-2 We brought her back all right. In one piece, though she obviously tried her best to make it anything but. I'm still somewhat grieving for Venti too, but that idiot-dragon would just get pissed off if I moped about like Reesa is.
I wish I knew what to say to her about it. I've already lost a lot in my life. I don't want to lose her too. Some days are hard enough without that thought...
Leon had volunteered to take on Reesa-watching duty while she was unconscious at the clinic, since both Arthur and Dylas had jobs they needed to get back to. He knew it would stop either rival from coming to see her when they got the time, and honestly, he welcomed the breaks. The clinic was rather boring, really, and watching Reesa sleep could only be amusing for so long.
On the other hand, the idea of her waking up and him not being there wasn't a very palatable one, and he could always go fishing in the little canals later. After he'd thoroughly explained why such suicidal tendencies wer
Grief-1 The thing about grief is that it's different for each person. Some people can come to terms with it quickly. Others can't.
Venti was gone. And while the rest of us were moving on okay, Reesa... that is, our stand-in Princess, with no memories of her past. Well, she wasn't. She would sit or stand in Venti's old resting place for hours. She'd vanish for days at a time. Whenever someone offered to help, she'd turn on that million G smile and say she was fine, and thank them for caring.
I though we should let her be for a while. Probably a stupid thing to think, but Reesa... well, she liked to do things her own way. In her own time. Forcing things wasn't really my style anyways. Arthur was in the same boat as me, both of us not really sure what to do for her. Both of us worried about her, but we left it alone, hoping she'd come to one, or both of us.
Leon was finally the one to get the ball rolling. So to speak.
Dylas grimaced as Leon shoved him through the door tha
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