"Come and take my empire of dust, and I'll take your breaking heart and your tears. I will take your pain and your misery, because it is all a part of life. But, I will also take your joys, your firsts and your lasts. I will take your life, if you would wish death over it."
That was absolutely beautiful, and I can't help but think those words ring true with Myrtle. If only more people in life could understand this fact, we wouldn't be filled with so many tragedies. :(
I think this story has some definite promise of being an eye opener. It really makes one think in the life of the dead and the life of the living. Why wish to be dead when you can have so many experiences, and why wish to be alive when you can see the world forever? Though, the latter is much more sad than it is lead on to be, and Myrtle shows that. :(
I think this was just so endearing, and thought-provoking. Myrtle is a little girl, in all sense of the word, and all she wants to do is be one of those little girls who has a crush, who is worried about failing exams, and is free to roam about the castle in a way that she can explore. Though the other little girls won't let her, because they don't understand her untimely death. They don't question it because they don't want to know, and that's sad. :( They're taking their life for granted. I hope they remember that cruel laughter they had, and think back on it if ever they become ghosts! (Yes, I just wished ghostlyness on fictional characters! xD) So maybe that way they can learn not to be so mean when someone walks up just to inquire what was wrong!
This is a great story, and simply elegant and beautiful. I think you did a great job with it, and congrats on getting second on the challenge you entered it in! It's always great to succeed in something you're uncomfortable with, isn't it? :)
Author's Response: Mae, this is no excuse, but life got so busy. I'm so sorry for taking THIS long!
That line seems to be a favourite of sorts! I'm glad you liked it and thought that it was so profound.
Riiight? I always feel that way, especially when people crib about stupid, inconsequential things. I don't mean to be insensitive, but it's true. Life has so, SO much to offer, and it's not worth sweating the small stuff.
Yes. I really wanted to emphasise on how she was just so young, and so fresh, in terms of life and experience. I really wanted it to strike a nerve, on a personal level, and it looks like I managed to ;)
Thanks for this lovely review, Mae. And once again, I am tremendously sorry ♥