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“Okay, finally finished! Was just waiting for the superglue to dry. I decided to make a sculpture… toy… thingy… for the wedding. I found these plastic toys and customized them myself using clay and acrylic paint, I didn’t want the devas to get lost so I made a little stand for them all too. I-I even remembered the goshugi bukuro! I hope you guys like it!”

“U-Umm… The reason for the animals is because of an old European poem I remember from my childhood… I’ll explain more if you want me to…”

The goshugi bukuro contains 15000 yen for them

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The scene in the train station where a young boy smiles at Cyclops and he smiles back was unplanned. The boy was a huge X-Men fan, and Cyclops was his favorite. The scene originally called for Cyclops to look at the train schedule, but according to Bryan Singer the boy could not stop smiling at James Marsden. Finally, during one shot, Marsden just looked back at him and smiled, much to the boy’s delight. Bryan Singer liked the idea so much, he kept it in the film

I will trade you one terrible memory for a memory I have of a young pine tree covered in butterflies.

A hundred monarchs resting on their long flight have lit here, on these green needles.  You reach out.  The tired creatures crawl onto your arms, wings slowly parting and closing, parting and closing, as they breathe.  They rest, covering you in magic.  You spin in the sunlight, laughing.  You are very small, and they glow like candles behind colored glass.

I will trade you one awful, inescapable thing for this one golden moment in time, this moment of honeycomb light and a warm autumn day tapering to endless evening.

Look, you have made the trade.  You can take your memory back anytime, but you do not need to bear it always.  Now I will hold it for you so that for a while it can be smaller and further away.

Look at the butterflies.

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