faraway island

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When I get bigger, big enough to go somewhere by myself, I want to go to a land that’s far away.
I want to go to a faraway island. I want to go to an island that has no people. I want to go to an island that has no pain or sadness.
There are no adults, children, classmates, teachers or my mom on that island.
On that island, I can climb a tree when I want to climb, swim in the see when I want to swim, and sleep when I want to sleep.
In the island, I think about the town that I left behind. Kids go to school, as if nothing has changed.
Adults go to the office, as if nothing has changed. Mom eats, as if nothing has changed.
When I think about the town without me, I feel a sense of relief. I want to go far, far away.”

If you’re into Pokemon QR codes, here’s one for a shiny “Faraway Island” mew! Trainer  name is ハルカ, impish nature, perfect IVs, and inside a dive ball. Level 30 and “untouched”.

Dec. 4, 2016 edit: This has been getting a lot of notes recently, maybe because of SM. I’d just like to edit in that this WILL NOT summon a shiny mew for SM. This QR was for an exploit that has since been patched out. This is almost 2 years old.

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私だけがいない街 - 雛月 加代 // The Town Without Me - by Hinazuki Kayo.

When I get bigger, big enough to go somewhere else by myself, I want to go to a land that’s far away. I want to go to a faraway island. I want to go to an island that has no people. I want to go to an island that has no pain or sadness. There are no adults, children, classmates, teachers or my mom on that island. On that island, I can climb a tree when I want to climb, swim in the sea when I want to swim, and sleep when I want to sleep. On the island, I think about the town I left behind. Kids go to school as if nothing has changed. Adults go to the office, as if nothing has changed. Mom eats, as if nothing has changed. When I think about the town without me, I feel a sense of relief. I want to go far, far away. 

A Town Without Me. An essay by Kayo Hinazuki.

“When I get bigger, big enough to go somewhere by myself, I want to go to a land that’s far away. I want to go to a faraway island. I want to go to a island that has no people. I want to go to an island that has no pain or sadness. There are no adults, children, classmates, teachers or my mom on that island. On that island, I can climb a tree when I want to climb, swim in the sea when I want to swim, and sleep when I want to sleep. On the island, I think about the town that I left behind. Kids go to school, as if nothing has changed. Adults go to the office, as if nothing has changed. Mom eats, as if nothing has changed. When I think about the town without me, I feel a sense of relief. I want to go far, far away.”

Originally posted by kantaikongoukai

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The Town Where Only I Am Missing,” by Hinazuki Kayo. When I get bigger, big enough to go somewhere by myself, I want to go to a land that’s far away. I want to go to a faraway island. I want to go to an island that has no people. I want to go to an island that has no pain or sadness. On that island, I can climb a tree when I want to climb, swim in the sea when I want to swim, and sleep when I want to sleep. When I think about the town where only I am missing, I feel a sense of relief. I want to go far, far away.

Unpopular Opinion Time


I actually really like the idea of Calypso and Leo as a couple. It’s not perfect at all, but I think that’s okay.

 If you think about it, Leo is the first person Calypso falls for who actively places her first. Before, she had always fallen for handsome (and yes, no doubt heroic) young men, but she had always been like a far away dream for them. I mean think of the shy Calypso Percy meets in Battle of the Labyrinth and compare that with the Calypso Leo meets. Calypso in The House of Hades does show this caring side (in a different way clearly), but she also gets developed much more. She doesn’t become the idealized damsel on a faraway island but a girl who gets angry, who gets bitter, who loves, who can get dirty, who stands up to Gaea. In a way, being confronted by someone she didn’t expect to love, who isn’t afraid to stand up to her and isn’t awe-struck, I suppose would be a good word for it, by her presence helps her grow.

I know the relationship may seem rushed but that’s pretty in character for both of them. Calypso had always fallen head over heels for the heroes who came to her island pretty quickly mostly for looks. With Leo, she fell for the real him. And Leo has notoriously been quick to fall in love or lust with female characters throughout the series (Thalia, Khione). He clearly finds Calypso beautiful, but for once, he doesn’t overlook her flaws or words like he did with his other two crushes in problematic ways. They work together as a team, building up their strengths and making up for their weaknesses.

And placing coming back for her at the same level of the quest? Yes, it’s a problem, but it’s a completely-in-character action. I had read someone on tumblr explain that this was a result of Leo’s upbringing, feeling abandoned, and not wanting someone to suffer that same fate. I agree 100%. Think about it:
This kid lost his mom at 8 years old and was abandoned by his aunt after she called him a demon spawn basically. He mentions that he learned to survive foster care bullies through humor (which implies trial and error and getting beat up multiple times), he ran away multiple times (implying that no one did anything about the bullying or he was neglected), and, in Blood of Olympus, he mentions an abusive foster mother (an abuse that I’m guessing wasn’t neglect since he hadn’t referred to his past neglect as abuse so could’ve been physical, emotional, or even sexual abuse by this particular foster mother). He’s always felt like the odd one out of his group of friends especially because they’re all couples.
Suddenly, he ends up on an island with a girl who he’s heard about at camp: a one/two-week fling of Percy Jackson’s when he was younger. But that’s all that is mentioned apart from “Percy asked for her freedom”. And he learns she’s still a prisoner. I think Leo would really feel that connection of being forgotten, of only being important in passing. And he’s angry for her and for the him he sees in her. No one saved him from neglect or abuse and he was put in a school for troubled kids instead of receiving help; he isn’t going to let Calypso handle this alone.
So, yeah, problematic that he does this? Absolutely but it’s also done out of a need to save someone from this overwhelming loneliness Leo clearly holds inside (even when he does have friends who care about him deeply, he just can’t seem to overcome these feelings of not being important). 

And finally, him choosing to travel with Calypso before seeing his friends. I think that stems from his insecurities as well. Calypso and Leo have both felt alone and abandoned and he wants to make sure they don’t feel that way again. He probably thinks his friends are leading a happy life (though I think deep down he knows they miss him) and don’t need drama of a resurrected friend coming back. But even if the book ends on that sentiment, I don’t think Leo’s story would end on that note. Calypso would completely call Leo out on his bullshit and tell him he is loved and needed and that he better bring his ass back to camp to tell his friends he’s alive; I think at this point, she would say something like “I will not be another person’s escape, Valdez. You talk to them and clear this up first or I can travel this world alone.” In a way, I think Leo saving Calypso is a path to finding his self-worth. He identified with Calypso’s loneliness and realized he couldn’t stay silent about her suffering because no one deserves that punishment. In doing so, he gave Calypso an argument she could use to tell him why he’s important too: he suffered and deserves a second chance, just like she did. I think in the end, Calypso will help Leo confront his own insecurities because she can argue that to deny his importance due to his feelings of inadequacy is to deny her importance because of her past mistakes of supporting her father and her millenia alone. 

TLDR: I support Caleo because I think it’s the first step on a long road of recovery for two abused/neglected teenagers who are finally learning to love and to be loved after many years of being alone, making mistakes along the way based on those experiences, and, in my opinion, growing from them eventually.

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The Town Where Only I Am Missing,”
                               by Hinazuki Kayo.

When I get bigger, big enough to go somewhere by myself, I want to go to a land that’s far away. I want to go to a faraway island. I want to go to an island that has no people. I want to go to an island that has no pain or sadness. On that island, I can climb a tree when I want to climb, swim in the sea when I want to swim, and sleep when I want to sleep. When I think about the town where only I am missing, I feel a sense of relief.

I want to go far, far away.

Can we talk about the fact that it’s almost bathingsuit season and nobody has tempted me with offers of amazing cruises or vacations to a faraway island? This time last year my phone was blowing up with people trying to steal me for a getaway and this year there’s been nothing. I blame my new job for my lack of a social life.