So about a week and a half ago, the theatre company I work for threw a Gala, to celebrate the start of their 20th season. The Monday after that Gala, a community member came to my place of work to give me a check for the theatre group, because everyone forgets I’m not on the board and likes to corner me at my day job to talk about theatre group things, but that’s another discussion.
Trouble was, he crossed paths with me as I was on my way out the door to go to lunch. He says “Ah, just the person I wanted to see!” and hands me this envelope and disappears.
Having nothing with me but my phone and a book, I stick the envelope in the inside cover, thinking, I’m gonna forget that’s there by the time I get home. No, I won’t, because I’ve thought that, so I’ll remember. The things I believe about my memory.
Fast forward to today. My mother texts me to tell me that a group she’s part of is going to make a donation to my theatre group. This text reminds me that, oh shit, remember when Scott gave me a check for a lot of money that I totally wasn’t going to forget about?
For the life of me, I could not remember what book I had been reading. I have read at least part of about six books in the last eight days, some of which were library books, which I returned two days ago in an effort to pretend like I’m a responsible librarian and that they weren’t massively overdue.
So my worst case scenario brain is envisioning this very generous donation check tucked inside of a library book that I may or may not have returned like a fool. I need to track down this check. But I cannot remember what book I was reading. So what do I do?
I go to Goodreads, and look up what book I was reading on July 18, and lo and behold, tucked into the inside cover, is the donation check, and if this story doesn’t tell you really everything you need to know about me, then I don’t know what does.
Ritsuka Tachibana is a second year at Shikou Academy who lives with her mother and older brother in Shikou Town. She seemingly lives an ordinary life until the day she was summoned by her school’s mysterious student council for going against school rules and comes back home to find her mother kidnapped by strange men who are searching for the forbidden grimoire. Help comes in the form of the school’s student council, who all turn out to be devils who are searching for the Grimoire themselves. Following her brother’s return from England, Ritsuka soon discovers that she’s the forbidden grimoire that could grant anyone the power to take over the world and now Devils, Vampires and Exorcists are after her.
Honestly, I bought this a year ago and was only able to Complete it now WTF me.
P/S: This Post only contains my final thoughts on the game. The summaries and reviews for the individual routes are in the links provided. It also contains somespoilers and Screenshots from the game.
But no matter the medicinal virtues of being a true friend or sustaining a long close relationship with another, the ultimate touchstone of friendship is not improvement, neither of the other nor of the self, the ultimate touchstone is witness, the privilege of having been seen by someone and the equal privilege of being granted the sight of the essence of another, to have walked with them and to have believed in them, and sometimes just to have accompanied them for however brief a span, on a journey impossible to accomplish alone.
David Whyte, Consolations: The Solace, Nourishment and Underlying Meaning of Everyday Words, 2015
Consciousness isn't a fad or a trend. Don't fake being deep or woke - with the hopes of altering or improving people's perception of you, because as soon as a conversation arises and you're asked for your opinion on a topic you know nothing about, it's a wrap. Take time, we're all students.