At A Distance

 “The Cloak of Dreams?” Li asked.

“It’s a story about an emperor with a sad dilemma,” Ellen explained to Li. “He loved his wife very much, but she had a dreaming soul.  When he held her in his arms, her soul wandered far away to her dream world.  So she spent five years embroidering the images of her dreams onto a cloak and presented it to the emperor.  If he wore the cloak, no longer would she have to choose between the path of her dreams and the path of her love.  If he didn’t wear the cloak, he could hold her, but her soul would continue to wander.  He chose to wear the cloak.”

“And she followed him at a distance for the rest of her life,” Ainsling finished explaining to Li.  “It’s the sacrifice he makes because he loves her.  She can’t touch him, but they are closer than ever.  Isn’t that beautiful, Li?”

The Red Cloak, Chapter 1, The Cloak of Dreams


 

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Persona 5 – “Beneath The Mask” [feat. Ruby Choi] Cover – Jam Session #1 // J-MUSIC

“I’m a shapeshifter
At Poe’s masquerade
Hiding both face and mind
All free for you to draw
I’m a shapeshifter
What else should I be?
Please don’t take off my mask
Revealing dark”

Persona “Beneath the Mask”, Shoji Meguro

PERSONA 5 Original Soundtrack 

For all those who love shapeshifter tales… check out The Good Shepherd, Werewolf Warden Series, Volume One.

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Restless

F.R.M. President Glenn Masterson was restless.  Usually after a few shots of vodka, he went right to sleep.  Not tonight.  He tossed and turned until he couldn’t take it anymore and gave up trying. 

            The world was about to change.  How could he sleep?

The Red Knot, Chapter 18, The Knowledge of Good and Evil


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U2- Ordinary Love (From Mandela OST) Lyric Video

“A man named Nelson Mandela once fought against a seemingly unbeatable adversary—apartheid.  In his country, people were classified and separated by race.  Those with the darkest skin were deprived of basic human needs and oppressed by the government.  Mandela was in prison for twenty-seven years but he never gave up hope.  He once said, ‘The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.’  Don’t believe the lie that you shouldn’t be afraid.  Fear is normal.  Use it.  Conquer it.  Remember—the Guardian has prepared your path.  She chose each of you especially for this task.  Work together and return to us safely.”

The Red Cloak, Volume 2 of Days of the Guardian

“Be a hero!”


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Happy Lunar New Year!

Shu Rui’s house is not far. There are no sidewalks, but the streets are wide. They’re filled with people because everyone comes home for the fifteen-day celebration of Chinese New Year. It’s The Year of the Tiger, 1998.

I was born in 1989, The Year of the Snake. Everyone says that’s why I talk so much. Grandma always tells me,

Child, you were born under a sign of wisdom. Remember, wisdom is attained by three methods: first, by reflection, which is noblest; second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third, by experience, which is the bitterest.


Learn more about Chinese New Year in The Baiji!


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The Spring Festival / Lunar New Year

“What’s your favorite animal?” I ask her.

“I don’t know . . . a cat?” She shrugs.

“How can you not know which animal is your favorite? Mine is the baiji.”

“The river dolphin? But the baiji are all gone!” Shu Rui says.

“Maybe, but my grandma says the baiji is the Goddess of the Yangtze. She says the baiji will come to visit at special times, like the Spring Festival. Seeing a baiji brings good fortune.”

“Our teacher said the baiji is indignant.”

“Not indignant, silly, endangered.”

February 5, 2019 is the first day of the Lunar New Year (Spring Festival Day). Learn about this celebration and the Chinese River Dolphin in this short story for middle-grade readers, The Baiji.

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