Create-a-Story Tag: “Fall”

When the only other stories I’ve written on my blog are a dumb satire piece and an odd nod to Edgar Allan Poe (what happened to the Let’s All Write a Book tag, btw?), I have no idea why anyone would think that I’m fit for this challenge. Not all English majors can write, okay?! But I did try, and not too badly either this time, I would say.

Now that the tag is already dying down, I finally have my story! I was tagged by Keiko, Remy, and… and somebody else, and look, I know it’s September already… (*sweats)

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Rules

1. You pick your first word, your setting and your story genre from the list below. As individuals, your brand of creativity is unique to yours, so we want to highlight that by letting you choose from a bunch of words and creating something beautiful out of it.

First Word
❂Fall❂
Fire
Music
Station
Rain

Setting
❂Hospital❂
Mountain
Sea
School
Street

Genre
Comedy
Drama
Slice of Life
Romance
❂Tragedy❂

2. The short story will have a limit of 1000 words. You do not need to write a story with 1000 words exactly. It could be 300, or 500 as long as it doesn’t surpass a thousand.
3. YOU HAVE TWO WEEKS TO ANSWER THE TAG. (Moya: G-gomenasai…)
4. You must tag three people to participate.
5. Don’t forget to link back to Keiko (this is her story) so she can collect all the stories.
6. Use the Create-A-Story picture in the post.
7. Copy and paste the rules in your tag post as well, so others can be clued in to the Create-A-Story rules.

My Nominees

Since I’m late to this tag, I’m honestly not sure who still hasn’t answered this tag. I’m gonna give it a go anyways…

The Story

*TW: suicide

Fall is my least favourite season. It makes me happier to call it “autumn,” but no, to the majority it is “fall,” because “leaves fall down.” In my opinion, it’s silly to celebrate a season based on leaves falling down, but people are very eager to do that. The weather makes people all too excited to imitate this act of falling – falling into heaps of leaves, falling ill with colds, falling in love at the beginning of a school term before actually knowing the other person, falling from the eleventh floor of a hospital building. Splat.

A book I once read likened the corpse of someone who leapt to her death to a fractured lily*. Although I wasn’t there to see the aftermath of the girl who dove from the eleventh floor window when the screens were being cleaned, I know better than to concoct romantic fantasies like that. Death is ugly – always is.

With the way people in the halls whisper excitedly about it under the pretense of exchanging condolences, I should know the girl’s name, at the very least. And yet, I really don’t. I think it was something short that began with an “A.” Amy? Annie? Anne? …Anne Shirley? No, that’s the protagonist of Anne of Green Gables. In part due to this association, she appears in my imagination with red hair, sometimes in tousled braids. She wears the same hideous turquoise hospital robes as me, and it juxtaposes distastefully with her hair. She might have been pretty, despite the sad garments, but she certainly isn’t anymore. I wonder if her face is smashed.

I think of her a lot, in case you haven’t realized. How old was she? Was the view from the window a floor above me so different that the urge to embrace it eventually became irresistible? I like to think that she was the same age as me. While she is dead, I am alive. If she fell like a leaf in autumn, maybe I can forever stay on my branch, young and dangling. Maybe it takes a sacrifice to preserve another life. Or will someone pick her up and save her as a bookmark, vibrant red maple leaf as she must be, while I shrivel and fray and eventually, fall from my branch as well, not even on my own accord, disintegrating into a brown mush of foliage?

But she was not pretty when she fell from the eleventh floor, and this is the only thought I allow in my head when I fall asleep in the night.

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pressed preserved maple leaf

dead oak_leaves pile

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*The author in question is actually Kinoko Nasu. My recent rewatch of Kara no Kyoukai: Fuukan Fuukei influenced this story more than I expected it would.

 

Some Sunshine and Rainbows

I was not really intending to write such a grim story, but that’s how it happened. Technically, it’s not a pure “tragedy” based on its ending. It is pretty close to one though. It’s ironic how I’ve recently translyricized the song “ひかりふる” and titled it “Light Falls” – the message in that song is so positive that I can’t believe I wrote these two pieces about “falling” side-by-side.

I watched Macbeth earlier this week and it was an awesome experience. Even though I loved every scene, I have to say that the most gratifying moment was when all the actors, alive or killed by the end of the play, returned to the stage to bow and receive applause. It was weird adjusting to the way grieve-struck Lord Macduff suddenly switched tones to make a speech thanking the audience and asking for donations to charity. So yeah, after writing a story about death and suicide, maybe this post needs that kind of shift in tone too.

sweetness-and-lightning-1-36 tsumugi
Let’s take a moment to watch her eat.

Contrary to what you might expect, I’ve been in a pretty good mood the last two days, which was when I wrote this very short story. In fact, I’ve been in a great mood since finals, and have been steadily crossing out things on my summer to-do list. And I, um…just started dating someone amazing whom I met in one of my summer classes and life is good. >///< To-do list progress update:

  • Go to cool places and try fun food.
  • Meet up with friends (^ Can be combined with above)
  • Get fit(ter) (Idk, I’ll do yoga or something. Swim? Sounds unconvincing…)
  • Go climb a tree.
  • Read two books.
  • Bake blueberry-flavoured desserts.
  • Watch more movies.
  • Watch the Monogatari series.
  • Finish re-watching Shiki with mom.
  • Watch Game of Thrones with brother.
  • Be more consistent with keeping my dream journal.
  • Keep a diary in Chinese.

I’ve been going somewhere every single day for some 10 days. I didn’t know I had enough friends to keep me this occupied? A little exhausting for an introvert, but I did enjoy my time. As a result, I haven’t been able to do a lot of things on the list, and haven’t blogged that much either. I’ve got drafts though. Good news is, I’ve made some amount of progress on all the things I didn’t cross out, so yay.

Thanks for reading, and thanks to Keiko for starting this wonderful tag; I look forward to reading more additions to this tag/project!

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34 thoughts on “Create-a-Story Tag: “Fall”

  1. Listen to uplifting song while writing a grim story? Eh, can’t blame you listening to ひかりふる to not get caught up in the tragedy side of what you wrote. From the way your main character talks I get the impression she’s use to seeing death around her, and instead of being shock she seems fascinated by it.

    If there’s anything I got from this create a story tag, other than reading good stories, is a lot of anime bloggers has some dark thoughts inside of them haha.

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    1. I wasn’t listening to it while I wrote, because I simply can’t write grammatically correct sentences while listening to anything, but yeah, I’ve been listening to Hikarifuru a lot and it’s amazing.
      Dark thoughts, hmm…maybe we as bloggers are more inclined to have them! Then again, maybe it’s just a human thing.

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  2. Maybe I’m wrong, but it feels like most stories ended up being tragedies. I liked your story though – it felt like a proper short story, unlike most of us who struggled to fit theirs into 1000 words.

    I love Macbeth, and Shakespeare in general. Although I don’t really go out of my way to watch any Shakespeare, I really love the plays that I have read / seen. So that sounds like it must have been pretty fun.

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    1. I totally thought I would go past the word limit myself, but I guess the premise is simple enough. I don’t think it exceeded 500.
      And it’s my first time seeing a proper Shakespeare play (the only other one being a monologue performance of King Lear in Chinese), and it was definitely quite the experience.

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  3. Oh wow, this was amazing! I liked the dark tone of the story and even if the ending wasn’t actually a tragedy the rest of the story was. I loved what you did with the idea of autumn leaves as well!
    Ooo you finally saw Macbeth! I’m glad you enjoyed it! 🙂 You’ve checked off quite a bit from your to do list as well which is always a great thing! 🙂

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  6. Awesome story even if it WAS a little grim… A little darkness never hurt anyone. 😉 Btw, I LOVE that in your list you have both “bake a blueberry dessert” AND “get fit(Ter)”…. Funny to see which one has been crossed off and which one hasn’t… 🤔😂😂💖

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      1. Awww… I don’t have the twitter machine! 😉😉 It’s the only platform I don’t understand… You should get Instagram, then I can look at all of your yummy baking pics! ❤️❤️

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  8. I loved your short story! I especially love this part: “Maybe it takes a sacrifice to preserve another life. Or will someone pick her up and save her as a bookmark, vibrant red maple leaf as she must be, while I shrivel and fray and eventually, fall from my branch as well, not even on my own accord, disintegrating into a brown mush of foliage?” Beautifully put. I’m working on my first script & I have a character in it who’s dealing with related issues. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

    My fav Shakespeare play is ‘A midsummer night’s dream’ I even played Puck one time. I’m sure I was dreadful but I had so much fun! 😀 Check out Sarabeth’s yoga video’s (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-0CzRZeML8zw4pFTVDq65Q) I love her voice and she has really cool beginner programs.

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    1. Thanks for reading, Jella! What kind of script are you writing?
      Midsummer Night’s Dream is a good one! I wish I could have seen your Puck. And I’ll check out the video when I have time!

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      1. It’s a dark crime/drama about a young woman who witnesses her family’s murder seeks revenge and discovers she has much in common with those who committed the crime. This is my logline… 🙂 I want to send it to a competition this October.

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