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Prologue


Emily: "'Wednesday said, "You have already lost everything. I am offering you the chance to take something back." The fire blazed high as he spoke....'"*


Emily glanced over to her grandfather's sleeping form a few feet from where she read to him. His breathing had been deep and even for at least a half an hour, a good sign that he was finally getting some much-needed rest.


Opportunities like this had been getting fewer and further between in the past 3 weeks. The cancer had been spreading rapidly since Kenji had been brought home from the hospital. Emily decided to take advantage of the situation and get her first meal in over 20 hours.


The offerings of the refrigerator were unappealing, but Emily knew she had to eat to keep her strength up if she was going to continue to help her grandfather in his final days.



Some 20 years earlier, Emily had stood in this same kitchen watching her grandmother make breakfast for the family. Visiting her grandparents had always been a short respite from the chaos of growing up- a place where she always felt warm, safe, and welcome.



Now, while things were still familiar, they had taken on the feeling of a dream. Everything seemed smaller, and while she still felt safe and welcomed here, there was an undercurrent of dread in everything she did.



Emily could swear the empty seat was mocking her from across the table. So many meals alone, her grandfather still sick behind just a few inches of wall. This morning's pancakes were as cold and tasteless as they'd been for the past 6 months, but she knew the alternative could be much worse. She only hoped that her grandfather's suffering wouldn't go on for much longer.



Her thoughts drifted back over the last year, and she couldn't believe how much things had changed. Just as she was beginning to lose herself in the flow of warm water and glistening suds, the utter silence from the other room startled her back to the present.


"Grandpa...?"

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*"American Gods" by Neil Gaimen

Comments

( 18 comments — Leave a comment )
reclusive
Jun. 13th, 2005 09:52 pm (UTC)
Wow. What an amazing story. I can't wait to read more!
prescilla_bean
Jun. 13th, 2005 09:53 pm (UTC)
great prologue
wow! that looks really good already. =)
beautysims1979
Jun. 13th, 2005 10:40 pm (UTC)
Fantastic, I'm loving it already.
mrsbungle
Jun. 13th, 2005 11:11 pm (UTC)
wow, excellent so far!
she has a cool hair-do, does it come with the game or did you download it?
i love how spooky the reaper is all faded behind the grandpa!
deception_pass
Jun. 13th, 2005 11:36 pm (UTC)
Actually I made the hair. ^_^

I was lucky to get that picture of the fading reaper!
mrsbungle
Jun. 13th, 2005 11:39 pm (UTC)
very nice hair, well done.
babylon_burning
Jun. 13th, 2005 11:15 pm (UTC)
Oh wow. I can't wait to read more!

And out of curiosity...where did you get that hair?!
deception_pass
Jun. 13th, 2005 11:37 pm (UTC)
Made the hair myself. ^_^
babylon_burning
Jun. 14th, 2005 12:07 am (UTC)
Do you have it uploaded anywhere? *winkwink*
katespace
Jun. 14th, 2005 12:42 am (UTC)
Wow. Can't wait to read more.
chatya8tergrl00
Jun. 14th, 2005 03:12 am (UTC)
Can't wait to read more :)
inspire_desire
Jun. 14th, 2005 03:51 am (UTC)
Ooh, sounds very interesting! Can't wait to see more!
lunatic_the_7th
Jan. 6th, 2006 11:06 pm (UTC)
Hey, someone in a community that I'm in told me about your story and how great it was, and I think that it looks great so far *scurries off to read the rest*
I though that the first line seemed familiar, you used a line from a Neil Gaimon book! *hugs* He's one of my favourite authors... EVER
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(Anonymous)
Nov. 14th, 2006 11:51 pm (UTC)
Awesome!
I'm just starting to read the story and I'm already addicted! Good job!
simsbarbie
Sep. 29th, 2007 05:00 am (UTC)
A new story or me to read!
walkerboh_rumor
Oct. 18th, 2007 01:15 pm (UTC)
Yay!
FINALLY get to start reading this! I've been wanting to forever!! Love it so far^ . ~
incestrainbow
Aug. 26th, 2008 11:12 am (UTC)
HI!
I love this story! I just started reading it and love it so far!
Just curius, but can I add you?
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