Tuesday, June 23, 2015

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“Your turn,” said Ismael.

Ibai looked up from the gameboard and smiled at his father. His wide eyes absorbed the other man’s expression with eager interest. “We don’t have to keep doing this,” said Ibai. “You don’t have to keep doing this.”

The Lord Blackburn tilted his head and squinted faintly. However, it was his reaper who asked the question for him.

What are you talking about?’ said Rholtam.

Ibai poked the tallest figurine on his side of the table. Its colorful little body toppled over, and he picked it up to look at it. “I could just go,” he said. “It might be better if I did.”

“No. Don’t even talk like that.”

“I know you love me, Papa. I love you, too. But I’ve done nothing but cause problems for you ever since the day I was born. Maybe I should just--”

No,” Ismael said again.

For some reason, that broadened Ibai’s smile. He glanced at his father another time before returning to the figurine in his hand. It wore a tiny gold crown. It was the most important piece on the board, the one that all the others were tasked with protecting. “Do you still worry that I’ll hurt innocent people?”

The question seemed to take Ismael by surprise.

Ibai nodded. “I suppose you would. Especially now. I’d have doubts, too.”

“There’s no need for you to worry about any of these things. Let’s just keep playing the game.”

“Life’s not a game, Papa. You taught me that.”

Ismael just blinked at him.

“But, if it WERE a game, then it’d be a really difficult one with way too many moving pieces and poorly defined rules. And hidden objectives, too. That would be the most unfair part, I think. Sometimes, the game would tell you to do one thing when you really needed to do something else.”


  1. Ah. Man, you just--you gotta feel for Ibai during all of this.

  2. Dammit i hope Ibai is a good guy ill be sad if he is just really good at lying and scheming

  3. ‘What are you talking [about]?’ said Rholtam.

  4. finally caught up to the most recent post. definitely enjoying it. I will make sure I head over to amazon and purchase it to help you out

  5. Mahdi AparentylycntsayawsomJune 23, 2015 at 2:50 AM

    T^T I do indeed my friend
    This seems as if it could two ways Hector saving Ibai from going...er, psycho? Which would help him come to terms to what happened at his school
    Or that doesn't happen and we get Hector hunting him down which would lead to too many BAD ENDs for a lot of the characters

  6. Mahdi AparentylycntsayawsomJune 23, 2015 at 2:51 AM

    That's pretty much life.....in a nutshell with a double layered coconut made of bones......etc.
    Liyafe is complicated.

  7. Papa, I think your birdy is outright telling you he's been old enough to fly from the nest for a while, now and that he's going to. :)

    (And, wow: Ibai might like games like you'd expect... but, well done, Daddy, for drilling "people are not pieces" into his head.) :D

  8. Nícolas Sagrillo de AraújoJune 23, 2015 at 9:12 AM

    Added the last part to the quote section of the TVTropes page

  9. Well, I think it's highly likely that the invisible abolish (or whatever) guys are responsible for the murder. If Ibai has been scheming, he's been awaiting his chance for 30 long years and still hasn't taken it. He doesn't seem that patient to me.

  10. Hmm, your troper page doesn't mention that this is a name you use.

  11. I thought was just make Ibai one of Hector's subordinate strategist. Another thought was have him be the one to send whatever the Abolish wanted out into outer space. Either that might work or/to a fake-out with Hector being the one to receive it in the aftermath.

  12. Mahdi AparentylycntsayawsomJune 24, 2015 at 1:03 AM

    Hmm...no i don't Hector and Garoval should have anyone else traveling with them that could stay with them for a while
    It's mainly because they don't get enough screen time as it is and we'd be switching be H and G and Ibai
    Whelpmthats just my reasoning

  13. Mahdi AparentylycntsayawsomJune 24, 2015 at 1:33 AM

    His dad had help, Ibai had the help of a few benefactors
    Ibai's senpais hath taught him well

  14. Nícolas Sagrillo de AraújoJune 24, 2015 at 9:01 AM

    I can fix that.

  15. Nícolas Sagrillo de AraújoJune 24, 2015 at 9:10 AM