Thursday, November 21, 2013

Two Magical Species

An alternate ending (fan fiction) to the 1992 film "Ferngully: The Last Rainforest."

The claws of a large crane reflected in Zak's gaze. Immediately, I let go of his hands and looked behind me. Nothing unnatural stirred the forest. Was it an apparition of my mind? It had been a year since that combine had ripped Ferngully apart, forcing our leader Magi to give her life for its revival, just when it seemed almost too late. Now the forest stood in its former glory, filled with a beautifully energetic life which seemed to pierce Zak's soul upon his return. I loved seeing that spark ignite in him - the brush framing his face reminds me of its source.

But oh, poor Magi! I promised her I'd never speak to humans, much less marry one! And here I was, consenting to a life-long promise never to leave a human's side, right on the very grounds for which she gave her life. The air I now breathed was Magi's, the trees currently surrounding us her children, the broader trees her wise ancestors. Even now as I close my eyes I hear them whisper their secrets.

I close my eyes tighter and listen closely to the trees, distancing myself from the tail-end of Zak's question.
"Listen...Listen to Magi..." they seem to sing.
"She lives through does Zak's spirit."
"Remember what the heart's stronger than any force of nature...human or fae"
The memory of Zak's words ringed in my ears. "There's a part of me that still wants to stay..."
"There's a part of you that will always stay." The reminder of my staunch response is so powerful, it feels as though every tree in every forest on earth has whispered them.

Magi's spirit and the spirits of her ancestors do not have to tell me what this means - I already know. Rather, I knew a year ago when Zak first spoke the very words which bound him to Ferngully. "There's a part of me that still wants to stay." And I know that our spirits are already joined. They were joined on this day, one year ago, when Magi gave her life for a new beginning, so that a human boy could join ranks with the fae, and harmonize two magical species for all time.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

What I'll Bring Home to America

I've noticed how my subconscious has already begun a list of things I want to do as soon as I go back to America. It's been such a productive two months for my emotional and spiritual development. I hope to carry home with me all my new ideals. These are just some which seem to come to mind at the moment, though I know there are so many other ways this semester abroad has changed my life for the better.

-Be more aware of the source from which the foods I put into my body come.
-Ask a person how they feel when they seem distraught, even if they're a complete stranger.
-Give family members a nudge when they seem to have been quiet for some time.
-Better recognize when someone gets a light in their eyes from something they're talking about - keep it lit with interjections of encouragement, and associate them with that topic for future discussion.
-Read more non-fiction.
-Be there for my younger brothers, allowing them in time to see me as a comfort when I come home.
-Encourage my younger cousins with their schoolwork by emphasizing the importance of education.
-Spend more time with my aunt.
-Ask Grandma if she can teach me to knit and crochet.
-Play more board games with Grandma and her boyfriend.
-Encourage more dinners with cell phones put away.
-Take more photos.
-Be more active in the equestrian team next semester.
-Take more trips in the Jeep with Mom.
-Build a friendlier relationship with my older brother.
-Grow my own plants.
-Continue to learn more about cooking with raw ingredients, and if I must eat out, know that I don't have to order a full meal.
-Treasure every moment of bonfire season (it truly is an under-appreciated American tradition).
-Read at least a few pages of some kind of text before bed every night (don't let the computer screen be the last thing I see before bed).
-Read all the books my aunt recommended one should read before they die.
-Meet more internationals at my home university.