Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Chapter 11: Samsara
"Zhenzhen?" Hawke gasps as she enters his room. It can only be Zhenzhen, but why does she look so much older? And the way she's dressed, so much like Sun, yet different, makes his still unhealed heart bleed. "I think you should leave," he says, his voice low and wavering. He knows she should leave, because of how much he wants her to stay.
She's on top of him so fast, Hawke couldn't stop her. Nor does he have the will to try. "How is that possible?" he whispers. She can't be Sun, but she feels like Sun, she smells like Sun, and more than anything, he wants it to be Sun in his arms right now.
"I'd do anything for you, Sun," Hawke answers.
He's had this dream before, he thinks, despair crushing his hope. He never saves her.
"Do I know you?" she asks.
"I'm Hawke," he introduces himself, "You don't know it yet, but I'm the love of your life." He says forcing himself to speak in the cocky self-assured tone he used to possess, before he fell in love for real, before that love died.
"Are you?" she laughs, raising an eyebrow, "I bet you say that to all the girls."
"I used to," Hawke admits, "But I'll never say that to anyone again."
She laughs again, her beautiful tinkling laugh that he's longed to hear again everyday since she died. "Well, it was nice meeting you, Hawke," she says, "But I'm on way to explore the Dragon Cave. Maybe I'll see you in town later."
"I promise, you'll have a much better time with me than digging around in some old tombs," Hawke says, almost desperate. Above all, he mustn't let her go into the Dragon Cave, the place where she was infected.
"I will hold you to that promise, Hawke," she says.
They visit town, running mundane errands.
They make love, as often and in as many places as possible.
"He's not asleep," Thierry says, "Zhenzhen is in his head."
"We have to help him!"
"I know someone who can find where Zhenzhen has taken him, and get him out whole," Thierry promises.
I made a backup save at the point right before I killed Sun. So I used this save to take Hawke and Sun to China. Hawke is YA in those scenes, and an adult in the legacy. He perceives himself as having travelled in time to save Sun before she was infected, so it makes some sense that he'd be seeing himself as younger, too.
Since I was off the actual legacy house, I cheated like hell to get Hawke a maxed visa for China, so they could buy a house there. I also motherloded them so they could buy the House of Thyme.
I love playing in China, and I love Hawke and Sun.
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