March to the Sea

I am excited to say that I have completed the latest chapter, March to the Sea. It's a story within the story, not really dealing with Kitsune, but revealing in its own way. The title comes from a Twenty One Pilots song of the same name. Fantastic song and excellent group.

The chapter, told in the first person by a character whose mental stability is questionable, starts off happy and ends on a somewhat sadder note. I realize now that the three excerpts I've pasted below are from the latter, moodier half. Why are so many memorable quotes rooted in the harshness of reality? Even one of my favorites, Time is the fire in which we burn, is a friendly reminder to not stop living while being a not-so-friendly reminder that one day you won't be.

"The undercurrent of all things is far more revealing than what lays on the surface. It is the topical that matters to me. It is what people see and believe."

"It is as though all the answers to all the mysteries of the universe that have eluded mankind are surrounding us, silently taunting us with their invisible presence. Truly, I feel I could actually reach out my hand, brush aside an imperceptible curtain sewn into the very fabric of space and time, and discover it all. It's all right there, like a giant, clanking, brass machine. Absolutely everything. Just out of reach."

"Throughout my entire life, I have marched in line, trying my hardest to be accepted as an equal and to be loved for who I am. Each time I made an advancement, though, I was brought back down. I came to see that the march to the sea was death, and I stepped out of line for Jordan. Such actions start all sorts of inner conflict, and Jordan only helped me to realize that the ideals of love and equality are unattainable for me because I am neither lovable nor equal. I am undeserving of both.