Story [Highlander] Child of the Universe * DDC 2013 * COMPLETE

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  1. Hazel Force Ghost

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    Thanks girls! :)

    The first half of the twentieth century, and particularly the time span between 1914 and 1945 is ripe with horror for the world. When i first studied in school i remerber i was amazed at how humankind managed to survive, and to make matters more vivid we all know/knew people that live on those times. My great grandfather was part of the detachment Portugal sent to Marroco and he never came back. We have no idea what happened to him, if he died or decided to stay there for good or if he deserted. He left his pregnant wife and he never met his daughter. My great grandmother had to raise my grandmother all alone.
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    New York, 21st of June of 2013



    After enduring a world war and a global epidemic, the world was tired of darkness and was ready to break free from it. It was time to start anew, to break the chains that dragged people down and to let color and joy back into people's hearts. The Roaring Twenties were kicking off.


    I, for one, was just as ready for a never-ending party as the rest of the world. This time, I decided to try something different; instead of going on a stage as a musician, I decided to try my hand at acting. The world of theater is not much different from the world of music so I thought I would feel at home and at first I was, but after a while I started to find that the exploit of my deepest feelings for such purposes was starting to gnaw on me. It was disturbing to bring out episodes that I had long ago decided to bury for the sole purpose of giving a character more substance. I guess that was why I didn't do well as an actress.

    But my time in the theater was not a total loss, I had a lot of fun with it and it served to reconnect with Max. After the flu had run its course, he had stayed behind with Darius. He needed the sort of solace and comfort that Darius offered so well, and since I had joined a Parisian theater group, we got to see each other a lot. He often came to our shows and, even more often, held my hand when the part I was working on got too much to bare. It was him that eventually got me to see that this life really wasn't for me at all and that I should go back to my first love - music.

    Is it strange that when I finally took his advice, he left? Looking back, I think it is. I guess he thought he had done his duty taking care of me for another while and was now ready to be liberated again.

    I guess I didn't enjoy the 20's as much I had hoped to, but still I was there and I definitely went to a whole lot of parties. I learned to play Jazz when Jazz was the latest thing.

    Looking back now, these ten years were but a blip in my life, they went away as fast as they came - on October 24 of 1929, the stock market crashed and the Great Depression started. After that, the Roaring Twenties were but another memory.
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    Oh, my! The Claire/Max thing landed with a dull thud. :( Jazz is definitely a branch of music to be in love with, as I am. Big bands and contemporary :)
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  4. Jedi_Lover Chosen One

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    The Great Depression. :( That is going to be a sucky time to live. Luckily my parents were kids and children often don't know how bad things are.

    Another horrible thing that happened was the Spanish Civil War with possibly 200,000 dead. Some of my family members died during that war. Over 20,000 children were evacuated to various countries including the US. In 2006 I was contacted by one of these children (who now was an old man) to help him hunt down the other children refugees that came to the USA with him in the late 1930's. All I had was the ship passenger manifest, but I managed to find half of the refugees. They ended up getting together for a reunion and wrote a book where I am mentioned. That was a feel-good thing for me. :D
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    JL and Hazel I am so enthralled by your reminiscences =D= @};- How cool to be mentioned in a book. :) Woot, on a lighter note LOL Claire will have a lot to say about the '50s and the '70s [face_laugh]
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    Claire and Max are not having an easy go of it! Hopefully they'll reunite before the next war.
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  7. Hazel Force Ghost

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    Claire and Max still are not quite in the same frequency. We'll have to be patient.

    Thanks girls, for sticking around. The story will get more interesting soon.
  8. Hazel Force Ghost

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    New York, 28th of June of 2013


    Not even History is original any more. I was just going through the news and the I couldn't help but think that I've seen them all before. This has all happened before. I guess it' is another disadvantage of living through the ages. I'm not even that old, I have friends that are two, three, ten times older than me. I wonder what they think of the time we live in now.

    The situation many countries, namely the Southern European ones, are living in right now mirrors the state of things the world endured at the end of the 1920s. A period of apparent opulence and wealth, where everything was allowed and the sky was the limit was followed by a worldwide economic crash where unemployment, taxes and social instability rose to unprecedented levels. Families were, and are, losing their homes and having trouble feeding their children. It is fair to state that economy is suffocating society and I can't help thinking that someone in the background is making a lot of money at the expense of the middle classes.

    What was I doing back then? Pretty much what I'm doing now. I was lying low, trying to be inconspicuous. At the time, I had attracted the attention of one of those immortals that like to play the Game and he relentlessly stalked me. Since I was considerably out of shape and hadn't taken a head in well over a decade, I thought it best to stay clear of him. It didn't work (it never does) and I had to do what I usually do in these cases. I tricked him, shot him and took his head while he was down. I don't feel guilty about my dishonorable tactic, I defended myself the best way I know how. He was asking for it. Of course, I make a point to not recount these duels to Darius or MacLeod - they frown and look utterly disappointed at me and I really don't need that.

    Back then, while the world was busy trying to recover from the depression, in the heart of Europe an even greater darkness was growing. By the time the world became aware of it, it was too late to stop the most devastating war in world history. World War II was beginning.

    Let's hope the present depression does not bring in its wake a similar event.
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  9. Jedi_Lover Chosen One

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    If all else fails...cheat. I think shooting them first is a great idea for a young girl.
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  10. NYCitygurl NSWFF Manager

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    Very interesting comparison! And I feel bad for Claire, having to dodge and kill attackers. Good thing she's clever!
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  11. Hazel Force Ghost

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    Thank you both!!

    Claire is not a strong player so she does what she can to survive. It's not like she looks for trouble but sooner or later trouble finds her and has to deal with it.
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  12. Hazel Force Ghost

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    New York, 12th of July of 2013


    I fell behind here. There have been two weeks since I've picked up this diary, or rather, I picked up several times in the past two weeks, but never brought myself to open it and write. I'm not looking forward to remembering the next stage of my life; it was one of the worst I ever went lived. It was one of the worst the world ever lived.

    Europe has been the stage of many conflicts throughout History. When the First World War ended, we all thought it was as bad as it could possible get. There was no way Humankind could get any lower. Word War II proved us all wrong.

    I won't go into the politics behind the war, everyone knows its causes and effects. Everyone knows how the Nazis round up the people they believed inferior and murdered them. They called it the Final Solution, everyone else called it Genocide.

    For me, this catastrophe had a face - Sara.

    I met Sara in the winter of 1942. She was new immortal of Polish-Jewish descent that had lost her family and endured her first death three years earlier, when the Nazis had come for them to take them to the Warsaw Ghetto. She had been ten years-old at the time. She still looked ten years-old when I met her, but her eyes betrayed her apparent age. In those three years they had witnessed more cruelty and death than anyone should ever have to in a full lifetime. You see, she had decided to stick around the ghetto and use her newfound power to help her people. That young girl was far braver in her young age than I had been.

    At the time, my friends and I, led by Darius of course, were engaged to helping the Resistance and some of us were tasked with providing Jewish families with safe conducts and escorts to Portugal, where they would be able to get safe passage to America. So, in January of 1942 my path crossed Sara's. The similarities between us brought us closer; we had had our first deaths in a similar way and we were both raised among artists since Sara's father was a poet and her mother a musician like me.

    Since I was the first immortal she had ever met, I took it upon myself to teach her the ways of immortality and the rules of the Game. I guess I adopted her. Me, who had always escaped any kind of long-term commitment, was now actively taking care of another. She was a survivor and a very fast learner, but her size and the fact that her body was forever frozen in childhood hindered her fighting skills. This is the reason immortal children are rare to find; they are easy marks for players so they usually don't live for very long after their first death. But I was there for her, and I made it my business to teach Sara all I could to help her survive. I even gave her my gun and told her to use it.

    I really though I could protect her and that she would be alright, but once again I was wrong. During the Warsaw Ghetto uprising on April 19th of 1943, I was helping a small group of families escape the mess when I saw at a distance the flashes of lightning that signaled a quickening. For the time it took me to get there, I hoped that Sara had been the victor, that I had taught her well enough, but I hadn't. She was dead.

    I never knew the identity of the player who got her. Undoubtedly, he or she was among the Nazi scum that had invaded the ghetto. I don't even know if the player was really after an easy prey or if the encounter was just chance. All I know is that I lost my child and it hurt even more that I had imagined.
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    Gripping stuff and a very tragic context.
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  14. Jedi_Lover Chosen One

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    That is sad. So if you are an immortal and your first death is as a newborn...you stay at that age? That would suck.
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  15. Hazel Force Ghost

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    Yup! Unfortunately that is how it works, but a newborn would have absolutely no defenses and wouldn't survive very long after.

    There was a case of a child immortal in the TV series which is where i drew inspiration for this post. His name was Kenny and he looked like a 10 year old only he was hundreds years old already. Either of you would feel sorry for him, he was a predator that took advantage of those who thought him weak and literally attacked them from behind.
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    :( That's horrible! poor Claire and Sara :(
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  17. Hazel Force Ghost

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    Yes, it is! It really is. :(

    Thanks for reading.
  18. Hazel Force Ghost

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    After Sara died, the rest of the war was a blur to me. Even though I knew her death was no fault of mine, I still felt incredibly guilty. I wanted to make amends, but how do you make amends when the person you failed is already dead?

    The answer was to get even more involved with the Resistance and rescue as many people from the Nazis as possible. I got pretty radical at it and even went as far as, like cowboys thieves did in the Old West, to force trains to stop using barriers and then pull the people out. I didn't do I alone, mind you, I managed to find about a dozen others just as crazy as I was. We even tried to storm a concentration camp once. Unfortunately, we failed miserably and ended up getting ourselves killed. Fortunately, we were all immortal to begin with so... no harm done. And it kept me occupied for the rest of the war, stopping me from falling into the kind of deep depression I had been through when I lost my family. Morning the dead could wait.

    I guess it was fortunate that this war was not that long; not that anyone would think of it was short, but a timespan of six years is pretty tame compared to other wars Europe has seen. Considering the atrocities committed by both sides (and here I need to point out that the Holocaust was not the only atrocity the world saw then, the atomic bomb was just as bad) it is a good thing the war did not last another year. I don't think the planet would have survived.

    This time, after the war ended, I did not feel like celebrating. All I wanted to do was to crawl to some dark corner, curl up and sleep for a very long time.
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    Hi: Very compelling and real-to-life. Hazel, I agree with Claire ... if WWII had lasted one more year :shock: It's a mercy it didn't. She's also right about the wars ravaging Europe in the earlier centuries where went on and off for like 30 or 100 years. [face_thinking]
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  20. Jedi_Lover Chosen One

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    Nice. A bunch of immortals vs. the Nazis. That sounds cool. It is too bad their weren't more of them.
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    Go, Claire!

    All I wanted to do was to crawl to some dark corner, curl up and sleep for a very long time.

    I love this line!
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  22. Hazel Force Ghost

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    Thanks girls! [:D]

    Wow, I can't believe this thread has gotten 11400 views. I guess I need to thank my lurkers too. I sure would like to hear from you all.
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  23. Hazel Force Ghost

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    Many people celebrate the end of WWII on April 7th, but the 7th of April of 1945 was only the date when the Germans signed their surrender to the Allies, the war itself would not actually end until September, when Japan finally yield. But by then l had already given in to my grief. I did not celebrate with the rest of the world. Instead, I mourned the dead; I mourned Sara.

    Fortunately for me, I was not alone, and my friends made sure I would be taken care of. In the early days of summer of 1945, Darius and the Valincourts took me to see another friend of our whom I believe I have mentioned before - Sean Burns. I had already met Sean over half-a-century earlier and had even worked with him during the Spanish Flu epidemic, but I had never needed his expertise before. You see, Sean was a healer of the mind - a psychiatrist, in modern vernacular - and he specialized in grief counseling and post-traumatic stress (although, back then nobody talked about PTSD the way people do today).

    Sean had been originally an Irish monk and had gone through his first death when, in 805 AD, a Viking raid ravaged his monastery. I don't know how he went from there to being a healer of the mind in modern France, he never talked much about himself preferring to draw out our secrets instead, but I am thankful he did.

    I stayed with him for almost three years, first healing my soul and later helping others in the same circumstances and it was him that encouraged me to return to my music. Music heals the soul, he told me then, and he was right.

    By then a new form of music was taking over the world. It was joyful, but not without heart. It freed the body in ways no other tune had before, melting people’s inhibitions and it was very much the kind of medicine people needed after the darkness of the war.

    It was called Rock n’ Roll and I embraced it and the spirit of it wholeheartedly.
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    Cool stuff, Claire is embracing rock and all things Elvis and the Beatles etc. Glad she was able to get healing and help others and reconnect with her love of music. :D
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  25. Jedi_Lover Chosen One

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    I never thought of immortals having psychological problems, but since they went through so much it would make a lot of sense. Nice update.
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