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You know? Mom’s life kind of sucked. I mean, basically she gave up her life with her family and friends to be with Dad. Her parents just assumed she’d run off and gotten pregnant, and were satisfied to “put her away in the country.” Once, my mom’s own mother came to visit. I hid in the shadows of the rafters and watched, not invisible like most wind spirits could be, but translucent. I didn’t trust her family. I never have.

Mom just kept scouring the pots and pans as her mother twisted her mousy, graying braid, her tired eyes twitching as she invited her daughter home.

Mom declined. I didn’t blame her.
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Shadow7Zerudahime Apr 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have a bad feeling about Sky's grandmother...
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WishIWould Apr 11, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Dun dun DUN!!!

What kind of a bad feeling?
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Shadow7Zerudahime Apr 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
All sorts of. For one, I don't think she knows Sky, and she sounds like the kind of person who would have a cow when she finds out. There is also the fact that her daughter's lifestyle doesn't seem to be of her liking and she might want to take drastic measures about it.
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WishIWould Apr 12, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Iiiiiinteresting......

You're right, she doesn't know Sky - but she does know there was a baby. That's why she sent her daughter away. She doesn't believe there's such a thing as wind spirits, she just thinks that was made up to mask an *le gasp* illegitimate pregnancy!

I'm not even sure she knows for sure whether or not her daughter kept that baby! But we'll see......
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Shadow7Zerudahime Apr 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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WishIWould Apr 16, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
LOL! Love it!
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:iconfrotu:
Oh I want more back story soooooo badly. It doesn't really seem like her family is really bad... or at least I don't necessarily get that vibe from this passage. So was it difficult for her to be away from them? Did she miss anything from her old life? Does that weigh on her more heavily as time passes and he husband cannot stay as much? Aaah so many questions!

It's interesting to think of this half-human child being translucent. I'm looking forward to getting more information about him... he really seems much more wind spirit-ish, so what legacies of humanity does he have?
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WishIWould Apr 11, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
You'll see it more and more later, but right now we're mostly seeing his wind spirit side because that's the side of himself that is new to us as readers and therefore gets the focus - also it's the side of himself he prefers to emphasize. Also, it's pretty common to view what we're familiar with as "invisible" - like, for many Caucasian people, a half-Caucasian half-Asian person "looks Asian." I'm thinking of a specific friend here, who grew up in Korea her first 10 years, and there, she "looked Caucasian." It was confusing to move to the U.S. and turn from "that American girl" to "that Korean girl"!

But just a quick rundown:
- wind people can sort of "go wind" and move through things - really, just "around" solid objects in solid particles, the way air does, but it seems like "through things" - and Sky can't. He can go translucent but he can't change his physical form, either in that way, or that gusty, light-y way we saw Amanda in.
- wind spirits don't really eat the way people do. Their diet is primarily based on scents, with the occasional blades of grass, leaves, petals, and bugs ingested. Sky has to eat the way a human does.
- The same way Sky has to "work" to stay on the ground, he has to "work" to go up as high as most wind spirits are comfortable being. His "center of gravity" comfort zone is somewhere between.
-------for example: above water is different from above regular earth for wind spirits as far as gravity goes, the same way gravity on/in water is different from regular earth for humans. A wind spirit at rest over water - at rest being the equivalent of lying down or sitting on the ground, as opposed to standing - would hover maybe 4-5 feet above the surface. Sky at rest is exactly even with the surface of the water, the way a human is on the ground.

Ah, questions about his mother...we'll get to them at some point! Probably!
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Yes, it's certainly a tendency of people to notice the things that stick out... we're pretty engineered to observe "spectacle". Goodness, it reminds me of some videos we watched of baby psychology and how they studied that, since it usually involved "novel stimulus". Those videos were hilarious, but also definitely showed how we focus on the new right from the get-go.

I really enjoyed the little details you shared! They certainly make sense, but it's nice to find out some of the mechanics of the 'rules' in that world. So are the wind spirits almost like filter feeders, in a way? At least as far as the smells go? I wonder if Sky had a particularly large meal if that would cause him issues with flying...?
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WishIWould Nov 10, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I LOVE baby psychology videos btw!!!
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