by Arabella Tarabotti-Region Reviews
During, and right after the fall of InWorldz, Jade, myself, and many other's had a hard decision to make. Where to go from here? It was a tumultuous time, and not many trusted their neighbor, or the grids, and choices surrounding us.
On that terrible day, you could hear the loud call's from grid owners and recruiters. It felt as if we were on some sort of auction block, but didn't know why. As if we were not us, but prey of some sort.
Prey indeed. We found out all too soon, we were all prey, and the one's who had been first preyed upon, began in earnest to prey upon the rest of us. Like pixel cannibalism. Only... we are real people behind the avatar. I think many have forgotten that. Sad, so sad.
So, as our world entered an even darker abyss of hopelessness and fear, they recruited and we cried. We were losing everything, but they promised us a new utopia. For a price. Isn't it funny in an ironic way, it's always about money? We lost a sickening amount of money and they wanted more.
I could sit here behind my desk, and list the many grids, and owners that were there but I won't. There is one however, I cannot count amongst them. It's the Great Canadian Grid. It's where I had decided to come on the day our world ended. I had to repeat it over, and over to those in my chatbox. So many in my ear and tearing at my heart.
"No, I'm going to GCG." I remember raising my voice to a couple of them. My nerves were frayed, and then non-existent. I said again, "no! I am going to GCG." They moved on to someone else. Namely, my partner Jade. In her ear they stayed, and her hurt and confusion was sickening. My heart broke even more.
It had been brought on by the avarice and malice of others. The clearly non-feeling owner's and recruiters from other grids. They stood in the very heart of what was left of our once home. The desecration was real. We had been invaded by non-caring fools.
So, we stood cheek to cheek, ignoring the vultures, and spoke softly and lovingly to one another. We danced, we cried, we drank, and we laughed, and then we decided to leave on our own and not wait for the switch to be pulled by some cruel, unseen hand of wrath.
After all, couldn't we still be us, and survive the holocaust to come? We both knew we would never see each other again. Not in this world and not in this way. It was heart rending and never in any universe would it be fair. A far to harsh punishment for crimes never committed. A softly hysterical goodbye ensued and we were gone.
Very early the following morning, we saw the lights were still on in the heart of the dying world we had left. Jade went down and spoke to those calling themselves "The Rapture People."
Jade reminded them there would be no reprieve. She spoke softly and respectfully to each of them. They refused to leave their beloved world until the bitter end. Jade came back out of what was left. Heart just as broken as mine, and we cried again.
Shortly thereafter, Jade fell asleep and I, not knowing what to do next, decided to make the leap and come to GCG as I had almost screamed I was. So, I did. I signed on and found myself here alone. Everyone was sleeping. I did all I could do alone and then logged off. I returned later that day, and Jade followed me a day later.
My new friends embraced me, and Mari even gave me a job. She gave Jade one too. They gave us a home and support. They gave us a shoulder and an ear. Something others hadn't done. They hadn't made any promises they couldn't keep. Our grid owner is the best of the best. He has class and heart. They saw us as we were. People. They welcomed us home, and we will not ever leave.
So, no matter which grid you represented that day, I ask one thing of you. Do not come recruiting here. Leave us in peace. Leave us to live out our grid lives, and dreams with our family here in GCG. We love our family, and they love us.
There is a saying where I come from; "Blood Is Thicker Than Water." So, take that as a hell no if you should decide to slip in to try and steal any of us away from GCG. All you'll hear from us is this: "Hell No! We Won't Go!" Don't be offended when we show you the door. I hope you all find out one day about love and loyalty and the fact that, there's no place like home and no one like a family.
Now, you can find Jade, and I happily writing for the GCG Sun. I do grid reviews and Jade is our entertainment editor. You can also find us happily re-partnered, and choosing to buy our land within our family lands.
If you honestly want to come and visit, the door is always open, and a light always on. However, don't come looking for recruits. Like I stated a moment ago, there's no place like