Dec. 11th, 2013

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"What about you? What would you want?"

If you should die, would you reach for that second chance to live again?


The question was just for thinking. The kind of thing you talked about while quietly reflecting on the journey to come. Nothing was supposed to actually happen. Not yet.

But sometimes, the hand of death reached in at the most inconvenient time. (Was there ever a convenient one?) Goku never even heard him coming. Or was it was even a he at all? All he knew was that he suddenly hurt all over, so much that his fingertips went numb, and he saw flashing lights across his eyes. The world tilted in slow motion. He thought he heard gun shots going off by his ear. He tasted dirt in his mouth, and the salty tang of blood. And just before the lights went out, he smelled the scent of Marlboro Red, fading quickly into the night sky.

"... What would you want?"

Was it cheating to want a second chance? Was it so bad to wish you could try again? Death was here, immediate, inevitable, ruthless.

Not yet!

Somewhere inside his mind, he wanted to scream those words, but he couldn't find his voice. He was choking on his own blood.

Sanzo!

Why couldn't his speak his name? It was too dark to see. Maybe the darkness could swallow all sounds, too. His limbs were paralyzed, robbed of movement and sensation. But after a moment - or was it longer? - he felt like his body was his own again. He groped around in the shadows on his hands and knees, searching, hoping this was all just a bad dream. And then -

There was a light breeze, warm and fragrant. He smelled flowers, cherry blossoms. A few petals fell softly on his cheek. He blinked his eyes open and found himself beneath a large cherry tree in full bloom. In autumn? Goku sat up and reached for it, touching the bark with his fingertips.

In all his life, he had never seen anything quite like this. The petals filled the sky and drifted gently down around him like pink snow.

This was no Shangri-la, but something told him he was not far from home.


[ ooc: Goku's in limbo! Feel free to tag in with anyone, dead or almost dead. Or heck, even alive! Maybe they can wander in from a dream. ;) ]

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