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prompt 255: BOO

This prompt seems very strange to me.

I can, in Other Memory, find what the concept is behind it... Earth was such a strange place.

Was there not enough going on in the lives of those early humans that they thought that they needed to play jokes of scaring each other? That seems bizarre to me. I do not understand the mindset that would enjoy deliberately making another person less than human by making them fear, certainly not for fun. Yes, there are times that fear must be instilled in the masses to push them along the ways that must be, but it is not done for amusement.

My brother and I have been known to terrify. We have made people fear since we could first speak, and proved that we were aware of all the millennia of human life -- we did not do it for the fun of it. We did it because being thought of as foolish infants was not something we would stand. Perhaps it was badly done of us, at some points, but necessity is not kind.

Or I could mention the moment when we appeared in the Throne Room on what would have been my wedding day, Leto taking us in with that rush of his speed to prove that our Father's vision would still be realized. Of course no-one had expected his ressurection -- not even me. We had worked the illusion in my mind too strongly for anything to have broken my belief that he was dead until he spoke to me again. Once I had recovered my composure, we went. We had little time to lose, after all.

Even our grandmother was frighened, then. Let alone our poor, lost aunt -- her fear made her stupid, almost more a feral animal in her attacks than a Fremen woman before she remembered herself.

No. I would not frighten someone for the amusement of it.



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Nov. 29th, 2008 12:55 am (UTC)
I'm not fond of the idea of scaring people for fun. Among children...true children...I've seen it remain light and fun, but all too often it gets mean-spirited.

To believe that your brother was dead must have been...ravaging.
Dec. 5th, 2008 10:59 pm (UTC)
It does seem to so easily turn mean.

It... was the worst months of my life, yes. Thank you -- for the sympathy.
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