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Journey to the City of Endless Night: Chapter Seventy-Eight
Far From Heaven


It certainly has been a long time since the last chapter was posted, hasn't it? I apologize for the long delay. Between my job and wrestling with a reluctant monk, it just seemed to take longer and longer. But I finally won. The silly monk should have known better. I always do.

I hope not to take quite so long on the next chapter. We shall see.

I'd like to thank everyone who nominated, seconded, and voted for Journey this past quarter at the IYFG. I was marvelously surprised by the results and astounded that I would be considered worthy enough to be included upon the Best of Year balloting, even after such a long drought of updating. I know it is my readers that made it possible, and I thank-you.

If you'd like to see what else I have been up to, see this entry about what I've been reading.

Now for the individual responses:


Media Miner:

knittingknots: It is quite the cliffhanger I've put our Demon Lord and young ward into, isn't it? It might be a bit before we get back to their predicament, but we will! I also enjoy when Inuyasha and Sesshomaru bond. It's not always pretty, it's not always sweet, but it's necessary and only helps them to grow. If they didn't, they'd be boring beyond belief. Hope you'll enjoy the next installment as much.

NewFan: Yes, Sesshomaru will be beside himself until Rin is safely returned, won't he? You'll just have to wait a while, I think, before we return to that. Inuyasha and Sesshomaru have to keep bonding this way so they can face the things they'll need to face together down the road. If they don't, they'll be in a great deal of trouble. The more they fight, the harder things will become. I hope you'll keep reading.

litele_one: I'm glad you liked this set of chapters, even though it leaves you feeling anxious. I really wanted to show Sesshomaru's fear here, rather than through Rin's eyes. His growth as a character will rely upon these types of experiences. I'm setting up something here that we might not see the full effect of for quite a long time. I won't tell you what Rin is doing just yet or what danger she is in, but it will come in time. Oh, I'd say the birds knew all along that there was something wrong. They just didn't know how to really tell Sesshomaru any other way, and unfortunately, our dear Demon Lord is canine, not avian.

NikkiColey: I know it can take a long time to get an update. Things get busy and hectic in real life and I prefer quality to quantity. I'll try to speed things along, but I can't promise anything!




Patty530: There may be some answers, but there just always seems to be more questions, I think. It helps keep the story moving, though. I hope you'll like this latest update as much.

Sieg: I'm glad you liked them and hope to hear from you again.

Until next time,

Far Away Eyes
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Congratulations on your results and good luck with Best of Year balloting. I would like to thank you for your suggestion of reading Eddings as a supplement to reading Journey. I just finished The Belgariad and it added immensely to my enjoyment of Journey. I think you do great justice both to Takahashi's characters and Eddings' characters in your story. I would agree with you that Garion and Inuyasha have similar problems. C'Nedra and Kagome also have a lot in common. Pairing Miroku and Silk together is downright larcenous. Keep up the work. I always look forward to reading Journey.

I'm glad you're enjoying the story. Isn't Eddings fun? I've re-read it more times than I can count, I know it frontwards and backwards, and I always, always cry when certain things happen. The same jokes, usually out of Silk's mouth, always make me laugh. It's probably my favorite fantasy series. When I started, I was just taunted by the idea of WHAT would happen if these characters met. I think a few of our Inuyasha characters feel mighty powerful, yet most of the Eddings cast just doesn't seem to be impressed.

When I started playing around with pairing the characters together into friendships, things seemed to naturally gravitate to where they're at now. Garion and Inuyasha are the heroes of both their respective canons. Ce'Nedra and Kagome their heroines. And well, Silk and Miroku are a match made in heaven---err Hell, depending who you're talking to. And then some are just something that happens. I had planned on keeping Jaken and Varana at odds, yet they both insisted on being friends. And it worked.

Who knows who else I'll throw together?

Yessssssssssssssssssssss!!! You updated!!! :happy dance: But, now... arghhhhhhhh cliffhanger! I'm just so enthusiastic with the story that I'm reading it over and over again!

Your characterizations fascinate me, even in a scenery so different to their own, you manage to keep them true to themselves. Seriously, your Sesshomaru is one of the best ever. And Miroku in this chapter... you brought out his fears through Silk in so very subtle way. His struggle and the pain his is going through, it's amazing. This chapter is like a thriller and at the same time, I was wondering about Rin and what was happening to the rest of the gang.

Fantastic update sweetie, even if it has been a long time, I cannot stop reading the story. Excellent job dear!!! Excellent!!! Thank you so very much!! :bows deeply:

I'm glad you liked it. It took awhile, but I managed it, eh?

I'm glad you like my characterization of Sesshomaru so much. I work hard on bringing out his vulnerabilities in believable ways, because I think it's so easy to portray him as the all powerful demon. I wan people to empathize with him and see him as, even though he'd hate it, human to a degree. He has fears, he loves, he hates, he feels sorrow. I don't think he feels things "less" than the humans around him. I think to the contrary. He feels much more profoundly than those around him. He's just better at suppressing those things, presenting that face to the world, and convincing himself that he just doesn't feel these things. I'm breaking him out of this shell slowly. He'll never be the firebrand Inuyasha is. He'll never be overtly emotional outside of perhaps in front of Rin. He will, however, be less stiff, less stoic as time passes. I just h[e I can present that in a way that makes sense for his character and the story.

And yes, Miroku has had probably one of the crappiest nights in a long while. He can compare notes to everyone else, though, it seems. No one's having that much fun, eh?

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