Hope everyone had a good New Years. Mine was fairly peaceful, which was really enjoyable after Christmas.
This week it’s a little shorter than usual, but I thought it was a good stopping point for what’s going to happen next week. Hope everyone has a good weekend!
“From what I had heard, I thought that events such as that were not uncommon in the beginning.”
“No, they were not unfortunately, but this was the worst. Mostly we had small groups of people fighting, few died in these skirmishes, sometimes individuals were attacked. We actually made it through with surprisingly few deaths. We decided to use this event as an example. There are commemorative plaques all over the city. It was basically a war zone, even if it was for a short while.”
Doug moved closer to the fountain, mesmerised by the glittering surface.
“Was this made by a single artist?”
“No, several. We gave them a rough idea of what we wanted, then gave them creative freedom.”
Doug looked around, there were some fresh flowers tied to the remains of railings, there were a couple that looked old, but most looked fresh. “Some people still leave items, though it has waned in recent months.”
Doug realised he felt completely and utterly at peace, “was something done to the area? I feel strangely at ease.”
“Yeah, it’s enchanted to make people feel peaceful, we wanted people to come here and be able to feel the peace that they couldn’t have in that time. It also had an unintended benefit of helping the grieving to move on. People sometimes come here to grieve loved ones that they recently lost. Though we do have a small commemorative park that people prefer to go to. We’ll be going there next.”
After a short while, they moved from the monument and got back into the car, it wasn’t long before they arrived at the park. Doug wasn’t surprised to see it was in full bloom. The temperature in the park was much warmer than outside, everything was green and bright, again, Doug felt a sense of calm and peace, though not as strong as at the monument. There were benches scattered through the area, along with a few fountains. A couple sat on one of the benches, and a young man strolled through the flowers. “We won’t be here too long, I just wanted to show you this space, it’s a neutral zone, there are a few around the city, but it’s difficult to set up. Drains a lot of power. It’s a reassurance to people, there are always places where they are safe, no matter who is there or who they are. There cannot be violence in these places, inside here a person is perfectly safe.”
“Are they popular?”
“More so as parks, some people visit for other reasons, but they’re monitored so there is very little criminal element anyway. Sometimes markets are set up here, adds a layer of trust for the buyers and sellers, they won’t get robbed and the buyer knows the seller is on the level. Though they’re not held that often anymore.”
After a few minutes, they left the park and got back into the car, as they drove, Max pointed out various buildings and areas, after a short while it started to become a blur.
When they returned to the apartment Doug was almost falling asleep in the car. Max had ducked out just before dinner, leaving Doug to eat alone and Doug was thankful for the silence and the break. He wanted some time to clear his head. When he got back into the apartment he went straight to bed, falling asleep within seconds.