~Sunday, July 1, 1928~

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YarnKittymon: DL: ::hangs out after a rather small show, looking around for Becky::
Quantum Catz: BM: ::doesn't taken long to move from the lighting room, but she doesn't notice donald and goes automatically over to Dan::
YarnKittymon: DN: ::nuzzles Becky::
YarnKittymon: DL: ::comes over to Becky, smiling:: Good afternoon, Miss Mitchell.
Quantum Catz: BM: ::smiles slightly:: Uh, hi
YarnKittymon: DL: You're looking well.
Quantum Catz:BM: Thanks. I'm...feeling a lot better than i did when we last met
YarnKittymon: DL: ::smiles:: Good. ::in a much quieter voice:: We're getting close, you know.
Quantum Catz: BM: Close? ::looks around to make sure none of the others can hear::
YarnKittymon: : ::Libby is on the other side of the room, and the other couple acts are busy entertaining guests::
Quantum Catz: BM: How close?
YarnKittymon: DL: ::leans against the wall:: I think it's quite possible to keep you together...well, forever.
Quantum Catz: BM: Forever? Nothing lasts forever
YarnKittymon: DL: ::shrugs:: Well, until the end of the world, anyway. That's long enough for me.
Quantum Catz: BM: But...everything changes...why would you want to stay the same person till the end of the world?
YarnKittymon: DL: ::looks rather puzzled:: Ghost-girl, are you feeling all right?
Quantum Catz: BM: ::sighs:: I don't know...if i want the same things i wanted when i met you
YarnKittymon: DL: ::eyes widen:: What?
Quantum Catz: BM: I...became a buddhist...and i don't think i'm so frightened of what i am anymore
YarnKittymon: DL: ::blinks, half-laughing:: Buddhist?
Quantum Catz: BM: ::frowns:: What's so funny about that?
YarnKittymon: DL: ::pauses, turning a little more serious:: Whatever you *really* are, you *still* look a little too young to be thinking such serious things, let alone some-- ::stops himself::
Quantum Catz: BM: What i believe is my business. And i'm not going to let you or Alex or Libby make me feel like a silly child for not thinking what you want me to
YarnKittymon: DL: ::looks out at the wall past Becky:: But what if you're wrong? What if there's really nothing else out there? What if as soon as you disappear--what if that's all there is?
Quantum Catz: BM: ::hesitates:: Then that's...that's what'll happen ::looks at the ground::
YarnKittymon: DL: ::pauses, then sits down on one of the seats of the stands, leaving room for Becky to join if he wants:: Tell me about this--Buddh...thing. Your beliefs, I mean.
Quantum Catz: BM: ::sits down beside him:: The soul is made up of these five changing parts called skandhas...i'm just missing the part that makes up the body that's all...or else it's really weak...and if i focus my mind i'll learn not to desire things that i don't need
YarnKittymon: DL: ::nods, looking a bit confused:: What are the other parts?
Quantum Catz: BM: Sensations, perceptions, volition and consciousness
YarnKittymon: DL: ::nods again, pondering:: Well, I don't know that I could exactly get you a *body,* anyway. ::more quietly:: Well, maybe we could, but we'd have to get it from somewhere.
Quantum Catz: BM: Where...where would you get it from?
YarnKittymon: DL: ::softly:: The hospital, I suppose; maybe the morgue.
Quantum Catz: BM: Makes you sound like a graverobber
YarnKittymon: DL: ::cheerfully:: I would be--but I'd do it if that's what you wanted. But I think I can just keep your energy from breaking up, without a body.
YarnKittymon: (("2wq56tt56y", says my cat))
Quantum Catz: BM: Energy and forms are always breaking up and reforming...in a cycle ::she sounds uncertain though::
YarnKittymon: DL: ::thinks for a while, then nods firmly:: I think that's what would happen to you, Miss Mitchell.
Quantum Catz: BM: But then...i'd still reform...different maybe but still me... That's the way life should be - i don't know if i'd want to stay the same forever
YarnKittymon: DL: ::shakes his head:: I think once we've come apart, that's the end of it, and frankly, I can't see how anyone with half a brain can think any different. All I know is...::pauses, looking down:: I guess I shouldn't tell you, if you're not, well, "in"...
Quantum Catz: BM: Tell me what?
YarnKittymon: DL: What we've *learned.* I'll tell you when the time is right...
Quantum Catz: BM: ::frowns:: And when will the time be right?
YarnKittymon: DL: You'll know. I'll give you the choice then. But I think, if you accept, even if your soul does dissipate, it will come together again. I can't say I think that'll happen if you *don't.*
Quantum Catz: BM: ::smiles rather uncertainly:: You make it sound like the apocalypse or something
YarnKittymon: DL: ::looks down:: I hope not...
Quantum Catz: BM: ::looks rather confused::
YarnKittymon: DL: ::shakes his head, standing:: Forget it. Good luck with everything. I thought you were more reasonable than your friends.
Quantum Catz: BM: ::stands up too:: What's that supposed to mean?
YarnKittymon: DL: I thought you weren't so stupid as to believe in some kind of magical afterlife. Science has shown us that's absurd.
Quantum Catz: BM: There is no afterlife in Buddhism - only a cycle of rebirth into different lives. Of course if the world did end, it too would be reborn some day
YarnKittymon: DL: ::shakes his head:: There's no logic to that.
Quantum Catz: BM: Why not? There're cycles in the seasons. Cycles in history, in the way people act. And it isn't really about that anyway - it's about learning not to be attached to life and to...understand that everything is impermanent and isn't going to last
YarnKittymon: DL: Nothing's going to last, but everything's going to be reborn. ::shakes his head:: I guess you're just too smart for me, Becky.
Quantum Catz: BM: You're only reborn until you escape the cycle - that's the point, that's what buddhists aim for
YarnKittymon: DL: Hm. Well, congratulations, then, Miss Mitchell, because this will be your last cycle, I think.
Quantum Catz: BM: :smiles wryly:: I get the feeling you're trying to scare me
YarnKittymon: DL: ::pauses, then shakes his head:: Not exactly. But I think it's the truth, so I'm kind of sad for you.
Quantum Catz: BM: ::uncertainly:: If that's... ::hesitates:: If that's what happens than that's what happens. ::closes her eyes and recites almost to herself:: Fear is just another cause of dukka. you have to extinguish all emotions to reach enlightenment
YarnKittymon: DL: ::looks down:: I rather enjoy having emotions. ::smiles at Becky:: I'm sure you'll keep yourself together for a good long time yet.
Quantum Catz: BM: So do most - guess that's why most of us buddhists don't want to become monks - it's hard to let go of the things...the people...you care about
YarnKittymon: DL: ::quietly:: You wouldn't have to let go of any of them...
Quantum Catz: BM: What d'you mean?
YarnKittymon: DL: ::looks around to make sure no one's near to hear; very quietly:: If the circumstances are right, anyone can live forever, on earth.
Quantum Catz: BM: But...how?
YarnKittymon: DL: ::even quieter:: I'm afraid I can't tell you that, but you'll see...
Quantum Catz: BM: ::doesn't look very convinced::
YarnKittymon: DL: ::still in a whisper:: It worked on a rat, you know.
Quantum Catz: BM: A rat? You mean someone in a lab? Or one of the ugly furry rodents ::would prefer it to be the latter::
YarnKittymon: DL: ::blinks:: Someone? No; a rat. The thing that looks like a mouse.
Quantum Catz: BM: ::relieved to remember that 'rats' as she knows them don't exist yet:: Oh, yeah, right, of course
YarnKittymon: DL: ::rather lightly:: There's no reason it couldn't work on a person, too.
Quantum Catz: BM: How d'you know the rat's gonna live forever?
YarnKittymon: DL: I guess I don't. But we killed it, and it came back to life.
Quantum Catz: BM: What? You chopped it into little pieces and they gre back together?
YarnKittymon: DL: No; just stabbed it. But it didn't rot, and it revived a couple days later. ::pauses:: And its tail...
Quantum Catz: BM: What about its tail?
YarnKittymon: DL: We cut off part of it...it's...indisposed...but the tail seems to be growing back.
Quantum Catz: BM: ::disbelievingly:: That shouldn't be possible
YarnKittymon: DL: No, it shouldn't. And if you tell someone about it, he won't believe you. But it *is.*
Quantum Catz: BM: ::remains silent::
YarnKittymon: DL: Every person you care about--and you--will get to make the choice, Becky.
Quantum Catz: BM: To live forever?
YarnKittymon: DL: ::nods soberly:: I'm not sure how it would affect you. I think your energy might dissipate. But I think it would come back together--like the rat's tail.
Quantum Catz: BM: ::smiles slightly:: You say religion isn't logical...but you think living forever is?
YarnKittymon: DL: ::smiles a little:: I believe what I see, Miss Mitchell.
Quantum Catz: BM: Well i'll believe your story when i see it
YarnKittymon: DL: ::nods:: I should go. It looks like Miss Williamson's starting another show.
Quantum Catz: BM: ::looks around:: I'd better get back to the lights
YarnKittymon: DL: ::nods, looking a little troubled:: Take care, Miss Mitchell.
Quantum Catz: BM: ::smiles weakly:: You too, i guess
YarnKittymon: DL: ::smiles:: Thank you. ::goes to the door::
YarnKittymon: LB: ::watches him leave, and glances at Becky, puzzled::
Quantum Catz: BM: ::smiles at Libby:: You remember Donald Quinn, right? Is the show starting now?
YarnKittymon: LB: Just about. Is Mr. Quinn your friend?
Quantum Catz: BM: ::shrugs:: Not really. I haven't seen him since he walked me home when it was raining
YarnKittymon: LB: Oh. Well, you talked for quite a while...
Quantum Catz: BM: ::shrugs:: He was interested in my buddhism
YarnKittymon: LB: ::flatly, though she tries not to sound that way:: Oh. ::quickly:: It's about time to start, if you could get the lights...
Quantum Catz: BM: Yeah, i was just going
YarnKittymon: LB: ::smiles briefly at Becky, then heads to the stage::
Quantum Catz: BM: ::runs off to do the lights, not teleporting since there're people all around::


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