Next fragments: http://translatedby.com/stalker-ru/inprocess/ Samantha-mod. Samantha's route, fragment 2.

"автор мода", “Саманта-мод. Рут Саманты, отрывок 2.”, public translation into English from Russian More about this translation.

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&"A Big Apple hello to you, Sam!"

&"Have you guessed where I'm writing from? White cassette."

&nvl clear

&window hide

&$ renpy.pause (0.6)

&play sound sfx_click_3

&play music New_York_New_York fadein 1

&$ renpy.pause (0.6)&

Yes, I broke my promise. Sorry! But you did know that I wouldn't be able to sit still, didn't you?

&"But on the other hand, I am not planning any more trips. No, it's the truth! If you don't want to go anywhere, you should start in New York, not Maine. Now I have everything closeby."

&"Everything except friends, honestly. But I'll call everybody, and I'll write -- the list is not very long, you know. We'll come up with something else together."

&"How did I decide to come here? Well, we discussed whether I should continue all this activity, the shooting."

&" In Maine it is almost impossible; there, I am an ordinary schoolgirl (that is not a bad thing). But here, everything is different."

&"Now then, I recieved an invitation from a telecasting studio - a spot on a morning show, on a kids' channel. They promised me they would pay for moving, housing, even my studies (no joke)."

&"An answer was needed quickly, so I couldn't consult with anyone, even with you. But I know you, and you would leave the decision to me. So I decided. My parents decided too, of course."

&nvl clear

&"Moving is a big deal for them, but they did it for me. I hope it works for them. As for me - I quite like this place!"

&"We live in an apartment in Manhattan - the place itself is huge, but compared to the skycrapers, it looks like sad little shed."

&"Our windows overlook the Chrysler building; there is so much more beyond that, but I fell in love with Chrysler at first sight."

&"I asked my parents to go there on the first day, although we were all tired. Here is a photo from the top. {w} Sometime ago it was the tallest building in the world, but only for a year, before the Empire State Building was made."

&"That's nearby too, but I haven't gone up there yet. And I don't want to; I need to be faithful to only one skyscraper."

&"By the way, the foyer in it ... It's so gorgeous that they even forbid taking photos. But in spite of that, I took the photo from the elevator and stairs and didn't tell anyone!"

&nvl clear

&"On weekends I go to the TV studio, where we record episodes a week ahead of time - that's the whole job."

&"The show is absolutely stupid. There is a Cosmonaut, a Raspberry Moose, three fairies, and a Macedonian in a pizza suit. Don't ask me."

&"My job here is to read some informative nonsense about one group of people of the world once a series. {w} Boring, right? I'm the only child in this TV show, and the only one who says things that are smart. I don't know who watches this."

&"The Moose dislikes me; he calls me a Communist. Actually, he calls everybody that, just that in my case there may be a reason, haha."

&"Once I overheard that he has some kind of disease - alopecia. I don't know what that means. Perhaps it's why he's always so spiteful."

&"In general - acting is fun. They promised to give me more screen time. Or reduce it, depending on the ratings."

&"Can't imagine how they count it. If someone were to call and ask me if I watch this nonsense - would I confess?"

&nvl clear

&$ renpy.music.set_volume(volume=0.01, delay=8, channel='music')&

&"We have been here 3 weeks already, but I wrote to you only now. I had difficulties with the parcel. I hope you like it. It's hard to impress you, but it's gonna work this time. A whole photo studio in a box - ain't it cool?"

&play music Story_of_A_Young_Heart

&$ renpy.music.set_volume(volume=0.7, delay=0, channel='music')

&"I was given the same for Xmas, shot a couple of albums already. Wish I'd had a Polaroid earlier... It would have been very useful in Sovyonok!"

&"At least, now it will be. Consider this too as a late gift for the holidays. Don't hold back, okay?"

&"So how are you doing? The important thing is that you survived the winter, so I'm more at ease. Summer is coming, so the mates will back at the camp, yes? I would like to return too, but I am not sure that is gonna happen. You'd be against it, too... Well, tell everybody I said 'Hello'. And write me more about everything."

&nvl clear

&"I'll try to give you an example, if you'd like such nonsense. It's about my new school. No-no, it's cool, don't make so much of it."

&"It's a private school, with kind teachers and classmates. Seems like there are always plenty of first-timers, easy to join in. There's not much attention on me, which is good, too."

&"There is one boy - Elias. He is the class president, chess player, singer in church choir... and he is outrageously egotistical. The person who always right. Perhaps, someone would think the same way about me... Someone who doesn't know me as you."

&"So, we were sitting in the library yesterday (doing our homework together), and I suddenly noticed he made an error on a question. I decided to help him a bit."

&"Bad idea! He began to tell me some sort of rubbish for no reason. All about how good he is for feeding some ducks in the park. And in the end, believe it or not, he invited me to go there with him! What impudence!"

&"As if those stupid ducks need any feeding! I assure you, half of Manhattan is throwing bread at them every day. And the second one is cleaning the mess after them."

&"So I've let him know that the ducks are going to be fine without any of my services. Well, I wasn't that straight, of course, but straight enough."

&show sl normal pioneer at center&

&"If he is at least half as smart as everyone says, he won't try again. And if he does - I won't be so patient and kind next time. But don't worry about me, I'm perfectly able to deal with him."

&nvl clear

&"That's the way it goes. It goes pretty fast, as you see, there is so much happening these days (and that's why this letter is big). This life is fearsome, but interesting."

&"I guess that's it. Now you know all the news, so let's end this letter. I'll wait for your reply. As always."

&stop music fadeout 8&

&"Sincerely yours,"

&"Samantha."

&"P.S: And don't be stingy about photos! More cartridges will arrive soon."

&nvl clear

&window hide

&$ renpy.pause(1.5)

&hide at_chryslers with dspr

&$ set_mode_adv()

&window show&

&me "Уф."&

&$ renpy.music.set_volume(volume=0.5, delay=0, channel='music')

&play music Our_Lips_Are_Sealed fadein 3

&sl "Thanks... Such a cute letter."

&me "Of course. As usual. {w}Something wrong?"

&show sl surprise pioneer at center with dspr&

&sl "Nothing..."

&me "I translated badly, then."

&sl "No, it was very clear."

&me "Then what confused you?"

&show sl sad pioneer at center

&sl "The very end."

&me "And what is there in the end?"

&me "...Well, some boy. So what?"

&me "...Never before did she write about her admirers."

&me "...And it means nothing. Because that's not our business at all.

&me "...But why did she refuse him? What's the problem?"

&me "...You think she's cunning?

&"..."

&sl "I'm afraid not. And I'm afraid this is your business..."

&me "What do you mean?"

&me "Don't you think she refused him because of you?"

&me "Why me? And why did you think that she liked him at the very least?"

&sl "Doesn't matter, even if she didn't like him..."

&me "I don't understand."

&sl "Just think about why she wrote that {b}for you{/b}."

&me "And why did she write about skyscrapers and a bald Moose? There's no reason! This has nothing to do with me."

&me "In general, you're saying \"Refused because of you\" like something wrong happened."

&

&play sound sfx_open_door_2

&"There was a trampling of boots. Somebody pushed the outer door open. Slavya shuddered -- so did I, although I recognized the heavy pace of Grandfather."

&"He opened the second door and mechanically, not paying any attention to us, slapped the switch..."

&play sound sfx_click_1

&$ persistent.sprite_time = 'night'

&$ night_time()

&show bg ss_countryhouse_y2night_nol

&show sl surprise pioneer at center

&with dspr

&

&$ persistent.ssg_16 = True

&

&$ renpy.music.set_volume(volume=0.5, delay=5, channel='music')

&"...And then vigorously marched to the stove and climbed up, still in full uniform. The oven regiment accepted its master, the curtain falling."

&show sl sad pioneer at center

&"For a few minutes we sat in silence. Then Slavya whispered, about three times quieter as music played."

&sl "Should we sleep too?"

&me "Seems like that."

&window hide

&$ renpy.pause (1)

&window show

&sl "Sorry. I didn't want to interfere in anything."

&me "There's nothing to interfere in."

&sl "...Okay."

&me "Yeah..."

&"I brushed the crumbs off the table and stood up."

&me "I need to go, I think... {w}Your bed is in that room. Or did you want to move it here?"

&show sl surprise pioneer at center

&sl "No, no, it's fine there..."

&me "Anything else you need?"

&" Slavya shook her head in confusion."

&me "Well, take care of yourself. Do not be afraid to make noise. The old man is already fast asleep."

&show sl smile pioneer at center with dspr

&sl "Why are you whispering then?"

&me "Shouldn't yell when you whisper ... It's unacceptable."

&window hide

&$ renpy.pause (0.2)

&play sound sfx_click_2

&stop music

&$ renpy.pause (0.3)

&window show&

&me "Well, I'm going."

&show sl shy pioneer at center with dspr

&sl "But you... Is it because of me that you're running away to sleep?"

&me "Because of you? No-o-o! {w=0.7}I mean, it would be decent to run because of you... {w}But I really sleep there."

&show sl smile2 pioneer at center&

&sl "Okay then. Good night to you."&

&me "See you tomorrow."

&window hide

&$ renpy.pause (1)

&$ day_time()

&play ambience ambience_day_countryside_ambience fadein 3

&scene bg ss_countryhouse with fade2

&

&$ persistent.ssg_8 = True&

&

&$ persistent.sprite_time = 'day'&

&window show

&$ renpy.music.set_volume(volume=0.7, delay=0, channel='music')&

&play music Somewhere_in_the_Midnight_of_Summer fadein 6

&"Early in the morning, our active guest drove us to work in the garden with the old man. {w} After a short dispute, we agreed that she would manage while the old man and I would be ordinary workers."

&"Slavya turned out to be a tireless landscape designer - plenty of ideas and instructions fell on us."

&"My back quickly began to ache due to fighting with weeds and digging garden beds, but it would be a shame to confess to Slavya. So I had to shirk a bit."

&"The old man was talking more than working. His ancient stories would make one's head ache, if only the back would concede her the right to vote for a minute at least. But today it was only one speaker in the Parliament of Pain."

&"We weren't good as workers, but Slavya didn't know about tiredness - she was in a hurry herself, urging us on. Under the blows of the chopper, the garden was transformed."

&"In righteous works, this day lasted a long time, but not forever. Now it was time to send Slavya back to the camp. I volunteered to accompany her along the way."

&$ renpy.music.set_volume(volume=0.5, delay=7, channel='music')

&window hide

&$ renpy.pause (0.4)

&play ambience ambience_ext_road_day fadein 2&

&scene bg ss_countryside

&show sl smile pioneer

&with fade2

&

&$ persistent.ssg_9 = True

&

&$ renpy.pause (0.4)

&window show

&sl "...Of course, soil must get rest every few years. But you're already done resting. It's time to make use of it."

&me "I agree."

&sl "Now it's your concern."

&me "Oh. I should think about it then..."

&show sl normal pioneer

&sl "Who else, then? I'm unlikely to come back."

&me "Sure... It is still far off."

&sl "Olga Dmitrievna won't be happy. {w}It's better if you come to us."

&me "I told you, it's a bad idea."

&sl "I think it's quite normal. You're a guy..."

&me "And so what?"

&show sl shy pioneer with dspr

&sl "I mean... If a girl goes somewhere alone - someone might not think well of it."

&me "But it's okay for a guy?"

&sl "Sure. A guy would even be honored. That's how it is."

&me "And what would someone think if I came to see you?"

&sl "Why only me? Maybe someone from the last session will come again."

&show sl normal pioneer with dspr

&me "Why would I need to visit someone like Zhenya?"

&sl "At least she knows us."

&me "But not others. It doesn't take much for people to make gossip."

&show sl smile pioneer&&

&sl "It is hard to avoid, if you really think about it..."

&show sl shy pioneer with dspr

&sl "...About the gossip, I mean."

&me "I understood."

&show sl normal pioneer with dspr

&sl "If you were not to lurk, but just behave naturally... Others wouldn't have any reason to suspect, right?"

&me "It's all right. But I prefer not to tempt destiny. This doesn't concern just the two of us, remember?"

&"Slavya looked seriously at me, but then smiled and shrugged her shoulders. Meanwhile, we were coming to the highway, where she could finally get onto her bicycle."

&window hide

&scene bg ext_road_day with dissolve

&$ renpy.pause (0.3)

&window show

&me "Last year there were no men from the village wandering in the camp, and everyone felt good. Just let it be."

&show sl normal pioneer with dspr&

&sl "Okay, Semyon. Thank you for the welcome, for the photos... It was very fun."

&me "Yep."

&sl "Sorry if I said something wrong yesterday. {w}I hope to see you... this summer."

&me "We'll see, I promise."

&show sl smile pioneer

&sl "That's good. See you, then?"

&me "Bye. Good luck there with Olga..."

&window hide

&show sl shy pioneer with dspr

&$ renpy.pause (0.3)

&hide sl with dspr

&stop music fadeout 8

&"Slavya awkwardly kissed me on the cheek, quickly recoiling without looking up -- then hurried to mount the bicycle."

&play sound bike_walking

&extend " Without looking back, she rushed forward on the road."

&stop sound fadeout 3

&"After a minute, she had gone out of view. I'd watched her, rubbing my cheek until a gadfly crashing into my forehead brought me back to reality."

&window hide

&show gustav normal with dspr

&$ renpy.music.set_volume(volume=0.6, delay=0, channel='music')

&play music The_Nothing fadein 5

&$ renpy.pause (0.7)

&window show

&gust "Something wrong?"

&me "It's just a little sad."

&gust "It's okay. This will happens each time when you think about your condition."

&me "Don't bully me. Your condition is to be in my pocket."

&gust "But I don't whine. And you don't whine. You signed it yourself."

&me "But it sucks. {w}Do you remember what she told me yesterday? Did I really hurt Samantha?"

&gust "Oh, she's just jealous!"

&me "Stupidity. This is not about Slavya."

&gust "She's always been jealous. And she continues to be."

&me "Why? It's possible that we won't ever meet again."

&gust "But she wasn't against it. It was you who got rid of her."

&me "...Even if she would be jealous? What is she is right? I mean, I know that she is right."

&gust "Hey, what are you talking about? No one's gunning for you! And Sam doesn't owe you anything! Even if she is thinking other way right now."

&me "Yes, she has a right... to forget me. It seems, in Slavya's opinion, that I should contribute to it."

&gust "Mind your business. Sam will take care of herself."

&me "But it bothers me. I'm not doing so well here. There's only one thing that incites me to do something right..."

&me "And Slavya thinks otherwise."

&gust "It's like she understands a lot."

&me "Have you ever seen her reprehend someone? It's Slavya!"

&gust "Slavya, Slavya... So go to her if she is so important to you. Why have you refused?"

&me "I don't want to go there. And right now I don't wanna see the camp."

&gust "You've always like that place. More than the village."

&me "Yes, I have. But it's all strange there now. It makes me depressed."

&gust "How is that? You can be there while you are alone, but with other people it's depressing?"

&me "That's it. Everyone there is where they're supposed to be... They are in their rightful place, but I have no right to be. No, I don't need other people."

&gust "You don't even need Slavya?"

&me "...I used to be alone. Quite bearable."

&gust "To be sitting... Watching the sunsets... And letting nature share the sorrow with you?"

&me "Maybe."

&gust "Faugh! So cheesy."

&me "Hey, you don't even know such words."

&gust "I heard it from you."

&window hide

&stop ambience fadeout 1

&$ renpy.pause (0.5)

&play ambience ambience_int_cabin_day

&scene bg ss_countryhouse_y2

&with dissolve

&$ renpy.pause (0.5)

&show grigory wow with dspr

&window show

&grch "Cadet, you've returned? Right on the dot! Ha-ha."

&show grigory smile

&me "I asked you not to remember this annoying episode of my youth."

&show grigory surprise

&grch "...What?"

&me "Oh, lunch!"

&show grigory idle

&grch "What lunch? We already had supper."

&play sound sfx_borshtch

&"I went to the pot of cold cabbage soup and filled my bowl to the brim."

&grch "Where have you been? Accompanying the blonde?"

&me "Yup."

&grch "When is she coming back?"

&me "Never, it would seem."

&show grigory moody

&grch "Why? Who will plant the strawberries? {w}Bungler!"&

&me "It's not my fault... She didn't wanna go alone - worries about gossip."

&show grigory surprise

&grch "Why alone? You go and bring her back!"

&show grigory idle

&me "Ah... Sure."

&grch "When are you leaving?"

&stop music fadeout 5

&me "Soon. I want to wait a bit... Don't wanna be intrusive."

&grch "Well, well. Waiting until autumn..."

&me "I'm gonna do it in a week! I give my word."

&window hide

&stop ambience fadeout 1

&$ renpy.pause (1.5)

&play ambience ambience_day_countryside_ambience

&scene bg ext_library_day with fade2

&$ renpy.pause (1.0)

&show sl surprise pioneer with dspr

&$ renpy.pause (0.5)

&window show

&play music m_portrait fadein 6

&me "Weh, Slavya. I still found you, after all."

&sl "What... Semyon?"

&me "At your service."

&sl "Where did you come from? Did something happen?"

&me "No, I just... I promised you I'd come to visit. So here I am."

&show sl serious pioneer with dspr

&sl "Promised? It was in the spring. Three months ago!"

&me "Yes, awkward..."

&sl "Not a word. Or is it some kinda joke?"

&me "Why would I joke?.. {w}I meant that you'd been waiting for me earlier... {w}I mean, not waiting, but..."

&sl "When else? It's almost autumn! I leave tomorrow!"

&me "Well, at least I remembered..."

&sl "Remembered? You were told by Olga Dmitrievna! She went to you yesterday."

&me "Yes, you are right. She mentioned it, and I remembered that I must visit you...{w} To say goodbye, it turns out."

&window hide

&$ renpy.pause (1)

&window show

&me "...I'm sorry. If I'd had a reason - I would have stayed here."

&show sl sad pioneer with dspr

&sl "I thought that we agreed, I was sure... Okay, we misunderstood each other."

&me "I'm sorry... {w}Why didn't you visit us? Even yesterday, together with Olga."

&sl "I decided, that... If you hadn't come - it meant that I offended you."

&me "What are you saying? When did you offend me?"

&sl "Something... {w}Maybe those words about Samantha."

&me "It was nothing like that. What words? I hadn't even paid attention to them."

&me "Your words might even be reasonable. But just..."

&sl "Unpleasant?"

&me "Useless. I... Do I ask anything for myself?"

&sl "No?"

&me "No. I only wanna be a good friend to her."

&sl "Nice try."

&me "That's it! I can't do any better. I am the most friendliest friend of all friends you can imagine. What else can I do for her?"

&stop music fadeout 7

&"Slavya tightened her lips and looked away. Even though she had an answer, neither of us were against changing the subject."

&me "How was your summer? Full of cares again? And hard work?"&&&

&sl "No more cares than last year."

&me "But in general, was it a good summer?"

&$ renpy.music.set_volume(volume=1.0, delay=0, channel='music')

&play music Warm_evening fadein 9&

&"Slavya shrugged her shoulders."

&show sl normal pioneer with dspr&

&sl "Nothing special, it seems, but I still don't wanna go home."

&me "Had anyone else arrived to the camp? From our session?"

&sl "Ulyana, Zhenya... Miku. Everybody has already gone. Rita was else."

&me "Rita?"

&show sl laugh pioneer with dspr

&sl "Ah, no, she was from the year before. You don't know her."

&me "What's so funny?"

&show sl smile2 pioneer

&sl "Nothing. What have you been doing all summer?"

&me "Me? A little bit of everything. I was a shepherd, a fisherman... A walking or sitting buffet for mosquitoes."

&sl "You? A shepherd?"

&me "Yes...For half the summer I ran around catching goats. I'm not thrilled."

&sl "Why? Tell me."

&me "About my goats? Okay..."

&me "Once the herd was driven with one goat missing. She stayed in the barn. I drove the herd without counting them, and only in the forest did I notice that I was missing one."

&me "I had thought that she'd gotten lost out there. So I searched for her in the greenery for half a day..."

&me "However, it wasn't completely wasted - I found another goat. She'd been lost in the forest a month before."

&show sl surprise pioneer with dspr

&sl "And she'd been surviving in the forest for a whole month?"

&me "Well... Not exactly survived. {w=.6}But still... Relatives identified her. {w}Approached, sniffed..."

&show sl sad pioneer

&sl "Horrible."

&me "Her master... has fallen sick recently too. And now we are looking after his beasts."

&sl "Has fallen sick?"

&me "...Sobriety hit him."

&sl "What do you mean?"

&me "When he was drunk, he'd put on his helmet. But that time he wasn't drunk..."

&me "That night he went to the woodpile, and thewood was stacked very high. But not very reliably..."

&show sl scared pioneer with dspr

&sl "Oh... What's with all the horrible stories do you have?"

&me "He is alive. His sons took him to the town."

&show sl surprise pioneer with dspr

&sl "Well, at least there's that. And what kind of cattle are there?"

&me "There's no cattle ... It's all the others sheltered. And we have a pair of hounds and a fox."

&sl "A fox?"

&me "Imagine yourself. A fox-male, to be more precisely... In general, he considers himself a hound."

&sl "How is that?"

&me "A dog raised him. Together, with her own puppy. Now we have all their family: a fox, his stepmother, and what counts as a brother."&

&sl "Fox brothers, stepmothers ..."

&window hide

&show sl laugh pioneer with dspr

&sl "Hey, you are making everything up!"

&show sl smile pioneer&

&me "No! Don't you believe me? Look at this!"

&window hide

&show sl surprise pioneer with dspr&

&$ renpy.pause (0.2)&

&show foxypol with dissolve

&$ renpy.pause (0.5)

&window show

&sl "True..."

&show sl laugh pioneer with dspr&

&sl "How lovely!"

&me "That's it! However, I don't have one of the dogs..."

&show sl smile pioneer&

&sl "I believe in dogs, but what about the fox in the village ... is he kept on a chain?"

&me "These hounds are always on a chain. The male dog is too mean, and as for that old one... Old man says that if I let her free, she will run at once to find her master, through mountains and rivers."&

&sl "And what about the fox?"

&me "Oh, he always runs with me. Better than any dog. I had to close him in today, otherwise he would be following me all the way to the camp."

&sl "Would be better to let!"

&me "No way! He isn't tolerated even in the village. If anything goes missing, they always blame him. Even if he does nothing..."

&sl "We don't keep chickens in the camp."

&me "No, he doesn't touch the chickens, but he may be afraid of screaming children... No, society isn't yet ready to meet Flint."

&sl "Well, meanie. You both continue to sit in your village."

&window hide

&$ renpy.pause (0.2)

&hide foxypol

&show sl normal pioneer

&with dspr

&$ renpy.pause (0.2)&

&window show&

&sl "You seem well-accustomed there."

&me "I don't know... I'll have to accustom here in one, maybe two weeks. When everyone leaves. I thinking about bringing Flint with me."

&sl "Good idea."

&extend "Wait! You wanna stay here for one more year? We had discussed it."

&me "I had discussed this with a lot of people. But I'm still here, as you can see."

&"Slavya sighed heavily."

&sl "The hint is clear. I won't force you."

&show sl smile pioneer

&extend "For now. I want to come here again in one year."&

&me "Yes? I will wait."

&window hide

&show sl shy pioneer with dspr&&

&$ renpy.pause (0.6)

&window show

&$ renpy.music.set_volume(volume=0.5, delay=4, channel='music')

&me "...Old man is waiting for you too. The saplings perished, but there were still plenty of seeds. "

&sl "Saplings..."

&play sound sfx_dinner_horn_processed&

&window hide

&$ renpy.pause (0.2)

&show sl surprise pioneer with dspr

&$ renpy.pause (1.0)

&$ renpy.music.set_volume(volume=0.8, delay=4, channel='music')

&window show

&me "I've arrived not at the best time. Go eat."

&show sl sad pioneer&

&sl "But you... you're leaving already?"

&me "I can wait, but you, perhaps, have things to do."

&sl "Well... Go then. See you in a year..."

&me "Less than a year. Well, see you in 1987?"

&sl "Time is going so fast... Horribly, yeah?"

&window hide

&$ renpy.pause (0.5)

&hide sl with dspr

&"Slavya awkwardly shook my hand, then nodded, kissed me in the cheek, nodded again and then ran to the canteen."

&stop music fadeout 3&

&$ renpy.pause (0.5)

&window hide

&scene bg ext_houses_day with dissolve

&$ renpy.pause (0.5)

&window show

&"At first I went to Olga Dmitrievna's cabin, but halfway there, I remembered that the signal for dinner was powerful over me and her."

&"It was stupid to wait for Olga after I'd said goodbye to Slavya. Also, there was no special reason."

&window hide

&$ renpy.pause (0.5)

&scene bg ext_no_bus with dissolve

&$ renpy.pause (0.5)&

&"During the lunchtime calm I took a walk on the familiar paths, noting that everything was as before."

&"With this pleasant feeling, I left the camp."

&"Last time before fall."

&$ renpy.music.set_volume(volume=1.0, delay=0, channel='music')

&window hide

&$ renpy.pause (1.5)

&stop ambience fadeout 2

&

&

label ss_y2winter:

&scene black with fade2

&$ day_time()

&play music Gnossienne fadein 4

&$ persistent.sprite_time = "day"

&$ renpy.pause (1.5)&

&scene cg foxy_big with dissolve2

&

&$ persistent.ssg_131 = True

&&&

&$ renpy.pause (6)

&scene bg ss_wintersquare with dissolve2

&$ renpy.pause (3.0)

&play sound leaf

&$ renpy.pause (0.8)

&$ set_mode_nvl()

&window show

&nvl clear

newline

newline

newline

&

&"Hello, Sam."

&"I received your letter in the morning. Never cried like this."

&"You wrote so many times about her, and I was happy that you were not alone. I can only imagine what a shock it was for you."

&"After the first line, I'd even thought that something happened with Grandpa, but it turned out so... {w}I'm very sorry for the fox. And so sorry for you! {w}You could have suffered there too. I don't even want to think about that."

&"This was not your fault, not a drop. It was all her fox instinct - to climb through all sorts of holes."

&"How could you know that she would fall into a bear den? And could you even call her back? She wouldn't have obeyed you, in my opinion."

&nvl clear

&"You wrote that it had happened deep in the forest. {w=.6}Don't walk there anymore; I'm scared for you. I would never even know if something were to happen to you!"

&"At school today, everyone asked me what had happened. How could I describe?..."

&"I look at the photo, where you both are, and my tears just run. {w=.6} I hid the photo away several times, but I keep getting back to it again."

&"In such cases they say, \"don't be sad\", but how not to be sad when it's so tragic? I don't have anything to cheer you up with."

&"Actually, I do have something. {w=.5} I have an idea, and I will try to make it work, but it is too early to talk about it. So I won't."

&nvl clear

&"Lately, everybody in school has been down. It's all because of Elias - I told you about him. He moved away from us."

&"He was the class president, and everybody followed after him. Now they are depressed. They feel bad without him, but I'm relieved of a headache; He was trouble."

&"Now his family is somewhere in the suburbs, I don't remember the name. He goes to a very expensive school in a fake castle. The right place for such a dude."

&"How do I know? He called me once from there. It seems I answered him harshly. I am even ashamed a little."

&"But at least I got rid of him, or he would annoy me (and you too, I know) further. I think I did the right thing."

&nvl clear

&"I'll write about everything to you again, like in my diary. Usually, you don't mind, but whether you need it right now..."

&"I wanted to brag about my TV success yesterday, but it's kind of weird to think about it now. I guess I'll write it down anyway."

&"So, I was offered to record a song for Disney channel. Really unexpected."

&"They have some kind of MTV for kids, you know. Serious business. They even have their own charts."

&"Of course I honestly said that I've never sang before. But that didn't shock the producer at all. "Usual business." he said."

&"Think I should give it a try? {w}I'm definitely not in a singing mood. I'll refuse right away if they ask me to sing something funny and cheesy."

&nvl clear

&"I should finish this letter now. I had a thought just now that things might be a little bit better by the time you get this. At least I'm praying for it."

&"Stay strong, Sam. I'm with you."

&"Your sad Samantha."

&window hide

&$ set_mode_adv()

&$ renpy.pause (1)

&stop music fadeout 5

&$ renpy.pause (1.5)&

&scene black with fade2

&$ renpy.pause (1)&

&scene bg ss_winterf1 with fade2

&show ss_snow

&show ss_snow2

&show ss_snow3

&play ambience ss_snowwalk fadein 3&

&$ renpy.pause (2.5)

&show gustavw normal with dissolve

&$ renpy.pause (0.7)

&gust "We're going there again."

&me "Where?"

&gust "Right {i}there{/i}. What for?"

&me "It's just the known forest for me. I need to walk the dog somewhere."

&gust "But so far? Even she is exhausted."&

&me "When was that? We've just left the camp."

&show ss_snow4

&show ss_snow5

&show ss_snow6&

&gust "When... Five years ago. And now she barely goes from old age."

&me "It's because of the deep snow. It will melt a bit, then freeze... then she will run perfectly on the ice crust."

&gust "For the bear?"

&me "No need to run for the bear. I won't let her off the leash here..."

&gust "But being on the leash, you think she will find him?"

&me "She can. You heard it from the old man."

&gust "The old man talks a lot. {w} She won't find it. It's been two months now."

&me "Well, okay. We're just walking."

&show gustavw smile&

&gust "Or you will be walking 'til the bear finds you. Then you will lose this dog. At the very least."

&me "You're overestimating him."

&gust "But I estimate you sanely. And I know better about bears than you do."

&me "You? {w=.6}Sure, you are the most realistic bear I ever knew. {w}Go, find your relatives in the ******"."

&gust "Then you go there and find a shotgun, which you can cope with."&

&me "This one is right for me."

&show gustavw smile

&gust "It's good only because you can't shoot yourself with one so long."

&me "I trained on those old panama hats..."

&play ss_mus Entering_The_House fadein 3

&window hide

&stop ambience fadeout 1

&hide gustavw with dissolve

&hide ss_snow4

&hide ss_snow5

&hide ss_snow6

&"The leash tightened: the dog, though sluggish, suddenly stood and pricked up her ears."

&play ambience ss_snowstop fadein 1

&extend "Her gaze was directed into the distance."

&me "What is there, Nerka?"

&"I peered into the bush dusted with snow, even crouched, but couldn't spot anything. Everything was white and calm."

&me "Have you seen a squirrel? A bird?"

&"A magpie jumped off the nearest tree and sprinkled us with snow from the disturbed branch. Surprisingly, the dog didn't even react, but continued to look into the snowy haze."

&"There was no point in lurking further - if the enemy was on guard, the magpie had already given us away."

&"I loosed the double-barreled shotgun and we moved forward. I tried treading as gently as possible, and the dog seemed to as well."

&window hide

&scene bg ss_winterf2 with dissolve

&show ss_snow

&show ss_snow2

&show ss_snow3

&window show

&"Somewhere ahead, branches cracked. Laika bristled and growled softly. I pulled her by the leash and stroked it, trying to calm her."

&"Hush, hush, Nerka. Just don't make noise..."

&"The dog was really quiet. Now we had to find out for sure what we were dealing with. But it was not worth it to broke straight there."

&"I licked my finger, trying to detect the leeward side. It would be hard to be wrong - today's wind was steady."

&"We began to bypass the bushes, making a big detour. {w}Finally, something dark flashed between the branches, then one more time more clearly."

&"By then I could fully see the violator of the forest's tranquility."

&stop ss_mus fadeout 7&

&window hide

&scene bg ss_bear2 with dissolve

&show ss_snow

&show ss_snow2

&show ss_snow3

&window show

&"It was a big brown bear, and he was enthusiastically digging something under the driftwood."

&play music Abseilen fadein 1&

&"I immediately recognized my old friend, but he hadn't noticed us yet. It was necessary to take advantage of this."

&"There was a question - how? One hand was holding the shotgun, another hand was holding the leash stretched like a string. I couldn't shoot without letting go."

&window hide

&menu:

&&"Leave the leash and shoot":

&&&$ ss_lost_dog = True&

&&&jump ss_y2bearmiss

&&"Snap the leash to something":

&&&$ ss_lost_dog = False&

&&&jump ss_y2bearhit

&&&&

label ss_y2bearmiss:&

&th "If the dog runs forward, I'll have time to shoot once. But then... {w} Oh, I'd better to hit the target!"

&me "Sit down, Nerka, sit... or stand at least, but quietly. Okay?"

&"The dog didn't pay attention to me, she was completely focused on the bear. This couldn't be delayed anymore; the beast could go behind the trees any time."

&"I released the leash from my hand and raised the shotgun."

&play sound sfx_bush_leaves

&stop sound fadeout 1&

&"Feeling freedom, the dog shuddered and rushed forward, covering half of the distance in a few jumps."

&window hide

&scene bg ss_bear1 with dissolve

&show ss_snow

&show ss_snow2

&show ss_snow3

&"Being surprised by her impetuosity, I didn't have time to aim properly. The bear quickly turned to meet the threat and backed away."

&stop music fadeout 5&

&window hide

&$ renpy.pause (1)

&play sound ss_rifle_shot

&scene white with flash

&$ renpy.pause (2)

&"It was like a Hummer hit my shoulder - large caliber kickback knocked me down. The old man's lessons in shooting flashed in my head, but it was a bit late already."

&window hide

&play ss_sfx2 ss_dog_barking fadein 1

&$ renpy.pause (1)

&$ renpy.music.set_volume(volume=0.7, delay=0, channel='ss_sfx')

&play ss_sfx Bear_Roar fadein 2

&queue ss_sfx Bear_Breathe&

&scene bg ss_winterf3 with dissolve2

&show ss_snow&

&$ renpy.music.set_volume(volume=0.1, delay=7, channel='ss_sfx')

&"The cold burned my face. Lying in deep snow, I heard continuous dog barking and the roar of the bear, but this noise was quickly moving away."

&"Leaning on the gun, I began to get out of the snowdrift."

&window hide

&$ renpy.pause (0.2)&

&scene bg ss_winterf4 with dissolve

&show ss_snow&

&$ renpy.pause (0.4)

&window show

&stop ss_sfx2 fadeout 9

&"By all appearances, I missed. And neither bear nor dog could be seen."

&"Barking could be heard nearby, so it was necessary to hurry in chase, but I was stopped by an abrupt coldness in my foot."

&$ renpy.music.set_volume(volume=0.7, delay=0, channel='ss_sfx')

&"Prepared for the worst (to see my leg in a trap, at least), I looked down."

&stop ambience fadeout 7

&"... I had to pull my fallen boot out from the snowdrift. The boot was filled with snow to the top. Once I'd I shaken it out and put it back on, I was finally ready to chase."

&window hide

&play ambience ambience_cold_wind_loop fadein 3

&scene bg ss_winterf5 with dissolve

&show ss_snow

&show ss_snow2

&show ss_snow3

&"The first jump led to nothing - I could not catch up to them in hot pursuit. In truth, there weren't any traces - neither hot nor cold; the dog's barking finally disappeared, too."

&"Sparing no voice, I called the dog several times. Vainly."

&play ss_mus ss_snowwalk fadein 1

&"I wandered from tree to tree, hoping that Laika would come to find me herself."

&play music ss_help fadein 7&

&"Meanwhile, the wind was gaining strength, becoming nastier."

&stop ss_mus fadeout 1

&extend " I took cover behind the trunk of a mighty oak and gave myself a break."

&$ renpy.music.set_volume(volume=1.0, delay=0, channel='ss_sfx')

&window hide

&$ renpy.pause (0.5)

&show gustavw normal with dissolve

&$ renpy.pause (0.5)

&window show

&gust "You've ended up in the wrong place."

&me "Yes, I know. I was in a hurry, ran after the barking... {w} It seemed like they were here."

&gust "You should have followed the traces at once."&

&me "Okay, now I'll continue to search..."

&gust "Wandering blindly is useless. And dangerous."

&me "Then I'll retrace my steps. And I'll find theirs."

&gust "Too late for that. Your beasts ran a hundred kilometers away."&

&me "Don't whine. Let's go."

&play ss_mus ss_snowwalk fadein 1

&window hide

&hide gustavw with dspr

&$ renpy.pause (0.5)

&$ renpy.music.set_volume(volume=0.3, delay=0, channel='ambience')&

&play ambience ss_snowstorm fadein 6

&scene bg ss_winterf6 with dissolve2

&show heavy_snow

&stop ss_mus fadeout 2

&$ renpy.pause (1.0)

&show gustavw upset with dspr

&window show

&gust "This is already a real blizzard."

&me "Not yet..."

&gust "In five minutes there won't be any traces left. Go home while you can."

&me "We can't leave Nerka."

&gust "Come back, you fool! The dog will return on her own; if she is worth anything."

&me "But the bear? This is our chance to finish him."

&gust "You're obsessed with it."

&me "I can't let him go. What if he were to return to the camp during a session?"

&gust "Why would he?"

&me "He has been hanging around the camp for a long time. And the old building -- he was there, too. Sooner or later he will attack someone."

&gust "But he's a coward. Even the dog chased him."

&me "Or shot. {w} Here the bushes are broken, he could have passed through here..."

&gust "Look, it's getting dark already! We'll be lost!"

&play ss_mus ss_snowwalk fadein 1&

&me "No, we won't. First, I know this forest..."

&gust "And secondly?"

&me "Secondly..."

&stop ss_mus fadeout 1

&me "...We are already lost. This is another forest already."

&gust "Why?!"

&me "From that glade, the burnt log house could be seen on the hill. But here - neither hills nor logs... Another glade. Another forest."

&gust "Great."

&window hide&

&$ renpy.pause (0.2)

&hide gustavw with dspr

&$ renpy.pause (1.2)

&window show

&$ renpy.music.set_volume(volume=0.5, delay=3, channel='ambience')

&"Indeed, the traces couldn't be distinguished. The strong blizzard had begun. It was getting darker and colder. I plotted out where the camp could be and headed there."

&window hide

&$ renpy.pause (0.5)

&scene bg ss_winterf7

&with dissolve

&show ss_snow

&show ss_snow2

&show ss_snow3

&$ renpy.pause (0.5)

&window show

&$ renpy.music.set_volume(volume=0.6, delay=5, channel='ambience')

&play ss_mus ss_snowwalk fadein 1&

&"It was getting harder to go on. Lifting my legs from the snow took great difficulty - my footwear was not suitable for such a hike. I regretted so much that I did not take snowshoes."

&"Time passed. Fear and fatigue seized me. Both of these feelings argued with each other: I knew that if I sat down to rest, I won't be able to stand up for a long time."

&$ renpy.music.set_volume(volume=0.9, delay=3, channel='ambience')

&stop ss_mus fadeout 3

&window hide

&scene bg ss_winterf8

&with dissolve2

&window show

&show heavy_snow

&"But there came the time where I couldn't move on. I shouted into the darkness repeatedly, but my calls for help were hopelessly drowned in the roar of the elements."

&"I could only hope that this would not become my undoing. Looking around, I noticed a suitable shelter - a huge fallen tree."

&$ renpy.music.set_volume(volume=0.5, delay=1, channel='ambience')

&"I climbed amongst its roots and piled snow around me - this gave good protection from the wind. Here I could wait until the end of the blizzard, but more likely until morning."

&"Soon the cold wasn't felt as much, though that might not have been good. For now, I believed that a successful overnight stay was possible."

&stop music fadeout 5

&$ renpy.music.set_volume(volume=0.3, delay=4, channel='ambience')

&"Anyhow, there was nothing more I could do. I curled up in the roots and closed my eyes."

&stop ambience fadeout 3

&window hide

&show blink

&$ renpy.pause (1)

&scene black

&$ renpy.pause (2)

&play ambience ss_snowstop

&$ renpy.music.set_volume(volume=1.0, delay=2, channel='ambience')

&$ renpy.music.set_volume(volume=0.5, delay=0, channel='music')

&play music ss_who_are_you&

&"Something cold slapped me on the cheek. And again."

&$ renpy.music.set_volume(volume=0.01, delay=7, channel='music')&

&"The second sensation was the bitter cold all over my body."

&$ persistent.sprite_time = 'night'

&$ night_time()

&scene bg ss_winterf99

&show owl dark

&show unblink

&show ss_snow&

&$ renpy.pause (1)&

&"Someone's silhouette hung over me, extending a hand in a mitten to me. But I did not care about him at the moment."

&"I jerked, striving to get out of the snowdrift." with vpunch

&hide owl with dspr

&$ renpy.music.set_volume(volume=0.5, delay=5, channel='music')

&"I barely showed signs of life, and my night guest bounced aside, but the branches and roots, which were hanging around, prevented him from running away."

&"I got up and shook myself off, noticing one pleasant developent: the blizzard had given way to a full calm while I'd been out."

&$ renpy.music.set_volume(volume=1.0, delay=5, channel='music')

&extend "I turned to the stranger, who has stuck in the roots."

&show owl dark 2 with dspr

&me "Your f-f-frozen c-corpse isn't ready yet. Come back later."

&"There was no reaction. I jumped and danced around in place, desperately trying to keep warm. As for my visitor, his time would come - I had no doubt in this."

&hide owl with dspr

&$ renpy.music.set_volume(volume=0.7, delay=0, channel='ss_sfx')

&play ss_sfx ss_snowwalk

&$ renpy.music.set_volume(volume=0.1, delay=7, channel='ss_sfx')

&"Suddenly, to my surprise, I noticed that he'd actually gone away."

&me "Hey-hey! Where are you going?!"

&owlun "I'll come back later."

&"I was answered by a firm, but still young girl's voice."

&me "W-wait..."&

&window hide

&$ renpy.pause (0.5)

&show owl dark 2 with dspr

&$ renpy.pause (0.2)&

&window show

&"I noticed that the stranger was quite short."

&$ renpy.music.set_volume(volume=0.01, delay=2, channel='music')

&play ss_sfx2 ss_who_are_you2 fadein 1

&extend "Under the moonlight, I could see her even better."

&window hide

&scene bg ss_winterf88

&show owl normal hands

&with dissolve2

&show ss_snow

&$ renpy.music.set_volume(volume=0.6, delay=5, channel='music')&

&$ renpy.pause (1)

&window show

&stop ss_sfx

&$ renpy.music.set_volume(volume=1.0, delay=0, channel='ss_sfx')

&me "W-who are you?{w} How did you get here?"

&"The girl was watching me just as closely."

&me "Are you lost? Do you need help?"

&owlun "No."

&me "Good... {w}But it seems that I do."

&"The girl nodded. And then pointed at my back."

&owlun "Give me that."

&me "The rifle? What for?"

&window hide

&$ renpy.pause (0.3)

&show owl unsure hands with dspr

&window show

&owlun "Give it to me."

&me "It's loaded... {w}Y-you won't shoot me, will you?"

&show owl normal hands with dspr&

&owlun "No."

&th "Should I really give it to her?.. {w}Well, it doesn't matter much if she shoots me. Without help, I'll die pretty soon anyway."

&window hide

&$ renpy.pause (0.2)

&hide owl with dspr

&$ renpy.pause (0.2)

&$ renpy.music.set_volume(volume=0.4, delay=5, channel='music')&

&window show

&$ renpy.music.set_volume(volume=0.3, delay=0, channel='sound')

&"Taking the gun, she stepped up to the tree..."

&$ renpy.music.set_volume(volume=1.0, delay=1, channel='sound')

&play sound sfx_table_hit

&queue sound sfx_table_hit

&queue sound sfx_table_hit

&extend "...and started to bash it with the stock. I hurried to stop her."

&me "What're you doing? You'll hurt yourself!"

&show owl rage hands with dspr

&owlun "Give it back!"

&me "Hey, don't damage it!"

&owlun "You do it then. Break it."

&me "No! It's not even mine..."

&show owl upset hands&

&me "...And it's dangerous here, especially without a weapon. Bears roam here!"

&owlun "Only one."

&me "Have you seen him too?"

&owlun "Promise me. {w=0.4}That you. {w=0.4}Will not.{w=0.4}Shoot.{w=0.4}Boris."

&show owl guilty hands with dspr

&"After she minted the words, she stared at me with a heart-searching look."

&me "Boris? Ok, no problems. None of the Borises..."

&stop music fadeout 7&

&"The girl nodded approvingly ."

&show owl normal hands with dspr&

&me "But who is Boris? Your dad? Granddad?"

&owlun "Let's go."

&window hide

&$ renpy.pause (0.2)

&hide owl with dspr

&$ renpy.pause (0.1)

&play ambience ss_snowwalk

&$ renpy.music.set_volume(volume=0.2, delay=4, channel='ambience')&

&window show

&me "Where? {w}Well, okay. Let's go..."

&"She was already headed out somewhere, so the only thing left for me to do was follow her."

&$ renpy.music.set_volume(volume=1.0, delay=1, channel='ambience')

&$ renpy.music.set_volume(volume=0.7, delay=0, channel='music')

&play music The_Derry_Tune fadein 6

&window hide

&$ renpy.pause (0.3)

&scene bg ss_winterf9 with dissolve

&show ss_snow&

&$ renpy.pause (0.3)

&window show&

&"Thanks to my frozen legs, I spent a whole minute catching up to her."

&me "...You didn't answer. Who is Boris? Where is he? {w}Who are you?

&"She granted me neither a look nor an answer."

&me "Don't like excess questions?"

&owlun "You have too many."

&me "Well, sorry..."

&window hide

&$ renpy.music.set_volume(volume=0.6, delay=5, channel='ambience')

&show owl unsure hands with dspr&

&owlun "Many words, little work. Walk faster."

&me "I'm trying... At least, tell me what to call you."

&show owl smile hands&

&owlun "You've already called me."

&me "When? {w}Wait, I didn't mean it like that! Name! Do you have one?"

&show owl surprise hands with dspr

&me "What do other people call you? What do you call yourself?"

&me "Come on. It's natural for people to label themselves... Your nickname?.. Identification?.."

&show owl tender hands with dspr

&owlun "Owl."

&me "Where? Oh, you're Owl? {w}Huh, I knew mentioning identification would help."

&show owl surprise hands with dspr

&sowl "I know what "a name" means!"

&me "No doubt about that... {w}Why \"Owl\". Are you a... Werewolf? {w}Were-owl?"

&show owl scared hands

&sowl "No!"

&show owl upset hands&with dspr

&me "I'm just kidding... Although, it's useful to know this. {w}Another question?"

&sowl "All your questions are stupid. I am me, Boris is Boris. And we are heading over there."

&window hide

&$ renpy.pause (0.3)

&hide owl with dspr

&$ renpy.music.set_volume(volume=1.0, delay=3, channel='ambience')

&window show

&me "...Got it."

&"Owl kept leading us {i}over there{/i}. After warming up a little, I cheered up a bit. I even thought I could return to the camp myself now, if only I knew the way."

&me "We are heading east, right?"

&sowl "No."

&me "Really? Oh, I've got it: East is in that direction. Right?"

&sowl "No."

&me "Hm. And how long has it been that way?"

&"Owl shook her head and gave me an indulgent glance."

&$ renpy.music.set_volume(volume=0.6, delay=4, channel='ambience')

&show owl guilty hands with dspr

&sowl "Herd animals are most stupid."

&me"Ma-a-aybe..."

&sowl "Herd people too."

&me "Can't argue with that."

&window hide

&show owl smile hands with dspr

&$ renpy.pause (0.7)

&window show

&me "...Wait, were you talking about me?"

&window hide

&show owl tender hands with dspr

&$ renpy.pause (0.6)

&window show

&me "But I'm not a herd..."

&show owl smile hands&

&sowl "All outforesters are from the herd."

&me "Is that my new nickname? Am I the outforester now?"

&sowl "Is it wrong? You are definitely not a woodlander."

&me "That is true. But I'm definitely not from a herd! I live completely alone."

&show owl unsure hands

&sowl "Were you expelled from the herd?"

&me "Eh... No, why would I be..."

&show owl laugh hands with dspr&

&sowl "Because of your stupidity."

&window hide

&hide owl with dspr

&$ renpy.music.set_volume(volume=1.0, delay=4, channel='ambience')

&$ renpy.pause (0.5)

&scene bg ss_winterf10 with dissolve2

&show ss_snow&

&"After several minutes of silent walking, we came to a clearing. Somewhere in the darkness in front of us, a small spark could be seen. The spark turned out to be a window in a small shack."

&stop music fadeout 7

&stop ambience fadeout 4

&scene bg ss_winterf10 at Zoom((1920, 1080), (0, 0, 1920, 1080), (65, 106, 1556, 875), 1.0)&

&"As we came closer, I noticed that the house was of a simple and pragmatic construction, its roof covered with turf."

&me "Looks like a cozy place. Do you live here?"

&sowl "Yes."

&play sound sfx_door_squeak_light&

&"Owl had already opened the small door, letting me go first. Ignoring all ettiquette rules, I hurried to get inside - closer to warmth and light. There was much more of the former than the latter."

&window hide

&$ renpy.pause (0.4)

&$ renpy.music.set_volume(volume=0.6, delay=0, channel='ambience')

&play ambience sfx_forest_fireplace fadein 1&

&$ persistent.sprite_time = 'sunset'

&scene bg cbn2 with dissolve

&$ renpy.pause (1)

&window show

&$ renpy.music.set_volume(volume=1.0, delay=0, channel='music')

&play music Monster_Under_My_Bed fadein 7

&"The shack's interior turned out to be quite modest. There were a couple of hides in place of carpets, and a tiny furnace in the corner."

&"It wasn't fancy, but it had a couple of embers still burning in it. With pleasure, I came a bit closer to the source of warmth."

&show owl unsure hands with dspr

&sowl "Don't get so close to the fire. Sit there."

&hide owl with dspr

&"The girl pointed at the skin next to the opposite wall. I lowered myself onto the soft fur, as close to the furnace as possible."

&"Owl took her gloves off and flicked the candlewick of the kerosene lamp, the only source of light except the furnace."

&window hide

&scene bg cbn with dissolve

&window show

&"Now I could take a better look of everything. There was another skin in the corner by the door with some clothes on top. Her gloves were thrown on that pile."

&"A lot of space was occupied by a stock of wood, covered by a pair of planks, which turned it into a kind of table. Opposite the furnace, a barrel with an unknown purpose was dug in."

&"Finally, a plenty of cornets and bundles were hung closer to the door. Each one was bound with twine, and in the same way was attached to its nail in the ceiling."

&$ renpy.music.set_volume(volume=0.01, delay=0.5, channel='sound')&

&play sound sfx_carousel_squeak

&"Little housewife brought a pot of snow from the outside and put it on fire."

&show owl normal with dspr&

&me "But this is just... a hunting lodge. You can't live here."&

&sowl "I do. In many places."

&me "Where is your real home?"

&show owl surprise with dspr&

&sowl "How is this one not real?"

&me "This... This one isn't made of straw, of course. But it's not that."

&window hide

&$ renpy.pause (0.3)

&hide owl with dspr

&window show

&"Owl turned away and took out a log from the stock."

&$ renpy.music.set_volume(volume=0.5, delay=0, channel='sound')&

&play sound sfx_hatch_drop

&extend "She then skillfully split the log with an axe, which appeared from nowhere. The wood was placed into the fire."

&$ renpy.music.set_volume(volume=1.0, delay=0, channel='sound')

&me "...For example, as for me, I grew up in a big house. To tell the truth, the rooms were small..."&

&show owl normal with dspr

&sowl "Small is easier to heat up."&

&me "Yes, that was the reason... {w}And you are, probably, from the village?"

&window hide

&show owl unsure

&$ renpy.pause (0.3)

&window show&

&me "Villages... It is such... When a lot of houses are nearby...."

&show owl upset with dspr&

&stop music fadeout 5&

&sowl "I know villages. And your camp too."

&me "The camp? Hm. {w}Then maybe you even know who I am?"

&show owl guilty

&sowl "Yes."

&me "Wow... And who am I?"

&"Owl found the answer very quickly."

&show owl normal with dspr

&sowl "You are the one who is afraid of everything."

&play music The_Playground fadein 5&

&me "Whoa... Why?"

&window hide

&show owl smile with dspr

&$ renpy.pause (0.3)&

&window show

&me "No, it's not true! {w} What about the bear? Would a coward follow him like I did?"

&show owl normal&

&sowl "You did because you are afraid of him. You can't leave him alone."

&me "Leave him alone?! He is a threat to all people around!"

&sowl "He doesn't go after people."

&me "...But how do you know everything? And that I was looking for him... {w} Were you watching out for me?"

&window hide

&show owl upset with dspr

&$ renpy.pause (0.5)

&stop ambience fadeout 5

&window show

&me "I'm sorry. You saved me, I shouldn't be such..."

&show owl guilty

&sowl "You shouldn't be such with him."

&me "As for him... I don't believe he is peaceful. A peaceful bear - that is nonsense!"

&sowl "No, his name is Boris."

&me "Ah. Boris... {w}If he is so intelligent, let him come and say this himself!"

&show owl sad

&sowl "He doesn't speak."

&"From her sorrowful face, I decided that she'd comprehended this fact from her own experience."

&me "You approached him?! That's stupidity!"

&show owl upset

&"Two small embers shined again with indignation."

&sowl "You don't know the forest."

&me "Everybody knows such simple things."

&$ renpy.music.set_volume(volume=1.0, delay=0, channel='ambience')

&show owl unsure with dspr

&sowl "Bear skin."

&"Owl threw it at my feet."

&show owl normal

&sowl "You are sitting on a dead bear."

&me "Yes, it seems..."

&show owl upset with dspr

&sowl "So shut up and don't anger nature."

&me "How do I anger it? My speeches about the bearish danger?"

&"Owl was silent, frowning at me from under her brows. I looked at the skin, which was hardly obtained from self-defence, and decided to concede in the dispute. I would take a chance with nature, but do not tempt the patience of a host."&

&me "Perhaps you're right. I don't know much about bears."

&show owl normal with dspr

&sowl "Exactly nothing."

&me "Not certainly in that way. Do you think you are the only one who talks with them?"

&show owl surprise with dspr

&me "I am also a sinner with this. {w}Take this."

&"I pulled Gustav out of my pocket and handed him to the surprised girl."

&show owl widesmile with dspr

&"Such a smile lit up her face for the first time."

&sowl "This is not a bear."

&me "You're right. It's just Gustav."

&sowl "I like him."

&"She began attaching him to her clothes, like he was some kind of trophy."

&show owl unsure&

&extend "A minute later, she suddenly remembered me and looked at me in confusion."

&sowl "It's not for me?"

&me "Actually... {w} I'll give you another thing, okay? I have a lot of them in the camp."

&show owl guilty with dspr

&"Owl tugged at a rope around her neck and produced something too weighty to be a pendant out from under her clothes."&

&"I was solemnly presented half of a pair of binoculars."

&"Wait, wait. I didn't mean that."

&show owl surprise with dspr

&sowl "Take this!"

&me "But I can't give Gustav away. He belongs to one person..."

&window hide

&$ renpy.pause (0.3)

&show owl sad with dspr

&window show

&"My miraculously rescued friend returned back to my pocket. Owl was visibly upset."

&me "Excuse me."

&stop music fadeout 7&

&sowl "The spyglass is still for you. I have already gifted it to you."

&me "No no, you need this junk more than me. No, I meant... {w}. Oh, well, thank you. I owe you."

&"I quickly hid the gift, promised myself \"to lose\" it somewhere, when time to leave would come."

&me "...What time is it? Do you have a watch?"

&sowl "No."

&hide owl with dspr

&me "And I have one at the camp. I always forget to wind it up, so I don't carry it with me. But it's a useful thing."

&th "...Now would be the perfect time to get rid of it."

&play music ss_low fadein 7&

&"While I kept chatting, Owl bustled about dinner. She removed the cover from the barrel and got out a few jars and bundles. As I was hungry, I could have guessed the contents of the jars only by smell."

&"A minute later, I was eating bread with goat cheese, jerky, and blackberry jam, separately and mixed. Owl took out a fancy pouch and poured out some fragrant herbs."

&"It seemed like after the exchange and repast I would be offered to smoke the peace pipe. But the mixture was thrown in a saucepan with boiling water, and the aroma of needles and herbs filled the hut."

&me "What are you making?"

&show owl normal with dspr

&sowl "Fir tea."

&me "Sounds interesting."

&sowl "You'll have to drink it and go to sleep."

&me "I agree. If I may."

&show owl smile

&sowl "Why not?"

&me "I don't know. What if I abuse your hospitality?"

&show owl unsure

&sowl "Abu... what is it?"

&me "Well... It's quite a tight hut, even without me. So it would be good manners if I went... to sleep... back in a snowdrift?"

&show owl surprise with dspr

&sowl "And will you go?"

&me "I don't want to."

&sowl "Then why did you ask?"

&me "You are the host. I ought to ask."

&show owl normal with dspr

&sowl "There are no hosts in the forest. This hut is for everybody."

&me "This is very useful. Thank you."

&show owl smile

&me "...Nevertheless, it belongs to someone. Someone built it, looks after it. Who should I thank?"

&"Owl handed me a steaming mug."

&sowl "Drink it and you will find out everything."

&me "Everything?"

&sowl "Everything you need to know."

&show owl normal

&"Burning, I hastily swallowed the herbal decoction, which had an unpleasant taste. It was nothing like tea."

&me "I'm done. Where are my answers?"

&stop music fadeout 5&

&sowl "They will come to you in a dream."

&me "Yes... Really?"

&"Owl nodded."

&sowl "It happens with everyone who drinks it."

&$ renpy.music.set_volume(volume=1.0, delay=0, channel='sound')

&play ss_mus Rescue_in_a_Wreck

&"I choked on the herbal swill, which had been kindly added twice in my mug." with vpunch

&me "What is this?! Some kinda dope?! You should have told me earlier!"

&show owl widesmile&

&sowl "Don't worry."

&show owl smile

&me "Yeah? Then why you don't drink it?"

&sowl "I don't need it. I already drank it once."

&me "And? What happened then?"

&sowl "...I was found high on a tree."

&me "Wow! It was a good experience, in your opinion?"

&show owl unsure

&sowl "Yes. It's why I was named Owl."

&$ renpy.music.set_volume(volume=0.7, delay=4, channel='ss_mus')

&me "Congratulations. But I already have a name..."

&"I brought the mug closer to the light - the \"tea\" looked quite innocent. I hoped that I hadn't taken a lethal dose yet."

&me "...Why Owl and not Squirrel, for example?"

&show owl normal

&sowl "I had a dream of... {w}I won't tell you who."

&me "And that's all? Maybe, you were covered in feathers?"&

&$ renpy.music.set_volume(volume=1.0, delay=3, channel='ss_mus')

&sowl "No, there was nothing on me."

&me "You mean... Nothing like feathers?.."

&sowl "No feathers. {w=.5}Or clothes. {w}I sat there with nothing."

&me "This is... Redundant information."

&sowl "Absolutely naked."

&me "I understood! Understood..."

&me "No no! I don't want it so!"

&show owl surprise with dspr

&sowl "How?"

&play sound sfx_fall_wood_floor&

&"Instead of answering, I jumped up and rushed to the door."

&window hide

&$ renpy.pause (0.4)

&$ renpy.music.set_volume(volume=0.01, delay=0.5, channel='ss_sfx2')&

&play ss_sfx2 sfx_carousel_squeak

&$ persistent.sprite_time = 'night'

&scene bg ss_winterf11

&show ss_snow&

&with dissolve

&play ambience ss_snowwalk

&$ renpy.pause (0.7)

&stop ambience fadeout 1

&show owl surprise at left with dspr&

&window show

&sowl "Where are you going?"

&me "To clear out my stomach of this muck!"&

&sowl "Don't. This is a rare collection."

&stop ss_mus fadeout 5

&me "But I don't wanna become something like Eagle or whomever else. Even without feathers! It's cold today in the forest, even with clothes!"

&stop sound fadeout 5&

&$ renpy.music.set_volume(volume=1.0, delay=0, channel='sound2')&

&show owl laugh

&sowl "And you said that you were brave."&

&me "Bravely I'll get rid of this poison. I only feel sorry for the dinner."

&show owl guilty with dspr

#&show owl shy with dspr

&sowl "This is not poison. It's good for you."

&play music m_portrait fadein 6&

&me "What is good? The answers from the expanded consciousness?"&

&sowl "Fir tea... Can even fulfill the dream."

&me "How? In a dream?"

&sowl "Yes."

&me "And that's all..."

&show owl tender with dspr

&sowl "And you wanted this in reality?"

&me "It would be nice... {w} Well, I wouldn't refuse to sleep. But without harm to my health."

&show owl normal

&sowl "If you are so scared, I can drink it too."

&$ renpy.music.set_volume(volume=1.0, delay=0, channel='sound')

&me "Hey!... And then I'll have to take you off the tree?"

#&show owl guilty

&sowl "The second time it doesn't happen like that."

&me "But for the first?"

&sowl "Too. You are not me. You will just sleep."

&me "Why did you give it to me to drink at all?"

&

&sowl "I could see that you needed it. {w} Let's go into the hut."

&window hide

&$ renpy.pause (0.3)

&hide owl with dspr

&$ renpy.pause (0.6)

&$ persistent.sprite_time = 'sunset'&

&scene bg cbn with dissolve

&

&$ persistent.ssg_18 = True

&

&$ renpy.pause (0.3)

&window show&

&"I humbly returned to the hairy bed. Owl earnestly drank half of the mug, poured out the remains and brewed normal tea. We drank some more."

&"I was watching with the playing coals in the stove and was waiting attentively for any strange sensations."

&me "...No. I feel nothing yet."

&show owl surprise with dspr&

&sowl "You were so scared of the tea, and now you complain?"

&me "Yeah. Do you have a harder dope?"

&sowl "Do you want me to brew you some more?"

&me "No, no. I'm just kidding."

&show owl normal with dspr&

&sowl "You're kidding a lot. You're a chatterbox."

&me "I take the opportunity. These days I rarely can talk with anyone."

&sowl "They say, fir tea makes you talk too."

&me "Yes? Who says?"

&window hide

&show owl tender with dspr

&$ renpy.pause (1)

&window show

&me "I see it doesn't make you do so."

&show owl unsure

&sowl "I don't know."

&me "Let's check. I will ask you about everything, and you answer."

&show owl widesmile

&sowl "So tricky."

&me "Only one question, please. To test the power of the magic herbs."

&show owl tender

&sowl "...Well. Only one."

&me "Wow. Then let me think..."

&$ owl_questions = 0

&$ owl_answered = 0&

label ss_owl_questions:&

&menu:

&&"How did you find me?" if (owl_questions != 1):

&&&$ owl_questions = 1

&&&show owl normal&&

&&&sowl "You called."

&&&me "Yes...But was it possible to hear anything?"

&&&show owl unsure

&&&sowl "I heard. Just didn't find you immediately."&&&

&&&me "Right, I also buried myself. Just a miracle."

&&&show owl smile

&&&sowl "Nothing like that. You could be seen. And heard."

&&&show owl laugh with dspr&&

&&&"Owl simulated a loud sniff."

&&&me "Then... I am glad that you have a good ear."

&&&show owl widesmile with dspr&&&&

&&&sowl "I am glad that you have bad hidle."

&&&me "...What? Hidle?"

&&&show owl smile&&&

&&&sowl "It means: how well you hide."

&&&me "...There is no such word."

&&&show owl tender&&

&&&sowl "So what? You use fictional words half the time. And I can't?"

&&&me "And what about me?"

&&&show owl unsure

&&&sowl "Redu... Redundant?"

&&&me "It's the usual word."

&&&show owl normal

&&&sowl "I understand. It means the things which are not in the hut."

&&&me "Well... There's nothing really redundant here. {w} Okay, let it be hidle!"

&&"What is your real name?" if (owl_questions != 2):

&&&$ owl_questions = 2&&

&&&sowl "Owl."

&&&me "How had you been named before Owl?"

&&&sowl "This is the second question."

&&&me "I just explained, don't be evasive! Do you have a human's name?"&

&&&sowl "Owl."

&&&me "That is a bird's name!"

&&&show owl upset with dspr&&&

&&&sowl "It's mine. No one names birds so."

&&&me "It's nonsense... You think that owl is not a bird?"

&&&sowl "Where did you see an owl named Owl?"&&&&

&&&me "They're all named Owl!"

&&&show owl guilty with dspr

&&&sowl "Cute. The owl Polina would be very surprised."

&&&me "The owl Polina... {w}The owl Polina is always surprised. Ha!"

&&&show owl surprise with dspr&&&

&&&sowl "Do you know her?"

&&&me "...Nevermind."

&&&

&&"Whose house is this?" if (owl_questions != 3):

&&&$ owl_questions = 3&&

&&&show owl unsure&&

&&&sowl "Nobody's."

&&&me "Who keeps it up? Who?"

&&&show owl normal&&

&&&sowl "Me."

&&&me "And that's all?"

&&&sowl "For now - yes."

&&&me "Who built it? Who kept it before?"

&&&sowl "These are more questions."

&&&me "But you haven't answered normally. This hut is much older than you."

&&&show owl upset with dspr&&&

&&&sowl "I hadn't promised to answer everything."

&&&me "Okay..."

&&"Where is your real home?" if (owl_questions != 4):

&&&$ owl_questions = 4&&

&&&show owl unsure&&

&&&sowl "Here. And many where else."

&&&me "No. Real home is where you live constantly."

&&&show owl normal&&

&&&sowl "I don't live in such a way anywhere."

&&&me "Hm... You don't have a real home... That's sad."

&&&sowl "Not at all."

&&&me "Why did it happen so?"

&&&sowl "This is the second question."

&&&me "Then tell me about the other houses. Are they all similar to this?"

&&&sowl "Enough of tales."

&&"Where are your parents?" if (owl_questions != 5):

&&&$ owl_questions = 5&&

&&&window hide

&&&show owl sad with dspr

&&&$ renpy.pause (0.3)&&&

&&&window show

&&&sowl "I'm alone here."

&&&me "I see, but..."

&&&window hide

&&&show owl upset

&&&$ renpy.pause (0.3)&&&

&&&window show&&&

&&&th "No, it's better not to ask again."

&&"Do you know Samantha?" if (owl_questions != 6):

&&&$ owl_questions = 6&&

&&&sowl "No. Who is she?"

&&&me "I ask the questions here!"

&&&show owl smile&&&

&&&sowl "Already no. The question has been wasted."

&&&me "But I haven't learned anything!"

&&&sowl "So you asked wrong question."

&&"You're really not a werewolf?" if (owl_questions != 7):

&&&$ owl_questions = 7&&

&&&show owl scared with dspr

&&&sowl "No!"

&&&me "And not some kind of witch?"

&&&show owl upset with dspr

&&&sowl "This is another question! But, I'm not too! Silly you!"

&&&me "Oh... Sorry then."

&&&window hide

&&&$ renpy.pause (0.6)

&&&show owl guilty with dspr

&&&window show

&&&sowl "I forgive you."&&

&&"How did I get into the camp?" if (owl_questions != 8):

&&&$ owl_questions = 8&&

&&&show owl surprise with dspr&

&&&sowl "Why should I know?"

&&&me "Do you know something about my past?"

&&&sowl "No."

&&&me "...But you know something about the camp?"

&&&window hide

&&&show owl unsure with dspr&&&

&&&$ renpy.pause (0.5)&&&

&&&window show

&&&sowl "I don't care about the camp."

&&&me "Okay... I had to check it out."&

&&

&&"Could I find you later?" if (owl_questions != 9):

&&&$ owl_questions = 9&&

&&&show owl unsure with dspr

&&&me "I mean... For instance, to thank you for the monocle."

&&&show owl smile&&

&&&sowl "You couldn't."

&&&me"Hm. That's too bad..."

&&&show owl normal

&&&me "Don't get me wrong. There's nobody around the camp for miles... I thought so. {w}And here you are."&&&

&&&sowl "I'll be in another place tomorrow."

&&&me "In which pl... No sense in asking, right?"&&&

&&&show owl tender&&

&&&"Owl nodded slowly."

&&&me"So. Could you find me? If I get lost again..."

&&&show owl normal&&&

&&&sowl"I don't know."

&&&me"But what do you think?"

&&&sowl"No. {w=.6}Or yes. {w}The forest is large."&&&

newline

&if owl_answered == True:&

&&jump ss_owl_no_questions

label ss_owl_answered:

&$ owl_answered = True&&

&window hide

&$ renpy.pause (0.8)

&window show

&me "Then let me ask you something else."

&show owl surprise with dspr&

&sowl "Are you asking me again? We had a deal for a single question."

&me "I was just warming up. I wanted to ask something different.

&show owl normal with dspr

&sowl "But now this is exactly the last. So ask {i}correctly{/i}."

&jump ss_owl_questions

&

label ss_owl_no_questions:&

&stop music fadeout 5&&&

&window hide

&$ renpy.pause (0.8)

&show owl unsure with dspr

&$ renpy.pause (0.3)

&window show

&"Owl yawned and glanced through the window."

&sowl "I'm sleepy."

&me "And I... need to go somewhere first. {w} Latrine is outside, perhaps?"

&show owl normal

&me "And everywhere, I assume..."

&sowl "Don't get lost."

&me "I can handle this, I am sure."

&show owl smile

&sowl "If you can't, call me out."

&window hide

&$ renpy.pause (0.3)&

&hide owl with dspr

&$ renpy.pause (0.2)

&window show

&"For the sally out, I buttoned my coat and put on a hat. I wished to avoid all sorts of cold, as I hadn't warmed up yet."

&window hide

&$ renpy.pause (0.5)

&play ambience ss_snowwalk fadein 2

&scene bg ss_winterf99 with dissolve

&show ss_snow

&$ renpy.pause (0.5)

&window show

&stop ambience fadeout 1

&play music KWLA fadein 3&

&"I gently went away from the house, into the woods and did my deeds."

&window hide

&$ renpy.pause (0.3)&

&play ambience ss_snowstop

&scene bg ss_winterf11 with dissolve

&show ss_snow&

&window show

&"After returning to the glade, I could not believe my eyes - our hut had disappeared somewhere, and in its place were only snowdrifts."

&th"Gone without legs? Insanity! {w} Is it all real? Or should I blame that strange \"tea\" ?"

&show gustavw normal with dspr

&gust "Or there was no house at all."

&me "Delirium ... What now? Walk home?"&

&gust "It's high time to get out of here."

&me "Where can I go now? Also influenced by the tea... {w}But if the tea existed, the house should exist too."

&show gustavw smile with dspr&

&gust "Then there's only one way left. {w} Call her."

&me "Her?.. No way!"

&gust "If you get lost - shout \"hey\". How else?"

&me "Never! It'd be better to freeze. The honor of the camp is at stake."

&gust "As you want. It's you who will get frozen, not me..."&

&window hide

&$ renpy.pause (0.2)

&hide gustavw with dspr

&$ renpy.pause (0.5)

&window show

&"I was wandering around the glade in complete perplexity until a simple thought shot through my head."

&stop music fadeout 6&

&window hide

&$ renpy.pause (0.2)

&scene bg ss_winterf12 with dissolve

&window show&

&"I just had to turn back and take five steps, then I could exhale with relief - I found the house in the largest snowdrift."

&"I hurried to return to our shelter. To get into the door I had to bend double again."

&play ss_sfx sfx_door_squeak_light&

&window hide

&stop ambience fadeout 1

&$ renpy.pause (0.3)&

&$ persistent.sprite_time = 'day'

&play music ss_low&

&scene bg leggyowl at Zoom((1920, 1080), (0, 212, 1920, 1080), (0, 212, 1920, 1080), 1.0)

&with dissolve

&$ renpy.pause (1)

&"Inside the hut I was given a surprise, which would not be a sin to look at."

&"...If it were not so sinful. I hurried to straighten up."&

&scene bg leggyowl at Zoom((1920, 1080), (0, 212, 1920, 1080), (0, 0, 1920, 1080), 0.3)

&$ renpy.pause (0.4)

&play sound sfx_body_bump&

&scene bg leggyowl at Zoom((1920, 1080), (0, 0, 1920, 1080), (0, 0, 1920, 1080), 0):

&&xalign 1.0&&

&&ypos 0.0&

&&ease 0.1ypos 0.025

&&ease 0.1ypos -0.025

&&ease 0.1ypos 0.0125

&&ease 0.1ypos -0.0125

&&ease 0.1ypos 0.00625

&&ease 0.1ypos -0.00625

&&ease 0.1ypos 0.003125

&&ease 0.1ypos -0.003125

&$ renpy.pause (0.4)&

&scene bg leggyowl at Zoom((1920, 1080), (0, 0, 1920, 1080), (300, 774, 1344, 756), 0.3)&

&$ renpy.pause (1.0)

&"...And I painfully bumped into the door jamb, which immediately sent me on all fours."

&me "Oh! Excuse me..."

&sowl "For what?"

&"I tried to straighten up again, but this time more carefully without sudden movements."

&window hide

&$ renpy.pause (0.7)

#&scene bg leggyowl at Zoom((1920, 1080), (300, 774, 1344, 756), (0, 450, 1920, 1080), 1.5)

#&$ renpy.pause (1.5)

#&scene bg leggyowl at Zoom((1920, 1080), (0, 450, 1920, 1080), (0, 0, 1920, 1080), 2.0)

#&scene bg leggyowl at Zoom((1920, 1080), (0, 450, 1920, 1080), (0, 0, 1920, 1080), 3.0)

&scene bg leggyowl at Zoom((1920, 1080), (300, 774, 1344, 756), (0, 0, 1920, 1080), 3.5)&

&$ renpy.pause (4.0)

&window show

&me "You... ohh... you've already prepared for the tree climbing?"&

&sowl "The tree?"

&show black with dspr

&"I tactfully covered my eyes with the hand, although it was too late for this."

&me "I don't see. Dress up."

&sowl "...In what?"

&me "I don't know... You were changing your clothes?"

&sowl "I was undressing."&

&window hide

&hide black

&scene bg cbn

&show owl normal undr&

&with dspr

&

&$ persistent.ssg_18 = True

&

&window show

&me "Why?!"

&sowl "I'm going to bed. And it's hot in the furs."

&me "Hm... okay, it's... quite logical."

&sowl "And you will be hot in yours."

&me "Well... I don't feel hot yet. When it comes, then I will."

&sowl "Are you gonna sleep in your coat?"

&me "No, I'll take it off... and that's all, perhaps."

&show owl smile undr&

&sowl "It's better to sleep in the skin without any clothes. More pleasant."

&me "Oh. What are you talking..."

&show owl normal undr

&sowl "Why not?"

&me "You're kidding me, right?"

&show owl unsure undr&

&sowl "I'm not kidding."

&me "No, you can't mean this seriously."

&show owl surprise undr with dspr&

&sowl "What are you talking about?"

&me "In short. You want to say, that..."

&sowl "Go on?"

&me "...That every passerby tramp lies down naked in these skins!"

&me "With all his mud, diseases and lice!"

&show owl scared undr&

&me "And you want me to enter this insanitary bacchanalia!"

&me "If you enjoy this - come on! {w} But I no!"

&"I began to button up my coat again."

&stop music fadeout 5&

&show owl upset undr with dspr

&sowl "As you want."

&window hide

&$ renpy.pause (0.2)

&hide owl with dspr

&$ renpy.pause (0.8)

&window show

&me "I'm sorry... I'm not myself. I feel dizzy... {w} It's all due to your tea, of course!"

&sowl "Such a liar."

&$ renpy.music.set_volume(volume=1.0, delay=0, channel='ss_mus')&

&"She waved her hand at me, threw the last log into the furnace and returned to her skin. Wrapped up skillfully, she turned to the wall."

&"But then she raised her head to me."

&play music The_Playground fadein 5&

&sowl "You really don't like the skin?"

&me "No, why... It seems clean."

&sowl "Then why you don't go to sleep? Or you're are you still afraid of the tea?"

&me "Well..."

&sowl "I'll see to it that you don't go away. Or eat the coals."

&me "Coals?!"

&sowl "Oops. I shouldn't say that."

&"Owl turned to the wall again."

&me "Who ate it?"

&sowl "No one. He died a long time ago, don't worry."

&me "Er..."

&sowl "Sleep."

&th "Easy for you to say..."&

&window hide

&$ renpy.pause (0.5)&

&scene bg cbn1 with dissolve2

&window show

&

&$ persistent.ssg_19 = True&

&

&"I was trying to wrap up in the skin, but it was too tough and desperately resisted."

&"Even after I had rolled it up I was sticking out like a sausage in dough, leaving my vital parts of the body for the violence of the cold."

&"I had left this useless fight with another bear and dragged the skin closer to the furnace, covering myself with my coat. Owl rose a bit and turned about."

&sowl "What are you messing with there?"

&me "...I'm over."

&sowl "Don't burn the skin..."

&me "I won't. I'd better to watch to not burn my own skin. From inside..."

&sowl "Are you still on about the coals? Forget it. Just sleep."

&me "...Now I can't. Tell me how he died."

&sowl "Uncle Borya? He didn't die of coals."

&me "And not of \"tea\" then? {w}How?"

&sowl "He fished far to the north. He had gone to fish alone on a boat... and didn't come back."

&me "What happened?"

&sowl

&me "Кхм... Спасибо, ты тоже вполне..."

&sowl "Его лодку рядом нашли. Она его забрала."

&me "Э-э... Няша забрала?.. Ну... {w}Звучит не так плохо?"&

&sowl "Это ужасно! Все знают, даже звери. Всегда стороной её обходят."

&me "...Няшу? {w}Стоп-стоп! Про что ты? Про какое-то болото?"

&sowl "Не болото. Это такая грязь, ил... Что в поймах скапливается. Очень вязкая."

&me "Ох... Так сразу и подумал! {w}Грязь, значит... А зачем туда лезть вообще?"

&sowl "Там камбалу ловят. На отливе можно поставить сети. И снять."

&sowl "Но легко завязнуть, и если помочь некому... Потом прилив... и всё."

&stop music fadeout 9

&$ renpy.music.set_volume(volume=0.5, delay=0, channel='ss_mus')

&play ss_mus sfx_forest_fireplace fadein 3&

&me "Да... Жалко."

&sowl "Всё узнал? Спи давай."

&"I shrunk obediently under my coat and fell silent. But Owl's skin began to rustle, unfolding."

&window hide

&$ renpy.pause (0.5)

&show untitled_by_sx15_d93yy4d with dissolve

&$ renpy.pause (1.0)

&sowl "What did you do here?"

&"She pulled off the skin and wrapped me up in a fur roll as though it wasn't a massive skin, but baby diapers."

&sowl "Now sleep."&

&me "Thank you..."

&window hide

&$ renpy.pause (0.7)&

&hide untitled_by_sx15_d93yy4d with dissolve

&window hide

&$ renpy.pause (0.6)&

&"Now I was lying in the tight fur pod and I barely could roll over from back to side. So I could only stare at the ceiling."

&"A weird structure was swaying silently right above me."

&play ambience migrations fadein 5

&window hide

&$ renpy.pause (0.3)&

&scene cg Dreamcatcher with dissolve

&

&$ persistent.ssg_132 = True

&&&

&$ renpy.pause (1.5)

&th "It looks like... a dreamcatcher?"

&th "Where did it come from?"

&th "An interesting thing... enchanting..."

&window hide

&stop ss_mus fadeout 3

&$ renpy.pause (1.9)

&scene black with fade2

&$ renpy.pause (0.5)

&$ renpy.music.set_volume(volume=1.0, delay=2, channel='ambience')&&

&jump ss_ny

newline

label ss_y2bearhit:

&"I looked around and found a proper tree ten meters from us. I dragged the dog there and strongly wrapped the leash around the trunk."

&"The bear was still passionate about his business. I left the husky behind and began to sneak closer."

&window hide

&$ renpy.pause (0.3)

&scene bg ss_bear2 at Zoom((1920, 1080), (0, 0, 1920, 1080), (65, 106, 1556, 875), 1.5)

&"I managed to halve the distance - cannot miss him hereof. But it was still hard to predict how lethal the shot would be for such a beast. Anyway, I had to rely on luck and the second gun barrel."

&"I took a stance. The butt rested in my shoulder. I took my breath and aimed carefully."

&stop music fadeout 1&

&window hide

&$ renpy.pause (0.2)

&play sound2 ss_rifle_shot

&$ renpy.pause (0.3)

&play ss_sfx Bear_Roar5

&with flash

&play music the_sea_scene fadein 5

&"The payoff shook me violently, and I resisted. But the bear immediately fell to the snow as though stumbling. It looked very surprised by this." with hpunch

&"Sprawling on the snow, the bear fruitlessly twiched twice, jumped up at the third attempt and rushed to run."

&window hide

&scene bg ss_winterf4 at Zoom((1920, 1080), (65, 106, 1556, 875), (65, 106, 1556, 875),0)

&with dissolve

&show ss_snow

&window show

&$ renpy.music.set_volume(volume=0.5, delay=0, channel='sound2')&

&play ss_mus ss_dog_barking

&"I could let off the second barrel in pursuit, but I hesitated, blinded by my unexpected triumph."

&"It was inexcusable to delay - the lame beast didn't show quickness. Another chase was exhausting it already: every step of its mighty paws was followed by an inopportune snake of scarlet spots on the blanch snow."

&"The husky bursted with barking somewhere behind me, but it was too early to release it. I set out in pursuit."

&window hide

&stop ss_mus fadeout 3

&scene bg ss_winterf2 with dissolve

&show ss_snow

&"The chase turned out to be difficult. Hummocks and snags covered by snow acted like natural hunting traps. Protruding branches of trees tried to catch me and hold."

&"The runaway dragged me through the woods considerably until the ravine hit him on the way - not a deep one, but with steep slopes. The hopping bear rolled into it and, having no strength to get out, turned around in a last attempt to defend himself."

&$ renpy.music.set_volume(volume=1.0, delay=0, channel='sound2')

&play ss_mus ss_snowwalk fadein 5&

&stop music fadeout 7

&"However, I had nowhere to rush. I checked my gun first, recharged the first barrel and only then began to slowly approach."

&stop ambience fadeout 5

&stop ss_mus fadeout 5

&$ renpy.pause (0.3)

&window hide

&scene bg ss_bear_calm

&show ss_bear_roar

&with dissolve

&

&$ persistent.ssg_17 = True&

&

&$ renpy.pause (0.8)

&show ss_snow

&play sound Bear_Roar3

&"The beast bristled and bared sharp fangs, but I remained impossible to reach."

&play ambience ss_snowstop fadein 1

&"The creature was noticeably exhausted. Perhaps it was aware of its helplessness. Whether or not, his massive head drooped, and any growling ceased."

&play music ss_help fadein 4

&window hide

&hide ss_bear_roar with dissolve

&$ renpy.pause (1.5)

&window show

&me "I won, didn't I?"

&"The bear snuffled stronger in response."

&me "You do remember me, don't you? Well, you won't forget me now, probably..."

&me "I have something to tell you. If you do not mind."

&"The beast didn't even look at me, only breathed heavily."

&me "Not listening? I'll say it anyway."

&me "You must remember Flint."

&me "Such a harmless little animal... He lived only half of a year with me. {w}That was a good half of a year."

&me "Cheerful... And he was cheerful too. {w} He knew how to spin like a whirligig. And how to open a door with claws too. And almost learned how to catch mice..."

&me "So quick-witted he was, so clever. {w} But silly, silly..."

&"I had to take a pause to wink diligently, before I was able to aim again."

&me "I know it's not your fault. But it's not mine, either. You did your business, I'm doing mine."

&me "I don't ask for forgiveness."

&stop music fadeout 1

&play ss_mus the_sea_scene fadein 3

&$ renpy.music.set_volume(volume=0.7, delay=0, channel='ss_sfx2')&

&play ss_sfx2 sfx_scary_sting

&owlun "No!" with hpunch

&"I shuddered and nearly pulled the trigger."

&$ renpy.music.set_volume(volume=0.01, delay=3, channel='sound')

&$ renpy.music.set_volume(volume=1.0, delay=1, channel='ss_sfx2')&

&play sound sfx_hiding_in_bush

&"Branches crackled above. A strange, quaintly-dressed girl jumped down into the ravine."

&show owl scared hands at fright with dspr&&

&owlun "Don't shoot!"

&th "What kind of Greenpeace is this? Just in time."

&owlun "Put the gun down!"&

&me "I'll be glad, but I have to..."

&owlun "You don't!"

&me "Have a look... Will you offer something better?"

&show owl surprise hands&

&"I lowered my gun and took a couple of steps back. The bear, completely exhausted, laid down the snow. The girl immediately rushed to him."

&hide owl with dspr

&me "Not so close! Where?!"

&$ renpy.music.set_volume(volume=1.0, delay=0, channel='sound')

&"The beast winced, and I had to aim again. Seeing this, the batty grabbed the gun by the end of the barrel."

&extend "I repelled her implicitly." with vpunch

&play ambience ss_snowwalk

&window hide

&hide owl with dspr

&$ renpy.pause (0.3)

&show owl rage hands at right with dspr

&window show&

&stop ambience fadeout 1

&me "What the hell are you doing?! Do you have a death wish?"

&"The girl got really angry, but stopped the attacks. She threw a twig at me and rushed back to the bear."

&show owl sad hands:

&&pos (1050,220)

&with dspr&

&me "It's a bear, you know?! Moreover, a rogue bear! They are bloody vicious... even when not shot!"

&me "Hey! Stop caressing this ferocious killing machine!"

&show owl upset hands:

&&pos (1050,220)&&

&owlun "Shut up. Go away!"

&me "No ... I cannot leave you with it."

&show owl rage hands:

&&pos (1050,220)&&

&owlun "You can!"

&th "Such a ridiculous situation! Should I get it in writing that she doesn't mind being devoured?"

&th "And accidentally shot, too?"

&show owl upset hands at center:

&&pos (1050,220)

&owlun "Go away, already!"

&show owl sad hands at center:

&&pos (1050,220)

&extend "...or help."

&me "That's what I wanted to do... Do away with it. There was nothing more to help."&

&owlun "I see a bullet. I'll pull it out."

&me "Don't even think about it. He'll tear you up."

&owlun "He is my friend!"

&me "What? Don't think like that. {w} He's a wild beast. He is no friend to anyone."

&show owl upset hands at center:

&&pos (1050,220)

&owlun "YOU are wild."&

&me "He is wild without a doubt! I won't stand for it! He will crush you if you try to help."

&window hide

&show owl sad hands at center:

&&pos (1050,220)&&

&$ renpy.pause (1)

&show owl normal hands at center with dspr

&$ renpy.pause (0.3)

&window show

&stop ss_mus fadeout 5&

&owlun "We will fix it all. Bring the spruce branches."

&me "What spruce branches?"

&owlun "Those ones. We will set up a lair for him here. I'll be back."

&me "Where? What are you up to?"

&owlun "We need a knife and salve."&

&window hide

&$ renpy.pause (0.3)

&hide owl with dspr

&play ss_sfx ss_snowwalk

&$ renpy.pause (0.3)

&stop ss_sfx fadeout 1

&window show&

&"The selfless girl got out of the ravine, for a moment turning at the edge."

&owlun "Just don't harm him."

& "While I was making up a promise that would not be too shameful to break, she'd already fled somewhere through the thicket." &

& "So I was left alone with my victim, but first of all I stepped away from the ravine."

&$ renpy.pause (0.3)

&window hide

&

label killbirr_or_not_to:

&play music I_Am_and_We_Are fadein 7

&$ day_time()

&$ persistent.sprite_time = "day"&

&$ renpy.music.set_volume(volume=0.3, delay=0, channel='ambience')

&play ambience ss_snowstorm fadein 1

&scene bg ss_winterf2 with dissolve

&show heavy_snow

& "My new acquaintance was already out of sight. I could not trace her path, but at least I was sure that she was really far away. The bear was left without protection. "

&window hide

&$ renpy.pause (0.3)

&show gustavw normal with dissolve

&gust "She should have taken your gun from you."

&me "Aha. The trustful one..."

&gust "Wouldn't it be a shame?"

&me "How else? You can not convince her. Did you hear, she appointed it a friend?"

&gust "I'm not talking about a girl even."

& me "And I'm talking about her ... {w} What village did she come from? Or did she run away from some kind of institution? From a finishing school for suicidal young ladies... "

& gust "You {i}will{i}be ashamed. And not only ashamed."

& me "I don't know. The main thing is already done anyway. And it's good that she left. With her here, it wouldn't work."

&gust "Come on, you better do what she said."

&me "Well, enough here with your ... bearish solidarity. We need to finish everything now, while it really has not crippled her. "

&gust "Don't you dare do this."

&me "I have to."

&gust "I'm not talking to you anymore, then."

&hide gustavw with dspr

&me "How's that? You can't be "not talking". You are a toy!"

&window hide

&$ renpy.pause (1)

&window show

& me "Ah, whatever."

& "I sat down on the snag and waited for five minutes more, letting the sylvan defender go rather far off."

& "The bear got up, trying to lick his wound, but could not reach his back. He howled softly, as if asking for help. "

&window hide

&$ renpy.pause (0.5)

&stop ambience fadeout 1

&play sound2 sfx_boat_impact

&scene bg ss_bear_calm with dspr

&with hpunch

&

&$ persistent.ssg_17 = True

&

&show heavy_snow

&$ renpy.pause (0.5)

&window show

&me "I regret being involved in all this. Do you think it's pleasant?"

&$ renpy.music.set_volume(volume=1.0, delay=0, channel='ambience')

&me "I'm tired... And cold... And a wind is picking up..."

&me "I don'tneed anything from you. I just want to go home, brew a double cocoa ... And forget all this."

&me "And what will I report to Sammy? Would she like it? Not at all."

&"The bear sloughed for a second. It looked like a grin."

&me "Yes, laugh. I report to the girl. And even without letters."

&me "I'm asking myself often - \"what will Sam say about it? \" And I can't think of anything good, you know."

&me "Okay then, it's time for us to decide. I'm sure you've lived a good bear life, and ..."

&"I tried not to think about the upcoming until the last moment - no other way. I just joked with him like an old friend, and now I aimed the gun to his forehead."

&stop music fadeout 3

&"The last moment has come."

&menu:

&&"Shoot":

&&&jump killthebear

&&"No way":

&&&jump sparethebear

newline

&

label sparethebear:

&th "No. Well, what am I doing, actually?"

&th "This is no longer revenge, nor is it mercy ... {w} Something in between? {w} No, I doubt that such a scale exists."

&th "I need neither one nor the other. Just let it go... {w} creep his own way."

&$ renpy.music.set_volume(volume=0.01, delay=2, channel='sound')

&play sound sfx_hiding_in_bush

&"\"The Green\" already returned, but I still stood with a gun at the ready."

&owlun "Here you go again! Get away from Boris!"

&me "...Boris?"

&$ renpy.music.set_volume(volume=0.5, delay=0, channel='sound2')&

&play sound2 sfx_boat_impact

&stop sound

&$ renpy.music.set_volume(volume=1.0, delay=2, channel='sound')

&play music ss_who_are_you fadein 1

& "The girl jumped off into the ravine and ran up, showing me something brilliant."

&show owl widesmile with dspr

&$ renpy.music.set_volume(volume=1.0, delay=0, channel='sound2')&

&owlun "That's what I found."

& me "Tongs?.. It's better than a knife, but still without a bucket of tranquilizer..."

&show owl sad at center:

&&pos (1050,220)

&with dspr&

&"While I was ranting, she removed her mittens with her teeth, calmly walked past me and clung to the bear."

& "I did not have time to open my mouth, as she stuck the forceps directly into the wound."

&play sound Bear_Roar4

&show ss_bear_roar with dspr

&

& "A terrible roar shook the forest, driving a billion birds from a million branches." with vpunch

&hide owl with dspr

& "The bear trembled all over, waving his paw just above the girl - she barely had time to bounce."

&hide ss_bear_roar

&with dspr

&"I helped her to rise from the ground, but she fell to her knees again, trying to find something in the snow. She picked up the tongs again, but also grabbed something smaller. "

&show owl tender with dspr&

& "She stood up and held out a hand clenched in fist, smiling mysteriously." &

&me "...You almost died"

&show owl normal

&stop music fadeout 7&

& "Slightly frowning, the magician shook her fist in front of my very nose. {W} I shrugged, pretending not to understand." &

&"She opened her hand, showing the bullet lying on it."

& "We both bent over it, contemplating this small bearbuster as a some sort of miracle."

&play music ss_help fadein 4

&extend "There was only a little blood in the palm of her hand, but suddenly there seemed to be more."

&show owl surprise with dspr&

&"I did not immediately understand what was going on, until one more drop fell from somewhere above. I backed away, looking around at my new acquaintance. "

&$ renpy.music.set_volume(volume=0.3, delay=0, channel='ambience')

&play ambience ss_snowstorm fadein 5

& "The girl ran her hand over her forehead, her fingers painted scarlet."

&me "He wounded you at last?! Let me see."

&show owl sad with dspr

&"She looked at me incredulously, but still took a step forward and tilted her head. I took down her hood and carefully parted the strands of hair."

& me "I see something ... It seems to be a little graze. Superficial; it's not dangerous."

&show owl guilty

&owlun "Good."

&"...or maybe it is. The head is a tricky thing."

&show owl sad&

&extend "Does it hurt a lot?"

&owlun "No."

&me "Let's apply some snow."

&stop music fadeout 3

&window hide

&$ renpy.pause (0.3)

&hide owl with dspr

&$ renpy.music.set_volume(volume=0.1, delay=2, channel='ambience')

& "I turned for a moment to the healing snowdrift, and in that second the sick one had disappeared somewhere."

&window hide

&scene bg ss_bear_nobear with dissolve

&show heavy_snow

&play ss_mus Rescue_in_a_Wreck

&"I found her sitting sideways in the snow, and immediately rushed to her."

&stop ss_mus fadeout 2

&$ renpy.music.set_volume(volume=0.3, delay=2, channel='ambience')

&show owl sad at center:

&&pos (1050,220)

&me "What are you doing?!"

&"I grabbed her by the waist, and perhaps even with excessive effort, lifted her to her feet."

&show owl scared at center:

&&pos (1050,0)

& me "What's wrong with you?! Huh?"

&play music The_Derry_Tune fadein 2

&show owl surprise at center:

&&pos (1050,0)&

&owlun "...What?"

&window hide

&$ renpy.pause (1)

&show owl widesmile at center:

&&pos (1050,0)

&"She smiled and handed me her mittens, which, of course, she was looking for in the snow."

&me "...Ah, this."

&show owl smile at center:

&&pos (1050,0)

&me "We still have to take you home. And quickly - the blizzard is coming."

&show owl normal at center:

&&pos (1050,0)

&owlun "But Boris..."

&me "It will survive without a hut! This ravine is comfortable enough for bears."

&show owl sad at center:

&&pos (1050,0)

&with dspr&

&owlun "I have to process the wound first."

&me "Stop! I will do it myself. Where is this yuck? "

&show owl upset at center:

&&pos (1050,0)

&extend " I mean salve! Where?"

&window hide

&$ renpy.pause (0.3)

&hide owl with dspr

&$ renpy.pause (0.3)

&scene bg ss_bear_calm with dissolve

&show heavy_snow

&

&$ persistent.ssg_17 = True

&

&"I found myself a long branch, wrapped the end with a handkerchief and smeared it generously in an odorous slime that looked like cement. Now it was time to start remote treatment."

& "The first twig did not survive the impact of a powerful paw, but on the second attempt the bear was cemented. I left the handkerchief on the wound - it was no longer usable."

#&stop music fadeout 7

& me "Done. Will it really heal? {w} And how are you? Are you ok?"

&show owl normal with dspr

&owlun "Yes."

&me "Don't you feel dizzy when you turn your head?"

&"The girl started spinning her head sedulously."

&owlun "Not yet!"

&me "...good girl, that's enough. Show the way then. It's getting dark."

&window hide

&$ renpy.pause (0.5)

&hide owl

&show owl sad at center:

&&pos (1050,220)

&with dspr

&$ renpy.pause (0.6)

&window hide

&owlun "Stay here, Boris. I'll visit you soon."

&$ renpy.pause (0.8)

&hide owl with dspr

&$ renpy.pause (0.5)

&$ renpy.music.set_volume(volume=0.5, delay=2, channel='ambience')

&scene bg ss_winterf2 with dissolve

&show heavy_snow

&window show

&"When we got out of the ravine, a weak blizzard was already waiting for us at the top."

&show owl normal hands with dspr&

&me "Oh hell, look how strong this is blowing! And you're dressed so poorly. You are going to freeze!"

&show owl smile hands

&owlun "I do not feel cold."

&"The girl gathered snow from a branch and brought it to her cheek."

&show owl widesmile hands&

&owlun "Such a warm snowball. You can bask."

& me "It's warm to you, you say? May be a bad sign ..."

&show owl surprise hands with dspr

&owlun "What sign?"

&me "Maybe the blood circulation in your head was disturbed after you had a stroke."

&show owl scared hands&

&owlun "Is it dangerous?"

&me "Well yeah... You don't feel cold, and you're gonna catch cold."

&show owl surprise hands

&owlun "Catch cold? Is that all?"

&me "In addition to injury. And as for her ..."

&owlun "Well?!"

&me "A head injury is not good, of course... But still not as bad as..."

&owlun "What?"

&show owl scared hands&

&me "... As a similar bruise plus terrible pneumonia!" &

&show owl surprise hands

&owlun "Pneumo... cold again?"

&window hide

&show owl upset hands with dspr

&$ renpy.pause (1)

&window show

& me "Well, I'm sorry. I'm not even a doctor. The head is a puzzlebox to me..."

&show owl laugh hands with dspr&

&owlun "A chatterbox, that's what you are!"&

&me "That's rude... I'm just saying that we shouldn't be out in the cold. {w} Show the way, faster!"

&show owl widesmile hands with dspr

&owlun "Let's go!"&

&window hide

&$ renpy.pause (0.4)

&hide owl with dspr

&$ renpy.pause (0.5)

&$ renpy.music.set_volume(volume=0.7, delay=5, channel='ambience')

&scene bg ss_winterf7 with dissolve

&$ renpy.pause (0.3)

&show heavy_snow

&"The blizzard gained strength, and soon visibility fell to a few steps ahead, but my companion led us confidently. I was not that optimistic."

&"Because of the growing headwind, it became increasingly difficult to move. I wanted to ask if we were close to the goal, but my mouth was filled with snow at the very moment. The weather was not up for a debate - it was already a true storm."

& "By the time I was fully exhausted, chilled and losing heart, the cruel forest took pity on us, and we reached the end at last."

&window hide

&scene bg ss_winterf100 with dissolve

&show heavy_snow&

& "My guide pointed ahead - there from the solid snow porridge emerged the outlines of a hut."

&$ renpy.music.set_volume(volume=1.0, delay=5, channel='ambience')&

&scene bg ss_winterf100 at Zoom((1920, 1080), (0, 0, 1920, 1080), (65, 106, 1556, 875), 1.0)

&show heavy_snow&

&stop music fadeout 5

& "A rather small lodge stood before us - not a full house, but it was impossible to pick and choose."

& "We hurried to the tiny door, which opened no more than a third. I pulled my stomach in and squeezed through. "

&$ renpy.music.set_volume(volume=0.01, delay=0.5, channel='ss_sfx')&

&play ss_sfx sfx_carousel_squeak&

&window hide

&$ renpy.pause (0.5)&

&$ renpy.music.set_volume(volume=0.1, delay=2, channel='ambience')&

&$ persistent.sprite_time = 'sunset'

&scene bg cbn2 with dissolve

&$ renpy.pause (1)

&window show

&$ renpy.music.set_volume(volume=1.0, delay=0, channel='ss_sfx')&

&$ renpy.music.set_volume(volume=1.0, delay=0, channel='music')&

&play music Magiceyes fadein 3&

& "The hut seemed even smaller inside than outside. The furnishings were almost spartan, but the stove was appropriate - modestly perched in a corner. Now it was the main thing in the world. My new friend immediately began to kindle it. "&

&me "Is this some kind of hunting lodge?"

&show owl unsure hands with dspr

&owlun "Yes."

& me "Very fitting... {w} By the way, my name is Semyon."

&owlun "Yes..."

&me "And what is yours?"

&window hide

&show owl normal hands

&$ renpy.pause (0.7)

&hide owl with dspr

&play ss_mus sfx_forest_fireplace fadein 2

& "My question was ignored. The girl finished with the stove and, in addition, put on a paraffin gas kettle. It became warmer and brighter inside the hut at once."

&window hide

&$ renpy.pause (0.2)

&scene bg cbn with dissolve

&

&$ persistent.ssg_18 = True

&&

&window show&

& "Now it was possible to have a better look around."

&"In addition to the stove, there was a stack of firewood on the right wall, which acted as a table. It was the only furniture, not counting the dug-in barrel in the far corner."

&"Along the left wall lay a pair of skins, fluffy and luxurious. There were also some strange toys hanging from the ceiling, and, closer to the entrance, various folds drawn by rope . I touched some by my head, and they swung gently."

&me "Do you dry something?"

&owlun "No. To prevent mice from climbing in. They cannot do this."

&me "By the ropes?"

& "The hostess nodded. She was already busily digging in the wooden bowels of the barrel, taking out different utensils."

& "It turned out that the barrel served multiple pruposes: here it performed the roles of a closet, a cellar, and a refrigerator. In its closed form, it was possible to sit down."

& me "Not bad here ... Quite cozy. {w} So then... What am I supposed to call you?"

&window hide

&show owl unsure with dspr

&$ renpy.pause (0.5)

&show owl normal

&owlun "Owl."

& me "Owl? .. Is that a name? Some kind of cut? {w} Like... Aurelia?"

&owlun "Just Owl."

&me "Okay, Owl is Owl ... Where are we now? Is this your little house?"

&show owl unsure

&"The girl nodded in confusion."

&me"I thought you were taking us to the village."

&show owl normal&

&sowl "Why go there?"

&me "Where are your parents? Are we alone right now?"

&show owl guilty with dspr

&sowl "Alone."

&me "Yeah, there's nowhere to hide here..."

&"Owl looked at me expectantly."

& me "Oh! You're wounded! Okay, let's get ourselves cured. {w} Do you have clean water here?"

& "The girl nodded again and pointed to the saucepan of the dubious cleanliness. After that, she equipped me with a couple of rags of equal dubiousness."

&hide owl with dspr

& "I seated her closer to the light, as I washed the wound and smeared it with cement ointment."

&"It would not have been possible to apply a bandage even if the patient had allowed it; she did not even want to take off her hood. "

&"When the treatment was over, Owl looked into the barrel and began to take out different bags and jars."

&$ renpy.music.set_volume(volume=0.2, delay=7, channel='ambience')

&"I soon had a meal in front of me: a loaf of bread, rolls with cheese and jerky meat, and berry jam. We sat down on the furs and began to chew. "

&show owl guilty with dspr&

&"The wind howled outside, the storm raged to full, but inside we didn't care at all. On the contrary, the more the trees cracked, the more comfortable our gathering became. But conversation still didn't really flow between us.

&me "You really helped me today, and not just with this hut."

&sowl "What do you mean?"&

&me "You appeared just in time. I almost did something ... which I would regret."

&show owl sad&

&sowl "I came too late."&

&me"He will definetely recover ... your bear beau. {w} Do you really know him? Or just romance it?"

&sowl"I known him since he was a cub."

& me "How is it possible? Have you looked over him in this forest for so long? {w} You cannot live here, right?"

&show owl upset

&stop music fadeout 5&

&sowl "Why are you asking?"&

&me"Well ... I can't even imagine where you are from, what you are doing here ..."

&sowl "And what are you doing?"

&me "In the camp? Well... I'm a keeper..."

&sowl "So am I."

&$ renpy.music.set_volume(volume=0.1, delay=6, channel='ambience')&

&play music ss_low fadein 7&

& "Owl frowned more and more. Her gaze wandered across the floor, as if she were trying to remember something. "

&me "Do not be angry, I'm just wondering ..."

&show owl rage

&sowl "No! You are one of {i}them{/i}. I won't say anything."

&show owl upset

& me "I'm ... not one of them, honestly. I cannot stand them myself! {w} And who are they, by the way?"

&sowl "Those who ask!"

& me "...I won't ask anymore."

&stop ss_mus fadeout 5

&"The girl turned away, putting on airs. We sat in silence for a while."

&me "Then I'll tell you something, may I? {w} When I went there with the dog..."

&play ss_sfx sfx_face_slap

&show owl surprise with dspr

& "I slapped my forehead with such strength that Owl turned around in fright." with hpunch

&me "What an idiot am I?! The dog! I left it in a woods!"

&sowl "What?"&

& me "I tied my husky to the tree! And forgot!"

&sowl "Is it far away?"

&me "I don't know... What's the difference? It cannot be found."

&show owl normal with dspr

&sowl "I'll find it."

&me "What's wrong with me... first a fox, now this... I ruined all Mikhalich's pets."

&hide owl with dspr

& me "Here he will kill me... If he comes to his senses ... {w} The fact alone will definitely kill him." &

&play ss_sfx sfx_door_squeak_light

& "Owl, meanwhile, went down the threshold, came back with a full saucepan of snow and set it to bask on the stove."

&me "What is that?"

&show owl normal with dspr

&sowl "Water."

&me "...are we going to conjure? Look into the pot and see Nerka?"

&show owl widesmile with dspr&

&sowl "No, this is for drinking."

&me "I see ... {w} Just imagine, I made sure to tie the leash tightly. She would get out otherwise..."

&show owl smile

&sowl "She will easily survive one night."

&me "Do you think so?"

&sowl "Sure. It's nothing more than snow. We will pick her up tomorrow."

&me "Oh, I hope so. {w} And then I'll show you our camp."

&show owl guilty with dspr

&sowl "No. I will keep on going then."

&me "Where to?"

&show owl upset

& "Owl scowled again."

&me "I'm sorry, I forgot. I'm silent."

&sowl "You are always forgetting."

&me "Sure. So you can tell without fear..."

&"The coals of her eyes flashed angrily again."

&me "Okay, okay. {w} Do you think I'm so eager to find out everything?"

&stop music fadeout 6&

&sowl "Yes."

& me "I am, but I will easily manage to live without it. By the way, I am a very mysterious person myself. {w} You would never believe it."

&hide owl with dspr&

&"She did not intrigue - Owl turned away unceremoniously. She slipped again into the barrel, took out small bags with various dry herbs and poured some of each out into a mug. "

&play music Monster_Under_My_Bed fadein 7

&"This mixture went into a pot of boiling water. A persistent pine-spicy aroma filled the hut. "

&me "What's this?"

&show owl tender with dspr&

&sowl "Spruce tea. For you."

&me "Won't you?"

&sowl "No, I am drinking something else."

&"She showed me a cardboard package."

&me "Oh, I get those at the local store! Is this from there, too?"

&show owl surprise with dspr

&sowl "No! I do not know..."

&me"Where did it come from, then? A gift of the spirits of the forest?"

&show owl scared

& me "...What? Am I right?"

&show owl upset with dspr&

& "Owl's lips tightened."

&me "Whatever... And what about this herbal tea? Why is it for me?"

&sowl "It is necessary."

&hide owl with dspr

&me "But it's strange ... You know, drinking with strangers indiscriminately... {w} and waking up in a bathtub full of ice, with your kidneys gone."

& "Owl was fumbling around the stove, completely ignoring me. She scooped up a mug of steep boiling water and handed it to me."

&show owl normal with dspr

&sowl "Drink."

&me "Thank you ... {w} So what, why don't you drink?"

&sowl "I cannot."

&me "For medical reasons?" What will happen? "

&show owl unsure

&sowl "I do not know. Nothing."

&me "So... And if I can't neither?"

&sowl "You can - once."

&me "I would like to know more."

&show owl normal

&sowl "Drink and you will."

& me "...I'd better not."

&show owl surprise with dspr

&"I decidedly left the mug."

& me "To pour slipslop into myself ... No way."

&sowl "Why?"

& me "My body... it's probably not a temple yet... But not a gutter, anyway."

&show owl normal with dspr

&sowl "Okay, I'll have a drink too."

&"Filling her mug, Owl performed the feat as quickly as the temperature of the drink allowed."

&"I kissed the cup carefully, too. I was not particularly pleased with the taste, but the good way to get warm was forgiving this sin. "

&me "Now we've drunk. What's next?"

&sowl "We have to go to bed. You'll see everything."

me "It's kind of early to sleep... What will I see?"

&sowl "What you have to. It's different for everyone."

&me"For example?"

& sowl "Your dream. If you are lucky."

& me "Sounds good ... {w} What was the catch then? Why did not you want to drink?"

&window hide

&show owl unsure with dspr

&$ renpy.pause (0.4)

&window show

&me "Come on! What are the side effects? Nausea, coma, death?"

&sowl "No ... I've drunk it once. I do not need it anymore."

&me "What happened that time?"

&show owl normal

&sowl "Nothing wrong. Woke up in a tree in the morning."

&show owl surprise with dspr

&me "In a tree?! What kind of rubbish is this? Henbane, dried fly agarics?"

&stop music fadeout 3

&sowl "Secret. But not fly agarics."

&play ss_sfx Rescue_in_a_Wreck&

& me "What a nightmare ... Helping animals and poisoning people? What kind of ecoterrorist are you?"

&show owl scared

&$ renpy.music.set_volume(volume=0.2, delay=1, channel='ambience')&

&play ss_sfx2 sfx_knock_door_closed_hard1&

& "I jumped up from my skin and stepped to the door. It did not succumb to my first efforts."

&sowl "Where are you going?"

&me "To get rid of the poison!"

&show owl upset with dspr

&stop ss_sfx fadeout 6&

&sowl "You fidget like a stung squirrel."

&me "Better safe than sorry..."

&sowl "Sit down, nothing will happen to you."

&"I stood still, shook my head for a look, but still obeyed. I did not really want to throw myself into a snowstorm. "

&show owl guilty

&sowl "You skewed the door, now it's blowing through. Pull it up and to the right."

&me "Wait a second..."

&hide owl with dspr

&play sound sfx_open_door_kick

&$ renpy.music.set_volume(volume=0.1, delay=0, channel='ambience')

&$ renpy.music.set_volume(volume=0.7, delay=0, channel='music')&

&play music No_Cats fadein 5

& "Having gotten rid of a draft and turning back to the room, I found that Owl had pulled off her boots and was now fumbling with a belt on her pants."

&me "Why... undressing? It's cold."

&sowl "It's time to sleep. It's hot in the furs."

&stop ambience fadeout 7&

&me "I see..."

"I turned away considerately, took off my coat and put it in the corner."

& sowl "It's not a real frost, actually."

&me "And when will it be?"

&sowl "Here? Never. This forest is warm."

&window hide

&show owl normal undr with dspr

&$ renpy.pause (1.5)

&window show

&sowl "You are going to swelter in that."

&me "...I'll endure for a while."

&sowl "I sleep almost without clothes when it's heated so heavily."

&$ renpy.music.set_volume(volume=1.0, delay=0, channel='ambience')&

&me "Is it heated... heavily now?"

&show owl smile undr

&sowl "Exactly."

& "She pulled the edge of her sweater unperturbedly."

& me "Wait! Wait!"

&show owl surprise undr with dspr&

&th "What's wrong with her? Is that poison really so potent? Or did she get a concussion?"

&sowl "...What?"&

&me "This is... indecent."

&sowl "Hmm?"

&me "Leave on what you wear, okay?"

& sowl "You outforesters are so strange."

&me "Very. But these are our customs."

&sowl "Being strange? What is the reason to be scared of everything? Of me?"

&me "It's not you. I scare myself."

&sowl "Why?"

&me "You're a kind girl, a little naive ..."

&show owl shy undr with dspr

&me "I cannot take advantage. {w} Very much I can, to be exact! And this is the problem."

&sowl "I don't understand."

&me "Well... you don't have to. I'm definitely chattering too much.. Is your \"tea\" so effective?"

&show owl smile undr with dspr&

&sowl "Maybe. Explain."

&me "Well... It's not that easy..."

&me "Here you are: someone's daughter, grandchild... Sister probably..."

&show owl normal undr

&extend "People who love you will not like it very much."

&sowl "It?.."

& me "That the first counter-hobo is staring at you. {w} Who knows who's wandering around here? What lascivious pigs?"

& me "Nobody knows what can come to their mind, things that a normal person will not even think about! Oh, I can imagine very clear!"

&show owl surprise undr with dspr

& me "Get dressed, dear, get dressed carefully ..."

&"Brushing off a tear, I picked up my pants from the floor and handed them to the discouraged hostess."

&sowl "What have you come up with?"

&me "You have to put it on, that's it ..."

&show owl upset undr with dspr

&sowl "I don't want to! It's hot!"

&me "Quick! Don't be stubborn."

&hide owl with dspr

& "Owl backed away. I began to chase the barefooted little girl around the room. Our pursuit was very short - there was nowhere to run."

& "Overtaken in the corner, she plopped down on a huge hide, dove under the edge and wrapped herself in quickly."

&me "Are you in "den" now?"

& "Of the \"den\" there was only a little muzzle, looking at me with the most displeased look."

&me "Here are your pants, and promise not to pull them off anymore!"

&play ss_mus sfx_forest_fireplace fadein 5&

&sowl "Come on! Sit in your polar clothes yourself, I'm asleep."

&stop music fadeout 5

&me"The plan is approved. Good night..."

& "Owl snorted and turned away to the wall. I sat down on the second skin, rubbing my head. "

&th"What was that? .. What a fixation! {w} I'm going to blame the tea!"

&$ renpy.music.set_volume(volume=1.0, delay=0, channel='music')

&play music ss_low fadein 7

&stop ss_mus fadeout 9

"Due to the powers of broth or not, my eyes were sticking together already. I took off my shoes, undressed to my shirt and was ready to follow Owl's example."

& "But the skin beneath me happened to be not elastic at all. I did not want to close it, but unbent again and again, casting the stuffing out. "

&"Having finally convinced myself of its unfitness, I gave up these attempts and covered myself with my own coat. I could only hope that the cabin would not cool down during the night. "

&"It was all chance with this size of room. An advantage of such was that almost anything could be gotten to without getting out of bed. I reached out and extinguished the lamp."

&window hide

&scene bg cbn1 with dissolve2

newline

&$ persistent.ssg_19 = True

&

&$ renpy.pause (0.4)

& "The last firewood in the stove quietly faded away: now the light was given only by embers and small windows, completely blurred with hoarfrost." &

&"I lay, staring at the ceiling, gradually plunging into dreams. The storm outside the window died down, everything around was calm. Some weird construction was wiggling straight ahead of me."

&window hide

&stop music fadeout 6&

&scene cg Dreamcatcher with dissolve2

&

&$ persistent.ssg_132 = True

&&&

&$ renpy.pause (1)

&window show

&th "What kind of toy is this after all? .."

&"Maybe I mumbled it, maybe I just thought about it, or thought in my dream."

&window hide

&$ renpy.pause (2.0)

&play ambience migrations fadein 5&

&show untitled_by_sx15_d93yy4d_rev with dissolve2:

&&pos (-400,0)

&$ renpy.pause (0.7)&&

&window show

&sowl "You're lying wrong."

&me "Yes... The skin is defective... {w} And a toy... so hypnotic..."

&sowl "Can I help you?"

&me "I'm already asleep... {w = .6} I just need to understand... {w} What is this..." &

&window hide

&$ renpy.pause (1.5)

&sowl "An owlcatcher."

&window hide

&$ renpy.pause (1.5)

&scene black with dissolve2

&jump ss_ny&

newline

newline

label ss_ny:&

&$ persistent.sprite_time = 'day'

&$ renpy.pause (1)

&scene white with dissolve2

&scene bg room_is_full

&show ball_mask

&with dissolve2

&

&$ persistent.ssg_20 = True&

&

&$ renpy.pause (1)

&window show

& "I slowly came to myself in the middle of a big hall. {W} The hall was full of people."

& "To understand how I was brought here, it was necessary first to find out where I was. It was not easy to concentrate."

& "Everything was dazzling with colors: from the quietest place in the world I got into some kind of kaleidoscope of bright, brilliant, vivid, continuously moving and also noisy elements."

"The noise itself did not reach me for some reason, but I could feel it. And I knew for sure that this beehive was buzzing with all its might."

&"Anyway, my head was spinning just from one look of all this, even without any sounds. Such a visual attack would have shaken even the astronaut Padalka. As for my consciousness, it was initially in a fog."

& "Worse, it spread like melted jelly. I couldn't put together a way out of this carousel of color and sound."

&"I spent another couple of minutes looking around and outlining ways of retreat through the crowd. The eye involuntarily lingered on every floating piece of the general mosaic. "

&"I had not seen so many people for a long time, and never such elegant ones. Not all the costumes were complex, but each in its own way was outlandish. Most were wearing masks. It seemed so did I. "

&"What could be the purpose of this gathering? If there was not an attempt on assassination of some Very Important Epileptic, then certainly some holiday. That day of mummers was a logical guess."

&"However, demonic parades have never been a tradition in our latitudes. It's rather traditional to forbid them from year to year, and every time - once and for all ... {w} But in what latitude has brought me?"

&stop ambience fadeout 5

&play music Bad_Reputation fadein 9

&"With the clarity of consciousness, hearing returned to me. I could feel the noise no longer with my intestines, but most of all with my ears, which now was worth regretting. "

& "Because of the roaring dynamics behind me, I did not hear my own thoughts. Some devil slapped me on the shoulder. "

&chert "Music!"

&me "What?.. Not very good to be honest... First, it's loud..."

&chert "No! It's quiet! Turn it up!"

&me "What?! I can't hear you!"

&chert "Turn! It! Up!"

&me "Won't the neighbors call the police?"

&robocop "The police are here! And demand to turn it up!"&

&me "Ah, whatever..."

&$ renpy.music.set_volume(volume=0.5, delay=2, channel='music')

& "Being in the minority, I gave up my post to the deaf music lovers and hurried to get myself out. It was time to break free. "

&$ renpy.music.set_volume(volume=0.3, delay=2, channel='music')

&"Squeezing between two penguins and a robot made from boxes, I found myself in front of an open door, beyond which I could see the night sky."

&stop music fadeout 4

&extend "I stepped through it without hesitation."

&window hide

&$ renpy.pause (0.5)

&scene bg big_balcony_hw

&

&$ persistent.ssg_22 = True

&

&show ball_mask

&with dissolve

&$ renpy.pause (1)&

&"I wound up not on the street, but a big balcony overlooking the city at night."

&$ renpy.music.set_volume(volume=0.7, delay=0, channel='ss_mus')&

&play ss_mus Watching_The_Stars_act fadein 7&

&"I shivered from the cool breeze, but could not just skip staying longer here. Thousands of lights from the metropolis sparkled before me."

&"The skyscrapers were definitely the core of the magnificent view - the real kings of the night. And now I was right in the center of their throne room. I could observe everything from here."

&"Each royal person shone like an intricate chandelier - huge and precious. I looked from one to the other until I'd paid my attention to them all."

&"I, myself, seemed be in one of those colossi, although not too high - many buildings had to be looked up to, and, as a rule, the taller the tower, the richer and more complex the lighting was."

&"But not all the giants competed in height and brightness. Others, old and
momentous, differed in another way. There had not only their solemnity and greatness, but also the aura of secrecy."

& "Illiminated, closer to the roof, they merged with the inky blackness of the sky. Somewhere out there, obscured by gloom, the sinister gargoyles were watching the city. "

& "Fearing them, the modern buildings kept a respectful distance. But they kept together with each other, closing into an almost solid wall."

"The red and white rivers of the motorways flowed under those concrete cliffs. Ideally straight rays moved far into the distance, turning into strings of light."

&$ renpy.music.set_volume(volume=1.0, delay=0, channel='music')

&$ renpy.music.set_volume(volume=0.5, delay=4, channel='ss_mus')

&$ renpy.music.set_volume(volume=0.5, delay=4, channel='ss_mus2')

&$ renpy.music.set_volume(volume=0.5, delay=4, channel='ss_sfx')&

& "With a lot of admiration, I looked around myself. Several people walked along the balcony besides me - mostly couples. Only a single girl stood on the side. "

&"I shamelessly looked at her angel costume, hoping that the mask would hide my curiosity."

& "But still it was noticed - the girl turned and nodded to me. {W} A little confused, I nodded back, but she was not in a hurry to turn away."

&"Now I was also intrigued. I encouraged myself and approached. "

&window hide

&$ renpy.pause (0.5)

&scene bg short_balcony_hw

&show ball_mask&

&show angel smile close mask

&with dissolve2

&

&$ persistent.ssg_93 = True&

&$ persistent.ssg_21 = True

&$ renpy.pause (0.5)

&window show

&"...And stood still, with no idea how to start a conversation. And hardly daring. {W} Fortunately, I was alone in this confusion."

#&show angel smile2 close mask with dspr

&ss_angel "Not very original."

&"The angel's hand pointed to my outfit. Looking down, I saw a strict suit with laces and cuffs, as well as the lower hem of a wide black cloak with embroidered bats. "

&stop ss_mus fadeout 6

&me "Sure... But yours is very..."

& ss_angel "Come on. {w} It's all my mother could come up with. I'm wearing it so as not to offend her."

&ss_angel "Come on. {w} It's all my mother could come up with. I'm wearing it so as not to disappoint her."

&play ss_mus2 Watching_The_Stars_calm fadein 6

&me "But the suit is really wonderful."

&show angel unsure close mask

&ss_angel "Probably. But I'm ashamed to walk around like this."

&me "What's so shameful? Its very decent."

&show angel serious close mask with dspr

&ss_angel "They will say that I... I'm thinking about myself {i}like this{/i} And further. {w = 1.2} Too bright for me." &

&extend "So I'm hiding here all evening."

&show angel smile close mask

&"The angel spread her arms, smiling."

&me "Well, that's right. {w} I mean... it would not be worth hiding... But the hall is too crowded."

&ss_angel "Yeah... The swarm."

&me "And why is it like that ..."

&show angel normal close mask

&ss_angel "Everyone wanted to be here today." &

&me "But what if a fire starts? There will be a crush and they will want no longer..."

&show angel smile close mask&

&ss_angel "There's already a crush there."

&me "That's right... This is a disorganisation no one should get away with."

&th "We should look for some matches... {w} Okay, I'm not like that. But I'll be disappointed if nothing happens." &

&ss_angel "You'd take care of everyone. Are you ready to save them all, Superman?"

& me "I don't have a plan to save everyone ..."

&ss_angel "But I do. In case of a fire we must... play a hymn."

&me"To die ceremoniously?"

&show angel unsure close mask&

& ss_angel "No, everyone would stand still. And calmly leave then." &

& me "It's cunning. It could work."

&show angel smile close mask&

"And in case they retard too much, we can upstart them with a Soviet march."

&window hide

&$ renpy.pause (0.7)

&hide angel with dspr

&window show&

& "Having finished inventing executions to our neighbours from the hall, we silently admired the city again."

& "Our company on the balcony was thinning. A humanoid, who just appeared from the door, shivered and fled back to the room. "

& me "Aren't you freezing here? The temperature is pretty far from the fire."

&show angel smile close mask with dspr&

& ss_angel "Ha. I am. Well, I'm an angel, not the Snow Queen."

& me "Bad... Horrible..."

& "I found myself mechanically winding my vampire hem around my arm."

& me "Oh, I have a cloak! {w} And I'm ready to share."

&show angel serious close mask

& ss_angel "How do you see it? Take me under your wing?"

& "I hastily shook my head as soon as I heard angry notes."

&me "No, come on."

& "My fingers felt the ribbon around my neck that held the cloak ."

&show angel shy close mask&

& ss_angel "Really? You'll freeze yourself."

& me "Me? Only looking at you, if you refuse."

&show angel smile close mask&

&ss_angel "...Ok then. You're good, Dracula. Thank you."

& "The knot on the ribbon did not yield; the mask interfered strongly."

&hide ball_mask with dspr

& "After a bit of tinkering, I ventured to de-anonymize and pushed the mask to my forehead, opening myself to all the winds and curious looks."

&show angel unsure close mask

&"While cherishing the hope of being recognized and warmly received, I was still afraid that my face would disappoint or even frighten my interlocutor. But it was even more strange - she did not even look at my face. "

& "Slightly discouraged, I handed her the cloak."

&show angel normal2 close mask with dspr

& ss_angel "Merci. Oh, but how will I put it on? The wings are... "

&me "Hmm. That's a problem."

&show angel unsure2 close mask&

&ss_angel "They are removable, in theory..."

& me "Are you saying they're not real?"

&show angel normal2 close mask&

& ss_angel "Ha. Ha."

&stop ss_mus2 fadeout 5&

&me "Let me see."

&show angel surprise2 close mask&

&ss_angel "No! {w} Well... Just be careful!"

&me "I won't bite, I swear."

&show angel serious2 close mask&

&window hide

&$ renpy.pause (0.7)

&hide angel with dspr

&$ renpy.pause (0.3)

&window show

&play ss_sfx Watching_The_Stars_both fadein 4

& "Shaking my head, the incredulous Angel turned around. I just stared at her elegant neck, choosing where exactly not to bite. {W} The wing reminded me of my mission, hitting my nose."

& "I busily passed my hand over the feathered design. The cloak was put on the railing to release my other hand."

&play sound2 sfx_wind_gust

& "While I was looking at the wings, trying to figure out the bindings, the first gust of wind picked up and carried off this light piece of cloth from the balcony."

&window hide

&scene bg new_york_illumination

&with dissolve

& "Rushing to the hopeless pursuit, I leaned over the railing and looked down.The cloak was already trembling somewhere far away, and for a split second I was visited by the strange idea of going after it."

&th"Why not? That would be a good picture: the Lord of Darkness being scraped off the asphalt... the angel standing over him... Crying, maybe. {w} Wouldn't it be a perfect cover of a popular magazine? "

&window hide

&$ renpy.pause (0.5)

&scene bg short_balcony_hw&

&with dissolve

&$ persistent.ssg_21 = True

&

&window show

& "But someone has ruined those ambitious plans by pulling me back onto the balcony. {W} Ah, this guardian angel is on guard."

&show angel surprise close mask with dspr

&ss_angel "What are you doing?&

&me"Well, we've got of one of those good-news-bad-news things."

&show angel sad close mask&

&ss_angel "...I love good ones more."

& "I pinched her by a feather."

&show angel normal close mask&

&me"This beauty can stay untouched."

&ss_angel "You mean the wings? But what happened to the cloakroom?"

&me "There's the bad news."

&show angel unsure close mask&

&"I nodded toward the street."

&window hide

&$ renpy.pause (0.3)&

&show angel unsure2 close mask with dspr

&"The Angel clung to the railing, trying to see below. I was uneasy about this spectacle, although I had just done a more dangerous stunt."

& ss_angel "Have you missed it? I can't see. Oh you."

& me "My fault. Sorry."

&show angel normal close mask with dspr&

&ss_angel"You will be scolded for the loss. Or will you go in search?"

& me "There?.. Will you join me?"

&show angel sad close mask

& ss_angel "Well, no. I'm sorry."

& me "Well, that's right. Freezing on the street ..."

&show angel normal close mask

& ss_angel "Anyhow, someone has surely scrounged it up already."

&me "I noticed a hobo there. That scallywag is going to enrich a little."

& ss_angel "He needs it more, maybe. A little festive charity?"

& ss_angel "He needs it more, maybe. A little festive charity?"

& me "Oh yeah, it's warming the soul ..." &

& extend "But it's more important for to warm you." &

&window hide

&show angel normal close mask with dspr

&$ renpy.pause (0.2)

&window show

&stop ss_sfx fadeout 5&

& me "Shall we go inside, then?"

&show angel unsure close mask&

& ss_angel "Just for a minute."

&window hide

&$ renpy.pause (0.5)

&play music Skeeter_Davis_The_end_of_the_world fadein 3

&scene bg room_is_full_dark

&with dissolve

&

&$ persistent.ssg_19 = True&

&$ persistent.ssg_93 = True

&

&$ renpy.pause (0.5)

&show angel smile mask at center with dissolve

&window show

& "We returned to the hall. The lighting had changed, the music more melodic. Many guests took advantage of the situation."

&$ renpy.music.set_volume(volume=1.0, delay=0, channel='ss_mus')

&$ renpy.music.set_volume(volume=1.0, delay=0, channel='ss_mus2')

&$ renpy.music.set_volume(volume=1.0, delay=0, channel='sound')&

&me "Now they are dancing..."

&ss_angel "They did not even wait for us."

&show angel unsure mask at center&

&ss_angel "I'm sorry, I shouldn't tease you."

&me "...Why? I don't mind." &

&ss_angel "That's why I should'nt." &

&me "No, well, I'm a mediocre dancer, but if you need to get warm..."

&show angel serious mask at center&

&ss_angel "Nice try."

&me "Well, I'm not trying anything ... As you wish, dance with someone else."

& ss_angel "You dance."

&$ renpy.music.set_volume(volume=0.7, delay=7, channel='music')&

&me "Whatever... Don't you dance in principle?"

&show angel unsure mask at center&

&ss_angel "I do not even know anyone here."

&me "So it's a masquerade."

&ss_angel "Yeah. But it didn't stop you from hunting me down."

&me "Or you hunting me."

&show angel serious mask at center&

&ss_angel "Do not start that again, eh?"

"She answered too irritably to my playful tone, ."

&me "I don't understand ... What's wrong?"

&ss_angel "I'm sick of your {i}plans{/i}."

&me "...What plans are you talking about?"

&ss_angel "Obviously, it's the dance further down the list."

&show angel angry mask at center&

&extend "Have you decided there, that our costumes awesomely fit together?"

&me "No ... Although they really do match. Black and white ..."

&ss_angel "Does it oblige me to something?"

&me "I don't know. But if they are going to choose the queen of the ball ..."

&ss_angel "They aren't."

&me "...Then you better look to pair yourself appropriately."

&show angel rage mask at center&

&ss_angel "They aren't, I said!"

&show angel angry mask at center&

&me "...Well, it's not important. You're already a queen."

&window hide

&$ renpy.pause (0.3)

&hide angel with dspr

&window show

&$ renpy.music.set_volume(volume=0.5, delay=5, channel='music')&

& "A careless compliment did not save the situation, and finally ruined everything. My companion turned abruptly and started walking away - again towards the balcony. I hurried after her."

&me "Wait, don't go away! {w} What's wrong?"

&show angel angry2 mask with dspr

&ss_angel "If I knew that I would hear things like that from you, I never would have come."

&me "Sorry! {w} Am I spoiling your evening?.."

&window hide

&show angel serious mask with dspr

&$ renpy.pause (0.3)

&window show&

&"To my surprise, she was not in a hurry to deny it."

&me "Even so ... Then I'd better go." &

&ss_angel "Where to? The balcony?"

&me "Out of the party."

&show angel unsure mask&

&ss_angel "It's me who has to go, not you. But I can't."

&me "...Why?"

& ss_angel "Where will I go? Or should I take a bus, being dressed like this?

&me "I also somehow avoid buses ... I would like to stay."

&show angel normal mask&

&ss_angel "I'll be picked up at eleven. Okay, let's take it. "

&me "I'm sure. It's quite a nice place, as for me ..."

&ss_angel "I don't even doubt."

&me "Don't you like it here?"

&show angel sad mask&

&ss_angel "It just happened ... not as I planned."

&me "What exactly?"&

&ss_angel "I didn't want to raise this topic, but since you are asking..."

&me "I'm asking."

&show angel normal mask&

&ss_angel "We were sure that the whole class was invited. But it turned out that it's paid only for me... And none of the guys came."

&me "Hmm .. Sad."

&show angel sad mask&

&ss_angel "Not half! The girls were waiting for this evening, they were preparing their costumes ... Now they will hate me."

&me "They will understand."

&show angel surprise mask&

&ss_angel "They won't understand anything! I should have refused. But my mother ..."

&show angel unsure mask&

& me "Well ... If they will not understand, do not hobnob with them. They aren't worth it, then. "

&ss_angel "It's easy for you to talk, nomad, and I still have to live in this city." &

&th "Nomad? Has she recognized me after all? {w} I need to check this somehow."

& me "Speaking of wandering... One of my friends traveled right up to the Soviet Union and back."

&stop music fadeout 5&

&show angel normal mask&

& ss_angel "Oh, really? A good friend?"

& me "The best. {w} You can remove the mask. I recognized you."

&show angel normal2 mask with dspr

& "Angel smiled nervously."

&ss_angel "You are doing your best today. And when did your sense of humor emerge?"

&window hide

&$ renpy.pause (0.2)

&hide angel with dspr

&window show&

& "Finally confused, I quickly turned away, pretending that I was looking at the balconies. I decided to wait with further reconnaissance - it was not worth putting too much pressure on the irritable companion. "

&window hide

&$ renpy.music.set_volume(volume=1.0, delay=0, channel='music')&

&play music migrations fadein 5

&$ renpy.pause (0.6)

&window show

& "We walked slowly along the perimeter of the hall until a long table with refreshments appeared on our way. We were greeted with sweets of all kinds that surrounded an exorbitant punch bowl."

&me "And indeed the dream came true!"

&show angel serious mask at right with dspr

&ss_angel "What are you talking about?"

&me "Well, if it's an expensive party, then you need to try snacks! All of them!" &

&ss_angel "Go for it."

&me "And you?.."

&window hide

&$ renpy.pause (0.4)

&hide angel with dspr

&window show

&"Without waiting for an answer, I'd already devoured this sea of food, but so far only with my eyes. Turning to the island with the cakes, I wanted to offer something to my companion, but she suddenly disappeared. "

&"I looked around - hordes of hungry devils and demons were chasing around, but not a single angel. It was quite clear that she was \"lost\" consciously. "

&"I hadn't taken advantage of my already collected plate of goodies. My grief from loss wouldn't be satiated, so I decided that, rather than stand alone, to stay a little intrusive. At least once, in a honor of the holiday. "

&"I didn't need to search for long. Having made a semicircle around the hall, I noticed a halo above one of the sofas. My mistress was there - in the unexpected company of three members of the Ku Klux Klan. "

& "At my approach, the whole trio broke off and rushed around the hall, howling and in every possible way disguising themselves under their ghostly garb."

& "There was no one else in the way - it was a green light to the sofa, which was burning personally for me. And who am I to ignore the traffic lights of fate?"

&window hide

&$ renpy.pause (0.2)&

&show angel normal mask at center with dspr

&$ renpy.pause (0.3)&

&window show&

& me "It's me again. {w} Can I?"

&show angel sad mask at center&

&ss_angel "...Sit down."

& th "I've bored her anyway. Could I get another mask and start all over again? {w} If coaxing her with the sweets wouldn't work..."

&me "Look what I got. Would you like to try some?"

&show angel normal mask at center&

&ss_angel "No."

&me "Are you on a diet?"

&ss_angel "...I am in a mask."

&me "Um, I don't think the mask covers your mouth."

&ss_angel "It's hard to see in it - I will get smeared."

&me "So take it off. Everyone is walking around without masks already."

&stop music fadeout 8

&show angel sad2 mask at center with dspr&

& ss_angel "I already said this costume is... not for me. Let it be so."

& me "You would have been disclosed even in the mask, if somebody would care. They would walk along the heights and point at you with fingers... But we're sitting alone, and nobody is intrigued."

&show angel smile mask at center with dspr

&ss_angel "Is that the Queen of the Ball who is not interesting anyone?"

&me "Okay, you got me here."

&show angel unsure mask at center&

&ss_angel "... You're right, I'm thinking too much of myself."

&show angel unsure2 mask at center with dspr

&$ persistent.ssg_93 = True&

& "She nodded, raised her hands to her face and placed them on the mask. My breath caught with impatience. "

&window hide

&$ renpy.pause (0.4)

&show angel sad at center with dspr

&window show

&$ persistent.ssg_92 = True&

&$ renpy.music.set_volume(volume=0.6, delay=0, channel='music')&

&play music The_Playground fadein 2

& "Samantha smiled at me sadly."

&show angel normal at center&

& ss "As if you've seen me for the first time."

&me "It seems to be so."

&show angel unsure at center&

&ss "It seems stupid."

&me "It does not matter, if only not the last."

&show angel normal at center&

&ss "... Isn't it?"

& "She shrugged to herself, and casually took the cake from my plate."

&me "It's not a tragedy for you, I see."

&ss "I thought we agreed, everyone goes their own way... And no hard feelings."

&me "Hmm. {w} That's right, of course .. I'd better stay away. {w} But it's kind of weird. And it hurts."

&ss"That I'm saying these things right to your face?"

&me"Yes."

&show angel sad at center&

&ss "It's not easy, but better than... false hopes."

&me "Hopes are not about me at all."

&show angel surprise at center&

&ss "What do you mean?"

&me "Somehow it happened."

&show angel serious at center&

&ss "Don't make it up. These words don't suit you."

&me "And where do they come from, those hopes?"

&show angel sad at center&

&ss "Well ... At least from the fact that they are {i}needed {/ i}. Certainly {w} Somewhere deep down it's still sitting in you. And in everybody."

&me"Why do you think so?"

&ss "I know it better than anyone, maybe. About hopelessness... And still, after all... "

&me "What?"

&ss "And without any reason... we still hope."

&window hide

&$ renpy.pause (1)

&show angel smile at center with dspr&

&window show

&ss "Oh well... What am I'm talking about? We're sitting in this posh place ... It's a shame to whine about anything."

&show angel normal at center&

&ss "And dreams are dreams. Not all of them come true."

&show angel unsure at center&

&"We sat a little longer, each in its own reverie. The music changed once again. "

& me "You still don't want to ..."

&show angel normal at center&

&ss "No. It's too hot now."

&window hide

&$ renpy.pause (0.3)

&hide angel with dspr

&$ renpy.pause (0.3)

&window show

&"Samantha got up and walked a few steps away. But then turned around, smiling a little."

&show angel smile at fright with dspr

&ss "I wouldn't be against your coming with me, by the way."

&window hide

&$ renpy.pause (0.5)

&hide angel with dspr

&$ renpy.pause (0.2)

&window show&

&th "Will I run after her again, like a loyal doggie? No way! {w} I'll go quietly."

&window hide

&$ renpy.pause (0.6)

&scene bg big_balcony_hw with dissolve

&

&$ persistent.ssg_22 = True

&

&$ renpy.pause (0.6)

&show angel normal with dspr

&window show

& "And here were again on a spacious balcony. It was now empty and all at our disposal. Because of this, it seemed even wider. "

&me "They're all in there ... And we won't even dance one single time this evening? At the last one?"

&show angel smile

&ss "It seems like that."

&me "Won't you feel bad about that?"

&ss "I can handle it."

&me "Seriously? Come on."

&show angel surprise

&ss "Come on?"

&show angel unsure

&extend " Hmm, I don't mind."

&me "Dreams ... Hopes."

&show angel normal

&me "You know, I did not expect your friendship, I did not dream about it."

&show angel surprise

&extend "I just counted on it! {w} I was sure!"

&window hide

&$ renpy.pause (0.2)&

&show angel sad with dspr

&$ renpy.pause (0.2)&

&window show&

&ss "And you got it. But you did not behave like a friend, so enough about that."

&show angel surprise&

&me "How is it \" enough \"? I am your friend! The best one! The only one!"

&show angel angry

&ss "You're very wrong. I have such a person - it's not you, and you have nothing in common with him."

&me "That's not true. Why do you do this to me? {w} Why?!"

&ss "Why should it be different? I thought everything was clear long ago."

&me "I don't know ... I definitely don't deserve such words."

&ss "You just cannot leave me alone. You are too used to the idea that everyone owes you. "

&me "...I will leave you alone."&

&ss "For sure. I don't think we'll ever meet again."

&show angel sad

&extend "And you made it like that yourself..."

&me "I wish you only good. Much good. "

&window hide

&$ renpy.pause (0.5)&

&show angel shy close

&with dspr

&"Samantha suddenly caught and closed my hand in hers."

&stop music fadeout 2

&ss "I know, I know... And my heart aches for you. But we have no choice. Do you understand? .."

&$ renpy.music.set_volume(volume=0.5, delay=0, channel='ss_sfx')&

&play ss_sfx The_Playground_bang&

&ss "...do you, Eli?"

&window hide

&show angel sad close

&with dspr&

&$ renpy.pause (0.6)&

&window show&

& me "W-what did you call me?"

&show angel surprise close

&with dspr&

&ss "...Eli?"

&$ renpy.music.set_volume(volume=0.7, delay=4, channel='ss_sfx')&

&"Samantha was only slightly surprised, but with me it was different: I even grabbed my nose - to check if I still had a mask on me."

&show angel sad close&

&ss "Everyone calls you that ... I thought you didn't mind."

&window hide&

&$ renpy.pause (1)

&window show

&me "But I'm not Eli... I'm Semyon, your Semyon..."

&window hide

&show angel shocked close

&with dspr

&$ renpy.pause (0.3)&

&window show

&ss "What? .." &&

& "Samantha's face was instantly gray with horror. And I was afraid of my words-I should have softened them, kept them for a minute. But could I?"

& "She should have known. And she should have rejoiced, both of us. But for some reason it was different."

&show angel angry close

&with dspr&

&ss "...How did you find out about him?"

& me "But it's me! And I have no idea how I've gotten here!"

&show angel rage close

&ss "You... You're a sick, naughty boy! Don't you dare touch him!"

&me "No, no... What a perverse masquerade ..."

&ss "Shut up! Get out!"

&me "I'm your interpreter! I saved you from the snake, remember? I was your Romeo!"

&hide angel

&show angel shocked2 at center

&with dspr&

&"She backed away from me, putting her hand forward, as if defending herself from something."

&ss "It's some kind of dream ... It's impossible ... {w} Even for you, with your almighty dad."

&me "Sammy!"

&hide angel with dspr

&"I could not resist, and embraced her, even kissed her cheek, but Samantha stood still. I already felt that we had spectators, and they were growing on the balcony. I had to take a step back. "

&stop ss_sfx fadeout 3

&show angel shocked close with dspr&

& th "Why does not she believe me? How can she not see? I am Semyon ... I've never had to prove this fact yet ..."

&show angel stunned close&

&play music The_Executioner

& ss "Now... it's clear."

&me "Yes!"

&$ renpy.music.set_volume(volume=1.0, delay=4, channel='ss_sfx')&

&ss "He betrayed me."

&me "Who?!"

& ss "He received my letters, in which I foolishly mentioned you, and ... and decided ... to get rid of me?"

& ss "{i} Present {/ i}? .. {w} {i} Give {/ i} me to you!"

&me "No!"

&show angel shocked close&

&ss "Yes! Sam wrote to you, he told you everything about us. It's the only way you could find out."

&me "What's this nonsense?!"

&ss "Whose idea was it? To use it like that?"

&me "Listen!"

&ss "Your idea? Have you decided it's your last chance?"

&me "But I'm Semyon! You have to believe me, it's you! It's {i} you and me {/ i}!"

&hide angel with dspr

& "Samantha suddenly stepped on the railing, to the everyone's horror."

&window hide

&scene bg big_balcony_sam with dissolve

&window show

& "Quickly moving, she held on from the outside - above the abyss of two dozen floors. Her hair and dress were fluttered by the wind, and her face was drowned in tears. "

&ss "Stay there!"

&me "Good god! Samantha! You can't do this!"

&ss "That is you who can't! But I'm not a thing! Not a toy!"

&me "Come back! I'll prove it!"

&ss "You're the smartest, but I'm not that stupid."

&me "Test me! Ask what you want!"

&ss "Tell..."

&me "Yes! Whatever you want!"

&

&$ persistent.ssg_92 = True

&

& "She looked down, and then at me - with an expression of extreme horror."

&ss "Tell Sam, that I..."

& me "Don't even think!"

&window hide

&$ renpy.pause (0.3)

&menu:

&&" Persuade":

&&&$ ss_paperplain = True

&&&jump ss_dreamendrec

&&"Act":

&&&$ ss_paperplain = False&&

&&&jump ss_dreamenddo

&&&

label ss_dreamenddo:&

& "My muscles were already strained, being ready to rush to her, but I could not do this. I saw that such a step would be a fatal moment, it could be read in her eyes. There was something else to be done. "

&ss "Tell Sam ... that I still love him."

&stop music fadeout 3&

& "She lowered her head and almost moved off the ledge. The decision was made in a moment. "

&play ss_mus Skeletron_Last_Stand fadein 5&

&th "I will prove it."

&scene bg big_balcony_sam3 with dspr

&

&$ persistent.ssg_133 = True

&&&

& th "Call the reporters. Today the asphalt will receive its bloody tribute. {w} But the fallen will occur to be the Demon, not the Angel."

&window hide&

&$ renpy.pause (0.5)&

&play sound sfx_wind_gust

&scene bg ss_city_below:

&&xalign 1.0&&

&&ypos 0.0&

&&ease 0.1ypos 0.025

&&ease 0.1ypos -0.025

&&ease 0.1ypos 0.0125

&&ease 0.1ypos -0.0125

&&ease 0.1ypos 0.00625

&&ease 0.1ypos -0.00625

&&ease 0.1ypos 0.003125

&&ease 0.1ypos -0.003125&

& "In one jump I crossed the fence, and the whole city rushed to me at once. So big and deep."

&th "Maybe I should have thought better."

& "Having managed to turn around, I saw for a moment her frozen face."

&th "She will stay. So it's worth it."

&th "I will always remember this face. There is no horror in it so far - it just let go for a second. Now there's only an astonishment. It's simple, childish. "

&th "Confusion. She would have asked \"why?\". If she could."

&th "She'll have to break her head over it. All them will have to."

&th "{i} And if everyone will jump to the window, will you follow too? {/ i}" &

&th "Yes, me too. But you - not."&

&"Her face disappears."

&stop ss_mus fadeout 5&

&scene bg ss_city_below_dark with dissolve2&

&"It's getting dark all around. Almost nothing to disassemble. Only from above, like an asterisk flashed. "

& "The falling Sammy's pendant. {W} Such a shame, she lost it."

&play music Excelsior fadein 5

&window hide

&$ renpy.pause (0.5)

&scene bg ss_city_below_darker with dissolve2

&$ renpy.pause (0.5)

&window show

"It was high time to fall down somewhere at last. But instead of meeting with the pavement, I hung in some kind of emptiness."

& "Bizarre thoughts crept into my head."

&th "Such a pity that my costume is so inconspicuous... They even won't identify me as a vampire without a cloak... I would be better a fallen astronaut ... Or Batman." &

&th "Whatever. The costume is a little thing." The important thing is that overall, I succeeded. "

&th "At last I saved you, Samantha. Nice work, eh?

&th "... What would I do next? {w} Oh yes. I'm about to die."

&th "It's a little insulting. But only a little. Because it wouldn't work out otherwise, right?"

&th "Let even both of us be saved. And then? {w} Me and you... Your life is my duty. It's embarrassing. "

&th "No, I did my job and have to leave. Everything as the classic bequeathed. And this is the most correct alignment."

&th "To save her.This was a very important matter. {w} And the fact that the price of that is my life ..."

&th "Is it really bad to die in the name of something, what's it worth? According to half of the ancient teachings - this is the best thing you can wish for."

&th "And if the goal of life is to find your death in its best form, then I succeeded." &

&stop music fadeout 4

&th "A table with a clean cloth is waiting for me in Valhalla."

&window hide

&$ renpy.pause (1)

&scene black with dissolve2&

&jump ss_forestend&

&

newline

newline

label ss_dreamendrec:&

&me "Wait, give me a second!"

& "Samantha raised her reddened eyes to me, it was that very second. I had to concentrate and urgently come up with something. "&

&me "I remember every single one of your letters! And just received one! {w} Now ... You were invited to record a song!"

&ss "Nobody invited..."

&me "In December! Remember!"

& "Those who stood by looked at each other."

&th "Ah, dammit. It's not even winter now... Am I prophesying the future?"

& "I bit my tongue and gave myself a mental slap in the face. Of all the countless facts known only to me and Samantha, I chose the most nonsensical."

&"It was a step back in the negotiations, but at least not from the cornice. Such stupidity could even win a little time, but it needed something else. "

&me "It seems ... the song has not happened yet, but..." &

& "Someone behind me tried to push me to the side, but I nudged back with my elbow." &

&me "Recognize me! Please!" &

&"Sam shook her head and looked down again.I was feverish, some force drove me forward - there, just grab her as soon as possible."

"You can't! It's wrong! I ... will be devastated!"

&ss "Stop it..."

&me "You have to recognize me! Without proofs! Just recognize!"

& "It was harder and harder to keep the remnants of composure, to choose the right words."

&me "You... You promised! On our last day!"

&ss "On our... {w} What?"

&"That was it. A spark in a dim consciousness. And only a sob as a note of hope." &

&stop music fadeout 5

&"It was too early to rejoice, but I allowed myself to breathe out a little."

&th "Calm down. She heard me, it'll all work out.. A few more words, and I'll take her back."

&me "Our farewell at the gate."

&me "You promised to know me when we meet."

&me "I did not know what I was talking about then... And I did not realize that it would be like that."

&me "But you remember."&

&window hide&

&$ renpy.pause (1)

&play ss_sfx Watching_The_Stars_calm fadein 8

&queue ss_sfx Watching_The_Stars_act&

&show hug_flashback with dissolve2

&$ renpy.pause (1.2)

&window show

&me "I know that you remember, because I will never forget it myself."

& "Still in a terrible confusion, Samantha stared at me fixedly, but with a very different look." &

& "Now there was pity in her eyes, as if pleading. She wanted to believe me. And she believed."

&hide hug_flashback

&scene bg big_balcony_sam2

&with dspr

& "She was with me again. I held out my hand to her. {W} Almost calm, she reached out to me. "&

& "But at the last moment stopped. And pulled away. "&

&me "Sammy?!"

&"She just shook her head, biting her lip. The chill went down my back again. "

&"At least I saw that she's still here, with me. And we're talking."

& "I took a step forward." &

& "Samantha whispered, so that only I could hear:"

&ss "Let's do it together."

&me "What are you?!.."

&ss "We will escape here. Otherwise they'll separate us."

&me "It doesn't matter, let them! Get out of there!"

&ss "Trust me. {w} Look."

& "She was pointing somewhere down, under the balcony."

&scene bg big_balcony_sam2 at Zoom((1920, 1080), (0, 0, 1920, 1080), (0, 228, 1515, 852), 1.0)

& "After taking two steps forward, I looked cautiously over the railing."

& "Now it became clear: the floor beneath us stood out, the balconies were cascading here. But still the gap was dangerously small."

&scene bg big_balcony_sam2 at Zoom((1920, 1080), (0, 228, 1515, 852), (0, 0, 1920, 1080), 0.5)

&me "Why should we do that? Just get out, and that's it!"

&ss "No, we'll escape! We just need to jump ..."

&me "Do you want to kill yourself? {w} You're already killing me! Why?"

&ss "I cannot do this... Can you imagine what they'll do with me? Such a scandal..."

&me "They'll gossip and forget! Why do you care about them? Are they really worth not taking the risk?"

&ss "But my parents... Mom won't understand ..."

&me "She will! {w} Everything will be fine, we will manage!"

&stop ss_sfx fadeout 3&

&ss "No. We need to somehow get out."

&me "It's too dangerous!"

&ss "Help me. Or I'm going alone."

&$ renpy.music.set_volume(volume=1.0, delay=0, channel='music')&

&play music Skeletron_Last_Stand fadein 8&

& "Samantha was already crouching down, translating her threat into reality. The audience gasped."

&window hide

&scene bg new_york_illumination with fade

& "And then even stronger, when I climbed over the railing."

&show angel smile close:

&&pos (900,220)

&ss "Now I see that this is the real you."

&me:"Stand back, everyone! Or we will jump because of you! Do not take the sin upon your souls!"

&show angel normal close:

&&pos (900,220)

& "The ring of spectators moved back half a step, but it was clear that many were already prepared to catch us. I lowered my voice again to a whisper. "

&me "I'll jump off first and catch you. {w = .7} I really hope ... {w} And if I fall, you stay here! Promise!"

&show angel surprise close:

&&pos (900,220)&

&ss "Yes! Yes! I will! But it will work out!"

&me "If not ... Well, it's not even my body... You have nothing to worry about."

&th "But it won't finish good for this Eli..." &

&ss "Don't think about it! Let's go!"

&window hide

&$ renpy.pause (0.5)&

&hide angel with dspr

&window show

& "Amazed to myself, I grabbed the railing at their very base, lowered my legs and hung over the abyss."

&"It was too scary to let go, but there were no other choices: under the balcony was an empty space where the legs could not find support, and hands were not enough to pull back."

&stop music fadeout 7

&"Seeing my confusion, Samantha hurried to the rescue, exposing herself to much greater danger. I could hang for a long time, but now I had to decide something quickly."

&window hide

&play ss_sfx Glamdring fadein 2

&$ renpy.pause (1)

&window show

&me "Fly, you fools!"

&window hide

&if persistent.ss_widget == "on":

&&python:

&&&config.overlay_functions.remove(editoverlay__samantha)

&$ persistent.sprite_time = 'day'

&$ day_time()&&&

&scene black with slideup

&$ renpy.pause (4)

&$ renpy.music.set_volume(volume=0.6, delay=0, channel='music')&

&play music Tequila_sunrise&

&play ss_sfx sfx_body_bump

&if persistent.ss_widget == "on":

&&python:&

&&&config.overlay_functions.append(editoverlay__samantha)&

&scene bg big_balcony:

&&xalign 1.0&&

&&ypos 0.0&

&&ease 0.1ypos 0.025

&&ease 0.1ypos -0.025

&&ease 0.1ypos 0.0125

&&ease 0.1ypos -0.0125

&&ease 0.1ypos 0.00625

&&ease 0.1ypos -0.00625

&&ease 0.1ypos 0.003125

&&ease 0.1ypos -0.003125

&window show&&

& "After flying a couple of meters down, I landed in a huge flower pot."

&"Such a landing could be considered successful. I got up and looked around. "

& "From here my lower balcony seemed not as a tiny strip, but a whole airfield, which was impossible to miss."

& "I put my foot in the railing and prepared to catch the divine parcel from above."

&me "All right! I'm ready!"

& "Samantha screamed; apparently someone was trying to stop her. My heart contracted in my chest, but I could'nt look out to see what was happening-then she could fall on my head. I stood firmly on the spot.

&"The struggle at the top was won. I unhesitatingly decided that in a moment we would be together again - here, or below on the pavement."

&"Everything happened in half a second. She fell much farther from the wall than it came out from me."

& "I saw that it was necessary to catch her beyond the railing, although it seemed almost impossible."

&play sound sfx_alisa_falls&

& "Having caught the angel in my hands, I staggered, swung forward and painfully hit the railing. Still I resisted, and calmly transferred the precious burden to the balcony." with vpunch

&window hide

&scene bg short_balcony

&show angel surprise2 close

&with dissolve

&

&$ persistent.ssg_23 = True&

&

&ss "Oh wow..."

&show angel surprise close

&extend "Thank you!"

&me "We do not do this anymore! Never!"

&$ renpy.music.set_volume(volume=0.4, delay=5, channel='music')&

&show angel smile close&

&ss "Well done!"

&me "That guy did it, not me. An athlete, you say?"

&ss "Eli?.. Well, thanks to him too..." &

&me "Now it's clear what you liked in him."

&show angel serious close&

&ss "What are you talking about?!"

&show angel surprise close&

&extend "Enough of this. We have to wind down or they will come here now!"

&me "Those people from above? Well, let's run..."

&window hide

&$ renpy.pause (0.3)

&hide angel with dspr

&window show

& "Samantha rushed to the balcony door leading into a dark room, and pulled the handle in every possible way."

&play ss_sfx sfx_campus_door_rattle&

&extend "To no avail."

&ss "...It's locked."

&$ renpy.music.set_volume(volume=0.7, delay=0, channel='ss_sfx')&

&play ss_sfx sfx_slam_door_campus

& "She knocked on the door in the hope that it would even quiver. I clung to the door glass, but there was almost nothing to see inside."

&me "Some penthouse ... Well, at least it's empty."

&$ renpy.music.set_volume(volume=1.0, delay=0, channel='ss_sfx')&

&show angel unsure close with dspr&

&ss "How can we open it?"

&me "Only if we break the glass..."

&stop music fadeout 6&

&show angel normal close&

&ss "... Do you think so?"

&me "No! I will not drag you into this."

&ss "Is it better to stay here?"

& me "We should not have to jump! {w} To be honest, we should not have climbed on the railing, either."

&show angel sad close&

&ss "I'm sorry ... But can you imagine how you made me..."

&me "You can't do this. In any case."

&$ renpy.music.set_volume(volume=1.0, delay=0, channel='music')

&ss "I know, but..."

&show angel shocked close&

&extend "Everything inside me turned upside down then."

& "I ran my hand over her shoulder, brushing a speck of dust. Samantha smiled confusedly. "

&show angel smile close&

&ss "You have the right to be angry."

&me "Be angry at you? Impossible."

&show angel unsure close&

&play ss_mus2 m_portrait fadein 2

&ss "Then again, I'm sorry. It's so strange ... You're him... "

&me "Come on..."

&window hide

&show angel normal close

&show ball_mask

&with dspr

&window show

&"I lowered the mask, which sat like a peak on my head all this time."

& me "Is it better now?"

&show angel smile close&

&ss "Yes. Much better."

& me "And warmer. {w} But you're freezing again ..."

&window hide

&scene bg short_balcony_kiss

&show ball_mask

&with dissolve

&window show

& "She suddenly took a step forward, rose on tiptoes and kissed me. But only on the mask, on my plastic grin."

& "In fact, nothing happened, a little fake kiss, but the effect was the most real."

& "The pendulum of my heart doubled the speed, as if accelerated by a blacksmith's hammer, not by the most tender lips, which I did not even touch."

& "\" It's just her gratitude\", - I told myself, and quite believed. But the pendulum still did not slow down."

&th "To be precise, it's not even my heart ... Is this the case? {w} Oh, what a scoundrel..."

&th "Am I jealous... to my body for rent? {w} Or is the heart still mine?"

&window hide

&$ renpy.pause (0.3)

&scene bg short_balcony&

&show ball_mask

&show angel normal close

&with dissolve

&

&$ persistent.ssg_23 = True

&

&window show&

&"Fortunately, Samantha did not see my confusion. Now she stood with a sad smile, trying to make out something in my almost invisible eyes. "

&show angel sad close

&ss "It's strange, right?"

&me "...When isn't it?"

& "I adjusted my happy mask a little."

&me "I didn't know you like vampires so much."

&ss "Let the vampire be. On any face I agree, not only {i} his {/ i}."

&me "Ok ... And where's your mask?"

&show angel unsure close&

&ss "I left it somewhere upstairs... Why?

&me "You would not have been recognized in it. At least it would make sense to run away."

&show angel smile close&

&ss "It still makes sense. And why are you yearning for the mask now?"

&show angel normal close&

&ss "Am I prettier in it? {w} I don't look like the Queen anymore?"

&me "I'll see you through any mask. Think that I do not even notice it."

&show angel unsure close&

&ss "I'm not asking for a compliment ... Just ... Who will tell me the truth, if not you?"

&show angel serious close&

&ss "I look better in a mask, don't I?"

&window hide

&$ renpy.pause (1)

&window show

&me "In a way."

&show angel surprise close

&me "There was such mystery in you ..."

&me "And without a mask, you are..."

&show angel shocked close&

&ss "Well?!"

&me "...just too beautiful today."

&window hide

&show angel shy close with dissolve

&window show&

& "Joking around didn't work out - my words sounded much more serious than I expected."

&hide angel with dspr

&$ persistent.ssg_92 = True&

& "Samantha leaned forward, put her head on my shoulder and sobbed. I hugged her cautiously. "

&ss "Sam, my Sam ... {w} Why are we always trapped in some way?"

&ss "Not in one trap, so in the other ... It's not fair."

&me "Someday everything will be fine."

&ss "Someday ... {w} But not today?"

&me "It's unlikely that I'll be here for long ... {w} I mean... it's not about you ... You'll settle in. On your own."

&ss "Come on. How is it "on my own"?"

&me "...But you are already fine. Judging by the letters - you are quite happy. Am I right?"

&ss "Am I happy? Sometimes, probably... or so it seemed. {w} And now I see that I was not."

&me "Silly thoughts... They will pass. You're fine."

&window hide

&$ renpy.pause (0.3)

&show angel sad close with dspr

&window show

&ss "It would be so good if you suddenly stayed. It would be bizarre, of course... But you are still here."

&show angel normal close

&ss "...Not for long, you say?"

&me "Yes, it seems to me that this time everything is not so thorough. It's just a cup of tea, instead of a bus..." &

&th "It's better to be silent about weed. I shouldn't provoke her into experimenting."

&ss "You had a cup of tea, and that's it?" And what happened then? "

&me "Hmm ... I fell asleep? I do not remember. {w} If so, I'll wake up soon."&

&show angel sad close

&ss "And it will all end."

&me "It seems like that. It means that time is up to the morning ... Or less."

&ss "So little..."

&show angel shocked close&

&ss "But yet you will return?"

&me "If there would be a chance ..."

&show angel surprise close&

&ss "If not, I'll come back to you myself! I promise!"

&stop ss_mus2 fadeout 9&

&me "You better think of yourself. At least for now. If I disappear, then what are you?.."

&show angel sad close&

&ss "And where will I go? I'll stay here ... Without you ..." &

&show angel surprise close

&ss "With {i} him {/ i} ?!"

&me "That's it. We need to save you from here."

&$ renpy.music.set_volume(volume=0.7, delay=0, channel='music')&

&play music Tequila_sunrise fadein 3

&extend "Let's get out." &

&show angel normal close&

&ss "But how?"

&me "Can we try the same way? Let's have a look..."

&show angel unsure close

&me "Look, the balcony below ours has a ledge too. Perhaps we will have more luck there?"

&show angel smile close&

&ss "Well, of course! Let's try it." &

&me "But it's still terribly dangerous. You nearly died. "

&show angel surprise close&

&ss "Because of that fool! Some marshmallow sailor was dragging me to the balcony, but now everything will be fine!"

&show angel normal close&

&me "Okay, there's no particular choice... Let's do it. The main thing is not to be afraid."

&ss "I'm not afraid at all, I know you'll save me. {w} Well, are you first?"

&me "How can I save you otherwise?"

&show angel smile2 close with dspr

& "My wily girlfriend just broke her hands, smiling. I jumped over the fence and confidently stood on the ledge. "

&window hide

&$ renpy.pause (0.5)

&scene bg new_york_illumination

&show ball_mask

&with dissolve

&$ renpy.pause (0.5)&

&window show

&"After the last success, I felt almost like an experienced climber. At least more skillful than those who walk on Everest, being spoon-fed by guides."

& "My plan was to go down in the old way, except that the mask seriously obstructed my view. Holding one hand over the railing, I pushed the vampire mask up with the other."

&hide ball_mask with dspr

& "But I overdid it with that - the rubber slid on the chin, and the mask flew off my head."

& "Reflexively trying to grab it, I lost balance, could not resist on the eaves and flew upside down." &

&window hide

&play sound sfx_wind_gust

&scene bg new_york_illumination_rev with dspr

& "The balcony of the lower floor flashed half a meter from me. The cascade ended with it - below it was a sheer wall."

& "I thought that I was very lucky with this, otherwise I would be smashed to pieces on the next ledge."

& "I flew past the dark windows, as well as past the bright ones - friendly and full of home comforts. I saw people in them. For a moment I invaded other people's lives and for some reason smiled at these fleeting pictures. "

& "The last thing I saw was a paper airplane - not soaring, as it should be, but for some reason falling vertically. I smiled at it, too. "

&stop music fadeout 5

& "And to such an absurd end." &

&window hide

&$ renpy.pause (1.0)

&scene black with dissolve2&

&jump ss_forestend

&

label killthebear:

newline

& "Trying to fight the desire to turn away or shut my eyes, I pulled the trigger."

&window hide

&play sound ss_rifle_shot

&scene white with flash

&play music Underneath fadein 5

&$ persistent.sprite_time = 'day'

&$ day_time()&

&scene bg ss_bear_nobear with dissolve2

&

&show ss_snow&

& "The bear opened its mouth for the last time, but it looked like it had forgotten why. His eyes became clouded, a sort of glaze coming over them in seconds. "

&"The carcass subsided feebly. I turned away. "

& "The tortures of the animal were over, but mine may have just begun. A large lump rolled up my throat. "

&"I had to leave right away, but I hesitated, and now it was too late. Somewhere on top the branches broke - it was a girl who had heard the shot. "

&$ renpy.music.set_volume(volume=0.01, delay=3, channel='sound')

&play sound sfx_hiding_in_bush

&window hide

&$ renpy.pause (1)

&show owl scared hands at fright with dspr

&$ renpy.pause (1)

&window show

& "She looked from me to it, not believing her eyes."

&window hide

&hide owl with dspr

&show owl cry hands:

&&pos (850,220)

&with dspr

& "And rushed to him, bursting into tears. My eyes also began to water and itch. There was another burning sensation - somewhere in the oven - from a burning desire to cross my heart and hope to die."

& "She caressed and called him. Hugged and whispered something in his ear, drowning in luxurious fur."

&"I stood and watched. It was a hard sight, but I could not turn away. And did not move at all, afraid to sigh once more, only not to disturb {i} them."

& "Justify myself, calm her down, ask for forgiveness? Now I would not have dared any more. I did not even have the slightest right to attention to himself. "

& "I had to leave. Leave the crime scene. And leave them alone."

& "But I did not get such an indulgence as disappearing imperceptibly. As soon as I backed up, the girl turned around. "

&$ renpy.music.set_volume(volume=1.0, delay=0, channel='sound')

&show owl rage hands:

&&pos (850,220)

&with dspr

& "She did not say anything."

&play sound sfx_boat_impact

&"Instead, she threw a bundle that fell about half a meter from me. I sat down and unfolded the cloth: inside there were tongs, quite similar to surgical ones. "

&show owl cry:

&&pos (850,220)

&"I looked up at the girl, her right hand covered to the wrist in blood, and she lifted it to the light, holding something small between two fingers."

&show owl upset:

&&pos (850,220)

& "The thing flashed in the sun, and I recognized it as a bullet. It was the first one, and she took it out with her hands. {W} Now she threw it at me."

&show owl cry:

&&pos (850,220)

& "And burst with tears again."

&play ambience ss_snowwalk fadein 2

"I did not have the strength to look at it. I turned and walked away. "

&window hide

&$ renpy.pause (0.3)

&hide owl with dspr

&$ renpy.pause (0.3)

&scene bg ss_winterf2

&show ss_snow

&with dissolve

&$ renpy.pause (0.5)

&stop ambience fadeout 7

&$ renpy.music.set_volume(volume=0.2, delay=0, channel='ambience')&

&play ambience ss_snowstorm fadein 6

&"I did not know the way home, but it was too early for me to go there. It was necessary to find the dog first. "

&window hide

&$ renpy.pause (0.5)

&$ persistent.sprite_time = 'day'

&$ day_time()

&scene bg ss_winterf4 with dissolve

&show heavy_snow

& "Walking along the bloody tracks, I returned to the bear's glade."

&$ renpy.music.set_volume(volume=0.3, delay=3, channel='ambience')

& "The dog was in place. The tree was already scratched by its claws - it had tried to free itself, but without me it would not work out."

&"The dog was as glad to see a human as husky are supposed to be. But now it was a very weak consolation."

&me "Take us home, Nerka."

&window hide

&$ renpy.pause (0.7)

&scene bg ss_winterf1 with dissolve

&show heavy_snow

&$ renpy.pause (0.5)

&$ renpy.music.set_volume(volume=0.5, delay=5, channel='ambience')

& "I had to admit that my hunt ended in the most lousy way. I'd love to forget that day, but I had a feeling that I would remember it for a long time."

& "I'd like to call an ambulance for my soul. To drink medicines... or not medicines. I would try even folk remedies to lose yourself, but there was nothing like that in my camp. "

&"Nothing and nobody. There wasn't even anyone to talk to, no one to ease the conscience. The dog can listen, but was hardly able to understand and console, or at least to scold. "

"And yet I had someone to confess to. It would take time, but every word would be caught and understood."

&stop music fadeout 3&

&stop ambience fadeout 2

&window hide

&$ renpy.pause (1)

&scene bg ss_wintersquare with dissolve

&$ renpy.pause (1.5)

&$ set_mode_nvl()

&window hide

&play music m_portrait fadein 5

&"It was only half the battle to get the paper out of it - it was necessary to send the letter somehow, and the postman did not visit me often."

& "To get an answer, I had to go to the post office myself. I left the next morning, and I got to the village steadily by dark, exhausted even in good weather. "

"The old man fed me dinner, listened to everything, did not believe anything, and offered to stay for a week. I stayed only for a day so that the old man did not run to guard me instead of myself. "

& "Coming back without a hitch, I threw back two pages of a month on the calendar firstly, putting a fat cross in the center - this day it will be possible to begin waiting for an answer. The cross hit the middle of spring. "

&nvl clear

"Another day I rested after the road, and the next day I went to the forest and wandered around until the evening. So I did the next day and the third. "

& "I've already walked a lot in the woods this winter, selflessly chasing the bear. But I did not even think that after I had finished with the enemy I would double my wandering in the forest."

& "Every morning I stubbornly climbed into the thicket, dragging the poor dog behind me. I did not immediately admit to myself that we were looking for that particular girl. "

& "I did not even really know why we were looking for her and what I would tell her. The plan changed from one campaign to another campaign. But the result did not change, nor its absence, to be precise."

&"We did n't find any traces of the girl or her house, where she could run for the pincers. More, I really didn't want to find the bear. "

&nvl clear

&"Days and weeks passed, but I did not manage to get distracted. I was tormented by heavy pictures in dreams, and heavy thoughts in reality."

& "The search continued. The cross on the calendar was approaching."

&stop music fadeout 4

&$ set_mode_adv()&

&window hide

&$ renpy.pause (1)&

&scene black with fade2

&play ambience ambience_int_cabin_day fadein 2

&scene bg ss_countryhouse_y2night

&show ss_countryhouse_y2night_nogs

&with fade2&

&$ renpy.pause (1.5)

&$ renpy.music.set_volume(volume=1.0, delay=0, channel='ambience')

&play sound leaf

&$ renpy.pause (0.8)

&$ set_mode_nvl()

&window show

&nvl clear

&play music I_Am_and_We_Are fadein 2

& "Hello, Sam."

& "It turned out very badly, yes. But please, do not be depressed like that! Everything could be much worse. You can imagine it yourself."

& "And I asked you not to go to the forest. It's too bad you didn't listen to me. Now we'll be even. But later about this."

& "You committed an act, but good or bad - we really do not know."

& "Perhaps you saved someone's life ... But you've taken one away. It's hard on the soul now, of course."

&nvl clear&

& "There are people elsewhere who take life - from an animal, or even a person - without thinking at all. And there can be quite a few of such people."

& "But you and I are not like that. You would not have done so without the most extreme need. So it was necessary. "

& "I cannot approve of this, but I am completely with you. Know that. You know, don't you?"...

&"And I myself would have acted differently, and you know this too: firstly, I'm just a coward. Then... {w} If we do not show mercy, then who will? "

"And there is enough cruelty in the world even without us."

&nvl clear

& "That's why I don't like TV. On all the news: evil and cruelty are everywhere. It's strange, yes? After all, does anybody really want evil in their life? "

&"They do not want it, but it does exist. And everyone copes with it in their own way. Somebody has patience, another is fighting. And then cruelty goes to a new circle. "

& "Is not all cruelty in the world from this endless struggle? {W} On the other hand, I myself justified you. Sometimes it's impossible not to fight sometimes."

&stop music fadeout 6&

& "Endure or fight ... I really do not know which way is right. Is there a right way at all? "

&nvl clear

&" Okay, Sam. It was a black streak, but on this it will end, I'm sure. We just take it and turn it off ourselves. And we'll turn on something else. "

&stop music

&play sound sfx_click_1

&$ renpy.music.set_volume(volume=0.6, delay=0, channel='music')&

&play music On_Tuesday fadein 1

& "Let me tell you something. Something more cheerful. "

& "Now we are finishing the shoot, and in June our TV-show is on a tour of Mexico. Almost everyone goes, including me."

& "Yes, Mexico. Are you surprised? I was also surprised."

& "It turned out that we are very popular there. I'll stay there for a month, in the order of the holidays. It should be fun, but if not, it's not that bad anyway. {W} Do you know why?"

& "Because of what will happen later! And this is the main thing!"

&$ renpy.music.set_volume(volume=0.7, delay=3, channel='music')&

& "I'm coming to you!" &

& "Yes, yes! However, it will be in August... on the other hand it's for sure!"

&nvl clear

& "I even called up Olga Dmitrievna (it was not easy.) I can't say that she was very happy, but they will arrange everything."

& "When I come to you, I will have to perform in a couple of places at first - this is my cover. But then I'll rush to "Sovyonok. "

& "And we will be together again."

& "You can protest as much as you want, but I have to see you. So wait, that's soon."

& "That's all, the main news has been reported. I'll write something else within the week. Bye!"

&"Your Samantha."

&"P.S. Two years have already passed? Unbelievable."

&window hide

&$ set_mode_adv()

&$ renpy.pause (1)

&show gustav normal with dissolve

&window show

&gust "You know what to do."

&me "Rejoice?"

&gust "Stop her."

&me "No."

&window show

&gust "Yes. And do not be shy in expressions."

&me "Forbid Samantha to come? And it's you who says this?"

&gust "She cannot do this."

&me "She cannot do many things! New York, Mexico ... Isn't all this dangerous? "

&gust "It's all dangerous. Is it an excuse to risk it once more?"

&me "I did not ask for it. I was dissuading."

&gust "Not enough."

&me "Enough. Enough of being paranoid."

&gust "When did it become paranoia?"

&me "I'm already poisoning her life with my horror stories ... I'm writing only about misfortunes. And that's not all."

&gust "She cannot be here, and it's not just about flights. We both know it."

&me "...Let her come."

&show gustav upset

& gust "You're crazy. Look, {i} how {/ i} she writes to you."

&me "As usual..."

&gust "No way. She will only be fifteen. A month later. "

&me "This is generally a stupid topic and I do not want to listen. {w} There's nothing, and nothing can be done."

&gust "Tell that to the others."

&me "Only that she is the right one... And everything will be {i} right {/ i}."

&gust "And still everything will be?"

&me "...It won't be! And what will happen, will be right. Always, in any way! {w} Because it's us."

&gust "You? You and her? There will be nothing right. Initially it could not be. "

&me "It's good that it's not you who decides."

&gust "If you love her - forbid her to come. {w} If you don't love her - forbid all the more."

&window hide

&stop music fadeout 2&

&$ renpy.pause (2.0)

&play sound sfx_click_1

&$ renpy.music.set_volume(volume=0.5, delay=0, channel='music')

&play music Total_Eclipse_of_the_Heart fadein 1

&$ renpy.pause (1)

&window show

&me "...I can't. I just can't."

&me "I'm exhausted... From everything... especially these nightmares. Almost every day."

&me "I used to sleep half a day and dream only good things, but now I sleep for three hours only not to see {i} them {/ i}."

&me "Yesterday I dreamt that my hands were to the elbows in blood, and I rubbed and rubbed, but cannot wash it off..."

&me "That bear, that girl... I do not even know her name. They will never give me peace."

&$ renpy.music.set_volume(volume=0.6, delay=3, channel='music')

&me "I need help. I need something good to forget about them."

&me "And you propose to give up Sammy. I have nothing else."

&me "I cannot live any longer without her. {w} Otherwise, I will reach the end of my rope."

&gust "You don't need a rope. You need the bus."

& me "The bus? Now? {w} And what about these two years? What were they for?"

&gust "They just were. What's {i}everything{/i} for? Come on."

&$ renpy.music.set_volume(volume=0.7, delay=3, channel='music')

&me "Be sure I will. Once. But I have to see her, firstly."

&me "Speak to her... Hear something good... Hug."

&$ renpy.music.set_volume(volume=0.8, delay=3, channel='music')

&me "We can even not hug. We can keep silence. Just see each other. At least once."

&me "Even let her curse me, let her drive me away! Anything!" &

&me "I agree to everything, but I need her here."

&me "And let it be."

&window hide

&stop music fadeout 5&

&$ renpy.pause(2)

&scene black with fade2

&$ persistent.sprite_time = 'day'

&$ day_time()

&play ambience ambience_int_cabin_day

&scene bg day_sam_empty with fade2

&$ renpy.pause (0.5)

&window show&

&"This day began like all the rest. When I woke up, I lay in bed for another hour and a half, making up names for the flies circling above the plates. "

& "I had absolutely no reasons to get up. The last peculiar hobby - forest walks - I abandoned with the advent of spring. "

& "It can be said that the hopes of something to change melted along with the snow. When the forest lost its winter appearance, I realized that I could not go back. I could not return to that day, couldn't see that girl either."

&"Perhaps, I did not really want this meeting now. And I did not want much in general."

& "So today, I was kicked out of bed only by the needs of the body."

&window hide

&$ renpy.pause (0.5)

&play ambience ambience_day_countryside_ambience fadein 1

&scene bg ext_houses_day with dissolve

&$ renpy.pause (0.5)

& "Hurrying to the washbasins, I caught a glimpse of movement from the side of the square from the corner of my eye."

&play music Lou_Inspired

&th "A human being!"

& "A chill ran down my back. I felt like Robinson Crusoe, who found other people's traces for the first time. Namely, I regretted that I did not take my gun with me."

&th "No, not even a human! More like a pioneer being!"

&th "But how? And there's another one! And more!"

&th "What's going on? Is it a first group of pioneers that has arrived? Why have they not warned me? "

&"Ignoring the passing pioneers and their surprised looks, I ran straight to the gates of the camp."

&window hide

&$ renpy.pause(0.5)

&play ambience ambience_camp_entrance_day fadein 2

&scene bg ext_bus with dissolve

&$ renpy.pause(0.5)

&th "That's it... The bus... I missed it."

&stop music fadeout 4&

&th "Whatever, this is not the most welcome bus in my life. Not that one yet. "

&window hide

&$ renpy.pause(0.8)

&show mt normal panama pioneer far at center with dspr

&$ renpy.pause(0.3)

&show mt normal panama pioneer at center with dspr

&window show

&me "Hello!"

&mt "Well, hello, watchman. Did you get my letter?" &

& "Her cold tone immediately adjusted to an unkind mood."

&me "...What letter?"

&play music ss_help fadein 7&

&mt "No? I knew I should have sent a telegram. "

&me "Is something wrong?"

&mt "Hmm..."

&me "Something with Samantha?! {w} Won't she come?!"

&mt "Nothing happened, in fact. She will come."

&me "Great!"

&mt "Yeah... But now you're going home."

&me "...How is this? She is coming here, and I'm going from here?"

&mt "Exactly."

&me "But what kind of nonsense is this? After all we... I must... with her ..."

&mt "No, you must not."

&me "...Why do you tell {b} me {/ b} all this? She coordinated with you, right?"

&show mt sad panama pioneer at center

&mt "It's true, she called me." &

&me "So why didn't you refuse? Did not you have enough courage? Is it easier to drive me out?"

&show mt surprise panama pioneer at center

&mt "Well, you are a daring guy."

&me "Am I right?"

&show mt normal panama pioneer at center

&mt "If you want. {w} No... well, you're right. I could not refuse her. And I could not discuss about you on an intercity..." &&

&mt "Or what? Intercontinental communication... {w}With an interpreter.

&mt "You better be thankful that I stay silent about you. Not a word to the authorities. To nobody."

&me "I do not see how I benefited from this situation. I'm being expelled... "

&mt "To be honest, I talked to one little man ..."

&me "With who?"

&mt "With a reliable one. He advised to take you somewhere for a while."

&me "Take me somewhere for a while? Like last year's Christmas tree from the balcony? {w} And for a while - this is for August?"

&mt "... Yes. And then bring you back."

&me "How generous. You better tell me, do not you feel ashamed of Samantha?"

&mt "Why should I?"

&me "She's coming to see me!"

&mt "Just for that? {w} And you are silent? You are becoming more and more insolent."

&me "You already know what she is coming for."

&mt "Okay, you're right. I'm aware of your business."

&mt "Okay, you're right. I'm aware of your business."

&me "There is no business you are hinting at."

&show mt normal panama pioneer at center

&mt "As you say. {w} Well, it's not good. She's coming to you - you are absent. But you've got time to talk her out."

&me "I will not. And I won't leave!"

&mt "Do not be capricious. Where will you go to?"

&me "To the village. It's a neutral territory."

&mt "It's not gonna happen. You're leaving to the town today, and that's it."

&me Are you going to force me?"

&mt "Think about it yourself: the policeman has come with us. Not according to your business, but he will help if necessary."

&me "By what right?"

&mt "This one. Have you documented yourself? No? Then be kind to go to the district center. Until your identity is established, as they say... "

&me "Anyway, I'll meet with her. You will not stop us!"

&mt "Then catch her at the airport, but not in my camp. {w} Did you pack your things?"

&me "What? How could I have guessed?"

&show mt sad panama pioneer at center&&

&mt "Ah, the letter did not reach yet..."

&show mt normal panama pioneer at center

&extend "So, you're on this bus. You are leaving right now."

&me "You fascists."

&show mt smile panama pioneer at center

&mt "...I'll ask the driver to bring you to the village. But you will have just ten minutes, no more."

&me "Yeah, I've been here for you ... Two years ... I have worked tirelessly."

&me "Well... It's all honesty at least. And almost for free."

&show mt normal panama pioneer at center

&me "And how much did I help you personally? You will never have such a watchman."

&me "I killed a thousand rats here. And the bear this winter. So that he will not devour you now."

&mt "Anything else?"

&me "What else ... lured Samantha Smith into this hole!"

&me "In total: I'm the best thing that happened to this camp. {w} After her, of course ..."

&me "And how did you repay me for all the good? Militia and five minutes to pack?"

&mt "Ten minutes."

&me "...It's really some kind of Gestapo."

&mt "And you are really some kind of big whimsical child. {w} Well, enough, march now!"

&stop music fadeout 5&

&window hide

& "Scoffing scornfully and lifting clouds of dust, I reached into the empty bus."

&stop ambience fadeout 2

&$ renpy.pause (0.3)

&hide mt with dspr

&$ renpy.pause (0.5)

&play ss_mus sfx_bus_idle

&scene bg int_bus with dissolve2

&window show

&play music the_sea_scene fadein 5

&drr "Am I taking you? We go in a minute."

& "I nodded. Olga Dmitrievna followed me to give instructions to the driver. I did not listen, but spat at the back seats. "

&th "That's it. That's her visit. And was it worth waiting for? Two months? {w} Or two years?"

&th "Maybe it's for the best. But it's a shame that they did not ask me."

& "I reached the end of the bus and to my surprise found there a sweetly sleeping pioneer, and even more so - a sleeping Slavya."

"The first impulse was to wake her up immediately, but something stopped me."

&th "Well-well-well... If she is here..."

&th "Wasn't it her who consulted Olga about me?"

&th "It all makes sense, doesn't it? Who else could it be?"

&th "What did you think up for me, then? Take me out of the camp for August?"

&th "Well, let's look who is taking who from the camp now!"

&th "Now I'm going home - let it be. But you, gossip, are going to ride a bus with me." &

& "The approach of the leader prevented the construction of insidious plans. I took a couple of steps to meet her so she would not notice Slavya. "

&show mt sad panama pioneer at center with dspr

&mt "I'm sorry, Semyon, you cannot get to the village."

&me "Keep on mocking me, don't you?"

&mt "He says that there is no gasoline for such a hook. There is just enough to reach the next gas station. "

&me "Then I'll stay."

&mt "No."

&me "Why? {w} How am I bothering you? Samantha is arriving only in August ..."

&show mt normal panama pioneer at center

&mt "Not exactly. Plans have changed. From August to..."

&me "When?!"

&mt "The day after tomorrow. {w} But this changes nothing."

&me "You don't even care... {w} You are not interested in anything at all if... if there is your so-called Order.

& me "... I lived here for two years, and now you throw me out in five minutes: in a boorish way, without my things, I did not even say a word to my old man... Is this an order? How do you even sleep at night?"

&show mt sad panama pioneer at center&

&mt "Say the address, I'll bring you all the things. And will explain to Georgiy. "

&me "If I had gold teeth, you would have stood here with pliers."

&mt "Listen, well, it's disgusting, I know..."

&me "Complete beastliness."

&mt "To be honest - yes. But I cannot leave you here."

&me "Why are you so stubborn? I'm not a plague, after all."

&mt "Just... I promised her parents that."

&me "Lies. How did it happen? "

&mt "They were surprised at her taking this trip again. They contacted me, and I told them that you are friends."

&me "And so?"

&mt "And so... you shouldn't be here."

&me "I see... {w}Then I will not. I give up.""

&show mt surprise panama pioneer at center

&mt "Really?"

&me "I will take care of my things myself. Nevermind. I'll just disappear. As you wish."

&show mt sad panama pioneer at center&

&mt "Well, you just... Do not disappear completely. You will never be a stranger to "Sovyonok". This camp is yours, remember... "

&me "Yeah ... It's mine. Gave me a kick in the ass - but do not forget us, dear, thank you, please."

&mt "I didn't spare a thing from you, Semyon. We sheltered you ... Fed you..."

&me "Pretty badly."

&show mt normal panama pioneer at center

&mt "Yes?" You ate well. {W} But now you've snatched too much of a piece - you will not swallow it. "

&me "It's not your piece, by the way. {W} You would have taken it away too, but it will not work out."

&mt "She's not yours."

&me "I know, and it always suited me. This is you who was pushing her all this time, not me."

&mt "You make everything upside down. We are doing such cunning things, yeah ... Only what?"

&mt "If it's about feeding her from a spoon, but not feeding to forest snakes - then yes, I'm a cunning schemer. Only how does it hurt her? "

&me "Well, I still have not hurt her either... It's all your speculation."

&me "And the truth is that she does not need you, but me. Let's say, you are needed too, but there are many people to take care of her..."

&me "But she always liked to be with me. She's free with me."

&mt "What an achievement!"

&me "Probably, it is a real achievement. Since she aspires to me, but not to you, not to Slavya... You are enraged."

&mt "Wake up, Semyon! Time has passed, she is already a different person, you are also different. You cannot turn back time."

&me "Of course, I can't. I have been already driven away. There will be nothing more."

&show mt sad panama pioneer at center with dspr

&mt "We have not taken anything from you, you will understand one day. All your life is ahead. In the meantime, forgive me. "

&me "I'm not going to forgive anyone. Leave me alone."

&mt "Well then, do not forgive. This is the situation."

&window hide

&$ renpy.pause (1)

&window show

&mt "I'm leaving. Farewell."

&me "I wish you all the best."

&window hide

&$ renpy.pause (0.5)

&hide mt with dspr

&$ renpy.pause (1.3)&

&play sound sfx_bus_honk

&$ renpy.pause (0.6)

&window show

&drr "Are you ready there? Let's roll!"

&window hide

&$ renpy.pause (0.7)

&stop music fadeout 3&

&$ renpy.music.set_volume(volume=0.7, delay=0, channel='ss_mus2')&

&play ss_mus2 sfx_bus_loop fadein 2

&stop ss_mus fadeout 2

&$ renpy.pause (0.5)

&with vpunch&

&$ renpy.pause (0.5)

&"The bus picked up speed. I watched the camp disappear from the rear window and returned to my seat. "

&$ renpy.music.set_volume(volume=0.3, delay=6, channel='ss_mus2')&

& "Somehow, it turned out that it was on the penultimate row - in front of Slavya. I settled myself more comfortably and dissolved in my thoughts, glancing at my involuntary fellow traveler and into the window. "

&window hide

&$ renpy.pause (0.7)

&play music Lou_Philosophy fadein 5

&show gustav normal with dissolve&&

&$ renpy.pause (0.6)

&window show

&gust "Aren't you too cruel to her?"

&me "Of course, it is cruel. Because it's revenge!" &

&gust "To Slavya?"

&me "To that vile camp."

&gust "And what kind of revenge is this?"

&me "Well, the kind that it is. That's all I can do."

&gust "And you want to harm her? I don't believe it."

&me "...But I have harmed."

&gust "No, it's not that. But I understand - You want to take a piece of the camp with you. Something like that. "

&me "Pff. Like I need this camp so much... I'm sick of it! It's disgusting!"

&gust "But it was always so cozy and kind."

&me "It was... before. {w} Yes, she embodied it very well..."

&gust "And now she doesn't?"

&me "I don't know. I hope she doesn't. Because the camp became something else."

&gust "What has changed?"

&me "You know. What and when... There is even the exact date."

&gust "So this is not the place changed, but you."

&me "Not by myself. {w} So, now I'm not fit for a place?"

&gust "It's fixable. They say the office makes the man."

&me "What a wise planktonic proverb..."

&gust "So what? Are you going top wake up Slavya?"

&me "It's too late. How long have we been driving for? Half an hour? If they have not lied us about gasoline, the point of no return is passed."

&gust "Anyway. The sooner, the better."

&me "...Get lost. She will wake up by herself."

&window hide

&$ renpy.pause (0.5)

&hide gustav with dspr

&$ renpy.pause (0.5)

&stop music fadeout 5&

& "I turned away to the window and tried to focus on the landscapes. {W} There was only one landscape: on both sides, the road was surrounded by a dense forest."

&"There was almost nothing to see beyond the endless fence of trees, and if something could even be seen, it would be more trees. "

&$ renpy.music.set_volume(volume=0.5, delay=5, channel='ss_mus2')

&$ renpy.music.set_volume(volume=0.6, delay=0, channel='ss_sfx')

&play music the_sea_scene fadein 1

&th "The crooked tree. {w = .6} The burnt tree. {w = .6} The kilometer column. {w = .6} The fallen tree. {w = .6} The girl in the gray hood. {w} or in the green... "

&"After a moment of stupor, I startled."

&me "Stop the bus!" &

&stop ss_mus2 fadeout 1

&play ss_sfx sfx_bus_stop

&"My cry woke Slavya, but now it was not up to her - I was already on the way, blessing the driver for stopping without asking too much."

&"Alas, he did not open the door so quickly. I leaned to the window with impatience and noticed the shadow that flashed through the trees. "

&$ renpy.music.set_volume(volume=1.0, delay=0, channel='ss_mus2')

&$ renpy.music.set_volume(volume=1.0, delay=0, channel='ss_sfx')

&play sound2 sfx_ikarus_open_doors

&th "If only I can catch up to her!"

&window hide

&$ renpy.pause (0.3)

&play ambience ambience_forest_day fadein 1

&scene bg ext_path2_day with dissolve

& "I flew out of the bus like a bullet and reached those trees in a few jumps."

&me "Wait! Please!"

& "The hood disappeared behind the next bushes. I rushed forward. "

&window hide

&scene bg ext_polyana_day with dissolve

&$ renpy.pause (0.5)

&window show

& "But I found only an empty glade."

&stop music fadeout 4

&me "Come back! Please! {w} I need to... I need ..."

&window hide

&$ renpy.pause (1.5)

&show owl upset undr at right with dissolve

&$ renpy.pause (0.5)&

&window show

&owlun "Well, what do you {i} need {/ i}?"

&me "To talk... no..."

& "I bent down, trying to regain my breath."

&me "I need..."

&owlun "Speak."

&play music m_portrait fadein 4

&me "...you to forgive me."

&owlun "Is that so? And why?"

& "I looked away, unable to stand her cold glance."

&owlun "Does this bother you? You kill for no reason. What do you need my forgiveness for? "

& me "I need it... To live." &

&window hide

&$ renpy.pause (1)

&show owl sad undr at right with dspr

&$ renpy.pause (1)

&window show

& "I forgot all the words that I'd prepared for this moment - for weeks and months. But something had to be said. I couldn't just leave this time."

&me "Did you really... know him well?"

&owlun "Best of all."

&me "I'm sorry... Very... {w} I don't even understand why... {i} so {/ i} sorry..."

&window hide

&$ renpy.pause (1)

&window show

& "The girl nodded. Not to me, but to her own thoughts."

&owlun "That bear was born in the summer, when one person had died."

&me "...Who?"

&owlun "My uncle Boris. His soul passed into the bear."

&owlun "I think so. {w} I'm sure."

&owlun "He was born in this forest sometime too."

&owlun "He died far away, but he would like to be home. And he was. "

& "The girl fell silent and turned away, looking out into the distance. To where the sky could be seen beyond the trees."

&me "And I ... I was punished ... Strongly. {w} If it means something."

&owlun "How are you punished?"

&me "It all went wrong ... And now I've lost everything, probably. This place is lost for me."

&owlun "There are many more places."

&me "That's right ... I'll find myself in another... It's time."

&owlun "Yes."

&me "But this punishment... Is it some kind of curse on me?"

&window hide

&show owl guilty undr at right with dspr&

&$ renpy.pause (1)

&window show

&owlun "It is your conscience."

&stop music fadeout 2

&play sound sfx_hiding_in_bush

& "The branches cracked behind me."

&window hide

&show owl surprise undr at right with dspr

&$ renpy.pause (0.4)

&show sl surprise pioneer at left with dspr

&$ renpy.pause (0.4)&

&window show

&sl "Semyon?.. {w}Hello."

&me "...Hello."

&sl "What's going on? I don't understand. {w} The driver said that everyone is at the camp already. And why did they bring me back? "

&show owl normal undr at right with dspr&

&"I did not even look at Slavya. The Forest Girl nodded to me and turned toward the thicket."

&window hide

&hide owl

&show sl serious pioneer at left

&with dspr

&$ renpy.pause (0.4)

&window show

&me "Hold on!"

&window hide

&$ renpy.pause (0.3)

&show owl guilty undr at right with dspr

&window show

& "She turned around, and I froze, completely unaware what to say. {W} We both realized that that conversation was over."

&me "...What is your name?"

&owlun "Owl."

&hide owl with dspr

& "- she threw over her shoulder, finally disappearing into the bushes."

& "After catching Slavya's angry look, I shook my head towards the road and started walking along the indicated path. I wanted at least to postpone the moment of explanation. "

&window hide

&$ renpy.pause (0.4)

&scene bg ext_path2_day with dissolve&

&$ renpy.pause (0.4)

&window show&

&play music The_Nothing fadein 5

&show sl serious pioneer with dspr

&sl "Wait. Who was that girl?"

&me "Owl..."

&show sl surprise pioneer with dspr

&sl "I heard it..."

&show sl angry pioneer

&extend "Come on! What's this Owl? What am I doing here? Semyon? "

&me "Let's go to the bus..."

&sl "The bus goes to the city. {w} If I was forgotten, then why didn't you wake me up?"

&me "I'm sorry. You slept so sweetly. "

&sl "Liar."

& "My tone became even sharper."

&me "What are you? When I saw you, I immediately realized that we won't break up."

&show sl sad pioneer with dspr

&sl "Stop it..."

&me "You're not really against riding with me, right? To accompany your friend." &

&me "I have such wonderful buddies: you, Olga Dmitrievna. Always thinking about me, consulting amonst each other, how would I feel better..."

&sl "I asked her to leave you."

&me "Aha? Only for August to fade?"

&sl "But at least not forever ..."

&show sl surprise pioneer

&sl "Wait, why in August? For June."

&me "This was Olga's word about August. Deal yourself with your own web of lies ..."

&sl "I found out only this morning that she is coming tomorrow."

&me "Samantha coming tomorrow? Well-well-well... And that one said - the day after tomorrow."

&show sl sad pioneer

&sl "I understand why she said so."

&me "So I couldn't come out of control completely? Ha."

&sl "Sorry."

&me "Don't apologize for her. So now it is tomorrow... Is it definitely not today? Or is she somewhere here already, eh?"

&show sl normal pioneer with dspr&

&sl "Come on... I want to meet her myself."

& me "...let's look for her in the bus."

&show sl surprise pioneer with dspr

&sl "But ..."

&me "Come on, the driver is waiting for us."

&window hide

&stop ambience fadeout 1

&$ renpy.pause (0.3)&

&hide sl with dspr

&$ renpy.pause (0.3)

&scene bg int_bus with dissolve

&$ renpy.pause (0.5)

&show sl serious pioneer with dspr

&drr "Are we going?"

&&sl "I'm not. I'll just take my things."

&me "What? Are you going on foot?"

&sl "Of course!"

&me "It's far away. And with a bag and a suitcase..."

&sl "Can you suggest something better?"

&me "Come with me. We'll find you another bus... or a car."

&sl "Find one where? You know how the transport goes here. No-how."

&me "Well, that's true... {w} Then we get off, or what? I'll conduct you. We will get there together."

&show sl smile pioneer

&sl "...Really?"

&show sl serious pioneer

&extend "No, you can't. You must leave."

&me "I'll conduct you and head off to the village. I'll be quieter than water. If you will not tell, Olga will not know. "

&stop music fadeout 8&

&show sl normal pioneer

&sl "...And Samantha?"

&me "She will not know either, of course."

&show sl serious pioneer

&sl "Mmm... No, it will not work out that way. It won't end well."

& "The driver cleared his throat almost delicately."

&me "One minute!"

&show sl sad pioneer with dspr

&sl "I'm going..."

&me "No! {w} But you're right. The camp, village... They have already closed for me."

&sl "That's it."

&play music The_Derry_Tune fadein 5

&me "Wait! Wait, look... We'll take you to town, and ..."

&me "We will wait for Samantha! And she'll grab you tomorrow. Huh?"

&me "We will wait for Samantha! And she'll grab you tomorrow. Huh?"

&sl "Yes? .. {w} And how are we going to wait?"

&me "Well ... Somehow. {w} What's the problem? We are adult people ... Especially you."

&show sl shy pioneer with dspr

&sl "And won't we miss her?"

&me "No way! It seems that she is having a speech in the town. Can you imagine what kind of event it is? The whole town's in a state! "

&sl "Maybe. But are you sure this is a good idea?"

&me "Why not? I'll accompany you ... And you accompany me."

&sl "An amazing friend escorts her buddy?"

&me "No jokes now."

&play sound sfx_bus_honk

&drr "How are you there, kids?"

&me "We're going! {w} Aren't we?"

& "Slavya bewilderedly nodded and waved the driver by her hand."

&show sl smile2 pioneer

&sl "We are. {w} Let's go..."

&window hide

&$ renpy.pause (0.4)

&play ss_mus sfx_bus_loop fadein 1

&$ renpy.pause (0.3)

&hide sl with dspr

&$ renpy.pause (0.7)

&window show

&$ renpy.music.set_volume(volume=0.3, delay=7, channel='ss_mus')

& "The bus was already heading forward, and we comfortably settled on the rear seats."

& "Slavy began to delve into her bag, occasionally showing off all sorts of trinkets. It seemed that she had prepared presents for every inhabitant of the camp and the surrounding area. The driver and I were given a few pies."

& "I chewed and looked at the floating panorama in the window. I remembered the camp that rejected its pioneer. I thought about the invisible spirits of the forest, which I, perhaps, angered. {W} Or perhaps not."

& "I bite next into a pie with potatoes."

&me "Slavya, you know..."

&show sl surprise pioneer at left

&with dspr

&sl "Yes?"

newline

&me "I killed a bear. {w} Have pity on me."

& "She looked incredulously at me and handed me a bottle of a clear drink."

&me "Vodka?"

&show sl smile pioneer at left

&with dspr

&sl "Mineral water."

&me "Oh well... Pour me a shot of this... water."

&th "...We're going home."

&window hide

&$ renpy.pause (1.0)

&scene bg int_bus_night with dissolve2

&$ renpy.pause (1.0)

&$ set_mode_nvl()

&nvl clear

& "Home. That was where the bus was carrying me to."

& "Without stops and transplants. I had no illusions about this."

& "The power that held me in this world, whether it was my will or something else, has dried up. But this was not an exile, but rather a release."

& "I received it today. I did not hear the words of forgiveness, but they forgave me. This cargo was withdrawn."

& "Still remains another load, the main one. But where is it? Not on my shoulders anymore... I put it down myself, did not pass the test."

& "I lost the right to take care of Samantha when I put her at risk for myself. When I agreed on the risk of the trip. And everything else. "

& "I thought only of myself then."

&nvl clear

& "I can't participate in her destiny, not now. {W} Of course, this is not my decision. And even more so, not my desire."

& "For now it's just a feeling, but very thorough. It has not deceived me yet." &

&"For all the misfortunes of my life, there was still some justice in it, in everything that is happening. And now, for this justice ..."

& "I won't meet with her."

& "It's just a feeling. I can still make a mistake, everything can happen. Maybe now we'll reach the town and here it is - a meeting. "

& "But this will be an undeserved gift."

&stop music fadeout 5&

&stop ss_mus fadeout 2&

&$ set_mode_adv()

&window hide

&$ renpy.pause(2.5)&

&scene black with fade2

&$ renpy.pause(2)

&$ renpy.music.set_volume(volume=1.0, delay=0, channel='ss_mus')&

&$ renpy.pause(1)&

&window hide

&play sound sfx_achievement

& "Ending: the bad ending of the bear." &&

&window hide

&$ renpy.pause(1.5)&