Ellen’s character, Madriga, emerges through the Gates of Genachle and takes her first careful steps back on the beloved soil of her homeland. No longer the frightened child who survived the leveling of her village in the games opening scene, she has returned victorious. The IEO of Genachle’s long-sword swings from her well sinewed arm as proof she has defeated him in battle and earned the games ultimate title of….
Ellen hits pause before the game officially ends. She always does. Watching the final scenes of a game was like watching a loved one die. Of course she had never actually watched a loved one die, but she was sure it would be equally as agonizing.
She sits staring into the screen saying her silent goodbyes to life as Madriga- until her laptop’s battery saver kicks in and the screen goes black.
Peering through the window above her desk she notices it’s dark outside. Is it still dark? Or dark again? She isn’t sure at first. A bowl containing the long dried remnants of what was once a bowl of cornflakes leers at her from behind a row of empty energy drink cans, and she opts for dark again.
She taps the power button. 3:24 AM. Madriga’s heroes stance mocks her from the frozen screen on her laptop as Ellen realizes she has to be at work in three and a half hours.
Ugh! Two days off is just not long enough.