No number of hard falls could dim the light in her eyes
She hoped to be a warrior, and to protect the East
She hoped to make her family proud, at the very least
Travis was a wanderer
He swept her off her feet
She thought she had turned dark and cold
But he saw bright and sweet
She knew she should embrace that light
Before it faded away
Before the storm put up it’s fight
And darkness had its way
And so a rare day finally came, when twice the dream came true
For the only thing better than one
Is of course, having two
All warriors and wanderers rejoiced when twins were born
But creeping ever closer was the threat of the storm
The warrior made one last fight
The wanderer, he fled
But the brightness of her light was gone
And his last hope was dead
But those two littles ones survived, and so the world held on
Hoping one day years from now
They’d restore what was gone
The shadows in the cave will wave
The mansion’s lights shine bright
For at last we’ll see a brand new day
To end this long dark night
Their travels finally brought them home
From all the way across worlds
And now all of Summer’s Angels sing
For those sweet Senka girls
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But for those of you who have finished The Mansion's Twins, continue reading to learn about this holiday's traditions across the shadow cave. Spoiler alert! Only click "Read More" if you have finished The Mansion's Twins!
The Celebration of New Beginnings
The celebration can take a good deal of preparation, and begins the night before with "Blackout Night." On February 7th, at 4pm, everyone turns off their lights. Businesses close, and all activities cease. In the morning, twice as many lights are lit, and the parties begin.
Families will sometimes make small recreations of the twins' journey for their kids to walk through before entering a room with a feast and presents, representing the resetting. Each family makes their own "Twins' Journey" ritual as large or small as they please, but the one outside the mansion is huge.
The Twins' Journey ritual isn't an obstacle course, more of a fun representation to allow people to observe some of what the Senka twins saw on their journey. This can involve a series of doors to walk through, or a fake tree filled with presents (representing the false forest), or lights placed in different rooms of the house that when collected, form into something new (like a key).
Inside the mansion, there is a great feast, and Summer's Angels perform. People leave gifts for the Senka girls, and the twins retell their tale.
Smaller traditions include decorating with spring flowers, or planting flowers and trees to celebrate new life.
The night is much calmer than the day. It is meant to be a night of relaxation and caring for each other so as to "reset" every person. Candles are also lit to remember those who died in the storm.
So, adapt this to the real world any way you can, even if that's just raising your glass! Have a wonderful Wednesday!