Melancholy

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Hello?

It's so dark in here…where is everyone?

I decided to step away from the giant painting. I'm actually a little scared to go in there.

I've gone through a lot the past few hours so I shouldn't be scared of anything. But…this painting…

This is what started all of it.

I continue to walk around the dark museum. The area downstairs is completely blocked off. I can't return down there. Not that I'd want to, but…

…Garry…

I miss him already. But…Mary took all of the petals off of his rose. Doesn't that mean he's…

He's gone. Just like everyone else.

I walk back to the front of the museum. The front door is locked. I glance out the window. Any sign of life?

No. It's pitch black outside.

I start to walk around the museum again. After awhile, I realize that I've been walking in circles. If I could just read all of the words to these paintings, maybe…

It's hopeless. I don't think there's anything that can be done…

I sit in front of The Hanged Man painting and hug my knees. I remember first meeting Garry in front of this painting, but he didn't say anything.

I imagine him standing in front of it. He'll turn around and gasped, surprised to see me here.

"Oh! Ib! Haha, I didn't see you there! Why are you sitting on the ground? C'mon, why don't we enjoy the paintings together? You don't know some of the words? It's okay, I'll read them to you!"

He holds his hand out to me, which I smile at him and take…

I glanced up instantly, not realizing I had gasped aloud. I had fallen too far into my illusion that I forgot that I was by myself.

…By myself…

My vision began to cloud. I couldn't help but burst into tears. I sobbed loudly in front of the painting of The Hanged Man.

"Garry! Save me! I don't want to be alone! Please! Garry!"

But he won't come. And neither will anyone else. Because I am bound to be stuck here forever.

All alone…


Poor Ib…

~Midori

P.S. This is based off of the Ib All Alone ending where she doesn't burn Mary's painting but doesn't return to the Real World.