7th of May Release
 
Ladies and gentlemen, it has now been one year since I started releasing Aethernea to the public.  One whole year! 

 Everyone, thank you so much for your continued support. If it weren't for you, I wouldn't have made it this far. Not only are you helping provide monetary support so I can work on Aethernea more but you also motivate and inspire me to continue writing, knowing that no matter how much crippling self-doubt I might feel at times, there are people out there who enjoy reading my work. 

As long as there are wonderful people like you out there, who look forward to reading Aethernea, I will keep writing!


And thus, new episodes are up for Tiers 1 & 2. Yet, sorry guys, there are still no new episodes for higher tiers. There is a reason for that.

Instead of celebrating Aethernea anniversary, this weekend was filled with grieving for me.

You see, on Saturday night, or should I say Sunday, because it happened a few minutes past midnight, my cat, Miki, fell down from six stories high up.

I don't know how he got out of the window, because the shutters were down, but when we tried to let him back in he slipped and fell.

We ran out on the rain, quickly found him and took him to one of those hospitals for animals that work 24/7 in case of emergencies.

Several hours of torture later, when the X-ray guy arrived, who had probably been sleeping soundly at home when they called him over in the middle of the night, we finally got the damage report.

Usually when cats fall from high up the bones in their legs break, however, Miki didn't have such luck.

His bones did break, but not the leg bones.

The bone that broke was his spine.

After all the torture they put him through, it turned out that he didn't have any internal bleeding or damage anywhere but the spine. They couldn't help him at all. All they could do was give him some pain killers. They can't fix the spine.

The vet told me that when they have such cases of a cat breaking their spine, they put them down because the cat would not be able to move the lower half of their body or control their bladder.

Thankfully, and miraculously, as the vet was baffled to find out, even though Miki's spine fractured and dislocated, he retained control of all his limbs (and bladder).

Now all I can do is wait and hope that he will fully recover, or at least recover as well as a cat with a broken spine can recover. 

Seeing him sadly dragging himself around and falling with every few steps, seeing those sad yellow eyes...To say that this whole ordeal hit me hard on an emotional level would be an understatement. Miki is not even one year old yet!

He was such a playful and curious, beautiful ginger cat that wasn't afraid of anything. Now he flinches on the slightest of movements and lays limply inside his box the entire day.

Anyway, I haven't slept at all since it happened, and I am too dead to finish the chapter I was supposed to finish. I hope I'll get some sleep tonight, I feel better after all the crying and I feel hopeful that perhaps, just maybe, he would fully recover, that in no time he would be happily sleeping in my lap once again.