Feb. 5th, 2004

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Russell woke curled up on the banks of the stream, sunlight filtering through the leaves above him, his jacket under his head. Funny, he couldn't remember putting it there yesterday ... yesterday!

Groggily, he propped himself up on one arm and looked around. Beregond was gone, but fragments of strange conversations came back to him. Minas Tirith, machine guy, matrix, writers ... He had to admit there was a strong possibility that he had imagined it all, although it had seemed real enough at the time.
He crawled back to the stream, and managed to scoop up enough water to quench his raging thirst, then splashed some on his face, which woke him up a little bit more.

He was starving, and thoughts of that pleasant little diner from the day before got him to his feet, and he went to get his stuff from under the tree.

And there, on top of his guitar case, was a piece of lembas, loosely wrapped in a large leaf. So he hadn't imagined everything! He grinned as he snapped a piece off, and ate it, thinking it would do just fine until he had a plate of eggs and hash browns in front of him. And coffee, god he needed coffee.

As he set off in the direction of the diner, he wondered when he would see Beregond again, as he was certain he would, and who else he would meet in this strange place.
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Russell wandered back to the park after breakfast, just round the corner from the diner. He didn't go as far as the field and the stream, rather found a large tree, and sat down on the grass. He looked around to see if anyone was taking an interest before pulling out a joint and lighting up. A couple of deep draws, and he got to thinking about life.

Pre-determined Role?

"I tell you what, I’ll give you my philosophy on predetermination, and then you can tell me whether I think I have a predetermined role in society.

Deal?

Okay, so life, fate, destiny, call it what you will, has a route picked out for you. You are born, you move through life, and you end up where you are supposed to, right?

Wrong!

Life may have a route picked out, but you still have free will at work here. If you make the wrong choices, you will head off down a different road, but life isn’t going to let you go without a fight! I believe life will keep throwing opportunities in your way, to get you back on that path, and every time, it is up to you to choose. You may never end up where you were supposed to, but who is to say that’s a bad thing? Life may have had a real shitty time planned for you, but if you keep making the right choices, you can change your destiny!

At the same time, if you continue to make bad choices, you may miss out on the amazing time that life had planned for you in the first place!

I believe anyone can be anything they want to be, just gotta want it hard enough, be prepared to work for it, which may sound weird coming from me!

Wow, that was deep! This homegrown stuff is way better than the last batch!"

He settled down with his back against the tree, picked up his guitar and began to play.

Mama told me when I was young, come sit beside me, my only son, and listen closely to what I say,
And if you do this, it will help you some sunny day.
Take your time... don’t live too fast, troubles will come and they will pass.
Go find a woman and you’ll find love, and don’t forget son, there is someone up above.

And be a simple kind of man. Be something you love and understand.
Be a simple kind of man. Won’t you do this for me son, if you can?

Forget your lust for the rich man’s gold, all that you need is in your soul,
And you can do this if you try, all that I want for you my son, is to be satisfied.

And be a simple kind of man. Be something you love and understand.
Be a simple kind of man. Won’t you do this for me son, if you can?

Boy, don’t you worry... you’ll find yourself, follow you heart and nothing else.
And you can do this if you try, all I want for you my son, is to be satisfied.

And be a simple kind of man. Be something you love and understand.
Be a simple kind of man. Won’t you do this for me son, if you can?

Simple Man - Lynyrd Skynyrd
Gary Rossington & Ronnie Vanzant

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