Awakening

With this writing piece, I have attempted to give Cayde-6 (RIP), from the games Destiny and Destiny 2, a backstory. Hope you enjoy.


The dying sun slowly drags itself above the horizon, illuminating the slums with its dismal crimson glow. I know I should already be working, but my last job paid well, and I had allowed myself extra rest. A few revelers stumble around the alley, still holding champagne glasses from last night. Happy 2093, I sarcastically think, Another year of wars, chemical leaks, and poverty. 

I know that a select few in the aristocracy are quite wealthy and charitable, but like the sunlight, not much makes it to the lowest levels of the concrete labyrinth. Above, I hear the roar of a transport ship, taking a few lucky people off this wreck of a planet. I need to get working, or I’ll sleep on an empty stomach tonight. I stretch, stand, and make my way into the crowded streets, scanning the throngs for promising “benefactors”. After a few minutes, I spot a likely target.

He appears flustered and busy, not focusing on the hordes around him. His wallet is gone before he even turns around, and in five minutes, I’m having a nice hot breakfast by one of the countless food stands. I still have a few credits left, and I stow them in a hiding spot. I’m going to buy my ticket off this dump someday.

As the day drags on, I meet a few more “generous” commuters, and by the time the red sunlight fades, I’m full and as happy as a street urchin can be. I find my way back to my alley, and am just about to doze off under a tattered blanket when I hear a strange humming coming from behind a scrap pile.

Once I shovel the rusted metal and old parts away, I see a glint of steel-blue. I dig more frantically now, my hopes rising. As I pull away the last piece of rubble, I nearly shout with joy. Beneath the trash lies a small personal spacecraft. It must have accidentally been jettisoned from a transport. But is it functional?

I slip into the cockpit, press a few buttons, and the entire console lights up, bombarding me with beeps and whistles as the systems come online. I am jubilant, not daring to believe my success. This ship is hope, a star in a dark night. My name is Cayde, and I am free.

-Joshua M.

Film Review: Jumanji Welcome to the Jungle

Jumanji was a excellent film about thinking who you really are. Without a doubt the movie is hilariously funny. The movie had jokes coming at you left and right.

In Jumanji the game is no longer a board game. It has been adapted to a video game with the same world and rules as the board game but instead. The cool thing about the movie is that the four teenagers choose the characters that they are the exact opposite of in real life. This comes back to the theme of the movie which is thinking about who you really are.

The main character in the movie was Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. He played his role well as a Indiana Jones type character. He basically played the role he plays in most movies. The main two characters who stole the show were Kevin Hart and Jack Black. Kevin Hart was hilarious as Kevin Hart always is. I think this might have been one of his best performances. Jack Black played his character perfectly. He got the concept of a teenage girl trapped in a man’s body. I don’t think there could’ve been any one else to play his role better than Black did. Another character in the movie was played by Nick Jonas. This film may make him known to many filmmakers even though he was a last minute character. The movie was very good so directors might look at him a little closer. I definitely liked the movie. I thought it played out excellent. The movie was most definitely a action comedy. Almost every time Kevin Hart or Jack Black spoke it was a new joke.

The movie also starts out with the four teenagers against each other. In my head I saw it like two of them hated each other and the other two hated each other. I loved this because this was a pathway to character development. Each and every main character in this movie received character development. My honest opinion is that the movie was great. It had the perfect combination of action and adventure. The acting was amazing in the movie also.

-Max U.