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You live to run away ... [Sixth Sense: John's Past]
In which I show off John's badass side, and reveal things about his parents that even he doesn't know. Read to understand, please! WARNING: there's a sex scene between John's parents. Nothing too graphic, though.
PART 1: When John was wandering around trying to scrape a living years after his mother's death, he came across a military camp in the desert. Normally, he would have avoided it like the plague, since he already knew the Government meant trouble for "gifted" individuals, but he heard something that shook him to the core, and had to act. He heard the desperate cries of wild horses that had been rounded up to be used as cavalry mounts, and the Colonel was in charge of breaking them. John was used to there being an inherent distinction between a wild animal and a domesticated one: a wild animal having as much freedom and autonomy as a human, with an unbreakable spirit that was to be revered. So, when he heard wild horses being broken, it gave him the shock of his life to witness such cruelty. He confronted the Colonel, who dismissed him without a second thought. John decided to defy him. He snuck around the fort and waited for the opportune moment to release the horses, blowing the lock off the stable door with a gunshot. The horses escaped, but the Colonel drew a gun on John. Finally having some fear knocked into him, John bolted as the Colonel prepared to fire. Instead of going after him then and there, the Colonel would put a bounty on John's head. John had ruined his life, ensuring he would be demoted for the loss of the horses, but the Colonel vowed to ruin John's in return. John told Grandmother Willow what happened, who scolded him for drawing so much attention. He didn't think anything bad would happen, but when he went into town, he found the Wanted posters. So, he decided to get as far away as he could, and hopped on the back of a train. The years that followed were a blur, in which he traveled restlessly, never stopping anywhere long enough to get attached.
PART 2: Flash back to before John was born. It's in blurred black and white because it's a story that John himself isn't aware of. We learn how his parents met, and who they are. His mother was a peasant woman named Cassandra (Cass for short) Smith. Cass was kind, fun-loving, and curious to a fault. One fateful winter day she saw a mysterious man materialize out of the snowy wind, and was terrified and fascinated by him. ((The character used to represent him is Prince Vladimir from a Russian animated movie that I found. It's beautiful ... I just wish I spoke Russian. The movie is called "Knyaz Vladimir.")) At a celebration in town, they met again, and she asked him to dance. The chemistry between them was undeniable, and they ended up sleeping together. Eventually, he revealed to her that he was Boreas, the Greek god of the North Wind. They were very much in love, but Boreas had to return to his place among the gods. Cass was heartbroken, but knew he would never be able to stay. On a side note, I don't think Boreas will ever reveal himself to John or have any sort of influential role in the story. He's a very minor god, so his interests aren't as far-reaching as the others we've seen in Sixth Sense. He keeps to himself, mostly.
Set two years ago, when John came across the Gypsies. Tzipporah's father welcomed him, and they accepted him into their society. They taught him their ways, and John adopted them. He was pretty much a gypsy already by lifestyle, but it was a new experience for him to become part of their culture. For the first time, he felt a sense of belonging, and was truly happy. He became close friends with Tzipporah, and the attraction between them grew steadily and subtly (at least to them. To everyone else it was probably painfully obvious.)
So yeah. That's John's past. Or at least as much of it as I could possibly put into video form. Hope you enjoy it!
Audio: In Your Skin by Lifehouse (pitched), horse noises from Spirit
Footage: Pocahontas 1+2, Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron, Anastasia, Balto, Swan Princess 1-3, Knyaz Vladimir, The Prince of Egypt