"Can You Open Your Heart?" - a Rika pseudo-route

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Re: "Can You Open Your Heart?" - a Rika pseudo-route

Post by Rikabro » Tue Jun 03, 2014 10:11 am

Patriqwp wrote:Can I ask for your blessing Rikabro?
Heh, sure, do what you wanna do.

Humble thanks for the kind words. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

Same goes for everyone else, it's nice to know people are still reading and enjoying this story.
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Re: "Can You Open Your Heart?" - a Rika pseudo-route

Post by Patriqwp » Tue Jun 03, 2014 10:18 am

You simply deserve it.
May I ask something? Whether you are planning make act 1 with Rika's story? Please, give me at least hope :P

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Post by Rikabro » Tue Jun 03, 2014 10:45 am

Patriqwp wrote:You simply deserve it.
May I ask something? Whether you are planning make act 1 with Rika's story? Please, give me at least hope :P
I might. I've thought about it. It's been a long time since I've written KS fanfic though. I'd have to be really inspired and come up with some cute scenes that knit into the overall framework of Act One. If I did it would probably have fake choices like themocaw's Saki route did, just for flavour.

Meanwhile you should check out some of the other fanfic on the forums, there's some really good stuff here.
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Re: "Can You Open Your Heart?" - a Rika pseudo-route

Post by Spiner909 » Wed Oct 15, 2014 2:22 am

Woo, this was a pretty good story.
Not really sure how I feel about the good end though.

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Re: "Can You Open Your Heart?" - a Rika pseudo-route

Post by azumeow » Fri Oct 17, 2014 12:34 am

Read this a while back, never did end up commenting on it.

Beautiful. Just. Just beautiful...
"I don’t want to be here anymore, I know there’s nothing left worth staying for.
Your paradise is something I’ve endured
See I don’t think I can fight this anymore, I’m listening with one foot out the door
And something has to die to be reborn-I don’t want to be here anymore"

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Re: "Can You Open Your Heart?" - a Rika pseudo-route

Post by Craftyatom » Fri Oct 17, 2014 2:51 am

Well, as long as this post is already bumped, may as well put in my good word for it. Well-written, well thought out, and made me feel the feely feels. Also only one of two routes, fan or proper, that I have ever gotten the good ending for on the first try.

Good job making something I really enjoyed!
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Re: "Can You Open Your Heart?" - a Rika pseudo-route

Post by bhtooefr » Sun Oct 19, 2014 12:41 pm

I've long been of the opinion on this one that the neutral ending is the actual good ending.

But, that's merely a matter of how unlikable this particular Rika is...
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Re: Rika Story - updated 5/1/2012 (mature content)

Post by emi » Sun Jan 15, 2017 4:30 am

I know it's been at least 4 years since this was written, and it is a damn good story, but one thing bothers me that no one seems to have pointed out.
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The sound of thunder booms overhead, catching us both by surprise. Rika straightens up and looks at me over her shoulder. Her face takes on a look of concentration, her eyes searching the ceiling of the tent as there’s anything she could see. A few seconds later, she raises her left hand and snaps her fingers, and a bright flash of lightning illuminates the orange tent for a split second.

I’m roused from my slumber with a start as a crash of thunder is heard, then another, followed by two flashes of lightning.

Another loud crash of thunder descends, louder than the previous ones, and she grips my shoulder. Almost instantly a flash of lightning illuminates us,

It’s becoming difficult to count the seconds, or tell which lightning flashes correspond to which sounds.
Thunder comes after lightning, not the other way around.
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Re: "Can You Open Your Heart?" - a Rika pseudo-route

Post by HaruIsOnline » Wed Apr 19, 2017 5:45 pm

I remember when I first began reading your story in early 2012, I couldn't get enough of your Rika and KS cast. The waits between updates were always worth it, it was a good day to come home from work and see I had some reading in store for me from yourself. At that time my life was in a negative and uncertain place, I eventually forgot a lot of the past times I used to enjoy on the internet and otherwise, but now, several years later things have certainly changed. I never did get to finish your story back then but as I had stumbled across some old music I used to listen to, some of which while reading this, a surge of emotions came back to me as I recalled all of this. I have to say, after rereading up until the final installment, as before it was still worth it. Thanks for this Rikabro. I know you may never see this but thank you for this and thanks for making Rika my favorite KS character that never was. Best of luck to you and your future projects and endeavors, whatever they may be.
I hope after all those two have been through together with Rika now seeing things a bit differently through her subtle lack of a certain influence on Hisao, that not every word will have to count so heavily after all.
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Re: Rika Story - updated 5/1/2012 (mature content)

Post by Rikabro » Sun Apr 30, 2017 9:37 am

HaruIsOnline wrote:I remember when I first began reading your story in early 2012, I couldn't get enough of your Rika and KS cast. The waits between updates were always worth it, it was a good day to come home from work and see I had some reading in store for me from yourself. At that time my life was in a negative and uncertain place, I eventually forgot a lot of the past times I used to enjoy on the internet and otherwise, but now, several years later things have certainly changed. I never did get to finish your story back then but as I had stumbled across some old music I used to listen to, some of which while reading this, a surge of emotions came back to me as I recalled all of this. I have to say, after rereading up until the final installment, as before it was still worth it. Thanks for this Rikabro. I know you may never see this but thank you for this and thanks for making Rika my favorite KS character that never was. Best of luck to you and your future projects and endeavors, whatever they may be.
I hope after all those two have been through together with Rika now seeing things a bit differently through her subtle lack of a certain influence on Hisao, that not every word will have to count so heavily after all.
Thank you very much for the kind words. I'm sorry that I put off the final installment so long. Most of this story was written while I was feeling really inspired and I had a million ideas going, but the ending required a bit of reworking from what I originally planned because of the direction I ended up taking. It's neat how KS sparked so many imaginations like this and got people so enthusiastic about all the "what ifs" and made us want to delve so deeply into the characters and try to understand them. Those were good times. I still think about them fondly too.
emi wrote:Thunder comes after lightning, not the other way around.
Well yeah, that's why she was so surprised.
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Re: "Can You Open Your Heart?" - a Rika pseudo-route

Post by NelNinja » Fri Feb 01, 2019 2:41 am

Actual first post on this forum incoming:

I'm not sure how to put into words how I feel about this story. Anything I say isn't going to convey how deep my love for it is without sounding like a fish in space but I'll try: good lord, why is this not an actual route in the damn game! That April Fools post was the best decision that they never followed through on and then they go and ban people from making mods to include stories that work to only make the story better. What the hell!

That said, I think this is the first story I've read where all the endings make sense, much like Hanako's route. Many of the fanfics that I've read on this site (admittedly not many) don't quite feel like they fit the tone and purpose of the base KS game but you have nailed it dead on. Kudos on that and the surprisingly upbeat tone you managed to end on. I never questioned if Hisao was on character, noteable since you skipped Act 1--why deprive me of their festival date Rikabro, why?!

Just turned a friend into KS a few days ago, this will definitely be one of the first fics I give to him once he finishes the game.

Back to lurking now, can't say too much or I'll make a fool of myself.
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Re: "Can You Open Your Heart?" - a Rika pseudo-route

Post by Rikabro » Sat Feb 09, 2019 2:32 am

NelNinja wrote:
Fri Feb 01, 2019 2:41 am
Actual first post on this forum incoming:

I'm not sure how to put into words how I feel about this story. Anything I say isn't going to convey how deep my love for it is without sounding like a fish in space but I'll try: good lord, why is this not an actual route in the damn game! That April Fools post was the best decision that they never followed through on and then they go and ban people from making mods to include stories that work to only make the story better. What the hell!

That said, I think this is the first story I've read where all the endings make sense, much like Hanako's route. Many of the fanfics that I've read on this site (admittedly not many) don't quite feel like they fit the tone and purpose of the base KS game but you have nailed it dead on. Kudos on that and the surprisingly upbeat tone you managed to end on. I never questioned if Hisao was on character, noteable since you skipped Act 1--why deprive me of their festival date Rikabro, why?!

Just turned a friend into KS a few days ago, this will definitely be one of the first fics I give to him once he finishes the game.

Back to lurking now, can't say too much or I'll make a fool of myself.
Thank you for the kind words. I was just thinking about this forum today and it was nice to see a comment on this old story. I'm glad you enjoyed it as much as I did.
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Re: "Can You Open Your Heart?" - a Rika pseudo-route

Post by Razoredge » Sat Feb 09, 2019 10:48 am

First at all, I have to admit, I love Rika.

And... good lord, I love this story.

You really made a good job. Sincerely.

I really loved it.
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Re: "Can You Open Your Heart?" - a Rika pseudo-route

Post by MrMadrid » Mon Apr 22, 2019 11:39 am

Great story, I love Rika's way of being, something nihilistic, but also wanting to enjoy every second to show her lack of fear of death, although like any other human being she wants to be accepted, although for others her actions may be incomprehensible. .. Capable edte book would have benefited from an Act 1, but I can still join the points. Finally, beautiful narration and characterization, everything that had to be said, it was said.

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