I had linked to the Hood balcony innocently enough for yet another round of jumping. There was some girl there I had never seen before, sitting. Made the usual salutations, after which, she quietly shared the prevailing rumor, that Prologue was closing. I couldn't comprehend that. It didn't register, and was totally not what I was expecting to ever hear. I just stood there, questioning her, listening to her, about what she'd heard (I wasn't a forum-goer in those days, so I was particularly clueless). Then, when all that could be said was, I linked out, forgetting about what I had come there for, sharing in her sadness and in a state of numb shock.
For me, Uru was some last, glowing ember in the otherwise cold online environment which I had immigrated to, so it was like the world was ending. The surprisingly short number of days that followed until everything disappeared were, well, depressing, to say the least.
Until Uru, though grand in the face of what had previously occured, still lacked hope, at least for me, as I never expected Uru to go Live ever again, like we were only treading water in a desperate attempt to merely survive, seemingly indefinitely.
The announcement of Uru Live came as much of a shock to me as Prologue's closing, again blind-sided. So many forces outside of our control, and yet this one actually favored us, was actually optimistic. The remembrance of what has been gone through to get to this point only makes it that much sweeter.
All I can say now is - Long Live Uru Live!