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SPOILER WARNING (The following post may contain light spoilers, read on if you dare)
The next scene on our list is arguably the most important scene in Awakening. It details the memorable first meeting of Barsch and Alza, a moment that would forever change both of their lives.

I chose the glade as a symbol of purity in a world covered in pollution. Its green beacon calls to Barsch, leading him out of his despair.

It offers him hope that things might turn out alright, which is only further reinforced when he meets another living human. Although the human he meets is by no means ordinary, it still spells an end to his loneliness.

The Glade reappears many times throughout the book, often as a place of sanctuary for Barsch when things are dire.

And although their meeting is brief, it goes on to become an integral part of both of them.

Thus, The Glade was one of my favourite scenes to write.

Thanks for listening, the next scene is “As the Rain Falls”, look forward to it!

And remember, Never Lose Your Stride!