The Distance

A 2-player cooperative puzzle-platformer adventure game about being caring in relationships, even when it hurts. USC MFA thesis project directed by Xian Lu.

Showcased at IndieCade 2018.

Project Role: Narrative Lead

Project Website: http://www.luxianlx.com/thesis/

Writing Sample:

Chapter 2 – Me Without You

The One Who Left: “They want me to stay here longer.” My heart is in my throat as I live in your silence. I don’t know what to do.

The One Who Stayed: The thought of us being apart for so long drains me. In spite of it, I smile for you. I take a moment to think. And think. And I think…I want you to be happy more than I need you with me. “Then you should stay.”

The One Who Left: I suddenly know what I hoped you would say. That wasn’t it. “Yeah. Maybe I will stay.” I feel my sadness dripping off of each word like acid.

The One Who Stayed: Your voice comes back cold and the wind gets knocked out of me. My heart sinks. I can’t help but wonder what we’re doing.

I count the ways I wish
I could give you more

As our world inverts,
We cling to familiarity
Desperate for safety

We share moments
Like tokens that buy time
And little else

Is this enough?
Somehow it feels
Hollow

But still we hold tight
To our hope, to each other

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