Anyway, it's the story of Okiku, a beautiful servant who worked for an evil samurai who fell in lust with her. She kept turning him down, so he went all Gaston on her and tried to get her into a situation that would force her to become his lover. He made her think she lost one of ten very valuable plates that belonged to his family, so she kept counting them and counting them, but she always came up one short. This terrible mistake could cost her her life, but the samurai said he would make it all go away if she gave in to him. She still refused, so he threw her down a well to her death. Then she became a vengeful spirit, who haunted the samurai, tormenting him by counting to nine and then shrieking. Either the shriek was to represent the tenth plate, or it was an expression of the anguish she felt over still not finding it.
Either way, that sounds pretty creepy. But on the other hand, if I think about one of our little sisters following us around, counting to nine, and then shrieking, that's not creepy at all--it's just annoying. I would probably smack her... actually, no, I probably would have gone to Mom or Dad to make her stop. Either way, it's still not creepy. But thinking about the ghost story... for some reason, the whole ghost thing makes it creepy. Maybe it's the fact that you can't smack a ghost. I don't know. Just an interesting thing to think about.
At Family Home Evening last night, the activity got changed from Jeopardy! to Capture the Flag. This was kind of frustrating, because Jeopardy! is a nice game that we can understand, while Capture the Flag is a game of evil. Okay, maybe not evil, but definitely not-so-nice. We have never once played it and had it end well. This is especially aggravating because it seems like such a cool game!
Last night actually didn't end horribly, but there was someone who was deeply offended when, as he was about to get the other team's flag, some girls from that team walked by and told him the game was over, thus preventing him from winning the game. I think he should have grabbed the flag anyway, because even if they were telling the truth, someone would have needed to take the flag down eventually. Ah well.
Athena and I adamantly refuse to play, so we got made into referees instead. It was our job to make sure the honor system was still working, if someone got tagged they went to jail, stuff like that. What we did instead was wander around criticizing the teams' strategies. The orange team had hidden their flag so it was relatively hard to find, but then they put a guard in front of it. In just that one place. When I first saw him, I thought he was probably a decoy, because why would anybody be so obvious? Maybe they wanted people to think he was a decoy, and thus ignore him...
The green team's problem was that they weren't brave enough, or weren't willing to take a hit for the team or something. We would often see a group of about four green team members at the border between each territory, with one, maybe two, orange guards. If all of the green team rushed those guards at once, at least one of them would have made it through to free their teammates from jail, or maybe even get the flag.
Instead, they seemed to try things individually, and that's how most of their team got caught. But when we were talking to the prisoners, first we confirmed that they knew where the orange flag was (so we wouldn't be giving anything away), and then one of them told us a very amusing story. She was at the border, trying to see if she could find the flag from where she was, because, as usual, there was a guard at the border. She tried asking the border guard if the orange flag was visible (one of the rules is to make sure the flag is visible), so the guard turned around and shouted to the flag guard, "Is it visible!?" The flag guard turned and looked straight at the flag, then shouted back, "Yeah, I can see it!" She had no idea her question would produce such wonderful results. Bwahaha.
And the whole thing just reminds me of the Capture the Flag episode of Hey Dude!. "Oh no! It's Timmy the Magic Shrimp in the clutches of the evil Lobster King!" Again, I say Bwahaha.
Today I'm thankful for not being responsible for valuable plates, discovering that yes we will be able to eventually get Ludwig's happy ending, finally finishing the chocolate ice cream that had been in our freezer for way too long, not being forced to play Capture the Flag, and fond memories of Hey Dude!.