"130 noms, 130 vies arrachées, 130 destins fauchés, 130 rires que l'on n'entendra plus, 130 voix qui à jamais se sont tues. Ces femmes, ces hommes, incarnaient le bonheur de vivre. C'est parce qu'ils étaient la vie qu'ils ont été tués. C'est parce qu'ils étaient la France qu'ils ont été abattus. C'est parce qu'ils étaient la liberté qui'ils ont été massacrés."
"Malgré les larmes, cette génération est aujourd'hui devenue le visage de la France."
130 names, 130 torn lives, 130 destinies broken, 130 peoples whose laughter we hear no more, 130 voices that have fallen silent. These women and these men embodied the joy of living. Because of this life that they were killed. Because they were France they were shot. Because they were free they were slaughtered.François Hollande, President of the French Republic
Despite the tears, this generation is the face of France.
It hasn't even been a year since 130 people were killed in Paris - November 13th, 2015 has joined so many other dates of tragedies caused by hatred. It takes place on one of the sites where the French Revolution started the ball rolling toward the current republic - a dark, bloody, and violent era which exists now between the pages of books. Every era has its darkness and bloodiness, though; and every era carries within it the seeds of future greatness. My figure of the past has leapt forward a little over a century, to a time dreamt of in her own era; a time when her country was ruled not by a king, but by elected officials; when the world was all but holding its breath in the days before another great war would scar Europe and Asia.
Once this Republic was new; now it endures tragedies and sends calls for compassion and love out to the world.
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Skin: Izzie's, Irene
Hair: Wasabi Pills, Tessa
Hat: Spyralle, L'Incroyable Chapeaux (Genre)
Eyelashes 1: SLink, Mesh Lashes
Eyelashes 2: Flugeln Brise, 05-A
Ears: .:Soul:., Uni
Lips: NOX., Liquid Lip
Wings: Atomic Faery, Revolutionary Fae Wings (Gacha)
Jewelry: Sn@tch, Eglise Set (Genre)
Body: SLink, Hands & Feet
Nails: Orc Inc, USA
Outfit: Velvet Whip, Republic Lady Dress (Genre)
Shoes: Bliensen + MaiTai, Egalite (Genre)
Pose: Eternal Dream (Genre)
Location: Paris 1900
Water Settings: Sim Default
Photographed by Deoridhe Quandry
Post processing: Cropping