Heh. Yeah, I wrote this one...
I'm sorry I made it so ambiguous. It's the kind of story where even reading too much into things won't be enough, so I'll guess I'll explain it a bit.
Every person in the story is a part of myself, and of people from real life. Some bits of dialogue are actually taken verbatim from real life. Also, I made every line mean something, even if it doesn't seem like it does.
It's a sad story, though. Much like real life.Butter flies aaaand swoons like butterflies
This is the most important line. It's inspired by the one I used to love so very much, who said I was going to be her butterfly forever, and I said she was my flower who'd never let me fade away, and that it was the other way around too! (I was her flower too.
But in the end it wasn't to be.
The promise of butterflies turned into flying butter that went splat.
The old Elf in the story is the part of me that was once so full of dreams and hopes, but that was pushed into a cellar somewhere in the end. To just stay somewhere in the darkness and cling onto memories. He's what remains of childish dreams when they are swept up by the world.
The girl in the story is a distant memory of the person I loved. Let me explain.
It's been a while, but I still think of my love all of the time... I often find myself in bed alone just saying words like "my pretty bunny... the prettiest bunny in the world," because that's another thing that I used to call her. To her, though, I am a stranger now, a stranger she "doesn't like at all," and all the beautiful words she used to say, like "I would rather die than ever stop loving you," and so on. They're just nothing now. Like she said herself, "love is just dust in the wind."
So as the girl in the story is an amalgamation of different aspects of different times of that person, it would not have been fair for her not
to be distant towards the Elf.
And what the girl says is just what comes into her mind. She says little, but what she says is "just never, ever, ever forget about love."
The real person taught me how to dream and love. But that random poem directed to the Dwemer is the only figment of the lingers of the hopes she breathed in me. Just a few elusive words not even directed to the Elf himself, but... they mean something.
Does this make sense? I hope it does.
The Elf agreeing with her is like holding her hand in the darkness. Like the real person was going to hold my hand through whatever darkness there was going to be, the darker the tighter.
"Why did you curse me?". That means, in real life terms... "Why did you bring back a piece of me? Why do you remember me?".
"I came here to be alone not wanting to be alone. I wanted to listen to a silent story without the noise." Those words are him talking to himself. They sound strange, but that's what he wants. He still has his dreams, he knows they'll never come true, but he brings them back sometimes so he's not alone.
I would have described the place he lives in, but it didn't feel like it... mattered so much.
When the girl wakes up is when no one is holding my hand any longer. And that total shift of attitude is just what happens when "only the strong survive"... And you ask yourself, "wait, how did this happen?". And it just did.
The girl in the story, besides being an echo of a memory, is also a reflection of the others who grow cold because it is the only route you can take.
And then I have to ask myself: do I become like that? Do I forget that self of mine that's broken and renew myself and disbelieve all of the things that make up my beliefs?
Or do I just stay there, and wait? And die? Die inside.
In real life, I did tell her. "I've been walking around the city. I've been looking for a building to jump off of, because I just can't live without you."
And to her, I had somehow become a stranger by that point. But she said she would die too if I died.
The adventurer that comes around and kills the Elf embodies life, and the natural way of things. Why? Because life doesn't wait for you or your dreams.
Being an adventurer is the typical role that you, the player, assume in the TES world, and an analogy to whatever role is typically assumed by people in life.
I said she wouldn't die if I died, but she would feel sorry. And that's what the ending is about, after all.
Ultimately, the girl herself is a self of mine, too. The adventurer is a self of mine too.
And there are other bits that... I haven't explained. Little things like "Tick tock. Mild clock noise feet away," which signifies not so much the presence of a clock as the passage of time that is still not yet so far away, because it's "mild."
And I didn't mean to waste time with "Nothing said, until he said it," like a former poster said. Those words, redundant as they are, were meant to show a realization of sorts of the Elf's.
There would be more to explain... but it's probably not worth it.
I'm sorry if you didn't like it. I'm not a good writer. If you liked it, thank you. If you did not... Thank you still.