It's been two years.
Since when, you may ask? Two years since when?
I may sit down, and grin a devilish smile. "Pull up a chair," I may say, "This is a long story."
Six years this time. I was 8, and excited about small, plastic balls that pop upon upon landing on a magnetic card. A child's eyes are that of stars, and while they may not know the galaxy yet, the wonders of the universe unfold in a delicate pattern; I though the Bakugan were magic. I stumbled across a site, the official Bakugan one to be precise; and the community site that was there. I realized then that I wasn't the only one who loved the little magical creatures. I was Drago_Rules. I met many wonderful people, one being Heliosgirl, but one stood out. I was 9, glancing at my profile, before I saw it; her. A quick, snarky comment that would sweep me into a friendship I had never seen coming. The comment was true and concise, and I retaliated as such. She laughed. I grinned. She was my age. At age 9, that was all either of us needed to become friends.
One new profile later, Dragorules66, the community shuts down. In this time, we had discovered Bakuspace, a huge, incredible social network for Bakugan lovers. I didn't care much for them by this point, but I loved the people. Age 10, Bakuspace shuts down, but not before the girl that I've been friends with forever, my snarky commenter, gets into a verbal fight with Heliosgirl. It ends poorly, to say the least.
Age 11; year of Transformice.
Can you say drama bomb kids? Sam, the snarky commenter, and I migrate to the fully realized 2D world of Transformice. We met people like Chibi, :iconeuilay: Luri and more. Order of The Cheesix, Veterans of The Cheesix. Our tribes. Sam and I are no longer friends several times, the Tribe drifts apart, and our TFM tribe is dormant, resting in quiet isolation.
Age 12- Sam wants me to make a deviantart. I had heard about it on FF and from my sister
but I never made one. Here we are. I make one. Stories are made, quiet secrets are kept, and Sam drifts off, away from me, to where the Bakugan Community has made their refuge; Bakumega, which I believe still stands today.
Age 13- Sam and the rest of the Tribe come back. We talk, we laugh, out friendship reformed. Sam has a troubled year, and though the Tribe members and I were always friends, I feel my oldest friend drifting away. I made huge mistakes in TFM, but I was younger. I grew from it.
2014- Sam and I are still close, despite some issues in her life. DA keeps me connected to my Tribe members, and I feel the tug of adventure calling me back. Steam and Tumblr have kept me distracted from DA, but now I feel myself coming back to it. Steam and Tumblr won't be replaced at all, but they will have an old friend returning. I can't wait to experience another year, on this emotional rollercoaster with all of you guys, my friends.
Sam? Well, Sam's still one of my best buds;
The Tribe? Haven't talked to Luri in a while, Stormy's almost always available to send a note too, and Chibi's in a happy relationship that's been going on for two years or so.
Two years on DA, six years of the experience.
Here's to another great year with some of my best friends in the whole world!