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Thursday, 31 October 2013

[Movie Review] Beautiful Creatures (2013)


Movie Title      : Beautiful Creatures
Directed by     : Richard LaGravenese
Based on       : Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret S
Studio           : Alcon Entertainment
Distributed by : Warner Bros. Pictures
My Rating       : 5 of 5 

Beautiful Creatures(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beautiful_Creatures_(2013_film))

Beautiful Creatures is an American romantic fantasy film, telling about casters – humans who are capable of performing magical spells. There are two kinds of caster – light and dark. The male casters can choose who they want to be, but female casters can’t. They’ll be claimed by the moon, depends on their true nature.

Lena Duchannes (Alice Englert) is on her way to her sixteenth birthday, when she’ll be claimed. Her strong power makes her family worried. Her uncle, Macon Underwood (Jeremy Irons), changes from dark to light, to keep Lena’s true nature good and changes her into a light caster as well. Lena moves to Gatlin to live with her uncle and her other family members, who are all light casters. Then, she meets Ethan Wate (Alden Ehrenreich), her school friend, and they got close. Macon disapproves of their love and fondness of each other, and conspires with Ethan’s family friend, Amma (Viola Davis), to keep the two separated. However, Ethan continues to pursue Lena, until she confesses that her family are casters and tells him about the claim.

Ridley (Emmy Rossum), Lena’s cousin, and Sarafine (Emma Thompson), Lena’s mother – both are dark casters, want Lena to join them, becoming a dark caster. They keep trying to turn Lena into dark. Then Lena and Ethan find out about their ancestors, caster Genevieve Duchannes (Rachel Broanahan) and mortal Confederate soldier Ethan Carter Wate were in love. Ethan Carter was shot in battle and Genevieve revived him using a forbidden spell that caused her to go dark and curse all the Duchannes family’s women. Lena almost loses hope, but her family and Ethan keep encouraging her. In the end, she finds her own solution to her problems.

The ending is an open ending, which means there’ll be sequels. There are four novels – Beautiful Creatures, Beautiful Darkness, Beautiful Chaos, and Beautiful Redemption. I guess they’re all gonna be filmed. Can’t wait! Sorry for the short summary. I really don’t want to give any spoilers. It’s a really great movie, trust me. Highly recommended. You won’t be disappointed! It’s sweet and touching, not just any forbidden love story, it has moral lessons, too. About family, sacrifices, and love.

The conflicts and twists are engaging, and it made me curious during the whole scenes! It has its own sense of humor and I love it! Since they’re in South Carolina, they have this western accent, which is cute! The characters are lovable! The actors and actress are good-looking and very talented. They played their role very well. I can feel their strong chemistry and it made me shiver! So, what are you waiting for? Go watch it right away, you won’t regret it!


I also posted this review on my bubblews account. Check it out!

[Movie Review] Fast and Furious 6 (2013)


Movie Title     : Fast and Furious 6
Directed by    : Justin Lin
Based on       : Characters by Gary Scott Thompson
Studio           : Original Film and One Race Films
Distributed by : Universal Pictures
My Rating       : 5 of 5

(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fast_&_Furious_6)

Fast and Furious 6 is an action film, the sixth installment in the Fast and the Furious film series. It’s telling about a crew, who is following their successful Rio heist, Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and his crew of professional criminals have retired around the world: Dominic lives with Elena Neves (Elsa Pataky); his sister, Mia (Jordana Brewster), lives with Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker) and their son – Jack, Gisele Yahsar (Gal Gadot) and Han Seoul-Oh (Sung Kang) have moved to Hong Kong; Roman Pearce (Tyrese Gibson) and Tej Parker (Chris Bridges) live in luxury.

Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) agent Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) and his partner, Riley Hicks (Gina Carano) investigate the destruction of a Russian military convoy by former British Special Forces soldier, Owen Shaw (Luke Evans) and his crew. Hobbs tracks down Dominic and persuades him to help taking down Shaw, after showing him a recent photo of the supposedly long-dead Letty Ortiz (Michelle Rodriguez), Dominic’s former girlfriend. Dominic gathers his crew together and they accept the mission in exchange for full amnesty for their past crimes, allowing them to return home to the United States; Mia and Elena remain with Jack. Dominic’s crew investigates about Shaw’s connections, and find out how Letty survived the explosion that was thought to have killed her. They also find out that Shaw is stealing components to create a Nightshade device which can disable power in an entire region. He intends to sell it to the highest bidder.

This whole movie is telling about a long, engaging chase, with a brilliant and unpredictable plot. I can’t describe too much about it, since it won’t be fun if I give spoilers. In the end, Dom and his crew manage to get the chip and bring it back to Hobbs to secure their amnesty, which leads Dominic and his team to return to the United States. Hobbs and Elena (now working with Hobbs) arrive to confirm the crews are free. The last part is showing Han is in a car chase in Tokyo. He is hit by an oncoming car, and his car explodes, killing him. The other car’s driver (Jason Statham) walks away from the scene and calls Dominic, leaving him a message: “You don’t know me, you’re about to…”

There’ll be Fast and Furious 7 for sure, and I can hardly wait! This movie is one of a long series. Each movie – from one to six, has connection to each other. This one should be the one before the third movie – Tokyo Drift. And I guess the seventh movie will be the sequel of Tokyo Drift. It’ll be cool!!

Actually, when I watched this movie, I haven’t watched the prequels. But, I didn’t get lost during the movie. It does have a connection with the prequels, but it’s all explained in the movie, so I wasn’t lost. Each movie has its own main conflict, and they’re all engaging and genius! What an awesome action movie! I shivered along the whole scenes! Good-looking and talented actors played awesome roles really well, makes it such a great movie. Worth to watch!


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[Movie Review] The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (2013)


Movie Title     : The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones
Directed by     : Harald Zwart
Produced by   : Don Carmody and Robert Kulzer
Based on        : City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
Studio            : Constantin Film
Distributed by : Screen Gems
My Rating      : 5 of 5

(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Mortal_Instruments:_City_of_Bones)

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones is a German-American adventure fantasy film, about the Mortal Cup – a cup that allows humans to become half-Angel. It was given to the first Shadowhunter – a warrior who has powers and is trained to secretly protect humanity by killing demons. But then, there’s this other Shadowhunter, named Valentine Morgenstern (Jonathan Rhys Meyers), who betrays his race and steals the cup for himself in order to gain control over all Shadowhunters and demons.

His wife, Jocelyn Fray (Lena Headey), manages to stop him and hide the Mortal Cup. Valentine tries to chase after her, but then Jocelyn drinks a potion that leaves her in a comatose state. Jocelyn’s daughter, Clary Fray (Lily Collins), has inherited her mother’s powers, including the ability to read runes. That makes her a key to find the cup, so Valentine is coming after her.

Unfortunately, Clary’s mind is blocked, so she can’t remember anything about Shadowhunters and other things. Hodge Starkweather (Jared Harris), the leader of Shadowhunters, instructs Jace Wayland (Jamie Campbell Bower) to take Clary to the City of Bones, where they learn about her connection to a powerful sorcerer, Magnus Bane (Godfrey Gao), who was apparently hired by Jocelyn to block knowledge of the Shadowhunters from Clary’s mind.

Clary starts to figure out the knowledge, abilities, and secrets that her mom hid from her, making her targeted to be chased. Jocelyn’s mate, Luke Garroway (Aidan Turner), Clary’s best friend Simon Lewis (Robert Sheehan) and some Shadowhunters fellow help her along the way. In the end, they manage to fight Valentine, by pushing him through a portal and destroy it, while the Mortal Cup is safely kept by Clary.

One word: AWESOME! The whole story is brilliant! It has many twists and unpredictable conflicts along the way. I kept being surprised while watching this movie, and I enjoyed it so much! The characters have different personalities and backgrounds, making them unique and lovable. The good-looking actors and actress play their characters really well. They manage to make audience feel what they want people to feel. The editing and settings are genius! I can’t praise them more! This movie is gonna be a series, since there are five novels: City of Bones, City of Ashes, City of Glass, City of Fallen Angels, and City of Lost Souls. I bet it’s gonna be an awesome series! Can’t wait!


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[Movie Review] Oblivion (2013)


Movie Title      : Oblivion
Directed by     : Joseph Kosinski
Based on        : Oblivion by Joseph Kosinski and Arvid Nelson
Distributed by : Universal Pictures
My Rating        : 5 of 5

(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oblivion_(2013_film))

Oblivion is an American post-apocalyptic science fiction film based on Joseph Kosinski’s Radical Comics-edited unpublished graphic novel of the same name. My summary:

In the year 2077, Tech 49, Jack Harper (Tom Cruise) is one of the last drone repairmen stationed on Earth. The planet was nearly destroyed sixty years ago, during a war against a race of alien invaders, known as Scavengers (Scavs). The Scavs destroyed the moon, causing massive earthquakes and tsunamis, and then launched their invasion. They were only defeated by the use of nuclear weapons, which left most of the planet irradiated and uninhabitable. The few surviving humans migrated to a large space station called the “Tet”.

Jack and his partner, Victoria “Vika” Olsen (Andrea Riseborough) work as a team to maintain the autonomous drones that defend the power stations from the few remaining Scav bandits. Although Jack and Vika had their memories wiped five years earlier for security reasons, Jack has recurring dreams about meeting a mysterious woman at the Empire State Building before the war. Jack keeps a secret retreat in a forested area he sometimes visits.

One day, Jack finds a pre-invasion spacecraft and manages to rescue one of the crew, Julia (Olga Kurylenko), recognizing her as the woman from his dreams. Julia and Jack retrieve the ship’s flight recorder, but then are captured by Scavs, who are revealed to be humans. Their leader, Malcolm Beech (Morgan Freeman), claims that the alien invasion was a lie and wants Jack to reprogram a captured drone in order to destroy the Tet, by delivering a nuclear weapon. At first, Jack refuses, so Malcolm releases them, but urges them to seek the truth in the so-called “radiation zone” that Jack is forbidden to enter.

On their way back, Jack takes Julia to the ruins of the Empire State Building and Julia reveals who she is. They then flee in Jack’s ship and crashes in the radiation zone, where Jack comes face to face with Tech 52, a clone of himself. Shocked, Jack and Julia return to Beech, who tells them the truth. The Tet is in fact an alien artificial intelligence that seized Earth to exploit the planet’s resources. Jack and Victoria are just two of many thousands of clones of their original selves, created as soldiers to carry out the invasion of Earth. The Tet uses drones programmed to kill humans on sight. The survivors use old technology, like stealth fighter shielding and vocal scrambling to confuse the drones (make them look like ‘scavs’). Jack then agrees to reprogram the stolen drone to destroy the Tet.

During the flight to Tet, Jack listens to the Odyssey’s flight recorder, which reveals his and Victoria’s past. Jack enters the Tet, then triggers the nuclear bomb with Beech and destroys the Tet at the cost of their own lives. The destruction of the Tet also deactivates the remaining drones around the world. Three years later, Julia is living with her young daughter in the forest retreat on the recovering Earth. A group of survivors arrive there, and Tech 52 emerges from the group. Having the same latent memories as Tech 49, he then reunites with “his” family.

This is one of my favorite sci-fi movies!! It’s actually my first favorite. I really love the story! I was confused at first, since I don’t really understand Science, but then I got it, and wow, it’s really genius! I think the idea was inspired by dooms day, but they changed it into something new, fresh, and brilliant!! There are romantic parts which are so sweet and touching. And how Jack and Beech sacrificed their life for others, is so heroic! I love everything about this movie. The genius idea with brilliant plot and engaging conflicts, the editing, the good-looking and talented role-players, every each of them! So recommended! Really, really, really worth to watch! You’ll regret it if you don’t!


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Wednesday, 30 October 2013

[Fan Fiction] Who Are My Dream Casts for Restart by Nina Ardianti?


Joining  : Restart Giveaway
Held by : Nina Ardianti
Status  : Didn’t win

(https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17886983-restart?from_search=true)


1. Fedrian Arsjad >>> Chris Pine


Tipikal rock star kece yang pede kayak Fedrian, entah kenapa cocok aja sama muka ganteng dengan senyum mautnya Chris Pine. Chris Pine yang charming ini menurutku punya kepercayaan diri yang tinggi. Bisa dilihat dari karakter yang dimainkannya di film-film, seperti "Princess Diaries 2", "Star Trek", dan "This Means War". Dia selalu jadi cowok ganteng yang penuh percaya diri (ya iyalah, ganteng begitu, mana mungkin nggak pede?)

(http://www.moviepilot.de/people/chris-pine/images/1321896)

Emang sih, dia bukan rock star atau anak band, tapi mukanya yang asli memikat itu cocok-cocok aja jadi rock star (imho). Ini nih, ada foto yang bikin tambah cocok.

(http://www.theplace2.ru/photos/Chris-Pine-md2680/pic-399500.html)


2. Syiana Alamsjah >>> Katie Cassidy


Syiana itu tipe cewek sinis dan sarkastik, kan? Aku udah kenal Syiana sejak baca "Fly To The Sky", dan di bayanganku itu selalu ada cewek metropolitan yang stylish gitu, deh. Nah, menurutku, dia cocok sama Katie Cassidy.

(http://borg.com/tag/katie-cassidy/)

Aku kenal cewek manis ini dari serial di Fox Crime "Harper’s Island". Dia itu cantik dan stylish, dan kadang bisa sinis dan jutek, juga. Bikin inget Syiana banget, deh. Ini nih, muka serius Katie, terkesan sinis gitu, kan?

(http://www.losttv-forum.com/forum/printthread.php?t=59780&pp=10&page=10)

Terus, foto ini. Di foto ini, Katie keliatannya lagi mental break down, bikin ingat Syiana yang lagi patah hati.

(http://cursetheflame.livejournal.com/28327.html)


2. Aulia Astrawinata >>> Christopher Gorham


Kayaknya semua orang yang udah baca novel ini awalnya ngira Aulia itu cewek. Aku juga. Tapi ternyata dia cowok. Lol. Banyak yang bilang, Aulia bikin inget Ihsan di "Fly To The Sky", tipikal best friend cowok yang selalu ada buat sahabatnya. Aku setuju. Dan karna itu, dia bikin aku inget sama karakter Henry Dunn yang diperani oleh Christopher Gorham.

(http://www.topnews.in/christopher-gorham-wondercon-day-3-2134924)

Henry Dunn ini tokoh di "Harper’s Island" juga. Bahkan, dia itu tunangannya Trish, yang diperanin oleh Katie Cassidy di atas. Tadinya pengen sih, sekalian dipasangin aja. Tapi, Christopher Gorham bawaannya lebih kalem, dan nggak sepede Chris Pine, jadi nggak cocok jadi Fedrian. Henry Dunn ini ceritanya punya sahabat cewek yang udah dia kenal dari kecil, namanya Abby. Henry selalu ada buat Abby, bahkan waktu dia lagi sibuk sekalipun. So sweet banget, ya? Cocok kan, sama karakter Aulia (dan Ihsan juga).

(http://www.justjared.com/photo-gallery/2548729/christopher-gorham-da-man-june-july-2011-03/fullsize/)

Selain itu, pemainnya, Christopher Gorham, punya tatapan teduh yang bikin orang ngerasa tenang dan nyaman (terutama aku!). Dia ganteng dan charming, lagi! Senyumnya (yang selalu berhasil bikin aku klepek-klepek) juga bersahabat. Cocok, deh, sama tipikal-tipikal Aulia (dan Ihsan).


4. Edyta Fauzi >>> Mandy Moore


Aku kenal Edyta dari "Fly To The Sky" juga, dan udah kenal karakternya, yang menurutku lumayan manja, ceroboh, dan cerewet. Tapi, dia juga ceria dan lucu. Karna itu, mari aku perkenalkan Edyta dengan kembarannya, Mandy Moore. Bukan kembar secara fisik (wong aku nggak pernah ketemu Edyta), tapi lebih ke sifat. Bukan sifatnya Mandy Moore, sih, tapi tokoh Anna di "Chasing Liberty" yang diperani oleh Mandy Moore.

(http://www.movpins.com/dHQwMzYwMTM5/chasing-liberty-(2004)/still-1825282304)

Anna ini ceritanya anak tunggal seorang presiden, yang merasa terkurung dengan segala aturan dan perintah ayahnya. Akhirnya, dia kabur untuk mencari kebebasan. Sebagai anak presiden (anak tunggal, lagi), otomatis pembawaan Anna ini agak manja, karna dia bisa mendapatkan apapun yang dia mau, dan semua hal udah dikerjakan untuk dia. Mirip-mirip lah, sama Edyta, yang masalahnya sering diselesaikan oleh orang-orang di sekitarnya (di "Fly To The Sky"). Ada banyak hal lain dari Anna yang bikin aku keinget sama Edyta. Waktu Anna lagi jutek atau kesal, bikin inget Edyta di bad day-nya (di hari dia ketemu Ardian). Kalo liat foto keselnya Mandy Moore yang ini, bikin aku inget Edyta yang lagi bad mood.

(http://port.hu/pls/fi/films.film_page?i_film_id=71343)

Terus, Anna juga kadang cerewet dan ceria (mirip Edyta). Setelah dimirip-miripin begini, jadi makin cocok, deh, rasanya.


5. Tokoh pilihanku jatuh kepada… Ardian! Ardian Putra Perdana >>> Matthew Goode


Dapat inspirasi buat Ardian ini berkat tokoh Anna yang bikin keinget Edyta. Tokoh cowok di film yang sama (Chasing Liberty), yang jadi pasangan Anna, ternyata cocok sama karakter Ardian (pas banget, ya?)

(http://www.hotflick.net/movies/2004_Chasing_Liberty/matthew_goode.html)

Ben, yang diperankan oleh Matthew Goode, ketemu sama Anna pas Anna kabur dari rumahnya. Dia yang ngebantu Anna ngejalanin lari dari kejaran anak buah ayahnya, dan menikmati kebebasannya. Pembawaan Ben yang tenang dan nurut selama ngehadapin tingkah Anna, bikin aku inget sama Ardian. Jadi mirip gitu, deh, sama kisah mereka (padahal beda jauh). Terus, hal yang nggak kalah penting, Matthew ini ganteng banget! Kebiasaan kecilku, kalau tokoh cowok di novel itu selalu dibayangin yang ganteng-ganteng (ya iyalah!). Dan Matthew ini bukan cuma sekedar ganteng, tapi bisa bikin klepek-klepek! Anyway, adegan ini bikin inget Edyta sama Ardian, deh!

(http://nerdgirltalking.wordpress.com/category/reviews/page/2/)

Bukan karna kesamaan adegan atau apa, tapi di sini Anna-nya lagi kesel dan nyebelin, sedangkan Ben tetap sabar dan berusaha nenangin Anna. Mirip hubungan awal Edyta-Ardian, kan?

Monday, 28 October 2013

[Short Story] Revanche


Joining  : Tantangan Nulis Seru 
Held by : nulisseru.com
Status  : Win


“Jangan mendekat!” teriak wanita itu sambil terus melangkah mundur. “Atau aku akan melompat!” ancamnya.
Pria di hadapannya tetap bergerak maju dengan langkah pelan, sambil mengangkat kedua tangannya di depan dada. “Jangan takut,” ucapnya dengan nada menenangkan, tetapi malah membuat wanita itu semakin panik.
Pria itu melambaikan tangan ke arah pemandangan yang terpampang di belakang si wanita. “Indah, ya? Bukankah kau selalu mengagumi pemandangan ini?”
Pemandangan yang indah itu, dengan kerlap-kerlip lampu yang menghiasi tiap lekuk kota Paris yang tampak mungil, bukannya mengingatkan si pria pada kenangan manis yang terbentuk di menara ini, melainkan kejadian dejavu yang menyakitkan. Di menara yang sama, jam yang sama, tetapi hari yang berbeda. Saat itu, ia juga sedang meyakinkan seseorang untuk tidak melompat dari puncak menara ini.
Sedangkan si wanita, yang ia ingat hanyalah pertemuan sederhana yang tanpa disangka membawa malapetaka padanya.
Hari itu adalah hari yang indah, bahkan hampir menjadi hari terindah dalam hidupnya. Ia akhirnya berhasil mewujudkan mimpinya untuk mengunjungi menara fenomenal ini. Ia naik sampai ke puncak, dan begitu terpesona pada pemandangan indah yang terpampang di hadapannya. Saking terpesonanya, ia tidak sengaja menabrak seorang pria yang sedang menatap lurus ke depan dengan pandangan kosong, seakan-akan pemandangan menakjubkan di hadapannya tidak bernilai sama sekali. 
Beautiful, isn’t it?” komentar wanita itu tanpa berpikir. Ia pun tidak tahu apa yang mendorongnya untuk memulai percakapan. Ia hanya merasa penasaran, mengapa pria itu tidak tampak takjub sama sekali pada pemandangan indah yang disajikan kota Paris.
Pria itu menoleh. “Pemandangan dari atas Arc de Triomphe lebih bagus,” sahutnya datar, membuat lawan bicaranya melongo.
“Tetapi, suasana yang terbentuk di menara ini berbeda. Ini menara cinta, kau tahu? Banyak kisah cinta yang terjalin di sini.” Wanita itu tidak tahu mengapa ia merasa harus membela menara favoritnya ini.
Pria itu masih menatap lawan bicaranya dengan tatapan datar. “Kau tahu, di sini juga sering terjadi kasus bunuh diri.”
Wanita itu mengangkat kedua alis sambil meringis. “Ya, aku pernah mendengarnya.”
“Kita hidup di dunia nyata, bukan di dunia fiksi. Menara ini tidak seindah yang diceritakan oleh dongeng-dongeng,” lanjut pria itu dengan nada dingin, membuat lawan bicaranya meneguk ludah dan menatapnya lekat-lekat.
“K-kau tidak sedang berniat untuk melompat dari sini, kan?” tanya wanita itu takut-takut.
Si pria melirik ke bawah sambil tersenyum samar. “Aku penasaran berapa lama waktu yang kubutuhkan untuk sampai ke bawah,” ujarnya pelan sambil bergerak maju satu langkah, membuatnya berdiri tepat di ujung menara.
Wanita itu membekap mulutnya. “No, no! Jangan melompat!” serunya sambil menoleh ke kanan dan ke kiri, hendak mencari pertolongan. Namun, sedetik kemudian, terdengar suara tawa menggelegar, yang membuat wanita itu kembali menoleh ke arah lawan bicaranya.
“K-kau cuma bercanda, kan?” tanya wanita itu memastikan, sedangkan si lawan bicara masih terkekeh.
Pria itu melangkah ke arah lawan bicaranya, menjauhi ujung menara. ”Ayo, akan kutunjukkan padamu kalau pemandangan dari puncak Arc de Triomphe lebih bagus dari ini.”
Saat itu, si wanita tidak tahu apa yang membuatnya menerima ajakan lawan bicaranya. Dan sekarang, ia sangat menyesali keputusannya itu, terlebih karena ia membiarkan pria itu mengantarnya pulang. Kalau ia tahu pria itu akan menculiknya seperti ini, ia tidak akan pernah membiarkan dirinya terlibat dengan pria gila ini.
“Sebenarnya, apa maumu?” tanya si wanita dengan nada sedingin mungkin.
Lawan bicaranya tersenyum misterius. “Siapa namaku?” tanyanya pelan, membuat si wanita mengernyit.
“Arthur. Right?” sahut si wanita ragu.
Pria yang bernama Arthur itu mendengus sinis. “Arthur-what?” tanyanya lagi,
“Kau tidak pernah memberitahu nama belakangmu,” sahut si wanita.
“Baiklah, akan kuberitahu sekarang. Namaku Arthur Clement. Does that ring a bell?”
Kedua mata cokelat wanita itu melebar. “Clement… Are you-”
Yes, I’m Lucas’s brother,” sela Arthur tak sabar.
Ekspresi wanita itu seketika berubah. “Wow, why didn’t you say so? How’s he? Sudah lama aku tidak mendengar kabar darinya. Tiba-tiba saja dia bilang dia ingin pindah ke Eropa, tapi dia tidak menyebut ke negara mana. Apa dia pindah ke sini?”
“Tiba-tiba saja?” ulang Arthur skeptis. “Bukannya kau tahu jelas kalau dia memutuskan untuk pindah tepat setelah kau menolaknya?”
Wanita itu langsung terdiam. “A-aku… He said he was okay with it. Dia bilang dia mau pindah karena sudah bosan menetap di New York,” ujarnya membela diri.
Arthur mendengus sinis. “Kau ini polos sekali, ya,” komentarnya skeptis.
“K-kalau begitu, dimana dia sekarang?” tanya si wanita, benar-benar penasaran.
Arthur bergerak maju satu langkah, mempersempit jarak di antara kedua insan itu. “Kau ingat percakapan pertama kita di sini?”
Wanita itu mengangguk ragu. Lagi-lagi, pria ini mengganti topik seenaknya, gerutunya dalam hati.
Arthur meraba saku belakang celananya, membuat lawan bicaranya menahan nafas sambil memerhatikan gerak-geriknya lekat-lekat. Sebuntal koran tua terlempar ke arah wanita itu. Tercantum tanggal hari itu, tetapi dengan tahun yang berbeda – tahun lalu.
Wanita itu melirik pria di hadapannya sekilas, lalu memungut koran itu hati-hati. Sedetik kemudian, dahi wanita itu berkerut dalam. Semua tulisan yang tertera di koran itu ditulis dalam bahasa Prancis. Ia tidak mengerti sama sekali. Tetapi, foto yang terpampang besar di halaman pertama menjelaskan segalanya. Foto seorang pria yang sedang berdiri di ujung menara. Wanita itu membekap mulut saat mengenali pria itu.
“Kau tahu apa kata-kata terakhirnya?” tanya Arthur sambil menatap lurus ke depan dengan pandangan menerawang.
Lawan bicaranya masih terlalu shock untuk merespon, sementara kenangan pahit itu menyerbu masuk ke dalam benak Arthur.
“Jangan lakukan ini, Lucas. Pikirkan keluargamu. Mom, Dad, aku. Aren’t we more precious than that ungrateful girl?” tanya Arthur dengan nada memelas.
“Kau tidak mengerti, Arthur,” sahut Lucas lesu.
Exactly. Aku tidak mengerti sama sekali. Jadi, jelaskan padaku!”
Lucas mendesah. “Inilah caraku untuk menjelaskannya padamu. Kau tidak tahu betapa aku sangat mencintai gadis itu, dan inilah buktinya.”
Setelah berkata begitu, semuanya bergerak dengan sangat cepat. Tubuh Lucas yang terhuyung ke belakang, Arthur yang berusaha menggapai tangan kakaknya, Lucas yang mengabaikan uluran tangan Arthur, dan tubuhnya yang terjun bebas dengan cepat.
“Ja-jadi, kau ingin membalas dendam?” Suara bergetar wanita di hadapannya mengembalikan kesadaran Arthur. Wanita itu sedang melirik ngeri ke arah benda yang dipegang Arthur.
Arthur tersenyum tipis. “Ah, itu terdengar terlalu kejam. Aku hanya ingin kau tahu betapa kakakku mencintaimu, dan aku ingin kau ikut merasakan apa yang dirasakannya.”
Wanita itu meneguk ludah, lalu memberanikan diri untuk menatap lawan bicaranya tepat di mata. “Kalau begitu, kenapa kau tidak membiarkanku melompat daritadi?”
Arthur tersenyum penuh arti, lalu sedetik kemudian, terdengar suara ledakan, bersamaan dengan terhuyungnya tubuh si wanita ke belakang. Kali ini, Arthur berani menatap tubuh yang berlumuran darah di bagian dada itu terjun bebas, hingga menghilang di balik kegelapan malam.

“Karena aku tidak hanya ingin kau merasakan apa yang kakakku rasakan. Aku ingin kau lebih menderita.”