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May 28 2013

Rockstown Incident (Part 1)

This incident is only in the manga, not in the anime version, which is very unfortunate.

Why? Because it is a significant turning point in the story. Not only it involved three main characters, Candy, Albert, and Terry, but all of them had been affected afterwards.

We readers had been seeing how much Candy yearned for Albert to come home since he had vanished. She cried more than once, sleeping in the lower bunk (previously his bed) and likely using his pillow too.

While some people said that she missed his warm embrace, and hugging his pillow gave her the solace she sought, my guess is that she embraced them because these were the items that had once belonged to Albert. Just like her precious badge from Prince on the Hill that she had held on to ever since that brief encounter on the hill, she continued to live in that apartment by herself, hanging on to the things that used to be shared between the two of them. Another possible reason why she didn’t move out was that she was afraid that Albert couldn’t find her if he would return to her one day.

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Some may also argue that Candy was used to having Albert around. After all, they had been living together for more than a year. That’s very true, but interestingly, despite feeling lonely, Candy didn’t go find her friends, Annie or Patty, to keep her company. It seems that Albert was special to her, and no one could replace him. In Candy Candy Final Story, one of Candy’s recollections is (from spoilers)

Brother and sister.
Albert and I had been living together pretending so.
Is it like this if I live with my family?
No, it may have been slightly different from family.
I don’t know how to describe it but somewhere inside me, I knew that Albert was special.
What kind of thoughts does Albert have about us …

At any rate, it proves that Albert had been a pleasant roommate. Candy wanted him back, rather than feeling relieved that he was finally out of her life. In other words, “out of sight, out of mind” didn’t apply to her in this case.

Not only that, Candy attempted to draw a picture of Albert when she was idle in the clinic. The fact that her sketch was very childish speaks volumes to me. She should know that she couldn’t draw, and yet she did it anyway, even when Dr. Martin was around. It implies that Albert filled her thoughts so much that she couldn’t help putting his image down on paper. Didn’t she act like she had fallen in love?

This makes manga readers wonder what had happened to Albert during these winter months. Where had he gone? Did he miss Candy too?

Then on one Spring day a parcel appeared by Candy’s door. It was a gift from Albert,  telling her that she was always on his mind wherever he went. The parcel provided the sender’s address from a place called Rockstown.

Although Candy had no idea where it was, she determined to take a chance. In her mind she said, Albert, I’m going to find you there. Please don’t go… She knew that he had recovered his memory, and he no longer needed her help, so why did she head down there nonetheless?

The reason was clear. Her feelings for him had changed. He had come and gone a few times in her life, but unlike before, this time she longed to see his face again. She had said so to herself even before receiving the gift from him, I want to see you at once, Albert… Where can I find you?

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What do you think? I’d like to hear from you. Please feel free to leave a comment or two. For your interest, there are other parts in this series (Rockstown Incident).

Note: the pictures above were downloaded from Candy & Albert World (http://www.facebook.com/CandyAlbertWorld)

 

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  1. Ana Burch

    Hi Ms Puddleglum’s!!!
    I love it description and everything is just perfect !
    my own opinion is clear for me at that moment went Candy went to meet Albert at Rockstown she was freaky in-love with Albert , remember her thought in her way back home in the train, what she said? she was disappointment with Albert because at that moment she figure out that Albert was planing everything for her and terry.
    but the most important here is what she said ” I have see Terry and he was in a very bad condition but she leave without saying nothing , then she said terry I had love you” that’s pass !
    I think no need more she love Albert !

    1. Ms Puddleglum

      Thank you Ana!!! It’s very nice to see you here! Yes of course it’s so obvious who was more important to Candy at that time. I’ll talk more about that in part 3. 😀

  2. Stitch

    I’ve a reason to believe that Albert was somewhere near their apartment and observed Candy from afar. I think he cares for her, however he wasn’t ready to succumb to his feelings he has for her. And to do that, he had to lead Candy into different direction, so she could not miss his presence. Yet, his match-making scenario didn’t work after all. I found this blog from a fan page. Good start.

    1. Ms Puddleglum

      Thank you for your feedback, Stitch. Please stay tuned for Part 2. Thanks again! 🙂

  3. CKati

    You are right, I also think she had fallen in love with Albert by the time she went looking for him. But I do think that seeing Terry in such a miserable state in that theater affected her. Even if she didn’t love him anymore, she did still care for him a lot and that would probably not change. However, the fact that she didn’t stay there to talk to him says enough

    1. Ms Puddleglum

      Oh yes definitely Candy cried and was very upset when she saw Terry like that. I agree with you that she still cared for him, but she had moved on as well. I will talk more about this in my following post(s). Thanks, CKati! 🙂

  4. Alena

    I thought it was so sweet when Candy wore Albert’s gift to her while looking for him in that town.Your blog is great. I’ll be back again. 🙂

    1. Ms Puddleglum

      Thank you for your kind words, Alena. Hope to see you around! 🙂

  5. 24Miles

    Ms Puddleglum, you don’t know how happy I am to read your blog. It’s like I’m reading Mizuki’s private journal about her favorite pairing and I’m so glad you started it. Please continue.

    1. Ms Puddleglum

      Thank you so much for your big encouragement, 24Miles! I never dare to compare myself to Mizuki, but I’m very happy that you enjoy my blog so far. Thanks again! 😀

  6. ParkersTheOne

    Great points

    1. Ms Puddleglum

      Thank you!

  7. Candyfan

    Nice blog. This scene is one of my favorites. I’m one of your avid readers in Love Never Fails 🙂

    1. Ms Puddleglum

      Hi Candyfan, nice to meet you here! We can finally ‘talk’ to each other! Of course I remember you! You have left many reviews to Love Never Fails. Thank you very much for your continued support! 😀

  8. Candyfan

    Nice blog. This scene is one of my favorites. I’m your avid reader from Love Never Fails. 🙂

  9. FarmerGrlTX

    So true. Candy would rather have her love by her side than her best friends. I was able to read the manga two months ago and I was touched by her calling Albert’s name at nights. Your blog is very entertaining. Congratulations.

    1. Ms Puddleglum

      Welcome to my blog FarmerGrlTX! I’m glad that you had a chance to read the manga. Thank you for your comment, and hope to see you around! 🙂

  10. Yanyan

    It’s so obvious that Candy was searching for Albert. She was eager to see him again and talk to him and didn’t even bother to say hello to Terry even if they were in same school.

    1. Ms Puddleglum

      Oh yes. Definitely. I will continue something along this line soon :). Thank you, Yanyan.

  11. Milady

    I think you’re right. The way Candy missed Albert was more than for a friend. She realized she needed him more than Terry, that’s why she could leave him in Rockstown so easily and returned to Chicago heartbroken. After that her determination to return to Pony’s Hill was because she thought one again she had to start from new but the incident with Neal helped them to reunite and face the truth.

    1. Ms Puddleglum

      Right on! I’ll dwell more on that in the following posts :). Thank you for your feedback!

  12. Albertfanatix

    The first image was really hurting to me when Candy finally realized how much she misses Albert after he left the apartment. 🙁

    Yep, drawing someone whom you love is indeed an act of love.

    Good post, Ms. Puddleglum!

    1. Ms Puddleglum

      That’s right. She acted like she had fallen in love…

      1. Albertfanatix

        Just like you-know-who, who made a perfect likeness of him. Sadly, Albert doesn’t love her back. Anyway, I began to like her now. She knows how to make your readers ‘tick’ lol.

  13. Ms Puddleglum

    I had no idea… your comment was labeled as ‘spam’. 🙁

  14. Ms Puddle

    Thank you for visiting and leaving your first comment! What topics are you interested? You know my posts so far revolve around Candy Candy series and my fan works inspired by the manga. 🙂

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