It was my uncle’s funeral over the weekend, and after he had been cremated we went to his wife’s plot at the crematorium and sprinkled the ashes. It wasn’t very windy, so they mostly gathered in a small pile on the grass.

We were all standing around them and i think it was my mother who said “does anyone want to say a few words”. His daughter was too upset and it didn’t look like anyone else was going to, so i stepped up. I put my hand out and held it over the pile of ashes.

“Kalahira… guide this one, to where the traveler never tires, the lover never leaves, the hungry never starve. Guide this one, Kalahira, and he shall be a companion to you as he was to me”.

Some of them commented that it was nice, and honestly, it’s the first time some of my relatives have ever looked at me with anything resembling approval… and all because i memorised a line from your computer game.