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I've been pretty busy with school lately so I haven't made as much time for my stories. So I wanted to know what you wanted me to post if any. 

4 deviants said Creative Writing assignments, They are still stories even if they are assigned!
4 deviants said English Composition assignments as well, all your work is worth looking at!
3 deviants said I don't know and don't care.
1 deviant said Don't put them up here. This is for real, good works of art, not a dumping ground for your homework!



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I halted when I heard a noise. It was just a rustle in the bushes at first and then he jumped out. He was malnourished and looked on the verge of death. I thought he looked crazed and ready to attack. I stood perfectly still, my eyes wandering over his greyish coloration and malformed shape. I reached my hand out and he snarled. I tore off a piece of bread from my pack, dropped it on the ground and took a step back. He slowly moved towards it and then snapped it up, backing away a step after doing so. I dropped another chunk and took a step back. He did the same as he had before. We played this game three times before he finally didn’t run away, just stayed where he ate the bread and stared at me. I smiled and he tried, it was crooked and strange, but I didn’t let mine falter, I wanted him to feel welcome with me. I kept leaving bread pieces, leading us both back to my house. When I ran out of bread I used jerky and he liked that so much just seeing it made him follow me.

After I got him inside I fed him better than I guessed he had in weeks and talked to him, making sure to keep my tone soft and my demeanor gentle. He smiled at me. After his meal I coaxed him into following me into a spare bedroom and showed him what the bed was. He laid down on it and passed out quickly.

Over the next few days it didn’t take much to get him from malnourished to healthy as an ox, he seemed to have an insatiable appetite, but I didn’t mind, he needed it. I talked with him for hours and slowly he started to talk back, little one word answers at first, but soon the conversations grew long enough I would have excuse myself, telling him I had other things I had to do. He would tug at my sleeve and say, “but what about me?” I smiled and told him the same thing every time “You will be here when I get back… I just don’t have the time right now, I’m sorry.”

Then I would leave him there, wanting more from me and me wanting it to give it to him, but knowing it would have to be later. When I did other things it wouldn’t be long until she popped up, that bitch. She tell me I shouldn’t ignore my guest, that he deserves my attention more than this. She would nag me and tell me I was being heartless. I would try to explain my reasons why, but she didn’t care, she just wanted me to go back, regardless of how important other things were. When I finally got back to my guest, sometimes he was napping and then she really became annoying. She would yell at me, telling me I should have done it earlier and that it was too late now and that my guest couldn’t do his part now.

Things went on like this, between my guest, myself and that bitch for some time. Eventually other guests tried to come to my home. I shook them off sometimes, telling them I only had enough room and focus for one right now… or at least that’s what I tell myself when I put my head down for the night, it helps me sleep, not thinking about what may have happened to them out there, alone… some nights I thought I thought I’d heard them scream… but it was the wind, the wind I tell myself, the wind…

Other times I’d give them a home for an evening… or two and then send them on their way. They would thank me, and head off, smiling and making something of themselves, showing the world what they are made of.

Until years later I went to get up from the table me and my guest were sitting at. I waited, but my guest didn’t say anything. I looked down at him with curiosity. “Well?” I said.

“Well, what?” He asked.

“Aren’t you going to ask me, what about you?” I said.

He chuckled and shook his head. “No, no I’m not. Because I know about me now. I’m as complete as I’m ever going to be.” He said.

My jaw dropped ever so slightly. “What does that mean then… for me and you?” I asked.

“You know what that means, you’ve always known what this would mean.” He looked up at me with a bright smile. I looked at him with sad eyes.

“But, you’ve been here so long. I’m not sure what to do without you. I can’t…” I closed my mouth and sigh.

“Yes, you can.” He said. I sigh.

“I’m going to miss you.” I said. He stands and smiles.

“I’m going to miss you two, but you’ve done all you can for me. I’m complete and you need to let me go into the world now.” He said. I open the front door.

“You… you’re right. Send me postcards, let me know where you are and how those around you are treating you.” I said. He smiled and nodded.

“Of course, take care and find another guest, you needed this as much as I did.” He said. I nod and promise to do so. He leaves and I look out the door at him.

He is gone and for the moment that bitch isn’t nagging me. I find myself smiling, and feeling a sense of satisfaction. My idea is a full-fledged story now and ready to give himself over to the world, for better or worse.

The Guest
This was inspired by a fellow writer, and friend, :iconclockchat: I read his story <da:thumb id="230980222">   and that inspired me to write this. It could be considered a sequel, but can work by itself as well I believe. I do incourage anyone to read his stories, they are pretty short so they won't take up much of your time, but he's great with the double entendre's and hidden meanings.


Journal Entry: Tue Apr 29, 2014, 9:51 PM
This is a journal is because I joined a group that deserves a little more attention. I like it because I believe it could cause more people to read and comment on others work (Something that happens far to infrequently for many artists.) I believe something that helps artists to grow is to know how their work is viewed from another person's perspective. With that in mind, let me post what the groups are ready for others to see.

:iconaccumulatethings: Founded by :iconsketchyrae:

Description : This group is about helping members achieve faves, comments and especially watches.
But to get them I have to actually gather tons of members first. ; v ;
It won't be "BETA" anymore once this group reached 500 members.

- Decline this invitation if you already have over 1,000 watchers
- If you think you're not ready.
- After joining, be sure to read the journal entry. c:

♠ This member will now be featured in the "Watch Me List" ♠

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Pine4ppleProductions Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the llama!! :D
CreatureEyes Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2015  Student General Artist
Tysm for the llama! Llama Emoji-23 (Shyness) [V1] 
Binkees-Baubles Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks for the woolly beasty!
AdelsImages Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2015  Student
Thanks for the llama :3
Lambent-North Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2015  New Deviant
Many thanks for the watch and llama! Both are greatly appreciated :D
Pgm-M Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cheers for the fave :3
MikaHayashi Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks for the fav 
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Clockchat Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014
Who knows when you'll be back to read this, you rascal, but happy belated birthday, man!
topec Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you so much and so sorry for the late reply. I plan on getting back on here more, I don't know what happened, I go from addicted to this site to hardly on, I think it might coincide with how creatively driven I am (which I have lacked for a long time now), but in any case, I appreciate the sentiment. I will respond to the note, but it's late so it'll be another day. Hope everything has went well with you in the time in-between!
Clockchat Featured By Owner May 4, 2015
You have pretty much described my modus operandi as well. I'll be involved with dA as can be one day, then disappear for months. Daily obligations don't help the cause, do they. It's been going great overall, thank goodness man, glad to see you back!
giusynuno Featured By Owner May 13, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Sorry for the delay, thank you so much for the fave!!! It means a lot to me:heart:
Kamellion Featured By Owner May 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the watch!
deskridge Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014   Digital Artist
Thanks for the :+fav:!
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Bastin31898 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Hey person =D
topec Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Hey there. How's life treating you?
Bastin31898 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Bla that's how lol.Watcha been upto lately?
topec Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
School and work mostly, until lately. I'm going to do this thing called Nanowrimo (stands for national November writing month)  which is where writers try to produce a novel length story in 30 days. (50,000 words, in case your curious.) So, lately I've been outlining my world. I've got a 4700 word outline for the origin stories of my Gods so far and I'm not even done yet. Just one more week and I'll start writing my novel... whether I'm ready or not.
I'm sorry life hasn't been all it could be lately. I hope things pick up for you.
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overide2008 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey! We'll have to rp agaon whenever you get back on :) havent heard from you in forever
topec Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Sorry about that. I'm not sure when, that is if, I'll find the free time to RP again. I've had to quit a lot of things lately in order to focus on college, along with my other responsibilities. For the next month I'll be doing Nano, so I'll have even less free time than usual. I'm sorry :(
overide2008 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Aww it's okay, I know college is a very time consuming thing. My cousin going through his last year so I can only imagine but I do hope you do well in your courses :) I am actually back into school slmewhat, I'm daying some day and some evening classes to finish highschool :) But best of luck with your courses and cant wait to roleplay with you again in the future :)
overide2008 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey! We'll have to rp agaon whenever you get back on :) havent heard from you in forever
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yellowo4 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Happy Birthday!
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