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Title: I'm back!
Post by: ArtfullyInsane on September 24, 2011, 08:29:45 AM
Well, it's been a few months, and I'm back on. To say hello again, here's a drabble that I wrote just for you. (My first ever!)

Pocket Watches

The clunky faceted face is accentuated by the delicate numbers and slender hands, reaching up to gently kiss the pretty ivory. The gold leaf covering is burnished to perfection, which is faded with heavy use.
But the magic is on the inside.
The slight woman gazes up at the world from her faded finery of black and white. Her lengthy hair is swept up in an elegant bun. She’s sitting regally, a queen in her own right, with nothing but a drop of royal blood in her. A graceful smirk almost twitches across her face. Her eyebrows almost quirk upward. She is, in every way, beautiful.
Rough fingers. Engine grease. They ease the stiff metal claws holding the photograph in place aside, making way for the new art.
This girl’s jaunty and confident. Her hair is chopped obscenely short. This girl has not even a squick of royal blood. Common as dirt, she is. A sarcastic smirk definitely flashes across her face. Her eyebrows definitely quirk upward in amused appraisal. She is, in every way, beautiful.
Her photograph overlaps the other. Then it covers. But not replacing, never replacing. Merely a tradition unfolding.
More hands push at the claws over the years. More hands rub the burnished gold leaf. More pictures cover the old ones. Lover after lover. Life moves on.
It’s dead romantic.

Well, I hope you enjoyed that. My first drabble, and it probably failed. But it's nice to be back!
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Post by: stopthattime_rave on September 24, 2011, 08:31:55 AM
It's so pretty!~ I reviewed on FF, so see that please...:D
Welcome baaaaaaaaaaaaack!~ *hugs you*
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Post by: ArtfullyInsane on September 24, 2011, 08:33:26 AM
Awww! I love you! I saw your review, it was sweet!
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Post by: One Person on September 24, 2011, 08:39:43 AM
Somebody left the forum few days ago. When I saw the topic I'm back, I thought it was Moonie. Oh well, nice to see you even though we never met.
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Post by: ArtfullyInsane on September 24, 2011, 08:59:17 AM
Well, it's nice to meet you too. I unofficially left a couple months ago.
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Post by: MismatchedSocks on September 24, 2011, 12:01:24 PM
WELCOME BACK!
My name is Socks. I loved your story. So sweet and original!!
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Post by: Fuhreesha on September 24, 2011, 01:03:46 PM
AI! -glomps- :D
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Post by: stopthattime_rave on September 24, 2011, 11:35:08 PM
Awww! I love you! I saw your review, it was sweet!
:3 Aaw, thank yooou!!! I didn't think it was all that good, but I am not complaining. :D You're extremely welcome!!!~ :D (I thought I sounded dorky, really.)
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Post by: ArtfullyInsane on September 25, 2011, 06:54:36 AM
Ree! Yay!

And I'm a dork myself, so it's all good.
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Post by: Fuhreesha on September 25, 2011, 08:30:00 AM
Aren't we all dorks here? XD
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Post by: deryn sharpie on September 25, 2011, 08:32:13 AM
i luv it
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Post by: MismatchedSocks on September 25, 2011, 08:32:48 AM
No *shifty eyes* Actually some of us are Orch Dorks. P.S. Ree, I love the new picture. Is that Deryn hogging the potatoes?
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Post by: Fuhreesha on September 25, 2011, 08:37:33 AM
Oh, I'm an Orch Dork. A PROUD ONE.  ;D

It's an allusion from The Lord of the Rings with Gollum and the ring, but with Deryn and her precious potatoes, as mentioned on page 7 of Goliath.
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Post by: MismatchedSocks on September 25, 2011, 08:38:38 AM
And in Behemoth doesn't she like them to? Newkirk should stand up and defend his potatoes.
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Post by: Fuhreesha on September 25, 2011, 08:40:00 AM
He should! I'm going to write a fan fiction of that. After I finish 'Newkirk', where he's assigned a secret mission...
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Post by: One Person on September 25, 2011, 09:05:43 AM
He should! I'm going to write a fan fiction of that. After I finish 'Newkirk', where he's assigned a secret mission...
LOL, Just for a food. Barking Funny.
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Post by: deryn sharpie on September 25, 2011, 09:07:28 AM
Oh, I'm an Orch Dork. A PROUD ONE.  ;D

It's an allusion from The Lord of the Rings with Gollum and the ring, but with Deryn and her precious potatoes, as mentioned on page 7 of Goliath.
oh yes! a picture of me and potatos!
I AM AN ORCH DORK!!! I PLAY VIOLA!!!
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Post by: Fuhreesha on September 25, 2011, 10:04:13 AM
Because potatoes are amazing, and Newkirk deserves them! D:< XDD

Orch dorks! I play the cello.
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Post by: ArtfullyInsane on September 25, 2011, 10:53:55 AM
I'ma Orch Dork! Violin!
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Post by: MismatchedSocks on September 25, 2011, 01:44:04 PM
*high fives* I play violin too!
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Post by: Lightning4 on September 25, 2011, 09:42:01 PM
Oh, I'm an Orch Dork. A PROUD ONE.  ;D

It's an allusion from The Lord of the Rings with Gollum and the ring, but with Deryn and her precious potatoes, as mentioned on page 7 of Goliath.
oh yes! a picture of me and potatos!
I AM AN ORCH DORK!!! I PLAY VIOLA!!!
Me too!!!!!!
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Post by: FlowerofIce on September 26, 2011, 12:35:32 AM
hi, im a newbie here lol, nice to meet you!
and just to jump in on the convo, i play flute, i think that counts as an orch dork even though some people call that part of the band and not the orchestra
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Post by: MismatchedSocks on September 26, 2011, 12:39:53 AM
People at my old school would say band geek. And hello Newbie again!
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Post by: FlowerofIce on September 26, 2011, 12:48:18 AM
well, our music class is so small the strings and winds are mixed together..
hello! but notice now that im a junior member :DDDD deryn cant eat me anymore!
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Post by: MismatchedSocks on September 26, 2011, 12:51:56 AM
Hurray!
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Post by: FlowerofIce on September 26, 2011, 01:00:02 AM
oh my goddd, i broke 100 posts!!!
btw youre exactly at 1700, thats so cool
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Post by: MismatchedSocks on September 26, 2011, 01:01:20 AM
Wow I've posted alot.
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Post by: FlowerofIce on September 26, 2011, 01:04:10 AM
its a sign of your dedication!
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Post by: MismatchedSocks on September 26, 2011, 01:08:25 AM
Yeah  ;D
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Post by: stopthattime_rave on September 26, 2011, 01:09:56 AM
oh my goddd, i broke 100 posts!!!
btw youre exactly at 1700, thats so cool
:O Wow. Already? Someone's been busy...*checks how many posts I've done*
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Post by: FlowerofIce on September 26, 2011, 01:13:06 AM
oh my goddd, i broke 100 posts!!!
btw youre exactly at 1700, thats so cool
:O Wow. Already? Someone's been busy...*checks how many posts I've done*
are you talking to me or Socks? if its for me, lol yeah, i had nothing to do on a saturday fml
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Post by: stopthattime_rave on September 26, 2011, 01:14:08 AM
This one's no. 742!! :D Woot!!
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Post by: FlowerofIce on September 26, 2011, 01:16:21 AM
This one's no. 742!! :D Woot!!
actually, its 743 because you have to count the one you just posted
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Post by: stopthattime_rave on September 26, 2011, 01:20:01 AM
>:| That post was the 742nd post I've posted on the WF, I meant. *eyerolls*
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Post by: FlowerofIce on September 26, 2011, 02:38:24 AM
umm okay, i guess i misunderstood
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Post by: stopthattime_rave on September 26, 2011, 02:46:25 AM
Soz if I upset you.
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Post by: ArtfullyInsane on September 26, 2011, 02:52:49 AM
Where am I, 3000 some?
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Post by: stopthattime_rave on September 26, 2011, 02:55:48 AM
Yeah.
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Post by: ArtfullyInsane on September 26, 2011, 02:57:09 AM
Sweet.
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Post by: FlowerofIce on September 26, 2011, 03:27:11 AM
woww hero members all round
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Post by: stopthattime_rave on September 26, 2011, 03:30:07 AM
:D :D :D I just noticed that I am!! OH YEAH!! *squees*
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Post by: FlowerofIce on September 26, 2011, 03:31:39 AM
soo jellyyy
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Post by: ArtfullyInsane on September 26, 2011, 03:33:05 AM
If only there was a position above Hero, so we had something to work towards.
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Post by: stopthattime_rave on September 26, 2011, 03:38:21 AM
*nods* I've gone as high as I can go...:(
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Post by: ArtfullyInsane on September 26, 2011, 03:39:27 AM
I wonder if that's possible, to make new positions. :-\
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Post by: FlowerofIce on September 26, 2011, 04:06:29 AM
lol hero seems so far away...
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Post by: ArtfullyInsane on September 26, 2011, 04:27:12 AM
To tell you the truth, it comes in a flash. And then leaves you wanting something more.
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Post by: FlowerofIce on September 26, 2011, 04:37:33 AM
To tell you the truth, it comes in a flash. And then leaves you wanting something more.
sounds so deep... but im aiming for hero!
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Post by: ArtfullyInsane on September 26, 2011, 04:52:29 AM
I wanna aim for something too! But I'm apparently passed all the fun. :'(

And yes, I'm very deep  ;D
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Post by: deryn sharpie on September 26, 2011, 05:47:09 AM
To tell you the truth, it comes in a flash. And then leaves you wanting something more.
sounds so deep... but im aiming for hero!
it took me 2 days
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Post by: ArtfullyInsane on September 26, 2011, 06:10:03 AM
That's even better than Kieya! By the way, where is she? Did she leave while I was gone?
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Post by: deryn sharpie on September 26, 2011, 06:10:35 AM
That's even better than Kieya! By the way, where is she? Did she leave while I was gone?
*shrug*
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Post by: ArtfullyInsane on September 26, 2011, 06:11:10 AM
Hm. :-\
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Post by: deryn sharpie on September 26, 2011, 06:26:46 AM
Hm. :-\
i feel the need to nom
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Post by: ArtfullyInsane on September 26, 2011, 06:35:32 AM
Forgive me, but what is 'nom'?
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Post by: deryn sharpie on September 26, 2011, 06:36:23 AM
Forgive me, but what is 'nom'?
to chew onsomthig, or somone, whitout hurting them tooo much
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Post by: ArtfullyInsane on September 26, 2011, 06:37:55 AM
Oh.
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Post by: ~Steampunk~Bovril~ on September 26, 2011, 07:55:18 AM
Yay you're back!
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Post by: deryn sharpie on September 26, 2011, 07:56:39 AM
*shifty eyes*
hmmmmmm
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Post by: ArtfullyInsane on September 26, 2011, 10:53:19 AM
Yay you're back!
Hi! I missed you!

Oh, and just today I spewed another drabble. These things get addicting.

Icarus

Daedalus was a genius. His ideas were ground-breaking, his inventions revolutionary. And he was currently a prisoner.
Franz Ferdinand loved peace. His ideas were popular with the general public, and he was best known for his greatest mistake, the selfish act of love. And he was currently a prisoner of that decision.
Minos was the warden. A king of Crete, he was determined to keep his rule. And having the famous inventor working for him helped a lot.
The emperor hated that his nephew was spitting on the family name by marrying a commoner. The best he could do to stop the dreaded event was to enforce a left-handed marriage, and pretending that the child didn’t exist.
Daedalus had a son, Icarus. The boy shared his prison, and assisted his father in making new items for the king. The only reason Minos allowed him to stay alive was that the child offered a wonderfully convenient way of controlling the rebellious man.
Franz loved his son of course. Little Aleksander was a fairly happy child, and didn’t once fail to greet his father when the man came home from ‘business’ trips. But he also represented what the consequences of his decision were.
Daedalus hated that his son had to grow up trapped in a stone workroom. Countless sketches later, a rough idea formed…
Little Aleksander grew up. He really did have a natural talent with walkers, his father mused. There could have been a future there, but with his current political standings, there was almost no point in pursuing it. But Franz couldn’t bring himself to take away the only thing that made his son want to fly.
“Remember son,” the old man told the boy as he pulled the leather straps tight. “Don’t fly too high, lest the sun melt the wax.”
“I know father.”
“Don’t fly too low, or the spray from the waves will get the feathers wet and heavy.”
“I know father.”
Daedalus sighed. “Alright. Here we go.”

Franz Ferdinand died before he could see his son get off the ground, leaving the boy to find his own way in a world that was set against him. There was no time to be the boy that he was.
Flying was a miracle. Icarus laughed in sheer joy. This was beautiful, having the sky at his wings, and the sun shedding warmth on his back. What was left to do but fly? To dip and curve? To be a bird?
“Isn’t that why you became and airman? To see the world?”
“Me, I just wanted to fly.”
“I’m beginning to see the appeal,” Alek smiled. Partially standing up, he leaned into the wind, letting it hold him upright like a mother with a newly walking toddler. He spread his arms out and splayed his fingers, catching the wind like a mighty bird of the air. The boy laughed in sheer joy, finally being the child he was inside.
“Sit down you dafty!”
Alek just laughed again, every worry fleeing his mind. What was left to do but fly? To dip and curve? To be a bird?
Franz was lucky; he didn’t have to see his son fall.
Daedalus hated his being. He hated his mind. Because of him, his son was dead. From that hate, his head quickly became unraveled. For now he knew, men weren’t meant to fly.
But of course, that doesn’t mean that they would ever stop trying.

I don't think this is as good as my last one for some reason.
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Post by: FlowerofIce on September 26, 2011, 12:16:12 PM
To tell you the truth, it comes in a flash. And then leaves you wanting something more.
sounds so deep... but im aiming for hero!
it took me 2 days
im in awe of your prowess.
AI, your drabble was amazing, i love the parallel between icarus and alek
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Post by: ArtfullyInsane on September 26, 2011, 12:36:25 PM
Thank you! *warm and fuzzy feeling*
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Post by: stopthattime_rave on September 28, 2011, 07:38:13 AM
It was pretty awesome!! :D
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Post by: ArtfullyInsane on September 28, 2011, 10:54:24 AM
*there's no emoticon for the warm fuzzy feeling!!*
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Post by: stopthattime_rave on September 30, 2011, 10:29:57 AM
*hugs you anyway*
(This kinda makes me feel like that...in an weird sort of way. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ObEN9jNMeQ&feature=related)
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Post by: FlowerofIce on October 01, 2011, 02:14:07 PM
omgggggggg vocaloid
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Post by: ~Steampunk~Bovril~ on October 03, 2011, 05:11:15 AM
Oh, I'm an Orch Dork. A PROUD ONE.  ;D

It's an allusion from The Lord of the Rings with Gollum and the ring, but with Deryn and her precious potatoes, as mentioned on page 7 of Goliath.
oh yes! a picture of me and potatos!
I AM AN ORCH DORK!!! I PLAY VIOLA!!!
Me too!!!!!!
Same here!!!!!! VIOLA ROCKS!!!
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Post by: stopthattime_rave on October 03, 2011, 06:30:36 AM
omgggggggg vocaloid
VOCALOID!! *squees*
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Post by: FlowerofIce on October 03, 2011, 08:23:51 AM
omgggggggg vocaloid
VOCALOID!! *squees*
<3 x10000000000000
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Post by: deryn sharpie on October 10, 2011, 11:42:50 AM
*hugs you anyway*
(This kinda makes me feel like that...in an weird sort of way. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ObEN9jNMeQ&feature=related)
:o the girl with the bunny ears looks like me, only blond... the girl in the pink skirt has same hair color almost exactly....
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Post by: stopthattime_rave on October 11, 2011, 08:25:14 AM
*hugs you anyway*
(This kinda makes me feel like that...in an weird sort of way. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ObEN9jNMeQ&feature=related)
:o the girl with the bunny ears looks like me, only blond... the girl in the pink skirt has same hair color almost exactly....
Really? Cool. (I didn't see those, mainly because I only listen to the music and do something else.)
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Post by: deryn sharpie on October 12, 2011, 04:13:52 PM
i was staring at them in awe of the wierdness
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Post by: stopthattime_rave on October 16, 2011, 12:01:04 PM
:D Vocaloid is kinda weird...but oh my God yes it is AWESOME!!!
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Post by: Amyanddan on October 17, 2011, 07:23:53 AM
hi people! Deryn wanted me to tell you that her parents took away her computer so she won't be on the forums for a while.

and...
I FINISHED

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and it was freaking awesome!!!!
TEAM DALEK FTW!
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Post by: stopthattime_rave on October 17, 2011, 09:39:55 AM
A: Aw heck. D: We miss you Deryn!
B: DALEK FOREVER!!!
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Post by: deryn sharpie on October 18, 2011, 03:27:53 PM
SCORE!!! I GOT MY COMPUTER BAAACK!
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Post by: stopthattime_rave on October 21, 2011, 06:10:46 AM
Deryn-spof?! :D YES!! IT IS YOU!!
...Right??
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Post by: FlowerofIce on October 21, 2011, 06:27:05 PM
SCORE!!! I GOT MY COMPUTER BAAACK!
HI DERYN WE MISSED YOU!
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Post by: stopthattime_rave on October 22, 2011, 01:25:38 AM
*tackle glomp* God, I didn't know if you were EVER coming baaaaaaaack...
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Post by: ~Steampunk~Bovril~ on October 30, 2011, 04:17:13 AM
SCORE!!! I GOT MY COMPUTER BAAACK!
DEEERRRRRYYYNNNN!!!! *hugs*
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Post by: stopthattime_rave on November 01, 2011, 11:59:08 AM
DEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEERRRRRRRRRRYYYYYYYYYYYYYNNNNNNNNNNNNN Happy Halloween! I need to get off now. (It'll cost you all my candy back silly woman. And man. Grr, parents.)
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Post by: ~Steampunk~Bovril~ on November 04, 2011, 12:17:50 PM
GRRRRR.....Nah, I'm kidding. Hope you guys had a happeh Halloween. My candy is almost all gone now, I'm down to the Whoppers and Dum Dums now. The bottom of my bag. In three days....if only it had lasted longer....
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Post by: FlowerofIce on November 05, 2011, 07:22:48 PM
i havent gone trick or treating since i was 10..
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Post by: Awesomesauce on November 06, 2011, 01:23:54 AM
Clara- I like pie
Lormi- PIE!!! *starts singing about pie*
Clara- My loris has issues...
Lormi- Iiiisssssuuuuueeeessss lol
Clara- Why...just why? All I can ask is why...