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Goodbye, Caroso
Unmarred by clouds, the perfect blue sky mocked the parched brown desert. The wastelands had been denied precipitation for too long. The drought pushed away people and animals and turned the sparse vegetation the color of dirt to match the rest of the scenery. Wanderers escaped to cooler areas between rock outcrops, but just when the desert seemed devoid of human life, peddlers looking to make money would arrive from across the canyon with food, water and supplies. People appeared from all edges of the desert and swarmed the makeshift trading stands like hungry locusts.
Thalia didn't like the company. She preferred days spent in fellowship with only the wind. Not that she was at heart a loner, but there wasn't much chance of inclusion into one of the many tribes when they had formed their alliances long before Thalia set foot in the desert. The only time she felt welcome was when she had something to offer: perhaps hunting for a starving family, or trading and fixing gadgets and other
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Literature
Calling Out
Night in the city was never dark nor quiet enough for proper rest unless you slept in a closet. Thalia wished her excuse for not being asleep at that moment was because there was too much outside noise and too much light seeping into Alden's bedroom, but the real problem was that she couldn't turn off her mind. There was a thought convention going on in her head, and it simply wouldn't adjourn for the evening.
She sighed once more and extracted herself from the covers, crossing the room to the window. She turned up the window fan, hoping it would drown out her thoughts with its white noise. Thalia had increased its speed twice already; maybe the third time would be a charm. She carefully slipped back into bed, aware of where Alden was so she wouldn't disturb his peaceful slumber. At least one of them was at rest, although Thalia thought it would be nice if Alden's ability to sleep through anything, probably even through nuclear war, was somehow contagious.
When Thalia couldn't force he
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Literature
One Year With You
The streets of Juand City were filled with the clamor of a million and more drunks, as the midwinter festival neared its inevitable conclusion. People didn't need a reason to celebrate, they just needed a reason to remain alive for another cycle of seasons. For a week out of the year, when the days were shortest, the Council took a step back and allowed citizens to run wild through the city. The festival was just long enough for everyone to put aside the misery they were living in and to blur social lines and constraints, but not long enough for anyone to forget that the military was still lingering in the background. The crowds were intoxicated but not completely uninhibited.
The section of city where Alden lived and worked was just as loaded on merriment as any other part of Juand, but Alden had little interest in getting drunk when he could use the opportunity to push his underground merchandise. The commotion was a perfect ruse. He could make deals openly among the throng of bodies
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Literature
In Training, Pt. 1
Chilly, dry winds swept along an open stretch of highway in the southerly district of Ensar-Tiye. The high-traction, thermo-regulated roadway never froze, but that didn't keep the powdery snow from swirling and blowing above it, just long enough to linger for a few moments before the heat from the road made the flakes fizzle away like magic. At night, the highway's snowy wind dance could be seen only through headlights. The sky was always dark and empty and offered no light to the lonely planet below.
The exits off the main highway led to the hundreds of military facilities built for various training purposes and run by the continent's State Security and Peacekeeping Council. These buildings were comfortably tucked into the boreal forest and rocky mountainsides of the cold, isolated district. The long roadtrains that were the primary transportation in and out of Ensar-Tiye rolled along and hugged the roadway closely to cling to its ambient heat, especially during the darker hours when
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Literature
Fundamental Interaction, Pt. 2
Vomit was the first thing Thalia smelled upon waking. Actually, it was the first thing she sensed upon waking, and if she could have picked an initial sense, it certainly wouldn't have been smell. A few moments later the rest of her faculties kicked in. Blurry vision turned to a clearer picture of a dimly lit holding cell. She was alone. The only thing filling space in her cell was a latrine in one corner and the chair she was currently cuffed to by her wrists and ankles. Sounds were mostly distant, but they echoed off the polymer floor and walls and brought to Thalia's ears profane protests and maniacal ramblings from surrounding inmates. There was a drain in the middle of her cell and the floor sloped into it. Tiny streams formed from water dripping off her clothing and bare feet and trickled down to the drain. There was no window, so most of the poor lighting came from the thin plasma barrier between her cell and what appeared to be a corridor on the other side. Everything wa
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Literature
Fundamental Interaction, Pt. 1
Thalia Ravel felt like she could melt into the pavement. Midday in Juand City was positively stifling; she missed the strong winds that blew across Caroso's wastelands. She never thought she'd miss those grainy winds, but she'd take a mouthful of sand over the stale heat trapped in the city that was cooking her to well-done. She rushed down the sidewalk, pushing through the swarm of people as she made her way to Alden's shop. His shop was below ground, and it had a fan. A huge fan. Thalia pictured herself stark naked in front of it, dumping a bucket of cold water over her head. Alden would never agree to it, but she still smiled at the thought. Well, maybe he would agree to it. He'd probably joke that it was "good for business" and draw her a bucket of water himself.
Thalia giggled. She picked up her pace and elbowed through a pair of pedestrians more interested in their conversation than they were getting to their destination in a timely manner. They protested Thalia's interruption, b
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Literature
Death and Distractions
Juand City was an urban labyrinth, full of distracting sights, sounds and smells. Spindly buildings rose to dizzying heights; they sprout up from the pavement and thrust into the sky like a forest of concrete and glass. Cacophonous din bounced off the buildings and rattled through Thalia Ravel's ears to sometimes painful decibels, especially when emergency vehicles screamed by with sirens blaring. There was a bizarre olfactory medley as Thalia navigated the sidewalks: someone's obnoxious perfume here, an oily piece of fried meat from a street vendor there, all played against a constant bass line of rank sewage vapors that rose from the metal grates beneath her feet.
Streets were as crowded with trash as they were with people, and every façade in view had an illuminated video advertisement. Some ads were for channels on the Council's social networks, other ads preyed on the consciences of the people, beckoning them to perform deeds of 'goodwill' for The Gathering, and still other a
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Literature
Mind Your Own Business
Alden Merseger was a patient man. He'd remained calm and collected over the past decade since being separated from his family, clinging to the hope of their inevitable reunion. Then a year went by, then two, then five, and so on, until you could argue he was now simply living in denial, and that his family was most likely not of Delvii anymore, having been left behind in the doomed district of Outer Prasides.
Outer Prasides, the words echoed through Alden's mind, prying open memories he'd rather have stayed shut. He remembered all too well the day he was forced to say goodbye to his wife and young son. A man of 28 years old at the time, he still had youthful optimism on his side, optimism that the government would keep his family whole, that whatever imminent terror was about to befall Outer Prasides would happen after everyone was evacuated. There was no reason to mourn on that day, no reason to cry. He left his home hopeful for the future. If he knew back then that a day would
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Literature
Thicker Than Acid Runoff
The morning's weather forecast was typical for the central region of Mur: sunny and dry with a 30% chance of despair by early afternoon, 99% chance by nightfall. Faron Haldor, a returning resident to the arid, mountainous district, lived perpetually in the 1% not overcome by despair, but unfortunately it was denial, not personal determination, that kept him from joining the majority of the district's inhabitants.
Over the years he'd lost most of his family, watched his older brother decline physically from health problems (and mentally from his questionable self-diagnosis and treatment of those problems), and just weeks ago, Faron himself had been discharged from the army under less than honorable conditions. The only job available to him upon his return to Mur was a bottom-rung, hazardous mining gig, which made for brutally long workdays. In Faron's shoes, anyone else would have given up by their third day. The ex-soldier told himself it was his duty to be back in Mur. After all, his
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Literature
Life and Death Underground
Aditi was looking forward to her tour ending. It was her last month in Herg before going on leave, and though she was excited about the project in the twin laboratory in Outer Prasides being a success, she was eager to visit her family in Central Satol. She literally had been underground for the last year and a half, surfacing very little for fear of being discovered by the constant stream of government probe drones that flew over the salt flats. Not to mention there wasn't much worth coming out of hiding for in Herg, anyway, other than the occasional reminder that Delvii still orbited Ro. Otherwise Aditi had stayed in the laboratories and her very small living quarters in the bunker during her time on the project. In a few more weeks she would ride on the underground hypertube which would take her to the district of Mur, where she would be picked up by one of the others and travel the rest of the long way back to Central Satol by RETvan.
Her shift uneventful, she ran more cipher throu
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Literature
Boaz Castren Character Sheet
Basic:
Name: Boaz Elhage Castrén
Nickname: Bo
Goes By: Bo or Boaz
Age at Start of Series: 13
Gender: male
Species: human
Citizenship Status: citizen, tagged Viatare
Marital Status: single
Place of Origin: Pasco, Outer Prasides
Current Residence: Wastelands, Caroso
Occupation: student
Physical Appearance:
Hair Color: light brown
Hair Description: short, curly
Eye Color: brown
Eye Description: small
Skin Tone: light
Complexion: freckled
Height: 5'9
Build: developing
Usual Attire: boonie hat, cargo pants, long-sleeve tees, utility vest
Glasses: no
Scars: none
Tattoos: none
Medical Conditions: none
Other Distinguishing Features: none
Knowledge and Skills:
Education: remote public secondary school network graduate
Intellectual Strengths: medicine, biology
Intellectual Weaknesses: mechanics, vocabulary
Special Abilities: science prodigy
Other Skills: music, pharmacology, pharmacognosy
Family and Friends:
Father: Ward Castrén
Mother: Salwah Elhage (deceas
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Miel Castren Character Sheet
Basic:
Name: Meriel Salwah Castrén
Nickname: Miel
Goes By: Miel
Age at Start of Series: 14
Gender: female
Species: human
Citizenship Status: citizen, tagged Viatare
Marital Status: single
Place of Origin: Pasco, Outer Prasides
Current Residence: Wastelands, Caroso
Occupation: student
Physical Appearance:
Hair Color: chocolate brown
Hair Description: long, straight
Eye Color: green
Eye Description: downturned
Skin Tone: olive
Complexion: smooth
Height: 5'7
Build: thin
Usual Attire: convertible pants, tanks or tees, zori sandals
Glasses: yes
Scars: none
Tattoos: none
Medical Conditions: none
Other Distinguishing Features: port-wine stain on left side of neck
Knowledge and Skills:
Education: remote public secondary school network, level 3-1
Intellectual Strengths: geography, humanities
Intellectual Weaknesses: biology
Special Abilities: none
Other Skills: mechanics, mapping
Family and Friends:
Father: Ward Castrén
Mother: Salwah Elhage (deceased)
Othe
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Daisy Unsal Character Sheet
Basic:
Name: Sisel Keren Unsal
Nickname: Daisy
Goes By: Daisy
Age at Start of Series: 19
Gender: female
Species: human
Citizenship Status: citizen, tagged Mur
Marital Status: single
Place of Origin: es-Stili, Mur
Current Residence: Juand, Caroso
Occupation: military police
Rank: Specialist
Physical Appearance:
Hair Color: copper
Hair Description: short, narrow cornrows
Eye Color: dark brown
Eye Description: almond
Skin Tone: dark brown
Complexion: smooth
Height: 6'2
Build:  slender, athletic
Usual Attire: military uniform
Glasses: no
Scars: none
Tattoos: none
Medical Conditions: none
Other Distinguishing Features: none
Knowledge and Skills:
Education: continuing military credits and training
Intellectual Strengths: economics, politics, agriculture, animal husbandry
Intellectual Weaknesses: technology
Special Abilities: none
Other Skills: self-defense, hand-to-hand combat, pistol marksmanship, vehicle operation
Family and Friends:
Father: Omid Unsal
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Deviant ID is of Thalia Ravel. Art by :iconboobulon:, Original deviation here: fav.me/d4xq6mo He's awesome. Go adore his work and commission him and stuff.

Hello, and welcome to my little corner of deviantArt, where I share tales from the distant planet Delvii.

My regular dA account is here, if you're aching to know what my favorite movie, TV show, diet soda, toothpaste, mustelid, etc. are: vicious-pink.deviantart.com/. Or, you can read on:

1. I hate bananas.
2. I like it when people play with my hair.
3. There's always room for guacamole.
4. I like reading books on my phone.
5. My second grade teacher's name was Mrs. Arneson.
6. I've never seen any of the Godfather movies.
7. I enjoy getting socks as a present.
8. If I win the lottery, I will hire Morgan Freeman to narrate my life.
9. I love fractal art.
10. I don't think the future will include flying cars.
At the end of November last year, my family (there are four of us) moved from Virginia to Texas. That's 1400 miles across the country. Now we're moving again, this time to California. That's another 1700 miles. Oy. I hope we're done moving for the next, oh, decade, at least. That's really all I have to share with everyone. This is the main reason I've been absent from dA. If anyone knows of a good pizza joint in the Bay Area, please let me know. Austin pizza is crap.

Take care, y'all, and see you in the funny pages!

-Amy (aka Delvii)
  • Listening to: Austin Wintory
  • Reading: Devils Among Us
  • Watching: King of Queens
  • Playing: Dragon Age: Origins
  • Eating: chili
  • Drinking: water

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AquarelleSplash Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm late but hope you had a belated HAPPY BIRFDAY! ^_^
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Srijita Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014
Belated birthday greetings - many happy returns of the day! (I was thinking of you on the right day, but my broadband connection was playing up.) Hope you had a wonderful day surrounded by family and friends.
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Srijita Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2013
Wishing you a merry Christmas and a happy and fulfilling New Year. Miss you! HUGS.
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AN0N7M0U5 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013
Hey!
Would you maybe check out my writing? I really need some critics. I'm a young Dutch writer who likes to take risks, so I decided to write a book in English... Just put the first page up. Please check it out. I'd be honoured if you'd comment.
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Calicot-ZC Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013
~ Huuhh !! Thanks so much for the Watch ! *Q* ♥
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