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« on: July 08, 2010 07:58:06 PM »

I was about 9 years old when we went on a vacation with my relatives to a resort up in the mountains. The hotel we stayed in was quite nice for the standards back then. There was a casino for the adults to whittle their time away while the children were given a little pocket money to deposit into the savings account ran by the arcade next to it.

Given that the money we received was in short supply, we had to become creative when we parted with our last quarters. I remember one afternoon, my cousin Eleanor whispered to me that she had a new game to play; that it was a secret only special children were privy to.

When the adults weren't looking, she pulled me behind the thick polyester curtains and motioned me to be silent with her finger over her lips. Naturally, I was a little excited because I had a tiny crush on her. Very quietly, she pushed open the window and I felt the cold air rush in; my breath became visible in the frigid air. She then produced a box of matches and I thought she was going to re-enact a scene from "The Little Match Girl".

Swiftly, she struck the match, uttered a hushed prayer "look!", and pitched the burning match out the window. We leaned over the sill to see the flame descend until it disappeared from sight. "I want to try one" I said to her confidently, and so she let me. All the matches were spent and we shared the biggest smile of satisfaction. "Let's get some more" became a very common phrase between us, until one of our uncles ratted us out. He saw us going back and forth the curtains being too happy and knew something was wrong.

Our cave people instinct was severely curtailed by stern warnings from both our fathers. My father promised me a terrible hiding when we would return from the trip; that was a big downer for a kid. We soon forgot about the matches as our parents realized the error of their ways in not providing us enough change for the arcade machines. Everyone was happy again and the incident was buried under.

When I reached home, I was living a new life without matches. Nothing could stop me from becoming the perfect child in the world. I was very close to minor sainthood, until I saw a box of matches on the kitchen counter. Without hesitation, I grabbed them and ducked under the very flammable curtains my mother had lovingly made to keep the light out of my bedroom window. Instead of being a mindless follower of my cousin's enlightened ways, I decided to seek my own path and not throw lit matches out the window. A miniature campfire was much more preferable to me.

I kept my activities mostly under wraps until my mother started cleaning the window sills and discovered the little campsites. After many beatings, I was almost cured of the habit but I still needed to light one up. My father experienced a variety of emotions from anger to fury to mostly wanting to strangle me in my sleep. Eventually he repeated calmly to me why he was so disappointed. Unbeknownst to him, he was wielding very strong magic. There is no explanation why I stopped after that. I was no longer a firestarter.













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« Reply #1 on: July 08, 2010 08:59:43 PM »

 Smiley
i love your firestarter!!!  what colour is he??
Smiley also love your story....do you write??? your stories are very entertaining!
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« Reply #2 on: July 08, 2010 09:13:01 PM »

Good morning Nouga! lol

Ok he is basically a metallic rose underneath.  I brushed it with black so it would look like its covered in ash.  It doesn't come out really well though.  I meant for the lines to look metallic rose while his scales would be sooty.

With the last picture, I tweaked the colours a little so black became blue lol

The pictures on the grey carpet is basically the real colour.

lol I don't write novels.  I just write about the things I remember from the past which is typically just a page long.  Glad you enjoyed it lol
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« Reply #3 on: July 09, 2010 02:44:08 AM »

i lovve the metallic pink!!  the blue colour puzzled me tho Smiley

well even if you never publish your stories it will make interesting reading fo r the family!! (and me too - if you should post any!!!:)  )
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« Reply #4 on: July 09, 2010 04:27:40 AM »

It is quite difficult to reflect the correct colours under different light conditions when taking pictures of it.   I tried putting it near the window and the colours changed in the pictures.  Even under a bulb the colours looked different in photos.

It is easy for black to look blue or reflect other colours I guess.

I write a lot of nonsense on a website.  If you want I will share that with you.
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« Reply #5 on: July 09, 2010 10:51:53 AM »

yes pls  Smiley
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