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I found Death crying in the alleyway underneath my apartment window. He crouched, shaking and whimpering out his little mouse of a cry that was muffled by the rumbling cacophony of city night life. He didn't make himself seen and, like the child he was, huddled down and hid his face with his mitten-covered hands. 

Death made eye contact with me as I watched him from the fire escape. He stared with bright blue eyes perfectly framed with long eye lashes. The chill bit and reddened his nose and cheeks, and his tears left frozen paths of black ice against his face. I didn't mean to, it was an accident, he pleaded with me.

I watched him as he shamefully picked up his victim, a tiny little kitten that was half frozen and curled tightly into itself. He tried to stroke it back to life, begging and pressing the small animal into his plush winter coat.

I'm sorry, he lisped, wiping snot onto his sleeve as he cradled the corpse like a beloved baby doll. My eyes followed his tiny footprints in the snow while he looked for a proper location to give it a funeral. 

I saw Time stand towards the entrance of the alleyway, taking deep drags from his cigarette and watching his companion. He didn't stand long, but trekked with heavy steps to poor Death and put a hand on his shoulder. 

We need to go, no more playing, Time assured as he led Death to my apartment's set of garbage cans. I watched as Death dragged his feet through the snow on his way to the trash, and as he reluctantly dropped the little kitten corpse inside. It resonated with a loud gong and echoed against the building walls then up to the night sky.

Time took Death by the hand and led him out of the alley to the sidewalk, where they made sure to look both ways before crossing the crosswalk. 
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Given 2014-06-22
he cried because no one cried for him by CelestialMemories personifies the concepts of Time and Death, offering new perspectives on these elusive ideas, and provoking deep thoughts and questions for those who read it. ( Suggested by SpiralingSpontaneity and Featured by inknalcohol )
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LittleKuroiNeko Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2014  Student General Artist
I'd love to make fanart of this but I know I could never do it justice . ♥ 
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CelestialMemories Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you so very much for the compliment. :huggle: 

I'm sure you'd do an excellent job! :)
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RezzyRezdevoir Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014  Student General Artist
oh nnnoo
nno the kitten
thIS REMINDS ME OF THE NIGHTMARE I HAD WITH THE KITTEN


i love this, though. it's so sad. ;v;
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CelestialMemories Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Oh no ;n; I'm sorry. :huggle:
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Chipchinka Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2014   Writer
OH WOW!  This is amazing!  Holy cow!  Yeah, feel free to do more of these!  I can see how this got a daily deviation!  There should be monthly deviations; I'd vote to put this one on that list.  Yep.  This is also making its way into my Favorites!  WOW!  This is simply amazing.  It's so elegant and touching!
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CelestialMemories Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you so very much! :huggle: I hope you are well! 
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Chipchinka Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2014   Writer
I'm doing okay and you'll be hearing more from me.  Hopefully, you're doing well...and writing more.  I just saw your latest, but haven't gotten around to reading it yet.  I plan to dive into it this weekend, once I'm over whatever this is I'm getting over...it's a chronic condition, really, known as underpaid employment, and it leaves me exhausted!
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QQI25 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
This is so beautiful. You are amazing. 
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nerdlantern Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014
Aww, poor Death Crying  I just want to give him a hug and take him out for a burger or something.
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Jeonsa Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Is it bad I cried? That was absolutely beautiful and I love the idea of death being a child it's a very beautiful piece!
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CelestialMemories Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I'm sorry you cried! 

I am so glad that you liked it! I'm honored :)
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TheGalleryOfEve Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congratulations on your well-deserved DD!!! :iconflyingheartsplz::iconlainloveplz::iconflyingheartsplz: :clap::clap::clap:
I’m very happy for you!!! :iconloveloveplz: :tighthug:
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CelestialMemories Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you very much!
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10kdays Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is amazing! I love how you described death because I've never seen him described this way. The emotion was conveyed really well too. You seem like an awesome writer. Great job  :)
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CelestialMemories Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I am honored! Thank you so much for this compliment! This is one of my favorite pieces myself! :)
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10kdays Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome :D
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LightsOnLuna Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This deserved that DD, it's brilliant
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CelestialMemories Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you so much!
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maxnort Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014   Writer
nice!

your image of death is, well, refreshing. Religion (some religions) teach angels are always experiencing life as new; they have no memory of yesterday or what was before the moment they are in.

Death is an angel. and must be unaware that this has always been the way; more clueless than any other angel. an inexperienced, naive child-like death actually seems appropriate. Motive? death has no motive. Death simply is.

thank you
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CelestialMemories Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you so much! :) I've never heard about that, but that is definitely a refreshing as well as inspiring view on angels (at least something I haven't seen in things I've read, but I do admit I don't know much about religions). 

Your interpretation and understanding has left me speechless! That is so amazing. Thank you so much! 
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tommyboywood Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
very nice, though I would suggest that death, rather than being a remorseful, naive child, is as old as time and a relentless, remorseless, serial killer who never quite gets enough killing to satiate his enormous appetite.
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CelestialMemories Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
That is an interesting take on Death. I just haven't seen a Death other than some type of seducer or just some merciless entity. I wanted to see something different, but since I couldn't find anything I decided to write it myself!
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tommyboywood Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
maybe someday i will write the opposing point of view.  meantime, keep up the good work!
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CelestialMemories Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you! I look forward to reading it one day!
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rockgem Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I loved this the first time i read it when it got a DLD feature - and now re-reading it I love it all the more - congratulations on the DD feature
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CelestialMemories Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Awwww! Thank you! This was a really big surprise when I just randomly decided to get on dA this morning!
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rockgem Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
you are most very welcome :aww:  & a DD is always a lovely little surprise :D
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CelestialMemories Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
:aww:

I just randomly logged on and saw I had 700+ feedback messages and I was like "welp, what'd I do now?!" LOL
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rockgem Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
:giggle: good luck wading through all the messages - but it is lovely, and i find especially on literature you do get more in depth feedback than you get on an image, mainly because people viewing have to take time out to click on a thumb and read rather than drag and collect as they do with a visual image
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BlueMusic98 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Student Photographer
I love the end where they look both ways before crossing the street! :) This is super creative and original! 
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CelestialMemories Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you! I have to admit that this wasn't in the original, but I thought of it hours later. I'm glad I added it!


I appreciate the compliment!
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BlueMusic98 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Student Photographer
No problem! ^.^
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WrittenRuse Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014
This is so sad and beautiful. Nice work!
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CelestialMemories Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you so very much!
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doublethefun Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014
Interesting the relationship between death and time. Nice work :)
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CelestialMemories Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks! 
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Natakiro Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, this is just so wonderfully written! The imagery invoked by this is just so vibrant and full. Very thought-provoking. Awesome work. :D 
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CelestialMemories Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Ahhhhhh! Thank you so very much! I'm so honored :hug:

I do admit this is one of my favorites. 
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Natakiro Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome! :happybounce:
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Kira-Jones Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014
o0o beautifully written this gives me a new outlook on things
i love how you personified death and time!!!
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CelestialMemories Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you! I'm glad you liked Death and Time. I wanted to do something that I hadn't seen, and a little kid Death was the only thing I could think of! 
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Kira-Jones Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014
Well it was perfect!!!!!! I love that he seemed so innocent and sorry usually Death isn't like that so it's good to see a different view I loved this a lot
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CelestialMemories Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
AWWW. Thank you thank you!

:huggle:
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Kira-Jones Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014
You're welcome!!!!!!! X3 thank you for writing!!!
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CelestialMemories Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
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Kira-Jones Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014
XD
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Delia-is-the-BOMB Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Wow! This is really poetically written. Well done! 
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CelestialMemories Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you! I'm deeply honored. :hug:
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Delia-is-the-BOMB Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Keep up the good work!Clap 
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agentsharde Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Have been writing a story about death and I wish I wasn't so far into it so I could change it. Trying so hard not to cry tears of feels and awe for such a beautiful piece. Just amazing.
Waaaah! 
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