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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 GrimFace242 )
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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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