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I met the Wanderer once, in my travels. She was on foot, and I on a horse; her pack looked heavy, her sword sharp, her eyes shallow, and so very gold. Her tongue traipsed over words like a dancer, and her lips, when she smiled, were like the bend in a river: fluid and lithe, but gone in an instant as I passed on the current.

Would she sup with me? She would, and she and her melodious tones sat with me to share what I had, which was sufficient. We talked; I told her of my home and my wives, and the honey that I carried to the winery. I told her of the valley I lived in, and how green it was, how blue the mountains could be, how the river cut through it like the most excited of knives. I told stories of my children, and how they played. She described golden pools and mountains that breathed like they were alive, and cities that shimmered like pearls, and beautiful races graced with wings, long dead, but alive in legend. She made me wish to see the world, but told me to stay with my delightful valley and my happy family. Someday, she said, such things, such bliss, would be a thing of the past. She had seen the ghosts of things that might come, and things that would come, and the world would change.

While we spoke, she wove, and wrapped her spell around a wooden charm on her belt, inscribed with the head of a mighty dragon. She pulled it tight and stitched it in with deft fingers, gently humming to herself and loosing her river-bend lips in a song, so slow, so soft, that I saw my home at sunset, and my children, and my wives; I saw the blue mountains from above, with clouds drifting gently over them, and winged men and women dancing in the vapors, bathed in pink from the setting sun.

For you, she said, and handed it to me. That you may never forget what you have, in favor of what you have not. Touch it when you feel discontent, and remember. Then she said that she must continue, and bowed to me before she left.

That was many years ago; most of my children have left the valley to build a happiness of their own, but I stay here. This is where the bees sing and the sunsets turn the clouds pink; this is where my wives live, and where the mountains are so blue. Here I will stay, blessing the Wanderer and leaving my offerings to her at the bend in the road, that she may sup with someone else.
A DD?!???!??
... I'm hyperventilating.
Sweet gods, thank you! Holy hells.
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A compelling voice sets up a rich narrative in The Wanderer by ThatCleoChick. Anonymously suggested. ( Featured by neurotype )
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Bagheera57 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
beautiful
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SingingFlames Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Beautiful imagery. :)
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Jay-R-Took Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014  Student Digital Artist
This was beautifully written, so soft and warm. Congratulations on the DD!
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Lacorocks Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
hauntingly beautiful
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RmacDhai Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014
A marvelous and compact story, well deserving of its DD. 
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crooked-clockwork Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014   General Artist
Such beautiful words. You truly have a knack at making one's mind envision what these places and what the Wanderer must look like, and they both seem gorgeous. Well deserved DD, my friend - keep writing! ^_^
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TheStoryHunter Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014  Student General Artist
It nice, so dreamy~
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KreepingSpawn Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Simply beautiful.  Lyrical and comfortable.
DD well deserved.  ;)
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Timberheart Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014
what does it mean to sup with someone? 0x0
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:iconthatcleochick:
ThatCleoChick Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014
I suppose it would be snarky of me to copy-paste the dictionary. I love the dictionary though. >_>

Basically to have dinner.
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Timberheart Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014
Ohhhh ok... Nice piece~!
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Gremlingout Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Really REALLY enjoyed this! 
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:iconthatcleochick:
ThatCleoChick Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014
Thank you! :D
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KookyvonKrazy Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Peaceful and calming.
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:iconthatcleochick:
ThatCleoChick Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014
That's what I was shooting for. c:
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LizzibeeSkoler Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is beautiful and reminds me of someone I've met ^U^ Congratulations on the DD!!  :D
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ThatCleoChick Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014
Thank you!!
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CakeofDemise Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I'd be surprised if this didn't eventually get a DD! This is amazing! The words flow so nicely together. ^^
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ThatCleoChick Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014
Thank you! :D
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TheLittleWaterDragon Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
holy cow... awesome
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ThatCleoChick Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014
:meow: Thank you!
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Sylynn1234 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014
TRULY SPLENDID!!!!! Very well done!!!!!!
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ThatCleoChick Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014
:la: Thank you!
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Wanderlings Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
This is beautiful! Congrats on the DD: it's well deserved! :la:
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ThatCleoChick Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014
Thank you! :D
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KariTBB Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014  Student General Artist
The wonderful subject of the story aside, I love your colourful writing style. You manage to find the perfect word for everything you want to express - you create a feeling, a warmth deep inside. And yet there never seems to be a word too much. Truly lovely :heart:
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ThatCleoChick Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014
Thank you so much!! :D :D
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TheAstrologist Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014
This is just amazing! The last paragraph was such a tug on the heart. And the line:

"gently humming to herself and loosing her river-bend lips in a song, so slow, so soft, that I saw my home at sunset, and my children, and my wives; I saw the blue mountains from above, with clouds drifting gently over them,"

That is incredily beautiful. It has such a nostalgic, bittersweet tone to it. A very well deserved DD, congrats! :clap: Definitely favoriting.

Keep writing!
-Elizabeth :heart:
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ThatCleoChick Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014
:la: Thank you so much!
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TheAstrologist Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014
No problem. :)
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atomisis Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014
A beautiful piece of writing.
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ThatCleoChick Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014
:aww: Thank you!
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Generic-username427 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
That is phenomenal writing and a fantastic bit of literature!
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ThatCleoChick Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014
:D Thank you!!
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Generic-username427 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
You're welcome!
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lava-java Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014
Your sense of imagery is very powerful. I especially love this simile: "Her tongue traipsed over words like a dancer, and her lips, when she smiled, were like the bend in a river." This is a very well-written piece, and I hope to read others like it in your gallery. Congratulations on the much deserved DD!
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ThatCleoChick Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014
Thank you so much!! :D
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MarcoEmma Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014
Amazing job!!! :la: Congrats on the DD! :D
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ThatCleoChick Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014
Thank you!! :la:
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MarcoEmma Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014
You're welcome! :la:
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Eremitik Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014
A well deserved DD.

What stands out about this is the sense of peace you have woven throughout the story and how such a simple act of sharing a meal and warm fire with a wandering stranger can have such an impact on our life.

Your voice and descriptions are perfectly blended with the pace of this tale to bring about an appreciation of a warm and loving home after the last words fade away.

After reading a story like this, I am looking forward to seeing what else you have in your gallery.

Excellent work!
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ThatCleoChick Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014
:love: Thank you so much!
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Eremitik Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014
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TheBareSheet Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014  Student General Artist
Beautiful!
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ThatCleoChick Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014
:la: Thank you!
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TheBareSheet Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014  Student General Artist
np!
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Kourumi Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Lovely. :)
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ThatCleoChick Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014
:D Thank you!
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LadyAnaire Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Well deserved DD! Clap 
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