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Just covering up the last j-journal. Exactly a m-month later, ironically. I didn't... mean to do that. But it's as g-g-good a time as any, I suppose. ^^;

On that note, I'm d-doing very well. How are all of you? I haven't b-been around often, so I haven't had a chance t-to check up. ^^
  • Listening to: Lemon Parade :: Mr. Golden Deal
W-well... it's a big day f-for me.

(I can't believe this is my first j-journal...)

I... realize that m-most of you won't understand this, or... w-will b-b-be disappointed in me f-for it... but I wanted to make an announcem-ment. Just to make it m-more official... easier to commit to.

It's... it's been a month and a day since I last shot up.

I think I'm getting clean.

... I've w-weeded the garden and gotten rid of my rigs. I-it's... I can't go back on it now. I d-don't have a choice. S-so, I... thought I'd take some time to explain myself. To the few o-of you who knew that I was even... on d-drugs in the first place... since I didn't tell most people.

But it's a little chance to delve int-to my history. Which is n-n-new.

Here goes... nothing, r-really.

... I started after I m-moved out on my own. Not very long after. I'd been exp-perim-m-menting with m-many of the substances my father supplied me with for tests, and stealing his notebooks at times as well. He w-was working on his medicine at the time, so most of the plants he studied i-in secret were related to antipsychotics, anxiety m-meds... generally calming things. I took a chance on a few of them... s-some of them made me sick... and when I ran away, I looked for plants l-like the ones I'd seen in the books. And after th-that... anything that would help me relieve t-tension, really... 

I exp-perienced a long period of darkness in my life, then. At the time, I was also com-ming to terms with my... gender... issue... (a-and for any of you who don't understand that, I... ummm... I was b-born female. Biol-logically, that is. I use runes to fix that. It's... n-not important, really. Sorry if it... ummm... bothers... anyone. It's j-just... you know, personal b-business.) and it was... d-difficult, taking everything in all at once. Being al-lone was... new t-to me. And I had a lot of repressed anger at the time, which tended to m-make me... a bit volatile. I was troubled. I found my old house not long later- it w-was a church at one point, I think, or m-maybe something left over from one of the old settlements- and rebuilt it to live in. That was when I s-started to... plant. I'd taken some seeds and sprouts when I'd left the lab... a few things that h-helped me to settle, and some that I hadn't tried y-yet... and I started my garden. Growing my fix was my purpose, but... the g-garden-n-ning itself was therapeutic, too.

F-for lack of life experience, I didn't know how to take c-care of myself. Hunting was hard because I panicked all the time, and I didn't know how t-to make things to trade... so m-mostly I had to steal from people, f-food, clothing, blankets... I-I didn't like it. It made me miserable, being alone and so d-dependant on hurting others for my own needs... I hated it. I h-hated myself for it. And that made the cravings for stress relief worse, which made me get high more and more often, and s-soon enough I found myself spending d-days at a time in the house, on the floor, w-with a pipe or a needle, depending on how fast I needed it back in my system. I wanted to stem my cravings more than I wanted food, o-or blood... it scared me, but I felt l-like I deserved it.

That w-was about when I met Raoki.

The first time we m-met, he'd broken into my house. He's told me since that he w-was looking for food and sex, but at the time I d-didn't care at all. He could have killed me then, and I w-wouldn't have stopped him. I rememb-ber being on the floor... I-I know for a fact that I was high at the time. I heard footsteps, a-and thought that someone had finally come to put me out of my misery...

Instead, he lifted me up, bit me, t-took a drink, spat it out and left c-cursing.

(Probably n-not his best first impression, but I w-wasn't in a g-g-good st-state to judge him at the time.)

He c-came back not t-t-too long later, with food, and m-made me dinner. He introduced himself as a w-wanderer, looking for a bed to sleep in. My bed, as he m-made it clear, to which I politely said he could have, if I d-didn't join him there. He didn't seem too b-bothered by it at the time, and soon I almost forgot what he'd come to do in the first place. He was standoffish, but friendly in his own way. I liked his company.

I offered him a hit, as it was all that I had. H-he took it, said it didn't do what he wanted and went to sleep.

He was gone the next m-morning, before I woke up, and I didn't see him f-for a long time after that. But his k-kindness, self-intended though it was, convinced me t-to find a way to get back up on my feet again. I tried to hunt- did b-better, but not well- then tried to trade- I backed out- and finally found myself spiralling back w-where I was bef-fore.

It was about three months after I left the lab when I hit rock bottom. My runes wore off, and I lost a lot o-of the dignity I'd mustered again. There was s-something about one more challenge that hit me hard... I was coping before, but it was already too much for me. I g-gave up on the runemarks... a gut-wrenching decision for me at the t-time. 

While in that... state of m-mind and body, I found myself using more and more. It was p-purposely self-destructive, I knew, but I didn't care. At this point, I had n-no one... my sister was trapped, Shao w-was missing and n-not even Raoki had visited again (which wasn't surp-prising, at the time.) And I... c-contemplated a lot of things then. Things I'm n-not proud of. And by then, my life revolved around getting my fix- I was abusing more than I was eating, watering plants more than I was drinking, consuming f-faster than I could harvest. I spent my d-days as a sad, sick little g-girl, huddled by a garden patch that always seemed too s-small.

It w-was one of those days when I realized I could u-use the inconvenience of my runes t-to my advantage. I didn't look much different, b-but runemarks weren't overly popular in my area... and no one knew m-me. At the same time, I didn't have much to offer but skills in the second-most common Shathran p-profession.

So I b-became a drug dealer.

I would cancel my runes for d-d-deliveries, leave the house under a female guise, and re-apply when I returned home. It was a horribly p-painful process, especially so many times in a day, but... from then on, my q-quality of life improved right away- making connections was easy in Sh-Shathra, since no one knew what kind of plants I was growing. (A-and neither did I, really...) And it helped m-me to use less, oddly enough. I got used to handling wh-what I wouldn't be taking, and craved the benefits o-of my business. It was easier than hunting.

N-not long after I built up my clientele, Raoki appeared again. 

This t-time, though, he was much less friendly; it was obvious t-to me that he'd found whatever drug he wanted, and lots of it. He looked drunk and high and angry and hurt, all at once. Naturally, as I'd come to kn-know him.

At the time, he had things on his mind as well. And he didn't recognize me in
that body, s-so... we fought a bit, before I told him who I was. And while I tried n-not to think about what would have happened if h-he hadn't met me before... I convinced him to become a regular client.

And after that, w-we became friends. He eventually told me about his heart cond-dition, and I told him about my previous life at the lab. He slipped out of my business after quite s-some time, admitting that my drugs did nothing for him, but that h-he would keep paying for them if I could stick around while he did. I said that it w-wasn't necessary, so he stopped paying.

And I slowly stopped d-dealing, too.

Ironic, that m-my best customer would pull me out of the business...

... But the r-rest of that is history. 

That's a little snippet of m-my life. Probably far more than anyone n-needed t-t-to know about me. ^^' I know I don't seem like the type... t-to do any of this... and that's the point.

I'm n-not. Anymore.

Hence the quitting.

I'm sure that I c-can do this. I'm d-doing it as we speak. And... it's taken a while, but... I have Oki t-to help me. And Shao, and my sister... and e-even Revensai, now. I have a large support system, and I-I can make it through this.

Wish m-me luck. I love you all. ^^
  • Listening to: Blue Stahli :: Throw Away
 Alex was a deer of only two years when he'd realized a hunter was following near.

 "What is a hunter?" he'd once asked his mother, who'd found that odd question understandably queer.

 "Well, darling," she said, "the answer's quite clear." And she spun him a tale- and that tale's premier spoke of a creature that walked in the dark… that made doves, crows and larks all cry out in fear.

 "They don't go in parks," his mother remarked, "but I'd nought be surprised if you found one here."


 Ever since, Alex kept watch for this foe. And, as the springtime drew towards a close, he did notice something, which he'd come to know as a monster that stalked him within sunlight's glow.

 So with nary a cry, he bid his mother goodbye, and told her to hide 'til return of the snow. Then, tears a-flow, he ran to a  plateau, where he hoped that the monster would turn a blind eye.

 But by the dark beast's pursuit, he still wagered he'd die.

 Though it never did shoot, he oft kept away from its malevolent presence and its hidden gaze. This kept Alex en route, and he ran himself skinny- but as the hunter pursued, it soon thinned out too.

 Eventually, though, Alex could take no more, so he chose then to collapse, weakened to his core.

 "Kill me!" he said. "End this chase, I implore!"

 Just then, Alex was faced with a small wild boar.

 It asked, "What're ya doin' upon my front door?"

 "Just leave me," he wailed, regarding the beast. "With that monster behind me, I'm surely done for!"

 The boar looked him over- his hunter, at least- then started to laugh at the soon-to-be feast.

 "If you're scared o' your shadow- have ya tried makin' peace?"
The Hunter
"He ran from everything--including himself."

Just t-trying my hand at flash fiction. This is 300 words, f-f-following the ab-bove prompt from Eldemorrian, from the Official FFM Prompt Bank 2011. (Which i-is here. flash-fic-month.deviantart.com… )

I also thought I'd incorp-porate rhyme. Just because it was another layer of ch-challenge beyond keeping within a 300-word wordc-count.

Either way, just something fun to d-do. I've been bored lately. ^^;
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Just covering up the last j-journal. Exactly a m-month later, ironically. I didn't... mean to do that. But it's as g-g-good a time as any, I suppose. ^^;

On that note, I'm d-doing very well. How are all of you? I haven't b-been around often, so I haven't had a chance t-to check up. ^^
  • Listening to: Lemon Parade :: Mr. Golden Deal

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Karaine Novaire
Preferred name: Karaine Novaire

I-I don't have much to say... I only joined b-because my friends did. ^^'

And my icon w-was made by Indigo-Serenade.
^^

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Wick-and-Tallow Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014  New member  Artist
Karaine, is it, sir?
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rainingdove Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014
Y-yes. Hello.
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Wick-and-Tallow Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2014  New member  Artist
... I had expected more alarm, to be honest.
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rainingdove Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014
I have no reason to b-be scared of you. And I knew you were going to t-t-talk to m-me eventually, so I had a lot of time to work u-up to it anyways. So... it's nice to m-meet you, sir.
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aboveavvarage Featured By Owner May 10, 2014
i'm sorry that i didn't get a chance to say it yesterday, but happy birthday! and nice to meet you, as well! i apologize for not taking the time to introduce myself previously. c:
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rainingdove Featured By Owner May 25, 2014
O-oh. I'm sorry that I t-took so long to get back to you... thank you very much, m-miss Avvalie. You c-can call me Karaine, or j... just R-Raine, if you'd like.
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aboveavvarage Featured By Owner May 26, 2014
raine is a wonderful name! i love it! (and you don't have to call me miss. even just avva would work fine with me! c: ) how are you?
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rainingdove Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014
Th-thank you. ^^' (I'd prefer that.) I'm b-better than I've been in a long time. ^^ And you?
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Jordan171998 Featured By Owner May 4, 2014  Student Writer
Hi Karaine, happy early birthday. ^^
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rainingdove Featured By Owner May 9, 2014
Th-thank you. ^^
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