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The next day wastes itself against the harrowed windows, rain lashing against the panes like a wounded animal. As the sun leaves the sky and the rain dies off, I think to myself that I’ll take a walk. Save me wasting like the daylight, I guess.

My coat’s still wet from last night, but my apartment never was the warmest. People pass me by in the streets, ignoring the rain-clad figure that trudges his way down water-gilded pavements. Never been one for talking, so it suits me fine.

I turn down a side street, headed to the park. Sitting out there in the cold is one of the only things that keeps me calm, keeps me sane; feeling that icy grip on my fingers reminds me that I’m still here, that I’m still alive. As places like that go, the only other’s the club, but I’m not sure I can go back there yet. A single day isn’t enough to deal with an encounter like that.

As I get past the soaked highways and find the pathway, the park seems to welcome me again. I know these cracks, I know the leaves; the gentle whisper of the solitary willow as it cries into the lake is like a second home to me. I stroll slowly across the place, hearing the rain fall from leaf to stones, on a blind path towards my regular spot.

As I draw near to the damp park bench, I close my eyes and just listen to the sounds around me. Unbidden, I murmur, ‘Hello, old friend.’

‘Old friend? That’s forward of you, we only met yesterday.’

My eyes open in surprise. There she is again, sat on the bench with a resigned look in her eyes, cigarette smoke drifting through the frozen air.

Well, shit. I didn’t want to have to deal with this right now. I figure I’ll play along and chat back.

‘Nice. Didn’t take you for the fancy type.’

Behind her, leaning against the bench, is a pale blue bike, clearly spattered with dried mud. She must’ve been headed somewhere fast this morning, but I’m not the kind to ask about that. It’s not my business who does what, just as it’s none of anyone’s business how I live.

Sylvia lazily looked over her shoulder, and laughed through the smoke.

‘Didn’t take you for the nosy type.’

I smirk. Now I know why she was so hard to deal with before. She’s just like me; cynical and assertive.

‘Well, that’s fair enough. What brings you out here?’

She turns, face serious. There’s no spark of mischief like yesterday now, just brevity.

‘Can we cut the ‘what brings you’ crap? I didn’t come here looking for company.’

My smirk fades, and I sit on the bench next to her. She’s closed her eyes, tilting her head back and letting the smoke makes trails in the air. I figure I’ll join her, so I look up at the skies; the smoke floats up towards the stars, making fluid constellations on its way up.

After a while, the smoke stops swirling its silken etchings across the sky. I look across, and she’s sat back upright, looking confused.

‘You know,’ she breathes, ‘you’re one of the few people I’ve ever met who would just… accept what I spat at you.’

I chuckle.

‘I used to know a whole lot of people who gave me worse. Trust me, you ain’t easy to handle, but you ain’t exactly Katharine Hepburn.’

She laughed, and pulled herself to her feet. From the look in her eyes, I could tell that’d righted her a little.

‘I’m going to head to the club, grab a drink. You coming?’

My smirk came back. Not because she was funny, not because I was amused; it was because I realised something.

‘Wouldn’t miss it.’

* * *

The air was clear, by the club’s standards; a few people hung about the place, littering the furniture, but there was lots of space. Plenty of room for a talk and a coffee.

She sat by the window again. Funny that she chose the same table as before. Guess she figures it’s my regular.

‘Come on, so why were you at that park?’ I ask as I sit myself down. She frowns slightly, then chuckles a little.

‘Oh, no reason. It just relaxes me, that’s all; being so calm and peaceful isn’t something you get all that often.’

I had to agree. All the hustle and bustle of the city could be tough sometimes, when you’re not used to it. Looking around, I’d say this quiet little place is just about right for people like that. People like us, I guess.

‘Gotta say, I sure as hell didn’t expect to run into you anywhere else.’

I lean forward as she picks up her coffee, takes a long sip, and smirks.

‘Glad to see you were expecting to see me here, at least.’

‘’Bout the only place I can expect to see anyone I won’t hate outright. Everyone out there’s too caught up in the river; got no time for the little fish like us, so they just don’t bother.’

She smirks, but it fades like a flicker. Figure she’s got something going on herself, but I ain’t going to push it. Looking around the club, you’d be hard-pressed to find someone who’s carefree underneath. They shine on the surface like sheet of metal, but under that they’re rough as mud.

Guess Sylvia’s the same. I sure know I am.

Silence grows. Don’t got much to say after that, and Sylvia looks like she’s thinking. I take the time to re-evaluate the club, and it hits me quite how ‘20s the place is. In the coffee steam and cigarette smoke the place glimmers like post-war gold, and the subtle smoke-stains on the walls seem that little bit less… intimidating.

A ‘tender at the bar starts clinking bottles together, dried up out of gin, and before long Sylvia’s back to herself.

‘I was serious, you know. I’ve never met someone as… well, plain stupid as you must be to take all the shit I throw at people.’

‘Guess you mean that in the best way, then.’ I laugh.

That smirk flickers again.

‘Whatever way you want it to be. I’m not going to press it.’

‘Seems to me like you press the coffee pretty hard.’

Her fingers are clutching the mug like she’s about to drop it. She catches herself, and puts the coffee down. Plays with it ‘till she’s calmed again.

‘Yeah, I guess I do. Things can do that to a person.’

This time, I’m the one to catch myself. Realise I was about to ask, and remember that it’s none of my business. Her eyes flicker like wildfire for a moment. Figure I touched a nerve, so I back off into my seat. She looks at the door, then stares into her coffee as she speaks.

‘Thanks for the chat, but I’ve got to go.’ She pauses, takes a breath to think. ‘Tough to find good company these days.’

I risk a smile, and she matches one back. I sit back up as she downs the last of her coffee.

‘I’ll let you know if I find some, then.’

She chuckles, and gets to her feet. Sorts herself out a bit, brushes her hair to the sides. I smirk as I say my goodbye.

‘Guess I’ll see you around, then. Maybe you’ll have time to get your hair neat.’

She smiles and turns to walk away. I catch her reply as she moves toward the door, whispered under the smoke.

‘I’m not the type to paint by numbers. Life’s more fun if you smudge a little rouge outside the lines…’

4th July, 2014.


To all whom it doesn't concern,


Welp, it's been a while since I wrote a journal on here. So much for the once-a-week thing, but I guess with all the things that I've had going on it makes sense that I'd feel pretty busy...

just noticed it's independence day but i'm british so no fireworks for me

I've been volunteering at a school in the Drama department for the past month at least, so I've had my hands tied for time, but it's been a great experience - I was able to help out choreographing for their school show, which was a fantastic opportunity and definitely something for my future portfolio :D

I've also gotten pretty good grades at Uni, including a 1st for an essay on Pinter's 'The Homecoming' and 'Mountain Language' which was a fantastic surprise; I don't generally find that I can work hard enough to manage grades like that, so knowing I CAN do it is a real boost to my confidence :D

Current Work


Cafe Deluge Chapter 2 is nearly finished, after MANY attempts to get it right, so that will be up in the next 2 weeks or so. It's been an interesting challenge to find the right scene to write at this point, considering its developments in 'It Only Rains.' IOR is a joint work with Cafe Deluge, so my girlfriend and I have been writing them in as much tandem and with as much plot continuity as possible.

The Clockwork Vista is on hold for now as much as possible to make space for Cafe Deluge and my other projects, considering the fact that I at least have quite a bit of the plot planned out in my head. I need to jot it down, but I haven't done that with this story yet; that, again, will be on hold until I at least have the others written down a bit more definitively.

In other news, a friend and I have already started planning a play that I'll be writing for performance in our third year, based on the theatre styles used by Kneehigh Theatre Company, which will hopefully be fantastic. The set could be interesting - such as a bookcase with stairs attached to the back - but the space we'll get to use isn't necessarily the most fantastic theatre space. Ah, well. I'll have to adapt my plans for the staging, but it's looking like it'll be fun at least.

Anyways, that play may eventually be put up here after its performance - whether as a video of the performance or a text Deviation of the script - so hopefully more people than just its audience can enjoy it. Who knows, I may be able to add it to my portfolio for getting script work in the future...

So, what else?



I've been very busy since last I posted on here; I've managed to become a part of my Uni's 'Anime and Manga Society' committee for next year, running a manga session each week. *crosses fingers* That, of course, means I've been reading a lot of manga, as well as catching up on some anime - namely Mekakucity Actors, and anyone who knows the series may suddenly understand the title - so my activity in free time has suddenly become my work time, which is kinda great :D On that theme, I've started up a Tumblr that'll become both my random musings on things and a way for me to note my thoughts and views on different manga/anime.

I've also been writing a personal project that I won't be posting up on here; it's a plan for a potential musical, which hopefully I'll manage to script out relatively quickly now that I've got a plot summary typed out and ready. Just some minor tweaks to who sings what and which scenes go where, potentially, and then it'll be done, so I'm very excited about it. Stories never form themselves as fast as this did or as FULLY as this did in my head, so it's been a wonderful thing to work on so far :D

Until next week,
- Angel

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4th July, 2014.


To all whom it doesn't concern,


Welp, it's been a while since I wrote a journal on here. So much for the once-a-week thing, but I guess with all the things that I've had going on it makes sense that I'd feel pretty busy...

just noticed it's independence day but i'm british so no fireworks for me

I've been volunteering at a school in the Drama department for the past month at least, so I've had my hands tied for time, but it's been a great experience - I was able to help out choreographing for their school show, which was a fantastic opportunity and definitely something for my future portfolio :D

I've also gotten pretty good grades at Uni, including a 1st for an essay on Pinter's 'The Homecoming' and 'Mountain Language' which was a fantastic surprise; I don't generally find that I can work hard enough to manage grades like that, so knowing I CAN do it is a real boost to my confidence :D

Current Work


Cafe Deluge Chapter 2 is nearly finished, after MANY attempts to get it right, so that will be up in the next 2 weeks or so. It's been an interesting challenge to find the right scene to write at this point, considering its developments in 'It Only Rains.' IOR is a joint work with Cafe Deluge, so my girlfriend and I have been writing them in as much tandem and with as much plot continuity as possible.

The Clockwork Vista is on hold for now as much as possible to make space for Cafe Deluge and my other projects, considering the fact that I at least have quite a bit of the plot planned out in my head. I need to jot it down, but I haven't done that with this story yet; that, again, will be on hold until I at least have the others written down a bit more definitively.

In other news, a friend and I have already started planning a play that I'll be writing for performance in our third year, based on the theatre styles used by Kneehigh Theatre Company, which will hopefully be fantastic. The set could be interesting - such as a bookcase with stairs attached to the back - but the space we'll get to use isn't necessarily the most fantastic theatre space. Ah, well. I'll have to adapt my plans for the staging, but it's looking like it'll be fun at least.

Anyways, that play may eventually be put up here after its performance - whether as a video of the performance or a text Deviation of the script - so hopefully more people than just its audience can enjoy it. Who knows, I may be able to add it to my portfolio for getting script work in the future...

So, what else?



I've been very busy since last I posted on here; I've managed to become a part of my Uni's 'Anime and Manga Society' committee for next year, running a manga session each week. *crosses fingers* That, of course, means I've been reading a lot of manga, as well as catching up on some anime - namely Mekakucity Actors, and anyone who knows the series may suddenly understand the title - so my activity in free time has suddenly become my work time, which is kinda great :D On that theme, I've started up a Tumblr that'll become both my random musings on things and a way for me to note my thoughts and views on different manga/anime.

I've also been writing a personal project that I won't be posting up on here; it's a plan for a potential musical, which hopefully I'll manage to script out relatively quickly now that I've got a plot summary typed out and ready. Just some minor tweaks to who sings what and which scenes go where, potentially, and then it'll be done, so I'm very excited about it. Stories never form themselves as fast as this did or as FULLY as this did in my head, so it's been a wonderful thing to work on so far :D

Until next week,
- Angel

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IrrevocableFate Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2014   Writer
Thank you kindly for deviantwatching me! ♥
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Thank you so much for the watch! :tighthug:
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Angelfire115 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
No problem; thank you for watching me! :)
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Hey man! Just wanted to say merry Christmas! :)
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Angelfire115 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Merry Christmas to you too, hope you had a good one :)
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Hi there,
I see you are a writer too and I was wondering if you would be interested in some comment/critique swaps on deviations?

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Angelfire115 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
As a writer, who wouldn't be interested in an offer like that?

As a person, I can be a bit thick and may need clear explanations of how it's going to work... >.<

- Angel
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C-A-Harland Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Student Writer
I was thinking you could send me a link to a deviation you want me to read and I'll comment/critique. I'll send you a link to one of mine to do the same. Keen?
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Angelfire115 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Sounds good. If it's okay, I'd like you to comment/critique on this;
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Send me your link when you can :)

- Angel
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