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Apologies folks. It's been a long while since I've been on. I am planning to start writing again, but it's going to be a slow process. Baby steps. Life has been busy, but I hope that my new work will still be as enjoyable as my old stuff. Thanks to all of you who do still keep an eye out for me and as always, keep being awesome!

Thanks,
Z
“You know,” said the man, “they say that every snowflake is different, unique.” He turned his back to the water, leaned against the railing and withdrew a cigarette from a crumpled package.

The figure beside him nodded slowly. “Meaning?” It responded in heavy, dulcet tones.

The man slipped the cigarette between his lips, exchanged the packet for a lighter from an inner jacket pocket, and lit it. He took a long drag, then exhaled slowly, savoring the taste. The smoke swirled around the dancing flakes settling to the ground around him. It mingled with the steam of his breaths and a few delicate frozen crystals wept their damp death to the pavement below.

“You don’t mind, do you?” He asked, gesturing to the other figure. It shook its head slowly. “I figure another one won’t hurt. Not now, anyway.” He laughed bitterly and took another drag. “I just find it interesting. Or maybe… what’s the word?” He snapped his fingers several times.

“Ironic.” Offered the other.

“Hell if I know. Maybe.” He puffed again and shrugged his coat closer around him, then seemed to think differently and shook it off entirely, juggling his cigarette from hand to hand before dropping the coat to the slush stained ground. He drew another long puff and turned back to face the river again, hunching over onto the railing to stare out over the frigid, dark waters.

“You were saying.” Said the figure, moving to stand rigidly beside him.

“Right.” Puff. Long stream of smoke and steaming breath. “It makes me consider the human condition. We’re born, this beautiful, unique shell. So fragile, and perhaps that’s what makes us special. But at our heart, a core of grime. This strange ball of filth, that we know nothing about, can do nothing about. We simply carry on, hoping that it won’t break through. But as time passes and we live out our lives, we find our outsides collecting filth just like our insides. It’s inevitable, almost inescapable.”

He flicked the filter out over the water, watched it vanish in the mired waters. “Unless you spend your entire life sheltered from everything. Then, maybe then, you can keep that crisp clean exterior. But for most of us,” he chuckled wryly and shook his head, turning back to face the other. “For most of us, we just get progressively filthier, darker and less desirable, until finally we can’t survive anymore. Then we melt. We give up and run together with all the other filth, no longer unique or special, no longer our own shape, just a part of the great damp river running all to the same place until eventually there is no trace, no memory left of us.”

“Your point?” the figure asked.

The man chuckled and shook his head. “That the inevitability and impossibility of life are frustrating,” he said, then with a big grin, “and that a man facing Death will say just about anything to live a few moments longer.” The figure nodded and tapped a single bony finger against its scythe. With the other hand, it beckoned the man.

The dawn of a new day revealed only a frozen figure, crystalline and unique.
Apologies folks. It's been a long while since I've been on. I am planning to start writing again, but it's going to be a slow process. Baby steps. Life has been busy, but I hope that my new work will still be as enjoyable as my old stuff. Thanks to all of you who do still keep an eye out for me and as always, keep being awesome!

Thanks,
Z

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JudytaDragon Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
HAPPY BIRTHDAY! :D
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IxCANxHAZxCOOKIE Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Happy belated birthday, and your writing is incredible!
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LookingGlassInk Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014
Thank you. You are too kind. I appreciate you taking the time to read.
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IxCANxHAZxCOOKIE Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
It was my pleasure!
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SpiralingSpontaneity Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Happy birthday! c: <3
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