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The fox won't let me tell you the truth, not even a fragment. He is glinting
at me from orange eyes again. 'Don't tell them anything. pretend. Imagine,
like you did when you were younger and spun stories from paper. It's all a big
game.'
The dog has his ears pricked forward and is chasing his tail next to my
left foot.

I don't think he doubts me.

The fox wants me to open up a conveyor belt leading straight from the back of
my mouth into peoples' waiting ears. He has made his own production line for
me: a thousand identities like shedded skins, two eye-colours, alternate beauty
marks, three accents and a past straight out of Shakespeare's quill. He wants
me to flick my tongue and weave an odyssey, spin on the spot and become a boy,
then a girl, then a woman, then a Hollywood star with sunken cheeks.

The hound is sat by my feet, panting. He wants me to smile widely, say that no,
I am one girl with one accent, green eyes, no frills on my clothes or gemstones
on my toes. The fox glares and sniffs the air. My hand raises to my lips, where
I bite off a ragged semicircle of keratin.

I look to the dog.

'Stop me.' I say.

It lifts its head.
This is number eleven in the 31 Prompts - 'habit'. Compulsive lying is not a habit that affects me, but nail-biting does. Then again, I could be lying about that, too. Foxes are supposedly quite scrupulous animals, but I've chosen to use the stereotypical fox to represent the urge to lie, and the dog to represent loyalty, as is also quite common. A few people have said that they want to know what happens afterwards - I'd imagine that there's a showdown between the animals, and the fox is defeated.
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crimsonblood112 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I love this.... Compulsive lying is one of the many things that's wrong with me. But I really do love this!
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birdsonqs Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Student Writer
I'm glad you like it! :)
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:iconbirdsonqs:
birdsonqs Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Student Writer
I'm glad you like it! :)
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xXNoraMarieXx Featured By Owner May 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This one is high on my list of favourites, even though it's hard to pick
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:iconbirdsonqs:
birdsonqs Featured By Owner May 13, 2012  Student Writer
Thank you! Me too. :)
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Tywyllation Featured By Owner May 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice job!
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:iconbirdsonqs:
birdsonqs Featured By Owner May 13, 2012  Student Writer
Thanks! :)
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:icontywyllation:
Tywyllation Featured By Owner May 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
No proble! Im just going threw all your post now and some of this is really good! Expect to be watched as soon as i can get on an actual computer rather than a nook!
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:iconbirdsonqs:
birdsonqs Featured By Owner May 13, 2012  Student Writer
Thank you so much! :)
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RomanticDemigoddess Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
=( I am moved. I am jealous. I am amazed.
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:iconbirdsonqs:
birdsonqs Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Student Writer
How come? :C
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:iconhinpink:
HinPink Featured By Owner May 7, 2012  Student Writer
I love this... beautiful
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:iconbirdsonqs:
birdsonqs Featured By Owner May 8, 2012  Student Writer
Thanks C:
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:iconhinpink:
HinPink Featured By Owner May 8, 2012  Student Writer
No problem :)
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:iconpkventura:
PKVentura Featured By Owner May 6, 2012
are you an Aries? (the Wolf in shamanic Zoidiology)
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:iconbirdsonqs:
birdsonqs Featured By Owner May 6, 2012  Student Writer
I'm not sure about the Wolf other than their birthdays are in February-March, and mine's in late July.
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:iconpkventura:
PKVentura Featured By Owner May 6, 2012
late July is leo, the Cat. Cool. my best friend, Nick Morgan, and my dad Evan are both Leos--I'm "Virgo" (such a lame name) with Aries moon, and I've got Jupiter in Leo. My cat's name is Majik
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birdsonqs Featured By Owner May 6, 2012  Student Writer
I'm a Leo with my mother and my grandma also Leos. I have a Capricorn moon. :)
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:iconpkventura:
PKVentura Featured By Owner May 6, 2012
heyoooh!--the Wolf (Aries) is Cardinal Fire--Leo is Fixed Fire, and Capricorn is Cardinal Earth--see?
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:iconbirdsonqs:
birdsonqs Featured By Owner May 6, 2012  Student Writer
I see indeed. :)
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:iconpkventura:
PKVentura Featured By Owner May 6, 2012
Earth and Fire, in da house... David Bowie is Capricorn with Leo moon...
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:iconbirdsonqs:
birdsonqs Featured By Owner May 6, 2012  Student Writer
It would seem that I'm a reverse Bowie. :D
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:iconpkventura:
PKVentura Featured By Owner May 6, 2012
yeah--in my Zodiastrologiac file I'm always noting how many persons are the same signs viceversa like that: Rick James and Neil Young, for instance--Aquarius and Scorpio sun and moon)--those two where actually in a band together for awhile, as unlikely as it seems. Then Bob marley is the same as James, and Charles Manson the same as Young (they do both resemble deranged, unfrozen cavemen I think...
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birdsonqs Featured By Owner May 6, 2012  Student Writer
That's pretty true. :)
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:iconkinrift:
Kinrift Featured By Owner May 6, 2012
Nail-biting...
It's so ingrained in me that it's becoming a subconscious action. XD
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:iconbirdsonqs:
birdsonqs Featured By Owner May 6, 2012  Student Writer
Same here.

I'm not sure I even HAVE fingernails anymore.
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:iconkinrift:
Kinrift Featured By Owner May 6, 2012
Oh well, keratin is a protein. It's like eating bacon, but different!
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:iconbirdsonqs:
birdsonqs Featured By Owner May 6, 2012  Student Writer
It's like...homemade...bacon?
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:iconkinrift:
Kinrift Featured By Owner May 6, 2012
Which you don't eat in sandwiches or fry. XD
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:iconbirdsonqs:
birdsonqs Featured By Owner May 6, 2012  Student Writer
SOME people might.
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:iconkinrift:
Kinrift Featured By Owner May 6, 2012
Really? I would imagine that there are far better things to slap between two slabs of bread than fingernails.
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:iconbirdsonqs:
birdsonqs Featured By Owner May 6, 2012  Student Writer
Like bacon.
Or Nutella.
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vergilusphoenix Featured By Owner May 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
-smiles- This really is a beautiful piece, I love it <3
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:iconbirdsonqs:
birdsonqs Featured By Owner May 6, 2012  Student Writer
Thank you very much :)
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Halfloner Featured By Owner May 4, 2012  Student Writer
I've felt like this before. Read it several times cause it's so good.
Hard to believe it doesn't affect you, cause you hit the target. :]
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birdsonqs Featured By Owner May 4, 2012  Student Writer
I used to be a big liar back in Primary School - I'd pretend to have at least 26 middle names, I'd pretend to be Irish, all that kind of thing. I try to be 100% honest nowadays, but sometimes find myself wishing I was a little quirkier, if you get what I mean. :P
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Halfloner Featured By Owner May 4, 2012  Student Writer
I do too. I stopped cause I hated the feeling after, especially if i was caught. So it did affect you... once upon a time.
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:iconbirdsonqs:
birdsonqs Featured By Owner May 4, 2012  Student Writer
Once upon a time, indeed. Not nowadays, though.

I hated the feeling of deceiving people - so I think I must have owned up on my own.
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FemaleJester1212 Featured By Owner May 4, 2012  Student
Wow. I never thought of it like this before. :)
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:iconbirdsonqs:
birdsonqs Featured By Owner May 4, 2012  Student Writer
Haha - glad to have made a new way of thinking.
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:iconfemalejester1212:
FemaleJester1212 Featured By Owner May 4, 2012  Student
:D Yup!

You oughta win an award for this. :)
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:iconbirdsonqs:
birdsonqs Featured By Owner May 4, 2012  Student Writer
That would be good :D
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:iconfemalejester1212:
FemaleJester1212 Featured By Owner May 4, 2012  Student
Yes, it would. :) and you should be an author when you grow up.
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birdsonqs Featured By Owner May 4, 2012  Student Writer
I plan to - I've been writing since I was about six or seven, but I can never stick to an idea.
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FemaleJester1212 Featured By Owner May 4, 2012  Student
That's cool. :) I'm more of a math/science/mythology/geography loving person :P. And is it because of writer's block or is it something else?
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:iconbirdsonqs:
birdsonqs Featured By Owner May 4, 2012  Student Writer
Writer's block mixed in with forgetfulness, I'd say. I'm like an English/History/mythology/art buff.
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WriteByNumbers Featured By Owner May 4, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I am such a nail-biter...and a compulsive liar. o.o Beautiful overall...I just can't describe your work..
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:iconbirdsonqs:
birdsonqs Featured By Owner May 4, 2012  Student Writer
It's awful, being a nail-biter, isn't it? D:
Thank you so much!
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WriteByNumbers Featured By Owner May 4, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
>.> Yes, it is quiet horrible. And you're welcome. :)
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:iconraxemi:
Raxemi Featured By Owner May 4, 2012  Student Writer
Wow... beautiful and nice use of the imagery. Like the depth it has, and how he habits are portrayed :)

Where did you get the prompts? Just curious...
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