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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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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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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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birdsonqs Featured By Owner May 13, 2012  Student Writer
Thanks! :)
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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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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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