Four Sutural Enhancements and a Velvet Cape

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  1. OH my goodness! Poor Drusilla!!! Hope GGP gets his act together and comes to the rescue :D XXX

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  2. This was really fun to read, Magaly--you have obviously spent a lot of time working up your own mythos and universe here, and it feels very complete, even reading just a fragment of it. I laughed, but I have to admit, I also felt a bit uneasy with these beings, and I'm sure that's probably just as well.

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    1. I love sharing short stories here. But they tend to get too long. I've been working hard to find a happy medium between a web serial and pieces of tales that feel complete. So thank you for your words. I shall continue paddling forward.

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    2. Oh, and I can't write Drusilla without laughing at random inappropriate moments, lol!

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  3. This was a really good read Maggie. I was captured by the drama and the conversations between thoughts. There was just so much going on in one short little story. This is the type of flash fiction that I enjoy reading. The characters were well thought out and had individual personalities, the plot continued to move forward, and most importantly you began the story in the midst of conflict. I also enjoyed that you were writing this story as if it were a letter and a story. It is definitely a different kind of style of writing. Hopefully Drusilla's Great Grand Papa will come to here rescue. I know what it is like to be forced to move somewhere that I don't want to be in. Sometimes I wish I had the power of a vampire to turn invisible.

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    1. I've always been fascinated by the art of letter-writing. People are so honest in their letters... Fears travel in each stroke, mistakes are crossed out but they are really still there, proof of relationships is left behind as stories...

      I imagine that Drusilla's Great-Grand-Papa is ancient. So when I first wrote her, I wanted a way to bring his generation and hers to common grounds--words on paper (on on screen, in this case) seemed appropriate.

      In the serious theme of the tale, yes, being forced to do something we don't want or believe in or to be someone we are not isn't an easy task. And when the pushers are so very close to us, the fighting can get quite fierce, both in a out. I've been there. Sometimes, I still am when dealing with certain individuals. I'm too self-fish (and too much of a Marine and an Aries) to even think of invisibility, but you know what? I write those feelings. I type them as they are, raw and shapeless, sometimes... I let them breathe... sometimes I burn them... most times, I use those emotions in my stories. And almost always, they make the tales come to life. ♥

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  4. I had lots of reactions rippling through my brain reading this. I know I have disappointed people just by virtue of being who I am, rather than who they might have wished me to be. There was a conversation on Facebook earlier this week about ASD (prompted by an article on vaccination) that has also had me thinking about the way different is equated with bad, which I do not believe at all. Different doesn't automatically mean something needs to be fixed. And just as I am contemplating all these complex and intriguing notions... I find myself laughing out loud at lines like:

    "a stainless steel box overflowing with arms and the odd pirate hook"

    Thank you for another wonderful insight into Drusilla's world. ❤

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    1. I will never understand when different and dark became bad and evil, respectively. It makes no sense. The world wouldn't function if we were all the same. And to use my cliché allotment, light can't truly exist without darkness.

      The more I know of Drusilla, the more I want to explore her world and the minds of those around her. Her mother intrigues me. I usually dislike characters with her personality, but in this case, all I want to know is what she is trying to "fix" through Drusilla and why. She lives a very sad life, dear Mrs. Tepes...

      And yes, there were giggles during the writing. I laughed until my belly hurt when she explained why she didn't faint, lol!

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  5. I adore your short stories, Magaly!

    "I know a sutural surgeon who could stitch her eyes shut" O.o

    Cute and creepy indeed!

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  6. What a great little tale. I must read more about Drusilla! Thank you for having me over for the Vampire Day Soiree!

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  7. I love Drusilla's strong and very positive self-image! It is refreshing to read that she feels her little self to be just perfect the way she is. Will be very interested in her mother's back story, too!

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    1. I, too, am interested in the mother's back story. I want to know what drove her (and is still driving her) to want to take such unhealthy measures when it comes to her daughter. I suspect something terrible might have happen to her... I guess we'll have to write her tale and see what she says, right? ♥

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  8. ARGH! Blogger must have eaten my comment! All the fun of the first story, with some very thought provoking ideas sprinkled in. Little Drusilla is her own vampire and woe to those that don't respect it, blood kin or not!

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    1. The Blogger goblins seem to be quite hungry lately. Several people have told me the same *sigh*. Not sure what to do...

      Maybe we should send Drusilla to take care of the issue.

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  9. "random inappropriate moments" is how I have lived the whole of my life. I too have had those that would have liked for me to be who they wanted me to be. For some, I tried, for most I left them in my dust as I twirled my way out of their lives. I am more than a little intrigued by the notion of hiding out. Got me.

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    1. Holding on to those "random inappropriate moments" and living them with all our might is the only way to live. Well, there is also dancing.. and cackling, too. But staying true to the moments and behaviors that make us unique beats every other possibility.

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  10. "I am not letting anyone attach arms or legs to my already perfect self."
    LOVE that line so much! I want to create a poster of Drusilla with it, if I may?
    Thanks so much for attending the Soiree! Happy Vampire's Day! ^♥^

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    1. I think Emma would be delighted. And I would grin until my face hurts. Emma's crafting, your graphic designing abilities, my words and the emotions held dear by so many of us... What else is there to wish for?

      Thanks for hosting such great fun, Holly!

      And I'm totally stealing your spider heart. Muahahaha ^♥^

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  11. Aww poor little Drusilla, my heart goes out to her. It's awful to feel your mum or anyone else in your family thinks you are not good enough as you are. Drusilla is her own brand of perfection and as long as she has her strong friends around her who accept her as she is then she will survive all. I think the idea of a new friendship with Igorina could be interesting. It's often at our darkest hours we find out who our true friends are, it's not always those we thought we could rely on, sometimes a person comes out of the dark who can become the truest friend of all.

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    1. All we need is one soul to look at us exactly as we are and feel proud and happy for the sight: us. And if we get a friend (or thirteen) to see the same wonders we see in ourselves, then the world is wonderful. Sometimes, we need another to see it first... And that's quite all right, too. I think Drusilla will be okay, but in the world of living and stories, things can always change... ^♥^

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  12. Parental expectations Are a thorny cross to bear for most children. A good thing Drusilla is strong of will😉

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    1. I'm very happy she's so sure of what she wants. I am indeed.

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    1. I think Drusilla agrees with you...

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  14. I love Drusilla ;o) She is perfect the way she is ;o)

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    1. I think Drusilla will take over the world... She's just too sweet not to. ;-)

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