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When Millie was five years old, she had a book about clouds. Her head wasn't always up there with them, but she looked straight up at the centre of the neverending blue and dreamed of flying, floating all the way up into forever.

When Millie was older, she had a skateboard. She shot about as if sheer speed could break gravity, learning all the tricks to throw herself up and touch the edge of the sky. She still dreamed of flying, forwards and upwards like a rocket, and for minutes at a time she was.

When Millie was a little older still, she had a surfboard. The waves took her higher and farther, and no matter how they tried to bump and break her, she was always on top, aiming for the open horizon. She dreamed of flying, and made it happen almost every day, no matter what the sea threw at her.

Now Millie's older, and she has a bottle. Rubber is good for nothing but to be used and abused. Balloons are popped, tires are bumped and burst, elastic bands stretched and snapped. You wouldn't see a work of art made of rubber, or people treating it with care. It's there to be put to the test of its limits. At least, that's what she's come to know.

Sometimes she dreams of flying, or the edge of the sky to touch, or the horizon that was hers, but she's been looking at the gutter for a while now.
So there was this: [link]

And then I did this.
It's just a write-up of what came to mind when I saw the picture, and it was nagging me to get it down, but all dues do go to Belle's owner :icongreyofpta: for me getting the idea in the first place.
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Hag Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013
Well done indeed.
Zebeckras Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011
I echo everyone else, this is truly fabulous. It's a great written turn on what Grey drew but without feeling derivative or just explanatory. it's... it's exploratory!
Desert-Lilly Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2011
Well then hooray for exploring! XD Thank you.
TricksyBird Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011
It's very sweet and sad. I love the overall theme of horizons and striving upwards. And it ended on a note that, while depressing, feels perfectly in sync with Belle's overall outlook on life, that is made all the much harsher before the backdrop of happy memories.
Desert-Lilly Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011
It did seem the most appropriate, given the age meme went exactly the same way. ^^ I'm glad I've done justice.
FrothingLizard Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011
This is excellent! I love reading this shizzle; I find you've caught her so perfectly; and I LOVE how you tire it all together with her wish for flying; the whole Rubber-section really got me - Never really thought about it; but seeing it in writing, from you, it makes SO much sense!:heart:
Desert-Lilly Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011
:blush: Thank you so much. It makes me happy to know you enjoyed it so much.
GreyOfPTA Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011  Professional Filmographer
This was beautiful and perfect. It is exactally her. You captured her personality perfectly.
Thank you!
Desert-Lilly Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011
I'm honoured that you think so. ^^ It was a joy to write. Thank you, I should say.
GreyOfPTA Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011  Professional Filmographer
You certainly know how to write for people's characters.
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