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Talia: Best Kept Secret by Ashie-Art Talia: Best Kept Secret by Ashie-Art
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"It'll have to do for tonight."
Talia sloughed her supply bag, letting it fall to the floor with a hollow 'thunk'. Rotating her shoulder, she looked about the small, slightly disheveled room.
"Even for a doll house, this place is messy." She gripped her shoulder a bit, a mild expression of pain flashing across her face. "I musta pulled my shoulder when I almost fell earlier," she mumbled, rubbing her thumb into the front of the joint.
She was trapped here. It was her mistake for wandering into a general store at sunset, aware that the owner could have closed up shop at any minute. While she was collecting supplies, the owner had locked up and left, leaving the lights to dim on their own. Talia had been locked in.
It wasn't so bad, she supposed there were far worse places to be trapped in, in a city full of giants. At least the general store had food and water. But Talia hadn't expected to find decent shelter as well. The doll house was a fine model, hand-crafted to great detail. She was surprised that giants could make something so intricate, their hands being so big. The furniture was real, most of it anyways, and the clothes here and there were designed to fit figurines instead of regular dolls. Yes, this would make an alright shelter for the night. If she went to sleep right away, she'd be able to wake up early and sneak out once the owner came back. Then she could be on her way and try to find her way out of this dangerous forest town.
"While I'm here, I might as well look for a new jacket," Talia grumbled crossly. In a recent 'incident', she'd had her favorite fluffy jacket taken away from her. She felt naked without it. Looking around the room, the woman spotted a large, ornate trunk next to a vanity mirror.
"There's probably some clothes in that chest over there." Talia crouched next to it, undoing the little latch and opening up the trunk. She blinked in surprise when she found piles of sparkling dresses, all far too nice to be doll clothes. Glancing about, Talia hesitated before taking out one of the simpler dresses and standing up. It was nice enough, to be sure. She looked at the vanity mirror, and after mulling it over a moment, and rubbing the soft fabric with her thumb, she held the dress up to herself, looking it over. It did look like it would fit her nicely...
But painful memories flooded back to her. She knew why she was hesitant to put on anything like this anymore. Growing up with all brothers, Talia had abandoned any feminine habits or preferences, and her schoolmates had grown accustomed to her looking a certain way. She never wore dresses, or heels, or make-up or jewelry aside from her pearl earrings her mother gave her. She was entirely plain, and entirely modest. So when she came to school one day all dolled up in a dress and wedges, fingers were pointed and tongues wagged. All her life, Talia had made fun of princesses and girls who liked to dress up, and now she was dressed like a little fairytale girl? Laughable!
She'd only wore it because her mother said it looked nice on her... She wore it because it made her feel pretty for once. But it was clear to her that she wasn't 'allowed' to be pretty. People didn't accept this 'other Talia'.
So she never returned to the world of frills and nice shoes and make-up.
But, looking at that dress, she couldn't help but admire the detailed design, the white and blue flowers dancing on the soft fabric, and the flowing tress. It was lovely.
There was no-one around... who was there to judge her?
Soon, Talia's clothes met the ground. She slipped into the thin dress, flattening it down across her thigh. It was a lovely fit. Sitting in front of the mirror, she picked up the soft bristle brush that laid across from some fake perfumes, and began taming her gelled-up hair. Eventually, it was as it naturally fell. Instead of caught up in clumps, her hair was soft and fluffy, and brushed the side of her neck. Soon enough, she was dancing and twirling around the room, a soft giggle escaping her every once in a while. She pretended to dance with an invisible partner, to curtsey and bid him goodnight, and she retired to the canopy bed, pulling her knees to her chest. Looking around the room... she decided that perhaps getting stuck there was not so bad. She had fun being a 'girl' for once. She didn't have to put on a scary face to keep someone at a distance. Tonight, with her bare feet and her borrowed dress, she felt free. She felt beautiful.
Eventually, after a bit more frolicking, she drifted into a deep sleep snuggled under the covers of the canopy bed. Sweet dreams of running through the grasses of Central Park and making flower crowns with her mother visited her that night. They kept her close, and whispered sweet nothings of a time gone by.

They kept her dead to the world... unaware of the store lights flicking on, and the sounds of rustling and soft, tuneless whistling. The store owner was back. And he did not expect to find tiny, muddy footsteps leading to the dollhouse. Nor did he expect what he saw inside the window.

I've had kind of a crappy day. I drew this over the last few nights. Meh.
It lost quality at the end, but who gives a fack, I don't. v nv
Myerrrrr
TALIA STUFFS. She needs way more love the poor bby. -pets her-

Uhsoyeah. Enjoy?
This most likely will not be continued.

Talia and this art belong to me. Don't steal it.
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tp32 Featured By Owner May 10, 2014
Really cool art and story!!
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Ashie-Art Featured By Owner May 11, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you v uv
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tp32 Featured By Owner May 11, 2014
Your Welcome, I was wondering, are you going to continue it ?
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Ashie-Art Featured By Owner May 11, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Maybe some day? It was more or less part two of a three-part 'story' of Talia's introduction to her new environment, so there's a possibility.
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SleepyIguana Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Student General Artist
Oh! I love it. <:3 I know you might not be continuing it anymore, but I must say, I greatly enjoyed it... And I wish there was more. >w< Because it just ends on a cliffhanger. :giggle:
I love her little twirl dance. :heart:
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Ashie-Art Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Muahahaha.
Well there will be more comics on Talia since she's one of my fave girlies, and I have three more comics with her planned uvu They're actually the precursors to this one.

Hoh. <3
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SleepyIguana Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Student General Artist
XD
Yay! :squee: I can't wait!
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Ashie-Art Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Hee >v<
I've also actually got a Harlem comic or two in the works that I think all his fangirls will enjoy > v> IknowIwill.
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SleepyIguana Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Student General Artist
>w<
*O* :squee: Really?! I'm so looking forward to that! I gotta agree with you... I'll enjoy. >w<
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Ashie-Art Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
It's totally a self-service comic u//v//u -has a bit of a creator's crush on Harlem- ... Okay a BIG creator's crush on Harlem |D
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SleepyIguana Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Student General Artist
:XD: I know the feeling.
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Furanz Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my god this is adorable o-o I have no idea how I can complement you more, it's just all so good ;~;
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Ashie-Art Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Baw thank you v uv
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auraknight90 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Student Writer
Aw thats cute 83
I hope she will be oay
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Ashie-Art Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
YEah she'll be fine uvu
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auraknight90 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Student Writer
Yay ^^ I'm sure it may be scary for people of that size 83
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geek96boolean10 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love how your style switches from frame to frame. how do you decide what style to use for each frame?
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Ashie-Art Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
If you're referring to the switch between chibi and normal, I pretty much just figure out how much of an impact I want the particular moment to make, and decide accordingly. If it's a simple movement like opening something, it doesn't need to be the serious style. But if it's a particular emotion, it usually needs the serious style.
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geek96boolean10 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Okay, thanks much!
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Dead-Rob Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013
She looks beautiful.
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NekoVWMike Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013
She just wants to feel pretty TTnTT. My feels... They ache
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Ashie-Art Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Baw |D
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Bluetide Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013
I love your character development, a tiny using her loneliness as a way to realize her humanity is something refreshingly different.

Loss of quality? Yea right.
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Trepidanos Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013
Such an adorable story. I do hope everything is well after this story for her. :3
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Ashie-Art Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I honestly have no idea 8D;
Eventually she does escape from the city and goes to live with Kakani and Joanne. None of her story has been planned from there |D I expect her to eventually have a comic, but it'll be a longgg time.
I do have another two sequences centered around her that I'm working on.
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Trepidanos Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013
Character development is always a fun process. :3 Hard to figure sometimes which characters deserve more stories than others is kinda hard, though. ^^;
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ronan641 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Student Writer
; w; I loved thiiis.
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Ashie-Art Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Hoh thanks
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ronan641 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Student Writer
I really did like this character. ; w; And Oi, I may be hosting a livestream, in a few days, most likely, for music, if you want to come, and see if you're interested in what I play/etc.
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Ashie-Art Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
She's one of my favorites u vu
and alrighty.
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SkyeSlipstream Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
So sweet. c:
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Ashie-Art Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
D'aw thanks uvu
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Amenarae Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I was excited to read this! I have an OC named Talia with chin-length hair and much the same personality. Boyish, but would like to be girly from time-to-time. She lives with giants, so this is very similar to her, in a way.
I just thought the coincidence was amazing! Thanks again for sharing!
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rozen85 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013
Please tell me there will be more? I love this story
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Ashie-Art Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
This most likely won't be continued.;
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rozen85 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013
Noooooo! Lol
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Malnorm Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Student Writer
Okay, I have to admit that this is one of the most adorable sequences you've done yet :> I would almost wish for a cute follow up, but I would not demand one.
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Ashie-Art Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Hohreally? WEIRD I just meant this to be character insight.
AHWELL. Glad you like it.
And yeahhh most likely there won't be one. |D
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Malnorm Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Student Writer
Oh well. It may be insight, but that cannot cut out the adorable involved :>
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ChaosEmerald2 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
All of my feeeeeeels. :iconhnnnngplz:
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Ashie-Art Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Hoh really? o -o
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ChaosEmerald2 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ya really. Its like, fuzzy feel-good feels. And I love Talia's scruffy hair...
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Amenarae Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I LOVE!
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jetknight Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
And this is why we need to invent a smaller alarm clock.
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Ashie-Art Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Indeed |D
Though in her case that'd just be a regular clock. What she needs is electricity. Or a battery powered one.
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jetknight Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yup.
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MicroNekoGirlPur Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
now this i love~
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Ashie-Art Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Everyone seems to really like it xD
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MicroNekoGirlPur Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
how can you not?
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