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The Brain is the First to Succumb (Artisan Pt 1)His eyes snapped open, pupils constricting sharply then expanding again in the darkness. One spidery-fingered fist was curled tight in the bedclothes, and he unclenched it slowly. Holding his breath, he tried to hear around the sound of his racing heartbeat, listening for whatever it was that had awoken him suddenly. A cold, sick dread burrowed in his gut, but for the life of him he could not identify the source.
Finally, he exhaled with a hiss of air. It was probably just a nightmare - funny that he should still get those from time to time. The tower was quiet, and as he'd chosen to sleep in his proper room for once, he was so far removed from the basements that not even the shuffle of the undead was audible.
Ah! - there was his answer, he reasoned. He'd become so accustomed to hearing their motions that the absence of the background noise made him uneasy. He was a creature of habit, after all, and a fool to think that taking a night away from his labs would be restful.
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PetalsThe grass tickled between her toes as her father toiled away with the roses by the letterbox. She watched his fingers weave between the thorns to pat the soil around each bush, humming to some John Lennon song she couldn't put a name to. Despite the sun just tipping the horizon, she saw sweat prickling his brow and his eyes squinting against the light. The fine lines on his face were suddenly accentuated by shadow, and for a moment, she swelled with wonder.
'Maria, come here,' he said, waving her over. 'You're not going to learn anything sitting all the way over there.'
Excitement sparked her limbs into motion, and she crawled over to sit next to him, careful to tuck her skirt beneath her thighs to avoid the dirt.
He picked up a pair of clippers from beside him. 'Now, you need to snipe back these diseased parts here and there from the base of the plant. It helps it grow better.'
Snipping off two pieces of wood with ease, he deposited them in Maria's outstretched hand. Their rough textu
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