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She shivers silently in the cold of the night. Her long dark purple tinted hair is wet from the snow, and so are her clothes. As she sighs, she sees her breath as she breathes out. She slips her hands into her sleeves to keep from being so cold. How did things get this way?



Sighing sadly, she sits outside upon the snow beneath a naked tree, staring at the exit gates of the little town. How she wished she could leave, but this was her place to be, this was her home. She had never been beyond the town gates.

She didnít know a single thing about the world outside her town. She was an orphan; her place was in an orphanage, nothing more.


She had snuck out of the orphanage that night as the lady of the house had yelled at her that night for speaking when not being told. She hated that place, she hated that lady. She hated it all.



From a far she could hear the sound of laughter, laughter of a devilish nature coming from the bar towards her left. What would be so amusing at this time of the night? As she jerked her head to her left towards the sound, a large smashing noise soon began.


The lights of the bar flickered continuously, and the young girl watched in horror from beneath the leafless tree as the silhouettes disappeared from her view, one by one.





Then, another vision, this time she was no longer a young girl, but a beautiful young lady. She sees this vision as if through another persons eyes, as she can view herself completely; a woman sitting up in the same naked tree, her hair long and dark, her body adorned with a shiny bronze-chocolate coloured gown, and long, thin red ribbons in her hands.


The perspective changes, now as she looks down upon her hands, she can see herself, her own hands holding the red ribbons. They were not swirled up in her hand like she had seen before, nor did they fall to the ground as she held them. When she tugged them slightly she realized the ribbons were actually connected to something. But what exactly?


As she tilted her head upwards to look around, she realized she was no longer in the small tainted little town, but a city.




She studied the environment around her; the cars, the busy streets, the people. As she watched attentively, she noticed something was wrong.



Although the people went about their duties normally; walking the streets, driving their cars, playing in the parks, she noticed suddenly that each one had a red ribbon wrapped around their head, blindfolding their eyes.



Shocked, the young lady looked down upon her hands again. Red ribbons, just as she had seen before. Even her gown was now decorated and adorned in red ribbons.





Everyone was blindfolded in this world by these red ribbons, everyone but her, and she held them all.
This is the prologue to our story ESCALATION. :boogie: :heart:

ESCALATION is a duel project for an illustrated story by & who are cleverly insane. :D :p



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ESCALATION PROLOGUE SUMMARY__________

Our yet to be revealed main female character is having visions. Deep, graphical, surreal visions. Sure everyone has visions once in a while...right? The question is not whether she should be having these visions or not... It's whether they mean anything...


ENJOY! :blowkiss:
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:iconmissbrokensmile:
missbrokensmile Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2005
Awesome story!!! :D I hope you update soon! I can't wait to read more!
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loita-chi Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2005
blindfolds :D simply wonderful X3
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Blue-Cherokee Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2005
Absolutely Overwhelming Nice
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A-Moonless-Night Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2005
Wow, awesome!! I can't wait to see more! :D
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xixlovexraenefx Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2005
Really beautiful. I can imagine it all in my head. =) Hope you don't mind a fav?
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Lilithia Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2005
No not at all! :)
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xixlovexraenefx Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2005
Haha, well at least I know I can fav your stuff! =P
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Meganite Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2005
Hoshit, so beutiful! <33
I loved it. :3
My fave writer and my fave artist working together!
Luffly. <33
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Dragonx845 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2005
beautiful wrighting and art. I love the hair and how it has a purple hue to it, keep it up!
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ryokogirle Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
oooo, this is going to be good, i love the setting
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David-Parr Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2005
if you put the rest tell me :)
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yuwa Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2005   General Artist
is an awesome start. I cant wait to read more. Write write...write like the wind!
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Lilithia Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2005
The first chapter is coming sooon!! I'm trying my best! It's tag team mode with bw-inc & I!
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yuwa Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2005   General Artist
*cheers you on*
lol. dun feel pressured, take all teh time you need
cant rush good stuff :D
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psyko-goth Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2005
i didnt read it yet but its gotta be good
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leaf90 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2005
OOOH! I just read something about red ribbons covering someones eyes... I can't... quite... remember though... I read so many books, It's hard to keep track! Please tell me, is it from: Go Ask Alice, Tithe, or Lirael?
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Lilithia Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2005
I really don't know any of those! :(
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phoenixofthenet Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2005  Student Writer
Hmm...interesting. I'm going to send both Lil and Bw a note about this...I have some thoughts I think they should know about.
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Lilithia Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2005
Where'd you go?
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phoenixofthenet Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2005  Student Writer
Awwww, that's so cool...you remembered. I'm sorry, life has just gotten really busy. I am still quite interested in helping out, once you've seen my work, and if you think I could be an asset. But right now I just can't, I'm starting classes on Monday. I'm actually thinking next weekend would be a good time, once I'm settled into a routine for classes and have gotten myself established at the school and whatnot.
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ginnythegreat Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2005
Ahh, excellent opening~ ^^
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bw-inc Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2005
Whoo it's up~! :D :D :D You wrote an awesome opening so far~ :heart:
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xxFadedxAwayxx09 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2005
Whoa, awesome Lil! I can't wait til the next installment. Brilliant descriptions, by the way. :P
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Estrial Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2005
>w< nice prologue~~ cant wait to read more of it~ :heart:
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InsaneMamimi Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2005
:heart: Mamimi LOVES IT!
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shanpyuu Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2005
I joined DA, all because of you! XD
Now, I want more! >:O *Order, order!*
Lol, j/k :3 I can't wait to read more of this!
-Strawb :3
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voodoo-biskit Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2005
Lovely image and equally superb prologue! I'm sucked in and can't wait for more! :J
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