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He asked her out with, of all things, a piece of string.

Or rather, five pieces of string, deposited on her desk over a week. She didn’t find out until long after how they’d gotten onto her desk in the first place.

She thought the first one, a heart made of a two-inch snip of thread, had been a rare thoughtful gift from her brother. When questioned, he’d asked her politely if she was crazy.

Not her brother, then.

It was followed the next day by a simple picture of a sun, draped in vibrant orange thread across one of her papers. In the mail that afternoon was a panorama of a mountain range, silhouetted against a gorgeous sunset. A tree appeared on Tuesday, artfully done for string art. Leaning against her door when she went outside was a package, which contained a black and white photo of a forest.

She woke up the next day to find eleven translations of “love” written in string on the bare glass of her desk, which was too much. She went downstairs and startled her parents at the breakfast table by demanding if they were pranking her.

She went back upstairs without breakfast, wondering if somebody could have broken in through her bedroom window. It didn’t look like it, but she put her father’s old baseball bat beside her bed anyways, and for the first time she locked her window before going to bed.

The next morning, there was a landscape, intricately crafted in what looked like more colors of string than the average art store stocked. It was in an elegant, simple box frame, and she almost hung it on her wall before remembering that it was probably a gift from a stalker.

She woke up at five on Friday and checked her desk—nothing. She sat idly on her bed, the bat close to her hand, and waited while her eyes adjusted to the dark of early morning. She read a book, stretched, listened to music, did homework, waited. And at seven, her door opened with a faint squeak—

And in came her brother.

She almost hit him with the bat anyways, just for sneaking into her room. But somehow she couldn’t imagine her brother framing photos for her, leaving her string pictures. She put down the bat, rolling her eyes, and grabbed the envelope in his hand as she shooed him out. The look on his face said You’ll thank me, and he grinned as she shut the door after him.

She opened the envelope, and inside was a card, its words written in string carefully glued to the paper.

I’m not going to string you along anymore: will you go out with me? -Adam
(And if you say no just because of that pun, I will totally understand.)


She couldn’t help it—she burst into laughter. Her brother rapped on her door and said, his voice muffled, “See? It was for your own good.” and she heard his footsteps going across the hall to his own room. When she managed to calm down, she called Adam.

“You’re insane,” she told him, laughing all over again. “Yes.”
ten prompts thing with =Ginnabean

[one] saved
[two] string
[three] bandits
[four] forever
[five] conditions
[six] pencils
[seven] radiation
[eight] lion
[nine] trace
[ten] sunlight

=Ginnabean's "string" can be found here.

This is possible the cutesiest, squishiest, most improbable romantic crap piece I have ever written. But I still like it. ;)

Yay!
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melzika Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2011
Aww, this is so cute! :aww:
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austheke Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2011   Writer
Thanks so much! It's cheesy, isn't it? I wish someone would do this for me. But I guess if they did I'd have to smack them for being such a cheeseball. XD
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melzika Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2011
You're welcome! :D Yes, but cheesy is good. And, hey, it's good to be creative when asking someone out. (even if they do smack you...) :XD:
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Captain-Introvert Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Awww… romance is not dead!
Have you seen the film Amélie?
This reminds me of something she would do — so sweet, lovely and utterly bizarre!
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austheke Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2010   Writer
XD Yeah, I'm holding out on the hope that it really isn't.
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offbyzero Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2009
Aahh, very nice. Aw, great story.
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austheke Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2009   Writer
Thanks! I'm glad you liked it even if it was ridiculously cutesy. ;)
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XxWreckoningxX Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2009
Dies from overdose of cuteness.

I :heart: it!
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austheke Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2009   Writer
I KNOW, RIGHT? It's like a neatly packaged heart attack.

Thanks dear~
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XxWreckoningxX Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2009
=] I like that, "neatly packaged heart attack."

Welcome~
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LycorisFishbones Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2009
At least it's aware of itself. In a Mills and Boon novel that would have been taken wholly seriously (with the viewer swooning into their chocolate box, no doubt).
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austheke Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2009   Writer
Lol, I googled Mills and Boon and it amuses me immensely. If you'd have said Harlequin, I would have recognized it, but apparently Mills and Boon is... a British publishing house that was bought by Harlequin? XD

Ohgod, I can only imagine. D:

Yup, I fully realize what a sap I am and don't intend to publish this sort of stuff. ;)
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LycorisFishbones Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2009
It's ghastly stuff. It cracks me up laughing whenever I read it. Lines like "She could feel his heart beating next to hers", which is anatomically unsound for a start! And names like Raoul Xavier St James...I can only read it for fifteen seconds without gagging. :)
Maybe you could publish it under a nom-de-plume and make lots of money to subsidise your real work? I'm thinking of doing that in an emergency...but my artistic integrity would be severely compromised. However, that could be remedied by trivia after my death, saying that oddly enough I wrote some repulsive romances for a joke, and everyone will find it very funny, rather than abhorrant. :)
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austheke Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2009   Writer
I'm at once afraid of it and morbidly fascinated. :P It's quite sad.

Also, "Raoul Xavier St. James" = -puke-

Huh, that's a swell idea. I could use some cash... XD Of course I'd be totally ashamed of myself, but I also wouldn't be broke, lol. That /is/ the whole point of psuedonyms, though, right? ;)
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LycorisFishbones Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2009
Why should it be this way? Why should good work be sidelined as populist trash elbows it out of the way?
One of these days...
On the other hand, you wouldn't exactly see Twilight on the Booker list, would you? Things even out when you have integrity. :)
I believe that if you get rich that quickly, you have more time to perfect your real writing talents. There is a manor house near where I live that was essentially paid for with shit...the owner of the house dealt in guano distribution. :)
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S-R-Schauer Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2009  Professional Writer
This is really sweet. A nice, fuzzy sort of piece (I just finished reading some really depressing lit. and was totally waiting for this to have some crazy twist XD) that was beautifuly written.
Cute idea too XD
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austheke Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2009   Writer
I know! It's so fuzzy I could use it as a cotton ball. I like crazy twists and all, but this was way more fun to write as just simple and cute. -shrug- Also I think it's a swell way to ask somebody out, albeit a little weird. Thanks dear~
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samjo989 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2009
Haha!

So I suppose Adam got her brother to leave all those things in her room? Just checking since it wasn't explicitly stated.

I really like this though. You know what, one day I might try this on some poor unsuspecting girl =P

(Or maybe not. Heh.)
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austheke Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2009   Writer
Yeah, he did. It's not clear, but oh well, it's not important. What's important is that OMG IT'S SO CUTESY. D:

You totally should. What girl could say no to that? Tell me how it works out. ;)
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Ginnabean Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
SO. FREAKING. CUTE. -faints-
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austheke Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2009   Writer
I KNOW RIGHT?
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