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On a very rainy day, in a very rainy city... Sir Cricket von Marionette decided to have his portrait taken. You see, Sir Cricket had a ladyfriend whom he bestowed the utmost admiration upon. One could even say he prized her esteemed company beyond all other crickets in that drizzly town. Perhaps even in the entire land, though Sir Cricket von Marionette was not one to go galavanting too far beyond the streets of his beloved home.

At any rate... this ladyfriend, Penelope Chirpington, had mentioned in passing that she would quite like to look upon the personage - or rather, the buggage - of Sir Cricket when time and circumstances were not favorable to their being together. In other words, she longed for a certain portrait, to keep on a certain table, which sat in a certain room that served as a place to pass the time, when not in a certain charming man-bug's company.

Sir Cricket had a fervent desire to make this wish of Lady Chirpington's come true. And yet, where among the cobbles of that great and shadowy city would he find a portraiteer who would accomidate the peculiar nature of being a rather diminutive size? In all his days, Sir Cricket had never seen such a portrait, and surmised that his dear Penelope had only entertained the notion due to the fact that she had spied such things in the parlor of the Duchess of Bigguntall. After all, Lady Chirpington had found a tiny nook near the Duchess' hearth, where she could warm herself on particularly dreary days by sitting on a cushion made of a powder puff. Sir Cricket quite enjoyed those days, for his treasured ladyfriend would return to him smelling of lavendar talc. Of course, propriety demanded he not say this directly to Lady Chirpington, but he always made sure to comment on the particular quality of the air whenever the occasion allowed.

So with a determined mind set on Lady Chirpinton's wish, he dressed in his finest hat and spats, and scoured the streets and snickleways of that city, unflagging in his faith that somewhere there would be a portraiteer who would not cringe upon the sight of a smitten cricket.

Much to Sir Cricket von Marionette's delight, he happened to find one... snugged cheek-by-jowel between a millinery shop and a cafe that sold exquisite almondine tarts (he knew this, of course, because he had the rare fortune of sampling a crumblette dropped by a usually fastidious baker, who was momentarily startled at the sight of a cricket donning a red top hat).

The portraiteer - an aged man whose stature had grown more acclimated towards being nearer the ground after years of bending and stooping behind the black drape of his photo-contraption - was most accomidating to Sir Cricket. He even managed to find a stool of impressive height in amongst his props, and lent a withered old hand as means of transport for Sir Cricket to travel the distance. Sir Cricket said nothing of the fact that he could have easily jumped three times that height with only a faint flick of his legs.... after all, he was a gentlebug, and could not even fathom turning away such a kind invitation by the portraiteer.

And so, Sir Cricket perched upon the tall stool, and waited while the aged man disappeared beneath the billowing black canopy. He thought of his cherished Lady Chirpington, and how delighted she would no doubt be as he presented her with his token of all consuming affection. He imagined the little table she would set it upon, and even was so bold as to envision her lovely green face lit up by moonlight as she stared upon his likeness. So pleasing was the thought, that his wings fluttered slightly, and the room filled with the bright shirrupping sound of his particular stridulation.

A true surprise was his then, as he heard an echo of that winged violin! In fact, it seemed doubly as sweet...chirpchirpchirping in a way that struck him as quite familiar. Most familiar. Distinctly and singularly familiar! He heard the old gentleman chuckle behind the curtain, and in that moment the world flashed with a giant poof of light. Momentarily blinded, Sir Cricket wiped his eyes...then peered back at the portraiteer. There, sitting pretty-as-you-please atop the gangly-legged photo contraption, was Lady Chirpington, dressed in a particular pink gown that she frequently borrowed from the Duchess of Bigguntall's dollhouse.

The old man extracted himself from behind the black drape, rubbing his whiskered chin and shaking his head. "T'missus shan't be believin' this'un tonight... no. Two chirpers on t'same day, an' both in fancy clothes. No, t'missus might just think t'whiskey finally got t'best o' me affer'all." And his shoulders hunched and shook with a laugh as he shuffled to the back of his workshop.

As for Sir Cricket, he launched himself most gracefully - if not a bit eagerly - from the stool to the perch that Lady Chirpington occupied. Her smile was a ray of sweet buggy light that cut through the dismel dark day. She had decided that for as much as she wished to have in her possession a portrait of her dear Sir Cricket... she knew he would no doubt pine away his days if he did not have one of herself as well. The room filled with the sound of shirrupping wings, only this time in besotted harmony.

The serendipity of it all was too much to be left uncelebrated. Sir Cricket promptly fetched a few more crumblettes of almondine tart, along with some generous droplets of limoncello from the baker's own bottle, transported in the hollow of his red top hat.  And there atop that marvelously boxy camera, Lady Chirpington and Sir Cricket von Marionette resolutely decided that it was a Most Momentous Occasion on a very rainy day. And it would forevermore be remembered thusly as their portraits sat side by side on a certain table, in a certain room that served as a place to pass the time in eachother's most certainly charming company.
So the wonderful :iconwizillusions: suggested I post this in Literature, after I initially posted the image in Photomanipulation, and left the story in the artist's comments box.. which you can find here: [link]

So...here it is! It has been awhile since I've written anything, so it's just a bit of fun fluff, inspired in it's verbosity by the great Charles Dickens. Enjoy! And advanced apologies for any blatant butchering of grammar and punctuation. ;)


EDIT: Holy Jumpin' Crickets, A DD?!? :faint::faint::faint: AHHH - thank you thank you thank you!! This has come completely out of the blue, and smacked me upside the head with a Joy Cupcake! Thank you so much `WineWriter and ^StJoan!!
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Sir Cricket's Portrait by `Foxfires is a wonderfully crafted piece of prose that you'll want to read more than once! ( Suggested by WineWriter and Featured by StJoan )
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starmyst Featured By Owner May 16, 2009
So quaint and adorable! I would have liked to see more conflict in some way or another, as the cricket's Lady showed up and the story ended right when I was expecting the whole thing to really take off. But still, very delightful. :)
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giorjoe Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2009  Professional General Artist
This is great! I love how the style comes through in every sentence. I was going to suggest you for a DD for Technicolor Dream, but I guess you can't get one for another half a year.
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Ashley-Jane Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2009
I freaking love you man.
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SurvivaloftheFattest Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2009   Writer
Brilliant. Like a satire of Charles Dickens satire of Gothic writing styles, which I must say is a style more interesting the more ridiculous it is written...

... A modern classic!
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arhcamt Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2009
this is wonderful! i enjoy reading the story so much i can even imagine the book. :D
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Secret-x-Link Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2009
So very beautiful. :love: I love crickets, and your writing is simply absorbing... lovely! You could very well become a great storyteller with this writing. :aww:
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Essenceofnight Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2009
Aww, it's so sweet. <3
Victorian style is nice.
also, you misspelled gallivanting.
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Foxfires Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!! :hug:

It's funny - 'galavant' and 'gallivant' must be a regional thing. :D I looked it up in Webster's and it said both are correct. lol Who knew?
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Essenceofnight Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2009
Whoa, strange. *_* Never heard that.
Everyone wins! Yaaay!
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KokeshixHime Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2009
It was a joy to read and it was lovely to glance up at the picture every so often~ Wonderful job!
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Foxfires Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Awww, that is so sweet! Thank you!
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KokeshixHime Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2009
You're more than welcome~
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0r4nos Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2009
This is great. However, gallivanting*, "which sat in a certain room that served as a place to pass the time, when not in a certain charming man-bug's company." need to lose the comma in the middle, lavender*, "he happened to find one... snugged cheek" needs a comma instead of the "...", "being nearer the ground" needs near to instead of "nearer", accomodating*, "height in amongst his props," needs to lose the "in", adn that is all. Great job with this! I thoroughly enjoyed it, and it brought back nostalgic thoughts of my childhood!
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Foxfires Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! Fantastic editing! I am an awful butcher when it comes to grammar, so I always appreciate a good edit! ;)
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0r4nos Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2009
You are most welcome. I am just happy to help!
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Foxfires Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
After another person noticed that I misspelled 'gallivant' I had to look it up for myself. Apparently both versions are correct! Who knew? Apparently the old English spelling stuck with me. :D
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0r4nos Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2009
Isn't it annoying how it sometimes does that? It causes my spellchecks so many problems!
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megsmad Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2009
this is so absolutely adorable!!
i love these words most "shirrupping" "snugged" "snickleways"

you have just done this so very very well!!

:heart: faved

you have definitely deserved this DD!!!! Congratulations!
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Foxfires Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much!! And I promise you, the next time you hear a cricket you will think of 'shirrupping'! ;)
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megsmad Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2009
yeah :) i bet i will!!
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JoieD Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2009
Adorably imaginative. Congratulations on the DD
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Foxfires Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much!
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Dreamerzina Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2009
really fun. Well told.
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Foxfires Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks so much!!
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killadore Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2009
what a sweet story! the way you've described particular details about that strange, magical world of crickets got me smiling.
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Foxfires Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! What a sweet compliment!
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killadore Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2009
you're welcome! :) good luck with your artwork
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cyranosdemet Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2009
an outstandingly wonderful little tale! bravo or brava, as might suit the particulars of this incarnation... well done!
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Foxfires Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much!! I have a feeling Sir Cricket and Lady Chirpington would be very chuffed at the honor! ;)
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cyranosdemet Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2009
I really am impressed... imo Sir Cricket belongs in a third or fourth grade reading book, for when the young ones are just starting to get a good handle on reading... one good story like yours, in among all the watered down politically correct fluff I saw last I looked in, can be all the difference between a reader and a video game addict. In this day and age of media saturation such thoughts of pairings are already percolating (quietly, in the background) of the nine and ten year olds... need to feed them something wholesome to stand against what they almost understand from television et al... keep up the good work!

yours,
'nos
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Murphyneedsbraces Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2009
<dies of overabundance of extereme cuteness>
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Foxfires Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
:giggle::hug:
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Murphyneedsbraces Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2009
:hug: indeed.
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Sirbirus Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2009
Wow. You are a most wonderful writer. Where did you get this odd idea for such a brilliant story?
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Foxfires Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!! The idea just came to me one day when I was looking at a photo I took of a cricket marionette... I have a very overactive imagination. LOL
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kindfullove12 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2009  Student General Artist
Cute story:D
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Foxfires Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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Shauntinasha Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
:D

This is really super cute! ^^ A little...different, but in a good way. I pictured art from a Beatrice Potter book going along with this story.Sweet. ^^ Good job! And congratulations on the DD!
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Foxfires Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much!! (And I adore Beatrix Potter - I could easily imagine it that as well!)
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Shauntinasha Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
Youre welcome. ^^

Haha. Beatrix Potter is my favorite. Her art is amazing. :]
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ceylon-tae Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2009   General Artist
Hooray for amusing verbosity.
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Foxfires Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Heheh thank you! Purple Prose for the win!
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maiko-raivaru Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2009
awwww! i love it love it love it! :bounce:
this made me smile so much! and it's been a stupendously long week! :D
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