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I am always looking up. One arm is raised in an arc above my head and the other rests in a half circle down by my hips. My face is fixed in an expression of grace and a hint of pride. Straight hair falls around my shoulders and tiny sea creatures are carved onto its surface. My hips flow into the shapeless form of an elegant evening dress, replacing what could have been my legs.

Colourful fish swim to and fro, startled by sudden movement and sound. They shimmer in the sun's light, casting tiny dancing patterns across the ocean. When they swim above my head all I can see are shadows. Dancing, twisting, turning shadows that play in this cool curtain of water.

Boats of all sorts float by, keeping the sun's rays from touching my skin. I see massive cargo ships that pass by in a cacophony of sound. I see sail boats that float by carried by a breeze. I see fishing trolleys with their hanging nets casting criss-cross shadows across the ocean floor. I see all this because I am always looking up. Always watching the surface even though I now belong here underwater.

Algae clings to my gray body, giving it colour and texture. Tiny creatures crawl across my face, nibbling on the plant as they go. It refuses to grow on the smoothness of my bare face and arms, instead hiding in the creases of my hair and dress. I like to think that I am an angel in this light, and only in this light. When the suns rays hit the water they come through as hazy blue-green shafts of light. When the light touches my skin it begins to dance in abstract patterns and for a brief moment I forget who I used to be.

I used to stand proud as a greeter next to the massive golden double doors of a grand ballroom. My sister stood on the other side. She was my mirror image as graceful and proud as I was. Times changed though but statues last a very long time if not forever. The hotel where the ballroom resided was to be torn down. My sister and I, along with many other fancy decorations and artefacts, were packed away on a massive cargo ship heading out to Europe.

We were to be sold to at an art auction down there. My sister and I were going to be advertised and sold as a pair so that we would never be parted. We were parted though. Two young men carried me all covered up in saran wrap off of the ship and across a metal walkway. One of them slipped, legs sprawling out beneath him. The other was unable to hold my weight alone and he dropped me over the walkway and into the ocean. I sank feet first until I hit the sandy ground, water enveloping me in a liquid curtain.

I live here now. If you could call a statue living. The saran wrap has long since floated away, carried off to a new life whatever it may be. Still, I remain here. Where fish dance to the gentle push and pull of the ocean currents. Where boats pass overhead casting shadows across the ground. Where shafts of light burst through the water's surface illuminating my world with a blue-green haze. And slowly, very slowly, the ocean is claiming my soul. No human would ever look at me now and call me beautiful, but the ocean thinks otherwise. I wonder if my sister still stands proud even without her mirror image.

Remember. If you think that you are not being watched then you are wrong. Creatures live below the shifting surface, watching the world around them. They feel instead of think, and dance instead of move. They never judge and that is okay with me, because I am just a statue at the bottom of the sea.

Remember. Remember that I am always looking up with one arm raised in an arc above my head and the other resting in a half circle down by my hips. With a face fixed in an expression of grace and a hint of pride. With straight hair falling around my shoulders with tiny sea creatures carved onto its surface. With hips that flow into the shapeless form of an elegant evening dress, replacing what could have been my legs.

Remember me.

Let me be lost but not forgotten.

Remember.
A statue at the bottom of the sea beyond our reach but not beyond our memories.

Um...I don't know what gave me this idea. The prompt was to write about a character living under the sea. So of course the obvious choice was an inanimate object. So of course I'm not nuts. XD

Oh well. It was interesting writing from a statue's perspective at least. =P

Edit: Holy shiz guys Daily Deviation? That was totally unexpected. XD
Thank you all I love you to bits. ^^
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Daily Deviation

Given 2008-12-04
Through the Blue-Green Haze by anotherfirename, as our club suggester notes only proves that 'writing from the perspective of an inanimate object is always a great idea, but difficult to pull off. Here, the author does it beautifully. The story is emotional, well paced, rich in images and just the right length to sustain reader interest.' ( Suggested by simplyprose and Featured by LadyLincoln )
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jonathoncomfortreed Featured By Owner May 24, 2011  Student Photographer
Hey, this has been featured as part of #theWrittenRevolution's spring update. :heart:
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anotherfirename Featured By Owner May 25, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you. :)
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AngelineCMG Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2008
The details are simply aesthetic ... your choice of words simple, yet full of life. Not long ago, I used to think good writing would require flowery words.

My favourite part would have to be : 'They feel instead of think, and dance instead of move.' An artist vs a scientist? I dunno ...

I hope to write like you :)
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MoMoCookie Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2008
Beautiful story! And from an inanimate objects perspective as well, a hard feat to acheive!
And I like how the ending sort of echoes the beginning.
Well deserved DD! ^^
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Xovvo Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2008
Aside from a few punctuation errors, this is quite well done.
Good read.
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yamiyalo Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
wow I am not much of a reader but I made it through this one you kept me hanging to the end nice job
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GwenavhyeurAnastasia Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2008
I'll admit that it kind of surprised me when I realized that the person beneath the sea was simply a statue. I'm not sure why it didn't dawn on me before.

You did a wonderful job, making everything seem realistic, like the actual thoughts of a statue. I could see each image in my mind's eye. Congrats on the DD.
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Lady-Puresweet Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2008
So many imaged words, stunning.

Congrats on the DD
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mindCollision Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
They feel instead of think, and dance instead of move.
Beautiful line, from a beautiful piece. Congrats :)
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Ladoncyan Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2008
This is amazing. ^^

You pretty much had me by the end of the second paragraph.
Wonderful idea. Very unique. I love the style.
It sort of makes you feel sorry for the statue, but happy for her in a way.

You made a few minor grammar mistakes. I wondered if some of them were on purpose for flow and new structure?
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anotherfirename Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks for the kind words! ^^
Usually I don't use perfect grammar for flow and a more prose-like feel. I find that sometimes perfect grammar gets hard to read after a while. =P
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Ladoncyan Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2008
You're welcome.

Ah, okay. ^^ Yeah, it looked like it was on purpose, by the way it fit in the passage.
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shayerahol22 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2008
I totally love how you started and ended with those lines describing the character. It really tells how much time she has on her hands. XD It also does tons to draw the reader in. 8D I couldn't look away.
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childofsatan2002 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2008
very epic. great job.
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HaKurama Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2008
That's a beautiful and entrancing piece!
Congrats for the DD!
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oOnyaOo Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Woah! The ending gave me goosebumps!
Seriously! Thats not often that happens.
Congrats, you deserve it. x
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TheCoalMineCanary Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
I love how it ends how it began...neat.
:+fav:
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molesgallus Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2008
omg wow!
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sinopsis Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2008
The subject is interesting, though I wonder to whats degree you really got in touch with the supposed thoughts of an inanimate object. Perhaps you got them well. My taste runs more to the evocative rather than the descriptive. I think you could evoke a better sense of being underwater without having to make it so clear that that is the situation. That experience would be more moving than simply knowing.

Also? Why does the statue care?

I like the insight into the wider world of consciousness and life.
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anotherfirename Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
I wanted to go for the view of an observer or chronicler, which is why I have more description then actual emotions. It was my intention to have the statue aware of the situation, but not really have an opinion of it. Maybe I failed in that aspect, that's for the reader to say.
Thanks for the read. I appreciate the input. :)
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houndoomlover Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2008  Hobbyist
congrats on getting daily deviation...i can see why ^^ you're really skilled at writing. This is absolutely amazing. It was like i was watching it happen.
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harlequin-x-romance Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2008  Student Writer
Wowow!
I loved it!
fantastic imagery :)
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dawnnamira Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2008
This is absolutely beautiful. I'm trying hard to think of words to describe what's flittering through my mind right now, but I'm failing miserably. :XD:

I love it. It's gorgeous. It's thought-provoking. It's wonderful.
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ev1lempyr Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
As soon as i stop crying :cry: I'll write a comment...such a beautiful tragedy.
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hikileyu Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2008
It is worth for a collect. :heart: I thought the 'I' is living. And it turns out to be a statue. I like how you describe it, and in a nice flow. I could see the motion pictures in my head.

Good job, :icongrin--plz: ^^ And congratulations for the DD.
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VioletVenom Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2008
Gorgeous!!! Love the tone of it ^^

Really interesting, and very very well done.
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K-tina-latina Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2008
This is really incredible work!!! I love the imagery and the texture that you cojure up. Congrats :icongrin--plz:
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mackwrites Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2008
Congrats on the DD!! :thumbsup: :D
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anotherfirename Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
Haha, thanks! Congrats on being featured as the most creative response at SimplyProse! ^^
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mackwrites Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2008
Thank you :P
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ShatteredLikeGlass Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2008
I love this and how you couldn't figure out what you were writing about right away. Congratulations on the well deserved DD.
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tala8 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2008
Beautiful @_@
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Jiskah Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Congrats with the DD :)
Amazing work!
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Zelme Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2008
I think you expressed the statue's feelings (as it were) very well. Lovely work. :)

(PS - I also wrote about an inanimate object for this prompt. :highfive:)
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anotherfirename Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks! :D
Inanimate objects are fun to write about. And quite possibly even more fun when they start talking to people. XD
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Zelme Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2008
Congrats on the DD! It's well deserved. :)
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Zelme Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2008
:D You're welcome.
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simplyprose Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2008
Certainly an interesting choice for a character that lives under the sea. The imagery is beautiful, the descriptions of the fish and the light in the water is quite enchanting.

One small suggestion. This phrase is slightly clumsy, and might need rewording. "Times changed though but statues last a very long time if not forever."

Thank you for your submission!
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anotherfirename Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks! :)
Yeah, I wasn't sure about that phrase but I was afraid that removing it would take away some of the feel of eternity. I'll look into rewriting it though now that I've had a bit of a break from it.
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mackwrites Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2008
Oh, interesting. I was unsure what I would think of this at first, but it really got interesting when you explained the statue's history. In addtion, I really love your title "Through the Blue-Green Haze." It sounds like the elegant title of a poem. :aww:

So, yes. I did the character prompt too. If you're interested I have a link... [link] haha *shameless self-promotion*
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anotherfirename Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
Of course out of all the things I could've written about I write about an inanimate object. XD
I'm glad you liked it though! I was afraid that it'd be a little too confusing early on in the story.
*hops over to have a look at your writing* ^^
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mackwrites Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2008
It's cool, though. At first I thought it was a mermaid, but when I found out it was a statue I was definitely more interested.
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