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Yooo it just occurred to me that I am friends with very few of my online friends on facebook! (I also have Instagram!!) Not that that's a problem necessarily but if anyone wants to friend me so we can see each other's faces and stuff just note me and I'd be glad to friend you.

If you're one of my older friends though I might not add you just because I don't want my parents to get concerned (I know you guys aren't creepers but THEY have no way of knowing that xD) so if I don't just realize that it's not anything personal ;u; I could probably friend you on Instagram but not FB for that reason.

Anyway!! I took senior pictures today and I'm really pleased with how they turned out, so I'm very happy. ^^ I also got my first acceptance letter on Friday, from one of my top choice colleges, so I'm super excited! I still don't know where I'll be attending but I'm starting to head in the direction as to where I'll figure it out :D

...asking about Facebook was the main reason for this journal, so not much else to report. :'D If you guys have any fun or interesting stuff that you'd like to share feel free!!

- Vera
Cruel Yet Beautiful – Part 10

    Oh, Arceus. I've walked into Rich Person Central. Route 4 is apparently a popular place for Kalos's wealthiest to settle, and I don't doubt it; the road is lined by the fanciest gardens I’ve ever seen, sporting fountains and bushes in the shapes of various Pokémon. 

    At least it's quiet. I haven't seen many other Trainers on the road, so I'm letting my team walk beside me. If there aren't any delays, we should make it to Lumiose by sundown...

    "Miss." I glance down to Remy when I hear him speak. "Those buildings over there. What are they?"

    "Those are rich people's houses," I explain. "I guess you could call them mansions. The folks who live in them are wealthy enough to afford to build really big houses and spend a lot of money, so that's why they're so huge."

    Remy nods thoughtfully. "Do you want to live in a...mansion like that?"

    I shake my head. "Nah. If I had that much money, I'd find better things to spend it on."

    Aimée pokes her head up from a rose bush she was sniffing. "Like what?"

    "Um..." I haven't really thought about that much. Mainly because I don't think I'll ever be rich. "I don't know. I'd probably pay off any important things first, like any debts I had, then treat myself to smaller stuff. Clothes or jewelry if I wanted any." I look at Phoenix, who is trotting beside me with my mp3 player in tow. "I could buy him his own music player."

    "You should do that anyway," Phoenix suggests. Oops. I didn't think he was listening.

    The loud ringing of my Holo Caster interrupts our chat. When I answer it, I'm greeted by a Holo Clip from Shauna.

    "Hiya!" Shauna exclaims cheerfully in her message. "Calem and I are in Lumiose City right now, and we're going to meet up with the Professor tonight. We want to wait for you, though, so if that doesn't work for you let us know."

    The message concludes with a chipper beep and Shauna's image vanishes from the screen. My Pokémon look up at me expectantly. Oh, right. Aimée and Phoenix don't know who Shauna is.

    I explain the whole story to them, starting from the point where I began my journey, and as I do so, I can't help but wonder at Shauna's kindness. Why is she making so much of an effort to reach out? I thought that I was too awkward for her to want to keep hanging around me.

    But I appreciate it. No one ever tried that hard for me back in Hoenn. Maybe I should try a little harder too.
    ***
     Lumiose City is overwhelming. When I step through the city gates and into the streets of the city, I admittedly feel a little lost – and completely dazzled. Route 4 had been so calm, and now it’s completely the opposite; there are sounds and lights and distractions everywhere I look. Cars are beeping, signs are flickering, music is playing…how can I expect to meet up with Shauna and Calem when I don’t even know where to begin?
   
    I don’t bother to hide my relief when I see two familiar faces. Sina and Dexio, the lab assistants who gave me with Remy, are waving me down.

    “Thank goodness you’re here,” I tell them. “I would have gotten completely lost on the way to the lab.”

    “That’s what we’re here for,” Dexio says with a wink. “Let’s go.”

    ***

    The Professor’s lab is surprisingly nondescript. Sure, it’s pretty big and looks professional, but it seems out of place somehow among all the glamour and glitz of the main streets.

    Shauna and Calem are lingering by the entrance and perk up with I come closer. Calem smiles and Shauna waves enthusiastically.

    “Thanks for waiting for me, guys,” I say. “I really appreciate it. Have you met the Professor yet?”

    “That’s what we’re going to do now that you’re here,” Shauna says. She rocks impatiently on her heels. “Let’s go!”

    “The Professor is ready for you anytime,” Sina says. “Follow us.”

    Together, we walk into the lab. It’s much shinier on the inside; from its exterior I would have assumed that it was an older building, but everything I see seems new.

    “We’ll fetch the Professor for you now,” Sina tells us. “Please wait a bit.”

    They disappear into an elevator and the three of us are left alone. I decide that I want to be the one to engage conversation first.

    “So,” I say. “Did either of you battle Viola at Santalune on the way here?”

    “I did,” Calem says immediately, though Shauna shakes her head. “Did you?”

    “Heck yeah I did. I won, too! Did you get a badge?”

    “Mmhmm.” Calem fishes a badge case out of his bag and shows me his Bug Badge. “I also got some new Pokémon on the way over. Have you expanded your team at all?”

    I show him the three Pokeballs attached to the strap on my bag. “My dad sent me a Torchic from Hoenn,” I explain. “So I didn’t officially catch him. But I got a Pikachu on Route 3.”

    Calem’s eyes light up. “A Torchic! I’ve never seen a real one before. Could I have a look?”

    I’m about to let Phoenix out of his Pokeball when the elevator door opens, so we immediately stop talking. A tall man in his early 30’s with wildly wavy black hair practically leaps from the elevator and hurries toward us with a jaunty stride. He’s wearing a long white lab coat over a purple shirt, but the sleeves are rolled up and it doesn’t seem to look as formal as one would typically expect.

    “Bonjour, bonjour!” the man exclaims, and I can already detect his light French accent. “I’m so glad to meet you. I am Professor Augustine Sycamore. Please, come with me!”

    This is the esteemed Professor Sycamore? I knew he was young, but I wasn’t expecting him to look so…fabulous. Still, it’s hard not to feel excited around him.

    “Thank you so much for coming,” Sycamore says as we pile into the elevator. “I invited you here tonight to check up on how you’re doing. Are you enjoying your journeys? Do you have any questions?”

    “It’s been amazing so far!” Shauna exclaims. “We’re really glad to have this opportunity!”

    “Yes, thank you for picking us for the program,” Calem says. “We know that there was a lot of competition.”

    Sycamore shakes his head. “There’s no need to thank me,” he says. “I chose each of you for a specific reason. You got here through your own accomplishments, not mine.”

    The elevator stops and we walk out. We’ve gone all the way to the roof, which I wasn’t expecting. From here, I can see a sea of lights and buildings, and though it’s bright I can still make out the stars that are just starting to come out in the night sky.

    It’s breathtakingly beautiful, but I don’t think that’s why the professor brought us up here. Calem, Shauna and I glance at each other as Sycamore ponders his words.

    Finally Sycamore speaks. “As you know, my research focuses on Mega Evolution. Do you know what that is?”

    “Not really,” Shauna admits. “I just know it’s a special kind of Pokémon evolution…”

    “Correct!” Sycamore exclaims. “It’s very mysterious, and we know very little about it. I know there’s a lot to discover about Mega Evolution, but now that I’m becoming an established professor, I have less time to travel the region as I would like.

    “That’s where you come in. I want you to do what YOU want to do on your journeys, and I want you to follow your own dreams, but if you find the opportunity, please do what you can to learn about Mega Evolution; not just for my own benefit, but for yours as well. If the mysteries of Mega Evolution can be solved, it could be the key to an exciting new way of life for Pokémon and their Trainers. And anything that makes someone’s life better is worth pursuing in my eyes.”

    “Of course we will,” Calem says. “We owe it to you for allowing us the opportunity.”

    Sycamore smiles. “One more thing. I may be a professor, but I've done a lot of travelling in my lifetime. When doing so, I encountered many different ways of living and thinking that were different from my own. But even if you don’t always agree with what others think or do, just try to be kind and relate to where they’re coming from and it will broaden your horizons.”

    I wait for him to say more, but he doesn’t, so I say, “Wow, thanks, Professor. That was really well-said.”

    He laughed. “I hope so! I thought it out a lot beforehand.” He glances at his watch. “It’s getting late; I don’t mean to keep you for too long. You should probably go check into a Pokémon Center for the night, but before you do, I have gifts for each of you.”

    He digs into the pockets of his lab coat and pulls out three Pokeballs and three Pokedexes. “Here are your Pokedexes, as well as three Kanto starters. I know I already gave you the Kalos ones, but I think these Pokémon will benefit from a journey just as much as you will benefit from their company. Please, take one.”

    I let Shauna and Calem choose before me this time, so when I pick the last one from Sycamore’s hand I have no idea what I’m going to end up with. Judging by the leaf insignia on the front, though, I can assume that I got Bulbasaur. Cool!

    “Thanks for listening,” Sycamore says. “I’ll show you downstairs.”

    ***

    As we enter the lobby again, Calem taps me on the shoulder. “Hey. I need to talk to you.”

    About what? Did I do something wrong? “What—”

    “Look over there!” Shauna says suddenly in a harsh whisper. “Who’s that?”

    I look to where she’s pointing. I can’t believe I didn’t see it before; a tall, muscular, well-dressed man is standing by the entrance, conversing with the secretary at the front desk. His most notable feature is his shocking orange hair spiked up in a wild flare upon his head.
 
    I don’t mean to stare, but he just looks so bizarre. “Maybe we should talk to him. He looks like he could have some interesting stuff to say.”

    He looks our way as I say that and seems to notice us for the first time. “Are you Augustine’s chosen children?”

    Um. Are we?

    "Yes,” Calem says, stepping forward to shake the man’s hand. “We’re the three who were selected for the program. I’m Calem Xavier. This is Shauna Soll and Madeline Maddox.”

    "The man shakes all of our hands. “It is a pleasure to meet you, truly. My name is Lysandre. Augustine has taught me much about Pokemon; I hope to use that knowledge to help everyone I can."

    "Those are pretty noble ambitions," Calem notes. "Does that mean you're trying to learn more about Mega Evolution like the Professor?"

    "Yes," Lysandre says. "In fact, I've invested a lot of money into research for it. I hope that someday we can harness the secrets of Mega Evolution to create a beautiful world."

    "That's an awesome dream," I say. "But it's pretty broad, isn't it? How can just one person impact the world that much?"

    "Oh," he says, and he smiles, "there are many, many ways."

    To be continued.
Cruel Yet Beautiful: X Nuzlocke p10
CYB IS BACK FROM HIATUS BABY

This chapter is particularly long, sorry about that! But now that I'm not doing pictures it'll be easier for me to put out chapters.

I'm going to try and go for weekly updates if I can keep up. Stay tuned!

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    Pokemon X belongs to Nintendo blah
    Writing and art belongs to me blah

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Hey guys! I finished all of my college applications and turned them in; now all there is to do is wait. That means that I now have extra time to work on the stuff I want to work on, such as person projects like CYB!

My vision of having a writing nuzlocke with illustrated pictures for every chapter probably isn't going to work out like I wanted because the pictures take so long for me to do. So I've decided that I'll continue uploading chapters without pictures, but I'll do pictures for really significant or cool scenes so that I can still keep some of the 'illustrated' aspect of it. Are you guys ok with that? The pictures weren't that great anyway but I liked doing them and I felt they made reading the chapters a little easier on the eyes but I think if I can still do some occasionally it'll be ok.

I'm still busy but now that the college apps are done I feel like I have a huge load off of my mind 8D I've been working on them pretty hard for the past couple of weeks so I'm really glad to put them behind me aha.

What about you guys? Been up to anything exciting? Are any of you doing NaNoWriMo this year? I'd love to see how you guys are doing, I've gotten far too inactive on this site ;u;

- Vera
Hey guys! I'm trying out this whole 'status update' thing that dA has going on...
Basically, NaNoWriMo is this month so I've been hoping to get working on CYB some more during this time and bring it out of hiatus. I'd like to keep having pictures with the updates but the pictures are also a lot of extra work so I'm not sure yet. That's all for now!
So by complete coincidence I was revisiting the Finding You chapters out of nostalgia yesterday and realized that the one-year anniversary of its conclusion is today (Oct 4!) I just thought I'd talk about it a little because that story was a big part of my life for a long time and I felt very nostalgic when I was reading through it ;u;

I felt really good to go through it again. While I was writing it, I put down the story and my writing abilities a lot, mainly because I was trying to be modest and also because I recognized that it had a lot of flaws; however, now that I've seen it with an (almost) fresh perspective, I realize that it's actually something to be proud of. Sure, the plot wasn't the greatest thing ever and I had to change a lot when I was about halfway through, but all things considered it's a good read. The dialogue was better than I remembered and so was the chemistry between my characters, and even though I had never written a 'romance' from scratch I think I was able to set up Luna and Grey's relationship really well, even if I didn't have them kiss or anything o: I TOTALLY SHOULD HAVE THOUGH

Basically, I guess what I'm trying to get out of this is that Finding You was better than I gave it credit for, and chances are if you're writing some kind of story or working on some kind of project and you're wondering if it's 'good enough', it probably is!! So don't feel like you should quit something for fear of it not meeting standards; just have fun with it, finish it, and maybe learn something from it along the way.

That's all I got for now :D (Big Grin)

- Vera
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My (nick)name is Vera, and I'm 17! Writing, art and music are my passions. I really love cats, and oreos are my favorite food.

I consider myself decent at art and writing, but obviously I have a lot to improve on, so I'm always open for critique. ^^

That's really all you need to know about me. Have fun browsing through my gallery and profile!

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D-Scrolls Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey gurl, its been 5ever
how are you?
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vera-san Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist Writer
YOOO IT REALLY HAS BEEN 5EVER 

I've been keeping busy, that's for sure! I can't wait until winter break. How about you? Been up to anything fun? 8D
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D-Scrolls Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
YAS IKR BHAE  JESUS MAYBE EVEN 9EVER TBH


Haha, I suppose. I've been working on some stuff for a solo in band.
omg, yeah. It can't come soon enough

>> But I'm super psyched. the day after Christmas the highschool band is going to Florida <3 we're going to be in some stuff at Disney. idk what actually. xDD
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vera-san Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist Writer
Duuude, that's amazing!! It sounds like an amazing opportunity. Tell me all about it, when you come back, ok? also how is that cute guy you liked a while back ;P
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luner-tigher Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014
thanks for the watch =3
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vera-san Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
You're welcome ^o^ Is all your stuff drawn with a mouse? Because that's incredible!
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luner-tigher Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014
yes it is all done with a mouse =3
and thanks X3
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D-Scrolls Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Veraveraveraveraveravera

Hello <33

How are you??
Please im lonely and its 1:30am
and I have to be up at 7 for bandcamp but I dont care
So lonely
So very lonely
Vera pls Ily
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vera-san Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I'M SORRY I WAS ASLEEP WHEN YOU SENT THIS MESSAGE

I'm good!! I'm assuming you're at bandcamp by now but I'll still ask how are YOU?? School starts for me in exactly 10 days...not looking forward to that D;
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D-Scrolls Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
ITS OKAY BO <3

Ahha Im good. Recovering from an asthma attack at bandcamp still but yea xD
I start in 25 days xD Im actually extremely excited shh
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