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Summer will always remind me of hot, sweltering nights spent drinking sangria, through the dripping fairy lights of your bedroom window. A sticky, starry sky looked back at us, the glow of the moon almost golden in the heat. Fourteen meant we weren't growing up fast enough and a liquor cabinet key seemed to hold the answer to that problem.

You taught me how to drink that night.

(You also showed me how beautiful it was to just hold your breath till your head spins and reality seems like it is going to fade further and further away.)

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Six summers ago I met a boy who liked to tell me how much like summer I was. He was big boned and thin skinned and the first time I told him he wasn't mine to keep, he left handprints on my skin that reminded you of a canvas covered in autumn leaves that you saw in New York. Then you proceeded to break every single window in his house (Yes, even the one in the attic he loved so much.)

You taught me how to smile through heartbreak that night.

(You also showed me how to breathe through the broken pain that came from a pair of violent hands that didn't know how to accept themselves in any other way.)

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We took our easels up to the woods that hot summer day and didn't speak until we were both finished our paintings. I just drew a face. I always drew the same face. When you showed me what you had made, I saw angry slashes of red across a vacant canvas, a pair of scarlet lips open in its center, as though in a silent scream. When I looked at you, your face was shiny...not with sweat, but with tears.

"What is it?"

"Me."

You taught me how to draw more than faces that day.

(You showed me what it was like to breathe in a life into a thing that was too broken to breathe by itself.)

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It has been four summers, seventeen days, twelve hours, twenty three minutes and ten seconds since the most beautiful service I have ever seen. Your mother was pale, but always graceful in her kindness, in her wisdom. She asked me to speak for you. She asked me to tell people what you were like.

If she had given me a year, maybe I could do justice to you. So instead, I told them about the movie we had watched based on our favourite novel where a man had been held trial for a crime he never committed and forgotten on a prison island somewhere in the middle of the ocean. I told them about how he slowly lost his powerful faith in God, and how one day...he was saved, redeemed and given back his life. I told them about that moment, the electricity, the elation we had both felt in the second.

To me, you are the electricity I felt in that moment.

To me, you were the saviour who caused my freedom. To me, you were the elation of a moment where your world, your life, your whole being changes for the better.

That is what you were like. That is who you will always be.

In the end, it was you who taught my summers to breathe.
In the end, you taught me to be a novel, not just a summer read.
On a side note, I can't write eulogies. 
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RogueMudblood Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2015   Writer
I'm in tears. This is an absoltuely beautiful story. I know you said you can't write eulogies, but this is an incredibly moving tribute to your friend. Thank you for sharing this with us.
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the-nature-author Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014  Student Writer
A beautiful tribute to your friend Hug 
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Pereyga Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so sad ._.
But wondefully written, you can really feel how this girl seems to be very important to you
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Crystal-Magic13 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Hobbyist Writer

:huggle: Some things cannot be described with words,

and most of them are better off that way.

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UntamedUnwanted Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
:hug:
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irrenderNarr42 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
is this in anyway connected to "Obsession"?
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UntamedUnwanted Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Nope. Different stories, different friends.
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irrenderNarr42 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
i see.
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weirdandproudofit Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Student Artist
This is so painfully beautiful in the way only true emotion can come across, filled with bitter-sweet sentiment and an underlying respect for life and one life in particular. I feel honoured to have read it. 
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UntamedUnwanted Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you so much for that beautiful and insightful comment. :hug:
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weirdandproudofit Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013  Student Artist
My pleasure! :hug: Thank you so much for sharing your talent with us!
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Krusnik03 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is amazing. She is amazing. You can write all the eulogies you want, though I hope you won't have to anytime soon...
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UntamedUnwanted Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you so much, my dear. :hug: I hope I don't have to either. :(
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FirePrincess97 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is beautiful... I'm sure she'll be happy 
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UntamedUnwanted Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you my dear. :)
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FirePrincess97 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The pleasures all mine :beach: 
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mintybreeze Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I think you would write a beautiful eulogy...
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:iconuntamedunwanted:
UntamedUnwanted Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
:hug:
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shrouded-tears Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It's really beautiful..
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:iconuntamedunwanted:
UntamedUnwanted Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you. :)
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Tyrison Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Student Writer
Beautiful...
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UntamedUnwanted Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you. :)
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Tyrison Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Student Writer
You're most welcome. ^^
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confidenceAlive Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I wish I could have come up with something this beautiful for my cousin. I made a half-hour slideshow for his memorial service though and everybody really liked it.

And by the way, not that I read them all the time to be much of a connoisseur, but this is a wonderful eulogy.

:hug:
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UntamedUnwanted Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Awww...thank you so much, my dear. :hug: I am sorry to hear about your cousin. :)
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confidenceAlive Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
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artistic-heart13 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
So beautiful and heartfelt. I'm sure your Rosa is proud of you and happy that you wrote such a emotionally connected piece. :rose:
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UntamedUnwanted Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you so much for saying that, my dear. It means a lot to me. :)
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artistic-heart13 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
You're very welcome.
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TMaR18 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
The only word that comes to mind is...beautiful.
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UntamedUnwanted Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
:hug: thank you so much for taking the time to read this and comment. :hug:
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TMaR18 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
You are so very welcome. It's always nice when someone reads your stuff is it not. I would return the hugs but I don't know where to find those little guys.
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saltwaterlungs Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This is gorgeous. It tells a story in moments and each one helps us understand the characers betters and paints beautiful images and just wow...
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UntamedUnwanted Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you so much, my dear. :hug: That means the world to me. :)
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NianLauri Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013
 Amazing. Simple amazing. I was literally reading it with my mouth wide open... 
  The part with the paintings is my favourite. 
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UntamedUnwanted Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you so much! What a lovely compliment! :)
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CrystalTheLuxio Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Absolutely beautiful. You did her justice for sure.
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UntamedUnwanted Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you so much for saying that. :hug:
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CrystalTheLuxio Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome! It was a really nice piece, and I'm sure she read this in heaven with a smile on her face and a thank you in her heart.
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anobrain Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013
you did do her justice, you really did. such a beautiful piece. :heart::rose:
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UntamedUnwanted Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you so much! :heart:
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undauntedifly Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Student Writer
This is gorgeous. Absolutely gorgeous. I have goosebumps right now. :hug:
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UntamedUnwanted Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you so much for reading my work, my dear...that means so much to me! :hug:
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undauntedifly Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Student Writer
How could I not? Your work is so beautiful!! :hug:
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kaelamae Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Student Writer
Had tears in my eyes at the end of it, Beautiful. 
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UntamedUnwanted Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you! :)
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BuckWolf263 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013
I love it! Well written and great timings as well!
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UntamedUnwanted Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you so much, my dear. :)
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BenHammonds Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013   Writer
awww, wow, You did wonderfully :)
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UntamedUnwanted Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you, Ben. :)
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