Posted by Portrait (4485 posts) - - Show Bio

What came before

Act I, Part VI: In which war is declared

And now…

Art books gather dust in the dappled light from the window.

A colorful costume lies crumpled on the floor.

The paintings that once adorned the room are turned towards the wall.

Original Portrait paintings still sell for millions…but her new work is fit only for drab motels, or kindling. The figures no longer dance, the scenery no longer moves with imagined weather. It is, after all, only paint on canvas.

With her funds running low, Portrait has fallen back on simple pick pocketing. It has no glamour, but it does make ends meet. It could be worse.

It can always be worse.

The canvas begins to ripple, the Eiffel Tower swaying in the power of a fearsome dark storm that races over the painted horizon.

Persephone….” A voice drifts out, the sound distorted by high winds. The paintbrush drops from Portrait’s hand. A small, windblown figure appears by the foot of the thrashing tower. “I’m back Persephone,” Dorian Gray says, looking out at her through the canvas (and by his feet a scuttling Ghoul peered out as well, its hackles rising in the static haze). “Lovey, we need to talk. Meet me back where it all began, and I swear to you I will make these past centuries of despair right. You’ve suffered so much, sweetheart, it’s time to become a family again.” And with that he vanished, the storm cleared, and once more the Eiffel Tower stood in mediocrity on the canvas. Its respite was brief. Portrait slammed her fist through the canvas, flakes of paint rising into the air like dust. “Oh no you don’t you b@stard…we’re not playing this game again.” She kicked over her easel. People began to murmur and stare at the artist. “I don’t care if you’re a phantasm, a demi-god, or my father…this ends NOW.” Unable to make a dramatic exit due to an unfortunate lack of un-punched paintings in the vicinity, she sprinted off toward home, her beret fluttering in her wake.

And now the art books are slid into magic belt.

A colorful costume is donned, and shimmers in the light.

The paintings that adorn the wall cheer.

A new painting is to be begun.

The fall of Dorian Gray is near.

Like the fall of the House of Usher, the Gray family’s demise is near…

End of Act I

#1 Posted by Sideslash (5907 posts) - - Show Bio

Portrait be mad. *Hides.*

#2 Posted by EdwardWindsor (14428 posts) - - Show Bio
@Portrait Very cool look forward to seeing the face off
#3 Posted by Portrait (4485 posts) - - Show Bio

@Sideslash: Portrait be ABSOLUTELY FURIOUS. Hiding is a good idea. >_>

@EdwardWindsor: Thanks! It should be pretty cool if I do say so myself.

#4 Posted by Sideslash (5907 posts) - - Show Bio

But this is freakin' Portrait. I can't hide. Can't run. Can't do nothin'.

#5 Posted by EdwardWindsor (14428 posts) - - Show Bio
@Portrait I expect so , I will be waiting
#6 Posted by Portrait (4485 posts) - - Show Bio

@Sideslash: That is absolutely true...all you can do is hope something distracting and awful happens to keep her from following up on her vendetta.

@EdwardWindsor: :D

#7 Posted by Sideslash (5907 posts) - - Show Bio

In the past, I would have given her a piece of paper and a brush. This is too hardcore man! I'm freakin' out!

#8 Posted by Portrait (4485 posts) - - Show Bio

@Sideslash: She's always been hardcore, there just hasn't been anything that's made her BE hardcore. Though she'd still take the brush if you offered it. >_>

#9 Posted by Sideslash (5907 posts) - - Show Bio

Yeah, and probably paint a morningstar to smash my head in with.

#10 Posted by Portrait (4485 posts) - - Show Bio

@Sideslash: Yeah, she has been known to do that. Though considering that she fought with IKEA furniture before (It's actually CANON) she might be a bit more creative than basic weaponry.

#11 Posted by Sideslash (5907 posts) - - Show Bio

Going to have Felix doing that kind of improv. (His favourite move is throwing his sword).

#12 Posted by Kratesis (4266 posts) - - Show Bio

Just read the whole Return of Dorian, every act!

A heck of a story, really enjoy everything with the old ones hehehe!

#13 Posted by 614azrael (10316 posts) - - Show Bio
Awesomeness :3
#14 Posted by Portrait (4485 posts) - - Show Bio

@Sideslash: The IKEA furniture wasn't just lying around...it was created for the SOLE PURPOSE OF BEING A WEAPON. >_>

@Kratesis: :D :D :D

YAAAAY!!!!!!!! I'm so glad you're enjoying it. ^_^

@614azrael: Thank you. :)

#15 Posted by Sideslash (5907 posts) - - Show Bio

*Thinks.* Uh.... *Thinks some more.* Um.... *Thinks a little bit more.* Why? For teh lulz?

#16 Posted by Portrait (4485 posts) - - Show Bio

@Sideslash: It....it's a long story. I can link you to it, but it doesn't make a whole lot more sense IN context than it does OUT of context.

#17 Posted by Sideslash (5907 posts) - - Show Bio

@Portrait: She drew up some IKEA furniture to strike a foe? I don't think it needs more explaining...

#18 Posted by Portrait (4485 posts) - - Show Bio

@Sideslash: Yep, pretty much.

#19 Posted by Sideslash (5907 posts) - - Show Bio

See? That's the Portrait I love like, kinda.

#20 Posted by Portrait (4485 posts) - - Show Bio

@Sideslash: It's hard to hate Portrait unless she killed your family...>_>

She's not a total fiend at heart.

Though the next few chapters will be fairly fiendish.

#21 Posted by Sideslash (5907 posts) - - Show Bio

Who says she didn't?

I know. She's still that immature little thief I know in there.

Good. Portrait needs to roll with some thunder and kick some ass.

#22 Posted by Portrait (4485 posts) - - Show Bio

@Sideslash: >_> Good point.

Pretty much! :D

Oh heck yeah! Blood 'n paint!

#23 Posted by Sideslash (5907 posts) - - Show Bio

I'm kidding, although Felix's family was killed.

I legit crush on Portrait. She's so damn adorable.

I'm slightly scared. She might use my blood to paint with...

#24 Posted by Portrait (4485 posts) - - Show Bio

@Sideslash:

I'm messing with ya, I think she's been too busy to kill people as of late...except for maybe 'dear old dad'

She is uber-kawaii. (◕‿◕✿) And also a Gray, so people are sorta naturally drawn to her.

She very well might. It's been known to happen. Though the clotting can mess with shading...