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{They say dead men tell no tales.}
                                             {This, while a delightfully piratey cliché, is hopelessly false.}
                                                                                                                                 {I can tell plenty of tales.}

   I don't remember anything about my life, and in death I'm not so sure I want to.
   Let me clarify a bit, because that sounded callous.
   Hanna Falk Cross gave me a new life, whether he knows it or not. When he opened his door with a squeal and a bright face, he gave me something nobody else ever has, or probably ever will.

   Contemplation is all well and good, but ten years of undeath is a damn long time.

When you die {and yes, you will, eventually} remind yourself to just die quietly in your sleep or something.
   Because?
   Haunting is boring.
   Haunting is boring and confusing when your soul {your essence, your consciousness, the part of you that essentially becomes a ghost if fed with enough of a grudge} is trapped inside your skull, bouncing off the dura mater and sparking off the synapses that should've fizzled out about fifteen seconds after you technically died {viz., sustained mortal injuries that should have, and did, kill you.}
   Haunting is boring and frustrating when you can't remember why you can hardly feel the arterial blood spurting in jets of brilliant vermilion from the deep, angry wounds on your neck or why the coroner's knife doesn't have as sharp a tang as you'd think a scalpel slicing you open would have or why you're even on a dissection table in the first place.
   I thought.
   That's what I did for ten slow years in the graveyard and wandering around the city and going godknowswhere because I was just so fed up with not being able to remember anything that I--
   Hanna. Hanna saved me from being a suicidal homicide victim.
   Hanna, Hanna, Hanna. Anyone around us could probably tell that I'm hopelessly obsessed with the boy {and it feels so odd to call him anything but a boy, even though he's twenty-four; I'm, what, five, eight, ten years older than he is? I can't even remember that.}
   The first time I almost saw him die {the theater, the ghost, Conrad, Toni, everything} I felt like the Universe was giving me the hugest middle finger it had ever given to anyone.
Then there was Worth. Worth saved Hanna and he saved me indirectly; that's all there is to it.
   Maybe I'm naive, but I felt so relieved when Worth told me he'd be okay.
   And I swore to protect Hanna {maybe not out loud, but I did, I did.}
   I feel an almost maternal compulsion to protect Hanna with everything I've got. That's what I promised myself.
   And if this god damned bipolar Universe wants to give me a life, then take it, then give it back in the form of a ray of pure sunlight who

Listens to Queen;
Drinks Sunny-D;
Buys balloons;
Wore checkered Vans before they were cool;
Plays Pokémon;
and lives the life has as best he can,

I'm okay with that.


   {Dead men tell tales.}
                                                               {Just listen.}
                                                                                           {I'll tell you everything I love about Hanna.}
HiNaBN is from here, yo
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Alrighty, folks, it's headcanon time.
I think {...} is depressed but Hanna is like gnee all the time and it's hard to stay depressed when someone's saying gnee. {Go ahead, try it.}


So yeah. This.
The fist upload of June. :icon8dplz:


> Retrospection
> Affection

EDIT: I'd like to thank ~Digi-Writes-Fanfics for the Hanna is Not a Boy's Name Fan Awards nomination! Gnee!
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Meggie272 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
This is so beautiful :heart: I love it, especially the interesting formatting and the simple, bleak tone you've used.
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athenakt Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2011
D'aaaaaawwwwwwww!

That was definitely full of gnee. My heartlight is firmly turned on.

Oh, and 'suicidal homicide victim' - that phrase is sooo apt.
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loopinrox Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Love it. :3 An excellent specimen of bromance. :3
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etile Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2010
aww your sweet story's are awesome I hope to see more around.
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Sanakudou Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2010  Student Filmographer
I adore this!!!! Such a lovely fic :heart:
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Digi-Writes-Fanfics Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2010
...awwwwwww, this is adorable. I can see Zombie being like this and I love the idea that Hanna saved Zombie and the comment that NO this whole undeath thing kind of sucks. The bit about Worth saving Zombie and the way you wrote Zombie being so determined to keep Hanna safe is wonderfully intense. Fantastic job!
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Puck-Sexton Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2010   General Artist
This is AMAZING. I have nothing bad to say about it. At all. Seriously. It was just...

*is completely nonverbal*

Poetic, and stylistic, and sweet. And I love the format and all the brackets.

:heart:
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0ArmoredSoul0 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Heartbreakingly sweet.
Seriously.
I have a toothache now from reading this.
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LadyVincira Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2010
I'll start by saying that I actually don't like the two of them as a pairing.

That having been said, this is one of my favorite Dots pieces I have ever read. <33333333 I LOVE it. Oh MAN.
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Zazu75 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
awwwwwwwwww, Zombie is so sweet~
<333
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CatwingClaws Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
....
I can't think of anything more clever to say then "this was amazing."
Curse my uneducated and useless brain. *shakes fist*

But...this is beautiful. <3 So like {...}. And so true.
HARD to be depressed when someone says GNEE. Will try that on my friends. >:D
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hiccoughing Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2010   Writer
:3 Thank you <3
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Clawkwerk Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2010
yo-thi-whuh? You have skill, and have inspired me to try writing again. C:
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:iconhiccoughing:
hiccoughing Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2010   Writer
Fffffffawesome! Inspiring others inspires me! 8D
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raequiem Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2010
D'aww :) That's just too cute for words.

You're right! It is impossible to be sad when someone says "gnee"! I tried thinking of dead puppies and the gnee still made me smile!

... Now I'm gonna burn in hell. THANKSALOT ><
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hiccoughing Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2010   Writer
You're welcome! :iconthumbsupplz:
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:iconraequiem:
raequiem Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2010
I DRAG YOU DOWN WIT ME BITCH!
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:iconhiccoughing:
hiccoughing Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2010   Writer
NNNNNNNNNNNNN--Wait, will there be cake? if so that's okay--OOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
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raequiem Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2010
Maaaaaybe...
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WaltzQueen Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
:iconcutehannaplz:
This is lovely. Nice job. Moar plz?
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hiccoughing Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2010   Writer
More like moar Zombie/Hanna, or moar like moar in general? 'CAUSE I'M HAPPY TO OBLIGE BOTH, BRO <3
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WaltzQueen Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
{...}/Hanna plox
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:iconhiccoughing:
hiccoughing Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2010   Writer
SO HAVE YOU WISHED IT, SO SHALL IT BE <3
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WaltzQueen Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
:excited:
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drashian Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
YOU.

You are a seriously breathtaking writer. Don't ever, ever, EVER stop, okay? Write LOTS and LOTS more and keep doing what you do, man, because it works.

There's a stunningly casual way this flows, like a friend telling you a story. Which is, I guess, what you intended. Brilliant.
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hiccoughing Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2010   Writer
omgwow. Thanks a whole lot, you have no idea, bro. That's just... gnee. Wow. Uh. I've never actually been complimented like that.

I really do try to do my best with everything I write, and to see the results of that makes me all happy inside~
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drashian Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Well you're welcome then! I really, really mean it. I don't say things I don't mean in reviews. You are a really amazing writer. You need to NOT STOP DOING IT EVER.
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hiccoughing Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2010   Writer
Wow :3
I WON'T STOP <3
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drashian Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
THAT MAKES ME VERY HAPPY IN MY LITTLE HEART

:heart:
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Zipplo Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Baawwww. This is so cute. ;u; Way to be positive Gallahad!

Oh man, I love your version of {...} so much. :heart: Just saying.
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Eloarei Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh god, that is just so amazingly perfect! (Also the first fic I've felt compelled to read simply from the first few lines in quite some time.)
I love the whole thing, I love the way he talks about Hanna, because it's just so wonderful and sweet. ^^ But I also love the part where he's thinking while on the coroner's table, because I've always thought about that, about retaining your consciousness after you've died, you know?
Anyway. Yes. It's fantastic. =)
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hiccoughing Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2010   Writer
That's why I try to achieve with my opening lines. There's a limited amount of attention you can grab within the preview space, and I try to make my openings as strong as possible.

Gnee, I'm glad you think the Zombie/Hanna was sweet :icon8dplz: I ship that pairing so hard, you have no idea.

The idea of consciousness-after-death for undead characters is something I like to explore, too. It's an area where you can make things us as you go along because, y'know, life-after-death isn't something that generally happens all the time. :XD:
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Eloarei Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Lol No, I think I do have an idea! =P

What, you mean you've never had a life-after-death experience?! ^^
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akasunanosasoriXD Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
This made me squee! X3 And it's so well-written too~~ 8"D It just--you kept .... so in-character, and and and. It's just a wonderful monologue. <33 I love it.
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hiccoughing Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2010   Writer
Thank you so much <3
Keeping in character is something I think I struggle with, since half the fanfic I write is crack and doesn't end up on dA :XD:
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akasunanosasoriXD Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
oh lord, you don't need to tell ME. :x most of my fanfic/literate rping is so dreadfully OOC it's embarrassing...
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silverhelme Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2010
I really liked this a lot. Style was quite contemplative, and the use of brackets almost made me GNEE. {In a word, awesome.}
:clap:
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hiccoughing Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2010   Writer
:D I was hoping the brackets would work. I had to dick around with non-breaking spaces to get the staggered-tiered effect I was trying for. I hope it didn't fail too badly.
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silverhelme Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2010
Nope, was definitely a win. <33
Very poetic, almost.
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:iconhiccoughing:
hiccoughing Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2010   Writer
I tried for something poetic that was still prose. :D
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silverhelme Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2010
Success. :heart:
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VCR-WOLFE Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2010   Filmographer
Bravo! I like it.
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hiccoughing Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2010   Writer
:3 Why thank you.
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VCR-WOLFE Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2010   Filmographer
No problem.
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KT-Nya Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2010
OH MY GOD.
I LOVE THIS.
LOVE IT.
LOVE.
SO MUCH.
<33333

YOU ARE A WONDERFUL PERSON FOR WRITING THIS.
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hiccoughing Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2010   Writer
FFFFFFGNEE thanks :3
I hope it doesn't suck too bad. :XD:
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KT-Nya Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2010
OH GOD.
NO.
DON'T SAY THAT, OR I WILL BE SO OFFENDED.


"I AM A READER OF THIS STORY AND I AM SO OFFENDED."
..."- Because the author was dissing her own work :U"
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hiccoughing Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2010   Writer
:iconotlplz: DON'T BE OFFENDED THAT'S WHAT I TRY NOT OT DO OHGODDDDDDDD ;-;
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KT-Nya Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2010
THEN NEVER DISS YOUR WORK EVER AGAIN.
BWAHAHAHA.
EVIL LAUGH.
:iconhuggleplz:
But don't be sad, be happy :3
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