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The pig carcass filled most of the stainless tub where the delivery men had laid it. Freshly slaughtered, but not butchered, it had taken four of them to lift it there. None of them spoke to Rinnovi, only pausing for him to sign for the animal before they left.

On the way to the door, one of the men pointed at the stickers affixed to virtually every item in the house; black typewritten names and addresses on white shipping labels. The leader of the group nudged him and shook his head 'no', before hurrying him out the door.

Rinnovi poured a scotch, and turned on the kitchen vid display, his own visage peering back at him with a smile. He froze the frame, leaving the remote on the island beside the second stainless tub.

"Osiris, prepare to renew." He spoke aloud to the empty room.

"Preparations underway." The voice, angel soft and faintly Irish filled the room seemingly from everywhere at once. Both of the tubs began to fill with a steaming viscous liquid, spattering against the steel, and slowly enveloping the cooling pig.

In the morning, he knew he'd awake and remember nothing of this. He'd find the remote, curiosity would lead him to play the journal he'd recorded of his work over the past year.

January would be spent shipping pieces from his house, following the instructions laid out on the labels attached to them. Physical things acquired over the past year would hold no value or interest to him come morning, and so they would be gifted to those friends who stood by him.

The first of January would be Rinnovi's forty first birthday. It would also be the twenty sixth time he'd been reborn as a forty one year old. Restored once more to a version of himself a year younger, from a pattern captured over a quarter century ago. Perhaps this time, this year, he'd get it right.  

He took one last walk through the rooms of his home. In his office, laid out on screens and strewn across whiteboards and table tops, a years progress towards unlocking the gene-code of his own existence. Another years failure to solve the riddle of his hard coded untimely demise.

This year, surely, a reinvigorated him would solve the puzzle, find the key. Perhaps one day he'd see his forty second birthday.

Returning to the kitchen, preparations complete, Rinnovi placed his empty glass on the counter and paused a moment to pat the now submerged swine. However bad he felt for the animal, using a pig for genetic building blocks was much safer and easier than finding fresh human cadavers. Fewer questions; far less expensive.

"Ok Osiris, let's try this again."

"As you wish, I'll re-brief you in the morning. Goodbye Rinnovi." The voice soothing, the tone, a hint of sadness.

He poured himself another scotch, this time lacing the drink with powerful sedatives and paralytics, and dropping his bathrobe over the back of a kitchen chair, climbed into the bath of warm liquid. He downed the drink quickly, putting the glass on the counter before slowly slipping beneath the surface. He could feel the chemicals take away control, feel his lungs slowly fill with fluid as the air escaped. The lights of the room dimmed as his eyes unfocused. By the time the nano-tech started reverting to his backup, he could no longer feel anything at all.

Tomorrow, a new day, a new man, a new chance.

As his consciousness dissolved, he thought of his son, frozen beneath his home. A boy waiting for a father to undo the error of his creation.

Perhaps he could make it safe for his son to age again this year.
From Wikipedia: Flash Fiction - 'Flash fiction differs from vignettes in that the works contain the classic story elements: protagonist, conflict, obstacles or complications, and resolution. However, unlike a traditional short story, the limited word length often forces some of these elements to be unwritten, that is, hinted at or implied in the written storyline.'

In the case of 365tomorrows - Flash Fiction is a story of ideally 500 words, and new in the 3rd year a 600 word maximum.

For everyone, a New Year brings a fresh start, a chance to undo past wrongs, or make amends. To begin anew. What if we could truly start the year again, as many times is it takes to get it right. What would become of us?
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*Edit* Submitting Shrike to the Character sheet contest, which you can view here! [link]

Shrike up first, for *kilojara16's *TheColosseum, and as stated in the preview he's gunna be a part of a tag team with BB, Mini mel is gunna be the manager (shes only 6 but she'll make do!)

All info apart from Shrikes background is avaliable on that sheet.

Shrikes Offical theme: 'Get To The Gone' Static-X

I'll prolly post the background when i got more time on me hands, tryign to juggle, Infractus flash, the SE comic, these references AND the TC audition are killing meh!
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emr yeah... just messing about in PS ^^'....

speed paint of the female character in the new PoP game 8)

EDIT: fixed the face
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My fourth and final entry to the Ultimate Fandom contest, and I think I saved my best idea for last ;) First - the mandatory rundown.

-Ultimate Fandom Contest 3: Video Games [link]
-Gaming Franchise: Super Mario Bros
-Environment or Character: Environment
-My Description: below as usual

Bowser, or "King of Koopa" as he was formerly called, has been present ever since Mario's first adventure, and every evil villain needs his fortress of doom right? so His castle has always been a final stage in each game.
For a couple of months now, I've been wanting to do something like this, and this contest was my motivation to actually do it, since it seemed like a daunting task to try out. Bowser's castle does seem to vary in appearance from game to game, probably because Mario keeps laying waste to all of his expensive castles lol. I was on the verge of drawing the type you see in the latest Mario Kart game, but found a screenshot from a different game (I think Mario Party for the DS) which is where I based this from, and the design on that version looked the coolest of all the Bowser Castle's I've seen :toocool:

Art details: This one is 100% pure illustrated in Photoshop (with a mouse still lol), something I hardly do now that I have 3D and access to stock textures or photo's. I figured it would look better and more dramatic that way, considering my other entry to the environment slot was almost fully 3D. And to also remind everyone that I can do pretty good stuff without the need for 3D too :nod: Everything here was done from scratch in the most traditional way that digital art can get :painter:

Artwork is Copyright property of my gallery. Do not use, edit or display this artwork, or parts of it in any way. Bowser's character design (and his castle's I guess) is Copyright of Nintendo
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I'm not used to make animals portraits, and i don't make enough videogame fanarts !

So the Okami contest was the perfect occasion to correct those lacks :)

I used this stock photo ([link]) from :iconforsakewolf: for reference. You can see the comparative in my wip myspace gallery ([link])

Hope you like it !

Little update :
_Some sharpening, texturing and darkening !
_To all people who said me "ho i can't enter the contest now".. lol, i can assure you i'm not sure to win at all^^
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One Lost
2008
oil on canvas
3 x 5 ft.
This painting is my official entry for 'Art for Art Sake' Contest [link] .
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My second entry for The Witcher contest. Geralt not quite in a fighting mood :)

edit:
Here's the detail: his face. :)
[link]
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My entry for the Prince of Persia contest :)
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drown in the empty dried-up room



facebook : LINK
HP : LINK
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The Witcher Fanart.
Clay / Plasticine with a metal framework.
The height of the sculpture is about 30cm.
The time I needed was 2 days.

And no, I can't paint this material...
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