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The Theoropolis Saga - Part 14
Days passed since the article concerning Akumi's parents arrived in the paper. In the first week or so we didn't gain much response relating to the subject matter, but we did face a lot of support from the local townsfolk concerning our mission.
Just looking at them expressing their gratitude may not have been the best solution to the matter, but it was just what I needed to be able to keep going, even if it is only for the sake of making Akumi happy again.
Regardless, not long after that event, I went to collect the letters from the postman as the usual. Searching them, I noted something different in the usual bills and letters exchanged from Han – something that could make the newspaper excursion worthwhile.
   "Akumi, you've got mail!"
I shouted inside the house, hoping to gain much of a response from her. Then I finally heard footsteps from above, and in a dash she made her way downstairs donning a sky blue dressing gown and what looked like green dragon slippers.
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The Theoropolis Saga - part 13
It didn't take me long to visit Han's house again. Several days passed since I saw the paintings and subsequently saw Akumi's anguish over her lack of contact with her birth parents. Even now I somehow felt sorry for her.
When it came to expressing personal problems, I just didn't know who else to turn to outside Han. My mother never even bothered to tell me anything relating to Akumi being an adopted child, and the kids at school were mainly too immature to understand.
So by being able to confront him at his house that week, I managed to sit him down at a nearby coffee table, exchanging glasses of warm orange juice, and getting him relaxed to the point that I could finally tell him my problems.
   "Han, you need to help me out", I spoke out to him.
   "What can I do for you this time?"
   "It's Akumi" I began to recap. "She's been really upset lately because her real parents have been unable to contact her in a long time. I don't underst
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The Theoropolis Saga part 12
The joy of the paintings that were in Han's loft remained etched in my mind as I dashed straight through the front door. I literally threw my coat and rucksack towards my mother, whom by the time didn't have a clue what was going on.
There was one person that I DID want to see about all this, and that was Akumi. With that, I raced up the stairs and made my way straight into her room, stepping inside a clean environment… much cleaner than the usual.
   "Akumi?" I tried to call out for her.
I looked across the room, and there, I saw her at the window. Her head was lowered, buried within her arms which were resting upon the windowsill at the time. I heard sobs that were so audible even any dog we've ever owned could hear it.
Curiously, I went on to approach her. As soon as I stood by her left hand side, I placed my hand gently upon her back. I don't understand how she could get so upset on what can be seen as a beautiful day.
   "Are you okay?" I asked her
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The Theoropolis Saga - part 11
Several days passed since Akumi told me the truth about her past. That guttural feeling that I had from her telling me about her being an adopted child remained in my stomach like a bad flu virus that is untreatable.
Not even visiting Han's house a lot more upon his return from his stay at his grandpa's house wasn't that much of a help, though he did at least put in a solid effort to try and calm me down with whatever words he had.
It didn't take me long to actually mention the cause of my nerves and worries – everything from the talk with Akumi that rainy day. He leant forward and observed my words with open ears, ready to sense my feelings when appropriate.
   "I can't believe she told me that", I continued to reminisce.
As soon as I finished speaking, I placed my hands upon my cheeks and my elbows upon my lap, leaning forward as if I was looking gloomily out of a window. It felt so painful telling Han everything all over again.
Having noticed my expression, he plac
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The Theoropolis Saga part 10.2
   "I..." Akumi recomposed herself again. "I was adopted."
   "What?" I screamed with fright.
   "It's true. I've never met my birth parents face to face. I don't even know why they gave up on me either!"
Her eyes then started to look very watery. There must have been some instance about that experience that would make things look difficult for her to cope. To me, that feels more like general anguish than the more uptight outbursts I often see from her.
But I still didn't quite understand. How could she end up being adopted? And even if that did end up being true, her parents must have been really cruel to leave a moderately retarded yet kind figure like Akumi amongst unfamiliar surroundings.
But now that I thought of it, the idea of people leaving her behind because she had an autistic disorder can be explainable. It could be very heartless and sadistic, but nonetheless her trials were still starting to make sense.
   "Gee
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The Theoropolis Saga part 10.1
It didn't take long until the rainy season started to kick in. For days at a time, the water started to pour down among Fort Pearl's streets, leaving various streams and crooks to form among the concrete roads.
Some of the water was drained away into the sewers. Some of the others were left to flow further down the street and form giant puddles near some of the lower parts of the town. It could be almost perfect for just about anyone to go down there and splash into them with Wellington boots on their feet.
But that wasn't what I was feeling. I was left to sit near a window and look out towards the dreary sky, seeing the raindrops trickle down the glass panels really slowly. I sighed as I looked down towards the ground.
   "I take this is bad weather to buy some pasties, huh?" I sighed to myself.
   "You're right. It's hard to do anything at a time like this."
I looked to my left, and I saw Akumi making her entrance into the room. She too looked just as distraught as me, thinking th
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The Theoropolis Saga - part 9
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Days turned to weeks, and then weeks turned to months. In the amount of time that passed, Han and I became close friends, moving our way up the school ranks together and ensuring that we would both follow the same route in life no matter what curveballs it threw at us.
Even by the time we both started to go to middle school and Akumi started making her way to high school, we still maintained many of our traits from the past 2-4 years. And that meant being able to show a light-hearted glance towards such threats, like the menacing elder kids.
On one instance, Han even convinced me to raid an eighth grader's locker. It was left to be unlocked upon first approach, and it didn't take too long until he came out with something. Reluctantly, I ended up doing the same to another locker and coming out with a similar result.
   "Hey, that was fu
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The Theoropolis Saga- part 8.2
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In the fifteen minutes that went by between the time that I saw Han for a second time, and the bell for the afternoon classes to ring, we both played together among what was left among the playground. The playground was that brightly decorated, almost anything could want to occur among its simple chalk carvings.
The minutes ticked away, and what we did in the amount of time that remained were played a few games of hopscotch together, tried to climb up various trees, and got involved in a small study corner.
He looked over my geography homework from the night before. I was confused on various facts, and it was there that he would offer to help me out. Some of my answers were corrected, though somehow I knew he'd make a faithful study guide.
We spent the final few minutes sharing the remaining portions of our lunch together, and just as when we were to split a peel
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The Theoropolis Saga- part 8.1
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Night turned into day, and when the time was right, I felt geared up ready for a brand new venture to school. As usual, I dropped off Akumi, went to do my classes for the morning, and as soon as that was over, I started to head outside with the other kids.
The recess crowds were really packed. Here I was, wading through child after child after child, trying to look for a glimpse of the boy who tried to save me the other day. But alas, in an active place like a school playground, it would be so hard to even take notice of him.
The crowds continued to pack as the time went on, making time to find him even harder. Surely, there must be a way to be able to attract his attention rather than getting in a fight? I don't want to lose my other eye to those thugs that tried to combat me the other day.
   "Where is that guy", I thought to myself.
Patiently and quietly, I
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The Theoropolis Saga - part 7
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The three o' clock bell rang, and that left me to depart from the school as quick as I could. I placed my feet upon the ground and raced to my heart's content, happy to share the news with my parents.
I would usually stop by Akumi's school and pick her up from there on the way back, but there was nothing for me to do about that. It was a Wednesday, and by that she would end up stopping over with a friend.
Either way, I managed to get back and settle down to a regular solitary routine while waiting for mother to come home. And so, two hours of my time was spent doing whatever nasty Geography homework I was given.
I was almost done when I finally saw my mother come through the door, with Akumi as well. It seemed as if she had a good time with her friend that she hung out with. As she scampered off upstairs, she came and sat down on a nearby sofa. And then I
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The Theoropolis Saga - part 6
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It took me weeks before I was able to go back to school again. My damaged eye had to be taken out as it was causing serious pain on my head, and it had hair extensions placed over it to hide the wound.
Yet, while I did manage to catch up on the workload thanks to Akumi's business on transporting it home to me, I did feel that when it came to the social side of school, I had a lot of catching up to do.
The atmosphere completely changed on the first few days of my return. People saw me as a wimp for fighting with a goose and losing something dear, and would point and laugh at me just for doing that.
Eventually, it came to the point that various jocks around the premises would come up to me, steal my lunchbox and beat me up for whatever amount of loose change I might have had upon me.
As long as I was here, in the school grounds, I felt as if there were no way
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The Theoropolis Saga - part 5
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My wounds took several weeks to be able to recover from. That meant I had to be confined inside my own home for what seemed like eternity, being deprived of education and the chance to socialize with the friends that I had.
For days at a time, I was left alone to feed and clean for myself, given homework delivered home by my mother when appropriate. It wasn't the most comfortable experience that I have ever had, but it was better than being in a hospital bed.
Upon the final few days of my recovery, still maintaining some kind of white bandana upon my eye to heal, I ended up going inside Akumi's room to clean it as usual, when all of a sudden a bunch of papers caught my attention.
   "Akumi?" I spoke aloud to myself.
It was there that I saw plans for some kind of hut that she plans to create in the near future. But to me, the intentions o
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The Theoropolis Saga - Part 4
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It didn't take me long to get used to the idea of knowing that Akumi may seem like a big sister to me, but I have to feel more like her guardian. I don't even know if she'll even realise what we're doing in order to make her as happy as possible, but no matter what I will come to help her out any way I can.
Every day, I went to her room and sat by her as she started to paint some realistic pictures, namely of plants and mystical animals. Right there and then she would turn to me for advice on what kind of poses to put them in.
She took them well, and right there they looked more beautiful than I imagined. She may be a bit feeble when it came to her social skills, but behind her hands was one heck of a skilled and powerful artist.
I also helped her out with a lot of other pastimes too – playing badminton, reading comic books, even taking her to the local zoo. But
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The Theoropolis Saga - part 3
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I wanted to ask myself why Akumi seemed to be getting her own way all the time. No matter what happens, even if she was struggling with work, even if she forgot to do chores, even if she forgot to take a shower... she doesn't seem to get penalized much.
And then, I was towed on one cold night into my parents' room.  Here, my mother sat me down on my bed and began to tell me just about everything about her. I opened my ears out wide.
   "There is a reason on why your sister is how she is. She was just special."
I looked at her eyes from her position, and I can tell by the quivering shapes in the dark room that she seemed to feel more concerned than the usual. What kind of "special" things did this to her to make her feel like this?
She then picked up a photo of her on a nearby mantelpiece – one of her as a b
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The Theoropolis Saga - part 2
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Being in this house was hard enough as it is. Every birthday and Christmas, I was given a fair deal of what I managed to request.
However, what I came to see is that almost every time this event happened for Akumi, she got everything she would have asked for and then some. I feel concerned if she seems a little spoilt.
She even tells me now that she wants to run a Goose farm of her own when she's older, and mother is spending a lot of time saving up for that to help her out. Her continuous talking on that seemed to get more on my nerves than ever.
Right then, I was a little bit concerned over what things are like for her. I just wished that things seemed a little bit more balanced between us.
Little would I know is that I know that the reason would be nearer than I thought.

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CHAPTER 2
There's No Place Like Club Ubi
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The Theoropolis Saga - Part 1
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My hometown was the most powerful thing that would reside in my childhood. But at the same time, so would be that of my own family.
I lived with only my mother and my eldest sister.  They are both some of the nicest people that I came to know, which is strange considering they're both women!
My sister Akumi seemed to feel really strange as I saw her grow up with me. She showed herself as normally as possible, doing lots of artistic stuff and having this fascination with gooses. But she seemed to write letters to a person that I didn't get to know.  I was wishing on the brink that one day I would be told that she would tell me who they are.
I didn't even get to know my father. I was told that I didn't have one, but that seems impossible because of the procedure it takes to bring a child into the world
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The Theoropolis Saga- prologue
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Fort Pearl.
It was a place where I spent my days growing up. A place where I spent residing and learning morals from my family. A place where I had fun for the entirety of my childhood as it is now.
As I look back over what it is, I remember it to be one of the most beautiful scenes I may ever get to witness. The ocean waves among the shore made it feel so beautiful, and the residents that came to us over time were calm and peaceful to us.
The forests behind me also showed a beautiful texture to it. I would look back and think over the memories I had with my closest friends out there, many of which were positive, and many of which were also negative too.
The winds often speak to me too. I don't know what kind of messages they are, but I like to ponder about them at times. Sometimes if they're clear enough I could re
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The Black Tide - epilogue
The night then fell around the scene, leaving a bright starlit sky around the island.  By that time, various torches were seen lit up, burning brightly as time managed to advance further on, and allowing radiant glows of red and yellow shades to reflect upon the walls.
At the same time, a shooting star was seen making its way upon the skies, easily matching to the grace as shown upon the island.  As that happened, the lights upon the stars were reflected strongly upon the calm ocean waves.
The waters then made their firm provision upon the sandy shores as that happened, which in turn was left to add to the island's calm nature once more.  The torches were seen glowing peacefully to reflect with the night life.
While that happened, a tribal march was heard from one corner of the island, and it was there that a group of island natives were seen chanting their way as they knew that the island has been restored once more.
Various members of the tribe were seen
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The Black Tide - part 9
The light bridge that connected the platform right above the Kaiser's key stronghold was shown to be a steep one - several hundred steps at a time that eventually managed to lead its way directly to the top.
In due time, Crash managed to get there, with much of the others making their following near him.  He helped them onto the platform one by one; all fitting within a space that managed to resemble a 100-metre-edge checkers board.
The sound of crumbling then came from behind him; he looked in that direction, and saw the stairs folding away one by one, forming nothing more than a slide to the bottom, and no way to return back up.  That left Crash to grit his teeth with a smirk as he came closer to the Kaiser, standing at the other side of the platform.
   "Okay Kaiser, you've chased us around long enough", growled the orange bandicoot.  "Now tell us what you truly want with this world!
   "What makes you think I'd do such a t
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The Black Tide - part 8
The island's red skies were currently swamping all around the scenery, which in turn managed to reflect strongly upon the plants.  They were seen glowing with a deep red color all around them as they blew gently within the wind.
As that happened, the scenario at Meteor Mountain was shown to be more intense.  Crash and the others were still seen chasing Kaiser Gemini towards the outer regions of the volcano structure, the gap between them both gradually becoming more intense as time went on.
Eventually, the Kaiser managed to turn a nearby corner, with Crash to follow after him.  They then looked on at the scenery ahead of them… only to see nothing more but wasteland scenery right ahead of them.
   "I think we've lost him!" Crash exclaimed towards Kazaa's direction.
   "Don't panic, Crash.  He shouldn't have gone too far.  He'll still be around here somewhere."
Kazaa showed a hesitant response as she managed
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The Black Tide - part 7
The marble wall that stood around the unexplored premises of Meteor Mountain was still seen standing firmly within the night light.  The feather-like patterns were seen giving off a crystal shine every few seconds or so.
Leaning among the wall were Crunch, Bev, Nina and Kazaa, all looking up towards the night skies; the individual stars and strobe lights were seen reflecting upon their eyes, leaving them to face reflective looks upon their faces.
But the actions were soon interrupted when the sound of some walking feet was heard from nearby; they looked towards the way into the wasteland areas of the mountain, where Crash, Cortex and Coco were seen making their return.
   "We're back", smiled the orange bandicoot.
   Bev managed to bring herself onto her feet quickly. "So did you manage to find anything?"
   "Yeah", Coco nodded. "We managed to find an interesting claw-like device that might be able to help penetrate the walls."
Coc
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The Black Tide - part 6
Half an hour passed since the flamethrower equipment were taken from Cortex and returned to Dingodile after a sudden encounter.  All that they could do to follow on was to continue following the marble walls for a way to reach the darker areas of Meteor Mountain.
By that time, the first stars were starting to settle into the sky and shine with white light energy, as well as the occasional meteor that managed to fly across the sky with a radiant yellow color upon its tail.
The sights of the night sky, even with the neon light flashes that have still occurred amongst the remains of the clouds, were seen to fill what can be shown as a pleasant atmosphere all around the scene.
That thought of peace has been easily reflected onto Coco, whom instantly smiled as the stars gradually started to become brighter.  That in turn left her to start slowing down, with Nina eventually taking a hold of her through an arm lock and dragging her forward.
Another corner was passed, and i
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The Black Tide - part 5
A cold and monstrous atmosphere was shown all the way around the island as it reached the evening period of the day.  The waves among the ocean were seen crashing further among the waters with their aggressive tone.
On the ground level of the island, various plants were seen blowing further and further within the wind, continuing to reflect on the island's painful tone that has been surrounding it.  The gust itself was shown to reflect with a painful cold temperature that could cause lack of comfort to anyone's flesh.
The mountain tops were no different; as the stronghold was seen crumbling into pieces, with most of the Gemini soldiers seen jumping ship while carrying crucial parts of their Psychotron with them, the atmosphere was felt to be just as unwelcoming through the air and cliffs.
But there was one particular member of the squadron that didn't at all assist in shifting any of the parts over to its new destination.  A broad figure that has managed t
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The Black Tide - part 4
The corridors of the far side of the stronghold on top - of one of the tallest hills of N. Sanity Island – were seen to be given a deeper set of darkness than some of the earlier rooms, with very minimal light resources given around it.
The only thing that aided in granting a good sense of light was the familiar red mist that was associated with the stronghold entrance.  But even that caused some areas of the floor to show an obscure pathway around it.
Within one corner of the corridors, the leader of the Squadron Gemini was seen making a thunderous walk in a ferocious state all around him.  He then made his way towards a nearby doorway and came to a stop.
There, he looked to the left, and then to the right.  His expression continued to show just as much bitterness as ever, and that was easily shown upon the tense nature granted all the way around the faint facial details.
He then looked down, thinking hard upon the words granted from the smaller creature
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Gemstrike Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2017  Student General Artist
How is your part of the collab, so far?
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freqrexy Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2017  Hobbyist
As stated in other comments, Morgan is completely inked and flat shading is still in progress.  I consider myself to be on target to meet the deadline, which is interesting because I have another deadline looming for another project due by next week xP
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