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Meg and Mr. Jenkins by suburbanbeatnik Meg and Mr. Jenkins by suburbanbeatnik
I’m sorry for the long radio silence; work and moving and several major projects have kept me with very little time to do anything else. I did this small piece of fanart for Madeline L’Engle’s A WIND IN THE DOOR as a way to relax. This is Meg Murry and her nemesis, her former principal Mr. Jenkins. If I didn’t know better, I would almost think that Meg has some kind of weird crush on the guy, given how she’s always described as feeling strange and not knowing what to do with her hands when she meets him. (Is there such a thing has a hate-crush?)

The story was written in the early ’70s, almost twelve years after A WRINKLE IN TIME, and is correspondingly dated. It was hard not to imagine everyone in early ’70s fashions, even though the story is set in the near future, after the exploration of Mars. The scent of patchouli almost rises off the page. (I think Mr. Jenkins looks a bit like a young Jonathan Pryce, circa BRAZIL, or maybe a bit like Mr. Anrack from HEAVY METAL.)
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Chronorin Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Saw your link on Metafilter... love this!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!! I'm weird so I just started imagining weird Meg/Mr. Jenkins fics in my head after reading about the character's obsession with him...  I swear fandom has twisted me deeply. 
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Chronorin Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
I hope they have many adventures in your headcanon
   none of them sexual in nature.   ^___^
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
I could only turn them into a couple if I transported them into an AU and changed their names, if that makes you feel better. 

But I feel that Meg is only a few steps away from writing horny hatefic about her ex-principal when she goes to college, and then hiding it/burning it. 
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Chronorin Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
But...
....the dandruff.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
LOL yes-- that's part of her intense, burning, obsessive hate-crush that she has!
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Chronorin Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah but
  Blajeny is mysterious bad boy.

(I refused to google that name and forced myself to remember it manually.)
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Haha,  you got the name correct! You should be proud of yourself. ;P 
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Flameshadow117 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh you can TOTALLY hate-crush someone. Love and hate are like inches away from each other on the emotion-meter. =P
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah, that's definitely what I picked up from the book! Especially when the two of them get sucked into an alternate micro-uiverse and have to repeatedly save each others' lives. It got more than a little weird, to be honest....
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TenorSaxLolita Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah! I knew right when I saw the thumbnail it had to be L'Engle fanart. I was in LOVE with these books when I was a kid!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D
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technicolor-werewolf Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh Meg. :) I love Madeleine L'Engle.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
She's a pretty engaging author.
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