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Gypsy Fortune Teller by KDH Gypsy Fortune Teller by KDH
:reading: - Apophysis :bookdiva: No Postwork - :reading:

*yes, it's long .. suffer through .. there will be a test later .. 80% of your grade

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:bulletgreen: After looking both ways you walk up to the door, turn the knob, quickly step inside and shut the door as if to prevent even the night air from making an identification. Wiping your hand on your Levi's as the tiny bells overhead continue to jingle, you allow your eyes to grow accustomed to the dark. "please hurry" you hear the left side of your brain say to the right.

:bulletred: The musty dusty air hangs like smoke around you and is more than you, a smoker for twenty years, can handle. A young girl, possibly 15, emerges from the curtained depths and gawks at you wide eyed, surprised that there is somebody standing there, "Mama" she says, disappearing from whence she came. While waiting for the drapes to part once more you glance around, had you known the interior view all those years driving by you wouldn't have stopped. Somehow you imagined it more .. professional .. an espresso machine, perhaps leather upholstery. Mama enters your field of view.

:bulletblue: Motioning you to a small table, she waits while you get scooted and then sits across from you. In a heavily accented voice, breath smelling of garlic, and with very little fanfare, she asks why you have come. Why have you come? you ask yourself, reasons that were rock solid in the comfort of your penny loafers seem silly to voice in your cowboy boots. The truth is you've come to turn your life around, to right the wrongs that have made you such a loser. If, for a few paper bills spread fanlike on the table, she can give you guidance and chart your new course, then it is well worth the effort. But you're probably going to screw this up too.

:bulletpurple: Unable to lift your eyes to hers and take in the full spectacle of her years, her piercings, and her bemused countenance, you stammer out half truths and lies, making the story of your life somebody elses fault. She, on the other hand has no problem looking at you, seeing you for who you are, and, if you believe in the fortune tellers craft, seeing your very soul. With a wave of the hand she cuts you off, she has heard enough and has decided to make short work of you, her veal parmesan is getting cold, it is not her fault you failed to heed the sign 'closed between 5 - 6pm'

:bulletgreen: She states rather matter of factly, because she knows, that you are a gambler and that your salvation rides on the back of the pony "Romanian Pride" running at the 'Bay Meadows' track not far out of town, and any money that can be begged, borrowed, or stolen prior to track time would pay off tenfold, not just tomorrow, but progressively over the years. That you should place the bet at window 5 and with a gentleman named Anton was also spelled out, victory was assured. As you scurry out, visions of sugar plums dancing in your head, Mama scoops the cash from the table and places it inside her blouse, thinking of the fresh oats it would buy for her pony.

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Thelma1 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2005
Wow, great story, you had me hooked there, but I can't help thinking that your flame looks like a lovely soft puppy dog :D Brilliant work though, both writing and image :wow: :wow:
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Phat-Set Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2005
will it be enough if I say :omfg: I want a wall in my room to be painted like this :!: :giggle:
this is simply B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L !!!!!!!!!! I love the sketchy style of it and the way the colors and tones give it the depth :clap: (I must thank * a-neon-devil-breath for sending me to you :D )
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KDH Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2005
:D And I, too, must thank her ... anybody who uses the word ... B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L ... in connection to my work is A-OK in my book ... tell her I'll knock $10 off what she owes me :giggle:
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Phat-Set Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2005
:lmao: I'll tell her that ;)
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Deborah-Valentine Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2005  Professional Traditional Artist
i grew up at bay meadows, hollywood park, santa anita and del mar. mostly on the back side and infield, cheap alternatives to babysitting, and when i got old enough i walked hots for summer cash.
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jojomercury Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2005
Kind of scary but great work!!
Peace&Respect Jojo
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dinky03 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2005
I see some very odd alienish things sitting around a fire....and then i see a giant teddy bear :D...AND that was a very long story...you should slack a little more on the storys...
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CanoeGuru Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2005
Firstly, I see a lion! :) Regarding the story, I wonder if her pony is Romanian Pride?! Regardless, really excellent work with this one, Keith! The story in incredibly creative and I love the earthy colors in the image. Very nicely done! :clap:
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KDH Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2005
:D It's the nose ring ... most lions I interviewed prior to the story said they'd be laughed out of the jungle if they had any piercings ...

yes, that's her pony ... once you've gone past 5 words you run the ever increasing risk that people's eyes will glaze over with each additional word ... so it's difficult to cover all the twiddly bits when you have this nagging feeling that nobody will read the word you just spent 10 minutes divining.

But, you've recieved a passing grade ... go pick out your dorm room for next year.
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CanoeGuru Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2005
Oh, yay! A passing grade! :giggle:
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