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His Favourite Tale by Aldric-Cheylan His Favourite Tale by Aldric-Cheylan
This is a gift for my beloved friend *Yuni <3

He sat on the warm wooden floor, his back resting upon a
huge blue pillow, his flexible legs coming gently behind his
shoulders. This was a very relaxing pose for such a pastime.
He turned on the little light, took the book, opened it and
started to read.

"Once upon a time, in a faraway kingdom, a very normal
child was living in a beautiful town among amazing people.
Each inhabitant of the city had an incredible skill. Some
were very lucky, some others had a very impressive strength,
others were very rich thanks to their incredible cleverness,
there were even people able to read minds. But this young
boy had no real skill, like the rest of his family, so he always
felt a bit excluded from this amazing community.

One day, while walking along a river, he saw a glimpse in the
water, an unusual glow that attracted all his attention. He put
a paw on the bank and grabbed the thing that was shining.
He dried it and understood he found a lamp. But not a normal
lamp. This was a magic one. He came back home very quickly
and locked himself in his bedroom.

The night approached. He had been admiring this lamp for
hours since he found it in that river. He hid it behind books in
his bookcase to make sure nobody would find it. He unlocked
his door and went down the stair to take the diner with his
parents. Right after that, he said goodnight to his mother and
father, ran up in his room, took the magic lamp with him and
put himself under the duvet.

He waited patiently like this for about two hours. But his
curiosity was too strong and he could not resist any longer.
He wiped the lamp and a geni went out of it. He told the boy
he could make a wish, and only one, so he asked for a skill.
The geni was about to give him what he was asking for but
suddenly stopped.

"Why did you make this wish ?" asked the geni.

"I don't want to feel excluded anymore by the rest of the
society. Everybody is unique and has an incredible talent.
I want one too." replied the young boy.

"So you want to become one of them ? A boy with a particular
skill, a skill that would make you a "unique" person like
everyone in this city ?"

"Yes !"

"But if I do that, you won't be different from the other people
of this town. You'll just become like them and won't be the
person you should be. If I do that, your destiny will change."

"What is my destiny ? To stay a looser all my life, a normal child
that nobody looks ?"

"If that's your wish..."

The geni made a gesture of the hand and disappeared in the
lamp. The young boy wiped it again and again but without
any result. So he put it on the bedside table and fell asleep.

A month passed and he did not see any changes at all. He was
still the person he was the day he found that lamp in the river.
He thought the geni lied and played him a trick. He was mad
about this idea but could not do anything to change this.

Two months passed and he felt something was different with
his body. He could easily do moves he was not able to do
before. He could easily put his legs behind his head while he
never saw anybody able to do that. So he trained and became
very flexible in only three weeks. And since his parents were
not very rich and his family had always been very normal
compared to the rest of this city, he decided to help by
showing his new and unique skill in the street. First, the
passersby were surprised by what the young boy could do
with his body. Taking weird and unnatural positions was a bit
disturbing for them. But in a second time, he became
recognized as the child having a very unique talent, almost a
gift given by God himself.

Showing off his flexibility in the street was not enough. He
came in a circus where he would be welcomed and where he
could really develop his potential. The landlord of this circus
was a very kind man. He did not refuse to hire this limber child.
And he was right to do that.

Four years later, the circus was the most well known in the
whole country and the family of the young boy, now older and
smarter, was wealthier thanks to him. He was living happily,
had a good job which he loved a lot and was part of the
community. But thanks to the choice of this geni, who did not
want to change his fate, he had the skill he wished for, but this
did not make him like everybody. He had a skill he was the only
one to have, a skill that was admired and respected by
everyone, and this could not make him happier than he already
was.

His family was now pretty wealthy, his parents were living
happily, like him, and they were not excluded anymore.
Everybody was happy and life was going on.

The end ~"

This was his favourite story. He closed the book with a faint
smile, slowly closed his eyes and fell in Morpheus' arms.

Art, character and story by ~Kombanwa ©
All Rights Reserved ©
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:iconhayatoshizuma:
HayatoShizuma Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
L'image est tout simplement.. Ouuuaaawww !!! ♥ J'adore le cadre original, il est super marrant, je trouve x,D Sinon, le dessin est supeeeer beau, comme d'hab ! x'3
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:iconaldric-cheylan:
Aldric-Cheylan Dec 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Merci beaucoup, ça me fait vraiment très plaisir !! :huggle:
J'aime bien faire des cadres maintenant, c'est mieux que rien et ça ajoute un certain charme au dessin je pense.
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:iconyuni:
I absolutely love the way he's reading a story while himself he is also a character in a story, and it works so very well with this beautiful picture that it really made me smile ^___^ What a wonderful way to tell a story, to put it inside another story! <3 Not to mention that the inside-story itself is very beautiful and unique, I think you have a brilliant mind for coming up with such an idea! Not only you wrapped a story inside a story in this unique way, but also made the inner story so original! ^.^ You've created not only one universe with this story but two, and both the reading boy and the boy inside the book are so interesting and make me want to see them doing all kinds of flexible positions XD (well, that last thing is just me, of course ^.^)

I really enjoyed reading this so much and the way how the geni says the boy's destiny would change a lot after this alteration made the story sound like it's only the beginning of the book about this boy and I could already vaguely imagine his adventures in the future with such a unique skill that he gained ^-^ I bet every day a lot of people want to see him bending and maybe one day his skill would even get him into some adventure XD I thought since there's a geni, then it must be a fantasy world where he could really use that skill for some special purpose which is more than just physical bending, e.g. while sitting in a very bendy pose he'd suddenly hear someone's voice in his head saying some nonsense, but the boy finds if he repeats that nonsense aloud then something magical happens, but that's another story already XDD

I also really love the calming palette in this picture, such colors are so relaxing to look at, and his very softest position and the pillow and the fluffy tail all look so comfortable ^.^

Sorry it took me a while to write a comment, my mind was elsewhere for a couple of weeks and I was waiting for it to get back in the more artistic mood, so I can write a good comment X3
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:iconaldric-cheylan:
Aldric-Cheylan Dec 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:meow: I'm very happy you enjoyed this gift ! It was a real pleasure to draw and colour this for you.
This makes me very happy you enjoyed the idea too. I wanted to do something a bit different from my usual stories and works, and I'm really glad it worked. And I'm even happier to know you liked the story itself. :meow: Thanks a lot !

I'm sorry I reply so late. T.T I had so much work that I really couldn't answer before this week end. Only one week left and then I'm in holidays. I'll have a bit more free time to draw I think. So eager to be in holidays !

Anyway, I really thank you a lot for your so very kind words about both the illustration and the text. It makes me very happy you enjoyed this gift ! :huggle:

And don't worry about commenting late. I can understand very well. I myself reply quite late sometimes.
Very happy to read your comment and I hope your mind went back home in the artistic mood. ^-^
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:iconskyweli:
Skyweli Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
jolie colo !
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:iconaldric-cheylan:
Aldric-Cheylan Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Merci ! :3
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:iconienkoron:
Stunning as ever :D
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:iconaldric-cheylan:
Aldric-Cheylan Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much ! ^-^
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:iconienkoron:
Always welcome mon amie :D
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Hinater Nov 18, 2012   General Artist
superbe ^^
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