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~Chapter 36~

“Ho! Who dares speak to me?!” you cried whipping your head around to see where the source of the voice came from. The voice was almost familiar, but the manner in which the voice was speaking was far too different than anyone you had heard before.

With no prospect of there being a speaker anywhere in sight, you began looking around for the source with the Sapphire Flames guiding your vision.

“Hello? Is someone here? If you can hear me, then I’d love it if you came out!”

“It isn’t necessary to speak aloud, human,” the voice said with a caustic tone on its edge.

“Human?” you repeated aloud, anyway. “I knew someone who spoke to me like that, but you cannot be him. I saw him die.”

“And how unfortunate that must be, ____________.”

Your head shot up. Who’s talking to me? Could it be…?

“My brother was right about you being slow in the head. I should have seen the signs when I had the chance.”

You made a face. How rude!

“Rude?”


Your stomach churned, and your heart fluttered as though someone were laughing.

“Thinking such unnecessary thoughts and wandering aimlessly around a corpse yard is no way for a Dragonheart to be conducting herself. Bombarding my mind with your pointless meanderings is far more than rude. It’s unjustified. I should have chosen a better vessel.”

“Oh!” you gasped upon finally recognizing the speaker. E-Emil!

“It took you long enough, useless human.”

B-But…Where were you when I was trying to reach you? Unless I’m really going mad…

“Your mind was unfocused, and it still is,” the voice that supposedly belonged to Emil snorted. But there was something frightfully wrong with the Wings of the Opal Skies. What had happened to make him so short-tempered and snooty like his brother?

Emil, is that really you? you wondered in your thoughts.

“Of course, it’s me, you fool. Who else would it be?”

What in Eliatha happened to your tone? You used to be so sweet…

“And no thanks to you. Look where your actions have gotten you,
Dragonheart: at the bottom of a pit going along the one-way road to insanity. How my brother was able to stand you all of this time is something I can never understand. How I had once grown to tolerate you is something I cannot forgive myself for.”

Oh, Emil…


What had happened to him? Where was he? If he was talking so callously, then something must have gone wrong with him in the time you had lost contact with him. Could he even have been…?

“If I could see the look on your pathetic face right now, I don’t think I’d be able to hold myself back from hitting you. My brother would have done the same. You’re really slow, human. You’re nothing more than a weak worm that needs to be stomped out of this world, a failed contribution to life’s purpose of existence.”

What in Eliatha…? How did this happen? Not even Lukas had been this cold to you.

“Ah, my brother…” Emil seemed to sigh. “You are right: I do not miss him, either, human. I had grown tired of his doting and snarky remarks. He was a burden to the very end always hiding me in his shadow. When you get me out, I can finally accomplish what he failed to do.”

You made a face. And what would that be?

“To take the flames from you, of course,”
Emil answered rather casually. “The only reason you possess them was because you just so happened to be able to fit the requirements, but everyone knows with your bad luck, you’d end up dead in a ravine with the blood rolling down your pathetic skin. My brother had been irresponsible. I will ensure that the humans will never get a chance at redemption. Under my control, Eliatha will be swallowed by an eternal winter as was intended without any interference. That being said, I will not let myself to be so easily killed for a human’s life, either.”

That’s insane!
you shouted in your head. Lukas gave me the flames for a reason, and I mean to keep them under my guard!

“Oh? But he had intended to hand the flames over to
me if it came down to those circumstances,” Emil reminded you. It was so unsettling hearing how venomous his voice sounded. “He had not expected a hunter to shoot him. He had not expected to get so close to you. Neither did I, but now that I know better, I will not let the same thing happen again.”

With an attitude like that, I might as well keep the flames and leave you to rot wherever you are!
you snorted. From the sound of things, it looks like you really need to get your morals together, Emil!

“And how will you even survive without my help?”
Emil brought up. “You may have the blessing of the flames and the possibility of living forever, but you are still mortal. You will die without the proper nutrition and attention. And then, you will fail my brother and the rest of the world upon perishing.”

“Shut up!” you shrieked squeezing your head together. “Stop talking! Where’s the real Emil?! I want the real Emil! I want him! Not this imposter! Lukas! Lukas, help me, oh gods!”

This was all wrong. None of this was supposed to happen. You had never asked to be a human vessel. You had never asked to be a Dragonheart. You had never asked to have your heart broken twice now. This wasn’t the modest, good-hearted Emil you had known. This was a monster, a beast no lesser than a feral dragon.

“Trying to bar me out of your thoughts won’t work now, human,” Emil seemed to laugh. “You and I are connected by our hearts and souls. There is no escaping me.”

What about when I needed you?
you sniffed. Why didn’t you answer me when I needed the support?

“I had been hoping to see how far your spiraling downfall would take you,”
the dragon coldly replied. “That turned out to be a mistake, however. I never thought your voice could become so irritable so quickly.”

“Oh, Lukas…” you whispered. “If you could hear your brother now…” You sniffed. “You don’t want to see what happened to him.”

It didn’t matter if Emil could hear you or not. In your miserable state, you had come to assume Emil’s soul had been tainted. Somehow, he had become impure. On top of everything else, he even openly claimed that he wanted to take the flames from you! Lukas’ Sapphire Flames! There was no chance—not in a million years—that you would give up the flames to such a corrupt dragon without a fight. Dragonfall was bad enough as it was. To think of it getting worse than it was would be unthinkable. Whoever had tainted Emil’s heart had to be composed of pure evil and malice.

“Face it, human,” Emil spoke into your thoughts. “You know as much as I do that we cannot survive without each other’s company. As disagreeable as we may have become, we are still connected. I am your dragon; you are my Dragonheart. No matter how much you try to deny it, I am the real Emil.”

“No…” you whimpered. In your sad state of mind, you had begun to tug at your hair hoping the pain would distract you from your emotional breakdown.

“The real Emil was a kind, good-natured dragon,” you said. “He was willing to open his soul to my heart, and I wouldn’t have hesitated to call him my friend. He was a good person to his brother and helped me look past his differences and unlikable traits. You are not the real Emil.”

“But I am,” the demonic speaker with Emil’s voice said. The words drilled into your head, inescapable. You couldn’t bear it. There was no way to block him out and disconnect with his voice like you had been able to do with Mathias and even Lukas at one point. Emil’s voice still rang loud and clear.

“Don’t try to deny the truth, Dragonheart. You will only make things worse for you when the realization hits you at the wrong time. And before you go trying to escape your misfortunes, you must accept the fact that my brother is dead. The Divine Keeper of the Sapphire Flames. Lukas. He. Is. Dead.”

“I know!” you yelled. The blue lights in the dark room quivered and flickered as if your scream had caused a hidden blue flame to waver in the wind. “I know he’s dead! I saw him! I don’t need to remember that! Once was enough!”

“You are still in denial, aren’t you?” Emil jabbed. “You believe that he is still with you, somewhere deep within your heart. It doesn’t work that way. I’ve dug through your memories and self-loathing. I know my brother told you that dragons do not come back when they are killed as humans. Their souls remain connected with their hearts. As a matter of fact, my brother didn’t even have his heart when you saw his dead body, correct?”

Your lips shook. The room was suddenly excruciatingly humid and pungent. The pounding voice in your head wouldn’t stop. This was maddening. You couldn’t stand it. The mental images were beginning to tear down your sanity. Emil had gone to the point of no return, and he was trying to bring you down with him.

“Oh, gods, Lukas…” you moaned. It was hard trying to be strong when images of Lukas’ unsightly body flashed through your mind. He had not died peacefully, but if you didn’t carry on and save Emil, then his soul would not be able to rest. You had to do that much for him after coming this far. Corrupt or not, you had to find Emil. He, alone, was the sole purpose of this agonizing journey. Finding a way to end Dragonfall was just something you had planned on doing once Emil had retrieved his body, but even that purpose was void thanks to the dragon’s ludicrous intentions.

“My brother cannot help you now,” Emil continued to say. “He is gone.”

“Stop it…”

“You will never see his face again. You will never hear his voice.”

“No…”

“Eliatha will fall into an eternal winter. Humans will cease to exist as we know it.”

“Don’t say that…”

“You have already failed my brother by merely existing. Had it not been for you, he wouldn’t have died.”

“Emil, stop!” you wailed. “Just stop…Please…”

“I won’t until you start moving.”

You swallowed a lump in your throat. Progressing would just lead you closer to Emil wherever he was. There was no other option, however. Saving him was the reason you had ventured so far out to this dangerous place. What was the point in letting yourself die if that meant letting everything perish in ice?

You had to keep going.

Emil…where are you…?

“You’re on the right path,” Emil answered, a strange feeling enveloping your heart. He must have been satisfied that you were cooperating with him. “Keep going, and you will find the way.”

Without a second to hesitate, you began walking again, suddenly being aware of the surrounding chitter chattering of the bloodsnares and the low groans of the nightcrawlers. The blue light continued to surround the room, but it didn’t look so bright this time. Perhaps you were tired.

Feeling a need to have someone to talk to, anyone at all, you thought to speak to Emil again.

Hey, Emil, when I find you, how do you plan on taking the flames away from me? you asked.

But, to a strange occurrence, no answer came. It was as if Emil had never been there in the first place. Yet you still walked on.
Sorry for updating so late. Wednesdays are really long for me. Midterms are right around the corner. I had to also handle a little story theft problem, but it should be taken care of for now. Thank you for the support.

On another note, the comments from the previous chapter were really amusing.

Axis Powers: Hetalia and its characters belong to Himaruya Hidekazu.
This story and picture belong to me, *GydroZMaa.

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:iconkyoko-kimo:
Kyoko-Kimo Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WHY IS ICY SO MEAN!? ;~;
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Strikerstar01 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014
Bad Emil *sprays with spray bottle* bad don't mess with reader-chan
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dreamselfycreated Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2014  Student General Artist
my oc's reviews! XD

tess : *goes into the story and bitchslaps emil* .....

atlantis : oh umm.... am i still pure!?

natelie : *not paying attention*

scarlet : emil emil! whats the matter? play slapped by the spider? *twiches eye*

Icon Sign Part 1 Icon Sign Part 2 Icon Sign Part 3  : my review
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IMAFTF Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2014  Hobbyist
WHAT'S HAPPENING?! 
I don't know what's going to happen~
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LoZGamer316 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Emmy Imma beyotch slap you so hard you son of a puffin!
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PolarbearNinja2 Featured By Owner May 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
YOU ARE CRUEL
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StarSapphire9601 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014
and then my personalities debates again:
Sane Ai: *bitchslap Insane Ai* fuckard!
Insane Ai: ......what did I do?
Sane Ai: If it wasn't for your stupidity and Insanity, Emil would've remained pure! This is all your fault poptart!
Insane Ai: Um......you do remember that we're only one person right? One person with two personalities
Sane Ai: .....*cries more*
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AndreaTheChinchilla Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Awww fucking dammit why Emil! He was my favorite! And now....:(
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FullBusterMetalZoro1 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is the second fan fix to ever make me cry....and I've read too many to he healthy....
Listening to Alexander Rybak's song 'If You Were Gone' and 'Abandoned' isn't helping me
This story is breaking my heart
and Emil isn't helping
But I love the emotions you weaved into this, some being important but revealed subtly and the more minor ones being obvious.
Your writing skills are incomprehensibly amazing, such to make me believe you could become a very famous writer in your life time.
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Wtf happend to Emil, I shall find out I presume?
Oh Lordy...Lukas' body...is sexy and dead...XD sorry random thoughts I'm vomiting in a comment
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GydroZMaa Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah, thank you for the compliments. :thanks: If you haven't already, you'll find out what became of Iceland. 
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FullBusterMetalZoro1 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
my pleasure! 

I shall read forth and find what came over him.....
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TheGirlSniper Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
EMIL!!!
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HetaliaNatalia Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Student Artist
hory sheet.... Ms Gydro you mam have just made my soul cry, my heart cry, and my eyes cry and those tears started crying themselves.... those feels... I'm like completely broken </3... but it's beautiful too... This is the first reader that has ever made me actually cry... for like 2 hours.... i love you for doing this no homo.. ;-;
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GydroZMaa Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my gosh. I made your tears cry? I am so sorry about that... :worry:

Eh...but thank you for enjoying the story thus far. :thanks:
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HetaliaNatalia Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Student Artist
I finished the story holy crap i would totally read it all over again. Thank you please right more stories about the nordics. You are fantabulous and amazing!
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GydroZMaa Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem, and thank you. 
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Leiraah Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Hobbyist
EMIL YOU SON OF A PUFFIN!! *cries*
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Ask-Mara92 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
...Rightinthefeels... :iconfeelsplz:
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sakkocchi Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
"Would you please shut up?"
Real!Me: :iconiloveitplz: Lukas!!!! ♥
Reader-chan: "Emil, is that really you?" Emil:'' Of course!"
Real!Me: :iconmadlynotimpressedplz:
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xxRipTidexx Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This made my night oh my god.
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sakkocchi Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconohstopityouplz: waaa~ thank you. Actually, i was really pissed off in that moment ~(^u^~)
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TheLifeMadeOfDeath Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ohhhh you raised my hopes up so high

And then you mugged and shot them in an alley way

Okay imma go cry now yerppzz
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Yxmathenobody2 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I know right?
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TheLifeMadeOfDeath Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Indeed
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Yxmathenobody2 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
*just read a comment under this* Emil's just on his period, hun.
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TheLifeMadeOfDeath Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yep bitch just ain't of his cycle 
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LordofStupidity Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013
Well, Lukas did say Emil wasn't very pleasant before using Reader-tan as a vessel.
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xxRipTidexx Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I don't think he meant THIS unpleasant though. ;w;
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LordofStupidity Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013
Yeah, that was before I read the rest of the chapters.
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CrystalRainbow8 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
TT^TT Emil's back... but he's soo mean...
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Enbi-to-Miruku Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Student General Artist
My childish senses told me in a hopeful way that Emil might just acted that way to take her out of that terrible mental state.

Or he had to take vessel in a corrupted heart...?

This story is so captivating!
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Hinatathebloom1 Featured By Owner May 22, 2013
Why must you turn evil Emil T^T
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DubstepCat Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Emil's on his period.
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Yxmathenobody2 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
*dies of laughter* YES.
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Oh-My-Maple Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thanks for making me happy after this chapter... I thought I would be crying all the time bacouse of Emils change of heart (or soul or whatever) This realy made me laugh xDDDD
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DubstepCat Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It's my job >:'D
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Oh-My-Maple Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Student Digital Artist
:iconlaughingplz: Yup!
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DubstepCat Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconhandspazzplz:
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Miabia100 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Nevermind
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Shuru10 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Even though I don't know how this would work. Maybe Emil's soul went into another person (who's evil or has that personality), and that's why he's like that. :iconwonderingplz:
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XlKittiezlX Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013
I just died....again
:icondepressedplz: :iconcanadasulkplz: and lost my sanity :iconruncryplz:
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InsanitysEnding Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
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SweetAppleVinegar Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013
Whoa, who turned on Emil's PMS mode? Haha :XD: the reader is so shocked by this, she can't even! It's pretty fascinating to see Emil act so mean like this, and then see how the reader copes with his off-behavior in return. Love what you do :)~
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GydroZMaa Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks.
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StellaMarris Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I don't think that's Emil. If it was, then wouldn't Reader feel pulled towards him like before? She wouldn't need Emil to tell her the direction that he is in. So, I don't think that it's really Emil. Also, I don't think that Lukas is dead. If he was, then the title could no longer be NorwayXReader since Norway is no longer "available" so to speak. I think that maybe, when Reader got the sapphire flames, that Lukas went into her heart as well. I think that because the flames are connected to his heart, so wouldn't they both go into her? That's what I think at least. Also, Lukas did say that he knew magic -pointless magic -but to a dragon, what's pointless exactly? If it's a spell for healing, I bet that dragons would see it pointless since they are kind of indestructible.

Well, whatever you do with the story is up to you. I can't wait to see how this continues -yes, I know that there's another chapter to read, I just wanted to go ahead and comment -. I have faith that you'll keep weaving an awesome tale that will keep us readers guessing until the end.
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GydroZMaa Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
"Whatever you do with the story is up to you?" Were you attempting to sway me in a different direction by making all of those assumptions? Either way, I find it rather amusing to see people guessing--even if most of them are wrong. :P
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StellaMarris Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Nope. I was just saying that it's your story, not mine or anyone else's, so what happens is solely what you want to happen. I wasn't trying to sway you or anything, just tell you my thoughts. I think it's good to have readers engrossed in the story and actually trying to figure out what's going to happen. It's kind of like those crime/mystery shows where you keep making assumptions and hypotheses to guess who the killer is. (I know that you're not going for a mystery, but the story is sort of a suspense/triller, and you guess in those too.) My assumptions and thoughts are just my assumptions and thoughts. I'm not trying to throw them in your face or to change your mind. When a person likes something, the person tends to want to discuss it and to talk about it. That's all
I was doing. I wasn't trying to offend you or sway your judgement. I actually find it really cool that you have a plot for your story -since a lot of people don't i.e my cousin, my best friend...etc. -so I applaud you for that. I also understand how frustrating it is when people try to change your story. I get that sometimes on mine, and I don't even bother to respond to their comments. I'd they aren't happy with it, why continue to read? So again, I wasn't trying to change what's going to happen. At all. I trust that you will give us a thrilling story that we readers will love.
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I-love-homestuck7261 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013
I have seen many of your comments and all I could think is........................................................are you Kankri?



(If you don't know who that is Kankri Vantas is from Homestuck :iconkankriplz: )
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StellaMarris Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
...Is that a good thing or a bad thing?
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I-love-homestuck7261 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013
Neither it's an awesome thing, like awesomer then PRUSSIA............... DUN DUN DUNNNN!
But seriously Kankri is the BEST TROLL EVER and SO ARE YOU! (=^.^=) (next to GHB)
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