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I haven't uploaded anything in a while but I really like this photo I got of one my dogs today, so I thought I would share it on here. 
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Once again Zachary awoke on a muddy slope. Of course he couldn't really call it waking up since this was in fact a dream. It was the same dream he had been having every night for longer than he cared to remember.  

He was on a slippery slope above a gaping crevice. He did not know how he came to be there, he did not know what lay in the open wound in the ground below him, all he knew was that if he couldn't claw his up to the top of the slope he was going to die.  

Of course this was easier said than done. It was dark, it was cold, he was soaked through, and the earth beneath his tenuous grip was quickly turning to mud. He could barely move and it was almost impossible to think over the sound of the storm above him.  

"Let go!" Somehow Rufu's voice carried over the thunder and the rain. Zachary gritted his teeth and continued his ascent. How did Rufus get here?

"I said let go Zachary!" There it was again. Zachary couldn't believe it but Rufus' voice rang out with impossible clarity. Zachary couldn’t tell where it was coming from but he knew it was from somewhere below him.  

"Zachary, you are going to be alright, you just need to listen damnit!". A bitter laugh caught in Zachary's throat. As if were as easy as that. Rufus was making another one of his assumptions. Rufus was making more and more assumptions these days. It was the only thing that Zachary truly hated about him. Of course there was some truth to his words, after struggling on this blasted slope for so long maybe it would be easier to let go and take the risk of discovering what lay below him.  
"Don't listen to him" the sound of another voice broke Zachary's train of thought. He looked up, and although he could barely see he was able to make out the figure of Queen Reine. Somehow he could see her face. She wore the same expression she wore when she first commanded him to enforce the curfew. It was an expression that would forever be etched into Zachary's memory. It was a look of hatred, of someone who felt betrayed. It was the look of someone who had been hurt and decided that they were about to start hurting back.  

"You can make it to the top" she told him "you know what you have to do".  

"Don't listen to her"" something in Rufus' voice made Zachary pause. Was... was Rufus actually pleading him with him? "it isn't worth what you will lose".

"I command you to pull yourself up this instant" Queen Reine snarled down at him. Zachary chuckled. She may be the Queen but Rufus was his brother, there was a trust that came with such a bond that someone like Queen Reine just couldn't compete with. Zachary knew what he had to do. He was going to let go.  

"Zachary" Zachary froze. It was Sverrin. His voice was both honey and vinegar to Zachary's ears. He lifted its heart and yet it pierced it. It was the one thing that Zachary wanted to hear more than anything in the world. In the back of his mind Zachary was aware that Rufus was still shouting, begging him to let go but he was no longer listening. His muscles no longer ached, his body was no longer cold or sore. In an instant Zachary changed into his dragon form and thrust himself into the air. The ground beneath him shook and his body pulsed with power. The rain got worse but Zachary soared through the sky against it.  

With a mighty roar he let out burst over fire, followed by another, and another. He landed next to his prince and bowed his head.

"My good and faithful servant" Sverrin smiled, but something was off. It wasn't his smile. It was like someone took the spark out of Sverinn's eyes and the life of out his face, leaving only an imitation behind.  

It was at this moment that Zachary would always wake up in a cold sweat. Zachary was infuriated by this dream. It wasn't first nightmare but none of them bothered him like this one did. He wasn't even sure why he was calling it a nightmare. He managed to avoid falling, no matter what Rufus said that was clearly a victory on his part. And he got to see Sverrin again. But why did something that should fill him with such joy, make him feel such dread?
In the heart of the dragon
I know that I have already done a piece on what I imagine Zachary dreams about but recently an idea came to me and I felt it was good enough to risk retreading similar ground to my last Harmatia Cycle fan fiction. Zachary is a favourite character of mine because I could tell from early on in the Sons of Thestian that he wasn't evil, but he was compromised. The reason I like using dreams as a narrative device is because it allows for me to explore how a character feels about something in a way that I find more interesting than them just coming out and saying "I feel". That is where the title of the story comes from. I think that having the setting be a dream also allows me a bit more flexibility with what I am allowed to do with the story and how I tell it. 

I hope you enjoy this tale :)
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Gareth Evans
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I love photography, sadly I don't always manage to find a subject or project to work on but I'm always looking for new things to try.
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A youtuber I watch by the name of the real manos has recently completed the thirty day Batman challenge, pariticipants of this challenge answer one question about Batman every day for thirty days. The questions are about my opinion on various Batman stuff and what I enjoy as a fan.

I will add more answers into this journal with updates and make a new journal for days 11-20 and 21-30

Day One: First Batman comic you read?
It is next to impossible for me to answer this one with the specific issue as it was so long ago that I have forgotten. When I was a child I really didn't have access to many comic books and to be honest getting an issue of anything was a rare event for me. My enjoyment of Batman was almost entirely through the Adam West show and movie, the movies from Tim Burton and Joel Schumancher and the Animated Series. The first comic series I read with Batman in it was a comic book series based off of the animated series. They did one with Superman also and the thing that stuck out most about this series was that there were two stories, one which was a traditional comic and one which was a story told eniterly through paragraphs of text and a few illustrations. I believe it was through this series that I discovered Bane, Nightwing and the Creeper (in fact I think Nightwing and Bane were in the same story, though my memory is fuzzy on this point and I can't truly remember if I read the comic before I saw Batman and Robin)

Day Two: Favorite Batman costume?
My favourite Batman costume is the costume that first debued in Batman: The Return after the Batman: Return of Bruce Wayne series and that was most prominent in the first volume of Batman Inc. I love everything about the costume, it looks practical but at the same time doesn't detract from the style that Batman is famous for. I like it when Batman wears more gray than black and I think that the yellow emblem really works with this costume.

Day Three: Favorite actor in a Batman film?
I'm probably going to answer any question related to a Batman film with two answers, one for animated movies and one for live action.

My favourite voice actor in an animated Batman film would have Mark Hamill as the Joker. Even when I hadn't really watched the show for some years the laughs he did as the Joker always stuck with me and I think that Mark Hamill was able to give voice to all the various aspects of the Joker.

My favourite actor in a live action Batman film is Heath Ledger as Joker, because it is a performance where the actor threw everything he had into it%2

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serendipityprincess Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012  Student Writer
Thanks for the favourite and of course the feature! (:
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KabieBaby Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012  Student Writer
You're featured. (:
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GaEv Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012
Thank you :) and thank you for recently adding two of my items to your collections.
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KabieBaby Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012  Student Writer
Welcome on both counts. n_n
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babykoo Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011
Hey, Gareth!
long time never chat. How have you been? :D
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GaEv Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011
Have added you on facebook, should catch up sometime.
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babykoo Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011
accepted! i've been pretty great :D
and yep should catch up next time
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GaEv Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011
I've been good thanks. What about you?
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KIWIGIRL1 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011
Hello from Livestream!
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GaEv Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011
Hello :)
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