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PIRANHA - Chapter Fourteen, Part 5a
Chapter 14:  The Black Hole, Part 5a
Piranha opened his eyes.  Then closed them again.
After a moment, he opened them once more.  Nausea swirled the dingy, ashy greyness around him.
After another wait, he sat up.  Gingerly.  Maneuvered himself to the edge of the bed.  Remained there motionless.
It was day.  The lights were on.  Much too on.
He was going to have to move.  He prepared himself.
It didn’t matter.  He hadn’t —  
NO —
He did not bury his face in his hands.  After a moment, he stood up.  Step by weighted step he moved into the bathroom.
Out of the shower, dredging his face in a towel, he stopped moving.  Then, grimly, started up again.
Never mind.
Never mind.
Never mind.
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A slurry of fragmentary images:  tankards of rum, empty and full, vertical and horizontal, littering the tables, floor, everywhere.  Long sinuous lines of absurdly dancing human pi
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Piranha - Chapter 14, Part 4c
Finally managed to get my head functional enough to cobble together another chapter.  With many, many, many thanks to Mewitti, who helped me revive and keep going - and who also contributed that magnificent cover.  (I feel like it sums up the chapter so well you probably don’t need to wade through all my words, unless you enjoy that kind of masochism.)
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PIRANHA
Chapter 14:  The Black Hole, Part 4c:

The preparations on the stage were rapid, surprisingly organized, and alarming.  Dozens of small repair robots and muscular slaves had swarmed out like an army of ants at a fallen sandwich, and with much screeching of power tools were rapidly disassembling what Piranha had thought was a solid metal wall at the back of the stage.  This revealed a vast open space like an outdoor game playing field.  The terrain sloped gently upward, away from the audience, so that its full length was easily visible.  It seemed to have a rough, dirt
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Piranha - Chapter 14, Part 4b
PIRANHA
Chapter 14:  The Black Hole, Part 4b:

While living cargo was being offloaded in the front part of the bottom level, in the rear an immense auditorium had been put together, where most of the Insurrection’s population had gathered for the show.  The metal wall separating the two events was so thick and solid that even with less noise going on in the auditorium, no one would ever have heard a sound from the vast room on the other side.  There was no direct way to get from one to the other, and in order to reach the back part of the intake level, Piranha had had to climb back up the stairs to take an elevator from two levels above.  That elevator, along with several others, opened on a crude lobby, deserted now except for a few irritable robot guards.  They were stationed before some large double doors punctuating an alarmingly wide wall.  Given the quantity of noise emanating from behind that wall, Piranha might well be the last pirate o
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Piranha - Chapter 14, Part 4a
PIRANHA
Chapter 14:  The Black Hole, Part 4a:

As Piranha prepared to leave for the "celebration," Vee hovered around him eagerly, taking hold of his shirt, vest, coat as Piranha took them off, brushing them, laying them out on the bed, even snatching the hat off his head.  Startled, Piranha jumped back.  Vee came after him and, pulling out a tiny, curved knife, grabbed for his head.
Piranha seized him by the wrist, forcing the knife out of his hand.  "What the hell is going on with you?"
"Sir!  I was just going to trim your hair!"  As he clutched at Piranha's fierce clench on his wrist, Vee blushed – realizing belatedly that to Piranha it must have looked like he had come at him with a weapon.  "That's not a knife!  It's just a hair-cutter!"
"Trim my hair?  What in metal tubing for?"
"To get you ready!  For the performance!  Doesn't the girl hel
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Piranha - Chapter 14, Part 3
PIRANHA
Chapter Fourteen:  The Black Hole, Part 3:

Dugong?  Schoolboy?  Did that arrogant oil pan have the slightest clue what he was dealing with?  Who he was dealing with?  Thousands of years a pirate, eh?  How about being the guardian of a planet for —  
Piranha stormed into the stairwell, surging so hard against the heavy metal door that it slammed thunderously against the wall, reverberating up and down the dark metal stairwell like an avalanche.  Then it swung back, closing out the light and sound of the ship, sealing him into a dim, hermitic stillness.
Finally, he could take a deep breath.  Alone.
But he wasn’t.  On the landing above, a slight, skinny young slave leaped to his feet in panic, something falling from his hand.  
Piranha halted at the foot of the stairs, looking up at him.  The slave gaped back at him, motionless.
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Literature
Piranha - Chapter 14, Part 2
PIRANHA
Chapter Fourteen:  The Black Hole, Part Two

It was not a good-tempered Piranha that entered the Boss’s chambers promptly at 19:15.  There was nothing prepossessing about those obsidian eyes, glowing darkly in the shadow of that large black hat like patches of half-congealed lava.  There was nothing too engaging about the way he impatiently thrust the door aside, and the hat itself had a pugnacious tilt.
Anaconda, reclining grandly upon a chaise-lounge at the far end of the dark, ornately tapestried little room, smiled sardonically at the sight of him.
“Here he is at last!  My prize possession!” he exclaimed as Piranha stalked stiffly across the carpet.
A huge, flabby human, standing beside Anaconda’s couch, turned his head a little to see what had come in.  Quite instinctively, Piranha winced, as though smacked in the face by a powerful smell.  His eyes travelled incredulously up the expanse
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Literature
Piranha - Chapter 14, Part 1
PIRANHA
Chapter Fourteen:  The Black Hole, Part One

“It was brilliant, First Mate, brilliant!  You had the whole roomful of them oiled and running as smoothly as one single machine!  What a leader!  I’ve never seen anything like you!”
Hacker, his enormous white metal body folded practically in half to bring his face as close as possible to Piranha’s, scuttled alongside the first mate as he walked rapidly down the crowded corridor.  Piranha threw him a sour glance, but did not alter his stride.
Hacker’s striped pirate headscarf was set at a rakish angle, his gold-loop earrings (attached directly to his head, as he had no visible ears) jangled against his hollow skull.  Like most of the robots, his face was not very mobile; but his doubled-over posture (so sycophantic it amounted to sarcasm), his high-pitched synthetic voice even squeakier than usual, and the rapid rolling of his round, bal
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Piranha - Chapter 13: Tulik, Part 4: Coda
PIRANHA
Chapter Thirteen:  Tulik
Coda:   End of a Long Day

Author's Note:
Okay, enough!  I’m posting this before I start in on it again!
Sorry I gave you a premature warning on this section.  I thought it was done!  For weeks now, I kept sitting down to revise the past few bits – “It’s just about finished.  Okay, I’ll finish it tonight.” “Okay, I’ll finish it tonight.”  “Okay, this time I’ll finish it tonight!”  Unfortunately, the “couple of lines” I needed to fix turned into several pages that just got more and more unruly.  Tonight I decided that no matter what I ended up with, it was going to be finished!  So that’s it.
It doesn’t quite do what I want it to.  Just can’t seem to balance it right.  Ah well.  Life is short and art is w
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Piranha Chapter 13: Tulik, Part 3b
PIRANHA
Chapter 13:  Tulik
Part Three:  Stifled Ambitions
(continued)
This is the second bit of Chapter 13-Part 3.  I just split the chapter up to make reading easier.  Hope you enjoy.
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Piranha gave Tulik a wry look.  “You had to bring Anaconda the bad news?”
“That,” Tulik said, “was another revelation.  
“He had revealed samples of his temper before, of course.  Never pleasant, naturally.  But never till now had I seen his soul entirely naked, without any shred of self-control.  
“Until now I had managed to deceive myself that there might be some slight hope for a tolerable future.  That there might be some chance of cooperating with Anaconda to build a new City, in however crippled a form.  But now I could not avoid seeing the whole truth of what he was.  And knowing with certainty that there was no hope for
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Piranha Chapter 13: Tulik, Part 3a
PIRANHA
Chapter 13:  Tulik
Part Three:  Stifled Ambitions

From now on, unless DA changes its formats again, I’ll incorporate the author’s notes into the story itself.  An introduction at the end of 12,000 words is a bit useless.  I'll repeat the title at the beginning though so it shows up in the Lit icon.  
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Well, you’re almost through it – this is the last chapter of endless babble.  By popular demand (i.e., one person), I’m confusing things further by breaking up this chapter into two DA entries, but that’s purely to make it easier to read.  It’s all Part 3.  
After this, no more historical disquisitions!  There is a Chapter 13 Part 4, but it’s different (and very short).  Then we will be done with Chapter 13, and nobody could be happier about that than I am.  I’m hoping the rest of the story will go faster. 
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Ly the Princess, Part 4
Ly the Princess
Chapter Four

Two months had passed.  Once again Ly had managed to postpone the marriage, although she was running out of excuses.  Her uncle, Lord Dorne, still holding on as Regent even though Ly had reached the age to take the crown two years ago, had let her get away with postponement only because he was too occupied with other matters to bother with an elaborate state wedding.  She couldn't see how she would be able to justify it next time.  It would be winter and there would be nothing else going on.
One night, thinking despondently about that winter wedding, as Ly slid into her satin-sheeted bed she was distracted by an unexpected soft crackle.  What?  The moment her servants left the room she felt around under the covers.
A little scrap of dirty paper.  A nearly illegible note scrawled in rough charcoal.  Something in the dungeons of the Tower you want to know about.
In
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Piranha - Chapter 13: Tulik, Part 2
PIRANHA
Chapter 13:  Tulik
Part 2:  Claustrophobia

Piranha sat up sharply, all attention.
"This ship was made by humans," Tulik continued.  "It began many galactic cycles ago as the City, a travelling colony.  Whatever planet it came from originally, ages before, was forgotten except as legend."
"So the first pirates were human."
"The humans weren't exactly pirates.  The City was designed to be a self-contained system, requiring nothing from the outside tracking every molecule of every critical element, with a carefully designed ecology for renewing water and air, maintaining its population within certain limits, strictly controlling the production of food and treatment of waste, and so on.  It made for a frugal way of life, though so well planned that conditions were very pleasant.  But some leaders of the City began to want more.  They had come to believe that their own ancestors, back on
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willfully mortal
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Current Residence: In the desert, surrounded by grackles.
Favourite genre of music: Stuff that has melody, harmony, rhythm, and silence.
Favourite photographer: Lots, but especially scotto, foureyes, Sooper-Deviant, thrumyeye, Nzeman, Mr. Tea, and Ansel Adams.
Favourite style of art: Holy cats they finally did fix this question! After 5 years!
Operating System: I'm sticking with Win XP, dammit.
MP3 player of choice: Computer. And a Sansa Clip+ for audiobooks.
Shell of choice: I have a choice? I have a shell?
Wallpaper of choice: Yosemite cloud contrails or DA photographers.
Skin of choice: My cat's (while still on the cat).
Favourite cartoon character: Pinky and the Brain
Personal Quote: "I am human, and nothing that is human is alien to me." (Terence)
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NemoNemini Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2018  Student General Artist

Hi there and thank you so much for your warm words! I regret life leaves me with very little time for online community work of any sort, but I can assure you I greatly appreciate every word of encouragement, which is so inspiring when committing yourself to a long-term project. I see you're busy with a rather large project yourself (your Piranha story), and I wish you all the motivation, inspiration and creative strength you need in order to finish your beautiful novel. Thanks again, and happy writing <3

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Rayfan Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2018   Writer
Thanks so much!  I was just admiring your work again - it's uncanny how well you've captured the look, colours, and feeling of the Rayman 1 universe.  I hope some day you'll be able to give us more details of the story (or stories) that lie behind your pictures.  I totally understand the problem of lack of time - but anything you do will certainly be appreciated.
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NemoNemini Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2018  Student General Artist

I'm so happy to read this! Actually, all these are illustrations of a careful attempt to novelize Rayman 1 and a couple of its spin-offs (this is why I try to stay as close to the original game's style as possible), then add some storylines in order to tie everything together in a logical way. As soon as the written work is done, I'll try my best to make time to publish it. Thank you so much for your support, and I hope to see more of your fine work as well!

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Rayfan Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2018   Writer
Thank you - I'm glad if you like my work.  (I do have another part coming up that should be done fairly soon.)  I love the idea of what you're doing with R1!  Your pictures, particularly those of the Magician and Andrew, are really intriguing.
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LauraJaneArt Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Hey Rayfan :)

This may be a long shot (a very long shot)...

But do you happen to have any of my old art from ye olde days? Especially any Rayman stuff? I have searched everywhere for it but think it was all thrown out with my ancient old computer! :( I know I drew a few things for your Piranha story. :)
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Rayfan Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2015   Writer
Actually, I probably do have at least a little.  Give me some time and I'll see what I've got.
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rayian510 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2015
It feels strange and scary to see pictures dated '1x years ago' on DA.

You have been 'Deviant for 12 years' now..

..and still willfully mortal. Boing! Boing!   Me too.

If immortal.. body and mind will start to fail but an infinite time left to live? Imagine that!
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Rayfan Featured By Owner Edited Nov 15, 2015   Writer
Heh, I recently made a tour of the Rayman collection on DA to try to pick up on the multitude of things I had missed over the years - I couldn't get back to the beginning because DA only allows you to browse back a certain number of items, and everything earlier than that is apparently lost forever...  but I did find quite a lot of great stuff from years ago that I'd never seen.
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rayian510 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2015
Lost, even if you go directly into the artist's gallery? 
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Rayfan Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2015   Writer
No, you'd find it that way (assuming they didn't delete it) (as so many have done :D) but I was trying to find artists I didn't know about.
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starearo Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2015
Hey, just checking in with you! I've been wallowing in Rayman nostalgia for the last month or so, drawing and writing stuff, and I wanted to see what you were up to. I feel like you were always a very supportive member of the community, and you kept me writing with your comments on my little tested on animals fic... I really respect you for that. It's the kind of thing that's helped me get to where I am today.

Are you still just on dA? I moved on to tumblr a while ago. I'd be happy to toss you my url if you like.
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Rayfan Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2015   Writer
Hey, didn't see this comment before. Sure, send me the URL! I'd like to see it.

I remember Tested on Animals!  I enjoyed that.  Glad if I helped you at all!

I still come by although I haven't been active much for a while.  I have managed to start writing again though and I AM GOING TO UPDATE PIRANHA if it kills me, so drop by occasionally. :) 
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starearo Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2015
how close do you think you are to being finished with it? is there any ending in sight?
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Rayfan Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2015   Writer
You mean the whole thing?  Fair way to go yet, but I think it will make much better progress once I manage to finish the current section.  I've had all kinds of problems with it.  But I do have a pretty clear idea of the rest of the story. 

I don't have much time for writing but I think I could manage to be a little more productive than I have been for the past ... um ... while.
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klembyr Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
:dummy: hello!
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