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Lost in the Garden of Indigo by S-doll Lost in the Garden of Indigo by S-doll
Lost in the Garden of Indigo
(story was revised from one of my older stories/piece)

Once upon a time, upon a green hilltop, there lived a pale, sickly child, who spent his days alone in a little house that he and his mother shared. The child was as fragile as if he were made out of glass; he would bleed and bruise from the slightest fall, and his paper white skin would blister from direct sunlight. In concern for her child’s poor condition, the child was kept indoors, never to venture outside to play in the sun or to feel the fresh air.
"Sebastian, mind your health," his mother liked to remind him, whenever she thought he was exerting himself too much, even though he never did much of anything.

Without any siblings to keep him company, the child would sit by window sill by the dining room table and stare out upon the happy, healthy little girls and boys of the neighborhood, who tussled and roamed about carelessly in the fields outside.

Well hidden away behind the shadow of a curtain from his window, he watched the other children and partook in their activities as a silent observer. He heard their laughter, heard their cries, and watched with curiosity as they weaved daisy chains, and chased each other about. He was charmed by the way the sun caught in the girls’ long wavy hairs, which were occasionally decorated with yellow and white flowers. He would catch the flashing brilliance of a passing butterfly, and the sky changing color as the moon approached with the setting of the sun. 

Sebastian knew everything and everyone within the vicinity. He even prided himself in knowing exactly how many daisies grew upon the hilltop where his house stood, and held account for every one that was plucked, and noticed when new ones were growing. Life looked so grand, rich and vibrant through Sebastian's window; a beautiful picture framed upon his wall, which Sebastian can merely look at and admire. Outside the realm of his own home, and the view from his windowsill, Sebastian knew nothing about the world. He was pure, and untainted from the influence of anyone apart from his own mother who only taught him good morals.

One day, something peculiar had caught Sebastian’s eye: at the bottom of the hill, he made out a dark, dense area of wilderness. The area lay washed out under the hot sun, and forgotten. It was nothing more than a dried up tangled web of roots and branches, but its mysterious presence seemed to put him under a spell. How come he has never noticed it before? He began to wonder what might lie inside the strange, dark wilderness. This thought served to him as mere curiosity in the beginning, conjuring up fanciful imagination that preoccupied the following days. However, one night, his infatuation with the garden became an obsession.
One night, as he lay tossing and turning in bed, abandoned by Sleep and haunted by visions of the Garden, he turned to the window above his bed. He opened the glass in hopes that some fresh air might do him some good when he became overwhelmed by a heavy, and dark hypnotic perfume, which rose from the bottom of the hill. It came from the Garden, which by the light of the moonlight Sebastian saw that it was in full bloom, so alive and rich with dark foliage and velvet petals that it almost seemed to be pulsating. Entranced and suddenly overcome by curiosity and desire, Sebastian did something that was quite out of his character; careful not to wake his mother, he snuck out of his window and headed for the depths of the garden. Something was stirring inside him, unfamiliar emotions that possessed him with venomous claws.

He entered the strange garden where giant stocks of white roses surrounded him; the buds swaying eerily above his head. The strange perfume that exuded from the flowers, reminded Sebastian of rotting meat, but he was so entranced by his surroundings that he couldn't tell anymore if he was dreaming or awake. The cold, phosphorous glow from the white flowers looked like many moons; soft, velvety moons which he could reach out and cup inside of his little hands. Alas, as he reached up to touch one of it's petals, blood blossomed from a pinprick wound on his finger as he unknowingly scraped it against a large thorn. His blood covered the roses surrounding him, and as Sebastian's knees hit the soft, wet earth, the monstrous faces of the roses seemed to move in tighter, hungrily gathering around the poor boy, as if they wanted to watch him wither. As Sebastian lay quietly amongst the tangled teethy thorns and brambles, he thought he heard a breathing sound coming from the warm soil underneath him; and that was when he realized with terror, that the garden was alive. Sebastian looked up at the indigo sky, and he was just able to make out spots of glittering stars in the distance, cold and indifferent to his pain, before becoming consumed in veins of transparent petals.
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Given 2014-07-15
Lost in the Garden of Indigo by S-doll is a beautifully shaded, soft illustration. ( Suggested by Scarlett-Aimpyh and Featured by STelari )
goddessandmcmanus Featured By Owner May 2, 2015   Traditional Artist
As much as I love the image, the story is immensely rich and beautiful. Thank you.
IselaC Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
This is your master piece! I love the guy, and flowers! :) 
DieZori Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014  Professional
CongratulationsI am a dummy! 
artbyfieldsofsage Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful!  Congrats on the DD!
Delia-is-the-BOMB Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
WOW! This is gorgeous! :D
5150animator Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Heart Amazing! Did you do this with pencil?
NekoNekoGirl04 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Very interesting. I also loved the story~
Congrats on the DD! :)
ChristinneBlacker Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Professional Photographer
Very beautiful and captivating work. :heart: 
TheGalleryOfEve Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Congratulations on your well-deserved DD!!! :iconflyingheartsplz::iconlainloveplz::iconflyingheartsplz: :clap::clap::clap:
I’m very happy for you!!! :iconloveloveplz: :tighthug:
opium-luvs-blue Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
very nice
le-chat-fou Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful shades... The atmosphere is evanescent... Somehow tranquil.
Jenniej92 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is very beautiful!
congrats on the DD :clap:
lintu47 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Congrats on the DD! :dalove:
Have a nice day! :love: by CookiemagiK
Otherra Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014   Traditional Artist
This looks like the shadow of a memory, very beautiful! The story totally grabbed all my attention until the end, very haunting and imaginative.
SandraHultsved Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
First of all wonderful drawing, second of all I loved the short story!:heart: It's just the kind of stories that I enjoy reading (and sometimes writing). It's so enchantingly written, it really takes me away to that place. Hauntingly beautiful!:rose:
NezuPanda Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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joycefung Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Student Digital Artist
dreamlike and haunting - both your illustration and your writing. 
is there anywhere you post your stories? i'd like to read more (:
WalkingOnTheStars Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014
I love how soft and mysterious this is. The story is very interesting, too!
MiraKial Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Guess what? You've been featured! :D…
Visceralmilk Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013
Mammacita, you draw in layers of mists! Just little foggy misty layered veils.
Estherella Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013
This story is beautiful, as well as the illustration. :rose:
FromAshesToEden Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow, this is too beautiful babe, I can tell you put a lot of time into it. The shading is divine, and I always love your stories!
palechub Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013   General Artist
you draw the most intriguing faces.
AliceTerrarium Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
This is so beautiful! I love how soft the tones are, I'm really enjoying the realistic twist you've taken in recent months. Those roses are so lovely, definitely worth the time and patience you put into them! I remember this story too, with the previous illustration, I really love it. The words and the piece are soft but dark.
quietsecrets Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
wowza : O
emp-o Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
How can you even shade like this?! I want to have this drawing on my wall.
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