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grassy field with rust
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I'd heard about the old car, three miles out of town and all alone. I just had to see it. It was time. School was over for the summer, my friends were at camp, and I was bored. I set out Thursday morning for a hike, following directions that Uncle Will had given me. As the heat was still growing with the climb of the sun, I found the field and wandered around looking, and looking some more, trying not to be distracted by bees buzzing in the flowers, and butterflies and baby mice. Then it was there,  just a bit upslope from the bottom of a natural swale, and just below the sky at the top of the bank. A 1959 Cadillac convertible, but not like the old music videos showed.

This one was part buried in grass gone to seed and turned almost white golden with the dry heat. The tires were collapsed cracked pieces and there wasn't a trace of pink paint anywhere. Rust owned it, and it held on so tight that holes were showing in what used to be steel. The top was gone except for some brownish red channels and rods.

It was grand.

The biggest car I ever saw. And the farthest gone. Like some river barge stranded when the stream changed course and left it on top of drying mud that grass returned to. Uncle Will had said that the Caddy was already more than thirty years old when Dave Jenkins ran off the road being chased by the Sheriff for having no taillights, but maybe carrying weed. Some of its old pieces had broken, and Dave was arrested and didn't have any money anyway and here the car still was after all these years.

The  breeze blew soft, the grass moved slow and easy, and the old car was peaceful, and comforting to watch. It just seemed right that things were the way they were. I fell asleep. Later I woke up and walked home, thinking for awhile, that the past was okay just the way it was.
just the way it should be



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I've thanked :iconbeccalicious: for featuring this one in DD, and thanked all the individual commenters so far. I've yet to individually thank those who've faved 'grassy field ... ', and I'll try to do so, but until I do, Thank you all.

Lance
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grassy field with rust by *Gypsy-Knight A simple single image brings strong reflections of the past. Beautiful Vignette. ( Featured by Beccalicious )
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AMWeitz Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Student Writer
This could easily be turned into a longer short story, yet i LOVE it the way it is. So, so beautiful.
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LancelotPrice Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013
I'm surprised that you found it. :) Thank you. It may be part of a life, and so could be extended into a novel, but I don't think I have it in me to write that long. Sometimes it's best to focus on small moments, so that may be a good thing.

I've had a look at your page and added you to my devWatch list.
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AMWeitz Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Student Writer
I agree. Which is why I usually write poetry, and why my poems are usually short.

Yay, thanks!! :)
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LancelotPrice Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013
You're welcome. :)
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AlisonBlue Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Student Writer
oh, yes.
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LancelotPrice Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013
Thank you, Alison.
:iconbowplz:
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archelyxs Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012
This is really beautiful, full of buzzing and breathing nostalgia, a picture deserving of the strongest frame.
Really belated congrats on the DD also! I miss you and your work, and I hope things are well. :heart: :coffeecup:
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LancelotPrice Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012
Thanks very much, Megan; I'm happy you like it

Things are very well with me. I wish they were better for you; chronic fatigue is no fun at all. Good luck with getting credited with your work at Uni. Be positive; do whatever it takes to keep yourself entertained and cheerful.

Cheers,

Lance
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archelyxs Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012
Thank you so much for the support. I've been needing to read pieces like this piece, so all the thanks is to you. :heart:
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LancelotPrice Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012
[blush] It's just good that it does something positive for you. :hug:
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archelyxs Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012
:D :hug:
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elfproject Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Professional General Artist
Beautifully written.
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LancelotPrice Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012
Thank you. :)
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halcyonshores Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
A beautiful journey, this was.
Congrats on your DD. :)
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LancelotPrice Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012
Thank you, HC. :)
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halcyonshores Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:rose:
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LancelotPrice Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012
I meant to say HS. My only excuse [this time ;) ] is that builders were ripping old rotting planks off my roof and replacing them with new and better ones. A bit noisy, what with the saws and hammers and compressed air driven whatsits. They'll be back tomorrow, I hope.
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halcyonshores Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I didn't mention it because I (somehow) knew there was a good reason :)
Noise will sure do that (and worse) to me. I hope they're back tomorrow
so they can get it all over with and leave you be with that new roof.
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LancelotPrice Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012
It will be a great relief. Especially since we had one of the longest rainy seasons I can remember, starting early and hanging on past the usual time. A full six months raining damn near every day on my leaky roof, discovering new places to leak that I'd not seen before.

Thanks.
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halcyonshores Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Sounds like the noise is quite the necessary evil then.
Wishes for a swift closure :)
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LancelotPrice Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012
Thanks. They're back today. Amost right above my head as I type.
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FennecKajidaKitsune Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Wow. That is so cool! <3 and my parents wonder why I want to walk around junk yards and imagine all of the things the old vehicles have seen... XD
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LancelotPrice Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012
It's just one of the most interesting things to do, and very very cool.
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FennecKajidaKitsune Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I agree~
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UnspecifiedUnknown Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012   Writer
congrats lance!
just the way it should be =] :heart:
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LancelotPrice Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012
I meant 'Zean', of course. Sorry about that, I pronounce them the same way.
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LancelotPrice Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012
Thank you, Jean. just the way ... :)
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riparii Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012
Ah, how nice to see this in the DDs. :)
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LancelotPrice Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012
Thanks, Katie. It iS nice. And it's the only writing in the day's DDs, I think. Everything else was painted, drawn, or quartered, er, I mean photographed. :D
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riparii Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012
Speaking of quartered, there is the Knight's Oath but that doesn't really count.
So you are indeed the sole standard-bearer for the lit community today.
:iconblackknightplz:
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LancelotPrice Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012
but a scratch, or at most a mere dent.

I remain At your service. :)
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riparii Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012
I'm making a note of that. :nod:
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LancelotPrice Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012
Uhoh. ;)
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alapip Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
wow, Lance, a DD even!
much congratulations! :w00t!:
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LancelotPrice Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012
Wow, indeed, pip. Thanks!
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alapip Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
:nod:
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winterkate Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Student Writer
Congratulations! I do love this piece :)
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LancelotPrice Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012
:) Thanks for the congrats; thank you even more for loving the story.
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winterkate Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012  Student Writer
You're really welcome, and no problem at all :)
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marciafer Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012
I love your description of the event, but I feel different than you... Sometimes is hard to accept the past... okay it's just not good enough
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LancelotPrice Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012
Thanks. :) But there is absolutely nothing we can do to change the past. One can dislike the past, or its consequences in the present, but there is not even a question of acceptance or non-acceptance. We might pretend it is not reality, but it is, and we live with those results, whatever opinion of their value we may hold.
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Bark Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Professional Writer
Hey, a DD! Congratulations!!
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LancelotPrice Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012
Thanks, Ron! I'm sure happy it was this one. Writing prose vignettes is a recent enthusiasm for me, and I'm really liking it!
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beeinthebottle Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012   Writer
Congrats on the DD! Lovely images in this and such a nice, quiet mood.
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LancelotPrice Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012
Thank you, Lisa. It was sweet. :)
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glossolalias Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012
congratulations on the DD!
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LancelotPrice Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012
Thanks, Jorge. It was good to see this particular one chosen.
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glossolalias Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012
agreed. this is my recent favorite of your work.
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LancelotPrice Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012
:iconbowplz:
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