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We were merely children when the stars came.

They rained down from the sky in a burst of light, like shards of glass pouring down from the heavens. Supernovas blooming in the night sky, petals raining down onto the barren earth - angels, falling with their wings sheathed, glowing, as they glided down. We watched, starstruck, as the glow overtook us - we were mesmerized. We waited with bated breath as the meteors landed, the celestial light subsiding as dark forms started to pick themselves up from the dust.

They moved towards us with an otherworldly grace, their steps leaving no marks on the earth as they descended upon us. Frozen to our spots as they approached, our bodies simply unresponsive in their wake. We were paralyzed. They stretched out their wings, embracing us in a softness unimaginable - a polymerization of silky feathers made of pure light, like a soft touch of a rose petal - and suddenly, our eyes were opened. The world was the same, yet so new, as it was washed with a glistening overlay of an indescribable sight. Everything was sharpened, yet softened. As we marveled at the sights, we felt a bittersweet pull to our cores - a unnerving certainty that one day, the stars would return to take back this gift which was rightfully theirs, that this was to be shared and not kept. We had no word to describe this new sight, no word beautiful enough, no word powerful enough - but finally, we gave it a simple name.

Color.

With that, a flood of new words was created to describe the spectrum of color that had been given to us - red, orange, green, yellow - the list went on as humans discovered newfound beauty in mundane, everyday things. We lived life to the fullest, and yet, we did not appreciate it while it lasted - even now, I remember it only in a haze, like a half-forgotten dream tugging on the reaches of your brain as you forget it in the rush of a new day - a beauty that exists only in my dreams, a sensation unreachable to us now, a state of pristine anoesis. Sometimes, I wonder if it was simply a dream, a hallucination, a delicate paracosm shattered by the ramblings of an unstable mind.

(though, would that make it any less beautiful?)

The stars offered us a simple agreement - as they had granted the gift of color to us, they would one day return to take it back - and return they did, a second cloud of fire descending through the stratosphere as we waited with an awed dread - we knew what was coming, and yet we stood rooted to the spot as they came to take the color away from us once again. We could do nothing as the iridescence faded from our sight again, leaving us in a monochrome world of what we had once called "black" and "white." Ironically, it was only then - once the color had left our eyes - that we could finally see the stars for what they really were.

They were not angels, nor were they simply stars. They were pure manifestations of light, of ideas, clouds of chroma that touched our cores as they drifted past us. They existed on a different plane, and we knew then that we could never understand them, nor could we ever hope to. However, we understood this - we had been changed. We had been altered irreversibly, fibres of our very being sewn into a grander tapestry. As their color left us, we replaced it with our own. After that, we were different. Flashes of a all-consuming emotion would take us, and leave in their wake art which emanated a faint trace of those tantalizing colours which had once been ours. Paintings, literature, it made no difference - the color was nonetheless present, yet painfully ephemeral. Eventually, we invented a moniker for the feeling - simple, yet complex in its origins.

We called it inspiration, and the stars we renamed muses, for their very presence inspired us to create.

And who knows?

Perhaps one day, we shall witness their descent once more.
AN: written for a prompt - “write a legend, myth, or fairytale about falling stars.”

for :iconthewritinghaven:’s contest.

i’m somewhat proud of how this turned out.

though.

purple.

~Nyx

EDIT: WOAH WHAT I GOT A WHAT WHY HOW

WHAT

OKAY

THANK YOU SO MUCH

OMG

OMG

LET ME DIE HAPPY

//SCREAMING

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//goes to reply to every single comment
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chroma by ~SolarumNyx is a wonderful torrent of imagery. ( Suggested by Kymira12 and Featured by neurotype )
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insomniaplague Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Woaaahhh, I didn't know you had a DD! That's not to say you didn't deserve it, this is great, but still! :D Congrats (even though it was last year >.>), congrats, congrats, congrats!
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SolarumNyx Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
yep, haha! i don't have stamps on my page saying that i had gotten a dd, or any reference to it, mostly because i'd like readers to go through my gallery with a fresh start, so to speak. thank you so much for reading! i hope you enjoyed the read! ^^
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insomniaplague Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Twas a wonderful read; deserving of a DD, really. ^^
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SolarumNyx Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
awww thank you so much you amazing person you :iconblushplz:
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insomniaplague Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
:meow: I'm am an amazing person...but it was my pleaure, as always. (I hate that phrase, but I use it so much. XD)
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imaginative-lioness Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I have featured this in my journal: [link]
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SolarumNyx Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
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asdfghjkl; thank you so much ;w;
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chocominte Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Student General Artist
proof of pro-ness
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SolarumNyx Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
UGH STAHP
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chocominte Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Student General Artist
why should i :iconimadplz:
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SolarumNyx Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
bcuz i've got swag

//SHOT DEAD AND PUNTED ACROSS THE SKY
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infinitexxx Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:happycry: <3 <3
oh, i love this <3
i'm guessing you won, too! so lovely
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SolarumNyx Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
yep. it was pretty fun to write, too! xD i did it all in one session though, so i have a feeling there's grammatical errors everywhere. orz
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infinitexxx Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
lol, there's none i can see! :iconcuddleplz:
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SolarumNyx Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
asdfghjkl; :iconsupertighthugplz:
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DuchesseOfDusk Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, this is very beautiful :sun:
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ClariiTaGigii Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012
woooowww...that is so freaking NEAT..!! i love it when people create fantastic stories out of ordinary things ^^ thank you
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reggar Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012
Beautiful story! :)
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CrematedMan Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Student Writer
I'm glad you maintained that melancholy, ethereal tone throughout.
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SolarumNyx Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
i'm glad that you took the time to read it and give feedback! thank you so much! :heart:
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takarayume Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Student General Artist
Uwaah this is just so amazing~ the descriptions are beautiful~ ; 7 ;
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SolarumNyx Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
thank you so much!

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notasbeautifulasyoutho
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takarayume Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Student General Artist
pfft no probbu~ I love how vivid you made the scenes look and how you portrayed everything so well--:iconasdfghplz:

pfftt--asjdbaskdas:iconohstopityouplz:
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Digital-Ashes Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is quite possibly the most beautiful single thing I have ever read in my life time. I believe I would be hardpressed to find anything that can match this for the remainder of my life and I'm only 22.
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SolarumNyx Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
that really does mean a lot to me. i'm glad that you took the time to read it and give such wonderful feedback. thank you so much! :heart:
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Digital-Ashes Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You deserve every bit of it. It's very very beautiful. There's a game out there called Journey for the PS3. It's up to you whether or not you play it but this writing of yours brought out some emotions that I felt for that game.
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Silvery-Storm Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012
Whoa. :wow:

The imagery in your work is fantastic. I can see it all perfectly in my mind, how the descriptions all dance on the edges of reality, ideas that all just mesh together and create something amazing, just like what you were writing about. It's so clear, and you have such a varied vocabulary. I really loved reading this, and congratulations on the DD :)
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SolarumNyx Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
thank you so much! i love creating that wispy kind of imagery, the kind that sticks in your head. that means the world to me, that other people can see it too. :heart:
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Silvery-Storm Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012
You're welcome :D And you're good at it too, so keep it up! :)
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Davidpoet30 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012
i loved this it was written so beautifully and poeticlly
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SolarumNyx Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
thank you so much! :heart:
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Davidpoet30 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012
you sre welcome
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princen-scythe Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Student General Artist
this is so beautiful omg
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SolarumNyx Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
thank you so much! :heart:

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no u
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GoWeegie Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
:icontearsofjoyplz: I thought it was beautifuuuuuuul!

Such amazing detail, such amazing literature! And I thought that I was the good writer in deviantART. YOU'RE SO MUCH BETTER THAN MEEEEEEHEHEHEHEHEEEEE! *Hugs you* I love your art. You're such an amazing writer. I love your art so much.
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SolarumNyx Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
thank you so much! :heart:
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eirlude Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012
This is lovely! I love reading good literature ;;
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SolarumNyx Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
thank you so much~! :heart:
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Nekothebro Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I really don't know whatt to say here. This is absolutely beautiful, my friend. Good job on this work of art, friend.
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SolarumNyx Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
thank you so much! :heart:
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Nekothebro Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
not a problem, my friend!
It's truly amazing
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nykol-haebrd Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful description...definitely myth-worthy :)
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SolarumNyx Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
thank you so much! i loved the prompt from the contest, haha. :heart:
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nykol-haebrd Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
you're welcome ^_^
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Mahoohe Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I LIKE IT(:
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SolarumNyx Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I LIKE THAT YOU LIKE IT:)
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Cassildra Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Professional Writer
Congratulations. This is beautiful and evocative. I'm too tired to be coherent, lol.
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SolarumNyx Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
thank you so much! hope you get some rest, haha! :heart:
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gracefulsunshine Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012
holy shit - this is so beautiful - the ideas are well developed and the themes are so subtle yet so prominent

give me your talent, you venerable master

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SolarumNyx Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
//throws talent at you

//and love
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