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You Can't Take It With You by ForeverBigBlue68 You Can't Take It With You by ForeverBigBlue68
"You can't take it with you." Christina hears her Mother call from the porch. But in her mind she is determined to take Sir Lancelot with her wherever they are going. She still remembers the day her Father gave him to her, that last day she saw her Father alive. He left for the war the next morning and was killed a few months later. It had been a special day for her they had spent it down by the stream fishing and he had read the tale of King Arthur to her again. Then from a cloth bag he had hidden in the wagon he brought forth the bear. She new as soon as she saw him what his name would be.

"You are my guardian,my protector and you shall be named for the greatest of the knights. I dub thee Sir Lancelot knight of the realm." She had loved him from the first look and she would never give him up.

During those long dark nights after her Fathers death he had stood guard over her as she slept and kept the shadows away. No dark things would show their faces in her dreams as long as Sir Lancelot was there to protect her. Her Mother always said she was getting too old for such nonsense and it was time to put the bear away. She just didn't understand how special he was. How much she loved him and how he made her feel as though some part of her Father was inside his fuzzy body.

One day her cousins had come to visit and that awful Corey had thrown Lancelot into the old hollow stump in the front yard. She had tried and tried to get him out but she was too small to reach him. She begged her Mother but she said once again it was time to grow up and leave the childishness behind. She had cried and cried at the loss of her greatest friend. Who would protect her now from the long dark shadows that crept across her bed in the night?

Then came the day everything changed. She had no memory of what had happened that day but the world around her and her Mother had changed into something dreamlike and faded. Things had no substance to them and one day she had walked through the door to her room without opening it. That is when the idea came to her if she could walk through the door then she could get into the stump as well. She could get him back and then everything would be right again. She tried and tried but although she could easily pass into the stump Sir Lancelot could not. But her determination made her think of a new way. She would throw him out and then pick him up outside.

Now she finally had him back and she would never give him up no matter what her Mother said. All she did was talk about moving on to some other place far away from here. Well if this place wouldn't let Sir Lancelot move there as well then she wanted no part of it. She would just stay here and hide from her Mother until she agreed to stay here or let her take him along.

Just a little reminder not all ghost stories are meant to frighten. Some are charming and sweet to hear even on cool autumn nights when all the ghosts and ghouls are knocking at the door. Wishing you a early Happy Halloween and hope you enjoyed my little ghost story and the picture to go with it.


My deepest appreciation to the stock providers without whom I could not make things like this.

Stock artist credits.

My thanks to AlbaStock :iconalbastock:
for the original background:[link]

Thank you to MAGNETO1969-Stock :iconmagneto1969-stock:
for the house:[link]

A very special thank you to Meltys :iconmeltys:
for the young lady and her teddy bear:[link]

Thank you to faestock :iconfaestock:
for the ghost of the Mother standing on the porch; I am unable to find the original stock image at this time. It may have been taken down from the stock providers page.

Thank you to Inthename-Stock :iconinthename-stock:
for the texture I used on the background:[link]

As always please visit these stock artists and respect their rules for use of their stock.
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whispersss Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Hello :) you have been featured in the Avalon Monthly Aspects about "Landscape" take a look here >[link]
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ForeverBigBlue68 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2010
Thank you so much I am truly honored to be included. This was my first work submitted to your group and for it to be supported like this is a very special gift. :hug: :love: :rose:
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whispersss Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
:) you're quite welcome !!! nice job ! :)
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Charybdis23 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Very, very beautiful.
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ForeverBigBlue68 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2010
Thank you for the lovely compliment. :hug:
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Omnitelik Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the emotion. I can feel it when i see it.
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ForeverBigBlue68 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2010
Thank you very much for the comment. Yes there is a lot of emotion put into this picture and the story I wrote for it. The bases for it I will not discuss here but it has been with me for a long time. Working on this piece was hard for me but I now feel it did help me to reach a point where I can deal with it better. I am very honored you liked my work and thank you again for the comment.
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Omnitelik Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem at all! sometimes that's all it takes. =)
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Mistshadow2k4 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
I was just stopping by your page when I decided to read this story again. I just wanted to remind you of how fantastic a job you did on both the artwork and the writing. It is truly an amazing piece! :hug:
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ForeverBigBlue68 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010
Thank you my dearest, sweet angel. I loved doing this one and I still love the way it came out in the end. As for the story I consider it one of my best ideas and I even like it. :love: :hug: :kiss:
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Mistshadow2k4 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
You're more than welcome :love: :tighthug:
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deaddoll00 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A beautiful, emotive piece and a great story to go with it. Very nicely done :D
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ForeverBigBlue68 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2009
Thank you very much for the compliment and for reading the story. Both mean a lot to me. :hug:
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SilEnigmaArts Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Both the visual and the story are beautiful.....lovely work :)
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ForeverBigBlue68 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2009
I simply love it when someone takes the time to read one of my little stories it means a lot to me. Thank you very much for the compliments and I am happy you liked it.
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SilEnigmaArts Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well....I cannot make a piece and not compliment it with a story, its a dishonour to the hard work and overall mood of the piece that I am trying to visualise. I respect those who take the time to honour their works with stories or at least a short legend as to the motivation behind creating that visual. So many wonderful pieces of artwork by incredible artists in here just lay flat for me when i see no comment about the work. I know that not everyone is good with the written word and i dont profess to be so myself but I at least attempt to create a mood to hopefully draw the observer into my pieces. I know many dont take the time to read but its their loss....I know when I post my work I did my all to show it how i saw it in my minds eye and how i wished others to see it too.
Sooooooo dont stop....each piece has a story that needs to be told :)
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ForeverBigBlue68 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2009
I could not agree more with your statement and it is something I try to do even if it goes unread by most. To me some of my works just aren't finished without a story or poem to bring it all together in my eyes. I would like to do it with all my works but sometimes I just can't seem to put into words what I see when I look at it or how I felt while making it,I think that made sense. I am not a writer or poet by any stretch of the imagination but I do think of myself as sort of a story teller like those from ancient times sitting by the evening fire. Your stories are very well written and I liked them very much. I always try to read the artist's comments on every work I view especially if their is a story or poem. I feel the artist deserves that at least for their effort at letting us glimpse inside their thoughts of how they see the art themselves.
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SilEnigmaArts Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Smiles......my sentiments exactly and I thank you for your lovely comments :)
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ForeverBigBlue68 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2009
You are most certainly welcome and I enjoyed your works very much and appreciated the tales you added to them.
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Nemesis-of-the-Gods Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What an amazingly awesome and creepy picture for Halloween! I love it! ^^
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ForeverBigBlue68 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2009
Thank you very much it is one of my personnel favorites as well. I love Halloween,Autumn and ghost stories. This gave me the chance to combine them all and I enjoyed making it.
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Nemesis-of-the-Gods Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome :nod:
I can see why, it's very nicely done. I love this time of year as well, hehe =]
Well you did a great job, keep up the awesome work! ^^
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DevilKittyDesigns Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Both the art and the story are wonderful. You did an excellent job on this one. :)
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ForeverBigBlue68 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2009
Thank you very much. I am honored you liked it and I deeply appreciate the comment on the story. I am not a writer but I do love to add the story behind some of my works. You are one of the few to comment on any of them and it means a great deal to me. Thank you again my morning just brightened a little.
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DevilKittyDesigns Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome hon. Happy to have helped make your day a bit brighter. :hug:
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MAGNETO1969-STOCK Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2009
great !
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ForeverBigBlue68 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2009
Thank you very much.
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