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Valentine's Day by Striped-Tie Valentine's Day by Striped-Tie
"I'm sorry I'm back so soon. I bet you must be getting sick of seeing me so often, huh?"

She spoke as if she were talking to someone standing right beside her, an old friend or comrade. She kept her eyes closed, as if she were trying to keep this illusion up.

"I didn't bring any flowers yesterday, I know, I know. But I had a reason, see? Got better ones today, beats the hell out of some lillies or carnations. The thorns prick like a bitch, so I hope you like them. If not, at least pretend you do, got that?"

She paused, half expecting an answer, deep down knowing that was impossible, but still hoping.

"So. Yeah... Happy Valentine's Day, Steve. ... It's so bloody commercial, bet we would have been laughing at all the damn PDA going around today. Throwing a rock or two, knocking people into fountains."

Once more she stopped, all too aware her voice was beginning to break. She swallowed hard, taking another breath to try and stop herself from shaking.

"I... I really, do wish you were..."

She turned away, fingers clenching tigher atound the roses she held. She bit her bottom lip, choking back a sob before forcing herself to look back to the grave in front of her. "Here. I wish you were here, Steve, you've got no idea... But you just..."

Another deep breath. She could do this. She couldn't do it last year, or the year before. She had to finish talking, she had to do it this year. "You just keep my spot warm for me. I'll see you soon, okay? I know... I promise. I won't break this one, okay? I swear it. Hey, if you put in a good word for me up there, I might bring you some chocolates next time."

She knelt down, pushing the roses up against the tombstone. There was no body occupying the grave, she knew that, but it brought her peace - Even if it was only a little. To think that there could be a small chance he would be listening to her, and know that there was reason to wait for her.

"... I love you."

She rose back to her feet and swiftly left, no longer able to hold back the tears. She thanked the rain for hiding them from anyone she would pass in the cemetary, but knew the rain couldn't hide them from herself.

She never told anyone that knew her now why she hated that day so very, very much.








Damn, this has taken me so long... I still don't like this all that much.

10 minutes until the 14th over here. Happy Valentines Day, guys.


Used these wonderful tutorials for the rain : [link] & [link]

Trees in the background are magnificant Brushes you can find here : [link]

I also used some grass brushes but I downloaded them so long ago I can't remember where they're from... As soon as I find out again, I'll certainly link to them.
Songs listened to (In case you're curious, lol.)
(Oxygen) [link]
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Note to all Clubs this is submitted to: This is not entering of the Valentines contests taking place.
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:iconl-master:
L-MASTER Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
extreme T^T
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pharynroller400 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014  Student Artist
claire's dead boyfriend
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NaomiiYumii Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
D:
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shevakitty Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2011
oh god so sad D: but beautiful
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TrunksSS3 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2010
AWSOME! I never saw his untill like 2 days ago and today I was just like "OMG THAT"S AWSOME FAVE!"
and yeah I'm so tired!!!!!!!!
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Nicholai-Madias Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010
You are good
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:iconkomkovski:
komKovski Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2010  Student General Artist
Wow, I really love this/ It's beautiful. I love the emotion, The detail, The tree. (I Love trees. xD ) And I love red hair, So naturally..I love the character. Her emotion just fits perfectly with everything. Fantastic job!
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Natureboy3 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2010
:crying:

Still awesome! But...*sob*
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:iconbrokenkey2235:
BrokenKey2235 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
T~T this makes me want to cry
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:iconyvee-chan:
Yvee-chan Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow... that's really good. Great emotions!
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:iconkiki-kiti:
Kiki-Kiti Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2010
Looks amazing. I can feel the emotion in it. Great work :)
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:iconendless-insanity:
endless-insanity Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2010
That's so lovely and so sad...
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:iconsteve-burnsideplz:
Steve-Burnsideplz Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2010
I thought Valentine's Day was supposed to be a happy time. D:

Anyway, this was nice, though a little bit depressing.
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:iconstriped-tie:
Striped-Tie Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Those in love : Happy Time
Those Single : Just another day
Those in Claire's Situation : ... I can't imagine it would be a good time D: Valentines, you mixed bag, you XD

Thank you :)
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Steve-Burnsideplz Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2010
I'd rather her not be upset on Valentine's day because of my death. :/ That totally bums me out.

You're welcome. :D
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:iconstriped-tie:
Striped-Tie Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Well now you have initiative to come back to life some time soon XD?
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Steve-Burnsideplz Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2010
Yesss. And I better.
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Aletheiia90 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OMG Thats DEEP!
REALLY DEEP!!!!
Woah, i absolutely loved that.
Awsome work.
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:iconstriped-tie:
Striped-Tie Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm glad you could see the feelings behind it :)
And that you enjoyed it :heart:
Thank you!
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zippymax Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2010
I've said it before, and I'll say it AGAIN, WHY CAN'T THE WRITERS FOR ACTUAL R.E. GAMES BE THIS GOOD?! Even if they aren't being paid as much as they SHOULD be, it'll STILL be something to put on their resume!
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antocullen Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2010  Student Digital Artist
BWAA ..... I mourn you did T_T .... excellent work, but it is very sad T_T
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:iconstriped-tie:
Striped-Tie Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you :) Sad was right what I was aiming for :bow:
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antocullen Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2010  Student Digital Artist
you're very welcome!! :D
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namemissing Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Great pic Stripedtie!! And wow, it got quite a reception! I like the story, even if i don't get the context; it's well written.
And, yeah, that rain is real cool :L
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Striped-Tie Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks Joe :) (You can call me by my name, lol!) I'm really surprised at the attention this has gotten, haha.

If you approve of something that short then I guess it can't be too bad of something :P

Rain FTW.
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namemissing Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah sorry, i don't know the "proper" way to name someone you know outside an online community cause some people don't like to be called by their actual name and such.
anyway, cool image!!!
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:iconstriped-tie:
Striped-Tie Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Fair enough lol. Well if people know me IRL, I'm all good for them to be calling me by my name XD
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cosmovsgoku Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
...wow... :+fav:
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Striped-Tie Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Ta Rob.
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cosmovsgoku Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Ye welcome
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AquaCrescent Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2010
Beautiful picture, beautiful story!
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:iconstriped-tie:
Striped-Tie Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
:heart::heart: Thank you~!
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AquaCrescent Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2010
Most welcome, m'dear. :)
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sorenredfield Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
awwwww, so beautiful!! I cried when I read the story in the description. It's so sad and beautiful. Im sad that Capcom killed Steve. It not fair. He should come back.
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Striped-Tie Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you :) I cried a little writing it... But slapped myself XD Glad I could envoke the same sorta emotions from someone else (I don't feel so alone now lol!)

We can always hope that they change thie minds again, haha :) There was so much they could have done with Steve D:
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sorenredfield Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
yeah i agree. maybe he will come back in resident evil 6 (we can always hope)
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crshh Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2010
What's in the background besides the rain? Are those trees?
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:iconstriped-tie:
Striped-Tie Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Yep, just trees and sky, really.
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kriegfalke Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2010
:ohnoes: so sad...
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:iconstriped-tie:
Striped-Tie Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, I'm a horrible person to know come V-Day xD
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kriegfalke Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2010
lol i was sad but i think he'll come back :D they wouldnt hint it for no reason right?
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:iconstriped-tie:
Striped-Tie Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Here's hoping! I'd love to see Steve make a reappearance ;A; I love that boy :XD:
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kriegfalke Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2010
yeah, hopefully they find a cure for him and manuella. they both have t vironica right? speaking of which what ever happened to sherry. (wow i just said "speeching of which"... i need english lessons and its my language... thats kinda sad ;-;)
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Neckbreaker Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2010
Very nice.
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:iconstriped-tie:
Striped-Tie Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you :)
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ditto9 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
;A;
Looks fab finished <3
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Striped-Tie Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you Ditty :heart:
Knowing me I'll probably try and fix a while lot of junk at some point XD
NEVER HAPPY.
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ditto9 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Nuu, it's pretty! In a tragic sort of way.
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:iconstriped-tie:
Striped-Tie Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
TRAGEDY, when the feeling's gone and you can't go on....
JESUS how many versions of that song is there XD?
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ditto9 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
TOO MANY
BURN IT NOW
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