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He Does Not Sleep by TheMichaelMacRae He Does Not Sleep by TheMichaelMacRae

“The days are regimented here and though you should expect him to leave me in the tundra if I were to fall behind, you could say I am well fed and energized, so do not worry. All that he provides in the way of foodstuffs is deer meat. I’ve relied on my rations of tin vegetables and and have taken up the hobby of fishing to satisfy a varied diet.


We hunt most hours of the day, he kills the animals leaving me to fix them to sleds and drag the carcasses, sometimes miles at a time back to the cave where he does not permit me to enter. I’ve been used as little more than a pack mule in these trips but from what I understand he brings me along to observe. It is difficult discerning him as he does not speak, or chooses not to, and he refrains from physical conversation beyond simple gestures when it pleases him. He engages in other activities on a mysterious schedule and he seems to make good use of any time I am away or the rare chance I may be caught sleeping. I’ve stepped outside for only minutes and returned to find a fully skinned and gutted carcass splayed upon the table with its spine removed and ground into sludge. He was sitting in his chair.


He acts like a shadow, constantly moving about the walls rather than cross the floor. If I don’t watch him closely it is easy to lose track of him, even in this confined cabin space. During the nights (if one can call them as such, they are little more than dim evenings here) he sits across from the bed, facing the snuffed out fireplace, barely visible in his dark and oiled wraps. Comfortable sleep has become a luxury, on more than one occasion I have awoke to find he had rotated to face me, his gaunt statuesque form with long fingers clutching the ends of the arm rests. I suppose it goes without saying that he does not make for good company.


I have yet to fully understand what we are doing here, I do hope it is revealed soon. As things are though, I may be here for some time.



- M”

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:iconmonkeezgob:
monkeezgob Featured By Owner 2 days ago
Brilliant work. Fantastic composition.
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D33rp0under Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2015
i dunno i think i saw him yawn the other day
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ApolloMasque Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2015
Well, that's just creeptacular. Kind of reminds me of that old "Mysteries of Harris Burdick" book by Chris Van Allsburg. I can't help but wonder if her ghoulish companion is helping her in his own way...or merely ignoring her as he does his own thing. Gives me the jibblies.
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brightmaniac Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I really need more about those two, i you wrote books or made comics (idk if you do them) i love to have everything
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:iconthemichaelmacrae:
TheMichaelMacRae Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'll do more of them eventually. But I haven't thought much on what they do why they were together. You know how when you're in highschool and you think up an idea that you think is super interesting and original but realize down the road that it's so cliche and angsty? Originally the whole world revolved around this girl in the picture, everyone wanted a part of her and she was all "ooh it's such a hard life, ooh I'm so badass but ooh I'm all lonely and emo blah blah" -cringeworthy- 

So anyway this creepy zombie dude, who at the time was a creepy middle aged guy with a swastica on his forehead (zomg so edgy!) and gross flesh mutating superpowers was interested in her because of course she had something he wanted and couldn't get from anywhere else blah blah long story short, they wound up together and formed an uneasy and sinister relationship. 

I grew up a bit and realized how dumb all that was, and creepy swastica guy turned into this stoic undead (or is he? ooOOooh) guy who still has some interest in this girl but I'm hoping that when it comes to me it won't be so cliche I guess. Or maybe neither of them are particularly interested in the other and this meeting they have in the arctic is just the start of something new rather than the culmination of something growing between them prior. I don't really know.

I have a lot of ideas going on in my head and I try to mask the fact that they are very very fragmented by writing short stories that kinda go along with the general vibe of the idea. And from these stories I slowly piece together a larger narrative. 

That's all a long way of saying, "What you see is what I got."
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mariorossi Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2015
I think Flechette is an ancestor of Maya.
He is very worried because he's aware she has the same disease he is affected by.
That's why he doesn't speak and look at her while she's sleeping: he's trying to collect ideas to find a cure.
The secret agency they are working for is going to use Maya as a replacement for Flechette but he won't let theme hurt her.
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TheMichaelMacRae Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I may do away with the 'secret society' thing. It's too cliche. I'm working on finding a context for all these weird characters that makes sense, but is kindof different from where most people go with it. Then again I might just say they're all part of the government idunno! But thanks for the ideas!
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LoulandLouis Featured By Owner May 19, 2015
what book or fiction is this please, i really am intrigued.
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:iconthemichaelmacrae:
TheMichaelMacRae Featured By Owner May 19, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Just my own ideas
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magicanimal13 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2015
WARNING! Carry on reading! Or you will die, even if you looked at the word warning!
Once there was a little girl called Clarissa, she was ten-years-old and she lived in a mental 
hospital, because she killed her mom and dad. She got so bad she went to kill all the
staff in the hospital so the More-government decided that the best idea was to get rid of her so
they set up a special room to kill her, as humane as possible but it went wrong the
machine they were using went wrong. And she sat there in agony for hours until she died.
Now every week on the day of her death she returns to the person that reads this letter, on
a Monday night at 12:00 a.m. She creeps into your room and kills you slowly, by cutting you
and watching you bleed to death. Now send this to ten other pictures on this one site, and
she will haunt someone else who doesn't. This isn't fake. apparently if you copy and paste
this to ten comments in the next ten minutes you will have the best day of you life tomorrow.You
will either get kissed or asked out, if you break the chain you will see a little dead girl in your room.
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:iconloulandlouis:
LoulandLouis Featured By Owner May 19, 2015
are you kinding? I wouldn't miss that in a million years! Finally some exitement in my life.
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:iconthemichaelmacrae:
TheMichaelMacRae Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Screw off.
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:iconmagicanimal13:
magicanimal13 Featured By Owner May 1, 2015
Sorry, But I didn't want to take that chance.
Mey-Rin (Sorry) [V1] 
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HT1372 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2015  Student Artist
:D (Big Grin) Clap Clap Clap Clap Clap Clap Clap Clap Clap Clap Clap Clap Clap Clap Clap Clap Clap Clap Clap Clap Clap Clap Clap Clap Clap Clap Clap 
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aaawhyme Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
holyshift. this is beautiful
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:iconkitsunedzelda:
KitsuneDzelda Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2015
Ummmm thats not a hunter lady.  Thats a zombie. 
Thats a zombie. 
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:icontinchosanz:
tinchosanz Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2015
cool
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:iconliezelvdl:
LiezelvdL Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
love the atmosphere!
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:iconspginc:
SPGinc Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2015
Whoa, creepy- but cool as well.
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:iconwestx:
WestX Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2015
Creeeeeeeeeeeepy. I love it.
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Inenarrable Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2014   Digital Artist
This work is pure art.
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corvidcorax Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014
this is great on many levels!
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ILikeCommas Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
>~>
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Jacob-Cross Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2014
Nice
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MiZzAmJoNeS Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
very cool and like the story
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:iconcurb71:
Curb71 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I Really love this, both disturbing, mysterious and yet calm.
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:iconfwo0sh:
Fwo0sh Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very interesting story, I like the concept of Flechette. A mysterious supernatural character with no explanation or backstory. Sometimes I feel writers or such get too wrapped up in explaining things, failing to appreciate a complete mystery. Some things are better when left alone.
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daemsify Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
good idea.. well produced!
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OscarHayArt Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Beautiful piece of work.  One day I wish to be as good as you! :)
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rajasegar Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great piece of work!!
Thanks for sharing...
Featured in Daily Inspirations at hangaroundtheweb.com/2014/10/d…
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ExplosivePixel Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
PLEASE MAKE MORE OF THESE I AM SO INTRIGUED BY THE STORY AGH
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D-Goldenheart Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This somehow reminds me of a separate location in what I would see in "The Last of Us." It's all bloody gorgeous, and I really don't like front page works, but this is an exception. Great job on making this mate! Keep up the great work, and I hope to see more from you soon!!!
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Pearl-Shadow Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's nice to see this on the front page (again?), the mystery of the character really makes me want to see more :>
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THDarkReaperAngel Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014
Stunning! The expression used is perfect!!
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StarbuckJr Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014
Is this an excerpt from a book? or a story? Is there more to read or more to see? The picture resonates with the atmosphere depicted in the text. Excellent.
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TheMichaelMacRae Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
it's all made up
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:iconstarbuckjr:
StarbuckJr Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014
Could you make up more?
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AppreciateVirtualArt Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
wow!
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UdjatAlHazred Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014
what a great picture!
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TheMichaelMacRae Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Neolithic or NOTHING
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:iconcoolguyxl:
coolguyXL Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014
I know this is from a movie...
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:iconthemichaelmacrae:
TheMichaelMacRae Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
what movie?
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:iconcoolguyxl:
coolguyXL Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014
Idk, but it had traveling in the woods, getting hit by a car, and guy becoming a zombie. I was little when I saw it.
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FrankieGrey Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Brutal.
nathan_explosion.jpg
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:iconlaladaycavalier:
LaLadayCavalier Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014  Hobbyist
Who is he? Is this from something? What is this about? ?: So curious! >w<
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SuperiorSpiderNoir Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014
ricochet188 did you draw this?
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