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RufusMisser Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
@08:19The darkness became her companion and her friend. that is sooo amazing!!!!!
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NumNumkats Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
@08:00WHAT IS GOING ON HERE O_O
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KarNeli Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Hobbyist
@08:51Awesome job!!:happybounce: Love  Since mid video wondering what happens next. Music is beautiful!! Much prayer, a link to
the song. Want to listen to it separately from the video. Worship 
Sorry for my english ...
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lois1cute Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Hobbyist
@02:40Dawwwww......
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Defender-of-people Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
@08:37gah T^T
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ShEmAinn Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013
@03:32Awesome, I love the moves :D
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littlefoxling101 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013
@09:10omg I loved it truly you guys have some serious skill!
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ecscreams Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013
@01:46I'm glad I wasn't the only one who thought that
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mootaurus Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
@08:23Heh heh... Sometimes I post too much x.x
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mootaurus Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
@07:38Oh... :)
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mootaurus Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
@07:00What's gonna happen....
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mootaurus Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
@05:42Awwwww....
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mootaurus Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
@04:32Aw...Or..What??? Stop taking the meds!!!
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mootaurus Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
@03:47Take the dang medicine!!!!
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mootaurus Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
@02:27Awwwww
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mootaurus Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
@01:31Wait...sad and creepy?
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mootaurus Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
@01:09This looks sad...
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:iconblueladyart:
BlueLadyArt Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
@05:18This stupid black snake eats she's peels!!!
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Dinocath Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013
@04:19ITS BEAUTIFUL :3333
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C-Jonzie185 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013
@04:23ITS UMBREON !! :O
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:iconkybral:
Kybral Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013  Professional Filmographer
@01:54Hahaha, why thank you! Your attention is the very least I could ask for, so I'm very happy that it kept yours :)
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Kybral Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Professional Filmographer
@08:46Haha, thanks! :)
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Beedreamer22 Featured By Owner May 20, 2013
@05:59awesome,,
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jaycosta Featured By Owner May 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
@04:02No!!!! he be stealing mah meds!
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:iconnmystery:
nmystery Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013
@09:05i..i don't have words for that
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it was so emotional and ...... ^^; i really can't explain it
but the movie was beautiful
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Ravenclaw1401 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
@05:37I love this scene! Very beautiful! :iconlovesplz:
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catangeltitan Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012
@02:31<3 HUGGLES
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Warrayfinson Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
@01:18Incredibly eotionally moving and animated. This is my fifth time watching this, and I still have the same awed emotions watching it :love: :love: :love:
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norbertrox Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Student General Artist
@05:00outside! yay!
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:iconjennyjinx:
JennyJinx Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012
@07:12WTFFFF what happened to the cutie?!?!?! 0.o
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JennyJinx Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012
@03:52it looks like a little dinosaur :3
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Horinchan Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
@06:48It's Really Beautiful!
There aren't words to describe this feeling...

Thanks for this, inspired me so much!
I really want to download it... Could you leave a link to do it? Please & Thanks, Again ♥
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Philiemeister Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2011
@00:43proportion is great!
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Poly-ninja Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
@06:51AWESOME!!!!!
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crazy-chick29 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
@07:58Epicness!
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Niirochi Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
@02:19Such a beautiful animation. :) It relaxed me somehow, maybe the music? I dunno, either way it was amazing.
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avatarcate Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2010
@07:29i love the music! :D
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SeanMallonWriting Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
@00:24This is the beginning of one of the best animated pieces every. Though sad.
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Artisticman16 Featured By Owner May 4, 2013  Student General Artist
@03:25it's her disease and she dies at peace with herself
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626elemental Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2010
@01:29WOw, creepy...
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dash-of-balder Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
@07:43Thoroughly brilliant use of metaphor. It actually took me a little while to figure out what "the Dark" was symbolizing, but you portrayed it with such graceful elegance... really pulls at the heartstrings and keeps you glued to your seat. This is a marvelous piece of animation and you should be really proud of yourself for pulling it together!
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Knallis-Sillan Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013
@03:15When I watched this I just thought the shot was part of a transition to show the progression of time.
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AgentWebdog Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2010  Student Digital Artist
@06:16I love how just briefly it seems to hesitate here, before eating the pills.
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Buxomsuggard Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2010  Hobbyist
@04:42yeah cause she's not taking the pills
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Kakashilover1002 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2010
@02:59this is cool . How did you make it. ^^
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GabePuratekuta Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
@06:26I think I get it. The creature is a personification of her illness and it's eating her meds so that she doesn't get better and so that it can spread
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GabePuratekuta Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
@06:31I think I get it. The creature's taking the meds so that she won't get better and it can stay
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Fessel Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2010
@06:06Use your imagination... (its actually the answer)
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burnchild Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
@05:22the creature is so beautiful at all times; such a masterful capture of growing and aging and changing! :clap:
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**Please do not copy or distribute without my permission.**

my thesis film.

the idea for this project grew from a single image in my head: a giant, brooding monster watching over a little girl outside her bedroom window. overall, i'm satisfied with it and glad i was able to finish such a large production, but i look back and i know i could've made it better. perhaps sometime in the future i'll remake it and do the story the justice it deserves. what i had planned is too heartfelt and epic for a short film.

still... my favorite aspect of the entire film is the music. once again it was composed by Derek Zhao, the man who did the score for "To The Sun". this time around we went for something more grand: a full orchestra (22 musicians i believe). the recording session was the most amazing part of the entire production and Derek did an excellent job interpreting the emotions i wanted into music.

animated in Toon Boom Digital Pro.
backgrounds done in Photoshop.
composited in After Effects.
edited in Premiere Pro.
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The Girl and The Dark by ~FinalKai

"A charming film with a touching story and beautifully fluid animation. I absolutely loved it!" ( Suggested by Treyos and Featured by InpuUpUaut )
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HolaRaincloud Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2015  New member Hobbyist General Artist
*I remember seeing this movie before I got my DA account--I was in tears!!!
*I love the story and the WHOLE entire animation
*This is beautiful, keep going
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RufusMisser Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
@08:19The darkness became her companion and her friend. that is sooo amazing!!!!!
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NumNumkats Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
@08:00WHAT IS GOING ON HERE O_O
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Ibble Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014
@08:18Awesome!! 
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1Rafa Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
This is the best animation I ever see! *0*
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Foxy-Scarecrow Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014
Oh me goddies, but that was sad, beautiful, epic and awesome all wrapped in one. I love the dog darkness though. The animation was REALLY GOOD. Although I can't say much, I think it's epic.
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Evalyn-Insanity Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm still kinda trying to find out what really happened.
My theory is:
The darkness was her sickness or whatever. It watched over her and tried to make her last moments great. It was eating her pills that was given to her,it eating them (i guess) showed or pointed out that they were not working for her.
The larger it got the closer to death she was, so once it got really big,she died.

I'm guessing I got it at least pretty close to what it was.
Anyways it was an amazing animation~
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DaphfloconMojo Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014  Student Filmographer
I don't know why, but it really affects me. I can't explain why, but there is alot of feelings in that movie, even without words.
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Yaraordre Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014
@08:18The darkness is the death!!!
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jothecatlover Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
@08:08So sad!
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RAMWOC87 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This right here

Is amazing
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KarNeli Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Hobbyist
@08:51Awesome job!!:happybounce: Love  Since mid video wondering what happens next. Music is beautiful!! Much prayer, a link to
the song. Want to listen to it separately from the video. Worship 
Sorry for my english ...
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jaybirdlovesart Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
@08:15This is awesome! It took me a while to understand what the darkness was....
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:iconkybral:
Kybral Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Professional Filmographer
@08:15Hehe, thanks! What do you think the darkness is?
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jaybirdlovesart Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
@08:15Maybe the darkness is a disease? But it's been a while since I've seen the clip so I don't remember... sorry!
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IMAFTF Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014  Hobbyist
This just really touched my heart. Amazing!
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:iconkybral:
Kybral Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Thank you!
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IMAFTF Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014  Hobbyist
Your welcome.Love 
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YakumoKurama Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This movie was soo beautiful, and touching and all ;-;
But... But I don't really understand the ending :/
This disease killed her?
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Kybral Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Aww, Thanks! Yup, it's sad, but the disease did kill her. However, in doing so, it also set her free, which is really what she always wanted to begin with :)
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Zmori Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
...aw, that stabbed me right in heart. ;-;
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0-Cherub-0 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013
@08:19

The concept is deep. Makes me wonder whether you've had any experience with terminal illness. IMHO, there are a few things that keep this amazing piece from being truly epic. 1- The speed. There are times when I feel as if this lags a bit. 2- The music. It's good no doubt in certain places. But I feel as if it's missed its mark emotionally speaking. The music needed more emotional depth. On a personal level, I wish the monster at the end could have looked less like a blob.

 

On the other hand, what I love about this is the small nuances in movement of the girl. And also the watery secondary movement of the creature/illness. It's what takes this animation to a higher level.

 

I am intrigued by your gallery and hope you make it really big someday. I also hope you didn't mind my critique. X

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Kybral Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013  Professional Filmographer
@08:19No, I do not mind your critique at all! I actually find it very helpful and thank you for it. So, thank you very much!

To be honest, I've never had any experience with terminal illness myself. Never dealt with it personally or had a family member or close friend deal with it. Admittedly, I'm also not really sure what inspired me to address such a dramatic and personal issue. For me, the inspiration of this short film began with the simple idea of a little girl befriending an imaginary monster/friend that would visit her and take her on these fantastical adventures. I know that probably sounds lame and insensitive of me to say, but it's the truth. I realize illness and disease are very sensitive issues, and I did try to approach it with the utmost care and respect, while still trying to make it magical, heartwarming, poignant, and relatable. I'm not sure if I achieved all of that, but I think the message comes across clear enough.

Also, I totally agree with you on all of your points of critique. The pacing is a little wonky and sluggish at times, yes. And it's true, the music is heading in the right direction and captures a great sense of emotion, but somehow still isn't perfect. In general, the sound isn't too great either too be honest. As for the designs of the monster and the little girl... yea, they aren't the best either. There's a lot about the film technically that I'm disappointed in. Thematically and conceptually, I think I did some good things, but if I'm being honest the film in general was SO ambitious and such a huge project that it inevitably suffered from several complication in production, and fell short of my expectations.

Honestly, I hope to one day remake this film into a feature length animated movie, and do it RIGHT, and make it absolutely perfect. Heartbreaking and joyous all at the same time :)
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Litriu Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my God, this... This made me cry... This is so, so sweet...
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:iconkybral:
Kybral Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Hehe, I'm glad it moved you so. Thank you! :)
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Litriu Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm glad you're so creative and tallented. I should be thanking you.
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moonlight311 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013
It's AMAZING i LOVED IT
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:iconkybral:
Kybral Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Thank you! :)
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Sherlocked157 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That was so beautiful and wonderful! AMAZING! :iconsqueeeeplz:
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:iconkybral:
Kybral Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Awww, thank you! I love that gif! hahah!
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Sherlocked157 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
IKR? LOL :iconsupertighthugplz:
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1Rafa Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
Wonderful story and lovely animation!:) (Smile) Hatsune Miku-13 (Wink and Heart) 

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:iconkybral:
Kybral Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Thanks!
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nackmu Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This so made me cry... :tears: Wonderful artwork!!
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:iconkybral:
Kybral Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Thank you! :)
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StormySara Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This was soo amazing, but I'm a little confused. The black thing is her disease right? but why did it eat the pills and eventually consume the girl in the end?
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:iconkybral:
Kybral Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Thank you!

Yes, the black creature was her disease. It consumed the pills as well as the girl in the end as a representation of her death. The creature was un affected by the pills, and merely grew stronger. However, in growing stronger and bigger, the disease was able to free her from the confines of her bedroom, and took her to places she would otherwise never be able to go. Ultimately, it was finally able to free her in death.
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StormySara Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
aahhhh ok that makes sense :D
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NonexistentWorld Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This black creature - is it a disease?
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:iconkybral:
Kybral Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Yup. It is her disease... but also her friend and her freedom :)
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NonexistentWorld Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very sad ending.
By the way, if the disease was eating her pills, it means that the girl was intentionally poisoned. Sweating a little... 
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:iconkybral:
Kybral Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Hmmm, not necessarily. My interpretation is that the pills were simply ineffective. They weren't helping her in anyway, and her disease was simply too strong for the pills to be effective.
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NonexistentWorld Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I like your interpretation. It was just my imagination, sorry. 
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:iconkybral:
Kybral Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Hehe, no need to apologize. You can interpret it however you want. That is the point of art, after all :)
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NonexistentWorld Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yeah Emoji06 
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M44dusk Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013  Student General Artist
That was Astounding!     
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:iconkybral:
Kybral Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Thanks!
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M44dusk Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013  Student General Artist
Your welcome! That was truly amazing!Clap 
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more-or--less Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013  Student General Artist
this was incredible omg
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:iconkybral:
Kybral Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Hahah, thank you! :)
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