Dawn's Story Part 3 of 5 by Ray-d

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Dawn’s story Part 3 of 5

Pencil, Pen, Ink, Watercolour on Arches Cold-pressed 300g/m Watercolour-Block.

16”X 12”

Dawn’s story Part 3 of 5

From among the crowd, I walked towards her.
I felt my arms outstretch in greeting, it felt like a hundred years since we last met.

We joined in mid-stride, the collision cushioned and buried within the flowing coats.
The perfume struck my face, fragmenting in a hundred thousand memories.

Placing both hands on my neck she stared wordlessly into the eyes and kissed both cheeks hard.
Then drapeing her arms around the shoulders fell exhausted against my chest with her face buried into my collar.

I held her close in a hug so tight that I feared would break her.
The tears, hot and wet soaked into my shirt.
Little squeaks and sobs coughed inaudibly our of her.
It saddened my heart so badly I would have sworn to dedicate the rest of my life defending her.

After long silent minutes I moved to break the bond.
Her long fingers dug deep into my shoulder-blades, crushing her tiny body against mine.
“Don’t leave me”…“please don’t leave me.” She whimpered plaintively.

Dawn finally pulled away, her head bowed. The hair hid her face but not the sadness.
My finger pulled away at the wet tendrils of hair stuck against her skin.
As I watched, tears streaked down her face.
One drop hung heavily and disparingly at her chin.

Dawn shakes her head, sweeping back her hair and sweeps the tears away with her sleeve.
Lifts her head to the wind, sniffs and threads her sunglasses back into her hair.
Wordless, we fall into step towards Melbourne’s Catani Gardens.

Fitzroy Street is cold at this time of year.
The sun shines without heat.
The wind huffs in suppressed frustration.
The blank stares from passers-by are chilly, the expressions strained.

We walked like bored lovers, arm in arm.
Slow irregular steps, outer hands pocketed, eyes searching for comfort in the bare grey trees.
A gust of wind picks up some leaves, spins them in the air and heaps them with a pile against a cold metal bench.

I was a mute with thoughts racing in my head.
Desires and hopes cascading like spent shell-casings around my feet.

(To be continued)
*Characters in this story are purely fictional.


love, tears, saddness, watercolour, people

A citizen of the world living predominantly on 3 continents.

Previously a Technical Designer and an Automotive designer.
Live in the European Summer on the island of Malta;
In the Asian Summer in Australia, in the American winter in the United States.

I live free of political intrigue and the need to be a part of a group. Nee nothing more than my computer, pad and paints and the will to explore humans to survive.

Retired in my 50s to find happiness, of which I am blessed.

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  • Marie Magnusson
    Marie Magnussonover 3 years ago

    these are all so emotive and wonderful, love your story-illustrations

  • Thank you Marie.
    Wonderful to know you have enjoyed the whole story. Thank you for your patience.:o)

    – Ray-d

  • © Pauline Wherrell
    © Pauline Wher...over 3 years ago

    Absolutely incredible work and words Ray. You show such emotion both in the work and the words – it is impossible to describe how this makes me feel! Her hand portrays it all! Wonderful, wonderful work!
    I must look at your other work in this series but I will come back as I do not have time now. I came to view your work because I so agree wirth what you wrote in the Painter’s Universe discussion!

  • So kind of you Pauline.
    Thank you, it is refreshing to have one’s work appreciated.

    I do hope you get the chance to read the whole story and I do hope you enjoy the rest as well.
    Thank you for spending your precious time on my account.:o)

    – Ray-d

  • © Kira Bodensted
    © Kira Bodenstedover 2 years ago


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  • How lovely to wake up and find one’s paintings featured..
    Thank you from Madrid.

    – Ray-d

  • Diane Johnson-Mosley
    Diane Johnson-...over 2 years ago

    Excellent creation!!!

  • Thank you Diane. Dawn and I thank you.:o)

    – Ray-d

  • LisaMM
    LisaMMover 2 years ago

    such a beautiful drawing, deep felt love in this. Love your use of red and the sweeping brush stroke evokes such great emotion.

  • Thank you Lisa. There are times when the emotion seeps out of the story into the painting.:o)

    – Ray-d

  • phillipcmiller
    phillipcmillerover 2 years ago

    Great illustration

  • Thank you Philip.:o)

    – Ray-d

  • Bumchkin
    Bumchkinover 2 years ago

    Oh this is such amazing work! love it!! def fav! :D

  • Thank you pretty lady.
    So very nice of you to like my Dawn.:0)

    – Ray-d

  • vampvamp
    vampvampover 2 years ago


  • Thank you miss Vamp.
    So nice to hear such words from you.:0)

    – Ray-d

  • scallyart
    scallyartover 2 years ago

    Beautiful work. I love this

  • Thank you Kerry. Dawn and I thank you.:0)

    – Ray-d

  • Johanna26
    Johanna26over 2 years ago

    Excellent work

  • Thank you Johanna.

    – Ray-d

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