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Van Tells Mab His Dark Secret!

Writers Story/Sequential posted on Aug 20, 2022
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Van Artell had finished his swimming lesson with Mab and was now getting a quick tour of the water park. "It's really nice of you to show me the around!" Van said as they walked along a river bank. "I can't believe they have lakes and rivers here as well!" "Lakes, rivers, swimming polls and water slides!" Mab answered. "They pretty much have it all!" "I feel so great now that you have helped me conquer my fear of water!" Van said. "I know it sounds dumb, but I wish I could give you a big hug, Mab!" Mab hesitated. He didn't like being touched, especially from someone he barely knew! "Why did he say it that way?" Mab wondered. "Does Van somehow know about my autism? I've try so hard to hide it!" "Why do you say that "you wish you could"? Mab asked warily. "Do you think I would get upset or something?" Van blushed and looked away. His hatred of Mab was flowing back and forth inside him. He felt both gratitude and anger toward Mab at the same time. "If I tell you why, do you promise you won't tell anyone?" Van asked with a pleading look. "I promise!" Mab answered, wondering how he got himself in this strange situation. "I think you should know! I think if I tell might understand me!" Van stammered. "It's OK, Van!" Mab said. "You can tell me or not! No pressure!" Mab said. "I can't hug you, Mab! I can't show you or any male any kind of affection!" Van said with sorrow. "It's a constant struggle to even be nice. I am supposed to dominate you and bring you to heel. Showing affection to you, even in gratitude, would be showing weakness!" "Do you really believe that?" Mab asked. "Your friends with Avery! You don't try and dominate or push him around, so you are capable of friendship with other guys!" "My dad told me that Avery was better than me! That he was everything I should aspire to be! Avery was kind and helpful to me when he could have humiliated me for a month after I lost our bet. Those things gave me a kind of permission to let him have a special place in my life!" Van answered. "Why do you think this way?" Mab asked. "Why do you have to take everything your Dad says as some kind of fact? He was wrong about me! I never laughed at you or made fun of you! I never said I was better than you!" Van sighed and shook his head. "I don't have a choice, OK?!" Van answered. "I have a computer chip inside me! A computer chip in my brain! It tells me what to think and it tells me I have to obey my Dad! It's called a Retro-chron!" "A Retro-chron?" Mab said, astonished! "Isn't that what they experimented on captive soldiers with in the Great Tryon War? Those poor men were forced to fight for the opposing side!" "Yes! But my chip is custom made. it creates a past and personality for me to follow! My chip is programmed with a system called T.A.M.E.S. It means Totally Alpha Male Elite Soldier personality!" "Who did this to you?" Mab asked. "Your Dad?" Van felt like crying, but he couldn't. The chip in his head made that impossible. Still, his heart hammered in his chest as he let his secret deep, hidden feelings out to Mab. "Yes! My Dad!" Van shouted. "But, it's YOU that really did this to me!" "ME!?" Mab gasped. "How can you possibly blame me?!" Van's face went from downcast to seething rage as he glared right into Mab's eyes. "This is your fault! It's because of you I suffer everyday being somebody and something I am not!" Van said with anger, his mouth gnarled in rage. "My real self has been dead for years and it's because of you, Mab!" "That's crazy, Van!" Mab said as he put his hands out defensively. " I didn't even know you until today!" "No, I realize that's true, now!" Van said. "But you do know my Father, don't you?" "Who is your Father?" Mab asked. "Someone whose home you lived in for months! Someone who loves you! Someone who thinks you are the kind of person any man would be proud to have as a son!" Van spat. "Someone who called you "Soldier" as a pet name and who still has pictures of you on his desk to this day!" "NO!" Mab shouted. "Yes! My father! Vandal James Artell!" Van yelled. To Be continued!

Comments (16)



6:40AM | Sat, 20 August 2022

Wonderful characters. Like the interaction between the two


5:25AM | Sun, 21 August 2022

Thank you so much, I appreciate it!



8:38AM | Sat, 20 August 2022

Amazing atmosphere and lighting, great picturesque effect, excellent poses and expression, brilliant render.
Exquisite Artwork. I love it!


5:26AM | Sun, 21 August 2022

I thank you for all those wonderful supportive comments! I appreciate it!


10:39AM | Sat, 20 August 2022

Hi, another wonderful portrait render which tells the story nicely :)

Greets Stormrider75


5:26AM | Sun, 21 August 2022

Thank you so much! I always appreciate your supportive comments!


10:42AM | Sat, 20 August 2022

Nice setting and scene.


5:27AM | Sun, 21 August 2022

Thank you very much! I appreciate it!



11:25AM | Sat, 20 August 2022

Well, now we're getting somewhere! The waters suddenly grew very deep! What other dark secrets will emerge from the murky depths? Stay tuned for further developments! Another excellent continuation to the story, my friend! Wonderful image to accompany it as well! Many praises from me on both works!


5:28AM | Sun, 21 August 2022

Thank you so much, Radar! I appreciate it!



5:00PM | Sat, 20 August 2022

Yikes, what an unsettling revelation for Mab, and now we also see why Van has struggled with so much. How horrifying to think that his toxic masculinity is literally being "programmed" into him! Still, it can't be Mab's fault that Van's father holds him up to his son as some kind of ideal. That's a heavy burden to lay at Mab's feet! I'm curious to see how he's going to respond :-)


5:29AM | Sun, 21 August 2022

Thank you so much for your kind and insightful comments! Mab is going to be very upset! He idolized "Mr. Vandal" and isn't sure what to make of this!



7:38PM | Sat, 20 August 2022

Wow - interesting story!


5:30AM | Sun, 21 August 2022

Thank you very much for the nice comment! I appreciate it!



12:22AM | Sun, 21 August 2022

superbly done on image and story


5:30AM | Sun, 21 August 2022

Thank you so very much, Steve! I appreciate it!


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1:16AM | Sun, 21 August 2022

Fantastic work!


5:31AM | Sun, 21 August 2022

Thank you so much! I appreciate it very much!



9:05AM | Sun, 21 August 2022

Very nice! The one looks like he's really hearing what the other is saying!


10:23PM | Sun, 21 August 2022

Thank you so much! I appreciate it!



10:53AM | Sun, 21 August 2022

Okay that was a twist I was not expecting! O.o This plot is thickening! Great work on the body language too by the way :)


10:24PM | Sun, 21 August 2022

Thank you so very much! Glad I was able to surprise you! Thanks for the kind comments!



12:53PM | Sun, 21 August 2022

Wow, handsome characters, great posing and wonderful rendering work !!


10:24PM | Sun, 21 August 2022

Thank you so much, Madame! I appreciate it very much!



4:14PM | Mon, 22 August 2022

Well that's quite a twist - for both of them. I'm betting they'll both find a solution together.. Very well written, and great artwork as always.


2:08AM | Wed, 24 August 2022

Thank you so much for those kind words, Rod! They added some cheer to my day! I appreciate it!



8:50PM | Mon, 22 August 2022

you really have a talent for writing and renders


2:11AM | Wed, 24 August 2022

Thank you so much for those kind words, Richard! They encouraged me very much! I appreciate it!



4:16AM | Sat, 27 August 2022

Perfect render and composition ! Wonderful artwork !


5:44AM | Sat, 27 August 2022

Thank you so very much! I appreciate the kind comments, virginiese!



3:47PM | Fri, 02 September 2022

Now this was an unexpected turn! What a terrible way to have to live!


7:49PM | Sun, 04 September 2022

You are so right! Thank you so much for reading and viewing and commenting!

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