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It's almost a year now since they've met, and months since she admits her feelings to him. Herbie sat on her bed thinking that she'd known that Pumpkin Prince for so long that she wonders if she really wanted him. Sure he was one of the two school friends that took her to the prom, and again, greeted her back when the Demon Queen decided to try and make peace with the other kingdoms. She had felt that rush, that beat in her heart, the tears she cried for him and the lips she kissed.

But if there's anything that Herbie can see, after all those times she'd spent time with him, is that she knows when he's the happiest.

Herbie knew Carmel the moment Gordie introduced the apple girl to her; the way Herbie saw her, is that she's the mixture of both herself and the man she's eyeing: strong, brave, and courageous; yet sweet, sensitive and loyal. Carmel had that closeness that had her easy to approach the prince; the only thing Herbie cannot do. If Carmel sees him as a friend, Herbie kept seeing Gordie some other way. She loves him, she wanted him, but Gordie made it clear once that he doesn't return those feelings, at least not now.  This was a spark of hope for her, but Herbie knew the moment she saw Carmel that she might take Gordie away. Though she tries to befriend her, there's no denying that spark of jealousy that once enraged her. Another kiss touched the prince's lips, though unintentional, and it led to the first time she and Gordie ever fought. A fight that led to tears and sharp tongues fueled with hate.

But when she saw Gordie turned his back at her, it came to her and realized it. She's hurting them. For the first time, she's hurting the ones she loved. All those time, all those joy, gone if she let it end that way. From that on, she began to think.

Lately she's spending time with Gordie again, and so did she to Carmel. She began to enjoy their company now. She sees it. She sees the joy again. And the thinking continues. She loves Gordie, but she also loves Carmel as a friend. She loves them both so much; thus she think. To Reason with herself.  Is she willing to continue playing this game and end up hurting them? Or…

Or…

It was late afternoon when the Pumpkin Prince was called to met up at Herbie's Greenhouse, an aging tree stump that was once a proud, giant tree, a colossal stump that shells an entire kingdom.  Herbie kept her land alive for years, and the deepest part of that land, just so happens to be the darkest. Gordie was called up again, there's a look of confusion on his face.

He held out a small note with herbie's sign written at the bottom. It reads:
"Meet me at my green house and follow my note. Yer friend, Herbie."

Indeed there was a note pinned in front of the front gate and it said "Get inside and follow the arrows". There was silence. Herbie's always known for her random moments, but there's something rather off in this. Either ways, he did what the note instructed him and found an arrow greeting him the moment he stepped inside.

The moonlight sky shines through the small cracks the greenhouse had that was lined with mirrors; Herbie once explained that the mirrors was to reflect the sunlight to other mirrors and, in its complicated system, strengthens the sunlight for an early morning ray. Now its night, and the moon took the sun's place, but nevertheless, it's still a wonder as the moon-glow seeps all over her kingdom.

The arrows continue to lead him to the deeper parts of her greenhouse, and the more he go further, the weirder the plants become. What was before plain fruits and vegetables, later became trees that sways on their own, then vines that let folks pass, then, now, flowers, oddity in nature. Glowing flowers, mawed-flowers, flowers that rings bell-like sounds, disturbing yet magnificent.  The last arrow pointed to a patch of squash couches, enormous gourds forming the shapes of a couch. It's something Herbie's working on lately, and there indeed sitting on one of them, was the Herbal Princess herself.

Herbie: Hey! You made it!

Gordie: Hey Herbie!

Herbie: Hello, Gordie. Please sit down…test mah Couch!

Gordie: if yeh're jus' excited abou' all these, ah have t' say, Ahm quite impre- (the moment he sat down, he felt a slight discomfort on these couches. They're unbelievably hard) uh…are they supposed t' be like this?

Herbie: oh, it's not ripe yet! It gets softer when they go ripe…or those it get harder when it gets riper?

actually, I uh… I just want to ask something. Are…are you seeing Carmel, now?

(The pumpkin glances at her with shock, he stutter and flush. He didn't give out an answer,  but Herbie knows it)

Gordie: Ah uh…well, ahm takin' Carmel ou', b-bu' ah don'-

Herbie: it's okay , guy…please tell me…

Gordie:..Herbie, ah jus' don' wan' yeh t'-

Herbie:  Gordie… you know how much I love you…I'm practically making a darn fool out of myself when I kept sayin that…but, is she what you really want?

(Gordie couldn't look at the plant girl. He known her since royalty school and practically befriended her since. But He knows much of how the girl harbors her feeling to him. He couldn't say it. He can't. But Herbie can tell. She can see it in his face. The uncertainty. Or was it guilt? Fear? She can't tell. The scenario is getting to them.)

Herbie:  You're happy right? I'm right…am I?

(Still, no answer, but in a second or two, Gordie finally let up)

Gordie: Ah like yeh both, bu' ah…ah think ah..ah like Carmel.

Herbie, please don' be mad a' meh. Ah really like yeh, bu'-

Herbie:  *sigh* relax, guy…I'm not gonna cry or scream, or flip this couch. It'll be a perfectly good couch in due time for me to just waste. I just want to know. I want to end this right now…this little game I've kept playing with you two. I called you here because I wanted to tell you that…I'd seen enough…I'm letting go.

Gordie:  Yeh're no' thinkin' straigh', Herbie. I' mus' be these Moon-glow! It's-

Herbie:  Gordie, you and I knew this day would come! And it did! I saw you two…I saw you…kissed…and the way you smiled at her…it was…it was the most beautiful smile ever…I loved you for all this time and I never saw such smile before…It was warmer than anything you've ever gave me and I tried so hard to get you to smile like that, but…I can't…I just can't…
I won't force myself to you anymore. I had my run and I loved every moment of it even if you didn't felt the same way-

Gordie:  BUT AH DID-

Herbie:  as a friend. Nothing more as a friend. For once…I'm glad. I'm actually glad.  I'm glad we're just friends, because it would have been more painful for me to do all this is we're not.

When I met Carmel, she took me in even if I was a threat to her. She trusted me even if I had the potential to steal you away from her…She's a wonderful friend and..and I love her…I love you and Carmel too much to continue hindering between you two.

Even if it hurts, You and Carmel are very dear to me, and I want to see you two be happy. I want to see you  smile, Gordie, and I want to see Carmel be happy. I want to be a part of it, and if it if that meant giving up, so be it!

Gordie:  Bu' wha' abou' yeh?! Had yeh even-

Herbie:  Those times we shared, those laughter, that crazy stuff we've been through…I don't want to give up that. I want to continue having those adventures with you. That's why I'm letting you choose. It's no longer about me, it's about you Gordie. I'm being honest here, I want you to be happy, and I want to feel happy about your joy.

Gordie:  …

Herbie: …I just want you to know all this, because I care for you two. I'm your friend, and I don't want to do anything hurtful. If you wanted to be with each other, I'm accepting it. I just wished you two would at least be honest about it.
you kissed my hands once…now it's time to do the same for her.

Gordie: … are yeh still…thinking o' meh?

Herbie: you once told me I deserve better, and I told you I don't need to, cuz I found the one. Well, it's time for me to prove to her why I had such a hard time letting you go until today.

(The Pumpkin Prince looked away, scratching his cheek with a finger. His face is red again, both from the situation he had now, and the guilt of what might happen to Herbie. But He knew Herbie; she's strong and sweet, she's one of the friendliest people all over Ooo. Weird, eccentric but reliable Herbie, if she's saying all this on her own, then…she must be…

Gordie held Herbie's hands once more, and perhaps for the last time, he kissed them. He looked at her eyes, and they're calm; tearful, yet sincere.)

Gordie: yeh know ah liked yeh so much.

Herbie: Then prove it by telling her. All I ask from you is to be honest, and that's it.

Gordie: are yeh sure.

Herbie: yes. Say it.

Gordie: ..ah like her.

Herbie: You like who? (There's a mischievous grin in her face. Gordie couldn't understand why, but it's a little unnerving. Either ways, he did, again, and say-)

Gordie: ah like Carmel! AH LIKE HER!

Herbie: (there's a trickle of tear on the side of her face, but she's smiling. She turns her back and say) Okay, Carmel, you heard the man! He made up his mind!

Gordie: (in a state of shock and disbelief, and better yet, he's blushing) wha-WHAT?! YEH YEH-SHE'S HERE?!

Herbie: …GOTCHA! (herbie broke into laughter. And soon, so does Gordie.)

Nah, I'm kidding! I couldn't get hold of her for a while, thinking she's looking for you~ (sly grin) Really, you guys could at least kiss and get it over with! (another devilish grin.)

Gordie: Yeh're really crazy, yeh know tha' Herbie? (chuckles)

Herbie:  well, I learn how to be crazy from a special guy. (for the last time, Herbie kisses him on the cheek. The very. Last. Time.) Please don't do anything that'll make me regret all this! (Herbie winks)

(That night ended with some laughter, some tears. Some apologies, for any feelings hurt, and a hug, to farewell those lost feelings. Herbie watched from her gate her best friend walk home alone, but she knew what's in his mind, because she saw it again. She saw Gordie smile once more, that smile she wanted to see for so long, it was there. It hit Herbie, she actually did it. She, herself, made that smile come true, and it was not all a lost.
The moonlight sky had shined her kingdom with both pain and satisfaction. It was for the best.  For them three, one of them had to step down, and Herbie took that step and she's happy for it.

Behind her, her sister Bloomette trips and fell, and soon, Zombie Man did, and so does Chives the onion monster and lastly, Ben the tomato Butler.)

Herbie: You guys were listening, weren't you?

Bloomette: Herbie…are you okay?

(Herbie began to cry. She began to remember all those joyous times she had with Gordie. It pains her, but she can't help it. Bloomette ran to her older sister to hug her, she can't help but cry, too. Zombie man lumbers and gave the two a hug himself, and Chives follows, squeezing between them three while carrying Ben with him. Herbie began to look around her and smiles in disbelief. It's not all a lost indeed, she's still loved.)

Herbie: don't worry guys, I'm too cool for him!

(Bloomette heard this and chuckles a bit, Zombie Man too, while Chives remain quiet)

Ben: (telepathically) so what now, my mistress?

Herbie: well, I guess it's back to the drawing board for me. Don't worry guys, I'll be fine…I'll meet my Prince Charming some day…

(Morning came; the Band Village is setting their radios and began to beat it to the sounds of Prince Four's music. But little do they know, behind the prerecorded tunes, the real band members had just woken up, save their youngest. But in that morning, he will wake up early, as his older brother shook him away)

Jackie: hey…hey! Bit! Wake up!

(The boy's banana brown hair was a mess, but Bit paid no attention to how bad he looked in the morning, he looks up to his brother with nuisance and yawned)

Bit: Jackie, it's a weekend, we don't have a schedule today-

Jackie: I know, but listen, I got news.

Bit: what kind of news?

Jackie: it's about your Princess.

Bit: my what?

End...?
((sortah sequel to this [link] and followed by this [link] ))

well boys and girls, there you have it! the conclusion (so far) of Herbie's attempt to be with Gordie. Well, I have to admit, me and :icondiasan85: were really putting our best into this one, and i do hope you will find this as good as we hope it to be.

Personally, it's really hard to do this piece, no admin would like to get their OCs hurt, but I guess we had to grow up and make the right choices. Besides, she's Herbie, the most reliable gal I've made and a good friend for all (or at least I try her to be...I dunno, her chainsaw often freaks people out) she's gonna get back on her feet in due time and she will try again with another Prince (or feller). (plus as you saw the ending...)

anywho, thank you for all who supported HerbiexGordie, but I guess this is where I draw the line...but don't worry, they're still friends! And i might still draw them together...as friends!

I would like to offer a BIG thank you to the wonderful gal who helped me with this, Gordie's admin :icondiasan85:. Thanks, mate! Couldn't had done this without you!

(now to improve viewing pleasure, try one of these songs for size [link] , [link] or [link] )

all OCs belongs to their respective owners.
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Ask-MusicPrincess3rd Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012
(( :iconcryforeverplz: :iconcryforeverplz: :iconcryforeverplz:
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................excuse me...................I need to go find my tissue box............................:iconcryforeverplz:))
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AnAdminNamedPaul Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012
((yeah, it didn't work out...thankfully I made two follow-ups [link] followed by [link] ))
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Ask-EliseorAltonio Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012
Holy oh my gosh. I-I'm sorry. This really made me tear up. :'[ I also got goosebumps! This was well written. :iconclapplz: Great work))
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AnAdminNamedPaul Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012
:iconawwwplz:
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AskDestroyer Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012
(aww that's really sweet, if it wasn't for some facts about Destroyer he'd be crying so hard right now).
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AnAdminNamedPaul Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012
(big tough guy can't cry?)
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AskDestroyer Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012
(he lets his emotions go wild so does his powers)
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AnAdminNamedPaul Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012
((ahhh....))
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AskDestroyer Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012
(uh huh)
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ToshirotheKnightWolf Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
thats nice there :)
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AnAdminNamedPaul Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012
herbie: (nods her head) :iconsniffplz:
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ToshirotheKnightWolf Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
me: :(
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AnAdminNamedPaul Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012
...sorry...I'll be alright :iconawwplz:
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ToshirotheKnightWolf Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
me: ok :)
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1somerandomguy1 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012
Wow, this seems like the romanic storytelling only unique to anime writers, nice job.
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AnAdminNamedPaul Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012
((well, really? I was just watching Scott Pilgrim and it hit me when Knives said she's too cool for Scott. o3o Guess that's where herbie's own line came from))
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1somerandomguy1 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012
I mean't when they were on the couch and it was all emotional and stuff.
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AnAdminNamedPaul Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012
8. oh my, there were supposed to be in a separate couch...guess I forgot to write that...:iconhurrplz: great, it was romantic, bitter and emotional! it's RoBitEmotional!
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1somerandomguy1 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012
And if you apply the funny part of it's RoBitCommotional. [Not to piss off any robots or robot hobits of course.]
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Ask-Princess-Penny Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012
((D'aw, this is so heartbreaking! But awesome-ly written! Good job my friend!))

I'm sure you'll find just the right guy for you, Herbie. *pats her on the shoulder* And I'm proud of you, it must've been difficult but it was very mature.
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AnAdminNamedPaul Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012
((^^; wow, this is the first time I wrote a romance piece, but thank you!))
herbie: yeah well, thanks. I do hope they'll do fine...
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Ask-Princess-Penny Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012
((You're ever so welcome~))
Oh, I'm sure they will. And so will you! You're going to find the PERFECT person for you, and you guys'll get married, and have kids and such things~
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AnAdminNamedPaul Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012
herbie: O_o...l-let's not carried away here ^^; I don't want to marry the next guy that'll come and meet me!

Bit: (walks by) HI HERBIE! I LOVE YOU! oh shi...
Herbie:...like I said, no way...
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Ask-Princess-Penny Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012
*looks at Bit, then back at Herbie* Did he just...? *shakes her head* Well, I'm not saying it has to be the NEXT guy, but maybe he'll come around sometime soon.
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AnAdminNamedPaul Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012
Bit: now ran by, being chased by Geese for some reason* OH CRAP!!! SOMEBODY HELP ME!!!!

Herbie: (ignoring him) sigh* well, i do hope he'll be as sweet as Gordie...though asome brains wouldn't hurt, though...

Bit: (now being carried by the geese back to where he ran from) CAN'T WE ALL JUST GET ALONG?!
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Ask-Princess-Penny Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012
*small laugh* Well- *sees Bit being carried away in disbelief* Are you seeing this...?
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AnAdminNamedPaul Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012
herbie: what? (by the time she turns, the geese and Bit are gone) what are you seeing exactly?
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bright-music Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012
(( Oh my gosh dude. This was so beautifully written ; u ; I'm not gonna lie, it did make me sad to read this... But, she'll be okay. I love Herbie! And this story! <33 ))
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AnAdminNamedPaul Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012
((gosh, man, yer flattering me. Thanks though, and thank you for supporting Herbie!...by the way, i've been meaning to ask you this, is Sam and Liz an item?))
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bright-music Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012
(( My pleasure! ^^
Haha, everyone seems to think they are ^^" but no, they're both taken by different people. Though, I'll admit, my original plan was for them to end up together. But then I started to RP, and that sorta changed completely... Sam is with :iconaskprincessstockings: and Liz with :iconaskminny:
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AnAdminNamedPaul Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012
((reeealy? so how did it go between them?...or were they not an item before and all these were casual?))
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bright-music Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012
(( Well, when I first made the account, Liz was pretty much in love with him. Sam knew, but didn't really act on it. The only real romantic thing that happened between them was a kiss on her birthday. Nothing happened after it though. Then Sam met his first gf (Elena) and Liz met Minny. Awhile ago, Elena basically deactivated her ask, and Sam met Stocking. The end. c: ))
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AnAdminNamedPaul Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012
((hehe, sounds like Bit's situation. He's in love with Herbie, but Herbie doesn't know this and everytime he tries to say it, he gets interrupted or hurt from some freak accident or situation))
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bright-music Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012
(( Awww~ that sounds so cute! <33 ))
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AskTheRabbitPrince Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012
((Ah, this made me tear up, dude XD))
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AnAdminNamedPaul Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012
((yay? ^^;))
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AskTheRabbitPrince Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012
((XD Yus, yay. This is amazing :3 Even though I love GordiexHerbie, I'm happy Herbie'll still have someone else XD))
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AnAdminNamedPaul Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012
((yeah, but who? Will it be Nicoli? Or someone out of the ordinary? like :iconask-paeton:? or maybe someone I made? the possibilities are endless! XD))
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Elemental-Zoro Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012
Zoro: Interesting... Well, closure is the best for mostly everyone...

Diddle: "Sobbing right next to Zoro" Beautiful...
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AnAdminNamedPaul Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012
herbie: ...is...is Diddle crying?
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Elemental-Zoro Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012
Zoro: He tends to do that...

Diddle: "Pulls back the tears" I'm a man...that's why I'm crying...
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The-Bloody-Bishop Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012  Student Writer
Woot! Now my fanfic is canon too! :iconwootplz:
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AnAdminNamedPaul Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012
me, herbie, Chives and a random fisherman: I A I ...yeah, i guess...
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The-Bloody-Bishop Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012  Student Writer
On the plus side, you can explore new character relationships with Herbie, so that should be good...
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AnAdminNamedPaul Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012
((well, I did try shipping Herbie and Nicoli once, and so did to :iconask-paeton:, and there's Bit, the youngest of Prince Fours...
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The-Bloody-Bishop Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012  Student Writer
((I'll have have to look into Prince Fours.))
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AnAdminNamedPaul Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012
(( [link] Bit's the second one from the left of the screen. He's the kid who's looking so young. He met Herbie in Prom and tried to talk to her, but she was dating Nicoli and Gordie then, and the two went back so soon.

I'm working a small piece of fiction again, this time it's Bit's POV. ))
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The-Bloody-Bishop Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012  Student Writer
((Ah, two characters dating within a creator's own range of OCs. This should be interesting.))

((Good luck with the fanfic. :iconthumbsupplz:))
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AnAdminNamedPaul Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012
((yep! It's a cheat, but at least I can widen my own OCs a little bit. Even if it's just one out of four guys.

also, on the plus side, I can finally design Herbie's kids! XD))
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Ask-LeoTheKitten Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012
that was awesome Miss Herbie!
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