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Filler: Coatl

April 25th, 2011, 11:01 am

I Say...

Hazumirein says,

This is my author comment.

Okayyyyy this is probably going to be the oddest filler I ever post for you. But I looked really hard through all my sketchbooks and computer folders and everything and couldn't find anything decent and DC related to show you that you haven't already seen D: Even all my DC-related writing, I found, is mostly too spoilerific to post. SO. You're just going to have to settle for something that's not DC-related at all.

This is a hastily sketched out test-page for a new story I've been working on, tentatively titled "Coatl". If you watch me on DA you've already seen some art for it. It's actually set in the same world as DC, just a different part of it, so there's a lot of familiar stuff involved (demons, half-creatures, etc). The base plot is similar to DC too, to be honest, with a few key differences that make it a totally different story (older characters, for starters, haha). There are similarities, though, such as that this beginning part obviously takes place on Earth. Yes, this is legitimately the very beginning of the story. Yes, obviously that first panel is just a photo I grabbed from the internet because I wasn't about to sit there and draw a background for a quick test. Also I can't draw cars. At all. Obviously. Yes, I'm well aware that I just said "obviously" 3 (4) times in one paragraph.

But! What I'm going to do here is leave you the sketch of the page, and post up the first bit of the story itself in another author comment. You guys can choose to read it or just ignore it; I just thought I'd give you something extra.

As a heads-up, these characters are in college, so I don't really bother watching their language or anything else they talk about. If swearing/alcohol references bug you, don't read it. I also tried something a tad different and wrote this in first person, present tense, from the POV of the main char. ALSO this is crappy first draft quality writing.

Okay, there's your warnings. Otherwise, enjoy.

Hazumirein says,

Coatl: Chap. 1 (or a few paragraphs of it)

There's a pretty loud screech as I slide my car into the parking space. I could back in normally, sure, but it's infinitely more fun to spin it into place. There's no other cars around, so I can get away with it. I shove the door open and step out to take a look at my handiwork. I've got three out of four wheels in the lines--pretty good if you ask me. There's also a nice rounded skid mark leading up the car. I can't help but put on a satisfied grin as I grab the bag of Subway food out of the passenger seat, kick the door closed, and push my sunglasses up my nose to block out some of the Tucson rays. I almost forget to lock the car and spin on my heel to point the little remote thing--I always forget what those things are called--at it, dropping the bag of Subway in the process. "Aw man! Now the cookie's gonna be all broken. Oh well. I'll give it to Will."
I stroll across the dusty parking lot and push open the door to my dorm building, waving my student ID at the security on the way in. I take my sunglasses off as I head to my dorm; if I don't there's a good chance I'll walk into a door while my eyes adjust to the light. Actually there's a decent chance I'll walk into a door anyway--it's been known to happen. I guess I'm a tiny bit accident prone. Of course, it probably doesn't help that the only things I'm particularly careful with are my uber-expensive photography and sound equipment. I can't afford to replace that.
"Hey Will, think fast!" I call as I open my dorm room door, tossing a wrapped up Subway sandwich at my roommate, who is sitting at his computer doing some film-editing thing. I've never been big on the moving pictures deal (too complicated; give me still frames any day), but Will is. Which I guess is why I’m a photography student and he’s a film student.
Will turns and gasps just in time to be hit in the face by his lunch. I grin at his expression--one of fairly pure hatred, if I had to guess--as the sub falls off his face and into his lap.
"Dammit, Eztli, grow up," he says bitterly before picking up the sandwich, setting it on his desk, and turning back to the screen.
Yes, that's really my name. It's Nahuatl for "blood". I still have no idea what my parents were thinking. "Hey man, don't complain, I bought you lunch didn't I?" I defend as I plop down on his bed and begin unwrapping my own chicken teriyaki sub.
"You bought me lunch because you owed me one for driving all the way out to that party to pick you up last night because you were too drunk to even walk, and, of course, didn't have the money on you for a cab. This sandwich still doesn't cover my gas. Or the fact that I wound up sitting in the bathroom at 3 AM, holding your hair back while you puked up the night's festivities. You really need to get a girlfriend or something for that shit. Or at least a goddamn haircut. Also, don't you dare eat that on my bed."
I pause, mouth open, about to take a bite out of the sub. "Well there's no room on my bed.” True enough, my side of the room in general is essentially a pile of laundry, photography equipment, candy wrappers, a guitar, a sound board, stacks of CDs, and the occasional textbook. There's no room left for a human being.
"Then sit on the floor. Or better yet, clean," Will snaps. "Either way, get the hell off my bed; I don't want to be sleeping on pieces of chicken and bread crumbs."
I pretend I'm not twenty-two for a minute and stick my tongue out at him, then slide off of his bed and onto the dorm room carpet before proceeding to eat.

And You Say...

IcyPheonix (Guest) says,

Is this going to be turned into a comic or something? Because, I will totally read it.

Out of curiosity, does the name 'Coatl' have any connection to Quetzalcoatl, the Aztec god that looked like a feathered snake?

Hazumirein says,

@Icy: I don't know about a comic exactly...but something to that effect. I have something kind of interesting in mind for this, but I have to play around and see if I can get it to work and not seem stupid. But I'm glad you're interested, haha, because I really want to do something with this.

Also, yes! It has a lot to do with Quetzalcoatl, actually :D Well, sort of. The whole story's inspired by Aztec mythology and such. "Coatl" is actually just the Nahuatl (Aztec) word for snake/serpent. It's also the name of a rather important race of creatures in the story :3

NeoDarklight (Guest) says,

That's nice

I'll probably read/watch whatever comes of this idea of yours, but when can we expect the next page, again?

Hazumirein says,

@NeoDarklight: Next page'll be up Monday :] Unfortuntely it's only one again due to the massive pile of stuff I've had to do this week, but it's something. And we should be back to normal 2 page updates the week after.

(No worries by the way, none of my side projects will ever be more important than DC :3 They're just fun to play with on those rare occasions when I actually have free time.)

NeoDarklight (Guest) says,

Seriously?

Only two people, including me, but not the author, commented? You need to start advertising again. Unless traffic is higher than I am imagining and it's only something a VERY select few care about that's being talked about? Or something like that.

Hazumirein (is logged out) (Guest) says,

@NeoDarkLight: Eh, it's filler, I generally don't expect a lot of comments on that :P It's when I don't get many comments on the regular 2 page updates that it worries me a bit. I do wish I had more time/money to put into ads though ><

Comments, anyone?