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I was printed on the evening of November 27th, 2008, just as the weather was turning from chilly to cold. I was tomorrow's news. At the moment I came off the press, I told the future. I knew things before the rest of the world; it was wonderful. I knew what my purpose was: to inform as many people as possible about the world's happenings.

As I was put to bed, bound against my brothers and sisters, I dreamt of being passed around a construction site, making sure all the workers were aware of which sports team triumphed, and which celebrity was getting a divorce. I dreamt that corporate peons debated over politics, and the state of the economy and which policies would be most effective in fixing the existing problems. I slept contently, snuggled warm in the middle of a stack, ready to be shipped out the next day and sold to whoever wanted me.

The next morning was cold and blustery. I was so excited about being sold that I allowed the wind to ruffle my pages, since I couldn't move on my own. I had been shipped to a newsstand on some random avenue; I didn't get a chance to see the street sign. The owner of the stand kept my stack on the pavement just out front so that his customers could pick my siblings and I up easier.

We were there early in the morning so that we could be sold for as long as possible. There were many people passing by on foot, and several stopped to buy a paper. It didn't take long for me to reach the top of the pile, but it seemed like forever. Once I was able to see, the street had cleared.

Where had all the people gone? How long was I going to sit here at the top, waiting desperately for someone to come and buy me? I waited for hours. I counted each minute as it ticked by. Finally, someone strolled up to the stand. He was well-dressed and he seemed in no hurry. Although by now, I figured that most people would have been late to work.

He was extremely well dressed and carried a briefcase. He seemed like a typical businessman, and as he exchanged small talk with the owner of the stand, I imagined what my fate would be.

As he picked me up and went on his way, I read the gold plate on his suitcase. He was a CEO, but I didn't see what company; I knew he was obviously a very important man. We descended into the subway and he flipped through my pages, not really pausing to read anything, just looking at the titles of my articles. He paused once, to read a name I think, and then he kept going.

He had flipped through me in my entirety by the time we had gotten off the subway. When we were back on the surface, he sighed tiredly and dropped me in a trashcan on a corner.

I couldn't believe it. I had dreamed of everything, but this wasn't a dream, it was a nightmare. All my aspirations: dead. No one else would read me. No one else had even read me to begin with. The man had merely skimmed me. I felt useless, and all I could do was stare up at the sky, watching the clouds pass.

But then something happened that I didn't expect. Someone picked me up; he folded me so that I couldn't see anything, just darkness. When we stopped moving, he unfolded me. Compared to the well-dressed man, this man was hideous in every imaginable way. His grizzled hair and beard was graying, and it formed a mane that framed his weatherworn face. His mouth formed a smile, despite his circumstances. He was missing several teeth and his clothes were little more than rags.

He read me cover to cover. Not just once, either. He read me twice, three times, four times. I lost count eventually. When I was as thumbed-through as I could get, he still didn't discard me. He opened me up, making me feel a bit vulnerable, and added me to a pile of other forgotten papers he had. He used us as a blanket.

To be with my brothers and sisters again after being so easily discarded felt right. This man was my savior. He found a use for old news, and kept us until we fell apart, even though we only had only the information we were printed with to share with him each day. And he read all of us everyday, as if we were the end-all-be-all of global updates.

The man, the glorious, kind, frumpy man gave my life meaning. He was the sole source of happiness in my life. And when I died, I died knowing that I had been more useful to him than I could have been to anyone else.
This story was written solely for =DailyLitDeviations' Summer Contest. The link to the journal can be found here --> [link]

Word Count: 827

Please leave a comment letting me know how I did. It would be greatly appreciated.
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Daily Deviation

Given 2013-01-28
The Times by ~CDing93 ( Suggested by xlntwtch and Featured by BeccaJS )
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screamochick Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2015  Student General Artist
So you're still the amazing writer I was knew you as... I'm glad to see you're still pursuing it. I hope all is well with you (:
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CDing93 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2015  Student Writer
Aw, you're too kind! Glad to know you're still on here! You still writing or are you more into photography now?
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screamochick Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2015  Student General Artist
Why of course! :)

And a bit of both, nowadays I have a very dilettante like personality. 

My days seem to be full of drama, pain, chaos, school, forcing myself to eat, and sleep lol. So little hobbies like photography or literature are a lot more difficult for me to pursue like I used too. Altho my writing skills have tremendously improved (I look back at my old work and shake my head in shame hahah), I don't exactly have the time to free write. School drains it all out of me, working on essays and trying to get good grades. It's drained the life out of me honestly, I can't even bring myself to do homework anymore. 

I'm sure you've had an experience like that of some sort before, where everything that's going on in your life has just sucked every bit of you out so it's practically a struggle to just wake up every morning and get on with your day? That's definitely me right now. 

But sorry for so much chatter ':) haha, how are you tho? What's your focus nowadays?
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91816119 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014   Writer
This is so beautiful, and a very original idea excellently executed. 
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xlntwtch Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013   Writer
A late :iconcongratsddplz: from an ex-journalist to one who knows the life-span of a newspaper. Already fav'd. Thank you.
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EvelynNorth Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013
I really like this concept. Very touching, too, and the DD is well deserved. :)
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Paulwe Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I used to think that you couldn't write a good story in less than 1000 words. I was wrong.
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LucasInGreen Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Student General Artist
Wonderful!^-^ Makes me feel bad for cutting up a news paper for an art project without reading it at all. THAT POOR NEWS PAPER.
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CPiet Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013
Brilliant and very touching. Marvelous. The writing has a lot of emotion to it and is impossible to get bored of.
The length is just perfect; not too short, so it doesn't feel incomplete, and not too long, it doesn't drag on a bit.
You definitely deserve that DD.
Beautiful writing.
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CDing93 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Student Writer
I'm glad you enjoyed it! Originally when I wrote it I felt it was a bit too short, but looking back I'm glad I stopped it when I did. I'm very thankful for the DD, too. It's nice to have a little validation once in a while, you know?
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Tiramia Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, this is amazingly well-written! I love how you showed the hope the paper had for fulfilling its destiny of becoming something people would love and enjoy, only to be crushed when someone it thought would enjoy it tossed it away. The emotions are absolutely stunning, and so personal, almost human. I love this to pieces!
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CDing93 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Student Writer
I'm glad you like it! I tried to make the newspaper as human as possible, so it would be easier to relate to.
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Tiramia Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I can say without a doubt that you nailed it! I started feeling sorry for it, but then it got loved by the homeless man, someone we'd never expect to be the savior of anything, but he took in this forgotten newspaper and made it feel special. It's such a beautiful piece!
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CDing93 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Student Writer
I'm very glad you enjoyed it! :D
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TheBrassGlass Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Professional General Artist
Sweet, unique, and very touching. ;___;

Congratulations. :heart:
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sideshow-cellophane Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
How about a DD, will that let you know how you did? :D

Congrats, a beautifully written story! :)
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CDing93 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Student Writer
It's a start :P

Thanks for reading it!
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pinballwitch Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013
Congrats on DD :) I remember this contest haha

Nice!

tiny tiny tiny thing: "his customers could pick my siblings and I up easier." That I should be me. It's the object (not the subject) pronoun.
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CDing93 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Student Writer
Ah, I'm surprised I didn't catch that! I'm usually such a stickler for proper grammar! Thanks for pointing it out, though! I've fixed it in the document on my PC :)
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Dreamer-of-Magic Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013   General Artist
Wow! :wow: This is a wonderfully written short story! :) I love it! :heart: I love perspectives from inanimate objects, they're always very interesting! :clap: Congrats on a well-deserved DD!

Just out of curiosity, does the newspaper have a specific gender? ;) I'm just wondering.
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CDing93 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Student Writer
I'm glad you like it! I think I might do a similarly-themed story pretty soon, though lately I've been focusing on my poetry.

As for gender, not really...it's whatever you want it to be!
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Dreamer-of-Magic Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013   General Artist
:) Cool.

Okay, I just wondered. :P
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CDing93 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Student Writer
No worries! Curiosity is why we know the things we do!
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Dreamer-of-Magic Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013   General Artist
:) exactly!
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Darjavine Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow :clap: Very beautiful.
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MangoSundae Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013
Oh my God... point well made that poor people can appreciate simple things a lot more than rich people!
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CDing93 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Student Writer
I'm glad you enjoyed it :D
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Dreamer-of-Magic Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013   General Artist
:clap: Well said! :)
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Echo00Mist Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013
This is an amazing story! Very vivid and detailed. Congratulations on the Daily Deviation!
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Zee-Who Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist
Congrats on your Daily Deviation!:squee::heart:
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Maddie1000 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013
This is the most wonderful thing I have ever seen!
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CDing93 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Student Writer
I'm glad you enjoyed it!
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Emiko-CatOnFire Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I don't think I'll look at a newspaper the same way again. ^^
Great job c: Congrats on the DD
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FrankRT Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very intriguing!
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rockgem Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
a wonderful and touching read. congratulations on the DD
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Karinta Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Student General Artist
The short life of a newspaper, excellently played out in stunning visuals.
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pink-anthony Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is fantastic, really emotive and I think you stuck to the brief perfectly.
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improbablesage Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013   General Artist
This is very very nice ^ ^
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tinaaw Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Wonderful piece - wonderful. Congrats on the DD - this story kept me going to the end.
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mlauritano Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Professional General Artist
I was thrilled to read this as I've had a very similar idea myself! Although, my newspaper goes on a somewhat longer journey (and in a more pictorial narrative). Congrats on the DD--I don't often read literature picks on deviant art, but your piece caught me from the first sentence.
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CDing93 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Student Writer
With the contest, I was limited to 1000 words, and I feel like I did a pretty good job with the words I did use. What's the title of your story? I'd love to give it a read sometime!
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mlauritano Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Professional General Artist
No title yet, just a series of thumbnails. I'm thinking something simple like... 'Paper'. I'll drop you a note if things move further along. You used those 1,000 words well.
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CDing93 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Student Writer
I'm definitely one for simpler titles, at least for my prose. Let me know how it goes!
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nesie1525 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Student General Artist
Beautiful!
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lintu47 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Congrats on the well deserved DD! :dalove:
Have a nice day! :heart:
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astridelaine Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012
This was really well written, and it took me a while to realize that you were talking about a newspaper. You took such an insignificant object and made it into a real character. Loved it!
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CDing93 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Student Writer
It was actually for a contest that I unfortunately didn't end up placing in. The prompt was to take an object and use it to connect two seemingly unrelated people. I think I did it fairly well and I'm pleased with how the story came out
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JoeyLiverwurst Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Isn't it funny how you can lose a contest and ultimately rise above first place? :)
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CDing93 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Student Writer
Haha definitely. The winner got what he got, but this isn't bad for not even placing, huh? ;)
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JoeyLiverwurst Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I should say not. Congratulations!
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