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Sleep, Sweet Child

Summary: Children only ever break your hearts.

Chapters: 1 2 3

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Hey guys! I know I’m already working on a couple fics at the moment, but I’ve had this idea for so long, and I can’t wait any longer! Fragile was started for a competition, Valley of Fools is more satirical and fun, but this is going to be my serious fic. And I’d just like to get it out there that I would rather like a beta for this one, if anyone’s willing. 🙂
Enjoy, hopefully.


The tears came almost instantly, bittersweet and beautiful, streaming down his pale cheeks. She held him close, stroking his tiny head as he cried, whispering quiet words of love and comfort. For although he was such a new soul to the world, innocent and pure, he was so dear to her.

She sat up in the bed as her husband came closer, caressing her cheek lightly before taking his fragile son into his own arms. The setting sun outside the open window cast a dim golden light over the room, setting delicate shadows underneath the lines set in their faces. The features softened with love were laced with worry and stress, and although for the moment there was peace, they knew it would not last long.

“He’s beautiful,” he whispered, meeting her eyes and matching her thoughts.

She smiled sadly, taking the child’s miniscule hand in her own.

“He is,” she agreed, her voice a mere breath. A tear shone in the corner of her eye, on the brink of falling and breaking the moment. He was a beautiful baby, it was true. And he would be the end of them both.

Chapters: 1 2 3

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  1. I’m willing. 😀 but alas, I can’t. I haven’t got the time to run it through. I can read things, I can write things, but not really beta things. because then, I’d have to be careful about spelling and grammar (which, actually,you’ve got those down) so I’m saying, TWS, where are ya? AA wants you!!!

    () ()
    (-.-) good luck, battery. 😀

  2. Beckett Simpleton January 31st, 2010 at 2:37 pm 2

    Awww. I don’t understand though. Who is it?
    wait *re-reads*
    is it…. Angeline?

    that’s the only person I can think of. Is it like a one shot thing cos if not i really wanna know more…

  3. I thought it was Angeline. Just because Arty has done a lot of things to his mummy un daddy. 😀
    I love this, AA! Its perfect in every way! You don’t need a Beta. You know that. 🙂

  4. Thanks, guys! It’s not a one-shot, it’s a very /very/ long fic. I don’t want a beta for spelling and grammar per se, more for plot holes and pacing. I don’t want to post something that happens too fast or doesn’t make sense.

    And I’m not telling you who it is. You’ll have to keep reading to find out 😉

  5. Ah-ma-zing.

    All I can say. I found nothing (not that I expected to) and the character I think it is is perfectly IC. if it’s someone else though… OOC. If it’s who I think it is you good though.

    This looks really interesting. I’ll definitely be keeping an eye on this in the future. 😉

  6. *nervous* Erm… who do you think it is, if I may ask?

  7. If I tell you I can’t brag that I’m right later. 😛 So there.

  8. *stares*
    You have two options, oh twin-o-mine. One, PM me who you think it is on the forum so other people won’t steal your guess. Two, at least tell me whether or not you agree with the other people about Artemis Sr. and Angeline. Because I need to know!!! Think about it; if it’s out of character, then I can fix it. I’m the type who takes criticism and /fixes/ stuff. If it’s OOC, I can make it more IC. But first I need to know.
    🙂 Please?

  9. I’ll PM you my guess thanks. I still want to be smug if I’m right though! (Da! Deja vu!)

  10. Of course, it is amazing. Like every single delicate child on earth your writing makes me smile. It was amazing and I read it over for mistakes and there wasn’t any. Yes I was that stupid to think there were some.

  11. Thanks ^_^
    And I just want to make it clear that the parents know the kid is going to “be the end of them”. The last bit was a reflection of her thoughts, not just a narration.

  12. Beckett Simpleton February 1st, 2010 at 9:46 pm 12


    that or it could be baby holly.

  13. It’s very interesting how you all jump to the same conclusion… every single one of you… I feel like a sociologist doing a human behavior experiment XD

    I shall update as soon as I can, but I really wanna get to finishing Fragile (which I updated, by teh way), so it may take a while. After Fragile’s done, I’ll work on this as fast as I can.

  14. Princess Joob Joob February 2nd, 2010 at 12:40 am 15

    When I read it I thought it was Arty and Holly’s baby but now I’m not sure… I know the baby isn’t holly cause you said the baby was a boy… But you gotta update cause we all need to know!

  15. Exactly, PJJ! That’s why it could be Root! My own crazy hypothesis is stuck in my head!

    @AA: Did AK guess right? just curious..

  16. Beckett Simpleton February 3rd, 2010 at 8:38 pm 17

    I still think it’s Arty. Please update i wanna know who it is!

  17. I think it’s Artemis, because you say “he”, and talk about the setting sun. I dunno which Artemis, though . . .

    BRILLIANCE!!! There’s not too much to say now, but still!!! If you need me to beta, my gmail (which I check regularly) is

  18. @crazy chick: Um… she would know who it was if I told you that XD
    @TWS: Thaank you so much! I’m gonna start working on the first chapter as we speak, so I’ll email it to you when I’m done…

    Your guesses are all very interesting… 😀

  19. Actually, I wouldn’t know who it was. I put in four guesses, remember?

  20. But if they weren’t right, that would eliminate four possibilities for you.

  21. Yes, but there are many more I have thought up that I would rather not trouble you with. Eliminating four, measly possibilities is not that big a deal when there are so many to be considered.

  22. *sigh*
    You just wanna know if you’re right, don’t ya? Well you may be my twin, but you hafta wait just like everybody else. 😉

    Well except TWS, who I’m gonna email the chapters first…

  23. *eyes sparkle* Your reluctance to tell me whether one of the four theories are correct conveys that I indeed am. You know, it would have been much simpler to merely say that, no, I wasn’t right rather than refusing to tell me and give me the knowledge by doing so. I wouldn’t know that one of them is right right now had lied.
    Now to figure out which one is correct. the true challenge…

  24. Wow, don’t go all Sherlock Holmes on me, AK. XD
    Just about to finish up the update and then send it on its way…

  25. Excellent.

    And I act like Sherlock Holmes as I wish. The fact I’m reading Holmes fanfiction right now does not help my reluctance to give up acting like him as it is most invigorating. You should try it sometime.

  26. Aaaalright, the update has been sent.
    And now we wait…

  27. This is so good!!! 😀 😀 😀 I love it! Don’t ask why, but for a moment I thought that was Holly’s POV. Like an insanty thing. 😉 five stars. you never dissapoint, Battery 🙂

  28. Artiholi180 the epic person of epicness! February 9th, 2010 at 9:51 pm 29

    this is great!!!! please write more!!!

  29. Thanks guys! I’ll start working on an update as soon as I get off this site.

    By the way, in case you want the gist of the nature of this fic, it was originally inspired by the song Mama by My Chemical Romance.

  30. is the baby FOALY!?!?!?!?! I know I’m insane. but it is a posability! or maybe its trouble or grub or cudgen or MAYBE ITS BECKETTE OR MILES! there are to many people it could be!!

  31. Uh, TWS…? I sent you chapter 2 a while ago; have you gotten a chance to read through it yet…?

  32. i’m going to have a fit. TWS needs to beta ur story so that u can update and cos I’m dying to read the next bit…I’m going a bit crazy now cos it’s preety late and I’m tired so before I SPAm:

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