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The Perfectionist

Summary: There's a strange winged girl sleeeping under Arty's bed, and she looks surprisingly like... him.

Chapters: 1 2 3 4 5

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Artemis sat alone on his bed. Alone. That was something he hated right now.

It was bothering him. Lately he had become obsessed with fives, heard voices telling him to shatter all known rules- sometimes create new ones- and now he wanted the comfort of another living soul in his room. Something was seriously wrong here.

Artemis counted to five and reached for his laptop, deciding that hacking Foaly might calm his nerves. As soon as he got onto Foaly’s files, however, his screen went blank, and the computer whirred and shut down with an internal noise that sounded like a motorcycle in a cornfield during an ice storm.

That is not good, thought Artemis. A little voice in the back of his head- his own, for once- told him it wasn’t.

Okay, then. Hacking Foaly was definately not an option right now.

AS if on cue, Myles burst into Artemis’s room, sucking on something suggary on a stick. “Whatcha doin’?” he asked, ploping himself on Artemis’s bed.

“Nothing,” Artemis replied truthfully. A sudden thought made itself at home in Artemis’s brain.

“Myles, have you been playingย in my computer at all?” By saying in the computer, Artemis was refering to Myles’s habit of tearing electronics apart to see how they worked.

“No,” Myles said truthfully.

Artemis knew the Complex was back. He was doing so well. The parinoia, Orion, even the number five had all gone away for a bit. What had he done to provoke it?

The wind howled like a starved wolf outside.


Wind. Perfect.

I land outside his window, watching for a bit. I can feel the roof under my feet. It. Is. Amazing.

The way my breath fogs up the glass is a dead giveaway. But with all his parinoia,ย he doesn’t see me. So I watch him for a bit. He’s alone now.

I knock.

He doesn’t hear me. Well, THAT doesn’t happen in the fairy tales, does it? I knock again.

I’ll try untill he opens the window. I may be here awhile.


Artemis found himself counting his steps to the window, where somebody had just knocked. He stoped himself, and took a breath. Nobody there. Exept, there was somebody there, because they knocked again.

I’m being paranoid. Just the Complex. But really, nothing is all right when you’re telling yourself it’s JUST your possesive mental disease.

Artemis thrust open the window.


He opened the window.

ย I prayed that no feathers would fly as I steped in, or that Artemis would look too closely at my sweatshirt. I took a step from outside the window into fate–

And tripped flat on my face. Again, didn’t happen in fairytales.

I rolled under his bed and said the first thing that came to mind:

“I’m sleeping here tonight.” I didn’t see his face because I was busy checking for any weapons stashed in his room, but the awkwardness was as obvious as a bomb.

“Under my bed?” He askes. I nod. More awkwardness.

Then, slowly, he nods too.

And I’m still alive.

Chapters: 1 2 3 4 5

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  1. Confused. Interesting. Short. Poetic. Choppy. Interesting (again). Needs more. Not stereotypical (good thing). Detail.

    Ploping= plopping
    suggary= sugary
    definately= definitely

    OOC- why would Artemis let an unknown person sleep under his bed? Or does he know this person… and I’m clueless and can’t guess?

    Add spoiler alert for Complex.

    UPDATE. Why do I have so many sentence fragments herE?

  2. Beckett Simpleton February 3rd, 2011 at 11:26 pm 2

    very pretty but i wont lie to you and say i understoo it, ๐Ÿ˜›

  3. I love it. ๐Ÿ™‚ I am being kept in suspense, which is good for you, bad for me.
    Is the Complex thing important? Is that kinda what the whole story’s about? (Rhetorical question!!!)

  4. A few spelling mistakes, but coherent and well-written.

    Yes, kind of confusing, but that’s not a negative thing at this point. It’s just suspenseful, like Hermione said, and verrry intriguing.

    You should update. As in, if you do not you may find my pet gecko Eenie doing the cancan next to your shopping cart one day. And that is NOT A COMFORTING SIGHT. ๐Ÿ˜€ Just kidding, I wouldn’t do that. I don’t even know where you shop. ๐Ÿ˜‰ But update pleez!

    ~E.N.HA, mostly harmless.

  5. Oooh intriguing and mysterious. Who is this little urchin girl? Your very good at keeping this mystery concealed. By the way, will we ever know who she is? Also, by skipping from first to third person creates differing moods and atmospheres that are very effective ๐Ÿ˜€

    Right there were some mistakes and I will point out most so you can change them when you revise it or…whatever:

    1st chapter-‘Why am I, of all people, have to watch him like this?’ the grammar here is a bit iffy; I’m not entirely sure maybe you wanted to say ‘Why do I, of all people, have to watch him like this?’

    2nd chapter-AS is capitilized at the beginning of a paragraph but I’m not sure if this is intentional.
    You wrote ‘ploping’ instead of plopping, ‘parinoia’ instead of paranoia, ‘steped’ instead of stepped and ‘askes’ instead of asks.

    Also, Artemis’s should be Artemis’ because Artemis already ends in an s therefore the second s is not needed. Then it would be like many Artemis’ owning something…I think. Just grammar.

    Chapter 3-At the end you wrote ‘mental influences’ perhaps you meant ‘mentally influences’.

    Now onto the good stuff. The poetic sort of lines near the beginning of chapter 1 was really good and effective. Also it was clever because of the subtle change from ‘fear for him’ to ‘fear of him’.

    Also, I really like your similies/metaphors e.g. ‘the wind howled like a starved wolf outside.’ They are the things I really get impressed with; similies that are unique, clever, poetic, descriptive and sometimes beautiful/funny.

    Grape for an oopdeiyt ๐Ÿ˜‰

  6. what the hell?! wat is this story?!

  7. seriously. who’s the girl?

  8. A thousand American dollars per night? XD Artemis is so cruel!

    Uh, artygirl, I can’t help noticing that your comments are a bit *urgle* spammy. Authors are very much happy-fied by substantial comments, like concrit. ๐Ÿ˜€

    Great update, Falcon! You had good timing with revealing something about the intruder but not too much so as to destroy the suspense. Consistent grammer/spelling/yada yada. I laughed when Artemis fell out of the bed. ๐Ÿ˜† And for some reason I find the girl funny.

    This is mostly IC (having Artemis think it was a dream was a good touch) but I’m still not sure if Artemis would let someone random sleep under his bed for money. If Butler knew he’d probably pop an artery. ๐Ÿ˜€

    Pleez update!

    ~December Holly, trying to tame her other self

  9. ” And I fell flat on my face” I burst out laughing when I read this!

  10. I know spoilers!!! La la la! Great so far, my semi-scrawny, usually annoyed, some what perverted, feathered friend!!!!

  11. YOU MUST UPDATE AGAIN. There isn’t enough info for me to say anything! It’s good, it’s IC. Fffeeehhhhhh

    That was a short comment. DX

  12. Hmmmmm. Not sure how I feel about this. It’s good, but keep up the “suspense” too long & I’ll stop reading. Sorry if that sounded like a threat.

  13. oopdate

  14. Honestly, Short’s insanity is more insane.

  15. Oh really? What if i made you stir Acid and poop and pee in a cup and pour tham into your cousin’s chocolate milk?

    And then i ate dead racoons? And Shrek launched missiles at the moon with his belly button!

    And Whales are Orange, and monkeys are blue, and eagles are hobos with armpit hair! Lick your toes, lick your toes, eat you hoes.

    Money equals power, power equals came, camel equals 5 celery sticks!!!

    Santa! *xylophone* Oh, a fairy! *xylophone* Everything– ehem. See how weird things can get when they go off topic? ๐Ÿ˜‰ Please don’t go into conversation mode.

  16. Hermione Fowl April 27th, 2011 at 5:44 am 16

    Yay, an update!! So:
    deja vu-Should be in italics.
    a day of two-A day or two.
    รขโ‚ฌล“Under my bed?รขโ‚ฌย He askes-“Under my bed?” he asks.
    Other then that, it was really good. Who’s the girl?? (don’t answer that!!) Is it Maximum Ride, or just some random dude?? I feel really bad for the short comment, because of Artyrox’s huge one.

  17. Update!………. More ……… Or face my army of flying monkeys!

  18. That was really good

  19. @Orion Fowl
    That’s ALL that you could come up with?! *laughs for 30 seconds straight* You’re not that original with your plots of random-osity and evil. I would list some things, but both Fal-chan and AA would probaly kill me for it…..

  20. FowlsGirl123 June 29th, 2011 at 1:46 am 20

    That’s so pretty!I love how poemy(is that a word?) it is. Ooh, and is the girl Max or someone from Maximum Ride? Cuz that makes sense. I definitely think you should continue this. I love it and want to read more. UPDATE!

  21. update.

  22. No, not a Max crossover XD

  23. the huntress (or tress) January 26th, 2012 at 4:56 am 23

    I rreeaallyy like your writing style. You sound conversational, like your explaining it to us right in front if us. ( I srive very ahrd for this, but alas, has failed so far…) You keep the supense up and slip in pieces of info at perfect amounts.Keep up the good work!!
    update or…. ehh… someone already took my flying monkeys,so…

  24. paranoidcentaurfoaly January 26th, 2012 at 6:51 am 24

    I would favourite this story, except I don’t know how to do that.

  25. At the top you push, add to favourites. Great job Falcon!

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