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                                                          ‘I’m going to be happy’
                                                                             - Gold Fields.

I stare at the tiny world within my hands. So small, so perfect, so complete. A sense of tranquillity and calm seems to resonate from within it. The ground is covered in a thick layer of pure white snow. So white that it practically glows. There is a miniscule house towards the back of the globe, dusted with a fresh coating of snow. A house that I imagine to be warm, cosy and welcoming. A house that is a home. Sometimes, when my troubles threaten to overwhelm me, I wish I could escape to that house. I wish that I could enter the perfect untainted world encapsulated flawlessly from within the snow globe. For it is a place that cannot be reached by everyday troubles. A haven free from despair and stress and that knows only beauty and seclusion. It is completely safe and isolated from danger, protected by the glass sphere that surrounds it.

What attracts me to this globe the most however, is the snowman at its very centre. His black eyes shine brightly, his orange nose points proudly, and the black buttons down his front are positioned faultlessly. His mouth has been moulded into a perfect smile, one that radiates happiness and contentment. His neck is wrapped in a striped blue and white scarf, his head protected by a warm black top hat. His body is constructed from the same unadulterated snow that surrounds him. He is perfect, just like the perfect world he lives in.

For me, the snow globe and its snowman are a symbol of resilience. Of strength. For no matter how hard I shake the snow globe, no matter how long I insist on rattling the world within, no matter how much I try to disrupt its serenity, when the snow settles it looks just as perfect as ever. Nothing changes. Everything is as it was. No matter how violently I shake his world, the snowman continues to smile. He never breaks his composure, never alters his happy disposition. No amount of force will change him. He is determined to smile. And that is what keeps me going. Whenever I am struggling through a situation and feel like giving up or breaking down, I think back to the snowman. And what he would do in my situation. And a smile overwhelms my face.

                                                ***
                                                                          'Smile like you mean it'
                                                                                      - The Killers.

The sadistic giant before me shakes my world with all his might, a gleeful smile plastered all over his face. Every shake of his hand a thunderous attack. The snow wildly thrashing and flying around me. The transition from complete tranquillity to utter devastation instantaneous and unstoppable. I am immobilised, terrified, my feet stuck to the ground below me. My hat and scarf attached to me like a magnet. Holding me together.

There is nothing that I can do but to withstand the storm and wait for this torture to end. My mouth is permanently and unwillingly contorted into a smile, a smile that I long to turn into a grimace. A mere shake of his hand completely turns my world upside down. Literally. And I am forced to continue smiling, to his sheer delight and entertainment. I don’t want to be stuck here forever in misery, fear and captivity. I long to escape this prison, to break free from the confines of my very creation, but I am destined forevermore to be stuck within this hell. I am destined forevermore to outwardly smile, forevermore to inwardly weep. To struggle alone. Forevermore.
This is the first story I have written in a long time that isn't a literature request. I fancied writing a little story for myself. I first got inspiration for a story about a snow globe, in the shower interestingly enough. I was feeling a bit stressed one particular morning and whilst in the shower I suddenly thought about snow globes and how resilient they are. How they withstand so much violence (their world being shaken), and yet come out of it unscathed and looking perfect. That motivated me to feel less stressed and to be more like a snowman in a snow globe xD

Then, on one of my lunch breaks, I was walking through town and I realised it could be written from different perspectives. It could be written as a story of motivation and inspiration, or even perhaps as a tragedy/horror story from the snowman's perspective. So I decided to incorporate both :D

There are deeper meanings within the story of course, such as appearances can be deceiving, and just because somebody appears to be happy or resilient to everything, it doesn't mean they actually are. I shall leave you to gather your own meanings from it though :)

Thanks are due to ~Malco735 for reading it through for me :D

Here are links to the songs referenced:
Happy Boy - Gold Fields: www.youtube.com/watch?v=rx8i-2…
Smile Like You Mean It - The Killers: www.youtube.com/watch?v=R9uyb3…

I strongly encourage people to leave comments and thoughts :D Thank you so much! I really really hope you enjoy this piece :heart:
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Silence- Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013
Your descriptive language is wonderful as usual and this is such a sweet piece!
Great work Charles! 
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CupofCharlie Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you so much! :heart: :hug: 
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ravingroshie Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Aww, amazing :rose:
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CupofCharlie Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Glad you enjoyed it! Thank you :D
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SpiderwebWisher Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Wow, the little things in these world. Whenever I look into a snow globe, I really can't stop myself from staring at it in awe, shaking it and turning it. Perhaps this is why. Wonderfully narrated with a beautiful moral, you've out did yourself, Charlie. :D
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CupofCharlie Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Awwwww thank you so much! :D Eeeeeee :blush: 
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SpiderwebWisher Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
You're welcome, you deserve it. :D
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SECRET-NINJA-SUPER-M Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013   General Artist
I'm slightly confused that I relate better to the snowman than the main part...  Beautiful story, loved both characters, the imagery and the emotion!
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CupofCharlie Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I suppose that makes sense. A lot of the time it can be easier to smile and pretend that everything is okay when in fact it's not. Most people do this from time to time. Glad you enjoyed my story though! Thanks for the fav too :D :hug: 
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chromeantennae Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Wow, this is beautifully done, Charlie. Simply wonderful. :love:
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CupofCharlie Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Awwww thank you :blush: 
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chromeantennae Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
My pleasure, as always. :)
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BlakeCurran Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013  Student Writer
I like it, but it feels very expositional. You're telling the reader what to think rather than showing them. It's probably just me though; I prefer subtlety in stories (most of the time).
But good job! There's some great writing in there: I especially love the different rhythms/cadences that you captured for each section, separate from each other but consistent in themselves.
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CupofCharlie Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you so much Blake! :) I think I decided not to be subtle to prove a point, to show the two extremes. Almost like a hyperbole of the two lives. I wanted to show the juxtaposition. I appreciate the feedback though :D
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BlakeCurran Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Student Writer
Ah, cool. It was a good read :D
No worries!
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StellaStarfish Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013  Student General Artist
The second part, the part from the snowman's perspective, was so jarringly different and unexpected after reading the first half... it caught me by surprise a little. It almost reminded me of of one of those jump-scare videos, where they show you a nice, calm happy scene and then suddenly BAM there's sonething freaky thrown in your face. (Your story was much better than a jump-scare video, that's just what it reminded me of haha.) but no, i really love this :) it makes me happy :D
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CupofCharlie Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I am uber pleased to hear that you enjoyed it xD Thank you so much for the lovely comment and gorgeous favourite haha :D Thank youuuuuuuuuuuuuuu :hug: :heart: 
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Malco735 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you for the mention. It was a pleasure to read and I like the fact that I barely had to edit this at all :D It's really awesome work and it just shows how good a writer you're becoming :)
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CupofCharlie Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
You're welcome :3 Aww thank you so much :blush: 
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Malco735 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
You are most welcome :) No need to blush, it's true
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Lubrian Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
completely agree!! should be a DD, this is really lovely and a different look at something we dont think about much. interesting concept and well executed :D
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CupofCharlie Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Awww thank you babeh! Would be amazed if I got a DD though haha but one can dream! :P 
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tylerp1991 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:) goes well with this song if u like www.youtube.com/watch?v=l71pbh…
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CupofCharlie Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks, hope you enjoyed my story? :) 
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tylerp1991 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
yes, always relatable and smooth :)
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CupofCharlie Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you so much :D :hug: 
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tylerp1991 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:) indeed
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WeirdAndLovely Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
All my best ideas come to me when I'm in the shower.  And my mom says the same thing. :)

Also, I would like to let it be known that this piece has made me fall in love with your writing.  You're phenomenal both as a person and a writer.  Please, never forget that.
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CupofCharlie Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Wow. Thank you, thank you, thank you! This is such an amazing comment to read. What a wonderful thing to say, thank you so much! And for the favourite too :D :blush: 
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WeirdAndLovely Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're absolutely welcome.  So very much. :)
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watsisface Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This is pure awesomeness. I could totally see this being a DD.
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CupofCharlie Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Seriously?! Thank you SO much. I would absolutely love to get a DD one day, not too sure I'm good enough to just yet though. Thank you so much for the compliment though and for the favourite! :hug: :D 
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watsisface Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
You're welcome. And I'm completely serious.
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Lubrian Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
you should suggest it!! ;)
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watsisface Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I don't know how to.
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:iconlubrian:
Lubrian Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
here's the tutorial;

but the gist of it is send a note with a link to this piece to one of the literature DD admins!
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watsisface Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks!
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:iconlubrian:
Lubrian Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
np! thankyou:D
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CupofCharlie Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
:heart: 
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RedRevanna Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013  Student Writer
Awesome idea! The two sides fit together very well. It's interesting to see how everyone wants to have what the other has because of missing communication. :)
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CupofCharlie Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
So chuffed that you enjoyed it! :D

Thanks so much for the comment and favourite you wonderful person :heart: 
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RedRevanna Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013  Student Writer
Of course! :heart: Oh, am I? :D
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CupofCharlie Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Hells yeah xD 
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RedRevanna Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013  Student Writer
:tighthug:
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XxFlameFrost101xX Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The concept of this is so amazing,I literally have no words for it
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CupofCharlie Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Awww thank you so much. I am so happy you enjoyed it :D

Thanks for the favourite too! :D 
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XxFlameFrost101xX Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Youre very welcome :meow:
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TheJDWiley Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I absolutely adore this! I don't even know how to praise it properly. The duality is great, two conflicting sides completely incapable of communication, both influenced by the other. Well done! 
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CupofCharlie Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you so much, I really appreciate you taking the time to read and comment on my piece :hug:

So pleased you enjoyed it! Thanks so much for the favourite too :D
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