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To Fly by hibbary To Fly by hibbary
Never tell a possum that he can't do something, because he'll make it his goal in life to prove you wrong. I'm sure my older half-brother has some possum in his blood somewhere. Anyway, when all his freinds told Fredrick A. Possum (The A, he says, stands for 'Awesome'; Fredrick Awesome Possum, but I suspect it's really 'Alistar') that possums couldn't fly, he knew he could make history.

Night and day, he planned and plotted on a pair of marvelous wings with which he could soar through the clouds. His friends came by to look at his plans, and to tell him he was crazy and wouldn't he give up this awful scheme? but he just sent them away again, saying that he was very busy and to come and see him off on his big flying debut.

Finally the day came. Freddy's wings had been crafted with care, checked and rechecked until he deemed them ready. Strapping them on, he marched proudly through the woods, his head held high. The other animals shook their heads and whispered openly of his folly, but he refused to hear, and the followed him along all the same, to see for themselves what they already knew would happen. Old Fred had quite a crowd by the time he reached the mighty cliffs that stood on the edge of the forest. They waited below as he picked out the very highest point of rock and started to climb.

For a few long minutes, Freddy was lost from view in the trees and scrub that grew below the high spires of rock. They thought perhaps he had chickened out and run away when they saw him emerge above the treeline and climb up . He stood, silhouetted against the bright sunset sky and slowly spread his wings.

The strong western wind was in his face, the brilliant sun in his eyes. To fly, he thought. To fly into the tangerine sky. This is truly what life's all about.

And then he jumped.
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:iconarcadunato:
arcadunato Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
jump! jump! jump! XD
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FoLLeTTuZZa Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
bellO!
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Sunny-FunnyJen Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012
:)
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Pheonix-burst Featured By Owner May 17, 2012
Oh wow the description that went with the picture seems to make it that much more better (though it is hard). Your possum is absolutely adorable and I love it's determination to prove people wrong. So now the big question...did Fredrick fly?
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sebastianhaze Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012
very cool work super cute
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3---opossum---3 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes its Awesome :iconawesomepossumplz:
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3---opossum---3 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Sorry wrong kind of Possum
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Cranberryzombie Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice story... And i wanna fly too [:
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KaitlinDragon Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The amazing art talent here, with the very creative idea and expectant poise... this is great!
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FreakMyLife Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice job with the shading and the concept, tis be a brave little possum ^^
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avalanchepark Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2011
how much of life feels just like this - great image
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crazed-fangirl Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
When we move into our new house (yay! bought a house!) I will buy this print, print out the story that goes with it, then matte them both together in an attractive frame. (or get someone with more experience to do it for me)

I'll hang it in our daughter's room so that when she's big enough we can tell her the story. I want her to know that following your dreams is totally worth it. ^_^
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Aeyolscaer Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Huh... goosebumps story. And very cute, I like the colors and painting style. Maybe it would work even better if it was mirrored horizontally (I mean if Freddy looked to the right). :)
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Arion27 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2010
The expression of drive on his face is fantastic...
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brooklynpage Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Featured at my journal now: [link] :)
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brooklynpage Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think I let out a little squeal in reaction to the cuteness.
Love this. :D
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Octoboy-the-8th Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2009
This can not end good...

Very cute though.
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Malinka545 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2009
grat :P
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balisticbrit Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2009
this is cute:) :heart: :glomp:
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sky2yoshimura Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2009
OHH This is just soo cute! i love his goggles! *hugs cute little possum*
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VerySmallIndeed Featured By Owner May 11, 2009
This is brillient work and very touching too. (I read the info you see)
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superftmn Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great work Hib,

would you mind me using this as an avatar online?
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Honhiry Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2009
I wonder...did he fly?
Very good picture!
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UnFantome Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2009   Photographer
go fred!
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FetishMadHatter Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2009
It looks very solemn. Every time I look at this, I can't but feel great respect for Fredrick A. Possum.
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chihanachan Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2009
x3 nice
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revpermin Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2009
fantastico
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LizChimati Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Are you use tablet to paint (that's the word that I want to use for really? My english isn't very well...sorry...u.u)??
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LizChimati Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
So Awesome!! The character is so cute! ^^-

Ja ne!
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Ricerocketeer Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2008
You know, this artwork goes along perfectly with Eric Whitacre's Leonardo Dreams of His Flying Machine.
Look it up on youtube or something.
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Kiromii Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2008
aww thats so sweet! :+fav:
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DRS2406 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2008  Professional General Artist
Well, the pic is great, I like it.The story...I think I just fell in love with ya..soo cute.
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Dracohoudini Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2008   General Artist
this reminds of a children's book called
"opus' christmas , a wish for wings" at least I think that was what it was called. I don't know if you've heard of it, but that's what this reminds me of:)

But it was about Opus the penguin who want to fly and did all these crazy things. Then Santa ended up crashing into a Lake and Opus had to rescue him.

Last time I read it was when I was ten^^
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Pixel-Spotlight Featured By Owner May 27, 2008  Professional Photographer
:wave: Hi there! :wave:
This piece has been featured in an anthro news article, found here: [link]
Thank you for the fantastic art - please keep it up! :D
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chunkCHEESE Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2008   Interface Designer
hey thought i'd let you know that i featured this artwork in my latest journal which can be found here: [link]
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stinkytoads202 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2008
lol
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Lalo08 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2008
man i sure hope he makes it
he went through all that trouble...
i love how u drew this
its serious and yet very comical
i love it
ur very talented
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Lalo08 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2008
man i sure hope he makes it
he went through all that trouble...
i love how u drew this
its serious and yet very comical
i love it
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Oscelot Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
good thing he isn't a lemming!
absolutely adorable. :)
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Telumiel Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2008
Absolutely adorable!
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malcomosx Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2008
I'm sure many can relate to this, but I definitely can. Love the picture
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Oatmealmonkey Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2008
I once wrote a story about a possum who wanted to fly. He didn't use the same methods, though.
I like this picture.
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TheIronHorse Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2008
So cute! it reminds me of something out of The Secret of Nymph.
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creaturekebab Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2008
I hope he makes it. Oo
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BlutigWolf Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Too cool. I just love the goggles!
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Mafisek Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2007
I Belive i can flyyyy :D
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Fu-Chu Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2007   Traditional Artist
Hooray for Frederick :D at least some one have the ability to work on proving other people wrong ^_^
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xinchu Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2007
:) ...This just kind of made my day. great job.
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OnePurpleShoe Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I FOUND IT!

I've been trying to find this picture for weeks! I used to lurk on my sister's account, saw this in her favorites and absolutely loved it. When I got my own account, I couldn't track it down.

This picture and the story that goes with it is my favorite original deviation.

^^
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EtoileWolf Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2007
Oh, so cute :)
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