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Prince Gumball tried to build the relationship between Fionna and him bit by bit closer to this point. On her birthday, he would always take her out adventuring into unknown lands, singing with each other while riding Lord Monochromicorn's back through trivial winds. Or on Halloween, he always invited her out to the Candy Kingdom to trick-or-treat. Of course, he wouldn't eat any of the candy, due to obvious reasons, but Fionna went around the kingdom collecting sweet toffee road chunks, multi-colored gumdrops off of buildings, and sugar flowers in the meadows. Christmas he would have a 'Snow' Ball, inviting all of Aaa (except the Ice Queen, of course) and they would dance the night away. But now, this year's Christmas, he got the urge to finally tell her how he really felt.

He had asked Fionna if he could have a moment alone with her out in the main palace hallway. She kindly agreed. She walked to the door that lead to their destination and Gumball hurriedly held it open for her. She curtsied, giggled, and made her way out into the deserted hallway. Softly shutting the giant doors behind him, the music and murmur of voices became distant and muffled. He turned towards Fionna. Her face grew red hot. She remembered the last time 'he' had closed a door like that and slowly turned towards her. Although she was positive that this was her Prince Gumball now, she still couldn't shed the memories from four years ago. She was fourteen years old. He was sixteen.  She physically shuddered, every hair on her body standing on end. Focus, Fionna! This has nothing to do with that night! Forget it and have a good time with him.
Forgetting was easier said than done.

Prince Gumball walked forward, easing his way to Fionna one step at a time, rushing in his head, trying to find the right words to say… the right way to say it. He looked up though, and he wished he hadn't. Fionna was crying. He gasped and ran towards her, his hands softly and tentatively touching her shaking arms. "Fionna! Oh no! What's wrong?" His eyebrows knitted. He no longer racked through his brain to find the right words to say to this girl. Now, he was more concerned for her emotional turmoil. She drew in a quick breath and shuddered once again. This was the worst possible moment for him to see her. When she was like this, she wouldn't let anybody see her. Not even Cake. It was times like these she would lock herself in her room for hours on end, where nobody could see her. Where she felt safe.

But lately, she hadn't felt safe there either.

Her memories of that night played like a movie in her head, detailed and frightening. Of course, nobody knew the true story but Gumball and herself. And the story was best kept hidden.

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The night of the 'Snow 'Ball. 'Gumball had invited her up into his room. Of course, she trusted him completely. She followed. She wandered inside the room, in awe at the beautiful furniture and arrangement. Although the awe was short lived. The lights were dim, only the glow of candles glimmering in the shadows of night. Rose petals made a pathway up to his bed where the red blanket on the king-sized bed was tousled. A sweet rosy smell mixed with bubblegum filled the air. With only the light of the candles, the shadows cast eerie forms that danced around the room. "Gumball, what is th-?" Fionna turned around to find 'Gumball' locking the door. He then looked at her with lustful eyes and began his journey towards the fourteen year old girl. The 'Prince's 'hands moved up to his collar, where he began to slowly open his shirt, determination in his blue eyes. Fionna began to back away, only making matters worse as she grew closer to the bed. "Whoa." Was all she could mutter. But then, all of the sudden, something ice-cold dripped on her shoulder from above.

She looked up.

Shock plated her face as she stared in horror at a handsome man frozen in ice.

Her Prince.

Prince Gumball.

She heard an evil laughing from the figure in front of her, who she now knew was not the prince. The form suddenly ripped the rest of its shirt off, ripping his chest in half along with it. And now, standing before Fionna was none other than the Ice Queen.

"You!" Fionna screamed, her voice cracked. She grabbed for her sword in the satchel she carried and then battle began.

After the battle was over, the real Prince Gumball stared at Fionna in horror after she made that dreadful speech about falling in love with the Ice King. This wasn't like her. Not at all. She, Cake, and Monochromicorn's eyes were lined with black, their gazes distant. He ran up to her, "Fionna! It's me! Gumball! What's going on with you?!" shaking her arms seemed to get Fionna's attention. She met his bright blue eyes and eerily moaned. The Prince recoiled and did a double take. No. He couldn't be seeing things clearly. Where her eyes… red?

BAM!

A great force shoved him back, knocking him on the floor across the room. "Ah!" He yelped as he thudded onto the hard ground. Wincing, he looked up to see a transparent, hazy black mass surrounding her and the others. "What?!" He began looking for the source of the evil entity that hovered around his beloved. He scanned the room and then his eyes fell on one item in particular, which was emanating the ungodly power.
The Ice Queen's Crown.

He smacked himself, realizing how stupid he was to let his friends even near that thing. There was an old folk-tale of an evil crown, lined with blood red rubies and gems. The crown was inhabited by an undead soul though. One that was extremely evil. Anyone the crown touched was to become possessed by the evil spirit.

And that spirit was The Lich.

Oh, Glob! What am I so stupid! It should have been obvious that the Ice Queen was wearing the crown! She's insane! Who else could have had it?

Gumball had faced the sinful wrath of The Lich once before, and it almost cost him his life. Luckily, the nurses at the palace were skillful and were able to put him back together again. Although this time, he wasn't so sure he could defeat it. Not without the help of his friends. Which were in The Lich's grasp.

Great.

Although the Prince did not know this, but The Lich came under strict business. This was a timed visit. One that was planned the day Gumball was born. "H-Hey…!" The Prince said, getting up slowly. "You don't dare touch her. Or you will be answering to me." The Lich responded by placing his entity into Fionna's body and the others. A shudder went up their spine and they shook. Their black rimmed eyes darted to Gumball. They turned her heads from side to side as a raspy male voice began to curl off their lips.

"He who lies,
He who seeks,
The lost girl,
The one who weeps,
Love shant arrive,
On thy final steps,
Only thy curse be broken,
By thy final breath.
Tis only then,
Thy curse will break,
By the loss of life,
By thy Lich's fate."


Gumball's face dropped in horror. He had heard this rhyme before. Many years ago, when his father was still around. The Prince's memories flashed back to when he was still a young child, wandering the long corridors of the castle. Sometimes when he passed by his father's study he would hear this chant echoing out of the room. Magic, he thought. His father was extremely obsessed with the occult, with magic, and science. He would always be surfing old, tattered books that were written in ancient languages. Dead languages. Always muttering the same thing, "The cure." Repeatedly. Of this, Gumball was never sure why. In fact, he had grown fond of it during his childhood and thought nothing of it. By the time close to his father's disappearance though, The Prince had noticed him going into odd fits of insanity, and at some points, screaming, "Take me! Please! We agreed! Take me instead!"  Days later, he went missing. Nobody found his body. No eyewitnesses. No trace. Gone. But this odd rhyme The Lich had recited brought back the memories.

"Prince… Gabriel Gumball… of the Candy Kingdom…"

The sixteen year old looked up, unsure of what to do. But before he was able to respond, The Lich began to materialize in front of him out of the black smoke that had gripped his friends. </i>"Young man. You have much to learn, and much to live. The curse your father placed on you is such a burden. It's a shame that such a nice boy like you must live with the penalty of a life without love…"</i>Gabriel's eyes widened. "A curse? My father? What does he have to do with anything?!" The Lich merely smiled.

"Everything.

"You're mad! You're just insane!" Gumball spat, denying anything coming out of the spirit's mouth. He had to lie to himself. The Lich and his father? In together on something? Something The Prince wasn't even supposed to know. "Believe what you wish. Although I will fill in some gaps that you may want to know…" He paused to take in a deep breath. Gumball noticed Fionna and the others were passed out on the floor. Taking a wild chance, he sprinted across the room and to her side. "Fionna! Fionna! Wake up! Please!" Gabriel pleaded. He tried shaking her awake, his pink fingers gripping her arms ever so softly. She was so damaged… he had to be careful with the fragile girl. He didn't want to cause any more destruction.

"Patience, Gabriel. She will awaken once I leave. But I have a very important message to be carried to you. From your father. " The Lich sighed. Gumball couldn't trust this man. He was known for being unfaithful to promises, a liar, a madman, and most of all- taking peoples souls. But if it would make The Lich disappear any faster, and Fionna could wake soon, it was a risky chance that The Prince was willing to take. "Alright. I'm listening. But you have to promise me one thing. You do not ever harm, hurt, or even go near Fionna. Otherwise, the deal is off. I'd rather live the remainder of my life not knowing what happened to my father anyways." The madman replied nonchalantly, "A promise made is one kept.

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"Fionna… please, tell me what's wrong. I want to help." Gabriel embraced Fionna, who cried into his sleeves. "I-I can't take it anymore! Night after night! The Lich… he watches me. And… I-I…!" She could scarcely get the words out before she gasped for breath. "I can hear him." The Prince's body went rigid.

The Lich… is back.

The man's heart seemed to all but freeze. He said he'd leave her alone. He said he wouldn't bother. He said he wouldn't touc-
"Fionna! Did he… touch you?" To his demise, she didn't say a word. He backed up for a second, giving himself room to give her body the look down. Now that he mentioned it, he could see some black bruises, attempted to be hidden by her gown. She folded her arms uncomfortably, trying to hide the painful contusions that covered her body. Gabriel gasped at them. He got them both into this mess, and now he felt responsible for what The Lich had done to Fionna. Tears rolled down her cheek and fell to the floor and with each one Gumball felt more and more guilt. He looked her body over again, and noticed that she looked more worn and tried than ever before. His long fingers sat upon her shivering shoulders. Oh how he wanted to embrace her again, but afraid he would hurt her bruises, he resisted. Barely. But, as if Fionna could read his mind, she wrapped her arms around him and buried herself into his lean body. Somewhat surprised, Gabriel tentatively embraced her back. He rubbed her back with his warm hands, something that used to relax him in times of grief. And then suddenly, it hit him. "…Fionna. Would it help you, if, you know…If  I might possibly stay overnight at your home? I mean, I'm just wondering. It could help you feel more at ease. Not that I'm saying Cake doesn't help, but-"

"Please. Please stay overnight. "

Gumball was happy that he was able to help Fionna though the night, but on the other hand, if The Lich showed up tonight… things would not be good. I have to keep Fionna safe. I have to watch over her. The Lich is after me… and I have to stop it.
"Alright, c'mon. Let's go and get my stuff." He said as softly as he could. Keeping one hand on her back, guiding her through the hallways, this was a way to keep her calm. If anything, he wanted to be right there if something were to happen as well. Quickly, Gabriel rushed though packing, making sure they didn't stay too long in the room. He raced from his dresser to his wardrobe to his bathroom, gathering the essentials that he would need. Also, he brought some things to do for pass time, like books (mostly poetry) and some crossword puzzles. "Hold on, no longer than a moment, alright?" He said to Fionna, who was awkwardly sitting on the side of his bed, which still had the faint smell of roses. "A-alright…" She murmured. He put his thumb under her chin and she looked up. "Chin up. Kay?" He gave her a pity smile and went behind his bathroom door, which was halfway shut and began to change into an ordinary rosy shirt and jacket accompanied by purple pants and a pair converse. With his shirt half over his head, he noticed Fionna could see… well, pretty much everything down to his grape colored boxers. They both turned red and looked away from each other. "I-uh… sorry about that." Gabriel said as he shut the door a bit more, this time making sure it hid him from the woman that was sitting on his bed, who just so happened to be thinking some things about the man's lean body.

At least she was distracted!

When he stepped out of the bathroom, the girl of his dreams was sprawled out on the bed, asleep. "Well, that didn't take you long." Gumball whispered, putting his backpack full of belongings on his back. He didn't want to wake her, just for a trek to her tree-house, so he picked her fragile, small body off of the bed and wrapped the warm red blanket around her, afraid the winter chill would get her sick. The Prince looked down at the woman in his arms and smiled. She was sleeping so soundly. She looked so at peace. So… beautiful. He wished he could look at her face like this all night, but he wanted to get her to bed as soon as possible. Gabriel didn't want her staying up so late. She wasn't getting enough sleep as it was.  They left his room and made their way down the stairs and into the main hallway.

Oh no! I forgot to tell the guests at the ball that we were leaving… I should go in there and announce it… And I can't leave Fionna anywhere alone tonight. Something could happen. So that means… Gumball felt embarrassed. He would have to talk to at least one hundred guests with the girl he's had a crush on for years asleep in his arms. He stood at the ornate doors to the ballroom. "Well, alright… here we go." He sighed.
As The Prince opened the doors and stepped into the ballroom, many party guests looked his way. They began to gossip, and of course, LSP was at the head of it all. "Oh. My. Glob. Like, lump off! This can't be happening! Prince Gumball and Fionna? No lumping way!"

Gabriel sighed, taking large strides to get to the throne in the front of the room faster. He passed some party-goers that cheered, others yelling vulgar comments. Not invited next year. He made a note.
Finally he stood next to the empty throne, the one that he will eventually sit in one day. The one he would eventually rule in one day. It was here where he felt confident. He felt like he could in fact take The Lich on right now if the option came. Save that bravery for later…

Suddenly the crowd went quiet and stared at him and his little bundle. He cleared his throat. "Uh, hi everybody…" They replied back with collective 'hey's and 'what's ups'.  Gumball continued. "So, uh, I guess everybody here can see I have my hands full!" People laughed and he carried on, "I'm just going to take her back to her house. She doesn't feel that good… And uh… I won't be back until tomorrow so…" His face grew hot, and he could tell what was crossing people's minds as they were looking up at him. He ignored the odd looks and gestured to Manfried the Pinata and said, "Hey, when it gets to midnight make sure the party ends, alright? And ask the maids to clean up. I can't help out this year." The donkey piñata sung, "Suuuuurrrreeeee! Will dooooo!" Gumball couldn't help but smile whenever Manfried sung. It always had a way of cheering him up. He gave a last goodbye wave and strode off the platform, making his way out the castle doors.
Sorry I re-used this pic! It kinda just fit in to.. yeah.
YES.
I NAMED HIM GABRIEL.
LOVE IT.
<3
Adventure Time and Characters (c) Pen Ward
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Zoomzamzim Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014
It's a great story, I really like it!

Gabriel sounds awesome for Prince Gumball's First name.

By the way, even if you don't finish this story, I think it's very beautiful and emotional one.
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TheRedUmbrellas Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013
love this so much. the Gabriel thing is very creative. it fits and makes sense to matching the name 'Gumball'. you opened this with a great introduction. i will most likely read this over and over again. so good!
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jewelbird Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Aww thank you so much!:,D I thought that Gabriel matched much better with Gumball rather than Bubba. So thats why I chose it. Flowed much easier. ^_^
But acck you're so sweet! :iconsupertighthugplz: <3 <3
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YokoNakajima Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Student
Please continue
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jewelbird Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Student Digital Artist
>___< Trust me, I'll try when I can! Gotta be in the mood to write..
Plus, ya know, been a while. Forgot the plot. o__o
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YukiMinamoto Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I love it so much!! Please update soon!
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jewelbird Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Student Digital Artist
X'D So many people have asked! Sadly, it's been quite some time since I've done anything Adventure Time related. So I don't know if this will be continued. :I
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YukiMinamoto Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Ah, it's all right. I really did love it!
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jewelbird Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Student Digital Artist
<3 Well, thank you anyway! :heart:
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chakramqueenCMS Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
I'm pretty sure his first name is Bubba, you know to be like Bubba Gumball and Bubblegum.
Other then that, I really liked it!
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jewelbird Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Yeah, I know. I changed it for the story. ^__^
Thanks though
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chakramqueenCMS Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
Ok. Good to know!
It still is cool.
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jewelbird Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Student Digital Artist
C: Thankies!!
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chakramqueenCMS Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
No probsies!
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Phooma12345 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012
This is my first fionnaxGumball story and I love it. You should continue this, it's so good.
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jewelbird Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Student Digital Artist
C: Aw, thank you so much!
It's been so long I can't even remember where the story was going, lol.
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specialshipper4life Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012
OJFJHJNCJDSNFKSDJFIEWPKJRMFNOJVNFSDNFMK;AJSRMEWINTFGJRNDGFOKSDLFNMKL....WHY ISH THERE MOT MOAR?!
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jewelbird Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012  Student Digital Artist
O_____O
UM.
I.. UM...
got away from it...
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specialshipper4life Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012
eheheheheh, sorry bout that. got a little overexcited. P:
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jewelbird Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012  Student Digital Artist
XD Thanks okay! Sorry though..
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specialshipper4life Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012
you should definitely try and get back to this, though. its really good.
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jewelbird Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Awww... Thank you. :) I'll try!
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mikeemee16aa Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
I wish that ther'ye would be more chapters after this... (sigh) the story is very good i want more of it. Please? :)
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jewelbird Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Awww, thank you! ^_^
I'm sorry I never got back to writing it. I think I started writing the next chapter but didn't finish. :I I will try to see what I can do!
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mikeemee16aa Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Ok hope to see it soon! :)
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jewelbird Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Student Digital Artist
:D
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wishuponacrane Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Student Filmographer
I dunno what to say....but.....ASDFSGS MY INNER FANGIRL CRAVES FOR MOAR!!
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jewelbird Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Student Digital Artist
X'D Sadly, there won't be another one. I'm sorry.
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wishuponacrane Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Student Filmographer
;__________________;

Awww, alright...
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jewelbird Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Sorry! I'm too busy to continue it! :C
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AppleCherry Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wait, what? AHHHH no! Why are the best fanfics always old and unfinished?!
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jewelbird Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Student Digital Artist
DX I'm sorry!!!!
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Saulong108 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012
This is great whrn will u post the next chapter
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jewelbird Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012  Student Digital Artist
XD Thank you very much! Hmm, well, thing is that this was written a while ago and I never got back to writing it. I have a bit of the second chapter, but that's about it for now. :/ So sorry.
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Saulong108 Featured By Owner May 5, 2012
aw.......too bad it was a nice start
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jewelbird Featured By Owner May 6, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Yeah, I know. I might get back to it, but it wont be for a while. 0_0 Sorry!
But thank you very much for reading it! I can always tell you what happens if you are curious.
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Saulong108 Featured By Owner May 13, 2012
kindly please tell
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jewelbird Featured By Owner May 16, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Well, I guess that Gumball takes Fionna back home, and she goes to sleep. He stays up and does some sort of crossword puzzles or something, being the mad genius he is. X'D He enjoys those activities.
But, he falls asleep. Wakes up because he cannot breathe, finds out that he's been tied to the ceiling by that 'dark force', otherwise known as the Lich and he's pretty much devouring Fionna's soul, as there is nothing he can do about it (being tied up and all). Trying to figure out how he escapes, as I never did quite think of a good plan. It'll have something to do with his missing father, though. For sure.

Um... pretty much destroys the Lich King, finds out some pretty bad secrets about his past, and at the same time some good ones. Saves Fionna.... blah blah blah. He gets to be the hero in this one. :)
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deppspirategirl Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011
this is awesome i totally want to read more
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jewelbird Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Oh, wow! Thanks! Yeah, I wrote more and never posted it... I should...
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PokeySmokes Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2011
I would love it if you would continue this. <3
It's very sweet.
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jewelbird Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Oh, yes! I almost forgot! I have part of it written. I should finish it. :)
Thanks!
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PokeySmokes Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011
Oh, wonderful. 8D I shall add you to my watch list!
Take as much time as you need.
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jewelbird Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Yay! Another watcher! Thank you so much! I'll be sure to try and update as soon as I possibly can!
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InvadersForever Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I don't know which pairing I like better but i must say so Adorable!!!!
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jewelbird Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2011  Student Digital Artist
:D Thank you so much!
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InvadersForever Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hey No problem I am actually working on a fanfic were the commentors decide who ends up with who cause i am so clueless.
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jewelbird Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Hmm interesting...
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InvadersForever Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah i'm not sure which pairing with Fionna i like better.
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jewelbird Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Well, I dont meet alot of people with a mixed opinion. :) Thats nice. I wont make you lean towards Gumball or anything, seeing as it should be your own decision and not made by someone else.
:)
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