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So it goes. by Sairobi So it goes. by Sairobi
Of all the words of mice and men, the saddest are, “It might have been.”

Steve is half-serious when he tells Bruce that he’s sixty years behind on his reading, but it’s still a surprise when Bruce dumps a pile of books on his lap two hours later. Steve holds one up, confused — they’re all by the same author. Bruce just smiles and says he thinks Steve’ll like them. They’re about the war. Sort of.

Later, he’ll think that’s a roundabout way to put it. Later, he’ll suspect that they weren’t chosen on their historical or literary merit; that Bruce knew he’d understand what they say about the human heart, and what it means to become unstuck in time.

MEDIA: Photoshop CS4.
DATE: 7/21/12
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ClemeO4 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014
It' terribl and terrific. frow the way i look, steve seems to smile like he loves the existence or seems to be sad like he have lost his faith in the existence
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Roku4fire Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013
So what books DID Bruce give him?
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Sairobi Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Slaughterhouse-Five, Cat's Cradle (source of the quote at the top), and maybe the Sirens of Titan? The last little bit specifically refers to Billy Pilgrim in Slaughterhouse-Five, who becomes "unstuck in time". :)
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Roku4fire Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013
Ah, thank you.
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John-lok Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Student General Artist
Great picture!
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CeciliaArt Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013
This is a great piece of art:) (Smile) 
But could you tell me what novels he's reading?
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Sairobi Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Thank you!! The little caption story up there is alluding to Kurt Vonnegut, specifically Slaughterhouse Five. (I also think Steve would like The Sirens of Titan and Cat's Cradle.)
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CeciliaArt Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013
You're welcome :)
I am actually looking at the books that you mentioned on Amazon and want to get them (despite the fact that I have yet to read four other books *sweat drop*)
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Kibbitzer Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013  Student Digital Artist
*smashes the keyboard and cries*
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AnnieReid Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013
this makes me cry.
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raya-lu Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013
This is gorgeous, not just for the art but Steve could relate to Vonnegut's books so much. I love it.
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Arlome Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is amazing!
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DancingDragon18 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012
I love this picture. I love the written bit - Bruce is so kind and gentle.
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artgyrl Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Stunning, and the story makes it even better. :)
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Sairobi Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Thank you so much! I really struggled to get the story right. :)
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Deddrie Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
I loved the image at first glace, and your caption just made it even more brilliant and beautiful.
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tojisuzuhara Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
He's totally reading Jailbird.
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Sairobi Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Professional Filmographer
One of the few Vonnegut novels I haven't gotten around to!
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:iconjansonklivian-4-pres:
oh :( This is perfect; the artwork and the little story.
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Sairobi Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Thank you so much! One night I got to thinking about what books I'd give to someone who missed the latter half of the twentieth century and this was the result. :)
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catica Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Love it quite a bit, thanks.
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thecapturedspy Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I love those colors. <3
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Gas-maskTeddy Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love you.
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Topkicker26 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Steinbeck how I love your works :love::love:
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klydekiss Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012   Digital Artist
Just ugh beautiful
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toidarian Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this. You have such a talent for capturing emotion!
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Sairobi Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Aw, thank you. I was having some ~feelings~ as I worked on this, so I'm happy it came through. :)
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Honoel Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
;_;
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CrazedPochamaXD Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow! The colors are a fine line between warm and somber--effectively catching the mood of the piece! Love it! :)
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CapnSusan Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Student Filmographer
/weeping
bruce and stteeevveeee this is so cool and pretty and just i love you -touch- thats all you need to know.
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ziggyfish Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Student Filmographer
So melancholy and sweet. Slaughterhouse 5 is one of my favorite books, Bruce has good taste.
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vya Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012
Wow! :heart: I like how you drew him here, like he's really serious and into the book he's reading right now.
I really can imagine Steve to read all these books to really understand everything that happened. Very sweet and thoughtful of Bruce to think of that, too. :)
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The4thLantern Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Student
I like this pic a lot; his facial expression really sets the mood. Great job, and I hope to see more! ^_^
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