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You press down on the lever, straining for the sound you adore.

Clip, clip.

Sharp metal blades clamp down, and a strip of white breaks free. One more snip to go, you've been waiting for this. You slide the clipper a touch right; you squint as you adjust the blade's position; too far and you unearth new fleshy depths, too near and you’ll waste a snip. You take a deep breath and tuck your elbows closer to your ribs. Pull your head lower, closer. Your chest stops rising, the soft whooshing of air from your nostrils stop. Control is vital!

You press.

Clip.

A little white sliver does a dainty somersault flip before falling into darkness. You see its little curlicue flip, but you must move on. You are on a mission, and the goal approaches. Victory will be yours, must be yours. None must survive this purge.

But the sounds you loathe are always loud and clear.

"Are you cutting your skin again? How long have you been at it?! It's all over the floor! Oh my god, your fingers are bleeding! Stop this, stop cutting now!"

Your eyes narrow, your nose scrunches at the condescension. What would they know, degenerates with finely manicured nails, gleaming mother-of-pearls on their fingertips? What do they know of jagged cuticles and hangnails, the irritation of unevenly cut edges? What do they know of the urge – no, the need to remove these eyesores the way only you can?

They know nothing.

You target the next hangnail, straining for the sound you adore.
Fixi Novo had a contest: Take a title from their latest short story anthology and write a 300-word short story based on it. Submit within 48 hours. Top 3 winners take home a free copy of the anthology.

I took 2 hours to write this, then submitted it at 2.30 AM. Spent the next day at work struggling to stay awake with a horrible migraine, but I won a free book so all is well!

[Edit] OH MY GOD this piece had no readers and BOOM a DD!? Thank you all for reading and faving! <3 
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Daily Deviation

Given 2013-12-15
Clippings by ~J-ko ( Featured by neurotype )
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dragoeniex Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014
So. A favorite show of mine (discovered only recently) had one episode that involved torture. Via nail clippers. >__< Both that scene and this story made me cringe.

Grats on the DD. This is uncomfortable, but very telling of the character.
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J-ko Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014
Torture by nail clippers sound very disturbing indeed. I have enough problems thinking about toenail-related accidents. ><

Thanks for reading!
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KawaiiShootingStar Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013
This is amazing! O.O Maybe I just interpret it weirdly, but I love the deeper meaning to it. Anyways, I really like it~ ^^
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J-ko Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013
I'm interested in your interpretation to see if it's different or similar to mine. Please do tell~ :)

Thank you for reading it too!
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:iconkawaiishootingstar:
KawaiiShootingStar Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013
I guess it's just... to some extent... being a perfectionist. Like, never satisfied with attempt. It describes my life pretty well. Just not in the exact way. ^.^

You're welcome! It was really amazing~ <3
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TheGalleryOfEve Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congratulations on your well-deserved DD!!! :iconflyingheartsplz::iconlainloveplz::iconflyingheartsplz: :clap::clap::clap:
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J-ko Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013
Thank you! :hug: And thank you for reading too!
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adarkworldfantasy Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Frighteningly enough, this sounds like me :rofl::lmao:  Especially the What do they know of jagged cuticles and hangnails, the irritation of unevenly cut edges? What do they know of the urge – no, the need to remove these eyesores the way only you can?
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J-ko Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013
I take it you've got a bit of an OCD streak in you? :) (Smile) 
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adarkworldfantasy Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Just a bit ;)
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oviedomedina Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013
Excellent idea!
Love specially this paragraph:

"Your eyes narrow, your nose scrunches at the condescension. What would they know, degenerates with finely manicured nails, gleaming mother-of-pearls on their fingertips? What do they know of jagged cuticles and hangnails, the irritation of unevenly cut edges? What do they know of the urge – no, the need to remove these eyesores the way only you can?"

:clap:
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J-ko Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013
Thank you! :bow:
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tigabelle Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013
Wow, incredibly composed piece! short and impactful! Congrats on the Daily Deviation! :huggle::heart:

Oh neat this was submitted on my birthday ^^
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J-ko Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013
Thank you, and happy birthday!
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LostGryphin Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Congrats on the DD! Interesting piece!
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J-ko Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013
Thank you, glad you enjoyed it!
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LeptonPage Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, I find it so cool you can write an interesting short story out of clipping hangnails XD
Congrats on the DD, I think more people should rad it ^^
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J-ko Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013
Thanks! 
Suddenly there's hundreds of people reading it now, lol.
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lintu47 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Congrats on the DD! :dalove:
Have a nice day! :heart:
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J-ko Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013
Thank you! Have a nice week ahead! ^^/
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lintu47 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
My pleasure, thank you :happybounce:
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kmills95 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I honestly thought this was going to be about someone who cuts themself.

Fascinating piece, by the way and congrats on the DD :)
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J-ko Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013
Sometimes an OCD person is more terrifying than any self-mutilator.

Thank you for reading!
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kmills95 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
:nod:
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ShadowedAcolyte Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013
"adore" as a last word is telling, here. Thanks for sharing.
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J-ko Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013
Thank you for reading!
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TipsyReturns Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love it.:heart:
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J-ko Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013
Thank you!
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