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Gift for SDWolfpup (Life)

Title of vid: Children's Work
Recipient: SDWolfpup
Vidder: LithiumDoll
Fandom: Life
Music: "Children's Work" by Dessa
Summary: children aren't as simple as we'd like to think
Content notes: Physical triggers (e.g., epilepsy or migraine: strobe lights, bright lights, "stuttery" cuts between 2-3 stills)
Length: 03:11

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my father was a paper plane
my mother was a windswept tree
my little brother's nearly twice my age
he taught me how to meditate
I taught him how to read
I grew up with a book in my bed
I got these dark circles before I turned ten
heard my mother with her friends worry
it was something she did to get such a serious kid

now I've learned how to paint my face
how to earn my keep / how to clean my kill
some nights I still can't sleep
the past rolls back / and I can see us still
you've learned how to hold your own
how to stack your stones / but the history's thick
children aren't as simple as we'd like to think

before you came along I was a lone cub
fell in love with language / tried to tell the grown-ups
about the storm clouds / the weather in my head
hadn't learned the word for melancholy yet
then you came in five years behind
we thought you couldn't talk
turns out you were just shy
mom said it was serious / dad said you'd be fine
I thought you were the prophet of 1989
you were so tender
we thought something was wrong with you
so patient / we thought that you were deaf
you were so solemn / so tiny but so ancient
ma took you to see doctors / it scared he half to death
and I made you a library of tiny books
with spines two inches high
you didn't say too much, but smiled
taught me how to quiet down my mind

now I've learned how to paint my face
how to earn my keep / how to clean my kill
some nights I still can't sleep
the past rolls back / and I can see us still
you've learned how to hold your own
how to stack your stones / but the history's thick
children aren't as simple as we'd like to think

you slept in my bed / and if I kept quiet...
I could hear all the voices in your head
when the wagon tipped / I prayed over your body
I asked God to take the damage out on me
Ten years later / he finally gets the memo
sent it to accounting and knocked out my front teeth
but you came to
and took my hand and held my eyes and
me and you had a long walk home
so we decided not to cry
now we've got a grown up love
and I know that's how it's suppose to be
same old story mom gets Easters
lets dad have Christmas Eve
but I won't pretend I don't remember how unsual we were
the little mystic and his handler
all some children do is work

I've learned how to paint my face
how to earn my keep / how to clean my kill
but some nights I still can't sleep
The past rolls back and I can see us still

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digitalmeowmix2
Jan. 23rd, 2012 01:10 am (UTC)
Using my zen icon lol
Tthis vid is perfection,and you are a genius. There are so many moments in this vid that take my breath away.

"I got these dark circles before I turned ten" Oh god Dani and her pain break my heart. And her fierceness makes me cheer for her. Her spiiting at the camera is so badass.

"now I've learned how to paint my face,
how to earn my keep, how to clean my kill,"

Dani turns her pain into anger,into strength.That sharp edge of bitterness make her who she is,It make her a good cop.You showed this brilliantly.

"you were so tender we thought something was wrong with you,
so patient, we thought that you were deaf,you were so solemn, so tiny but so ancient"

And Charlie! Broken but still zen, and Dani trying to figure out what his deal is,what makes him tick, and it gives her hope. He helped her "quiet down her mind" "the weather in my head" And she grounded him,gave him a way to see outside of his confusing brain.

"The little mystic and his handler" that line just sums up their relationship perfectly.

I love the subtext of Charlie and Dani being siblings. The shots of them connecting and protecting each other. the scene with the knife,of them keeping secrets for each other , of them sitting on the couch and she can sense what he's thinking, or her touching his hand as she walks past. A secret sibling/partner signal.

Thank you for making this vid, this is a wonderful gift not just for your recipient but for every fan of the show.

Edited at 2012-01-23 02:02 am (UTC)
halcyon_shift
Feb. 4th, 2012 07:16 pm (UTC)
Re: Using my zen icon lol
Wow, thank you so much! I'm glad you enjoyed it!
barkley
Jan. 23rd, 2012 03:44 am (UTC)
Awesome!!!! Dani is so wonderful in this, and I love the way you show their relationship. And Charlie with the knife on "and the past comes back" and, and, so many awesome things like that. Outstanding!!
halcyon_shift
Feb. 4th, 2012 07:15 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I'm glad it was enjoyed
bisclaveret
Jan. 23rd, 2012 01:32 pm (UTC)
I just need to tell you how much I adore this vid. My love for Dani Reese knows no bounds and this vid is just perfect.
halcyon_shift
Feb. 4th, 2012 07:15 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! I'm glad it was enjoyed :D (And while I'm here, I should mention I still watch the vid you made me last year, so much <3)
weird_fin
Jan. 23rd, 2012 03:57 pm (UTC)
That was brilliant. Just so lovely.
I've never heard the song before so that probably helps but everything was wonderful.
halcyon_shift
Feb. 4th, 2012 07:17 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
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halcyon_shift
Feb. 4th, 2012 07:17 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much!
bananainpyjamas
Jan. 24th, 2012 07:30 am (UTC)
Wow, I know nothing about this source but this vid is stunning.
halcyon_shift
Feb. 4th, 2012 07:17 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed it :)
giandujakiss
Jan. 24th, 2012 02:58 pm (UTC)
Wow. Just ... wow. This is absolutely breathtaking. Like, literally- I gasped when their hands almost touched and then brushed by each other. I totally would have watched that show.
halcyon_shift
Feb. 4th, 2012 07:18 pm (UTC)
Heee, thank you! (I am still playing your RS vid, there is only <3)
elipie
Jan. 24th, 2012 03:32 pm (UTC)
This was incredible. I'm completely unfamiliar with the source, but I might not be for much longer.
halcyon_shift
Feb. 4th, 2012 07:18 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I hope you enjoy the show if you get to it :D
jonesandashes
Jan. 24th, 2012 07:09 pm (UTC)
Holy frick, this is incredible. This is everything I wanted this show to be. Well done!
halcyon_shift
Feb. 4th, 2012 07:18 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much!
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halcyon_shift
Feb. 4th, 2012 07:19 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I hope you enjoy the show if you get to it :D
anoel
Jan. 24th, 2012 11:33 pm (UTC)
Oh wow, this is awesome! Amazing song choice and you totally nailed Dani and made me care so much for her.
halcyon_shift
Feb. 4th, 2012 07:19 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :D
raspberry_splat
Jan. 26th, 2012 02:34 am (UTC)
WOW. wow. This is absolutely stunning. How I loved this show and miss it dreadfully. You celebrate it here magnificently. And then some. I am in awe of how beautifully you've constructed this....oh this song.... this is Dani..and your vid paints their relationship beautifully...sooo many tiny amazing details. Gah. I'm just awestruck. Brilliant work.
halcyon_shift
Feb. 4th, 2012 07:19 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much!
anr
Jan. 26th, 2012 04:01 am (UTC)
Gorgeous! :)
halcyon_shift
Feb. 4th, 2012 07:19 pm (UTC)
Thank you :)
nicole_anell
Jan. 29th, 2012 02:29 am (UTC)
Wow! I don't know this source at all, but this was fabulously put together. Great use of the song.
halcyon_shift
Feb. 4th, 2012 07:20 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
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halcyon_shift
Feb. 4th, 2012 07:20 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :)
wishfulaces
Jan. 31st, 2012 12:01 am (UTC)
This was beautiful, and just right for this show, and Dani's pov.
halcyon_shift
Feb. 4th, 2012 07:20 pm (UTC)
Thank you, I'm glad it was enjoyed!
fan_eunice
Feb. 1st, 2012 07:37 pm (UTC)
Wow. Just...wow. I already had this show on my shortlist of stuff I needed to watch soon, but you just bumped it up to number one priority. Incredible.
halcyon_shift
Feb. 4th, 2012 07:20 pm (UTC)
Hee, thank you! I hope you enjoy the show if you get to it :D
nemo_r
Feb. 2nd, 2012 12:45 am (UTC)
Oh God that is absolutely wonderful, the most brilliant Reese character study. The song choice is perfect and I adore the repeated motifs you've tied in-- Charlie's knife and the sunlight. You've managed to really neatly tie in all the major parts from both seasons, which is seriously amazing considering the scope, they went through a lot together!

Also, that final scene is just perfect.
halcyon_shift
Feb. 4th, 2012 07:21 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! I'm glad you enjoyed it :D
morgandawn
Feb. 5th, 2012 04:42 am (UTC)
woah. Both xlorp and watched it twice. You've just repimped us for a show we love.
anait
Feb. 8th, 2012 03:41 am (UTC)
This is the most intriguing of the Festivids for me. What makes it so is the song choice and the fantastic lyrics. The way you've edited the source around the lyrics opens the most fascinating window to these characters and their story.

Utterly fantastic!
dawn_queen
Sep. 8th, 2013 05:31 pm (UTC)
love this so much. great song choice.
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