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Late one evening, a man sat in his office at a desk absently signing some paperwork. The small lamp next to him provided just enough light for him to see what he was signing. He was forfeiting his ownership of a building that was left to him in his father's will. His father's words in the will instructed that he should continue running the establishment as a boarding school, but the man grew up there under his father's strict rules. He did not want a part of it. He hated the place and he hated the memories. He tried selling the old school, but nobody wanted to buy it. It was too large for a house, but too small for a hotel. The man had spent a good year and a half trying to find a Real Estate agent that was actually helpful, but had no luck. So, as a last resort, he was just going to abandon the building.

The man loosened the collar of his crinkled, white shirt as he continued reading the will. He never really noticed how messy his father's handwriting was until now. Most children grow up learning their parents handwriting by observation and most simply, receiving birthday cards. Since his mother died when he was eleven, he had not been given anymore. His dad just gave him a five dollar note, the years when he actually remembered it was his son's birthday, and told him to "Go buy something nice." The man had not seen his father's handwriting for many, many years.

Reading on, he noticed a letter folded up. The man snorted, realising it was his father's scribble. He opened it up half heartedly and began to read. It read:

"My son Heath,
If you are reading this, despite how clichéd this is, I really am dead.
Please don't think this is stupid, but I need you to do something for me. Go to the big, old, tree in the middle of the schoolyard. Take a shovel and for the love of God, make sure you are alone."


Heath was slightly taken aback by this note. His father was not much of a joker, let alone interested in playing games. Intrigued, but now paranoid that someone was watching him, he grabbed a hooded jacket and made his way down the stone staircases to get to a janitor's closet, to collect a shovel.

The school was terribly dark at night, not to mention cold. All the stone in the walls, stairs, even the floor just made it colder. Shrugging off the chills, Heath made his way to the closet and chose one of the few shovels that were still in working condition. Slightly excited at this task, he found himself jogging down the corridors to get to the heavy, wooden double doors that towered over even the tallest of people. He flicked on the outside lamp and zipped up his jacket.

Using all his strength, Heath heaved one of the doors open. He made sure nobody was out there before he stepped into the cold. A loud squeak came from underneath his foot and he flung himself out of the doorway. Heath hated rats, mice or any rodent with a tail. He quickly jumped around to face the doors and held his shovel like a baseball bat, ready to smack the creature if it made another peep. The creature did make a peep, but it was more of a gargle, then followed by a hiccup, not a squeak. Heath dropped his shovel in bewilderment as his eyes adjusted to the dark...

Teaser chapter for S.T.A.B. M.E. the novel, © SARAH VAFIDIS
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TEASER CHAPTER for my novel S.T.A.B. M.E.
S.T.A.B. M.E. stands for Scarlett, Tif, Abby and Becki. (main characters in the story)

M.E. stands for Mrs. Eke (the evil headmistress that comes into the story later)

M.E. stands for one of my illnesses which is misunderstood amongst many people and doctors today.

S.T.A.B. M.E. doesn't mean actually kill me, Sarah, it means kill the illness and all of the injustice that goes along with it.

The story is about my personal battles I've faced with this illness. All of my bad experiences are hidden behind characters to tell the story. Example: good characters are named after medications that have helped my health. Bad characters take form as bad medications, biased doctors, symptoms, and the illnesses themselves.

This story and the characters in it mean the world to me. In my darkest days, they saved my life and keep me alive to this day. I know I was put on this world to do this, raise awareness of the illness through my story.

By getting my novel published, not only will I raise awareness, but I will get my revenge on the doctors who tortured me. My revenge is in the form of words. Every person who reads it will know what they did to me.

Anyway, I hope you are 'teased' by this chapter, it is the very beginning of my story and I hope you understand how much it means to me.

Enjoy,
~Sarah Vafidis
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TheFifthDollanganger Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
How have I not found this until now?! Sarah, this is INCREDIBLE!!! When does the public get the rest?
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Sarah-Vafidis Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much!  I'm happy you like it!
Lol, the public won't :XD:  I must finish the lot before anyone else can read any more!
I might get back into comic strips though so the public can at least meet their personalities
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TheFifthDollanganger Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
That'd be awesome!! Are you able to draw?
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Sarah-Vafidis Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Not really, but I can draw my girls!  I've made them in such a way that they are SO basic so I can do it every, single time :D
Might be a good chance to get back into drawing and sniffing my sharpies ;)  LOL totally kidding, but nobody can deny they don't sniff them as they draw, faces are so close to the paper haha.
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TheFifthDollanganger Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Very true.
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krevez Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Student Photographer
I LOVE THIS!!!
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Sarah-Vafidis Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm really glad!! I want to share more but have made a vow not to until it is done, dusted and published :D *keeps me motivated to continue writing* :XD:
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krevez Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Student Photographer
that is actually smart!
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Sarah-Vafidis Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That's what I thought, until now, I realise I haven't written in months :XD: my computer is all repaired now, so I just installed Word back, you make me want to start typing again, THANK YOU!
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krevez Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Student Photographer
AH YOU ARE WELCOME, I AM GLAD I AM THAT HLLY TO INSPIRE YOU MY CHILD
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Shadow094 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012
Hey do you think you can make a doll of me? you dont have to just asking....:3
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Sarah-Vafidis Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Sure, but it won't be cheap :XD:
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Shadow094 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012
ok, you dont have to do it though, lol
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Sui-Kaede Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love the idea behind the book! It'll be awesome :)
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Sarah-Vafidis Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much! I can't wait to get it published :heart:
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Sui-Kaede Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Haha, me too! I want to publish my short stories too, so I'll keep my fingers crossed for you!
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nattoons Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2011  Student Digital Artist
teased indeed~

and i love the little preview pic!
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Sarah-Vafidis Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Glad it teased you!
Haha thanks, that took me a good 45 minutes to do, cutting between Scarlett's spikes (and Tif's legs) was a bitch, and taking the photo took about 20 minutes :lmao: hard to do that one handed :faint:
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AnnaVass Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011   Photographer
:O more please! this is amazing sarah!!!! :) you know how to grab interest, not only in your magnificent works, but also in your writing <3 I look forward to more of this!!
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Sarah-Vafidis Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you Anna :aww: But I won't be sharing any more until I am complete and published :lmao:
I also think I need to make a rain check on us catching up this holidays, me and my family just got food poisoning, but because of my illnesses, I will be recovering for weeks :fork:
God I hate being me
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AnnaVass Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011   Photographer
:O NO!!!! that's horrible! I hope you all get better soon. Food poisoning is no fun. We had it a couple of weeks back too from fish :S that's ok, next holidays? definitely :)
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Sarah-Vafidis Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you :huggle: gah of all times to get this, holidays, when I was gonna see you!
GRRRRR
Dawh I love fish, but mum doesn't like it so we never cook it at home haha :XD: We got ours from something at a charcoal chicken shop - could be anything xD
Yes next holidays of course! Just let me know when you are free ^______^
How have your holidays been so far?
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AnnaVass Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011   Photographer
:( naw. get well soon :huggle: yeah, the fish smelt like bleach, but according to the department of health, it was too old; and the supermarket had been refreezing it :(

holidays have been good nonetheless...chilling out, reading, doing homework :) it feels good to be on holidays, but back to school we go (soon enough!)

how about your holidays?
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Sarah-Vafidis Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
My gosh that's horrible... refreezing it - you could take the supermarket down!!

Sadly holidays are never long enough :( my holidays, well, I really don't have dedicated holidays, the past 5 years seem like one giant holiday lol, but I've actually been doing some reading too :D between spewing that is :XD:
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AnnaVass Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011   Photographer
:( that's not good! (the spewing part) Aw, I sure hope you feel better soon!
Yeah, we thought of the suing option; but let it go...
At least you've been keeping yourself occupied by reading, what book are you reading?

<3
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Sarah-Vafidis Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I've just been reading my horse books, about caring and feeding, not really novels at all haha! I just finished reading my Miniature Horse book, I hope to get one soon <3 and I am using escapism really, can't handle reality right now lol
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teapot-shark Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
And the plot THICKENS.

Or rather, my interest in this story does. :D
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Sarah-Vafidis Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha! The plot does thicken (and so did my brain - I typed plot as 'poloyt' just now, thank heavens for the backspace LOL)

I can't wait until I am all finished, it's based on my true story, so it actually makes me quite depressed because I have to re-live my PTSD to write it, but once I am done, it will be a HUGE weight lifted off my shoulders :)
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teapot-shark Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
It's good to get things off your chest. :)
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KARLCLAYDON Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011   General Artist
Now you have to finish it ...I WANT TO KNOW WATS UNDER THE TREE..
great work mate.
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Sarah-Vafidis Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!!
I am currently well over 22,000 words, so I shall try to get it finished asap :) I still have a long way to go hehe
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ApprenticeOfGaga Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This story sounds really good already :O Way to cliffhang xD
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Sarah-Vafidis Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much!! And haha it was quite a cliffhang :D I hope it makes you want more :XD:
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Aseamlessbonds Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2011  Student General Artist
More please you little tease!!! :eager:

And good for you sweetie! I hope that the finished book does really well! :boogie::hug:
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Sarah-Vafidis Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
HAHA not yet ;)
Thank you so much - I hope it does well too! I can't wait to finish it <3
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Aseamlessbonds Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2011  Student General Artist
I shall be keeping an eye out for it! :sherlock::eager:
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Sarah-Vafidis Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I'll keep you all updated I promise! I'll post journals from time to time :D :huggle:
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Aseamlessbonds Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2011  Student General Artist
:aww: Thank you! :D :glomp:
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KathTea-Katastrophy Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011
WOW, great tease! Looking forward to your novel!
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Sarah-Vafidis Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much :heart:
I can't wait to finish it! I'm just about 20,000 words in <3
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KathTea-Katastrophy Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011
Just found it ><" I have too many dA Watches piled up... So I missed out :iconforeveraloneplz:
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AnamayPrinceton Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011
ilove it .
sounds interestinq . . iwanna read more pwease
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Sarah-Vafidis Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for reading!
I won't be posting anymore though, you have to wait until I finish and have it published :D
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AnamayPrinceton Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011
yes maam ! lol
i enjoyed it soo yeaa . .
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Sarah-Vafidis Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I am going to upload some stop motion of my story soon - so that will tease you more =P
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hoodlum-girl-rox Featured By Owner May 26, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
it sounds very interesting,exciting, and suspenseful. I can't wait till you submit more. :D
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Sarah-Vafidis Featured By Owner May 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome :D Thank you heaps for reading! :heart:
I won't submit any more until it's finished =]
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hoodlum-girl-rox Featured By Owner May 27, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
you're welcome and it looks like I'll just have to be patient.
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E1969R Featured By Owner May 26, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ok Sarah, you don't have a choise, you have to keep going! Your writing is so emotive and the characters are already so 3 dimentional so you're looking through their eyes and hearing through their ears. That's a serious talent and a hard one to emulate.
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Sarah-Vafidis Featured By Owner May 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much Evan :)
I just had to sign the 'withdrawal form' for animation college - so there goes that dream.
But now I will put ALL my focus on finishing my novel, I have to :) I want to, and I can't wait to share the finished thing with you! You will understand all the meaning behind it more than a lot of people!
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