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That morning, when Ziggy Stardust saw the shimmering quilt being unpacked in the common room, all bets appeared to be off.

"This will look wonderful on my bed!" he cooed as he fingered the silver lame lace that edged the night-black satin quilt spangled with sequin stars, button moons, and velvet planets.

David heaved that particularly deep sigh that only Ziggy's antics brought out.  "This isn't for you, Ziggy.  The Astronettes may have sent it, but you're not the only one here with your eye on the stars."

"Well, whose is it then?" he asked with a pout.

"You'll see if you help us get it upstairs – it's rather heavy."

Jealous but as ever unable to resist his curiosity, Ziggy helped David, Major Tom, and Pierrot carry it up to a particular bedroom...


"It's quite an accurate star chart," Major Tom whispered as they each took a corner of the quilt and slowly eased it onto the bed, not wanting to wake its weary occupant.  "How long do you think it took them to put it together?"

"Oh, a few days for the base, a few weeks for the details," Pierrot replied.  "It's so soft..." he continued as he gently tucked it under the sleeper's chin.

"Is that writing at the bottom?" Ziggy asked as they stepped back to see the result.

"Yes," David said softly, nodding at the words stitched in pearly white thread.  "It says, 'May tender memories of home and family bring you comfort.  Love, the Astronettes.'"

The bed makers filed out of Thomas Jerome Newton's room.  Ziggy was the last to go, and it was just before he turned to the door that he noticed the little velvet planet surrounded by a circle of ruby-red heart-shaped sequins...which had been placed so precisely that it rested upon the sleeper's heart.
This is a prose story for the group Cracked Actor, a charming fan comic based around the premise of David Bowie and his many characters living together in one house.

(For those who do not recognize the name "Astronettes", it was used twice during David's Ziggy Stardust/Aladdin Sane years. It was first used for his backup dancers at the Rainbow Theater shows of August 19th-20th, 1972, and second for his backup singers in "The 1980 Floor Show" TV special in '73.)
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AWittyTragedy Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011
I...just...awwwwwww! Love this film and this fic.
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SapphireEyes Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011
Thanks!
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MarissaSunshine Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2011  Hobbyist Filmographer
This just made me go "Awww!" through the whole thing. So sweet, and Tommy is so cute... :aww:
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SapphireEyes Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011
Thanks for the compliment! He is, isn't he?
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MarissaSunshine Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011  Hobbyist Filmographer
he's adorable. :cuddle: I wuvs him.
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MidnaofTwilight3519 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my gosh, this almost made me cry...I love this. Do you do other literature for Cracked Actor?
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SapphireEyes Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2011
Yes I do. Look under the "Written Stories and Prose" folder in the gallery. The powers-that-be were very kind to let me contribute in prose -- I'm all thumbs when it comes to visual art! :giggle:

This story was actually my first work for Cracked Actor. I'm glad you were touched by it! TMWFTE broke my heart so badly that I needed to do something about it -- in fact, I've written more on that theme as part of a group I co-founded, #Hugs4Tommy.
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MidnaofTwilight3519 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, well I'll certainly check it out! I love David Bowie, and that Cracked Actor idea is superb! I really am touched by some of your stuff I've read! And I have a question for you now...So, is it Davidite? Bowie-an? What is the official name for a Bowie fan??? There's Queenie, Led-head, Crue-head...What about David?
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SapphireEyes Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011
Yep, Cracked Actor is great! The comics generally play things just for humor, but the artists have great affection for Bowie's personas and it's all done with love. (All of Ziggy's outfits, for example, are based on real ones!)

I am not familiar with an official nickname for Bowie fans; in fact, there isn't even an unofficial one! I've often thought about a nickname for fans myself. Do you have any suggestions?
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MidnaofTwilight3519 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I know! The artists really fall in love with him and all his selves...So do I..shh!
Yes...Davidite? uh... Astronette?<---his back-up was called the Astronettes for awhile...Hmm...that's a tough one...
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