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Need A Hand? by Contemperina Need A Hand? by Contemperina
No, Duncan isn't pushing Courtney off a building and leaving her to die. Why would you think such a thing?

I have nothing to draw, so this is another scene out of the fanfiction I'm writing with :iconstrayphoenix:, which can be found here: [link] This specific scene comes out of Chapter 12, but if you don't want to read it right now (or ever...) here's an abridged excerpt. Which sort of defeats the point of an excerpt if you have to abridge it anyway. I'll have to work on that.

(Duncan has just brought Courtney to the rooftop of Playa De Losers and jumped up onto the roof's brick ledge.)

"Duncan!" she screamed at him, suddenly frightened for his safety and hating it. "Get down from there!"

"Check it out, Princess!" he proclaimed happily, extending his arms to the side in the shape of a T as another gust of wind swept over them. "I'm king of the wooooorld!"

"You are not funny, Duncan! Nor are you original!" Courtney snapped, irritated and alarmed (and irritated because she was alarmed.) She stood on the tips of her toes and leant against the ledge with her knees, making a swipe for his arm and missing, her other palm pressed against the warm bricks for some extra reach. "Now get your ass down from there before one of us—!"

Looking back on it, the pair figured they should have known that Chris McLean only ever did anything half-way.

The ledge didn't even make a warning sound before the poorly conceived masonry gave way under Courtney's additional applied force, suddenly leaving the CIT with nothing to support her peculiar position. Losing her balance as the bricks she'd been leaning against a second ago seemed to vanish, Courtney's mind blanched in panic as her stomach all but imploded, yielding a sensation like that of a black hole opening in her abdomen.

Her brain, at least, provided her with a quick enough reaction time to flail and grab at what was left of the ledge before the rest of her toppled off the roof with a surprised scream.


"OH MY GOD!" Courtney shrieked, scrambling to maintain her single-handed grip on the ledge as the rest of her body hung precariously, four floors over the concrete pool deck.

Startled by her shriek (the sudden lack of Courtney's biting wit was surprising enough without the additional volume), Duncan quickly hopped off the ledge and made to grab Courtney's arm in alarm. "Woah! Need a hand th—?"

"Don't touch me!" she snapped in a high pitch, trying her hardest not to look down (and failing) as she swung up her other hand, managing a second grip on the disintegrating ledge. "I—oof!—can handle this!"

Duncan had frozen at her command, his arms just centimeters away from grabbing hers, and was staring at her as one would stare at Izzy-level "Let's play hot potato with highly unstable explosives!" insanity.

"…You've got to be kidding me," he stated after a moment.

"Like—agh!—heck I am!" Courtney managed as she pulled herself up, enough so that at least one of her arms was completely over the border past the elbow and therefore able to grab its far end. In this new position, she found that she could speak and glare at Duncan, who had taken a small step back, more comfortably (though 'comfortably' was a heavy understatement.) "Whatever you—ugh!—do, you'll just jinx it!"

She made to shift her weight so she could steady her foot on something and push herself back up, meanwhile trying to force her mind over the fact that her heart was still hammering full-blooded in her ears. (She was going to have to train herself to better override her instinctual reactions. This was just embarrassing.) Blindly searching, however, her foot couldn't find anything close enough to be used as a stepping stool.

Duncan peered over the wall, looking her over once as she dangled there, trying to figure out a way to get herself back up without his help. He was concerned for both her physical and mental stability as he was pretty sure that there was a line drawn somewhere between 'Proud' and 'Insane', but then again, he was also pretty positive that Courtney had long since left said line solemnly waving goodbye to her about a hundred kilometers back.

So quickly that Courtney almost missed it, the corner of Duncan's mouth flickered into a smirk before he forced his face into an expression of nonchalance. "Whatever you say, babe," he ceded. And with that, he dropped into a cross-legged sitting position, his back resting against the ledge ever so lightly, and pulled out his pocket knife, beginning to sharpen it against the bricks Courtney was still hanging off.

Too busy trying to get back on solid ground, she saved the brutal verbal lashing she was going to unleash on Duncan's useless, egocentric hide for later. Taking in a deep breath through her gritted teeth, Courtney took the chance and checked how bad her situation was, nervously glancing down over her shoulder. Granted, Courtney wasn't all that scared of heights, but being stuck in the position she found herself in made it very difficult not to associate the altitude with a sudden, splattering death.

Luckily for her, there was a balcony a few meters below her that, if all went well (depending on your definition of well), wouldn't create any completely debilitating injuries. Unfortunately, it wouldn't be all that fluffy to land on, either. Especially not in the shoes she was wearing. And yet, that was the only option Courtney could see.

She tried again to pull herself up using brute tricep strength, but to no avail. The one arm she had swung over the border made it hard for her to breathe, harder for her other arm to swing over to match it, and hardest of all for her to see past the stars that had begun blinking across her vision due to the oxygen deficiency. And maybe she was merely paranoid and still a little shell-shocked, but she was pretty sure the bricks she clung to were starting to make very non-stable brick sounds…

"Still hanging tight, honey?" Duncan asked from the other side of the ledge. Courtney could only see his Mohawk from where she hung, but the smirk in his voice was perfectly audible.

"Shut up and make yourself—ngh!—useful by pulling me back up…" she grumbled, adjusting her grip on the ledge.


Does he help her? You can read to find out. Mwahahaha...

Enjoy. (:
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:icontdintmofficial:
TDINTMOfficial Featured By Owner May 14, 2011
Can you make me a background like this except theres a skyline in the background and the view is from on the top if the building not near the top?
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:iconcontemperina:
Contemperina Featured By Owner May 15, 2011
Sure. Would you still like one of the corners showing, or just the brick going all the way across?
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:icontdintmofficial:
TDINTMOfficial Featured By Owner May 15, 2011
Well i need this for a photoshoot for my tdintm so no corners showeing and the bricks going across! and have buildings like the background is a city! thnx! :)
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Contemperina Featured By Owner May 15, 2011
No problem (: I'll get that to you as soon as possible.
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TDINTMOfficial Featured By Owner May 15, 2011
thanks you so much! love ur pics! :)
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Contemperina Featured By Owner May 15, 2011
Thank you!
The background is up now. I hope it was what you were thinking of... if not just let me know and I'll see what I can do.
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ryogahoneylover1234 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011   Digital Artist
DON'T DO IT DUNCAN!!!!!!!!
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:iconcontemperina:
Contemperina Featured By Owner May 3, 2011
Hahahaha, he wouldn't dare.
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carmillad Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2011
Haha, nice to see more illustrations from you for your story ^_^. Oh hoho, I remember that scene, looked like Duncan wanted to seriously die in Court's hands if she managed to climb back up by herself. Let's say that was his twisted logical to make her ask for his help even if he was going to do it anyway ^_^U
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Contemperina Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2011
Hahahah, it absolutely was! You see right through all our Contempophoenix writing tactics (:
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:iconstrayphoenix:
StrayPhoenix Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2010  Student Writer
lol that's one of the longest excerpts I've seen :D Great job on TD style and I looove your backgrounds with a passion.

Now you're making me look bad xD I must produce some TAOP related art too! NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS DECIDED
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:iconcontemperina:
Contemperina Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2010
I know it is! And I even cut out the Justin/Beth paragraphs and some random phrases... And I spent SO LONG on that background, it better look good! Hahahah. I have newfound respect for the people who had to design the island and Playa and everything. Creating with no reference at all is REALLY REALLY HARD.

Yes, you must!! It's quite fun.

And a New Year's link for you: [link]
:iconnewyearplz:
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:iconstrayphoenix:
StrayPhoenix Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2010  Student Writer
LMAO, seriously. Your backgrounds rivals the originals in quality and awesome :D And I know what you mean about time and detail. My 'Playa de Losers' background took more time than any one character and I had to obscure most of it with the 15 campers in my pic :P *is frustrated*

YOU FOUND IT!!! :rofl: Yay! Thanks for the New Year's wishes!

And if you're on, are you up for clicking a certain blue cloudy thing/link with an 'S' in it now? lol
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Contemperina Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2011
*sigh* Of all the days to go to bed somewhat on time. /:
Later today maybe?
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:iconstrayphoenix:
StrayPhoenix Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2011  Student Writer
lolz I await u this evening then. Great job on the drawing again! :love:
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JUAN91 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Is funny girl, congratulations. To solve an impossible love. Excellent work.
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Contemperina Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2011
Thanks so much!
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JUAN91 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You´re welcome :) friend. Happy :D 2011.
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ribbonfly Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2010  Hobbyist
I like the scene where Cody is playing look out or when Katie is angry at Noah.
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Contemperina Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2011
Ooh, that's a good idea! Drawing Cody up in a palm tree would be so much fun... I'll see if I can get on that. Thanks!
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ribbonfly Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2011  Hobbyist
I like the little details in the story, they add flavor to an already great dish.
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Contemperina Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2011
Hahahaha, thank you! We like to think that TAOP is the crème de la crème of Fanfiction :D
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:iconribbonfly:
ribbonfly Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2011  Hobbyist
It really is.
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Contemperina Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011
Aww, thank you :hug:
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Cokuruscana Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2010
Ofcourse he'll help her~ :heart: But he'll try and get her to say she needs him first. :D
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Contemperina Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2011
Hahahahah, of course! (: It's how they operate.
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