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Alabaster was a city of the stars. A brass telescope on every balcony, every rooftop, constantly pointed to the sky. The city slept easy during the day, but breathed new life at night and the smell of chocolatl and spice wafted from several of the vendors.

In the middle of the city, a compass rose was laid into the plaza, a magnificent marble thing with thirty-two points. The cardinal directions were lain in gold-flecked black marble and the ordinals in a solid, creamy white. The rest alternated between a dark emerald green and a soft red with veins of rust. The people lived their lives in accordance with the whims of the directions and stars.

I have come to the conclusion that this preoccupation with directions springs from the city's history as a mapmaking town; in centuries past Alabaster was the finest purveyor of maps, atlases, and globes. Even today beautifully designed pieces of parchment are showcased under glass, accurate to the tiniest cove. A great printing press still exists near the plaza, old and rusted, but in working order.

To the East lies an observatory, built to keep a closer eye on the wandering planets guiding their lives. On the other side of town, to the West, live the globe makers. The South specializes in crafting compasses of all shapes and sizes, for the traveler on foot and the sailor charting new waters. And to the North are the explorers, the adventurers who leave town and draw maps of their findings by hand.

Being a traveler myself, I found myself very much at home in the North side of Alabaster. The men in the taverns were eager to hear news from my journeys and I had no trouble securing a place for sleep as long as I stayed there.
Entry two of two for the Quality Prose Contest. Prompt: Urban

I like this city a lot :D

Entry One: [link]
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DrippingWords Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Student Writer
I featured this piece here.
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SilverInkblot Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you! :la:
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DrippingWords Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Student Writer
You're welcome :D :huggle:
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Karinta Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Student General Artist
I like the old-town vibe.
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SilverInkblot Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you!
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Karinta Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Student General Artist
You're welcome.
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DNA-The-Authoress Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012
I want to go there. NOW. It sounds like a magnificent place. It reminds me of a book I read quite some time ago... I believe it was the last or the second to the last book in The Edge Chronicles. I rather liked those books... I ought to re-read them again.
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SilverInkblot Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I took inspiration from the book East - the author used a wind rose motif throughout the book that I really liked :)
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DNA-The-Authoress Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012
Okay. Cool. :D
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DrippingWords Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Student Writer
This place is marvelous. We should visit it some day, lol. Great descriptions. I'm not sure if I'm entering or not. We'll see if I have the time. But good luck! You deserve it.
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