Henry Joseph Darger, Jr. (/ˈdɑːrdʒər/; c. April 12, 1892 – April 13, 1973) was a reclusive American writer and artist who worked as a hospital custodian in Chicago, Illinois. He has become famous for his posthumously discovered 15,145-page, single-spaced fantasy manuscript called The Story of the Vivian Girls, in What is Known as the Realms of the Unreal, of the Glandeco-Angelinian War Storm, Caused by the Child Slave Rebellion, along with several hundred drawings and watercolor paintings illustrating the story. The visual subject matter of his work ranges from idyllic scenes in Edwardian interiors and tranquil flowered landscapes populated by children and fantastic creatures, to scenes of horrific terror and carnage depicting young children being tortured and massacred. Much of his artwork is mixed media with collage elements. Darger’s artwork has become one of the most celebrated examples of outsider art.
I used to love rainy days. The coziness of hiding inside a baggy sweater. Of thick socks and galoshes. Curling up against your best friend to share her too-small umbrella. The drowsy, dreamy way a day can pass when there’s not a single ray of sunshine.
Siobhan Vivian, The Last Boy and Girl in the World
Here it is, my lovelies! The first chapter to my vivillias fic. :) (Special thanks to @cresseida for beta reading this. She is an absolute angel <3) I’m not sure how long this is going to be, but I definitely have some things planned for Kal and Viviane before things get too serious (like UtM serious). I also have the power of slow burn within my grasp. ;) Enjoy!
* 10 Years After The War *
The winter dawn was bone chilling. While it was not as unforgiving as the night, most people still slept comfortably in their fur-lined beds. Their fires crackled soundly somewhere in their houses—most kept up by some sort of domestic magic. This was not the case for a young Fae girl.