By Debbie, age 16, New Zealand

The whistle of vague nightmares embodied his consciousness. The whispering of one word was his heartbeat: ab-sinthe, ab-sinthe. The glazing, blazing liquid seared in his veins like blood not yet spilled. There was nothing else to do. His cracked, bruised eyes wandered pointlessly around the city.

A shattered café caught his eye. "Bullseye." He shot in. Here he emptied his pockets for bottle after bottle of absinthe. His French features had left him long ago, a husk of a man who looked as though he did not belong anywhere, along with his first glass or bottle. The cursed nectar flowed through his body and the fleeting numbness overwhelmed him. He walked past dozens of ballet dancers enveloped like curled roses, painting one thousand neon Frida Kahlos on the ground, their canvas. His eyes were the lens of a camera that could see through the deceit of everyday illusions; he was the only one who could see the world for what it was, in its entirety. A joke, a gem. The jewels of a duchess lay glittering, claimed only by gravel. Elephants roared, shrouded in mist. Knives fell through the air, cutting through the smiles of unfamiliar faces.

France. The city erupting before his eyes like a love letter. Baguettes, postcards, vintage paradise, romance. The picturesque dreams of this dystopia brought him to his knees. His demoniac self came into being as he crashed on the asphalt.

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February & March Magazine Issues

March 15, 2012

The February and March issues of Sweet Designs Magazine are now online, featuring a combined 53 new articles and features!!

- Cover: Stephanie Lynn reflects on 5 years
- Cover: India (of Darn-licious knitwear)
- Life in the dumps (moving in with my bf)
- The difference between men and women
- Angels among us (parts 1 and 2)
- Arts graduates & the dark night of the soul
- Triple threat (how I survived my teen yrs)
- Dating isn't easy (my true story)
- How to turn not-so-great gifts ... (fashion)
- Ten reasons to love being single
- Taking the big leap (college)
- Valentine's Day (not what you'd expect!)
- The last of the cold (hopefully) (fashion)
- A month full of love
- Ten tips for successful airline travel
- Reasons I love writing for SDM
- Who needs love?
- They're not all the same
- The life I'm glad I don't have (fiction)
- Professional dress/ finding Fendi (fashion)
- An airport anniversary: a true story
- Inappropriate Facebook photos
- The perks of a big city (college)
- A night(mare) to forget (part 2)
- The Anita Blake series (book review)
- Saving June by Hannah Harrington (book)
- Under the Mesquite by GG McCall (book)
- The Lullaby by Sarah Dessen (book)
- If I Stay by Gayle Foreman (book review)
- My sweetheart (original poetry)
- Isn't it funny (original poetry)
- The stranger (original poetry)
- A winter wonderland (original poetry)
- One night valentine
- The thick envelopes (college acceptance)
- Southern love
- Healthy hair and vitamins
- It's a date (dating idea alternatives)
- The 30 hour famine
- School's out forever!
- Marching right back into spring? (fashion)
- Dear John
- When TV shows depict your life
- 3 Fun ways to rock spring's hottest trends
- Neglected teeth
- Starting something new
- Guy movies
- To hesitate or dive in?
- Deadly, by Julie Chibbaro (book review)
- Beastly, by Alex Flinn (book review)
- I don't care (poetry)
- Together, alone (poetry)

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