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Name: Matty O'Donnel (*7th June 1890, † 15th August 1945)
Age (1911): 21
Nationality: American
Eyecolor: Green
Hair color: Red brown
Birthplace: San Antonio (Texas)
Home: San Francisco (California) (Later: Armadillo & Blackwater)
Job: /

Family: Jack ‚The Red Bullet' O'Donnel (Father)
             Harriet Peters (Mother)
             Frank Butler (Stepfather)
             Jeremiah Peters (Her uncle)

Later:   Jonah (Husband)
             Elliot (Son)
             Luke (Son)
             Aislinn (Daughter)

Matty was born as the daughter and only child of the Irish-born outlaw Jack O'Donnel and his wife Harriet, a young aristocratic woman of good family.
Due to their so different positions in life and the fact, that Harriet's rich family didn't approve of it, the two were forced to keep their relationship secret.
Until Matty's fourteenth year of age, she and Harriet used to live with Jack and his gang in Texas, where he also taught his daughter the use of all kinds of firearms, for he didn't want her to become such a helpless little girl like most of the women at this time. Matty loved learning and enjoyed the time with her father. She also grew a tough and self confident character, due to being together with outlaws all the time.

Later on Jack made a pact with another gang's boss to fight against the law enforcement, who were persistently closing in on them. But the company of the other gang started to change his character and his personal acts started to be more dangerous and criminal, so that a high bounty was set on his head. Out of despair that something could happen to Matty and her, Harriet decided to leave Jack and the gang and returned to her family in San Francisco in California.

There, she also met Frank Butler, a rich owner of a ranch, who later became her second husband. Frank loved her very much and also the little Matty grew on him very fast and he did everything to facilitate a proper education for her.
Frank specially stresses that Matty behaves like a real lady and wants her to lead the life of an aristocratic woman. Frank is actually more of an arrogant nature and despises people with lower positions in life. He also calls people, who still live in the so called 'Wild Land', 'Dumb Hillbilly trash'. He doesn't know about Matty's real father, since Harriet and her keep it secret and avoid talking about their past.
When Matty is asked about her family, she will always state, that she's a rancher's daughter who grew up in California and will never reveal the truth. The only ones who will actually learn about it, are Jonah and Eli.

She meets the two of them, when she travels from California to Armadillo, with the main reason to escape the conservative life at home for some months and to visit her uncle, who works there as a hatter. While she is waiting for him to get her from the train station, the town is raided by the Walton Gang, a local gang of bandits and she is forced to defend herself in the following shootout, even though she never wanted to show anyone that she was able to handle guns, since that wasn't right and proper for ladies at her time.
Because of this, the marshal of the town, Leigh Johnson, learns about her good handling of weapons and offers her a job as one of his deputies, even though she's a young woman and he knows that people won't approve of it, since it's immoral. But he needs another good hand.
Matty accepts his offer, though she's confused that someone actually approved of her so unfeminine behaviour, and gets together with the other deputies of the marshal, Jonah and Eli.
While Eli obviously shows that he is impressed by her skills and gets along with her really good from the beginning on, Jonah treats her with resentment and reluctance, since he doesn't accept a so called 'little girl' being a deputy marshal and having the same occupation as himself.
Matty doesn't really approve of his rough behaviour either and since she isn't much of a quiet nature, they mostly end up having harsh debates or fights. Still, while working together, Matty can't help to admit that there's something about him what makes her mind go dizzy and keeps her away from not thinking of him. But instead of agreeing to the feeling, she tries to push it away and just seeing his face makes her go crazy.
At this moment she doesn't know, that he was feeling almost the same. Persuading himself that he loathes that stupid little girl, he secretly admits in some moments, that a girl, hot-tempered and tough like her, never made him feel so dizzy and lost.

It takes them a long while until they finally confess their love to each other after surviving a shootout against some miners while trying to save the hostages they kept. Their relationship is described very solid and intimate, but still they love to tease each other in a fondly way and often end up fooling around.

Some months later, Matty has to leave Armadillo again for returning to California, even though she hates the thought of being separated from Jonah, also Eli and her uncle. Still, she has to leave for at least two months because of her stepfather's will. She also gives up on the deputy job for good, since people found it outrageous. Still, she promises herself to help the marshal and the others, once she returns.

At home, Frank is literally shocked about how her manners changed and he blames her stay in Armadillo for it. When Matty also tells him and her mother, that she fell in love with a deputy down there, Frank bursts in disbelief and anger. From the beginning, he knew that this stay wouldn't be good for his virtuous daughter and he forbids her to go back, so that this relationship with that 'hillbilly' won't get any more serious. With the persuasiveness of her mother, who was happy for Matty, Frank accepts that she wants to go back again, even though he's more than concerned and upset about it.

Delighted, Matty finally returns to Armadillo and is back with Jonah again, who's more than happy to have his 'lil' ginger' back. They enjoy the time and months pass until one day Frank arrives in Armadillo out of the blue, stating that he wanted to visit his daughter. Matty knows, that he's only here to observe what she's doing and mainly to check Jonah, who, just like Frank thought in the very beginning, doesn't meet his standards. Hence, he treats him like dirt and lets him feel, that, in his eyes, he's unworthy of being his daughter's love.
Still, Jonah is in conflict. Even though he can barely bridle his anger towards him, he can't afford to fight with him, since he's still Matty's father. Matty, however, starts to grow loathing towards her stepfather and his condescending and superficial behaviour and ends up having a harsh debate with him, whereupon she avoids talking to him or even looking into his eyes. After that, Frank goes to Blackwater, where he stays in a hotel. Matty feels guilty for everything Frank said to Jonah, but in his typical manner he tells her, that he doesn't really care about his insults.

Later, Jonah kills a member of the Walton Gang in the saloon, which also leads to a couple of less positive happenings, like him and Matty being caught by the Walton Gang, while following the marshal's order to protect a charge of dynamite on it's way to Plainview. They nearly get killed, but are saved in the very last moment by some other lawmen, who raided the gang's hideout. Since Matty was injured pretty bad, her uncle sends a telegram to Frank, telling him what happened, what causes him to come back with sorrow.

He's shocked about the situation, even more, when the doctor tells him, what causes Matty to writhe in such terrible pain... Blaming Jonah for everything, he immediately wants to take Matty home, but she refuses, telling him, she won't leave New Austin again, no matter what. Frank has no other option than to accept it and leaves.

Matty stays in Armadillo with Jonah und her uncle. When Frank hears from her again after a long time through a telegram sent to her mother Harriet, he learns that Jonah and Matty got married some time ago.

After the retirement of Marshal Johnson, they finally decided to start a new life together and move to Blackwater, where Jonah starts to work for the local law enforcement. During this time, Matty also gives birth to their first child, their son Elliot. One year later, their second little son Luke is born.
They enjoy their life together and everything seems to be perfect, until a new gang starts to terrorize the county. The life around the Great Plains became more dangerous and every day Jonah had to go for riding with the other lawmen to fight the bandits, Matty was scared that he won't come back again and she trembled every day. But Jonah was lucky, and managed to survive even a shootout whereby many lawmen got killed.

One year later their daughter Aislinn was born and Matty started to work out in the fields to earn some extra money, for even the lawmen work wasn't paid that good anymore.

The years passed, but they seemed to have no luck anymore. Jonah was wounded in a fight with bandits and then died a day later in a shootout.
Unable to overcome her despair and sadness over the loss of her beloved husband, Matty got sick and unable to work. Her children cared for her, but one year later she died too. Matty and Jonah are buried together, finally together again at last, on the Blackwater Cemetery.

Their two sons carried on the family tradition in law enforcement. Luke became a United States Marshal, while Elliot worked as a sheriff in Benedict Point, New Austin. And even though Aislinn was still fascinated by west and its past legends, she longed for a life in one of the great cities in the East.
She later starts a career as an actress in a bar in Dallas, Texas, where she keeps working three years. After she grew in popularity, she could afford a journey to New York, where she decided to stay and continued her life as an actress.
AND sorry for the text looking strange xD I just copied and pasted, but I will correct this later on, sorry for that.

I was asked to write a little more detailed 'short summary' of my Red Dead Redemption lady Matty's life, so I did it today xD
Please excuse my english, grammar, mistakes and stuffs, I really did my best to write it so that you understand everything ^^;
If some native speaker here wants to correct grammar and stuffs, I'd be glad if you helped me haha!

But yes, main thing is that you understand it. :) And there are still many things from they story that were not included here, so if it still sounds a little boring and stuffs, it's because some events and happenings are lacking.

But I actually didn't plan on writing that much. XD Maybe I will submit the story too when I translated it.

It's kinda a longer version of the summary on Matty's sheet -> [link]



Enjoy! :blowkiss:



Matty O'Donnel © Me, =Berylunee
Red Dead Redemption & Jonah © Rockstar
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Anassat Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Heh. I've admired your detailed OC's for a while before I wrote a summary for my own lady, but this is the first time I ever notice that their mothers have the same name. 
Freak coincidence :D

Yeah, but anyhow, love this. 
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Berylunee Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha well, how many people in the world happen to have the same name? :D So, no big deal, really.

But thank you, I'm glad you like my Ocs! Much appreciated!
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008kenichijouji Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
She's so pretty! This is an AWESOME picture.......the skin's great! How'd you color this? Photoshop? You should make a tutorial.... XD
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Berylunee Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! :D But this one is actually only for the Bio...you can see the big version here - [link]
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008kenichijouji Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Even better! That's the version I wanted! 8D THanks!
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CoLoRFuLLCaTT Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012
MATTY NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!
*sniffle* *sniffle* Well at least they were united rather quickly after being separated for a short amount of time. :) To look on the positive side, now they can be hunt'n those good for noth'n varmits together forever and ever!

Your story was lacking something though... what was it?... Oh yeah! PRISCILLA!!!!!! A KEY CHARACTER TO MATTY'S STORY! She undoubtedly impacted the story the most, if I do say so myself....

:P
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LyeenAlandis Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ich finds gut dass du dich getraut hast die Charakter auch mal realistisch zu zeichnen :D Ich verfolge richtig gern deine Bilder...
Da ich RDR nie gespielt hab, weiß ich nicht ob deine Charakter-Familie vom Spiel inspiriert ist, ob es deine OC's sind die du im Spiel spielst oder ob es Charaktere aus dem Spiel sind. Ich mag sie trotzdem alle :D
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Berylunee Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hehe ja, von Zeit zu Zeit male ich gerne mal realistische Porträts von meinen Charakteren :D
Freut mich wirklich sehr dass du sie magst <3
Es sind Fancharaktere, also einfach Charas die ich für das Fandom kreeiert habe, also nichts aus dem Spiel oder so :)
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LyeenAlandis Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Na, so was is ja richtig kreativ :) Ich freu mich auf mehr realistische Portraits auch wenn ich die "COmic"-Zeichnungen toll finde
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keokotheshadowfang Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awww, Matty and Jonah's ending is so sad and touching at the same time. At least they are together!
It happens just before World War 2 ends as well! I would have loved to see Matty in some 1950's clothing.
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Berylunee Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah it is, but I think it's more realistic than some of those 'happy endings' xD ...but yeah...it's sad ugh .___.
Thank you <3

You're right! Maybe I will do draw her like that, no matter if she's actually already gone or not. Or some other fashion, I guess you should do the same with Missy! :D
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keokotheshadowfang Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's happier then Annika's! I still get super duper sad when I read her profile.
*sniffle*
But I agree that it is more realistic realistic.

Oh that would be fun! I also am thinking about drawing Missy in the 1920's when she decides she wants to try out being a flapper. Jack and her children would probably be a little shocked at first.
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Berylunee Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, that's true...poor Annika! :(


Ohohoh awesome! I love that flapper fashion...good idea! Mabe that's worth a try for me too :'D
And why are they shocked? Fashion isn't really Jack's thing no?xDD
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keokotheshadowfang Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Indeed, but having you post Matty's ending, has made me think about Missy's own death. I think I have it, but it's still very much in progress. It's based on the song Wildfire by Michael Martin Murphey, if you've heard it. So in the middle of the winter in I believe I decided 1956 something happens and the horses get out of the stable. Missy, only thinking about the horses and not her own health, goes out to try and save them. Jack panics when he finds out Missy is gone and goes after her. He finds her still alive and brings her back. However Missy gets sick because of it and her health deteriorates until she finally dies a few months later. By the next winter Jack's own health has deteriorated and he soon joins Missy in death. John Marston III, Jack and Missy's oldest son, takes over the family ranch at Beecher's Hope.

I would love to see that!
Well the flapper girls were really controversial at the time. Before then, a woman was considered loose if her ankles and wrists were viable (at least for a proper woman). The flapper dresses were sleeveless, and the hem rose so high that the woman's garter's often showed *gasp, so scandalous xD* Not only that, but women did away with corsets and started wearing flattening bras so they could appear more masculine. They cut their long hair into short bob's and spitcurls.
So I guess they would just be shocked because since Missy should have been settling down, but then she goes on a girl gone wild spree.
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Berylunee Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think it's kinda macabre to think about the OC's death...but somehow it's an important part of their story ^^;
And I don't like open endings so...
I haven't listen to the song yet, but I'll do now!
Your ending sounds great! But sad as well...poor Missy, poor Jack. But you know what? ...I'm a sucker for that 'one person dies and the one who loves them follows them into death very soon' xD ...even though it's kind of uber cliché but...oh god. It's dramatic...I love it xD
I also like the idea that their children continue the family tradition on Beecher's Hope. John would be proud! <3
Did you include the ending on Missy's sheet already? If not, you should do so! It's really good!

Ahhh really? I had no idea xD This isn't my time period to be honest, but I alwaysliked the fashion!
But it's rebellish in a way ...suits Missy <3
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keokotheshadowfang Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah it really is, but as it is, it's really important. I hesitated on doing it for so long because I was worried about continuity. Like with drawing Missy in 1950's attire, she would have been an older lady. However then I thought that I could have a few "just for fun/ what if" pictures.
I am a sucker for it as well. I sort of wanted it to be like Johnny and June. When she died, Johnny Cash passed away 6 months later, but she told him to keep on working without her and so he did.
Here's the song: [link]
I have not included it yet, but I will. I just wasn't sure about it when I was talking about you, so I'm glad you like it.

Nah, it's okay. I only know so much about it because I graduated from a fashion class at tech school two years ago. My favorite part was the history of fashion, it says SOOO much about the time period.
Yes it does and I know Missy's family would accept it, but they may look twice at first. xD
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Berylunee Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh I can understand you...but it's simply difficult xD One actually doesn't want to kill the OC...but then again..well, they have to die one day ^^;

Your right, that doesn't keep us from drawing them like that xDDD I will draw Matty like that too one day...even though she's already dead...ahem.
Aw I love Cash's music <3 And yes, his life was pretty tragic :( I remember watching a movie about him once...wasn't that good though x'D

Ahh that's why hehe! But I can imagine it being pretty interesting as a subject!...I wish I had subjectas like that lol! <3
Hahaha yeah I can understand them xDDDD I can see Missy all freaky with a bunch of feather in her hair :iconteheplz:
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Felixuta Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awwwww it's too bad they had to die :(
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Berylunee Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes! :( ...
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Felixuta Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:sniff:
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RogueWriter3201 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012
Picture: Prettyyyyy :love: + Story: Awesomely Done :clap:
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Berylunee Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much! :love:
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saintrowfan2 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012
awwwwwwww
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Berylunee Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! XD
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saintrowfan2 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012
so sad she died :(
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Berylunee Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes :(
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saintrowfan2 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012
can my oc be matty's cuzin
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Berylunee Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Who is your OC? :aww:
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saintrowfan2 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012
jay macfarlane my rdr oc
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Berylunee Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sounds as if you OC is related to Bonnie ;)
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HunterKiller762 Featured By Owner May 7, 2012
This story is beyond beautiful. You should realy consider writing the full story like a novel. It's something I'm sure everyone who loves your work would read.
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Berylunee Featured By Owner May 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aww thank you so much! That means a lot to me! :hug:
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Ramelaun Featured By Owner May 5, 2012
can you translate the full story Pwetty Pwease *Puppy eyes* I want to play RDR but -sigh- overprotective parents.
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Berylunee Featured By Owner May 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, a friend of mine tries to translate it atm. Hopefully she will be done soon. :aww:
Overprotective parents? Oh my, poor you ^^;
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UwannaDieFriend12 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012
is there a full story to this or is there only the summary?
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Berylunee Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
There is a full story, but it's in german ^^;
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riverine69 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012
Wonderful beautiful story, and I'm putting it in my Favorites. You have very touching character development.

I hope you don't mind, I changed just a bit of the last two paragraphs that made the story even more poignant for me, and also reveals daughter Leah's possible future:

"The years passed, but they seemed to have no luck anymore. Jonah was wounded in a fight with bandits and then died a day later in a shootout.

Unable to overcome her despair and sadness over the loss of her beloved husband, Matty got sick and unable to work. Her children cared for her, but one year later she died too. Matty and Jonah are buried together, finally together again at last, on the Blackwater Cemetery.

Later on in tribute to their courageous and heroic parents, Matty’s two sons carried on the family tradition in law enforcement. Luke became a United States Marshal, while Elliot worked as a sheriff in New Austin. And, daughter Leah sharing her mother’s proficiency with firearms and fiery Irish nature, stubbornly applied, fought for, and became one of the first female US Marshals."

The reason I brought in Leah's future is that I worked with a friend whose (Irish) mother actually WAS one of the first female US Marshals, back in the late 1930's and '40's. My friend's family lived in the Scranton PA area, and his mother traveled quite a bit to Washington DC. Your Matty stories and artwork remind me a lot of his family's story.
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Berylunee Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks a lot ;)


Hmmm.. I kinda like that! Maybe I should change it like that since it's a very good idea o_O
Would you mind me doing so?

And thanks again, I'm really glad you like it!
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riverine69 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012
Sure, go right ahead!

Just seemed like something Matty's children, including Leah would become law enforcement professionals to honor and respect their parents. I just thought it would be a fitting epilogue to Matty's story.

Thanks for letting me throw my personal thoughts on Matty's story to you!
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Berylunee Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! :) I changed it!

And no, I thank you for sharing your thoughts with me to improve my story!

By the way, I wanted to ask you something. Would you mind correcting the whole text a bit? So that it sounds a bit more professional?
I'm sure there are a lot of grammar mistakes and stuff.
I'd really appreciate it! :) But only if you have the time of course!
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riverine69 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012
I have sent the note with the corrected story.
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Berylunee Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much! :D

But is the diction correct? You can also change the sentences so that they sound better! ...since I don't believe my english sounds that ...good xD
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riverine69 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012
Your diction was very good, I only made a few minor improvements that did not change the meaning whatsoever

I'll tell you, I wish I had a second language like you. English is a difficult language to learn as it has so many ambiguities and sometimes nonsensical words that confuse people trying to learn it. I took two years of German in high school, and I can barely remember any of it. I can still count in German, like eins, zwei, drei and so on, but that's about it.

My grandmother and mother were Slovak, and they spoke in Slovak to each other because it was easier for my grandmother to understand and also they could keep what they were talking about from us kids. I really wish they had immersed me the language so I could know Slovak, but my mother only spoke English around my home. My mother and grandmother are now both gone, and none of my generation can speak Slovak. Sad.
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Berylunee Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really? Oh my, I never thought it was good haha ^^;
Thanks again!

You learned german? That's great! I think that it's a pretty hard language to learn though...we have such difficult grammar stuff.

Aw that's sad :( It's a shame you never learned slovak. Hm..
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