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Memories by Kiaraz Memories by Kiaraz
After a while, action movies can get pretty repetitive. After watching the majority of the action movies in your father’s extensive collection, you tend to crave something a little softer. That’s what had Connor determinedly rummaging through shelf after shelf of movies for something that caught his eye that didn’t feature explosions or firearms. Connor had searched for twenty minutes with little to show for it when he finally found it. A small box tucked safely in the bottom corner of one of the shelves. It was covered in a thick layer of dust and when Connor pulled it from its spot, the dust poured from the surface and danced through the air, causing him to cough lightly into his fist. Carefully Connor removed the lid and investigated its contents.

On the very top was an aged photo of two figures sitting on a park bench, their hands tightly entwined. His parents.

The photos was yellowed, the colours dull with age, and the edges were curling up like withered flower petals. It couldn’t have been much older than the photo Connor kept on his bedside table, but it was in significantly better condition. His photo was hardly holding together; crumpled and ripped and somewhat crusty from when he’d left it in his pocket and it had gone through the wash; but it was one of his dearest possessions. It too was of his parents, a year before his birth and one of the last photos they had taken together before their separation.

Connor remembered holding it tightly to his chest as he stood on his father’s doorstep with his heart in his throat and hoping the man whom he had never met before wouldn’t throw him away. He remembered reluctantly loosening his grip on it to give to Haytham and the spark of recognition in his father’s eyes. He was offered a room that night and they had spent the next week awkwardly shuffling around each other until the DNA test had come back and Hatham was forced to accept his son into his life after missing seventeen years of Connor’s.

Beneath the picture in the box were three VCR tapes. With hesitant fingers Connor slowly removed the top one and his eyes scanned the label on the side. ‘H & Z – 10 March 1994 – Sarah’s party’. Curiosity rushed through him in an instant.

“Well, at least it’s not another action movie.” He chuckled to himself.

It took a few minutes to hook up an old VCR player to the TV, made significantly more difficult by Connor’s lack of knowledge when it came to technology and subsequent failure. But shortly after he emerged victorious from his war with the multitude of cables, a picture flickered to life across the screen. It was halfway through the video but Connor didn’t dare try to rewind it as he was certain it wouldn’t end well.

Haytham looked young. The lines beside his eyes and on his forehead that Connor had become familiar with were gone without a trace. He looked like Connor. He had to pause the video to trace the pads of his fingers over the facial features all too similar to his own.

And then there was Ziio, his mother, and Connor couldn’t help the wetness from forming in his eyes or the sudden weight in his chest. She was beautiful. Unlike Haytham, she looked exactly how he remembered her.

They were both smiling. Grins brightened their whole faces and twinkled in their eyes. The party raged on around them but by the way they were looking at each other, so engrossed in the other’s presence, it was clear they could have been all alone and they wouldn’t have noticed.”

“There’s the it couple! We’ve been looking all over for you two!” a whiny male voice called from behind the camera.

Ziio turned around to look at the camera with an air of distinct annoyance at being interrupted but the way her lips turned up slightly made it clear she didn’t mind too much. “What do you want now, Thomas?”

“Aww, can’t you at least pretend to be excited to see me?”

“Do you want the honest answer to that or the one that will soothe your inflated ego?” Ziio drawled teasingly.

“You wound me, Z.” Obnoxiously fake sobbing was heard for a few short moments. In that time Haytham and Ziio had managed to wrap themselves back in each other’s arms. “Anyway, I’ve been asked to take a few happy snap shots of our poster couple soooo c’mon, give us a kiss for the camera!”

Haytham snapped in a way significantly less graceful than he would now. “Thomas! Do you not understand how-“ He mumbled off and his words were lost to the air when Ziio leant up on her tiptoes and pressed her lips against his cheek.

Thomas cheered behind the screen while Haytham blinked dumbly and stuttered. Connor felt himself chuckle around the popcorn he was chewing as he knew he would never get to see his father act like that now-days. “O-okay, turn the off now, Thomas!” Haytham slurred out and reached forward to turn the camera off.

The screen turned dark and barely a second later Connor felt something cool press up against his cheek. He startled and flinched away. Haytham was standing behind him, leaning over the back of the couch with a cool beer extended in his hand. His tie loose and hair slightly rumpled, clearly just home from a tough day at work. He never offered Connor alcohol so he took the offered bottle cautiously. Connor had expected Haytham to yell at him, be angry at him for seeing something so personal without his permission but what actually happened was so much the opposite that Connor was speechless.

“We left soon after this.” He pointed to the blank screen nonchalantly. “Sarah McGregor started flirting with me and your mother tipped the entire bowl of punch over her head and dragged me out of there before anyone could comment.” Haytham took a sip of the opened beer in his hand and strolled around the furniture with ease, taking a seat on the floor next to Connor.

“That certainly sounds like something she would do.” Connor mumbled.

Haytham turned his head to the side to look at his son fully. “Yeah…yeah, it is.”

The teen pulled his knees up to his chest and rested his head upon them, eyes still locked upon Haytham. “You tell me a story, I’ll tell you one?”

Haytham laughed jovially, he’d never shown that much positive emotion to Connor in the two months he had been there and it left him breathless.

“Deal.”

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So yeah, I had this silly little idea for an AC3 AU setting and decided to make a comic and a drabble fic about it. Hope you like it.

If you like my art, please check out my tumblr art blog, I post more on there anyway. [link] Send me an ask on tumblr and I'll draw a reply for you as one of the characters.

[EDIT: MADE AN ASK BLOG FOR THIS. PLEASE CHECK IT OUT HERE: [link]
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Assassin's Creed (c) Ubisoft
Art (c) Kiaraz
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tomytieneblas74 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome writing skills !
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RoyalFool1998 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013
Did you hear that? That's the sound of my heart breaking! You are AMAZING!!!
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xNARAx Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
urpifgjlsdkjglksj *crying* THE FEELS
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HortShuman Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:iconfeelsmemeplz:
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blaster342 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013
You're a great writer AND artist! :) 
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Shadowed-DarkNinja Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
omfg your an amazing writer ;m; I love the stories and the drawings you do to match them! just..i cant even.....the fluffing feels ;m;
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LittleSister102 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Your a very good writer/author. I cannot write for the life of me. Ugh.
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dabossALTAIR Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ok so saw this and well...i look as normal i thought it was soo very sweet then i look to the ;left of my screen and theirs this add....... :icongrossplz:
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Edward-JamesKenway Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
you're an amazing artist. ^^
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LadyDadida Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013
:iconiloveitplz:
Great piece~!

Moar plz!! :eager:
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AssassinObsesed Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013
:sniff: Right in the feels :cry:
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kates07632 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
feels D:
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Ambuscus Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
Loved it!
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JessTheMagnificent Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
FEELS AHOY
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ShadowFelix Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Connors chugging that popcorn I bet. I know I was. Nice story, very funny and cute
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Haythamlover Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012
omg i lovvvvvv it the relationship with conner n his father is soooooo cuteee!!!
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Vive-La-Liberte Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Student General Artist
eeeeeee connor and haytham are sooo cutteeeee
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KireiRyuusei Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012
Oh, the feels that were touched with this story...I liked it. I liked it a lot. It's a great fanfic for the Kenway family.
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:iconkiaraz:
Kiaraz Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aww, thank you very much.
If you are interested there is an ask blog for this au: [link]
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BHargis Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
0.0...why...why must the nice father/son pics happen in fanfiction?! WHY?!?!?! this is sad and yet amazing...
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ShugaDaddy117 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012
D'AWWW! BROUGHT ME TO TEARS! :3 I LOVE THE PICTURE AND THE STORY! BOTH ARE ADORABLE!!! X3 :D CX >///< <3
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Green-sleevz Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ahhhhh! The feels!!!
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Shinzhon Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my godness.. that's the best AU I've ever seen... And gosh, I saw a lot of shitty and random AUs... They are ate the bottom of the inferno. I love the way you write, and your draws are soo simple, sooo pretty ! ... I just love you ! (but if I had to choose between you and your work........ .... heh I'll definitely take you, you can't draw if you're not here.)

... Thomas is just epic.. 8D I love him !
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AuroraArt Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Aww, beautiful work! ^_^
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HarbingerLoki Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
.....I wanna know more of these Connor stories. +Devwatch
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:iconkiaraz:
Kiaraz Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you. :heart: I post more on the actual ask blog if you want to check it out: [link]
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Little-music-box Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
the feels :iconiknowthatfeelbroplz:
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Ernoma Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Student General Artist
EVEN without reading it, I got stings in my eyes.
A video of them ! and Connie baby's watching ! OMFG THAT BREAKS HEARTS ERN
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Kiaraz Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aww, you're too cute Saaaaam.
Yesh, you're right. FINISH AC3 THEN READ IT, OKAY?! :D
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Ernoma Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Student General Artist
I WILL >< :heart:
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JoMamn Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
Can you make more of this fic it's really good.
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:iconkiaraz:
Kiaraz Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I made an ask blog for this, please check it out: [link]
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:iconkiaraz:
Kiaraz Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, I am considering doing so and also making a tumblr ask blog for this verse. :)
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elenorasweet Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
*whine* I want more of this 'verse- more art, for fic, more anything, it's everything I want in Connor fic! *sniffles*
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:iconkiaraz:
Kiaraz Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hehe, I went ahead with the ask blog idea. Please check it out here: [link]
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:iconkiaraz:
Kiaraz Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awww, thank you! I love this idea too, I really just wanted to see Connor and Haytham in a modern setting and it sort of developed further. I'm definitely going to draw more art of it and probably will fic it as well. I was also considering making a tumblr ask blog for this verse.
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Ericanii Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Student General Artist
You're absolutely evil. Why would you do this to my feels? QnQ
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:iconkiaraz:
Kiaraz Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
* maniacal cackling*
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KanaraR Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is so cute and sad at the same time, I wish Connor and Haytham in the game had bonded more!
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Little-Mad-Hatter992 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Awwwwwwww I love it!
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Jexxinto Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Student General Artist
coming from someone who frequents the AC3 forums a lot (where a lot of people are hating on Connor for being naive), this is freaking awesome.

I'm a lover of fanfiction, and this is pretty awesome.

Actually, can I ask you how you feel about the characters of Altair, Ezio, and Connor? I feel like asking you would be less bias than others I know.
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Kiaraz Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aww, thank you.

Seriously? How can anyone hate on Connor. Sure, he's naive but that's a part of his character and there are so many reasons for it. First of all, he's young. Most of the game he's between 18-22 years old, Ezio was certainly a lot more brash during AC2 when he was that age. Secondly he really doesn't know any better, he's still getting used to life outside his tribe and it's obvious he's had quite a lot of character development and grown out of most of his naivety by the end of the game. Thirdly, that's one of his character traits! It gives him depth and it's pretty adorable... He's got a very short temper but knows when to stand down and when to put others before him. He's got a lot of flaws but they counter-balance his many good traits.

Um...okay, Altair is my 2nd favourite AC character (Connor stole the number one spot) and I really adore him. He was really stoic and a bit of a drone in the first game but once again that's character development and how he was raised to be because near the end and especially in Revelations you see his real character shine through. His character is very subtle but you can see he is a very just person and I think out of all the main assassins he is the most compassionate even if he doesn't show it. He's also very self-sacrificing and he puts up with so much in his life without complaint. As weird as it is, I consider Altair to be a bit of a role model to me. He's a beacon of perseverance and hope. Once you get to know Altair you begin to see he's an incredibly likeable character.

I think my love for Ezio more or less comes out of seeing him grow up and watching his entire life more so than because I like his character. The reason I adore Ezio is that he's like a family member to me. I loved his character development but unfortunately I think my like for it dwindled a lot near the end of his life. In AC2 he was very brash, impulsive and I quite liked that he had such a vibrant personality, I loved how he grew more responsible with age too and loved him in Brotherhood but in Revelations he was a little bland, like that character development was pointless... This makes me sound like I'm dissing him but I'm really not! I love Ezio but he's not my favourite.

I hope this is what you were asking for. :)
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predator331 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012
This is so sweet...
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VicPin Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
So beautiful!!! Goes to my fav!
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xkelbix Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I dont really take a liking to fanfictions based in the present time rather than its original but i really liked this. Good job on making my eyes water by the way XD
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Kiaraz Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hahahahaha, I'm very glad you liked this then. :D
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JoMamn Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
You really should make a series outta this.
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Kiaraz Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hehe, I really want to if I get enough support.
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AzusaHayashi Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012
Oh.noooooooooo.............poor boy........
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