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Basmachi Finale by charcoalfeather Basmachi Finale by charcoalfeather

The train trip would be long and harsh, Chinghiz realized as he looked at the notes he had made. So many twists and turns and so many transfers to make, he thought to himself. 

But he would make it, he decided as he walked towards the train station where Nurana and Ilyaz were waiting for him.

After all, as he had said to Shavkat, Baldja, Mansur, and Aynabat just a few hours ago, “Turkestan was just a dream, really. I don’t think I could last here for very long anyways. I am what I am, a failed revolutionary.” 

“And our dreams are dead, too,” he had added with a smile, as if he had been liberated from a great burden.

He paused for a while and took out the picture of Mitya once again. So it ends like this. You and I are going to New York together, in a way. 

“Chinghiz! Hurry up! The train is leaving in two minutes!” Nurana yelled as she waved her hand at him.

“Coming!” He responded as he put the picture of Mitya back into his front pocket. 

And so it ends.
-Yes, it's already autumn in this picture (autumn came earlier than usual to Turkestan in my story). 
-Originally, it was just going to be titled "page 69", but I think this title is better.
-Yes, the mountains in the background are basically the ones from here:, which was the "beginning" of Chinghiz's life. Now Chinghiz is finally leaving Turkestan, for good. Those flowers--were they really there? Now, instead of a field of flowers, we have dry grass and a railroad. Industrialization has changed much of Turkestan since Chinghiz was a child. 
-All textures by me.

Thank you, everyone, for your support these last nine months or so. It's been such a great time getting to know you all and I appreciate each and every comment you've given me about the Basmachi series. 
Tomorrow, school begins, and I'll probably not be able to draw very often as a result. However, whenever I have time, I will go back to the series, make some "updated" versions of pages I don't really like, and perhaps, as I said to some other people, make some sequels/prequels as well as more detailed promotional art of the characters. 

The series:
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much for following it to the end! Your comments have been a pleasure to read :)

And poor Anna, indeed...
Unknownmarksman115 Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome!
I've yet to tell more stories of her and the people she's encountered in her long life.
charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks so much for your great comments all this time!
PictureOnProgress Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You can count with me D:<
I do wonder if I'll get to hear from you as often now, though.
charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist school is pretty chill so far. We got the syllabi for all the courses today and last week, and some of them don't even have assignments. They just have a huge exam at the end of the year which makes up 100% of the mark.
PictureOnProgress Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Holy shit...
Better watch out for that exam.
charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah :( It's pretty crazy that the entire course mark is based on one exam.
PictureOnProgress Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I know right :l
It's tyrannical.
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