This chapter is an Author's Note; the story will resume (and conclude) in the fifth installment, which will be posted as chapter six. If you have any artistic ability (or Photoshop skills,) you will want to read this chapter regardless.

Thanks to Emmelyn Cindy Mahfor unwittingly providing the title for this chapter. (I actually have a character in my plotline notes somewhere – she's for another story that I don't post online – whose name is Emalyn. But she dies, so that's a key difference between you two, ha ha.)

So, what's all this about an art contest? Well, here's the deal: I am absolutely, hopelessly, abysmally unable to draw with any degree of skill. Even my stick people are out of proportion. I also don't have Photoshop (and have zero photoshop skills, anyway.) The result of all this is that all I have for fanfic covers is movie screenshots or someone else's art. Which is where you come in.

Beginning with the post of this chapter, I'm officially opening a cover art contest for be my shield (five times we touched). With any luck, I'll actually get some entries. *crosses fingers*

The technical details:

1: According to the image guidelines on fanfic, "For the best image quality and to avoid distortions you must submit images with a 6/9 width to height ratio with dimensions of 300(W)x450(H) or larger. Do not submit square images as they will be cropped." Keep size in mind as you design your contest entry; if I have to resize it too much for upload, it will be warped as cover art and therefore unusable.

2: Any use of adult/provocative images will result in immediate disqualification from the contest.

3: Supported image file formats are .jpeg, .jpg, .gif, .png, .bmp, .tiff.

4: I will choose one piece of cover art for use on both my fanfic account (under Shadows of a Dream) and my Figment account (under Laura Genn.)

5: You can enter as many times as you like, in whatever formats you like (see the artsy details.)

6: Post your finished contest entries on any upload website (i.e. Photobucket, DeviantArt, etc.) with a link to be my shield (five times we touched), specifying that your art is for a contest.

7: To enter on fanfic, send me a private message with the subject line ART CONTEST, in which you explain where I need to go in order to access your contest entry. Fanfic doesn't allow you to send links in PMs, so you'll have to direct me to the appropriate location (i.e. "my username on DeviantArt is X, I titled the entry Y.") To enter on Figment, leave a comment on my profile with a link to your contest entry, specifying what it is.

8: The deadline for contest entries is 12:00 AM, EST, on June 18th. If that seems like a weird date, that's because it is; June 18th my birthday, so I thought it would be fun to post the winning art piece then.

The artsy details:

1: Any and all mediums of artwork are permitted, whether drawn by hand or designed with Paint or constructed with some fancy art program that I've never heard of. If you have art skills of any kind, go for it.

2: Photoshop is also permitted as a possible method, in order to use movie screenshots, comic pictures, text, etcetera to design the cover art. Nevertheless, any and all pictures which are used in photoshop must have been legally released. Any screenshots of "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" which were captured from a torrent or any other illegal means will result in immediate disqualification. The same goes for basically any image that you don't own and was not freely released by Marvel and/or its affiliates. I don't steal content, and I won't tolerate you doing it, either. Respect the people who pour their time and effort into making these films!

3: Be creative with this – there are countless options. You could illustrate a scene from "The Winter Soldier" or this fanfic. You could draw a completely original Captasha picture. You could use Photoshop to create a miraculous, Photoshoppy thing (can you tell I don't know how to work the program? *sigh*) As I already stated, you can enter as many pieces as you want.

Well, that's all for contest details. If any of you actually enter this, expect that I will be flailing and virtually hugging you. :D

I'm going to be very busy for the next few weeks (I have a national Lincoln-Douglas debate tournament at the end of the month,) but rest assured, Chapter 5 will be posted as soon as possible. Thanks again for reading!