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MAGE: The Dance That Never Was by pancake-waddle MAGE: The Dance That Never Was by pancake-waddle
A shadow dipped close; she felt its breath on her ear. She blinked and the shadow became flesh; a dark-eyed bandit.

“Did you know, Lady Knight, that even criminals have their standards?”

She was still, even as he slipped her hand into his, as easily as drawing on a glove. She felt herself being moved to a strange and languorous rhythm (might she call it a dance?), like an infant ship being gently rocked by a deep-lit sea.

“I have one policy that I hold for myself,” he continued, gaze flitting over the swimming lights, over the sentries posted throughout the room (useless), over the myriad of couples that swayed obliviously, merrily, towards their doom. This place would soon collapse.

“I think you’ll agree that it is a reasonable one.” His tone was amiable, as though he was certain she would have no qualms with anything he might say. A sudden swelling of noise bloomed as the orchestra began to play; he leaned closer to speak. “I don’t allow anyone to steal from me.”

A pause. Her eyes were sharp like crystal even in the dim light.

“Unless,” he inclined his head closer just because he could, “I am reimbursed twofold.”

She hadn’t spoken a word, but he could tell she was listening from the tautness that wrought her slender back. A gentle jostle from an unwitting passerby closed the distance between them; a ghost of a smile hovered on his lips. He spoke into her ear.

“I hope you’re ready to pay me back?”

-The Dance That Never Was

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u.. h….some imagined continuation of tricore yeah i’m solly roto totally took liber..ti..es…

racquel (c) :iconrubisdelaflote:

also slowly creeps away from all you crazies because i still don’t understand b-but ess...e................ whispers withers away
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momo483 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014
you are legit my FAVORITE artist. like u have no idea how much i love ur art style.. i want to be your apprentice or something!!!.
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pancake-waddle Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014
wow, thanks so much! I'm really flattered!
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NerdyWriterGal Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Very good work! You are so talented and i cant tell you how in love i am with this piece. Keep it up!
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pancake-waddle Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014
ahhh, thanks so much!
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krugner Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Excellent!
:#1:
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sanitysanitation Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014
Did you base that on anything, or did you write that yourself? Both the art and the short were great :3 thank you
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pancake-waddle Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014
I wrote it myself! Thank you so much :)
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AlexGhost Featured By Owner May 1, 2014
Awesome.
Is this World of Darkness Mage the Awakening?
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pancake-waddle Featured By Owner May 3, 2014
mm no, it's an RP group :iconm-a-g-e:!
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popthology Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014
This reminded me of sasusaku 
love your work <3
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GManicus Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this so much! Wonderful job! It's so beautiful. 
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raynetempura Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014
Oooh I like the story and I really love the image! It looks really great! Is that from something? Because I really want to know more! I love it!
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pancake-waddle Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014
Thank you very much! It's based off a roleplay involving me and my friend's original characters in the group :iconm-a-ge-plz:.
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raynetempura Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014
Oooh very cool >.<
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bri-bri-likes-anime Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014
is this a fanfiction of some sorts, because if it is i want to read it! ;p loovvee this picture as well as the little story! plz make more! :)
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pancake-waddle Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014
Hi! It's not fanfiction; they are original characters from an RP group :) Thanks very much!!
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Sh1roYasha Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Sugoi!:)
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TheDarkBitterness Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014
I cant get over this... its beautifully done and expresses so much so simply. The emotions and tension in this were well executed. I don't know what the original characters and story are but regardless you made this speak volumes.
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pancake-waddle Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014
Thank you so much - your comments really mean a lot to me! :heart:
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TheDarkBitterness Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014
:) you're welcome <3 I'm happy you got something from my comments 
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NercoGurl Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
O///////O HSADHADJ!!! <3
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Acaciathorn Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
DUDE THAT IS SOME HELLA AWESOME WRITING
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pancake-waddle Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013
fdLOL ahhh wow, thanks!
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teabutton Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013  Student General Artist
I AGREE ERNESTLY
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bri-bri-likes-anime Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013
where can i read this story? if it even exsists
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Cascadeur911 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013  Student General Artist
I have to say... I've just absolutely fallen in love with this scene. *_* I don't even know the characters and I just love them. 
Let's see if I can properly gush about this...

"A picture says a thousand words." That's the saying, right? Well, here, a picture says a million words. You can just see so easily the compromising situation they're in even before you set eyes on the story; he's led them to a dark area to dance, and by the looks of things she can't say a word about his being there for fear of giving something away. She can't trust him, and he's dangerous-- but she knows this. That doesn't stop there being something there, though, something she wants. You can SEE that she wishes he weren't here, but you can also tell that she's not exactly excusing herself from dancing with him, either. She's avoiding eye contact and isn't moving-- prey instinct, you freeze and hope to god you're not noticed. 
And yet, the way he's looking at her isn't quite predatory-- it's almost gentle, and knowing, yet only towards her. So he's dangerous, but doesn't seem to be to anybody else, but she's the only one who knows for a fact that this man is probably the most dangerous in the room. Nobody else has noticed that he's there "dancing" with her, he doesn't stand out. So he's the quiet kind of dangerous, subtle, probably the brains behind huge heists? 
And lastly, the title. It's beyond perfect for the picture. Once you've read the story, you see that when he took her hands, they began "dancing" to an imaginary tune that we might conclude wasn't the one being played at the moment. But at the same time, they never really danced. They swayed on the spot, and never went anywhere. It was a dance... but it wasn't.

And now that you can understand what went flying through my mind in the first ten seconds I was looking at this picture, you can understand what I mean when I say I've fallen in love with this. 
*fave forever*
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pancake-waddle Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013
takes a deep breath and attempts to reply ASDKJFLSDFOL :iconimdedplz: 
 WOW! When I first read your comment, I was totally blown away that you could determine so much about the characters! I showed it to my friend (to whom the girl belongs) and she was similarly astounded--...like, you really nailed them! The fact that you could pick these things up from looking at the picture...and the way you articulated it as well I just :iconcannotevenplz:

Thank you, thank you, thank you! I will definitely treasure this comment, hehe. :heart:


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Cascadeur911 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Student General Artist
I really am glad you appreciated the comment. This has actually become what is possibly my favorite art piece on dA. :) I absolutely love and adore the idea that, if they weren't in that situation, there could very well be something between them-- but it's all implied, and that's one of the things that really hits me about this digital painting. ^^
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Thank you so, so much-- and thanks to your friend as well!-- for posting this, along with the story. :)
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Corfa Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Student Artist
we need more
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Scarlett2807 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013  Student
i'm with JezzB !!!
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JezzB Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013  Hobbyist
I want to read more!!!!!!! D:
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muffint0p Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Student Photographer
WOOOOWW i really hope there's more of this story! 
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Arcedemius Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
a dance in the moonlight by a fountain is what i see, and it's beautiful beyond words.
gorgeous.
i love your work so much. ^w^
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muffint0p Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Student Photographer
THE STORY GIVES ME SHIVERS OF FAN GIRLISM!!! :eager: by darkmoon3636 Steaming Mad! :screaming: :nuu: :scream: :faint: remake Someone called an ambulance!   
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alaluloli Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013
WHAT IS THIS BEAUTIFUL PIECE!!!!! OMGGGG I'M DYING!!! FLUFF FLUFF FLUFF EVERYWHERE I'M CRYING RAINBOWSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!Im Crying Rainbows So Much Plz  I LOVE YOUUUUUUUUUUUUUU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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RooKiku Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm with you on that :O :3Wow! 
~Roo
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saucegay1212 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Student Digital Artist
your amazing.. ;u; <3333
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wickster57 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
i love how there's a story told with each of your pieces. its very nice :) i dont even have to read the text and i can already see the scenarios and dialogue. awesome work
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pancake-waddle Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013
Thank you so much! I always wish I can tell stories with my art, so your words mean a lot ///
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wickster57 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
you're welcome =3
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Drawstoria Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013
ok, this is too good. dying! 
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DarkHollowLover1313 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Now I want to cry XD
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Tiberiono Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Student General Artist
I Love ! :D
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DragonLagoon Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013
this is wonderful!
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takanemirai Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013
Wow... This is so beautiful.
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simplyeddie Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I LOVE THIS SO MUCH La la la la 
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ChilledAlmondJelly Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you should do fanfic too
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shadowprincess06 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013
Is this a character of yours or from an anime? The picture is stunning!
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pancake-waddle Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013
These characters are originals! The boy belongs to me and the girl is :iconrubisu:'s -- Thank you!! :)
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Watemark Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013
Oh my gosh. Is the text yours? I love it...
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