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WaP - 98. Puzzle by fictograph WaP - 98. Puzzle by fictograph
Her father’s chair was too big for her. Its high back towered over Willow like the rows of bookcases in the walls. She sat cross-legged in the seat, twisting her body toward the fireplace. Her attempt at keeping warm proved useless. Every turn just froze her other side again.

Dulaine tapped his fingers on the desk in front of them. “Come on, Will. We’re playing chess, not dancing.” He nudged his white bishop forward.

“I’m cold.” She pushed a black pawn towards him.

“That’s not relevant.” He moved the bishop to the pawn’s location, knocking the it onto the table. “You can do better than that.”

The pawn gone, she pushed her rook ahead to take the bishop. But she hadn’t accounted for the knight waiting behind it. Two pieces down, she tucked her shivering hands under her hair and scowled.

“You used to love this game when we were kids.”

“No, I didn’t. I played because Andell wanted me to.” She moved another pawn forward, and it became another pawn gone. She slid her bishop to the side to avoid his queen. “I always lost.”

“Well, we’re all grown up now, so you might stand a better chance.” Protecting the bishop had left another pawn open for capture. Dulaine placed the downed piece in his growing collection. Willow hoped some of them were just the extras the set came with in case you lost one. “But if you want a better chance, we should probably start over.”

She gnawed her lip and picked up the bishop, her grip tight with the thought of having to spend another three hours with this idiot diversion. This time, she threw it at his chest. “This was your stupid idea! I don’t have time for kid’s games right now!”

“Do you? I bet you Sorian is very good at this ‘kid’s game.’ Because this little puzzle, Will, is a taste of a much bigger, much more dangerous, one. That you’re already playing.”

She folded her arms and sat back in the chair with her brow furrowed.

“When I reset the board, you’ll understand.”

Willow buried her face in her sleeves as she watched him clear the board and lay the pieces out again.

Dulaine gently placed her king off to the side and reached over for one of the extra pieces. He set it in the king’s place. Willow reached over and lifted his hand, revealing the dark horse underneath. “This was your board two days ago. But now, Sorian’s captured your black knight. And you have finish his game if you hope to see Rivek alive again.”

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Enigman.” Puzzle. - 098/100 Themes.

Dulaine exists as a moral compass for Willow, kind of a voice of reason. Oddly enough, his symbol is a horse.

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Dulaine Whitebark and Willowren Solan belong to Grace Fong, :iconfictograph:
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kalkie Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Professional Filmographer
8I Geezus this cute little game of chess between close friends just turned into a serious 'OH SH*T' moment of revelation.
Great writing.
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fictograph Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Ah, I thought the concept was a little cheesy?!
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klydekiss Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012   Digital Artist
If I were a pencil I'd love to be in your hands
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fictograph Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Hahaha. Is that a pickup line?
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klydekiss Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012   Digital Artist
No but ot outran be for artists!
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Super-Nat Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
My favourite as yet! I love it~
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fictograph Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Thank you! :D I kind of wish I had made this more exciting but ah well. ;.;
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Super-Nat Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Your welcome :tighthug:
It's really great! And, oh, the numbers of WaP... I admire you *u*
So much work in these drawings! You're really great, you know? c:
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fictograph Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Haha, it's a lot of effort - I guess that's the thing: you only accomplish goals if you stick with them :D; And just finishing puts you acut above a lot of people.
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Super-Nat Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, I think...
But sticking with all accomplishing thing is sometimes really hard D:
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lunalove2 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Woah, one of the best chess pictures I've ever seen, it's beautifully done, as expected from you :nod: I do feel kind of sorry though that you are finishing the 100 themes Q A Q
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fictograph Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Professional Filmographer
I'll come up with something else, I promise. It'll just ... not be posted every day. Haha. It's too exhausting this way. *headdesk*
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lunalove2 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well yes obviously. You said to me previously that you actually draw like 3-4 drafts per Theme, so it can be as much good looking as possible. So I guess it takes a lot of your free time... But I'd love to see something more from you.
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fictograph Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Professional Filmographer
They're really tiny thumbnails, just composition stuff - not too time consuming. :D But yeah, each theme is about 6-10 hours of work.
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lunalove2 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So many Q A Q You must be exhausted...
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fictograph Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Professional Filmographer
I am. LOL. I'm gonna disappear for awhile after this to catch up on, well... life. LOL.
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lunalove2 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Good luck with that really, we'll be waiting for you to get back :hug:
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fictograph Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Professional Filmographer
I'll probably come back in early Jan after Anime Los Angeles. I'll be posting on my Tumblr ( [link] ), though - since I can update there from my phone.
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NinaWindia Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
Beautiful !
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fictograph Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Thank you!
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NinaWindia Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
You welcome, I can't wait to see more of your art :)
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Puckish-Elf Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
Ohmygosh, I can't believe you're at 98! You've been working on these for so long, and now you're almost done! SO EXCITING!! XD

....dude I just realized, I started watching you around the same time you were really taking off with these 100 themes. It's like, the end of an era. I have no idea what else to expect to pop up in your gallery now. ._. *creature of habit*

OH WELL, AT LEAST NOW I CAN OWN THEM ALL IN HARDCOVER 8D Soon, anyway. :3
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fictograph Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Haha, weird crap. Probably concept art will pop up. Or I'll start another 100. LOL!

:D; Gotta compile PDFs over my winter break.
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Puckish-Elf Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
ANOTHER 100? ...ohmyword, that'd have to be like, an internet-wide record. XD; OOO CONCEPT ART 8D and I always love weird crap :3

I wait ever so patiently! :3
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fictograph Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Professional Filmographer
:D; Yeah, I jsut need to trim my list down. I want to be more adventurous with the next 100 if I do it.
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bookaddicted Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012
Argh... the quick little snapshots are maddening! They always stop at a good bit!
It's a wonderful world you're weaving out here so please, please, please compile them into one big story one day?
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fictograph Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Professional Filmographer
:D; Haha. I guess I'm good at making suspense? I need to just sit down and goddamn WRITE THE WHOLE THING. I guess I'm just scared?!
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