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Yoto and Gohan! by The-Boundless

All in all, I believe this was a very well perceived piece of artwork. You did excellently on the shading, as you did on the original c...

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I came to the conclusion that this was either the best day of my life--

Or quite possibly soon to be my worst. The poles signing the starting of the course were swaying in the high breeze, the winds having had significantly picked up since the previous evening, their ribbons snapping like ensigns in the wind. It was a little cooler with the wind-chill, and some of the Loftwings had fluffed up their feathers to block out some of the shrilling noises the wind made in the branches of the trees.

I had watched some of the security teams flying in the air early in the morning, and I hadn't liked how unsettled they seemed in the turbulence. It wasn't bad enough to cancel the Ceremony, but it wasn't the most favorable conditions for flying. Still, if the pail could hold water, why not use it, right? Right.

Crap. I turned around and looked at Zelda's Loftwing and smiled, stroking its feathers. "Today's the day, girl; we're going to win that race, graduate, and then head down to the Surface." I wonder what's changed down there since the World Degeneration began... I bit my lips thoughtfully before a cheerful call broke me out of my stewing. I smiled, "Orielle!"

"Good morning, Jacqueline--whoa!" She was wearing an attractive summer hat that shadowed her face and held onto it as a gust of wind threatened to blow it off her head. She was using her other arm to carry a bundle of fabric, and she raced to me. "What are you doing here, and what is that you have?"

She smiled, "I wanted to give you my gift before you left, but it looks like I'm just in time for the Ceremony, so I wanted to see you wear it while you raced!" She handed the bundle to me, wrapped in a brown paper-like substance, and as I unraveled it, I gaped at the sight of it:

The design came from Orielle, matching the basic idea in her likeness; a shawl with a long-sleeved blouse, adjoined with a thin strap of hazelnut-leather at the waist, and breathing-breeches. The difference was that the shawl itself was longer at the back than the front, colored a white color with a black-line-trimming, and embroidered with stitched red extended wings. The blouse was an orange-red and gold weave-embroidery at the hem, with the accompanied hazelnut-leather belt and knee-length beige-breeches to go with them. I was speechless, and the glowing grin on Orielle's face told me that her efforts to impress had been successful. "H-Holy sh..." I couldn't even finish my words, I was stunned; I loved the clothing, even though I wasn't much of a clothes' person. Maybe because it was homemade and not in China? I didn't know, or really care.

A warning blast of a horn sounded, signaling the fifteen-minute marker to the beginning of the ceremony, and I jumped. Orielle was suddenly already pushing me, laughing, "Go! Go try it on before you miss your place in the Ceremony! Go!" She pushed me into a place private enough for me to change. Six minutes later I emerged, trying to adjust my shawl; it was unnaturally heavy in the back with a bunch of bundled cloth at the neck, leaving me a small bit confused. Orielle grinned and helped me pin it at the crux of my neck, below my Adam's apple. "Sorry, it's a bit...complicated."

Orielle smiled, "Well, it will probably feel like that; it's the first time I've ever tried putting a hood on one of these! I wanted to give it a new...flare." I blinked dumbly, understanding lighting up a lightbulb in my brain, and I pulled the hood over and adjusted it; suddenly it was very light, being spread out on my head. My head felt a bit warmer with the insulation, but it seemed to air well enough so I wouldn't overheat. The cowl filled with wind and was gusted off my head, "I love it. Thank you so much." The girl smiled, "It's the least I could do! I enjoy little projects like this--now go, the Ceremony is about to start!" I adjusted my training boots, comfortable as I was now with them, and hustled off in my new clothes. They were very comfortable and semi-flexible.

I had the sudden urge to prance around and promptly bitch-slapped the idea out of my head. I saw my--Zelda's--Loftwing soaring around in the air with the other competitor's birds, and I looked to see who my competition was.

I noted Groose and his little gang off to the side, shadowing him and grooming his hair, and Fledge was checking himself and his gear for any tears or anything that could potentially cause a problem during the Ceremony. I cursed myself for not thinking ahead, if Groose had decided to rig the race before it even began, but I brushed that thought aside. I grinned and strode to where Fledge was, who stood up straight as I approached. "Jacqueline!" He beamed warmly and we embraced. I slapped him on the back and looked him up and down with a toothy-grin, "You look way better in that armor than your casual clothing--manly man!" His cheeks flushed a deep red and he laughed, "W-Well, if you say so, Jacqueline!" He took a moment to look me up and down and returned my grin, "And you, u-uh, look good in that, too--ah, womanly, erm, woman?" I snorted and chortled in laughter, "If you say so! Orielle made this for me."

"And do you like it?"

"I absolutely love it." We both exchanged words, the five-minute warning sound blasting distantly in our conversation. Fledge smirked at me as the close to our meeting came. "I never would have gotten here if it hadn't been for your help, Jacqueline; I really am grateful for this chance to grow." I paused and smiled at him, "Oh, I just opened the door; you had all the strength to go through it anyway. You're the one that went through the training, not me!"

Fledge smiled fondly, "No...I didn't get that strength alone." I watched him for a little while longer and found him staring at me, and I felt a strange sense of nausea and butterflies well in my stomach. The cold, dead sharpness of Ghirahim's magic pulsated in my heart and caused the warmth to falter. I shrugged and wore a smile, "I guess there's only so much modesty I can take--sure! And you're welcome. I honestly think you're better this way than before."

"I think I am, too." The call went out to get ready, so I wished him good luck and went to the starting line, several feet away from the docking platform. Five competitors this time, all aiming for graduation. I blinked; what if that meant I'd have to defeat Fledge? He'd been looking forward to becoming a Knight for a long time, and I didn't necessarily need that title, did I? I had the training, the experience, the skills to keep myself well-enough on the Surface. So why the hell was I participating in this Ceremony?!

I heard a scoffing laugh as Groose tried to intimidate Fledge, who did his best to ignore the brute. I was reminded another reason for the race; either I would beat Groose by being Knighted before he was, or keep him off of Fledge and let Fledge get Knighted. As these thoughts raced through my head, I noticed the competitors tensing up. Fuck! They sprinted off to the platform as the blast had knocked me out of my inner-turmoil and I raced, leaping last off of the platform and into the air.

As I fell, I whistled for my Loftwing. The piercing shriek attracted a similar cry, and I looked up to see the bird speed towards me. I turned over and caught the saddle with one hand, pulling myself in and handling the reins, smoothly curving back up into the air and heading for the golden Loftwing that carried the statuette of the goddess Hylia (or at least the depiction of her). Assessing the situation, Groose was in the lead with his little gang flying off to flank anyone coming up behind him. Fledge was close behind and trying to veer at an angle, attempting to read the bird's movements and calculate where the bird would turn. I stayed beneath them, gradually rising from underneath; the weather wasn't quite so bad down here, the wind getting worse further up. Groose and Fledge were struggling with their birds, as well as the one that held the prize. A gust blew all three off-course and in an alternate circle, coming around Skyloft counter-clockwise.

My eyes drifted off to the giant dome-like cloud formation to the north and felt an unusual form of ominous-foreboding in my stomach. My chest felt cooler than usual, and gripped my reins a little tighter. Is something about to come out from there? At a time like this? Amidst the weather, the rest of the world seemed fine. Right? I concentrated on the race and pulled my gaze away from the dome, even though all of my instincts were screaming to beware. Fuck, pull yourself together! I followed the golden Loftwing's movements as she circled and dipped down, closer to me. I prompted my bird to dash, feeling a surge of wind flow through us as we propelled ourselves forward. Fledge managed to lessen the distance between himself and Groose and dove down sharply, further ahead and only feet away from the bird. Groose bellowed something and went after Fledge, birds threatening to crash into each other from the flank, forcing Fledge to veer off to the side and lose ground, placing Groose back in first place. I frowned angrily and surged my Loftwing forward, coming up quickly from the underbelly. Fledge was getting boxed in by Groose' followers. As he tried to shake them, I promptly swung my Loftwing in towards Groose, threatening his Loftwing instead, forcing the cowardly bird to squawk and flail, sharply turning off-course and away from the objective entirely. A howl of unintelligible words were lost in the increasing wind currents. I clung to my bird as turbulence picked up and threw us a little roughly, but we stayed on-course. The golden Loftwing began to show signs of tiring and was slowing down, and I began to close in for the win, hand outstretched. I squinted my eyes, Sorry, Fledge. I know how much you wanted to be a Kn--

Without warning, alien shrieking cries caught my ears and I faltered in my reach. I turned my head around and saw a flock of giant winged monsters coming from the dome. Shit--I knew it! I withdrew my hand from the prize and turned around, banking loosely and observing what was coming towards the Ceremony. They wove through the air, dipping and rising in the wind with loose, flapping motions. They were sharply-colored with black and a green-yellow sort of appearance and resembled more like flying snake-bugs rather than the birds I thought they were from a distance. I reached for my sword and realized that for the Ceremony, you weren't supposed to have them equipped; a dread-sense of realization came over me, and I stared at the others trying to escape. None of us are armed! We're sitting ducks here! The Skyloft patrol took to the air and came in towards the creatures, attacking them with their Loftwings. However, the group of monsters (I found out later they were called skytail) seemed to turn in a uniformal-formation, sensing the attack from all over the place and flawlessly avoiding it with their sinuous dizzying-flight patterns. "Cancel the Ceremony! Get to safety!" All competitors began to head back to the safety of the island.

Except for one. I saw Fledge take off for the golden Loftwing, which was struggling to make it back to the island, despite the rough wind currents blowing it off-course. Fledge turned into the wind, trying to gain ground on the bird and take the statuette. As he focused on the bird, he was blind to the monster that broken off with the frenzy of the Skyloft Loftwing guardsmen attacking their formation and was coming in after him, its pincers snapping. I didn't know what that monster would do, but I couldn't let it reach him. I spurred my Loftwing onward towards Fledge and yelled a warning to him. He didn't hear me at first. I called to him again as I got closer, and his head snapped towards me as I tried to warn him about the monster coming up behind him, frozen with his hand out. He peered over his shoulder and cried with alarm as the monster took a moment to lunge, jostling its prey off the side of the Loftwing and leaving it riderless. Without direction, the Loftwing took off away from the golden Loftwing, and Fledge plummeted towards the cloud barrier below. I swallowed and took my Loftwing into a sharp nose-dive, wind shrieking and bouncing me around as I raced against gravity towards the falling rider. He was flailing and falling in all manner of direction, keeping one arm out and the other tucked in. I began to get closer to him, but the cloud barrier was much closer too. "Faster!" I had to grab him before he fell through! We rocketed straight down until we were aligned next to him. I kept one hand gripped on the flapping reins and the other hand reached out to him. I yelled for him to take it. He reached out with his other hand, both of us straining to grasp each other. A current rocked my bird and tore our hands away for a second. I came in close again and swung for his forearm, grabbing the sleeve and yanking on the fabric hard, undoubtedly tearing at some of the seams but pulling him in sharply.

As he pulled himself into the saddle behind me, I began to dip my bird as smoothly as I could to keep it from hitting the cloud barrier. Fledge's arm wrapped around my waist as he held on, both of our voices letting out screams as we barely skimmed the surface of the clouds and rocketed back up to the sky. As we climbed, I could see the monsters spiraling and dipping through the air, evading the guards and taking snaps at their Loftwings as they wove through the air around them. I narrowed my eyes as I spurred my Loftwing to rise. "What are those things?" Fledge called. "I don't know! I've never seen them before," I shouted back, "But it looks like none of the attacks are having an effect on them!" We came closer to Skyloft and yelled to Fledge, "When I drop in close, you get off! I'll be right behind you!"

"Right!" We rose in the air and performed a slow spin, righting ourselves in the air and coming in towards the landing docks. As we began to approach, I noted one of the guards trying to close in on a monster and spun wildly in the air like a torpedo, but the monster dove out of the air with marginal-distance between them. "What is that they're doing with their birds?" I yelled, and Fledge looked up, "The guards and their Loftwings are taught the Spiral Charge! It's pretty difficult, so only the guards can perform it!"

If the attacks actually hit, I bet they'd be really effective against those things. I turned my gaze back to Skyloft and took my Loftwing in for landing. We landed a little roughly, Fledge tumbling from the saddle again and rolling to recover on the ground. I dismounted my Loftwing and checked on her; she was extremely tired from the strain and excitement, and I narrowed my eyes back up at the monsters above us. What could I do?

My mind flashed and I thought of the incidents from the night previously. Past the gore and immense guilt I had, I remembered what Batreaux had taught me about my gifts. I looked at my hands, and then back up at the sky. There was a flock of the creatures above me; if I could single out the leader and try to control it, I could halt the entire attack immediately. "But how the hell am I going to find the leader, let alone get a hand on it, much less even get up there..." I looked around, seeing other rider's birds staying close to the homes and landed on the isle, safely away from the sky battle. Some of the monsters dipped low into the town, but the guardsmen would intercept them back into the sky, giving the villagers time to flee. "Jacqueline, come on! We need to get out of here!" Fledge called and tugged at my arm. I looked at him, and then back up at the sky. "Not yet--I need to get up there and help them."

"How? Our birds are exhausted and there's no way we can hit those things! The guards are our best bet!" No, they aren't. I am. I looked to him, "Look, I can't explain it, but I know I can help somehow! I just need to get up there and get close to the monsters." Fledge looked at his Loftwing and frowned, "I'd lend you mine, but it's tired from the races--"

"Jacqueline!" I turned and saw Orielle running to me, and I blinked widely, "What are you doing out here? It's dangerous!" She kept running to me, "I know it is! That's why I came to get you!"

"I'm not going any--" As she kept running, I felt everything go into a weird slow-motion sort of perspective, and immediately I thought of the first day I met her. "Orielle! Can I use your Loftwing!" She faltered in her running and ended up stumbling in front of me, "My Loftwing? Why--"

"No time to ask! Just--can I use your Loftwing?" Orielle blinked, "Uh...yeah, sure--wait, what are you--"

"Okay, thanks, bye!" I sped off to Orielle's house, spying her Loftwing and her brother's Loftwing huddling together, wings unfurled and extended to make themselves appear bigger than they were as to intimidate predators. I ran for Orielle's Loftwing and attracted their attention. "Sorry, but I need you." The bird didn't seem to see me as hostile as the monsters, but was a bit too rattled for me to just try to hop on its back and fly off. "Hey, whoa, it's okay..." The Loftwing's tail reached over its back and waved in the air rapidly, making a shrill, low threatening noise and jittering its wings, shaking its feathers and fluffing up. "It's okay, it's okay..." I put my hands up in a gesture of trying to calm the bird as one would calm a horse, and a glint of light flashed off my bracers. I looked at them for a moment and began to think of Batreaux. If these can work on monsters, and not dark by technicality, but by nature...can I use them on tamed beasts? It was a theory, even though a loose one, but what other choice did I have? Everything was moving so quickly, I didn't have time to dwell on speculation for long. I moved my hands forward slowly to the bird with a gentle voice, trying to soothe it despite the chaos erupting overhead. Before it would have a chance to snap its beak, I placed my hands on the bill and tried to pool myself into its mind.

There was a bit of resistance at first, but surprisingly the hold took and began to filter to the brain, into the psyche, and then the bird began to calm. Without training or the owner's unique whistle, I mounted the bird, keeping one hand on the feathers as an extension of the control. "All right, get me up there." The bird launched itself into the air from its standing position and beat its wings, rising closer to where the battle was occurring. Looks like tamed beasts are much easier than wild ones...go figure. The Loftwing carried me higher, gaining the attention of two winged monsters. With my mind synced to the bird's, it was able to sense my puzzlement and questioning of where the leader was, having a full-view of my plan-making. The bird's heightened skills and sensory detail gave it the ability to pinpoint the alpha, which had a slight variation of coloration under its wings and on its crown, a white dot. The bird wove between the monsters and carried me closer. My mental image of touching the monster assisted the Loftwing in maneuvering me safely towards it. The alpha snapped its pincers as I rose to challenge it, and it hissed. It flew towards me, clicking irritably. I stretched out my other free hand, dangerously-swaying in the saddle in effort to keep my grip on the Loftwing and anticipate controlling the monster.

It took a sudden dip and clamped its pincers around my outstretched arm, grabbing my wrist and completely wrenching me from my Loftwing and losing the connection to the creature. I felt as if someone had tossed a hammer at my head and I was suddenly very dizzy, despite my arm on fire and my wrist being pierced by the rows of serrated teeth. Luckily, the piners had clamped around my bracer and hadn't broken the skin, but it was still incredibly painful being supported by only one arm and very few handholds to keep myself up. I watched hazily as the Loftwing screeched with sudden confusion and swerved around, dazed and disoriented as it regained control of its primal instincts. I was jostled and thrown around in the air, suddenly very afraid of falling as the alpha paraded around in the air, me dangling towards my doom. I immediately threw my hand up to grasp one of its pincers, trying to wrench it off my wrist as I fought for control, oozing my mind into the monster's.

In response to the naturally-dark creature, my chest beat with that ever-so-cold, dead feeling and throbbed with each instant I tried to delve deeper for control. As I slowly fought against the struggle for power, the alpha began to send out an echolocation that said along the lines of "Holy shit, someone get this thing off me", even though it was the one that grabbed me first. The rest of the monsters stopped their fight with the guardsmen and began to peel away from the battle, heading straight for me. I pushed harder, trying to change the variation of the call to something less-threatening towards me. "Oh, shit-shit-shit-shit-SHIT-SHIT!" I made a desperate push to throw the alpha's barriers aside, disgruntling its call and making it confused, but still resilient to my efforts. As I tried to take over its mind, I noted my bracers began to glow a red light, illuminating the features of the alpha with an ethereal highlight. It still began to push back, my strength waning with the pain piercing my connection. If this keeps up, I'm going to get cut to ribbons! I refused to give up, but couldn't stop the monster's gradual gaining of ground against me, threatening to push me entirely out.

It was almost ready to toss my mind away when a flash of gray swept by and the alpha shrieked loudly with pain, opening its pincers. I screamed and grabbed its pincers to keep myself from falling, seeing the gray Loftwing swoop back again, Fledge on its back and heading around in a wide arc. The attack was effective enough to revamp my efforts to take the alpha, and my mind slipped in quickly to infiltrate the brain.

DESTROY! DESTROY! FEAST! DESTROY! They were loud and absolute, and not the natural hunger that the Keese had shown me before. I did my best to keep myself from falling into the dark trap, keeping my distance and not daring to touch the thoughts. They seemed like commands that had been implanted into the alpha, and then directed to the rest of the flock. Ghirahim, I frowned as I felt his familiar presence signaturing the directions. I tried to erase the orders, and wasn't entirely surprised that I couldn't. Dashing for options, I only had a few more precious seconds within the mind before it would come to its senses. What I did next, even in the future, I felt a measure of guilt for doing.

I edited the orders with a sigh and reprogrammed the alpha's siren-like directions: DESTROY EACH OTHER! DESTROY EACH OTHER! The clicks went out and immediately the formation broke as the monsters began to attack one another, some of their battles too graphic to witness. I retreated from the mind as rapidly as I could, and the alpha released its grip on me, confused and dazed before screeching in agony as some of its flock turned on it and began to rip it to shreds. Fledge's gray Loftwing ducked under to catch me shortly after I began to fall, and we headed back to Skyloft.

~~~~Graduation~~~~~~~~

The civil war amongst the monsters didn't last long; all of them were too far gone to save themselves, and all plummeted towards the Surface. Not long after Fledge and I had landed, the entire town had broken out into jubilee and celebration, of which I received a lot of poundings on the back by the graduated Knights, the commander, and a few dozen hugs from my friends, like Orielle. We had all moved to the Bazaar, where casks were opened, cakes were made, and soup was spilled in hastiness to fill the hungry bellies. It was overall a day to be thankful for, and I took part in the celebration with a measure of pride.

It was announced that Fledge had won, by the rules of the Ceremony, since he had grabbed the statuette from the golden Loftwing before he had taken his plummet towards the Surface, and had still managed to hang onto it after I had caught him. Groose wasn't happy about it, but surprisingly his goons didn't seem to mind or care about who had won. Fledge was graduated a Knight and donned his Knight armor, flushed at the cheeks as usual with his pride. I congratulated him with enthusiasm and pounded his back, telling him he was an idiot, to which he laughed and blushed even harder. Everyone was in a fantastic mood, and I smiled at the spectacle. Before I could sneak away, the commander dragged me by the collar and pulled me to the front stage, where everyone's eyes were on me. Suddenly I wanted to disappear as the commander began to boast and bellow, with a slight drunken stupor, about how "heroic and brave" I had been, and how I had single-handedly saved Skyloft from the attacks. Despite my protests that the guardsmen had been the first to react and had fought bravely too, the commander insisted I get the full credit. Nobody had died, and only a few had taken casualties, and that was the bigger picture.

"In accomodation for your heroic acts," the commander stated, "I am given the honor of Knighting you for your display of bravery and the deeds you have done for the village ever since you came." He looked into the crowd, and then back to me, "Orielle tells me you like the clothes she made you, and it seems to me you would rather wear that as you go retrieve one of our own Knights on the Surface instead of the traditional wear. You are not bound to our customs, so I made an exception." He presented me with shoulder armor, some arm and knee guards with buckles and straps to fasten them, a fully-equipped tool belt for pouches to carry, a pair of gauntlets to protect my hands, and then he presented me the coolest gift of all. A newly-forged, simple sword with embroidered-metal at the hilt in the shape of a bird. I peered at it and looked at him, "What kind of bird is it?"

"Well, we didn't know what entirely to represent you as; you carry a name unlike the rest of our villagers, so we had to adjust to the newer ideas. We decided to give you the bird 'crow'." I blinked, "Why a crow?" Commander Eagus could hear some of my disappointment and placed his hand on my shoulder, sober enough to declare: "Because it is never alone, and often braves enemies, no matter the number or size. It is a noble bird, despite its deceptive appearance; we had no idea what kind of a great, honorable person you would become, and our hearts were closed to you. We are truly sorry for not seeing the truth sooner."

I felt tears beginning to bundle in my eyes, "I don't deserve this..." I looked at my crow-blade and felt a new surge of pride enter through me, and I took it with newfounded-gratitude. There was an uproar of approval and the festival went long into the night, as the moon had risen into the sky, Commander Eagus tearing up a little bit at the graduation of two of his students. Orielle was incredibly-proud and hugged me for a long while, and I felt a sisterly-attachment to her. "Sorry about the bird-thing earlier," I said to her, and she laughed, "Oh, don't worry about it. I'm just glad you're all right! Saving the village definitely made up for stealing my bird on a whim!"

The evening pressed on as I began to prepare myself for the journey I would make tomorrow. I retired to my quarters in the Academy and packed my things, adjusting the armor pieces and smiling satisfyingly at the shoulder-guard on my left shoulder, with the extra gear and armor guards on. I admired myself in a mirror in Zelda's room and looked at myself. If only my parents could see me now... My earlier anger with my parents felt so old and pointless; what had happened wasn't their fault. There was still some resentment towards their choice in my time of need, but looking at it from this point, I realized I couldn't hold onto that grudge. I'd experienced more trauma in my life for me to burden that anger as anything other than selfishness. If I'd been there for him...things would have been different... Thinking of Thomas made me sigh with some regret, and I stewed on my memories for a bit. Someone that I had cared for in my life, and the one night that was supposed to be perfect, it ruined him, and in the process, myself as well. I didn't have enough courage to really face it, but I knew eventually it'd come out.

"Jacqueline?" I turned around to see Fledge standing in the doorway. I blinked, "Oh, Fledge--I thought you were still at the party."

"I didn't see you there, so I came looking for you." He stepped in, and I went back to what I was doing. There was an uncomfortable silence that pressed in, and he cleared his throat. "U-Um, what are you doing? Packing?"

I nodded, "Yes; it's going to be really hot down on the Surface, so I have to make sure I have everything packed before I leave."

"You're going to be gone for a long time, aren't you?" There was no question in his voice; his tone made it clear that he knew what was going to happen, and I nodded again, "Yeah...probably won't be back here for a week or so..." I turned to him with a small smile, "But hey, it's not forever--a week is nothing compared to a month, right?" He smiled, "You're right--but still, I hope you don't get hurt down there. Is it dangerous?"

I opened my mouth to reply and then faltered. I smiled and shrugged, "It can't be that bad. I was down there for a little bit of time before I came back up here to Skyloft, so I got a taste of it. Nothing I can't handle." In truth, I didn't know what to expect down on the Surface and was uncomfortable that I was going alone and without anyone to watch my back. Still, I didn't want to admit it to Fledge; he obviously looked worried I was leaving altogether. He smiled, "That's good to hear; it's not that I don't think you can't handle yourself--you were amazing with those monsters today...and, thanks."

"For what?"

"For saving me when I fell. I was terrified, but I didn't lose hope in you." I smiled, "It's just what I do, Fledge; I know you would have done the same for me." He nodded and tried to help me pack, "You're right, I would have." We both fell into a long silence again and I paused for a little while, trying to see how I could approach the circumstance. I looked at him, "Fledge...why are you truly here?" He looked down, and I pushed a little further, "Was there something you needed to tell me?" He looked up at my eyes and the butterfly-stomach feeling came back, the nauseated-anxiety. "W-Well, yes...It's just that....well....I care about you...a lot." I sighed and nodded, "I know you do, and I care about you a lot as well; you've changed into a new person with these past days, and I couldn't expect anyone better. You're going to be a terrific Knight, Fledge." I patted his cheek fondly and smiled gently, "I know what it is you mean to say, and if I could stay, I'd probably feel the same depth too. But my home is on the Surface somewhere far away, and once all is said and done, I'm probably not going to be able to come back here." It broke my heart to see the sadness in his eyes, but I knew if I didn't tell him now, he'd likely be waiting for an answer that would never come. This closure was the least I owed him. "...Oh..I-I see..." He got up to leave.

I bit my lip and flipped through my options. "...Fledge." He looked at me, "Yes, Jacqueline?" I looked out my window and then at him, "Will you come say goodbye to me before I go to the Surface? I really want to see you before I go." Some cheer came back into his eyes, though it was a tamed, restrained happiness that couldn't go beyond the friendship that we shared. He nodded, "Always, Jacqueline. You know I will." He left my room and I sat there, feeling as if a weight was off my chest, but a sad little hole had replaced it. I finished packing for the night and went to bed as soon as I could. Tomorrow was going to be a big day, and the Surface was likely not going to be easy.

I was glad I prepared for that little theory, because I was proven right.
SPECIALIS - :Take Flight: [26]
Guess they have loft-fights instead of dog-fights, hyuk hyuk.

For the readers, no, I am not an angry individual. I'm very pleasant to be around, I love to be with people and socialize with them. I love to write, to game, to explore, and I love my family very much. I am very much Christian and love the Lord a lot. In this edition, I wanted to take a different perspective on story-making and was inspired by a game to write this. If you have questions now, please do hold off on them until the next chapter comes out. More than likely, you'll begin to draw your own conclusions as more information is released to you. Trust me, you'll begin to understand the further the story goes.

I understand if you don't favorite the chapter for harsh language, and I am sorry if I have truly offended anyone out there. It isn't my intention to offend anyone. If I have intrigued you, however, I will be enthusiastic. I plan to continue the series, and I hope to do so with your help. If you have any suggestions or comments to make, make them below this information window in the comment box. If they happen to be insulting, I'll simply just delete them. Nothing personal; just delete them. I don't care. w00t!

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Oh, and by the way--Specialis is "secret" in Latin.

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Torn To Ribbons - SPECIALIS by Zelda206
Torn To Ribbons - SPECIALIS
The expressive, foreboding second bookmark for the continuing series of the Legend Of Zelda fanfiction SPECIALIS, unfolding what our heroine is to face against her chains of her past, and her captors.

The light of responsibility within, sensitive ties shredded and forged by her hand, restraining her within by the tainted sorcery trapped within her heart, binding her to a fate she never asked for, but is condemned to.
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The demon nodded, "Try it again...this time, try to link yourself to it." I squinted, feeling as if a vessel was going to pop in my forehead as I strained. The Keese in Batreaux's hands was dazed and tranquil, at ease with the darkness. If I hadn't had a bad experience with them in the Forest Temple, I'd almost call it cute. My ear still throbbed at the pain of being torn off.

I gasped and drew my hands away, exhaling heavily. "This...is fuckin' ridiculous...you said this was easy!"

Batreaux gave me an apologetic look, "It is easy for me, I suppose; I am not used to seeing one of your kind being able to manipulate the dark magics in such a manner to manifest them on your body like that. I believed it would be easier for you."

I wiped my arm against my forehead, "I told you already, I didn't make these; Ghirahim injected me with some sort of magic, and whenever I do this trial or something, I cure it and it just appears." I looked at the sleeping bat-monster and then looked up at him. "How do you get these little bastards to do things for you?"

The demon shrugged awkwradly, "It's something I was...well, I was with ever since the beginning. Being a creature of pure-darkness, I had influence over most malevolent things during the night, such as this monster." He nodded to it, "It on its own isn't evil, only when manipulated to do evil things. It is a creature, just like any other." I pursed my lips shrewdly at it, watching as it twitched in its sleep. Batreaux attempted to coax me back into trying again with a nod, "Let's try it again...just remember, try to connect with it; understand it through the touch, and then you will merge with its mind to control it in whatever way you wish." I sighed and nodded, putting my hand back on its furry head and closing my eyes.

A long stretch of silence passed as I concentrated. Batreaux shattered some of it by beginning to conversate. "...Tomorrow is your Wing Ceremony, correct?"

"If I pass it," I said softly through gritted teeth and attempted to block out his voice so I could concentrate.  The Keese made an involuntary twitch and flexed its ears back and forth; it reminded me of a cat--a really ratty, big-eared cat. With wings. And no tail.

Dang, it was weird.

Batreaux's voice pierced my thoughts, though softer this time as he hushed himself in response to my posture, "I'm sure you'll pass; I've seen you connect with the Loftwing, and the bond was almost instantaneous."

My eyebrow arched as I allowed myself to open an eye, fixating it on him. "You've been watching me?" He meekly gestured with his hands as a "so-so" sort of expression. "More or less; I watch all of the flyers from here, and I notice the particular bonds they share with their birds. The boy with the green clothing has a strong bond with his scarlet Loftwing, as you have with your violet--"

"It's more like an indigo color." Augh! Technicalities! Curse thee! He smiled and shrugged his shoulders indifferently, "Very well, an indigo Loftwing, but it always looked closer to the violet than the pure blue that most describe it as." I felt the Keese shift under my hand and it yawned, its eyes opening groggily. It looked up at me lazily, and I was under the impression it would attack.

Surprisingly, it didn't; it just breathed through its flat slitted nose and went back to sleep. I skeptically looked at Batreaux, "You said that these little guys are manipulated to do bad things--meaning that they don't tear people's ears off on their own?" Batreaux considered it for a moment before grinning, his pig-like nose perking up a tad with humor, "Oh they like to bite when threats get too close to their feeding-trees, but that is a last-resort. On many accounts, it's only provocation that causes them to attack. If they swarm their intended target without a reason to, it's likely they're being controlled by this "Ghirahim"."

"Do you know anything about him?" Batreaux frowned and shook his head, "He is no entity I'm aware of; there are several levels of demon, and from what I can sense, he is not of the demonic type as I am. His darkness is...unnatural, more sinister and corruptive. Mine is habitual and I was born into it--he was made."

That kinda explains the whole "master" thing... I pursed my lips, putting my hand timidly back on the Keese's head; its ears twitched. "Born...not made, but born..." I began to feel for the natural instinct the monster had, slowly worming my way through the body of the creature to find wherever the source was. Batreaux observed and nodded, his voice low, "It's a strong sense of empathy...don't imagine the darkness as a box, locked away, but a well, flowing out to all corners of the body...the darkness is a part of the creature, not a hidden chamber."

Let eet flow through yoooou. I nearly snorted and continued to concentrate, looking for the "well" I was envisioning with the demon's guidance. Slowly I could feel a tug at my searching line, feeling myself slipping with increasing force into the Keese, worming ever so steadily up the spine, to the brain--

And then everything went dark.

~~~~~~~~Kind of an Animorphs thing~~~~~~~~~~~

HUNGER! FEED! MUST! FEED!

Ravenous hunger clawed at my belly, I was thirsting for something. Anything that I could eat! The others were flying to the tree--I had to get to it first! I had to FEED! I powered my way to the tree, shrieking and trying to spook off the others in competition for the succulent, juicy fruit, teasing my nose with its ripe, heavy, sugary scents. I veered around the tree, seeking out any fruits that hadn't been swarmed by my brethren, my kin, the others that were dashing through the air, fighting for their feast.

Spotting one, I sped towards it. I hooked my thumbs into the flesh that seemed to peel off of its heavenly-form. Without another moment of hesitation I sank my fangs as deep as I could into the fruit, sucking at it and feasting on the raw juice that would nourish my body. I bit down harder, preparing to rip off a piece of the fruit to gulp eagerly--


I hit the ground, reeling and with my cheek on fire. I was aware of a heavy-copper flavor in my mouth and painfully bit my tongue as I roughly hit the ground. I yelped and held a hand to my cheek, confused and dazed, coming out of the hunger-driven fog. I rose from the floor slowly, getting on my knees and drowsily-blinking. "..What..."

His voice wavered as he fought to keep some of it under control. "It's okay...it's natural; the Keese, like all other beasts, live off of a sense of survival, an endless cycle of hunger...you were successful in connecting to it, to empathizing with it." The tone in his voice was alarming, and against the heavy-weight on my brain I snapped my head up as attentively as I could. "What--"

My stomach flipped and I felt everything go cold within my body as I witnessed the display before me. Batreaux was holding the limp form of the Keese I had been practicing on, his claws covering the lifeless hairy body, its wings extended as if it had tried to take flight. Tried to escape. There was a trail of blood droplets leading to me, and I doubled over, my stomach aching fiercely and sanguine-saliva dripping from my mouth as I felt nausea wrack my body. I hugged myself tightly and uttered a dry, cracked groan. "Noooo...."

He tried to speak, "...It's natural--" I clamped my hands over my ears, unable to keep in my grief and agony at what I had done to the beast. "I ate it..." I felt the dead cold in my heart pulsate and shivered, too petrified to scream, to yell, to do anything. Batreaux turned the small body to cinders, leaving no trace of the rotting flesh behind. The blood on the ground was gone too, through the same token of generosity. "...That's what its nature is...hunger. It is just an animal--"

"It..it was alive...I killed it--it was innocent..." Batreaux remained silent as the shock took its time touring my body, and I couldn't contain it anymore and I vomited, doubled over and holding my stomach tightly. He strode to my side and put a hand on my shoulder. "It is harder...for a creature like yourself to mingle with an animal whose mind you've never tasted before--" I groaned at 'tasted' "--nor have you experienced...it was better to have experienced your abilities on this creature than not to have tried at all." I felt tears pouring through my eyes and I made no attempts to wipe them away. My throat was tight and I rasped heavily, "Why do I have to use this at all...I don't want to go into that...thing again..."

Batreaux took his claw away and walked away for a moment before turning to me. "Because it is slowly killing you."

I looked up at him. He nodded, "You are not a dark entity, regardless of what you've done in your past...yes, I know about it. I sensed it when your mind was opened, slipping into the Keese's mindset. This magic is evil, and it is corrupt, and it is slowly killing you as it spreads. Using the abilities will keep it at bay, emptying it for a time until it begins to fill again and further corrupt you. Practicing will prolong your chances of survival."

"Why are you saying this...why are you helping me?" He smiled, "You are the first to listen to my plight and go to lengths to help me become prepared to live with the civilians above. The child is kind to visit, but there's nothing she can do for me. You, on the other hand, have done much for me already, without harming or hindering the villagers. I want to help you." The shock of killing the animal had passed and I shivered. "So..what now? How do I keep myself from that hunger? That mindset?"

Batreaux paced, "It is a gradual process; you sensed yourself being drawn in, so your response is to naturally pull back. Instead, flow into it and keep an image of yourself as you slip into the stream, but do not shift the image of yourself while you are within the mind. You must keep a clear picture of who you are, so that you do not fall prey to the same trick twice."

"And this works for multiple monsters?"

"Only if they have a flock or pack mindset; control the leader, and you control the entire group. It is a network, much like a spider's web." I shivered at the mention of the spiders, but shook my head, clearing it. "I...understand. I think." Batreaux smiled and helped bring me to my feet, cleaning me off. "Better we learned this early instead of trying it for the first time elsewhere."

I remembered the sting on my cheek and looked at him, "How did you bring me out of it?" His smile faded somewhat with regret, "I'm afraid I had to strike you before you would start feasting on my flesh, my dear; a sharp pop across the mouth was enough to shake you out of it. You were quite ravenous, and unfortunately, consuming any part of me would have been fatally-toxic to you."

I felt myself swallow hard. "Thanks...for that." He nodded, "Again, I want to help you. By any means necessary, I will do what I can to keep you from falling to these powers...it's fascinating, I have to admit. Do not let this situation trouble you, even though I know it is common for creatures of light to have guilt and sorrow over things they have done. This was a learning experience, and Keese are plenty in the world. I'm sure you won't make the same mistake twice."

Feeling like a solemn promise, I nodded sincerely. "Yeah; I'm not too eager to have Keese on my menu." He grinned toothily, "That didn't take long, now did it?" He vaporized the bile on the ground and sighed, "I think that's enough for today, though; you've done more than I expected, and I think it's best if you start getting yourself ready for the Ceremony tomorrow."

"Is there anything else I should know about this mind-merging thing?" Batreaux looked thoughtful and nodded, "You don't gain any abilities over the creature you try to influence, though their primal natures threaten to consume you. You host a form of link over the beast, your mind to theirs. Severing the connection before your minion is in any way killed is very important."

"And...if I don't? What happens if my mind is still connected to the one I'm trying to control?" Batreaux sighed somewhat and looked gravely at me, "If the creature dies with your mind within it...then your mind dies with it."

Matrix. How'd I know? I looked at him shrewdly, "And...what do I become, then?"

"It will not matter what occurs after that. Without a conscience, without a mind, there will be nothing to guide the body's purpose. The body will become a husk, and there will be internal organ failure, just as a body begins to decay if your head was separated from the rest of your body. It is essentially the same thing. Beheading."

I put a hand to my throat and, again, swallowed hard. "...Good to know," my squeaking voice emitted and I kicked myself internally for it. "How do I pull my mind out of it, then?"

He smiled, "Just imagine yourself ripped away from the beast; it should have no acknowledgement of you being there in the first place. There are few creatures in the world that would have such a mentality and awareness that you were within their minds, and the only way to break yourself free, as a last-resort, is to mentally play-dead. Clear your mind and fall away from all ties of conscience...in a way you can understand, you shut everything down in your mind temporarily, and should you survive, you will wake up. There should be little risk into coming in contact with those beasts; they are ancient and seldom-seen."

"Right...okie dokie." He talked about how casual it was, but my head was reeling like a line in a rod. Remind me again why I'm using my powers? Oh yeah, poisoning. Gotcha. I felt like I was being given a thousand ways to die, and I had to choose the lesser of two-billion evils.

Fuckin'. Shit.

I bade him farewell shortly after, thanking him for his tutoring. "Come back after you've found your friend; I'd be happy to listen to the details of your progress, and something may come up that I need your help with while you're away."

"Yes, mother," I grumbled, even though I couldn't help a delighted grin creep over my face. It felt good to have friends, even more a teacher like Batreaux, who was awkward and weird in all manner of the words, but still worried and caring. Even for a demon! I couldn't help but laugh. I smiled fondly of the thought and shook my head to clear it into determination.

Tomorrow was the Ceremony, and after I won it, I was going back to the Surface. Hang in there, Link. I'm not going to fail you twice.
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Seriously! It could be much worse!

For the readers, no, I am not an angry individual. I'm very pleasant to be around, I love to be with people and socialize with them. I love to write, to game, to explore, and I love my family very much. I am very much Christian and love the Lord a lot. In this edition, I wanted to take a different perspective on story-making and was inspired by a game to write this. If you have questions now, please do hold off on them until the next chapter comes out. More than likely, you'll begin to draw your own conclusions as more information is released to you. Trust me, you'll begin to understand the further the story goes.

I understand if you don't favorite the chapter for harsh language, and I am sorry if I have truly offended anyone out there. It isn't my intention to offend anyone. If I have intrigued you, however, I will be enthusiastic. I plan to continue the series, and I hope to do so with your help. If you have any suggestions or comments to make, make them below this information window in the comment box. If they happen to be insulting, I'll simply just delete them. Nothing personal; just delete them. I don't care. w00t!

So! Without further ado, I will probably be working on the next chapter! Follow more of my works in the gallery!

Oh, and by the way--Specialis is "secret" in Latin.

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I'd like to begin capturing footage from my 3DS for walkthrough purposes, or perhaps just giving a "how-to" from time to time, and I would like to capture the footage straight from inside the 3DS. No camera stands, no "external" footage--I mean as in take whatever's inside that 3DS and transfer it to a computer to record and then mess with later, and I would prefer to do it with both screens in the footage. I've seen professional gamers with their neat trademark tags and arrangements as to how they record (say they have a profile picture to the side or fancy setups besides the original two-screen split of the Gameboy), and I'd like to learn how to do that as well.

Only problem is I haven't found a single video or tutorial that explains it clearly enough for me, and I tend to work well with simplified answers. I know there are many ways to do this, but if you guys can help tell me how you film your 3DS nowadays, I'd really appreciate it!

I would prefer software on the computer with some sort of attachment/synchronization of Computer + 3DS device, but if there's an easier method, please inform me!
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KingGhidorah2007 Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It is done (Early~) kingghidorah2007.deviantart.co…
I will send you my email for paypal so you can transfer the funds, as the description says I will make it it's original size and remove the watermark when the transaction is complete.
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Zelda206 Featured By Owner 22 hours ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
All right! I really like how you were so daring with your creativity, and I absolutely love what you did with the "flesh" addition; that I did not expect, and yet it reached further than my own creativity with the beasts themselves in the story, and I am very pleased with how it turned out. I hope it gives inspiration for any works you make in the future, and perhaps you can canon the rethilium beast in future projects that you create; I'd love to see each and every one of them.

I shall send the transferred funds now; again, thank you so much for this opportunity. You've really done well, and likely see me again ^^
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I have taken off the watermark and made it the full promised size, 1000x1000.
I am very happy that you are pleased with the final result, I was really paranoid that I messed up somehow xD
I spent two days on it, somehow it ended up being three days anyway, I didnt want to OVER do it and mess it up which I have a horrible habit of doing. I am glad you think it was worth your money, and thank you for that permission. I have been wanting to make stories but I always become lazy when it comes to doing that. Lol.
Thank you for your business and full opinion. And never forget that you were the one that made that wolf midna video for me once XD Im silvershadowdarkness.
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:iconhappybirthday2plz: Happy birthday! Hope you have a great day!
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Thanks!
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Took me long enough, but I finally got some new PMD fan lyrics: Gates to Infinity's Wrapped in a Light: Fan Lyrics

So here you go, and if you feel like singing it just let me know and I'll help you out a little with the rhythm of it. Of course that's only if you want to.
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Something that will help with Hyrule Warriors! :)

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Link is really good in the new Smash. :lmao:

I forgot he has a SKYLOFT costume also.
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I'll have to consider getting the Smash game, then--gotta save up! Recently got the Wii U and the Hyrule Warriors game, and recently paid off my bills, so I need to wait until a proper time to get it (if I choose to)!
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