Original: Kitsune no Himitsu

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It was on a chilly morning when the fox and crane first found her. She lay as a tiny bundle, curled up by the riverside with nothing but the thin silk that clad her body. 'How peculiar' they both thought, for the girl could neither see or speak, but could always tell when they were nearby. She'd smile a weak smile.

The crane soon grew bored, leaving the fox with his words; "She'll never survive, not this winter, not the next. Better you build yourself a warm den than waste time on what shouldn't have existed".

The crane left, but the fox was hurt.

Surely a creature as weak as this human carried a purpose in life? Even the tiniest of ants and the oldest of trees have their duty in the world - be it providing air for us or cleaning our world bit by bit. But the fox had to admit, she did seem too fragile to survive the coming winter. He did not know how to make her better, nor how to comminucate with her. So he just sat with her, nested himself beside the sleeve of her kimino to keep her company. The little girl smiled as she stroked his warm fur, her touch growing weaker and weaker. The last leaf on a nearby maple gave a soft snap and fell.

One of my favourite watercolours I did ;D Hope you like!

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  1. tsuyutsuki Oct 09, 2010

    So full of details... I love your works and the traditional aesthetics you have.
    But...where's the crane's other foot? ?-?

  2. Lykea Oct 09, 2010

    hahahh it's merged into one ;D And thanks so much! Though the colours turned out really weird here O__O

  3. hayashinomura Oct 09, 2010

    Something that I can't do is PAINTING!
    Jealous~ jealous~... XD +fav+

  4. HurtHattori Oct 09, 2010

    Absolutely gorgeous! The colors are amazing and so vivid... Truth be told, I thought it was from you, when I saw it on MT's home page ;)

    The story behind this stunning piece of work is really sad and beautiful; it sends shivers down my spine... do you have a "follow-up" where we would know what happened with the fox and the little girl?

  5. MapleRose Retired Moderator Oct 14, 2010

    the watercolour looks amazing, I love her hair and how it flows. This would make a great storybook illustration.

    the story is good too, who's the pink-haired person?

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