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He Wrapped Her in Moonbeams and Held Her Close by Elera He Wrapped Her in Moonbeams and Held Her Close by Elera
Started this in my Livestream, finished it up today with little stopping. 7-8 hours...? So haha that is why the shading is barely there, and perspective and clean lines and logical lighting are nowhere to be found. The usual for me, but I feel like I must apologize every time. Or just go haaaaaaaaaahahahahaha

I was thinking of that Titanic kiss that happens on the bow of the ship (yeah I know, that is regrettable because it is a silly movie), so I started drawing something like it (stupid gorgeous music with forbidden undertones at the end: [link]). For lack of a better setting I decided to make this a kiss from what *Tell-Me-Lies and I call magicverse (I think we've named three universes that, but this one is the most magic-est). It came about when I wanted to do something with witch trials because I freaking love the folksy lore as well as the tragic history behind "witch" persecution. Of course that's why too depressing of a thing for mice, and so Lies came up with the BRILLIANT idea of having them be really magic and from a wonderful magical realm and the whole thing blew up into something marvelous. Ahem. The story goes thusly:

Once upon a time there was a magical realm, full of kingdoms beyond count. They thrived and grew and were fueled by the hopes and the will of the people. The most brilliant of all these kingdoms was Fantasia, in which a young prince was born to a happy couple: Mickey. Unfortunately, not all of these mystical lands were good, for although some of the ones that practiced black magic were not evil, some most certainly were. In the land of Warhex ruled a Necromancer, a demon who was said to have crawled out of the blackest pit of the earth. He could raise the dead, but only as abominations and monstrosities. He was the most feared being and sorcerer in all of the worlds, yet he did not possess the most powerful magic of all: the gift of life.

Many kingdoms fell due to the Necromancer's greed, cruelty, and lust for more power. Fantasia was attacked when Mickey was an infant, but it did not fall thanks to the bravery of his royal parents...who were locked away and never seen again in a void of nothingness. The Necromancer possessed a magical key that could rip holes in space and time, creating a vacuum that could suck away everything and destroy a whole kingdom in a day. The king and the queen willingly went inside, and sealed shut the hole that threatened their kingdom, just after they had expelled the Necromancer with their powerful love and sorcery.

Horace Horsecollar, head of Fantasia's council and a teenager then, became Steward, ruling the kingdom until Mickey would be old enough. When Mickey was a toddler, another royal baby was born: Princess Minnie of Symphonia. Horace and Mickey and all of their court went to visit the celebrating kingdom and wish the royal family well, but tragedy here struck too, and this time for a much darker purpose.

Before Minnie's birth, a vision had come to the Necromancer of a baby that would grow into a beautiful young princess, and better still, she was to possess an amazing power, one owned by no one else: the power of true, healing, genuine life. The Necromancer immediately began to prepare.

He struck Symphonia the way he nearly killed Fantasia, opening a void with the time-space key and sucking in everything only to deposit them across the dimensions, into this world and that. The Necromancer sought the child, and little Mickey, while only barely understanding what was going on, knew that the monster must not have her. Mickey took the infant Minnie into his arms and ran to the only place he could think of: the portal that the Necromancer had made. The demon gave chase, and just when Mickey was about to disappear into the void altogether, the Necromancer latched onto Mickey, causing him to drop the baby and lose her in the dimensions. It was clear to the Necromancer that Mickey too would have great power, but the Necromancer felt only hate for this child who had ruined everything for him. The two struggled, Mickey miraculously able to hold his own for a couple of seconds, before he ripped the key off of the Necromancer's neck by accident and fell through the void himself.

He wound up in the mortal world, a place that is essentially ruled by Puritan-like societies, cold and grey like New England, and absolutely rigid and forbidding anything to do with "witchcraft." Mickey quickly learns that using magic in this world is a bad idea. He doesn't want to be seen as a devil. So he grows in some town, remembering little of his former life, training and honing his magic secretly, visiting a mentor far off in a cottage whose ancestors descended from the magical realm long ago.

At the age of seven, Mickey is traveling with his caretaker, when he senses something...a force that feels familiar somehow. He goes into the woods after it and finds a little girl crying - Minnie. Minnie herself had grown up in a strict town, but unlike Mickey, she never had found anyone to confide in about her magic. She was treated as any suspect-witch would be treated, with contempt and cruelty from her peers and from the adults as well. Mickey is the first person to tell her that her magic is a good and wonderful thing.

The two quickly become friends, growing up together, practicing together, playing together. Mickey visits once each season, and eventually, when they are old enough, they begin to develop crushes and then fall in love.

Of course, nothing is easy for too would-be witches in a Puritanical society, and through horrible trickery Mickey is convinced by the mayor's son from Minnie's town that everyone thinks Mickey is the devil and that he is possessing Minnie, that she can only be saved from the stake by marrying a respectable young man, and that Minnie is in love with the mayor's son himself. It takes a few seasons for Mickey to believe she could love such a bully, but when he sees the boy kissing Minnie in the woods...Mickey runs away, and isn't heard of from anyone for three years.

Minnie waits for him, heartbroken.

They reunite eventually, grown up and handsome and beautiful and fully in love, having missed each other every moment. Thus begins a passionate affair as Mickey tries to figure out where he and Minnie can go to be safe, but he is too late. Through misfortune Minnie is seized and tried as a witch, being tested and finally tied to burn at the stake. Mickey rescues her, natch, but they are both devastated as they try to run through the countryside, looking for safety from the mad witch hunt on their heels.

All this time, and Mickey still has the key, and eventually he and Minnie figure out how to use it. They are whisked away to Fantasia, and as soon as Mickey is recognized by Horace and the others, he quickly finds himself king of a magical country. While this is all daunting and incredible, Mickey's one condition upon ruling is this: that Minnie be his queen, and that they marry right away. They do so in the matter of a week.

From that point on there's Necromancer drama and lots of other fun things, but the best part is that Mickey and Minnie are immortal in this magical land, ageless like elves, and so because we couldn't restrain ourselves...yeah Lies and I made up ten kids for them to have. With names and personalities. And future spouses. And babies of their own. Hurrrr. More on that later.

SO.

This is just Mickey and Minnie having sexy kisses in the garden at no particular point in the timeline of them being king and queen of Fantasia. Mickey being the brilliant sorcerer he is, probably did capture some moonbeams and wrap them about Minnie as a sash.

If you read that novel, I congratulate you. Better art soon I hope, and art of the kids too~
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CottonCatTailToony Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Those are look really good.
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Slam-Manian Featured By Owner May 24, 2013
I've really missed your art work and I'm glad your back and drawing again. This is an excellent piece. I love it.
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RUIxK Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013
amaizing!I love!
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MythAreReal Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing. Just amazing.
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LoonataniaTaushaMay Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Cute
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SaiaiTokoya Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013
I love this story!
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bubbles123karate Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Student General Artist
The sash actually looks like moonbeams. YOU ARE A FLIPPIN SORCERER. I CALL SHENANIGANS.

Also, why congratulate us for reading your great stories?
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davidbore Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wonderful costumes, I usually just put them in the traditional clothes, but I like this a lot.
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Princessbubblegum101 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Student General Artist
Beautiful story! I wish I could read it as a book. Am I ever allowed to write fanfiction about your summaries and pictures? With credit to you of course.
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micamone Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You are so amazing I can't even
The stories you guys come up with are amazing. I am so jealous.
and your art is beautiful :heart:
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laurenjade15 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
When I saw this my jaw literally dropped!! This is so amazing, it's so beautiful and romantic, I watched your livestream for a while and new that it was going to be something great! I've always loved looking at your art, especially the mice', because nobody really draws them anymore, or at least like to this standard, it's so sad! It's nice to see it's not just me who haven't forgot about these two wonderful characters. I love how you always come up with the most unique clothes designs and back stories! I wish I could even think about something this amazing! If your not already, you should be a Disney animator or artist, your work should be noticed more! Please carry on drawing these two, I get so excited looking at your amazing work! Magnificent Work!!
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Mogwai1988 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The coloring in this is just gorgeous!
Love the details in Mickey and Minnie and the design of the clothes are amazing! Right out of a fairytale.
The background really complements the characters and makes them pop up from it.

Lovely work dear!
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Gojira007 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013
As ever, it was a real treat getting to see you work on this. Also as ever, it's a genuine joy to behold it in its finished form. Because even by your exceptional standards, this is a jaw-dropping piece of work.

The story itself is a thing of beauty, honestly. Like the best Fairy Tales, it's built upon this particular mixture of Emotionalism and Magical Logic that works in just the best way, with all these dramatic twists and turns that paint a vivid picture of passions that transcend the plain realm of mortal beings. You describe it all here in matching terms; passionate, powerful, Epic. I hope you continue to work with it, because it's a narrative ripe with potential and already thriving with life.

And then there's the actual picture. As ever, you make just the best outfits for our two lovers; graceful, majestic, magical, and otherworldly all in equal measure, but without looking out of place or garish, and packed to the brim with clever details (I continue to adore how you make each crown fit to their ears in their own way, with Mickey's curling to their shape and Minnie's turning them into stars). The posing is also magnificent, a clear passion to their kiss and their embrace even as there is a kind, understanding gentleness to the way they touch. It's a potent balance with a lot of emotion to it that I adore. And then you cover the whole thing in all these lovely, sweeping colors that shine and sparkle in all the right ways, lending the pic lots of lovely effects (the stream of starlight stemming from Mickey's cape is a particular favorite of mine, but I also really like the look of the moonbeams pouring down onto the scene).

It's a gorgeous pic for a gorgeous scene from a gorgeous story, and I :+fav: it with all my love. ^_^
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Bluetita Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Student Artist
I think I saw a picture of two of their babies in the livestream!!:iconyeyplz: the picture is wonderful, the kiss is so cute and I really like minnie's dress:iconwantplz:
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09alih Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh, how I wish I could have watched this! This is so breathtakingly beautiful I don't know how to describe it. The costumes, the tranquil atmosphere, the moonlight flowing through the trees. Each one of your pieces is so clearly a labor of love, and it's so wonderful to see them again. I really missed looking at them in my favorites. Welcome back, Elera!

P.S. I adore this verse so much... if you guys want to make it into a full story, could I help write it?
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DeniseBelmont01 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013
This was a nice welcome from a long day of work. The story was cute and enchanting! Bravo, yous guys.
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DancinBelle Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I am now really bummed I had to do homework instead of watching this!!!
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DelDiz Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013
Beautiful!! We've missed you!!
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LadyHexaKnight Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is gorgeous!!

It's great to see you and your work again, Elera! I've been wondering if you've been alright and praying for you. *hugs* You are better than any negative words, just stomp on them because that's where they belong: below you, just like the Devil and all his pawns and negativity. Look up, because you need to live for today and that's what God wants you to do.

I'm glad to see you again and I can't wait to see what your unique style continues to do. Because, remember there's only one of you and that makes you special. No one else can experience that.
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Tell-Me-Lies Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013
PS are you putting this on tumblr so I can reblog it or
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Tell-Me-Lies Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013
UGH I just love this verse so much

Also you need to make it clear how basically all of this beautiful story is your idea, not mine, since I basically only came up with the idea that everything should be super happy and wonderful forever.

But yeah, in any case, this is absolutely beautiful. You are my hero :heart:
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hypermegatailsfan Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I am very happy that this whole story is a thing and I feel my life has been better for reading it and experiencing it. :3

You two are so creative, and it not only shows up in the story but in the picture as well, of course. The ear decs - the cape - all of her stars and her flowy dress - the crown of flames and thorns - the twisted trees all around them - I just want to stare at this picture all night and absorb every last detail. I can't even pick my favorite outfit between them. Don't make me, I beg of you.
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