Is that so? I would be interested to learn more about that as I am always ready to listen to a good story. :3
What really inspired me to use the words "soaring free" is the fact that the bird (I am assuming it is a bird of prey such as an eagle) appears to be flying into the air, a metaphor for the unshackling of earthly concerns. The figure with the short hair seems to be connected somehow to the bird as they are reaching towards it, perhaps expressing a desire for that freedom? The second figure looks on stoically, arms crossed over their chest, which is defensive, giving the impression that they are a guardian to the first or that, maybe, they are resigned to their fate and are unsure about the freedom the bird is symbolic of, not ready to embrace it as readily as the other person seems to be.
That or I am reading WAY to much into this piece, as I often do, and I am just fabricating a story from my own flights of fancy. In any case, I really like this piece and I hope to see more of these characters!
P.S: Sorry for the long read. I tend to ramble on a bit sometimes, but I hope I expressed myself well enough.