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EBC:  Hey, Watch Out! by Sparaze EBC:  Hey, Watch Out! by Sparaze
Bullet; Green Have your apprentice practicing "defensive" type moves

This drawing was done a while back and took place during the gathering before last when things still weren't awful in air empire and Mira had just been promoted to apprentice. It is a collab between me and Rain847.

Rain did the sketch, shading and bg and I did the lining and coloring. 

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In a sudden random encounter, Axis almost unknowingly steps on a big beetle. Mira notices and quickly intervenes to save the poor critter from getting squashed (and Axis from an uncomfortable mess on his paw).

There is a bit of RP to go with it too, though we didn't get quite to a proper ending with it, it was still cute. ^^

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Rain847 
Axis was walking in silence, his ears twitching at the constant loud chatter and too distracted with everyone else moving around him all at once. It was overwhelming to an extent, his tall legs pulling his head a little more over the crowd, though some large cats generally blocked his view anyways. He walked over the pressed grass, not paying attention to anything that could be slipping under him at any point.

Sparaze 
Mirabella had been all over the place in the brief amount of time she had spent in the area so far. This being her first time coming to a gathering between the empires, there was plenty for her to explore and be excited about. Her attention had gone from odd strangers, to thinking about her dad, to exploring to now… noticing a rather large and interesting looking insect planted in the grass just a few paces in front of her. 

The young cheetah’s curiosity towards the critter was nearly diminished as another moved more aimlessly, stepping right for the unsuspecting bug. Mira blinked, charging forward suddenly and calling out to the other feline in hopes to get him to stop. She ended up practically underneath him, pressing up lightly against his chest as she put herself between him and the bug on the ground, he eyes fixated down towards it more instead of him for the moment. Surely if she hadn’t done that he would have stepped right on it.

Rain847 
At the moment of the calling, Axis recoiled, reeling back fast and at the touch inhaling sharply as he almost stumbled over himself. Tail lashing in an attempt to recoordinate himself--but really ended up slipping and falling over onto his side, immediately trying to find his way up as cats swerved and cursed around the pair.

Sparaze 
Mira put a paw down, gently trapping the bug beneath it before, ducking back down and rotating her form to move away more properly from the stranger. "Soorrry!" she breathed suddenly sounding a bit embarrassed by her frantic and most likely unusual behavior. Probably not making a very good impression... ”That wasn’t very nice of me, I didn’t mean to cause you any trouble.” She gave him an apologetic stare before turning her eyes down for a moment, using both of her paws now to carefully try and lift the insect up off the ground without it being able to immediately fall away and run off. 

”There was just this really neat bug on the ground here and you were about to step on it.” she explained, leaning back into a sitting position to hold the mentioned creature up for him to see.

Rain847 
The ice cat was left blinking in confusion as he watched the other cheetah in mild confusion as she apologized and thus began to explain. He watched her move carefully to show him the small creature tilting his head slightly as he began to kind of understand. It was interesting, and he could accept that, right? I almost just killed that bug... feeling mildly guilty for causing so much trouble as he frowned slightly, nodding softly as he moved to stand back up in silence.

Sparaze 
”It probably wouldn’t have been super pleasant for you either fi you had stepped on it, right? So that’s a plus too.” She watched the insect for a moment herself, looking a bit intrigued by it before going ahead and putting it back on the ground off to the side.

Her eyes moved back towards the darker cheetah now, giving a soft smile. ”It’s okay though, no harm done really?” she tilted her own head now, looking once more a little nervous as she hoped she hadn’t upset him in any way. ”Are you alright?”

Rain847 
The darkly colored cheetah blinked a bit, his ears angling towards her as he started to nod, feeling a brief wave of anxiety as he looked at her more properly. She was like him, and her eyes were kinda pretty, oh that's kinda cool, exhaling slowly through his nostrils, he nodded vigorously, trying to assure the other feline.

Sparaze 
Now she smiled a bit more properly again, feeling a little better. "That's good! I'm glad." Her eyes searched around him slightly, her curiosity previously aimed towards the insect seeming to resurface.

"I'm Mirabella by the way, but I usually just go by Mira." she tilted her head "It's nice to meet you, even if by something so strange. What's your name?"

Rain847 
Axis inhaled softly, not sure what to do—too anxious to speak up as his eyes darted from side to side, ears flattening slightly. His posture lowered, his tail twitching as he felt a weight in his chest, pain sparking in the tightness as he grew hot under his fur. His the soft beating under his skin grew hard and racing, what do I do!? This is grass I can't draw—and I don't have—uh—crap—crap! What do I do..!?

Sparaze 
The purple-eyed cheetah's expression shifted to a bit of confusion. He looked kind of uncomfortable. She didn't upset him now did she? He hadn't actually spoken a single word this whole time... maybe he couldn't? Oohh maybe she shouldn't have asked, but wouldn't not asking be kind of rude too?

If he couldn't or didn't want to talk she hated possibly making him uncomfortable. "Oh, that's okay, you don't have to tell me? I was just trying to be polite." Mira rose back fully into a standing position now.

Rain847 
He watched her for a moment, more shakily nodding after about a minute of trying to slow down his shaking. Though he didn't quite know how to go about that, either, so he was left his legs shaking softly as he tried to nod towards the bug in question, making a nervous attempt to change the subject.

Sparaze 
Mira's ears flattened a bit, wishing she knee a better way to ease some of the tension. At least he seemed a tiny bit better? Maybe? Her eyes followed his gesture, spotting the insect still nearby, surprisingly not having moved very far at all.

"It's some kind of beetle, I don't know which though." she started watching it move a little further. "I'm surprised its still here after the scare it probably got."

Rain847 
Axis tilted his head, moving to look at it more closely, it was large and horned, then leaning backward she he shakily exhaled through his nose. He looked at the ground where the bug once was, then giving Mira a rather apologetic look, frowning and his ears flattening against his head, feeling bad for almost killing the creature. I am such a horrible cat, gods she had to dive under me.



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Rain's post: fav.me/dc6gqru

Axis: Rain847 
Mirabella: Sparaze  


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:iconfirewolf-anime:
Firewolf-Anime Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aww this is really adorable! Cute collab you guys! 8D :heart:
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Sparaze Featured By Owner May 8, 2018  Student Digital Artist
Hehe thanks, Fire! <3 It was fun!
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WingsandFeathers Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2018  Hobbyist Filmographer
from the thumbnail I thought that Mira was avoiding training and Axis found her XD but this is even cuter
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Sparaze Featured By Owner May 8, 2018  Student Digital Artist
Opf haha, nooo Mira is a good girl who does what she is told. XDD Though I suppose I could see her getting distracted on occasion and maybe being scolded for that ha.
Thanks, Wings. <333
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Grace-Winters Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
I love the perspective on this! And the expressions! Ahhhh 
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Sparaze Featured By Owner May 8, 2018  Student Digital Artist
Hhh!! Thank you! Since Rain did the sketch of course she gets more credit there than I do. ;00 She does a very good job with that!
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Grace-Winters Featured By Owner May 9, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
She does!! But your lines are very nice and smooth too <3 
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Sparaze Featured By Owner May 10, 2018  Student Digital Artist
Aww. <3 Well thank you, bab, I appreciate it <3
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Grace-Winters Featured By Owner May 13, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
No problem <3
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