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WitD 07: It couldn't be ...

Whispers in the Dark
a Great Mouse Detective fanfiction
Chapter 07 | It couldn't be ...

illustrations.: prologue | 01 | 02 | 03 | 04 | 05 | 06 | 07 | 08 | 09 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 ...
the chapters: prologue | 01 | 02 | 03 | 04 | 05 | 06 | 07 | 08 | 09 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 ... (to be continued)

summary: AU - None believed that the hate-filled words of a little girl could still live on after more then 200 years, but when strange events start occurring in London the city's only hope of survival lies with one mouse ... and a rat?

TA-DA! Yes, chapter 7 is now up and running! Must be my favorite one to write up to date! And I must say that even though I somehow forgot to draw Basil's trousers and I have this odd feeling that that lamp looks a bit too "in the foreground", I made a pretty detailed bg for once :meow: - and I is downright proud of it! :D Also, I drew my first fireplace! - complete with some random famous mouse bust on top.

Now, just as the chapter in question, this little things -should- be filled with clues. (We all know how most things tend to hide in shadows, no? ;) ) Hope this one is up to your expectations ;P

And no worries - you'll all see Ratigan in the next one (can't afford to keep the ra- ... mouse out of the spotlight for too long, right? :giggle: )

p.s. I'm really starting to like that scarf :3

artwork and story © Jessica P. (2010)
Basil of Baker Street/The Great Mouse Detective © Eve Titus/Disney
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Soujirou-Okita's avatar

why you didn´t continue the story?

Brinatello's avatar
:star::star::star::star::star: Overall
:star::star::star::star::star: Vision
:star::star::star::star::star: Originality
:star::star::star::star::star: Technique
:star::star::star::star::star: Impact

Vision: There is quite a lot of things going on in this room that is beyond simply looking at it directly. The viewer is pulled deep into its small realm of many objects that give off a bit of clutter and disarray. This is a turning point, a climatic moment if you will, happening in the story, brought to life in much vividness. 5.0

Originality: This is a unique scene of Basil gathering clues and trying to solve a mystery within Ratigan's personal chambers. Looking up at the painting is one big clue alone. Read the story to find out more. 5.0

Technique: The detail on the furniture, the fireplace, the bust of a famous mouse, the broken glass and other objects were all drawn brilliantly along with their effects of shadows and lights casting off of them. Basil is always drawn perfectly, looking especially great here with her eyes turned upward. 5.0

Impact: I'm getting a lot of eerie silence, uneasiness and a twinge of fear in this picture. The fear is brought on when knowing Basil should not be lingering in Ratigan's chambers and the idea of getting caught brings on a discomfort to the scene. The fireplace would seem to offer warmth in a good way, but knowing this room is off limits, it can only provide illumination for Basil to see more unfolding secrets. 5.0
SherlockHolmes90's avatar
I want the scarf too!
WingsOfASong's avatar
Basil (or Sherri as I refer to his female counterpart) actually looks very feminine and delicate here. I love how she's looking upwards and I would love to have that scarf! Love your story and all it's fabulousness.
sycamoreleaf's avatar
Thank you all so much! I actually feel particularly bad for not updating the story for so long. Apparently I underestimated the consequences of a higher education. I still mourn the lack of sleep sometimes...
WingsOfASong's avatar
Ah, take all the time you need! ^^ Lady Basil is a remarkable new idea!
BasilxOliviaFanClub's avatar
Your artwork is really amazing and it's such a pleasure to see so perfect pictures of the GMD! ^_^ Our congratulations!
sycamoreleaf's avatar
Thank you so much!
BasilxOliviaFanClub's avatar
"Gonna sneeze, gonna sneeze, Gonna sneeze!" is what I imagine Basil thinking right there and since she'll be sneaking about like a ninja with arthritis that wouldn't be good now would it?

Anyways I either see half of an octopus, or it's da claws of a very, very angry doorknob.

I didn't know Mr. Flangerbanger was so fanous to get a bust made out of him. Granted that the man is a genius, but still...
sycamoreleaf's avatar
gotta love you for your brilliant ideas :D And yes, a sneeze wouldn't be good at all ... especially since (and I want to hug you for noticing!) tha' claws don't look all that happy at the moment ...
Shadymissionary's avatar
Looks great!

I might look into the story later.
sycamoreleaf's avatar
why did I not say "thank you" yet? XD
I'll say it now: THANK YOU!
Chi-fuyu's avatar
This is so perfect!

I love it so much!
sycamoreleaf's avatar
Thank you soo much! :love:
I'm happy you like it ~ :heart:
murr-ma-ing's avatar
Basil in a scarf has to be one of the cutest things I've ever seen. Honestly. Fabulous chapter, and this illustration is rather the best so far, awesome stuff.
sycamoreleaf's avatar
Thank you very much :heart:

Hope I'll be able to keep it up ;) (at least until exams :XD:)
Mase-chan's avatar
This seems like a quite interesting concept.

Tye picture itself is great, dark colours give an ominous presence to an unknown force. The expression in the face puzzled and surprised and the details such as the mouse bust and the broken glass tools complete the scene.

Excellent. :thumbsup:
sycamoreleaf's avatar
Thank you so much :happycry:
VerySmallIndeed's avatar
Nice pic. The character design has a lovely old school feel to it.:D
sycamoreleaf's avatar
Thank you very much :D
Old school is most definitely my kind of school ;P - because "old school" is actually school and has a few laws I actually can FOLLOW! (without actually following them XD )
Brinatello's avatar
I just figured it out! :doh: "It couldn't be..." Basil staring upward, I think I know what she means, but I'll keep quiet, I promise. In the meantime... :faint:

Oh, sorry, this is so lovely and the background is beyond stunning! Like many others have said, I'll chime in as well of loving Basil's scarf. Very nice shade of green! :D You did a wonderful job on the fireplace, too. And that bust, excellent work there! :nod:

Am I seeing words under the red letters of "Dark" or are my eyes playing tricks on me? :?
sycamoreleaf's avatar
:giggle: We'll just wait and see I can be evil at times >:3

Hehehe, everybody seems to like the scarf :D Even I like! (actually ... I WANT IT!!!) And I'm actually thinking of bringing more background to my next ones :D (because I actually love making them! :heart:) Might take a little longer, but I am getting faster ... :plotting:

No, your eyes are not playing tricks on you :aww: Whenever I make a "title" or something along the lines I have a un-natural tenancy to combine many, many fonts AND to add less-noticeable words from the title around the title (makes any sense? :XD:) - although for this one, I also wanted to have that the "whisper" sensation in it ;P
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