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What lies below

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"I'm beginning to think that we shouldn't be here", Tariq said. He held up his hand and the flame that danced on it illuminated parts of the catacombs that they had just descended into. The air was stale with a strong smell of mould mixed with the stench of the water in the canal that ran through the cavernous room.
"What was your first hint? The door that was locked? Or the fact that you melted the lock so that we could get in here?" Richard chuckled even though the young merman seemed more concerned than he let on.
Curiousity had gotten the better of the both of them. Several feet above them, the grand old house of Whitechurch Manor was battered by a storm that raged over London and here they were, down in the bowels of the Earth, somewhere in the forgotten parts under the house, poking their heads into places which had been dormant for possibly centuries.
"Funny... also, aren't you cold?"
Tariq couldn't help but feel distracted by Richard clothes or rather lack thereof. The merman had been on his way to the pool when the power went out and wore little more than a revealing speedo and a robe.
"The cold never bothered me anyway."
"Because you're a merman?"
Richard blinked. "Yeah, that too. Velkan would have gotten it."
A loud growling sound from deep withing the darkness stopped their banter.
"Maybe you were right. We shouldn't be here. And we're not alone," Richard said.

~~~

Random picture from a short story set shortly after Tariq and Jon moved into Whitechurch Manor about how Richard and Tariq got closer and finally started dating. They definitely have a nose for trouble
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Kytheira's avatar

Wenigstens hat Richard hier noch ein wenig an; Johnathan hat es ja schon fertigbekommen, splitternackt unter Whichchurch Manor herumzuwandern.

Und ja, ich kann gut nachvollziehen, daß Tariq bei Richard's Anblick vergißt, daß ihm eigentlich kalt ist! :D :+fav:

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Fantastic scene, buddy! And I always love to see Tariq! But that you already knew... :) :happybounce:

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Ulysses3DArtHobbyist Digital Artist

Thank you so much :D I'm always looking forward to posting Tariq pictures :hug:

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DresdenskinsArtHobbyist Digital Artist

Lovely image. And I got Richard's reference. It brought a smile to my face despite the ominous atmosphere you wove in your text. Beautiful work!

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Ulysses3DArtHobbyist Digital Artist

I had this story idea and I have no idea if i will even do it or if it will be this ominous but I couldn't resist that little joke :D

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DresdenskinsArtHobbyist Digital Artist

I don't think I would have been able to resist that joke either. 😉

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Wormwood77Hobbyist Digital Artist

Noooo! You can't end a story in "And we're not alone...":o

Tariq may have a fight on his hands, but I think Richard is quite safe - not even the most evil *thing* could bring itself to harm someone so beautiful! :love:

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Ulysses3DArtHobbyist Digital Artist

Full disclosure: This idea was totally random. :XD: Based around the first night these two actually spend together and starting to get to know each other better because at first, there were a few rough edges. Like Tariq blurting out "What are you wearing?" when he sees Richard for the first time since he never before saw a guy who is so unapologetically himself in a way that goes against everything that Tariq believes in concerning manhood.

And yes, it's funny that you mention it, what makes Richard so special for Tariq, a guy who for a long time had to hide his sexuality and only now fully comes to term with it, is that Richard is the first man who Tariq thinks of as "beautiful". :D

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haiderxx-darkgroundxProfessional Traditional Artist

wow amazing work indeed really very impressive and nice and damn the blue hair guy is hot

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Ulysses3DArtHobbyist Digital Artist

Thank you! I'm so glad that Richard's design is well-received. I was worried that people wouldn't like his androgynous look. :D

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haiderxx-darkgroundxProfessional Traditional Artist

he is beautiful hmmm if he was for real i would lick him all day

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They have a nose...and other things.
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Ulysses3DArtHobbyist Digital Artist

I see what you did there ;)

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FrozenaccessHobbyist Digital Artist

I just love the casual " Yes, but also no"

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Ulysses3DArtHobbyist Digital Artist

Right? it's very much new Richard. He's laid-back, very flippant at times, too. The character needed to be developed in a different direction. He was a bit of an anomaly among the others.

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FrozenaccessHobbyist Digital Artist

I love him every way he is

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Ulysses3DArtHobbyist Digital Artist

Me too but I'm really happy with how he is now :) btw, not sure if this messed up Eclipse UI actually tells people about status updates, but you might enjoy my recent one lol

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FrozenaccessHobbyist Digital Artist

It shows deviations I have to SEEK OUT the rest by switching it to All (where it should default to imho)

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Ulysses3DArtHobbyist Digital Artist

God, I hate Eclipse so much. Talk about super inconvenient. Well, check it out, maybe you'll like my silly nonsense lol

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