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The last fight of David by Vyrhelle-VyrL The last fight of David by Vyrhelle-VyrL
Commission for :iconadella:

Her characters Adella and her husband David.

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pose : [link] from :icontacostock:
Charadesign : Adella [link] [link] David [link]
Background : [link]

Edit : Here a text that *Adella wrote and sent to me to illustrate this image.

"Adella…" He whispered into her hair, his body heavily pitched against her as she struggled to support him. She had begun to claw at his armor, trembling fingers frantically attempting pry the buckles loose to remove it.

"…Leave it…" David’s voice strained to protest.

But she would not—she could not. He would be alright. If she could just get the breastplate off and stop the bleeding...

Click! David groaned painfully as the leather buckles finally gave way, the battered breastplate falling to the ground with a clatter. Panic lanced through her, dashing any hopes for his survival that she had clung to so desperately. His gambeson was completely soaked with blood, and what could no longer be absorbed by the permeated fabric was pooling beneath him on the floor.

His breathing was becoming labored.

Adella lowered him gently onto his back, her arms carefully supporting his head and shoulders. Fresh tears stung her eyes, blinding her as her hands shakily brushed back his hair, touched his face, then slid down to press against his wound as if doing so might still save him. She was so afraid now. This couldn’t be happening.

"… My beauty…" He said quietly, looking up at her with all the love and pride that he had when they exchanged their vows. Often he gazed at her this way, and always it had caused her insides to flutter and her heart to swell. Her chest heaved with a sob. This was not how it was supposed to end. He was supposed to grow old at her side…

“No..” She whimpered, as if denying it might change his fate. Fear consumed her—Fear of losing him; Fear of waking up the next morning unable to see his smile; Fear that with time she would forget the sound of his voice, the softness of his touch. They still had so many years together. Not him…

"Please…" Adella begged him, her voice warbling in anguish. "…Stay with me… Don't go… Don't leave me here by myself… I need you..." Her tears came unbidden, streaming down her face.

"I have no regrets. This world… it is safe now…for everyone." He protected his subjects to the bitter end, and now he had given everything for them. David had dedicated his life to the salvation and prosperity of his people, and as he lay dying in her arms, she felt the devotion he had to his duty acutely.

In all of her life she had never loved like this, never experienced her spirit soar with such joy. Adella had not thought happiness like this was possible. Her story, it was stuff of fairytales…

But the fairytale was over; the book was closing.

Using the remainder of his strength, he lifted his hand up to cup her cheek. “…But it was always you I loved best...” As if he had read her thoughts and understood her affliction, he reassured her. Then, with one last smile, with one last gaze into her eyes, his hand dropped away.

“Oh no… Oh no… no…” She pleaded, her breath seizing as she clutched at him fervently, “David…”

The fire roared around them unrelenting, but she did not care. “David…” She begged again in denial, her free hand shakily reaching to grasp the hilt of his fallen sword and drag it to him. Adella curled his fingers around it carefully. He had lived by this blade. It was only fitting that he would die grasping it.
Realization that he was now gone hit her harder than she had anticipated.

All at once she screamed, her arms grasping onto his beleaguered body as her own convulsed with agony. Anguish harried her thoughts, the pain of his loss driven into her heart like a metal spike. A thousand memories of all that they had shared lay broken around her, the dreams of their once happy life shattered forever.

Adella remained there on the floor, ignoring the fire which blazed closer and closer, masking her cries as she rocked him endlessly. She could not bear to leave him here like this. She could not bear for him to be taken by the flames, consumed to ash like the beautiful frescos on the marred walls surrounding her.
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:iconagentcrazy2:
AgentCrazy2 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I read the story part, now all I can think of is a children's fairy tale book ending with someone getting stabbed and everyone else burning alive
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:iconvyrhelle-vyrl:
Vyrhelle-VyrL Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2018  Professional General Artist
I didn't write. Being honest, this is not the kind of story I like. But it was a commission, I did what has been asked.
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:iconagentcrazy2:
AgentCrazy2 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, it just seems anticlimactic
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:iconvyrhelle-vyrl:
Vyrhelle-VyrL Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2018  Professional General Artist
This is the kind of text that could pleased a little girl but I found it really empty.
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:iconcomical1:
Comical1 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I fav'd this a while back but only now read the excerpt, holy crap that is a tear jerker!
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DreamerHyper Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2016
I literally got goosebumps all over me. Both the art and the story are glorious.
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:iconcatstudio7:
Catstudio7 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So sad.... ;v;
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:iconlilitheweirdprincess:
LiliTheWeirdPrincess Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Wow it's just wonderfull 
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:iconbrutishdreader:
brutishdreader Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2015
You have a true talent! Keep them coming!
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:iconrockerrainmarie:
RockerRainMarie Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
You did a great job with the emotion
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:iconstardust-skies:
Stardust-skies Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Why is all your art so so beautiful! X3 <3
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:iconobscuresanctuary:
ObscureSanctuary Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013
Oh, this is so sad but so amazing!
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:iconpinkjedimaster:
pinkjedimaster Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is really fantastic.
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:iconmiam-pepin:
Miam-Pepin Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Student Digital Artist
magnifique
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:iconchantikoni:
Chantikoni Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Student
Beautiful! T_T
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:iconjacquelinemonaie:
JacquelineMonaie Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Student Writer
Tears in my eyes. The picture is a wonderful rendering of this powerful scene.
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:iconnayezka:
Nayezka Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012
Oh God... i almost cried... is just beautiful!!!!
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:iconasura-shudo:
Asura-Shudo Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Student General Artist
Read the story, it is wonderful. Such a heartfelt tale of two loved ones. I love it
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:iconmy-fragmented-angel:
My-Fragmented-Angel Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
This brought tears to my eyes. The power of love and loss filled me with the words you put here. Beautiful work.
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Perfectwonders Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I can't stop looking at this. It's very visually striking and I love the story it tells on its own, without even having read the accompanying text. I especially like how you show them behind the burning curtain. It's as though we, as the audience, are peeking into a very intimate moment without actually being involved in the scene at all. Fantastic job! :aww:
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BansheePsyche Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012
This picture is matched only by your beautiful writing... Your words brought me to tears. Such a beautiful and tragic tale can resonate with anyone who has lost someone close to their heart. Well done.
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BansheePsyche Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012
Excuse me, your friend Adella's writing and your art.
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:iconvyrhelle-vyrl:
Vyrhelle-VyrL Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Professional General Artist
Being honest, I didn't know well Adella. She only commisionned this picture ^^;
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Midnight-Spectrum Featured By Owner May 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is just beautiful--Beautifully drawn and beautifully written. I was sobbing while reading and looking at the artwork T.T
So sad.
It kind of reminds me of what happens to one of my characters in a story I've been developing and now I hope I'll be able to create such an emotional response!
Awe inspiring :)
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:iconvyrhelle-vyrl:
Vyrhelle-VyrL Featured By Owner May 20, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks ^^
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KeeganTheAwesome Featured By Owner May 9, 2012
Such an emotion-filled commission you did... but holy s--t, *Adella is such an amazing writer. I almost burst into tears within the first few lines of her text!
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:iconbunnyteethowner:
BunnyTeethOwner Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012
I can feel her pain! :(
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:icondrazzielder:
DrazziElder Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I cried....
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:iconvyrhelle-vyrl:
Vyrhelle-VyrL Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012  Professional General Artist
:hug:
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:iconchloexlolx:
chloexlolx Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2011
The picture and the story are so sad i teared up. Simply beautifully sad.
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Underground-Rogue Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011  Student Writer
Dude. Wow.
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:iconpsyckotra:
Psyckotra Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2011
Utterly gorgeous. Compliments to the storywriter and a bouquet of roses for the artist. Undeniably perfect.
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:iconvyrhelle-vyrl:
Vyrhelle-VyrL Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks ^^
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:iconkcsketch:
kcsketch Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2011   General Artist
I love the emotion being brought out of this picture of great sadness but also a bit intense should she leave him and get away from the fire? or stay with him and welcome the flames.
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:iconkamanaolana:
kamanaolana Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
amazing...i'm speechless....just beautiful
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:iconxxxriku-chanxxx:
xxxRiku-chanxxx Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2011
Powerful story and picture. You captured a lot of emotion in it.
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:iconametha:
Ametha Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011
nice art... really nice :D

...and why is everything a lot more dramatic when there's a woman crying? xD
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:iconairyuna:
Airyuna Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Touching without the slightest bit of tackiness or loftiness. Brilliant!
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hybridinsurgency Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Featured! [link]
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:iconvyrhelle-vyrl:
Vyrhelle-VyrL Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you :aww:
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:iconminekin:
Minekin Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
drama baby drama!
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sindos Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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This is amazing! I love every part of it! the light, the colour, the emotion, the theme! and oh! the story! *sobs*
Brilliant!
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Tanya56 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2011   Artist
Poignant and gripping...elegantly scripted and equally visualized.
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leloupblanc2003 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2011
WoW! The image is a powerful as the writing. :omfg: :+favlove:
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red-winged-angel Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
;∆;
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makingyouhateme Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
The picture alone is emotionally beautiful, obvious of pain and loss. I'm not usually moved to tears but this picture, coupled with the text, made me cry. I like how the vast space in the background contrasts with the closeness of their embrace. It -feels- lonely and sad because of the the emptiness paired with only her alive. A very wonderful picture. :}
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:iconvyrhelle-vyrl:
Vyrhelle-VyrL Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks ^^
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SnittyCakez Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
8O............................T_____T
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soshan Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010
Almost cried myself.
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po01 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2010  Student
It's soooo sad
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