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Sky Fishermen by prepsage Sky Fishermen by prepsage
“You wonder why we’re out here on this wretched night. You wonder why I asked your aunt to end your party early. I see it in your eyes. I know.”

The Boy is surprised. He looks at the Gentleman expectedly. He has never heard him speak so much.

“Ten years ago your mother died laboring to bring you into this world, a wicked world that takes more than it gives. Someday—or some night—you will know how ruthless it can be. But tonight! Oh, tonight I will show you how a gentleman takes back!”

He turns to grab a harpoon and quickly holds it out to the Boy. A storm is approaching—lightning cracks the sky some distance off and the Boy counts the seconds in the fuzzy, apprehensive interval before thunder: One one-thousand, two one-thousand, three one-thousand . . .

The Gentleman’s bearing is patrician, his posture perfect and upright. He scans the port side and his mechanical hand rests on the ship’s rail. It is, of course, his most prominent feature in the normalcy of daily life, but it is even more conspicuous now against the obvious humanity of his grief and his purpose. The Boy sees this, and terror he’s never felt before creeps over him. The Gentleman strides to the other side of the ship and surveys the expanse of sky. He continues talking to the Boy but does not look at him:

“I wasn’t there that night to see you—and her. But I dare anyone to say that I didn’t try! We were about to sail home when Captain spotted that beast. I was in the second hunting boat and I swear to you, boy, that damn whale turned that first boat into matchsticks right before my eyes! It came right to us after that and a mate of mine lost his leg to it before it turned on me, but when I got home and saw her shrouded, I swore to her—I swore to you, to myself!—that I would return and take as was taken tenfold.”

Lightning flashes, closer this time, and the Gentleman shades his eyes from the glare as he continues to search. The Boy looks up at him fearfully, his mind marking this night as the first time he met wrongful justice. Something dark passes overhead and the Boy exclaims,

“Father! The fish!”

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May go into color.
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theEinME Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2008  Student Photographer
color it!! It's amazing!! the concept is really cool, i pictured it in my mind and i felt really overwhelmed by seeing those creatures fly over me. Great work
Im-Mr-Red Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2008  Student Interface Designer
Wow, its very good
K-S-O Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
That is pretty amazing.
scrumtrulescence Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2007
Definitely suits it to be in black and white. Nice job.
seumas89 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2007
thats awesome dude, i love how you have the story line behind the drawing in the comments
Xiperius Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Always nice entryes :D
HarryBuddhaPalm Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Try just tinting it blue and see how it looks. I think it'd look cool in monotone. Though, it looks cool in black & white, too!
deathofHypatia Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2007
definately one of the coolest pieces i've seen on dev art. the prose fits perfectly.
tekmeb Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2007  Student Traditional Artist
MaahhH!Look at the scene!!
punkstatikstar Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2007
I hope you touch this up with color...How neat would that be!
R0SHAMB0 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2007  Professional Photographer
would like to see it in colour :D though it suits it being b&w.
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