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Rust Beast by jflaxman Rust Beast by jflaxman
Dawn brought Kaitlyn no respite. Her drinking water was long gone and the skies promised only poisoned rain. Her leg wound had begun to fester, and the ruins on the far horizon – which she had only started for due to a lack of alternatives – seemed no closer than they had when the Scalds attacked three nights ago.

When she could limp no more she crawled; and when her strength gave out she drifted in and out of consciousness. She was only dimly aware of the crows that circled through the leaden air, but knew what they were waiting for. In her brief moments of clarity she wished she had saved her last round for herself.

Her mind barely registered the approach of a gigantic beast, forged from tarnished metals and swathed in worn tarpaulins that cloaked it like a beggar’s shroud. It no longer seemed logical to question tales of nameless monsters or guardians of the gates between worlds. Yet the massive hand that reached for her with unexpected tenderness was cold and solid to her touch. It was no hallucination. She had resigned herself to death, but fate had other things in mind.

Kaitlyn had a vague sensation of being gently raised and cradled by her unlikely saviour – an incalculably old, immensely strong, and apparently intelligent being that had understood her plight. The tainted skies unleashed their wrath but it kept her sheltered from the worst. Where had it come from, why had it cared, and who, if any, did it serve? It did not answer, assuming it could. Yet Kaitlyn could not care as it carried her from the memory of her past and deeper into the unknown.
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AuroraGriffin Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014
Wow, ... beautiful. O.O
amazoness-king Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
awesome face
Moreuse Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
what an amazing peace, so much emotion captured in it. It's quit an interesting design as well. If you don't mind can i use it for reference a little? i have a character who's legs are roughly the same shape as this beings.
jflaxman Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014
Go for it! I'd be keen to see where you go with it.
Moreuse Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
tanks. I just need to figure out how to do it as it's from behind.
FatzJinXX Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013
You create a world with your stories and art that i wouldn't want to visit.But they are very good.
carolinesphotos Featured By Owner May 30, 2013
Hope you dont mind Ive featured your wonderful pic here [link]
tizjezzme Featured By Owner May 19, 2013
What a great work of art. You are amazing!
Osterkaktus Featured By Owner May 11, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This is very cool. Did you write this in hand or with a computer?
jflaxman Featured By Owner May 12, 2013
Most of my work is hand drawn then scanned and coloured in Photoshop.
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