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Hands Into the Fire by terriblenerd Hands Into the Fire by terriblenerd
Final round for Miss SDL! Download for more detail (highly recommended. x3) And now, for the question portion...

Q: What song would you dance to at your wedding?


Ani blinks slowly at the judge in the front row. “I… what?”

“For the interview portion of the pageant,” the judge repeats, the very saint of patience, “your question is, ‘What song would you dance to at your wedding?’ You may take a moment to consid – ”

“My wedding?!” she splutters. “What the f – "

Lilith’s glare could stop a charging rhino at twenty paces; from across the theater, it at least manages to halt Ani’s impending verbal train wreck. Her mouth snaps shut like a coin purse, thoughts rattling around like cold cash. Wedding. Wedding. If I got married – fat chance there – no, just think – god, this blows, I look like a tool, there's a fucking metal bird in my hair, I’m not even half as pretty as the other bimbos and that’s after five hours of professional help, what’s the point – stop. Just stop. You know why you’re in this. But what kind of question is this? Wouldn’t it depend on – yeah –

“It’d depend on who I’m m-marrying.” Ani stumbles on the word, and adds with a slight nervous grin, “And if that’s part of the pageant, I was definitely not informed.”

A faint laugh ripples through the audience, chipping a flake off the butterflies in her stomach. She tries not to think about how sweaty her palms are; beauty queens don’t sweat, they glow, or some shit like that. The same judge says serenely, “No, you will not be auctioned off if you lose. And you have a valid point; pretend, then, that you are marrying your sweetheart.”

Ani jingles awkwardly and barely restrains the urge to scuff at the ground. “Uh.”

“… Alright, take note, gentlemen, she’s on the market. For now imagine you’re marrying the person you’d like to be your sweetheart. Quickly, please, we’ve other contestants to get through.”

And she practically bites through her lip. She can’t even look Ginger in the eye, for god’s sake; she’s not about to admit feelings for him in front of hundreds of strangers. Well, I know one answer… but no, that’s obvious. That’s dumb. Aaaargh. Go for something generic, then, her mind yammers at her, something easy – what about Sakura? Everyone likes Sakura and it’s sappy enough. She opens her mouth.

“Sa – " And then her voice catches. Before she realizes what she’s saying, the words are out. “Sado Okase.”

The judges’ eyebrows uniformly shoot up, though most rein their surprise back in almost as soon as it shows. The conversational judge speaks after a pause. “ Sado Okase?”

Embarrassed, all Ani can do is nod.

“A song about separated lovers? Who can’t see one another? For your wedding?” another asks bluntly.

Ohhhh, she’s screwed it up now, she knows. They don’t like her answer, and she’s fidgeting and red-faced, and it’s all she can do to stammer, “Y-yeah.” Swallowing, she forces herself to continue. “It’s, um, it’s – it fits.”

They are not impressed.

“Because they made it work once, the – the people in the song,” oh shit, she’s babbling, and she can’t stop, there’s gotta be a way to save this - “and if it worked once it can work again, can’t it? S-sure they’re, well, I mean, one’s on the shore, one’s on Sado island, so maybe the sea’s between them now, but… well. I dunno. I guess – they’ll find each other again.”

Game over. The judges exchange looks for a long moment, then one nods to Ani. "Please begin your performance when you’re ready.”


Ani (c) meeee
Samurai Dueler's League (c) :iconroninsultramix:

(Fuck yeah new cintiq!)

EDIT: Oops. Haha. As the fiendishly clever =mippins pointed out, I rather ironically gave Ani two left feet. Fixed now!

Also, detail shots here: [link] For the morbidly curious.

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readingfriendswork Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011
wow.. thats unbelievable! greet work.. Not sure what I like more, the light and Shadow, the graceful color transitions the movement, or the scene of Life.
LAS-T Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2010
stunning :clap:
pwned-by-twilight Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2010

Really, that was one fiery description of her going up in flames, both in visual arts AND words... I liked it ^^
Kinara Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2010
Beautiful. Reminds me of Esmeralda. XD
PamLime Featured By Owner May 24, 2010
really beautiful
Masrix Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
Fire poi!
Xirane Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2009
*stares wide eyed* wow, Ani knows Poi. Awesome ^^ I love her dress, and well the composition of the whole piece. It's absolutely beautiful and mesmerizing. It has a feel of wonder and excitement. And I love the story.
Richu-ninja Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2009
very beautiful!!! strong yet graceful!!! it fits her pretty closly! i really like this!!! and i love the story!!
Bilious Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2009  Professional General Artist
SWIRLY FIRE Seeeeriously loving the textures to her dress man. |:< CONGRATS LIKE WOAH.
prides-bae Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful peice! And I really liked the written part too! Congrats!
Ast0815 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2009
Yup, congratulations.

It's an awesome piece.
arcadial Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
congratz on winnning. i'm proud to be ur runners up!
ayemjake Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
fucking amazing!
LinBird Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2009
that is amazing! :iconamazingplz:
rei-nocturna Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
That is absolutely beautiful :D I love the colors and detail, great work.
mangamegbe Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2009
this is very nice
Olivias-Atelier Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Your work is always so amazing.
wr0 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Ooh! Nice fire effect! Good luck in Miss SDL!~ :D
Zanuff88 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2009
I think :faint: conveys my thoughts about this picture pretty well :omg:
That dress has to be one of the most stunning and remarkably beautiful creations I have ever seen!
Videz-Le-Sourire Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2009
This is really, really pretty. What beautiful colors, and such a pretty outfit too! Outstanding!
Jaded-Zero Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2009   Photographer
Absolutely marvelous!
Blaze-Typhoon Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2009
Oh wow, she screwed now
AriadneArca Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, this is amazing. The colour, the detail, the vibrancy of it all. :wow:

But, haha, I have to admit that I don't keep coming back to look at this for the art so much as the interview. Eee. More Ani and the Professor, please! :love:
Ngandu Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2009
She looks so majestic, dancing in the light of the flames. And her pose, that dress, and the background that seems to add greatly to the overall effect.

The dynamics of her figure in particular allow imagine in my mind her movements on the stage.

This was very well done.
Hfar Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2009   Writer
Beutiful. I can practically hear the drums.
Freelana Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
truely beautiful. and her dress is absolutly fantastic. the details you put into this one are so lovely. this is defenatly one of my favorites of all your work.

<3 xxx
Animeji Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2009
This is really amazing! I love the movement and color choices. I can really feel her fiery energy and personality!
Fang11803 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2009  Professional General Artist
Good Lord this is beautiful.
ZTKuko Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This piece is incredible! The action, the colour, the pose all work so well together! The style is so different too! Unique and yet it looks inspired by several other styles and it comes together in perfect harmony!
Please tell me you have that whole story written down somewhere for us to read, because after reading that little snippet, I want MOAR! You've got an incredible writing talent!
Katwalker Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2009
E-GADS. Right, I don't usually fav pieces unless I mean it, unless they're honesty favorites, but holy homina I gotta fav this one. Kudos bars to you. BIG Kudos bars.
Raving-Psychotic Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2009
I really admire how your way of colouring has evolved. The colours in this are just They're so bold and compliments so well. The purple, floral part of Annie's dress practically pops out at you, it's brilliant!

One small thing though, I think Annie's left foot could be made with the toes pressing against the floor instead of at a point. I don't think it's possible to dance on point given the position of her body, and if she's jumping into the air or landing from a jump, her toes would still be pressing against the floor.
MimiruSeptimus Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist


It'...It's so...beautiful. *tear*
Allegra-the-Neko Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2009
:wow: Absolutely gorgeous! It's so vibrant and detailed, love it!! Good luck :D
forgotten-light Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
that is just beyond EPIC!!!!
Inufreak3000 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazingly vibrant
Really beautiful
Terrific colors
Wolrd class drawing
One of a kind
Radiant by itself
King worthy!

Guess what I think this is a great piece of?
ImSoFNLazie Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is just AHhh-mazing....
jazzknh Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2009
Her skirts falring makes her look like some giant, elegant fish. I didn't know she was a fire dancer!! That's hardcore, so i'm sure it suits her! Damn, I want that skirt, the pattern is so pretty, and the material used has a nice effect.
Natal-ee-a Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is absolutely beautiful! The colors and lighting are eye catching, especially with the dancer's outfit and wild pose. With the simple swirling flame designs it still has lots of detail in other areas, which I find as a great mix. And the flowing wires with the embers at the end is a pretty cool idea- a fascinating style of dance!
I wonder how long it took you to do this at one sitting. And I wonder if it takes place in a real ethnic background or if its a fictionally made up culture.

Anyway, fantastic job, it looks great!
AleksanderZee Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2009
.... amazing. Truely fantastic!

The detail is superb!
HojoMcOjo Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
Wow this picture is beautiful! The gesture is fabulous and the colours work so well with it :D
stresseddesserts Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2009
wow. o_O the costume and headress are soo awesome!!!
LunarGlow Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2009
I had to resist the urge to scream hot damn when I openned this!! This is amazing, I absolutely love the detail. The colors are so warm and inviting.. I wish I was her.. Haha. :]
Bunnygirle26 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2009  Hobbyist Artist
holy GOD!!!!!

This is amazing you should get a dd for this as well as win the round
taytaybee Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
holy crap the colors!! and the details!! how do you do that!?
Sketchfighter316 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2009
Pretty reasonable on the choice of song after understanding a bit of your character and her position on relationships. Definitely mind-blowing on the details put into the dress. Nice work.
mippins Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2009  Student Writer
Aha! xD There, that looks much better. Nice job on the edit. Glad you were able to fix it, too.

Also, aw dang, I realized I spelled Ani's name wrong in my last comment. x_x; Apologies.
Iris-Angel Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2009
Oh wow O_O This is beautiful!
Corky-Lunn Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
beautiful piece of work, and I loved just reading the written portion as well.

But I love the cool and warm colours, the clarity of her dress and hair compared to the fire. I friggen love the curly fire btw!

I can't get over how gorgeous the dress is! I love the colours!

Wonderful work!
silverwizardmon Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2009  Student General Artist
this is amazing, i keep on having to look at her cuz i keep on missing details! sooo, wow!!
LatiaIam Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Holy christ on a cracker. The colors...and the coloring...and the hairandthedressandthefireandtheposeandth ehsfhjjdjdfjdfjhjdfhjdjhdhjdf

...good job.
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