Cass starts slowly, sitting cross-legged and staring at Balthazar’s cards as he sorts them.
“She must have been to magic users what my grandfather was to engineers, but I’ve never…heard of anyone like that.”
He frowns. “Who was she?”
Eyes on his cards, Balthazar smiles wryly.
“Who are you?” That’s Cass’ real question, but they’ve already asked, and lied, to each other, so he has to find another way.
Then again, what Cass and the others saw today was unheard of. No one in the sky can command the elements the way Balthazar did. Not even the School of Magic can impart such power.
Maybe Cass really is just stunned, letting his awe get the better of his curiousity. Balthazar decides to give him the benefit of the doubt.
Balthazar lifts his head, meeting Cass’ tentative expression.
“‘Unless’…?” he prods, raising his eyebrows. Cass’ next question might clear up his intentions.
“Are you…” Cass asks, “…a Child of the Earth?”
Balthazar blinks, then laughs.
“Oh, no, no,” he shakes his head. “I can tell you that much. I have heartwings, don’t I?”
Cass actually looks surprised.
“Now, Cassie,” Balthazar chides him affectionately, waving a finger. “If I answer that, you know you have to do the same.”
Cass shuts his mouth abruptly and rolls his eyes, then sighs softly.
“Sorry,” he offers, “it was just so incredible, I-”
Packing away his cards, Balthazar meets his eyes sympathetically. “And…I wish I could tell you. I wish we actually knew each other. Don’t you?”
Cass glances away, eyes falling to the ground. “I might, if I didn’t like you.”
Balthazar tilts his head, taken aback.
But, then again…
“No, I understand,” he says quietly. Cass looks up at him strangely. Balthazar forces a smile, and shrugs.
“Who hides a happy story, right?”
In the silence, Balthazar holds out his hand.
“Someday,” he says. “Someday, we’ll tell each other everything. Promise?”
Cass stares at Balthazar’s hand. He can’t really know what he’s offering, can he? to say such a thing.
Or, worse, maybe he can.
“Someday…” says Cass, “we might not be friends anymore.”
Still, he takes Balthazar’s hand.
There’s no light from under the door when Balthazar returns, so he slips inside as quietly as possible.
Cass is a perfect lump under the covers, only his hands and the top of his head visible, even when Balthazar flicks on the desk lamp. He can spy just a hint of the sleeve of Cass’ new pyjamas, the ones they picked out of the catalogue, not technically a matching set with Balthazar’s, but touchingly close.
Balthazar smiles fondly.
As he climbs into bed, he can tell for sure.( Read more... )
so it turns out i’ve been working on just these two pics since july 5th
i mean i’m glad at how nice they’re looking and all but god damn
i hate working at such a fucking snail’s pace. it’s not like my brain calms down in the least while i’m working on something specific. there’s so much i wanna get done and i’m just……… so tired of this shit
in all my fantasy aus i tend to dress cass in dark red or tan & blue (classic mode), and balthazar in…black
don’t get me wrong, he kills it, we all know that, and sometimes it really works (like stella glow or xenoblade)
but i really need to start getting the poor gal into some colours
this wip is saved as “HAAAAAAAAANDS.jpg” bc i got balthazar’s there right away and i’ve done nothing since but try to get the other two. that’s it. it’s taken 5x as long everything else in this pic so far
i literally just want to draw cass’ hand on top of balthazar’s, why is this so!!!!!! hard!!!!!!
Once you’ve crossed the Tanagar Canyon into the northwest of Hyrule, you’ve entered Rito territory. The temperate Tabantha region is their homestead, but they maintain the frigid Hebra mountains to the north as well.
Their largest village is quite vertical, the central roads built to wind around several enormous rock columns that rise out of Totori Lake. There are foot paths from the cliffs below for the sake of flightless travelers, but it’s a steep walk nonetheless
and unfortunately, horses do not hike, so Cass has to leave his at the stables below.( Read more... )
so i finished reading the baten kaitos lp and…………..i truly did not realize how much i’d forgotten about the story. i feel terrible cause it’s an all time fave but then again, i’ve only ever played it all the way through once (it’s VERY long)
anyways point being my character placement is all screwed up now lmao
like just for one example i remembered not one but TWO characters as dying who do not, in fact, die at all
which is great bc their deaths were pointless and i was gonna rewrite that, but then why did i think they died in the first place??