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He's really gone, isn't he? by purplekecleon He's really gone, isn't he? by purplekecleon
“Merlot, what are you doing up so late? I’m usually the only one awake at this hour.” The Captain asked this question quietly. He felt this hushed tone was necessary, as the tranquil silence of this night was beautiful to him.

He was sitting along the edge of the castle’s walls, which allowed him a very beautiful, if not somewhat lonely view of the forest spread out beneath him. He wasn’t worried about falling, as there was no wind tonight.

She sat next to him on the wall, looking out into the night sky before answering.

“He’s really gone, isn’t he?” He knew what she meant. He delivered the news to her a number of years ago, but she was a bit too young to fully understand the implications at that time.

“I wouldn’t say that I never lie, but I wouldn’t lie to you, Merlot. I plan to finish what he started.”

This was true. He did his best to be somewhat of a role model for her, as her former one had vanished without a trace. If one were to ask what he thought of Merlot, he wouldn’t be able to easily answer them. Initially, he had seen her as someone he had to take care of out of duty to his family line. However, she had long ago proved she was perfectly capable on her own. She did have some weird habits, though. He was glad he wasn’t a servant.

“Well, at least I got to meet you and your servants! I’m very happy for that.”

Were those tears? He couldn’t really make them out in this light, but it didn’t really matter to him. Emotions were always good to have, even sad ones. It was important to be able to feel strongly about things, even if the cause of them was less than desirable.

“Merlot, I don’t intend to leave once I’m done! I’ll be back when I’m finished, and we can have lunch together.”

For a while into the night they sat on the wall and looked out on the forest, talking about whatever thoughts that happened to cross their minds. Sometimes, there was laughter. Mostly, there was just talking. It had been a good few years since he and his brigade came to the castle, and he was very glad to have done so. He did like her a lot. She would grow up to be even more beautiful than she was now; he knew it. She blushed, then dismissively agreed with him.

He laughed. He would return to Merlot, for certain. There was nothing more important to him.

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Final part of this side story about the Captain and Merlot, by :iconmarlkitty:
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:iconladymaid-of-pokemon:
LadyMaid-of-Pokemon Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Dawwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww! So sweet! :3
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:iconladymaid-of-pokemon:
LadyMaid-of-Pokemon Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Who is Devonshire?
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:iconladymaid-of-pokemon:
LadyMaid-of-Pokemon Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What does merlot do with her servants? ....my head!
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:iconvulasaur:
Vulasaur Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Student General Artist
Too beautiful.
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:icontraficalshours:
traficalshours Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
After reading the current mission epilogue (M-5 E 8) I had to come back and check. I'm throwing in my lot with those who believe the former Captain to be the now Devonshire.
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:iconeifle79:
eifle79 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012
Hey, why is the captain wearing lady Merlot's "dracula" cape?
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:icondragonairomega:
DragonairOmega Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2011  Student General Artist
Um... don't you want to hide some of those "spoilers" comments?
Just sayin'
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xXxMiZuMiXmIkOxXx Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
aawww.. ; 3 ;
sdfjkl your work. is love.
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:iconraeoki-silver:
Raeoki-Silver Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011
A band of lovely pictures for a lovely story. :3
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:iconsafury:
Safury Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011
awww. sad baby Merlot is so sad. :'(

haha, knew it. :D
the Captain is Devonshire before he died. I had my suspicions before, but I see that fancy tie. :XD:
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:iconhedgey:
Hedgey Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2011  Student Digital Artist
i love the tears!
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:iconsudikihyanda:
sudikihyanda Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2011
awww thats so sweet :)
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:iconteavian:
Teavian Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011   Digital Artist
Aww, that's really sad and sweet. I love the coloring for this, and the sky looks really beautiful. The emotion is portrayed really well!
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:iconmirror-kat:
Mirror-Kat Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
What an adorable story, and extremely beautiful art to go with each section... c:
I really like it when the picture looks... Full, like this one.
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:iconnakaseart:
NakaseArt Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I love this story <3 I'm such a silly romantic x)
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:iconjadekaiba:
jadekaiba Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011   General Artist
So beautiful. I love the moonlight effect and the emotions come through so well. It's nice seeing this side of Merlot, as sad as it is.
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:iconheatlightningplz:
heatlightningplz Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
DAW!!!
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:iconkonekoarts:
KonekoArts Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh man I CANT EVEN HANDLE ALL THIS ADORABLE MERLOT.......... SHE IS JUST TOO PRECIOUS............
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:iconriolord:
riolord Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011
Hmmm.... I had my assumtions but this solidifies my claim that the marowak is Devonshire which can explain his fondness for chex
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:iconlyndsey96:
lyndsey96 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
DDD: holycrap that makes alot of sense... o.O
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:iconnofido:
nofido Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011
AWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW POOR LUGIA!! :heart:
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:iconyedi0212:
yedi0212 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i love this lugia character. he eyes are so pretty
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:iconcrystalitar:
Crystalitar Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
...i maybe know who the captain will try to "finish"...
if it is.....it would connect merlot's urge to have dragon subordinates and also the new mission to prismatic jungle :3

connections and secret's, i love how you put them in your pictures and also for the others, how you describe it in your stories :la:
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:iconfirstnoelle:
FirstNoelle Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011
Aww D: <3
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:iconalexander891:
alexander891 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011
Well time for speculating since I been following this pmd group for awhile.
Now this Marowak seem to resemblence to a certain ghost around here.
He is known to not take crap from anyone of his soldiers and it implies he kills them otherwise.
This certain ghost cannot remember his past.
This Marowak is ancient.
He is possibly a pirate.
Dat gem, See "Sorry,Caption"
He wears a bowtie.
Look who the author is.
In fact if people played red/blue realizes that a Marowak came back as a ghost in lavender town when it died.

I do enjoy throw backs being put into stories like these and you have my gratitude
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:iconmarlkitty:
MarlKitty Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011
He is not a pirate, nor is he a throwback to the red/blue games, but I appreciate your guesses!

He would also never kill his men.
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:iconuikri:
Uikri Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
And I don't think I've ever seen Devonshire kill any members of the teams he's recruited, either. Actually, the only time I remember him killing anyone is Palette's case. Though I haven't kept track lately.
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:iconwaterdfg:
waterdfg Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
interesting...
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:iconsapphireluna:
sapphireluna Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wait wait....so...Devonshire is the ghost of Merlot's friend. And Devonshire is fond of Chex because....he's his son?? *speculating*
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:iconpotatotter:
potatotter Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011  Student Digital Artist
OMG U JUST OPENED MY EYES :worship:
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:iconwaterdfg:
waterdfg Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Not so sure about the first part but its a no on Chex.
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:icon0okami-rei:
0okami-Rei Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
...there's like a hole in the story. I was sure I missed a page..
...
Oh well. Great art.
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0okami-Rei Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Dammit. I'm sure I'm missing something! Gotta go reread the whole thing at one go now. I enjoyed the writing for this one.
....and the art is always, always pleasant.
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pokefreakturtwig Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011  Hobbyist
aww
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:iconlyratyto:
lyratyto Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
.. :"3 I never love a Sadish story Till I read this .. I wish someone could promise to me like that .. :Blush: Well Great story !~
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:iconkavross:
Kavross Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Hmm, I wonder if Prosphora has something to do with Merlot's father. That'd explain why she hates him...
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:iconblu-hell-smith:
blu-hell-smith Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011
D8> SADNESS!
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:iconbluebird236:
BlueBird236 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Poor Merlot, I wonder what happened to that Marowak...
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:iconazzurgil:
Azzurgil Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
At first she appeared to me some kind of cruel and harsh, but it all makes so much more sence now.
After all she's been through... I really hope the Captain and she will meet again <3
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SpiritoftheGauntlets Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011
Gee, I wonder who else wears a frilly bowtie.
So that's why her only friend never came back.
Sad story. =( Good story, but sad.
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:iconbluebird236:
BlueBird236 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
You know already?
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SpiritoftheGauntlets Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011
Inferring that he died doing whatever he went off to do.

Based on the frilly bowtie I think everyone, including me, is guessing he came back as Devonshire.
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:iconbluebird236:
BlueBird236 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Ya see that's what I was thinking also...
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:iconether-enereon:
Ether-Enereon Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011  Student Digital Artist
It's really nice to have some backstory to her ^_^ It's also nice to see a Lugia portrayed as the right size for once XD
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:icongodflavoredbagel:
GodFlavoredBagel Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011
Crap... this made me tear... oh btw how old is merlot?
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:iconpamala77:
pamala77 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Awwwwwwwe. :tears: Too sadly cute. Want to know moar!
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:iconbloodfencer:
Bloodfencer Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011
Damn... Merlot really gets bigger and bigger with each picture. This story must cover years.
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:icongentle-lugia:
Gentle-Lugia Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011
nicely done n.n
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:iconsuperlote:
Superlote Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011
The Captain should have a wiki page? D:
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:iconjellyweasel:
JellyWeasel Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011  Student General Artist
Wait, FINAL part?
I thought we were going to get to see how... whatever. Great job on these :D
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