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Hey, lady, stop that by purplekecleon Hey, lady, stop that by purplekecleon
“You what?!”

“Ce n’est pas grave, Michelle told me that the daycare required a new touch. Something to give it the warmth it used to have. And I have so many commissions, you know?” Pal had looked away from his canvas for a moment, then occupied with an almost-complete portrait of a serene-looking Persian; the Smeargle had seen Palette’s expression, and his voice had softened considerably.

“Listen, ma petite chou, you will do fine! You have been improving rapidly lately! Just make sure you remember what I have been saying about the anatomy, and you will not fail.”


Palette had been unconvinced then, and she was even more unconvinced now that she found herself in a staring contest with the area Missy had chosen. The wall was completely monstrous; it dwarfed her by two high and ten wide at least, despite her height, and it was clear-cut that same barren white as the rest of the circular, carpeted play area. No, there was absolutely no question that something had to be done about it. She set her crate of paints down by her feet, and her easel in front of her, and hesitated before lightly unleashing her pencil on it.

But before she could really get properly started on her design, her mane was tugged hard: so hard the painter actually crashed backwards onto the floor, and hit her head. The carpet was soft, but it still hurt, and she instinctively curled into a ball, terrified.

“Hey, lady, stop that!”

Palette cracked her eyes open.

“P-PK?” she whispered.

The Merchants’ leader disappeared (as if the first time wasn’t enough), and an imperious-looking Zorua was standing over her. The markings on the Zorua’s eyes were the dark sides of two half-moons, and the little tuft of fur on top of her head — bound by a huge, iridescent bead — made an almost perfect paintbrush point, just like Palette’s had. She poked at Palette’s face like a Delcatty playing with her prey.

“What’re you doing, lying on the floor like that?” Palette’s assailant demanded. “I was just trying to ask you what you were drawing. Stop being a baby and get back to work.”

Palette was flabbergasted, but she sat up.

“I am... sorry? It was very rude of you to startle me like that!” She held her knees and stared at her assailant. “But, for your information, I’m trying to paint a mural.”

“You don’t look like you’re painting a mural. You look like you’re fooling around with a pencil!”

“Yes, well,” Palette chose her words very carefully, “looks can be deceiving. You looked like a Kecleon just then, but you weren’t really, were you? And you don’t look very cruel, but you did just interrupt an artist in the middle of creating.” The Zorua looked away.

“Yeah... whatever...” She stared back at Palette with a sudden ferocity. “You should just give up! This wall is huge, you’ll never paint all of it, and besides, us kids will mess it up in no time! You should give up, and get out of here, and leave us in peace!”

The Zorua’s tirade left her breathless. Palette leaned backward just a little bit less.

“Excuse me,” she ventured, “but, what is your name?”

“Name’s Charcoal,” the Zorua said, “and don’t you forget it, ‘cause me and my children– I mean, me and my siblings’re gonna drive you right out the door!”

“I highly doubt that, Charcoal,” said Palette. “Siblings?”

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Part 2 of "inspiration" by :icondeathsbuddy:
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:iconalemezu:
alemezu Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
Zoroark face is epic :3
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:icontenko72:
tenko72 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012
Their expressions're awesome.
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:iconteavian:
Teavian Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012   Digital Artist
Oh gosh, good luck Palette. They're going to try to drive you mad!

Great work with this.
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:iconwanderer619:
Wanderer619 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012
Well Done
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:iconshadowsprint:
Shadowsprint Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Student General Artist
Haha I really love their expressions in these, priceless! :D
I'm amazed you did this with just three colours...may I ask what paper and media you use for these? (sorry if this is a silly question o.o)
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:iconevoli-niceli:
Evoli-niceli Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Love the colors !
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:iconeifle79:
eifle79 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012
"ma petite chou"? is'nt that spy's line? :?
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:iconvoyagerwitch:
voyagerwitch Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
non, ça c'est "ma petite chou-fleur"
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:iconeifle79:
eifle79 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012
Uh, spy. Team Fortress II spy. --->:icontf2spyplz:
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:iconvoyagerwitch:
voyagerwitch Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
ah oui? comment avez-vous obtenir une photo de moi?
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:iconeifle79:
eifle79 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012
Pardon me, but I don't speak french.
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:iconvoyagerwitch:
voyagerwitch Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
that much was clear.
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:iconeifle79:
eifle79 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012
:?
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:iconpokemaniac-x:
pokemaniac-x Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012
I certainly hope Pal wasn't drawing Twigs - that seems to be foreshadowing something. Don't ask me why.....

Charcoal: '.....me and my children - I mean, siblings.....' Slip of the tongue?...or is there something else going on here?
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:iconchibiphlosion:
chibiphlosion Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aw, Palette, just use the little fuzzball as a paintbrush.
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:iconblaze9v:
blaZe9v Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012
^---I approve---^
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:iconludjia:
Ludjia Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I don't think she meant "children" as in being the mother.
I think the zorua children are so used to mimicking their mother and learning from her that this one is just quoting her directly. Haven't they lived with her in isolation their entire lives?
The mother swapping place with the child, sacrificing her own child? It seems a bit too ridiculous, though it would make her a pretty serious villain. But then I have to wonder if it is even possible to for zoroark to make double illusions, while they are already in an illusion, would they not have to go back to their true form before taking another?
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:iconpayclo3:
payclo3 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Student General Artist
OH mon dieu est-ce que purplekekleon vient de parler Français?
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:iconlexyeevee:
LexyEevee Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012
ceci n'est pas une commentaire
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:iconvoyagerwitch:
voyagerwitch Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
si oui, allez-vous devenir membre de la groupe "pmd-explorers"?
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:iconpayclo3:
payclo3 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012  Student General Artist
peut-être ça fait longtemps que j'ai pas joué à Pokémon et j'ai du mal à me tenir à jour même dans ma langue alors en anglais ça rique d'être chaud enfin on verra
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:iconvoyagerwitch:
voyagerwitch Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
nous serions heureux de vous accueillir, si oui!

(et désolé, mon français est un petit peu rouillé!)
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:iconpayclo3:
payclo3 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012  Student General Artist
^..^
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:iconpurplekecleon:
purplekecleon Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Mais non, je ne suis pas laquelle qui a ecrit cette histoire, c'est :icondeathsbuddy: qui a fait ça
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:iconjoanmystique:
JoanMystique Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
OMG MUST READ MORE!
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:iconkemonoapocalypse:
KemonoApocalypse Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Oh sweet merciful God, Charcoal just said 'children'. . .
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:iconvanyeeah:
vanyeeah Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012
Lovely <3
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:iconsupergeeknerdlazy:
SuperGeekNerdLazy Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012
Sorry to sound like a know-it-all, but the sentence "ma petite chou" is incorrect. "chou" is masculine and cannot be used with the adjective "petite" since it's feminine.
Of course my statement is invalid if that mistake is intentional.
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:iconvoyagerwitch:
voyagerwitch Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
As I understand it, that would only be true if Pal was referring to an actual cabbage!

The metaphorical cabbage that he is referring to, however, happens to be fairly feminine.
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:iconsupergeeknerdlazy:
SuperGeekNerdLazy Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012
Oh it's his personal way to call Palette...my bad.
Sorry for acting like a know-it-all.
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:iconvoyagerwitch:
voyagerwitch Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
It's fine! You still might be right, after all.
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SpringDragonfly Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Great job with the colors.

That was an odd slip Charcoal had...saying children instead of siblings or brothers. Maybe Sorbetberry is right about Charcoal and Shade switching places. It'd explain why she'd go after Palette like that.
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voyagerwitch Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I'm just gonna go out and say that if Charcoal there was really Shade in disguise, Palette would be dead

Good catch, though. I wonder if that will be important?
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:iconkillerkit101:
killerkit101 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
um, question, by "palette would be dead" you mean that shade really despises pallete?
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:iconvoyagerwitch:
voyagerwitch Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
A good question.

I wouldn't say Shade cares one way or another about Palette.
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:iconkillerkit101:
killerkit101 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
oh, so does palette hate shade or is she just :shrug:
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:iconvoyagerwitch:
voyagerwitch Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Maybe we will see a little more of that later?
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:iconspringdragonfly:
SpringDragonfly Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
True.
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:iconboredx:
BoredX Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This style is so good, wonderful!!!!
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:iconxfangheartx:
XfangheartX Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012
Oh, man. Palette's in for one hell of a day.
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:iconsorbetberry:
SorbetBerry Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Hobbyist
C-children?? That zorua.. "Charcoal"... isn't who she seems is she?
Don't tell me that this is actually Shade in disguise... *shivers*
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:iconlexnaught:
Lexnaught Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012
-Shade was pretending to be Charcoal for the entire m7-
-Charcoal was actually the one who had Jasmine-
-My brain explodes-
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:iconsorbetberry:
SorbetBerry Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Hobbyist
*dies*
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:iconblack3825:
black3825 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012
Me and my "Children".

Plot point perhaps?
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:iconnofido:
nofido Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012
WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA TRUE ART!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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:iconanko6:
Anko6 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing paint work here! :wow:
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:iconmizalalexiee:
MizalAlexiee Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Student General Artist
Heh, PK with a tail :XD: that's new
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:iconmissfluffykitty:
MissFluffyKitty Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yes Palette; there's more than one troublemaker. Good luck with the devils.
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:iconcrazyypenguin:
CrazyyPenguin Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012
She looks scary O.O
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:iconvoyagerwitch:
voyagerwitch Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
pk has a fluffy tail now, is she a furry
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