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I don't have any servants. by purplekecleon I don't have any servants. by purplekecleon
“Hey! How come you have spikes on your back and your servants don’t? Why are you taller than them?”

The Captain snorted a bit, obviously amused at Merlot’s choice of wording. He made a bit of an effort to make her laugh, as she had recently worked up the courage to leave her room. Couldn’t let that bravery appear unappreciated.

“I believe you mean my soldiers, Merlot. I don’t have any servants.”

She laughed. Her sense of humor was a bit strange, but that didn’t matter much to him. She thought it quite hilarious that he didn’t have any servants, even though he did belong to a family line as equally aristocratic as hers.

“But! Since you are so small, I will answer your question. My family comes from a far away region, where we all have these spikes. Their families come from an area where they do not have them. It is as simple as that. I’m still the same as they are, I assure you.”

Merlot nodded. This answer was good enough for her. Wait..

“I’m as big as you, you know! That’s hardly small. How did that have anything to do with answering my question?” She wasn’t quite used to people playing around with her, as they were all afraid of provoking her temper. That usually accompanied her father being very angry, which no one wished to face.

“It had everything to do with it! Were you any bigger, I wouldn’t have been able to answer your question.”

She thought about this for a moment. It didn’t quite make sense, but he did say he was from a far away place. Maybe they had different customs. She wasn’t going to judge, though. She rather liked him.

“What if I get bigger than you? Would you still answer my questions?” She was a bit worried. Her dad certainly dwarfed him by a very large margin.

“Well.. I don’t know. I guess I could make an exception just for you. You have to come to lunch with me though, as payment.”

He struck a hard bargain, but she gave in.

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Part 2 of a story about Merlot's triumphs over tyrannical question-masters, by :iconmarlkitty:
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LadyMaid-of-Pokemon Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wait what?
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LadyMaid-of-Pokemon Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awwwww so sweet!
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bleedinggumspteter Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012
Lovely story and great artwork :).
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DeadCobra Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011
Great
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ArtsyAmbassadorArt Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2011  Student General Artist
D-D-D-Daww. I agree with everyone else who said young Merlot was adorable, yet later totally flipped sides in terms of personality. I kind of feel bad about that...

Anyways, very cute picture, and good start to the story MarlKitty!
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Hedgey Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2011  Student Digital Artist
lovely!
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sudikihyanda Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2011
awwww merlot is so cute
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:iconbeatrizearthbender:
beatrizearthbender Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Baby Merlot has to be the cutest legendary I've ever seen! :love:
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WindChargerNut Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011
I love how he's based on the original sprites.
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TayJay5 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011  Student Filmographer
I LOVE THIS...!!!
The story is Cute!!!!
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Teavian Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011   Digital Artist
Young Merlot's expression looks really cute here. I liked reading this, too! Well done, both of you, with the drawing and writing!
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:iconteavian:
Teavian Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011   Digital Artist
Merlot's expression looks really cute here. I liked reading this, too! Well done, both of you, with the drawing and writing!
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:iconapo-el:
Apo-el Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What? Cute? Why'd she have to GROW INTO the vampire we all know and love?
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HakaiAkumu Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011  Student General Artist
wooow, Merlot is so much more different from the adult she grew up to be. At least from what we've seen so far from mission 2 and such. ahh this is lovely, you both portray her childlike behavior so well.
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Jack-a-Lynn Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
a lugia who's little as a marowak? or a marowak who's big as a lugia? That's strange @__Q
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GodFlavoredBagel Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011
The marowak is somewhat larger than normal, but merlot in this scene is a REALLY young lugia and is smaller than normal.
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Forta-Verity-Amity Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011  Student General Artist
B'awww!
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prbly2l8 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
cool! =)
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:iconprbly2l8:
prbly2l8 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
cool! =)
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waterdfg Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
AWW Merlot as a kid! :D
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lyratyto Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow ~ You MUST make more of Merlot .. Teheh She is so cute as a kido
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Sylviir Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011
Never seen Merlot look so giddy before. I think I like it =P
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:iconzappuzebura:
ZappuZebura Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
*snicker* Merlot is short...
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torakoh Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Aw, little Merlot looks so innocent in this! One can't believe she'll represent the "Lust" later :D
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FirstNoelle Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011
D'AWW, is this baby Merlot? :D <3
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Hipakipa Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
they look so cute in this picture!
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Rip1191 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Young Merlot almost looks... Innocent...

As untrue as that may be, it still makes for a great page! ouo
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Sparkycc Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
She's so cute! Those eyes <3 All of your art is just beautiful!
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noavai Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011
Wait, this story is by Devonshire?

*Gasp*

That Marowak IS Devonshire :iconohnoesplz:

It makes sense.
The Marowak disappearance (He died and became a Sableye)
Devonshire fondness to Chex (That's self evident)

The Marowak might also be connected to Prismatic Jungle (Marowak are kind of draconic)

After all, Prismatic Jungle is quite far away from Castle Draclugia (there's... like... 13 numbers between 4 and 17)

If true, there's a reason for Jill to know about Devonshire, since she was pretty high in hierarchy in the Jungle (or at least as high as one of Tivoli's bully can be)

Jill also call Devonshire "sir" (but that might be just out of courtesy).

And here's the icing AND cherry of the cake: Remember that library pass list on Lexy's table? The library pass for which the Marowak endured torture? What did it said? Did I heard that right? Devonshire. Uh, what are the odds.

And I would say "Devonshire the ************* Sableye" if it didn't invalidated my argument. And when Jill referred to the "mistress", she was talking about Merlot (probably)

And that's my hypothesis. Good story. Let it continue.
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frostorm Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011
also i'm pretty sure the Marowak has a red jewel (in the chapter before this one)
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Raven-Kane Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OH MY GOD MY EYES HAVE BEEN OPENED
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Gentle-Lugia Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011
nice x3
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Nightdoodles Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
And that seems to be the very same cape she wears hundreds of years after, whatever fabric its made off must be very VERY resistant :D
I hope she washes it at least once every decade though ^^;
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tera633 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011  Student General Artist
I KNEW IT. XD He was in the interview, wasn't he? :D
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blu-hell-smith Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011
holy crap, little merlot is adorable.
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RedPanda7 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011
aaaaawwwwwwwwwww
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nintendofan-kr01 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011
why is Lugia tall as Marowak? xD
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crazymokona Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011  Student Digital Artist
She is a kid and he is a big marowak.
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nintendofan-kr01 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011
oh I see now thanks =)
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BlueBird236 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Merlot looks so cute in this! :heart:
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snuffles11 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Is the Marowak actually a Rampardos in disguise? Maybe I'm dumb, but it kinda looks like it to me from this angle.
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JourneyWithin Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011  Student General Artist
lol that sexy bastard trying to be cute x3;
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Shiniryuu Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
That Lugia is so cute~ :heart:
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Crystalitar Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
lolol, cute XD merlot is going to dinner with him :3
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LavanZev Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow lol, Marowak is so larged compared to Lugia.
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iloveeevees1 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
SO CUTTEEE
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Ms-Dodo Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011
Oh my gosh, Merlot looks adorable :love:
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scaper12123 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011  Student Writer
Apparently, Merlot looked cute back then. Who knew?
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ShikkaTL Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
aaah man i love the idea of these two. so lovely.
young merlot is simply adorable!
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traficalshours Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011  Student Digital Artist
I saw this in my deviations and I stayed and squealed over just the thumbnail. I love reading these stories written by the guild captains, and I think this one is going to a great insight for Merlot's past.

PK I just want to say you're style is so influential for me that I've tried to mimic it several times. However lately I've come to realize it wouldn't be my own if I were just to copy another so I think of your art as more inspiration to create my own digital style.

Marl does such a wonderful job when it comes down to writing. I really can't wait for the next part.
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