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Twiggy and Fleur by purplekecleon Twiggy and Fleur by purplekecleon
Commission of an artwork to go along with a little story, written by and commissioned by ~PreseaFan92!

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Grove outside of Mossy Village, early afternoon.

It was quiet today, Twiggy thought. No winds blew through the grove; no Pokémon journeyed through. Or, perhaps it did, and he just never noticed. Perhaps Pokémon did pass by, and he was too scared to hear them. The young Turtwig’s body felt numb—his heart pounded so fast, yet exhaustion spread over his body like a terrible disease, like the one that killed his mother. He didn’t dare think of her, though. If he did, all walls would be broken. The fortress he built around himself in the past week, it would quickly crumble, like a sandcastle under the force of a wave.

The only thing Twiggy could focus on was his reflection in the babbling brook he stood by, its rushing waters the only sound he could hear. His entire body looked pale in the reflection; his eyes were empty and stoic. The tiny stream was the only place he could sort out his thoughts—for the longest time, he called this his “thinking spot”.

Though, it was tough to think when the scenery changed. The Turtwig’s lone reflection in the water, the one that he was finally getting used to, found company in a new face. The water reflected the visage of a fiery Vulpix; her eyes contrasted her counterpart’s, filled with emotion and life.
“Hiya, Twiggy,” the Vulpix gave a half smile—Twiggy saw from the reflection; the voice flowed into his ears as easily as the stream, “Um…how’re you holding up?” Upon hearing the voice, the Turtwig turned away from the familiar stream as he turned his gaze to the Vulpix with a sad smile.

“I’m…o-okay,” Twiggy replied hoarsely through the lump in his throat, “I told myself I’d try not to think about things until I…think about myself. D-does that make any sense, Fleur?”

Fleur, the Vulpix, gave a nod, “Uh…sorta. I’m not the Pokémon to talk to about that kinda stuff. Uh, but, you can talk to me anyway! I might not understand much, buuuut my Ma says I’m a good listener, and--oh.” Fleur covered her mouth with her front two paws, realizing her mistake. In the past week, the mention of any type of mother—even the word in itself--got Twiggy nervous, on edge, sometimes even bawling in the first few days.

“No, um, it’s okay…” Twiggy shook his head, the walls he had built around himself slowly crumbling down, “I think…maybe I should talk about her…maybe it’ll help.”

“Fire away, little guy,” smiled the Vulpix. It took a few moments for her friend to collect himself, and Fleur thought she could see a tear on the brink of falling, but in time, the Turtwig spoke, albeit with a quiver in every other word.
“Well…her last words--”

“Ooh, ooh, I got this!” Fleur chimed in, “I wrote it down in my notebook for posterity! Um, let’s see…” The fire-type turned through some pages on a notebook she took out from behind her ribbon.

“’You have your whole life ahead of you, Twiggy…you’re not just my son anymore, you’re growing up. Go and see the world’, she said…” the Turtwig continued, as if he’d recited the words time after time, “’Do what your mother could never do.’”

“Hmm?” Fleur tilted her head, “I have, uh…‘Sitrus berries, water, Moomoo Milk’—oh, wait, no, that’s Ma’s shopping list—“ she flew through a few pages again, “Aha! Um, it says…yeah. Yeah, what you said. Also, I have, ‘Fleur…please, protect my son. You are his most trusted friend…I know you two will help each other’.”

“Y-yeah…” the Turtwig sniffled, “I-I just get so worried…I want to fulfill Mother’s last wish, I just…don’t know how. The world’s so big, Fleur! And I’m…so small. I just…want to be safe, here, at home, but...”

“Well, you can’t mope around here forever like a full Snorlax!” the Vulpix shrugged, smiling towards her friend, “I don’t think your Ma would particularly like that, y’know?”

“Wouldn’t it help you, though?” Twiggy asked, “You wouldn’t have to worry about protecting me, or--”

“Nope,” Fleur shook her head vehemently, sticking her tongue out, “Nope nope nope. I don’t come all the way here from Snowy Village every day for nothing, silly! I like the feeling of running down the hills, sliding through the snow and running through the groves to find you! It’s like an adventure, every day! So, I mean…we’ve gotta be adventurous with your Ma’s last wish!”

“But you could get hurt!” the Turtwig protested, “I…I don’t want you getting hurt.”


“That’s why we’re gonna do this together!”
“H-huh? Fleur, what do you--”

“Form an exploration team with me!” the Vulpix spat out, her eyes wide and expectant, “It’ll be the best, Twiggy! We can do so much, and we can go on super cool adventures…I hear there’s an entire town to the east with guilds dedicated to that stuff! And we’ll be keeping both of your Ma’s wishes! I’ll keep an eye out for you, and we could travel the whole darn world with those kinds of adventures!”

“Wh-whaat?!” Twiggy’s eyes widened, full of shock, “Why me…? I-I’m just…well, me.”

“Because!” Fleur scratched her head in embarrassment, “…Uh, you’re the only friend I’ve got…no one else in my village takes me seriously…But we can prove them wrong, Twiggy! We don’t have to be those kids who get into trouble all the time! We could be…Rescuers who get into trouble all the time—Even Merchants, maybe Rogues if we feel really adventurous!”

“You really mean that, Fleur?” the grass-type asked, the hollow feeling he had slowly melting away, “It’s…really okay?”

“Of course, buddy!” his friend gave a wink, “I don’t say stuff I don’t mean…so, are you in?”

“I, well…yeah, I think so…If it’s for Mother, then…I—we can do this.”

“Eeeeyyaaaaaaaaaaayy!” Fleur jumped for joy a few times, unable to control her excitement. She began to babble a bunch of things about adventuring, but Twiggy couldn’t make head nor tail of her gibberish; she spoke much too fast when she was overexcited like this. It was only when she made a request of Twiggy that she slowed down her words for him:
“Sowhat’rewegonnanametheteam, huh?! What’rewegonnanameitTwiggy?!”

Suddenly a weight plopped onto poor Twiggy’s shell—he was never very good with naming. He took a few minutes to think, but nothing sounded natural to him. He stopped to take a look at the surroundings, thinking that maybe he could get a good name out of that, when, almost out of nowhere, the young grass-type noticed a tiny patch of wild chamomile growing a few feet away from the other side of the stream.

“Mother’s favorite…wild chamomile,” Twiggy closed his eyes and reminisced, “She…she’d always use it on me to help me sleep when I was having nightmares.”

“Hmm…sounds like a plan!” Fleur nodded but scratched her head not long after, “Team Wild Chamomile! …It’s a bit long, though…How ‘bout we make it just Team Chamomile?!”

“I’d like that…” Twiggy gave wide, sincere smile—one Fleur hadn’t seen from him since his mother fell ill, “I’d like that a lot.”

“All right then!” Fleur jumped again, “Then from today on, I’mma be Team Chamomile’s leader, and you’re gonna be my co-pilot, co-pilot!”

“O-okay!” Twiggy jumped as if to copy his friend—the two both laughed at that, and from that day, their destiny as explorers was sealed. The two would travel to Tao village, become rescuers…and their days would never be the same.

Story by :iconpreseafan92:
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:iconmrgreen36:
Mrgreen36 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
By an amazing coincidence, my team in explorers of sky is a Turtwig and a Vulpix. So I love this picture
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White-Dragon-Fang Featured By Owner Edited Jun 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice depth with simple color blocks. How many layers do you use? How do you get the sun shine effect?
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Kodaic Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Student General Artist
I lovelovelovelove the story. So cute and sweet. The art is fantastic as well, that water is beautiful!
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DarthGoldstar710 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012
Cute scene! :D
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Shembre Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012   Writer
Awe, they look adorable! I love colors you put in the water. :D
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AxelGiNat Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
awwww turtwig is so cute :iconomgsocuteplz:
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monsieurskater Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012
Turtwig<3
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hreindyr Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Love the storybook quality of this illustration. So cute!
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Ryan-Knight Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Hey, that looks kinda like my Turtwig character! :D
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DeadCobra Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012
Very good
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:iconhedgey:
Hedgey Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Student Digital Artist
awesome background!
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:iconteavian:
Teavian Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012   Digital Artist
Awww...that was a beautiful story! I just love this piece, too. It's really pretty and I love the stream!
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underdemon11 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
i really like this the setting really gives us a mellow mood and the beautiful colors of the stream is just amazing and it goes really well with the story
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EemaX3 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
The turtle is so CUTE~!!
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Miyakitsune16 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012
aw now i want to play one of the pkm adventure games now. can you get vulpix as one of the first members?
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Neoixan Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think so, not in the old games though.
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Miyakitsune16 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012
are there any for the Ds or 3Ds? i haven't played one of the adventure games since it was on GBA....
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:iconneoixan:
Neoixan Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I know for a fact you can get them on Sky. Search up what nature you need to get them. (I tried to answer using the olllddd game's qs/as -since those are already given on a site- to get the nature I wanted) I chose pikachu myself, nothing beats a good agility+discharge during monster parties ;D
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Miyakitsune16 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012
i always used a grass type for monster parties, one with sleep powder. otherwise just tell your team to "get away" until they get back far enough then u step back so that they have to come one at a time. (be sure to turn off the "get away" status) its also nice to have a pkm with quick attack behind you. it takes longer this way but the longer dungeons that use up all of your pp is where you want to do this. and i like to just hit the A button :D
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Watermelody Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Hobbyist
:aww: It's so gorgeous!
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Endless-dust-to-dust Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
These were the pokemon I used the first time I tried to beat( and to no avail thanks to magmortars:surrender: in the palkia's world ) explorers of sky.
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Cloud-xx Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
woow beautiful!
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Shippuden23 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012
I love the art and story that went with it :love:

The colors are beautiful and I love the detail in Fleur's fur.
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noneofurbussiness Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012
wait...pokemon can read books!
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Wanderer619 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012
Very Nice!!
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Have Sword Will Travel!
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Seek Justice
Love Mercy
Praise God
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ColorfulFeather Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Turtwig looks so cute. x3
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Xavius-Windsong Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
very nice!
I liked trhe story, kudos to :iconpreseafan92: for that,
and the picture is very well made! I really like the shading and the wobbly reflection in the water. Looks real and feels real, too, without losing the pokemon feel :D
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GabrielPenaChristian Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Student General Artist
I love how what you draw looks like its in water color.
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SQuietSonamy Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I like the way you use the colors :D The background is well done too :)
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Evoli-niceli Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Looks awesome :)
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Applepie200 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow the background and the river is so beautiful! turtwigs adorable! :D
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UnknownOO8 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Aww that's so sweet Preseafan :meow:

And Fleur's as silly as always :XD:
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Kinai-Ryuu Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i want more of the story ;-; and your art to match it!
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Primal-Meridian Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012
That is such a sweet story... :tears:
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Croconut Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is beautiful~ That Vulpix looks so sweet ; w ;
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Sakura-chan4100 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful picture to complement a heartwarming story! I love how fluffy Fleur looks!
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EarthCookies Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love your brush strokes so much. And the light hitting the water looks really realistic!
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tenko72 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012
This and Presea's story are both adorable.
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DrManiacal Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012
Oooh. Gotta love the way you draw plants and water, both always look so cool! Very nice, if this was streamed today I'm sad I missed it.
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cuteyy1 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh, how I love vulpix <3
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someone1939 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Your water is magical in this one. It looks like its gonna sparkle off the page. And as always, the pokemon are on point. Well done.
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laneyDragon Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is beautiful ~
god i love your coloring style so much
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MusicalTherapy Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012
This REALLY makes me want to play PMD again, but I know it can never be as good as the whole guild-mission-thingy system you've set up...
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Lucario2008 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012
You drew this picture?! It must have taken you countless hours to finish!
Overall, in my point of view, this scene right here is
EPIC, AWESOME and totally MARVELOUS!
KEEP IT UP!
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SpringDragonfly Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Beautiful picture PK, and gosh I just love Team Chamomile even more now.
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WorkerBees Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
ive said it once and ill say it again. i LOVE your style! it loos so much better than the stuff you normally see!
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Vilkdage Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012  Student
Thank you for uploading this drawing.
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Monoe-dA Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great picture... I just love the way you draw (:
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Rinthewolf Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012  Student General Artist
aww how cute <3 love the colors and how adorable the expressions are :3
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MarietheDragonwolf Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012  Student Digital Artist
So cute~ ^w^
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