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Elemental: Battle of Woolacombe Sands by deslea Elemental: Battle of Woolacombe Sands by deslea
Another illustration from the fic Elemental. Tom and Bella in battle together, 1973. Marlene McKinnon has spotted Tom - and his distraction with Bella - and seized the moment to take a shot at him. Left to right in fighting pairs: Rodolphus Lestrange and Mad-Eye Moody, Sturgis Podmore and Alecto Carrow, Yaxley, Dorcas Meadowes, and Emmeline Vance, Edgar Bones, Evan Rosier and Caradoc Dearborn, Bellatrix Lestrange, Marlene McKinnon and Tom Riddle, and Lucius Malfoy and Benjy Fenwick.

Woolacombe Sands is a beach in Devon. I chose it solely because the texture of the sand in a photo was a close match for the sand in the image.

Specs and credits: Hexagon 2.5, Daz Studio 4.6 Pro, 3Delight, Voldy's Wand by Oro_Snake, Smoke Set 1 by Falln-Stock, Fractal Brushes Set by Mark-S.

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In battle, Tom felt at home.

His life was a stressful one. His mind was too active. It went in too many directions at once, foreseeing too many paths. It was a great gift, but it was tiring, too. Like being endlessly trapped in a noisy, crowded room.

Battle was different. There were so many things to track, different yet part of a unified whole, that his mind rarely wandered any further. He was comfortably occupied. Completely in the moment. Undivided.

Whole.

The only other time he felt like that was with Bella. Being with her was immersion. The rest of the world, past and future, fell blessedly silent.

She was there this time, and as always, he felt drawn to fight beside her. There was something irresistible about partnering with her in a duel. They sparked off each other like two electric charges crossing streams. Often, he fought the urge – it wasn't always the right strategy – but today, he wasn't needed anywhere in particular, so he decided to indulge.

He made his way over, and fell into formation beside her.

"I wondered when you'd get here," she said through smiling lips, but her eyes remained trained on Dumbledore's forces, such as they were. Not much had changed since he'd been at Hogwarts. The old fart still chose his pets on the basis of sentiment rather than skill. Marlene McKinnon was a reasonable fighter – he'd have her on his side, in a pinch - but the rest of them he'd have used for target practice long ago.

"Am I that transparent?" he wondered, deflecting a surge of solid green from McKinnon, who broke ranks to do it. He thought, with some admiration, that she must have decided to take a shot at him while she had the chance. "How disappointing."

"Never disappointing," she demurred, fending off a distant renegade Black with the barest flick of her wrist. He was a filthy specimen, rather reminiscent of the boy Sirius, who was already showing signs of blood treachery at the tender age of fourteen. No doubt the boy would soon follow in his kinsman's footsteps. Bella would hate that; Tom found it amusing. For all the Pureblood sensibilities to the contrary, family loyalty was usually only skin-deep, while shared values were forever.
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snowyblackrose Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014   General Artist
AMAZING! :heart: I love your works, really ♥
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deslea Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :)
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snowyblackrose Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014   General Artist
you are welcome :)
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NeilV Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice image
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deslea Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :)
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Ananya-Talvi Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my gosh... this is amazing! And you made all the characters yourself? Fantastic work! It looks extremely realistic!
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deslea Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much! But no, I didn't make all the characters - a lot are either bought ones, or adapted from bought ones. But I did mostly choose them with reference to the character. Emmeline, for instance, wears a hairband in OOtP, so I gave her a hairstyle that has a hairband.
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Ananya-Talvi Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This still sounds like a incredible lot of work! You really keep creating masterpiece after masterpiece! I simply love your artwork! ^^
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deslea Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :) *gets a fangirl glow*
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Ananya-Talvi Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I'll keep spoiling you with compliments forever, because you really deserve them! ^^
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deslea Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:D
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Tatgoat Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014
PS Any chance for a close up???:D 
PPS Where's the masks???
I can see Bella without..the others... 
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deslea Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hee! I wanted colours and faces. And it's possible they started the masks because of this incident (someone making a direct attempt on Tom because he was Tom). But mostly I wanted faces. :) Plus, I don't have any mask to use.

Closeups should be possible. Leave it with me :)
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Tatgoat Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014
I understand its incredible anyway:)

THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:DDDDDDDDD
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Tatgoat Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014
Tom and Bella looks like they are in a party (actually having way more fun than in a party):) 
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deslea Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I think this is Tom and Bella's idea of a party :D :D :D
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Tatgoat Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014
LOL YES:):D;)
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