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Elemental: The Smoking Room by deslea Elemental: The Smoking Room by deslea
Another illustration from the fic Elemental. Lucius strikes a nerve at a Black family fundraiser.

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

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Extract:

"I don't know how you stand for it, Rod," Lucius said easily, stretching out in his chair. He gave a deferential nod to Bella, and said, "No one's disputing her worth in battle, but there's no way I'd let my woman do it."

Bella inclined her head with a politely interested expression. Tom wondered with amusement whether Lucius understood just how dangerous a sign that really was.

Rodolphus said mildly, "Well, I've never really thought of Bella as my woman."

"How very modern of you," Lucius said dryly. "Narcissa rather likes being mine."

Tom shrugged. "Some women choose to be owned. Some do not. I fancy that Bella is the latter." He suspected, in fact, that even Narcissa's alleged ownership was very much on her own terms - a fact that was likely to hit Lucius squarely in the face one day.

Lucius said curiously, "Do you really think it a matter of choice? What about the natural dominance of the male of the species?"

Bella snorted.

Tom said, "In my experience, women love men in spite of their urge to dominate, not because of it."

Lucius gave a withering look. "With all due respect, my Lord, I doubt you would be saying so if Cygnus had allowed you and Bellatrix to wed. She would have been well and truly owned then."

"No," Bella said with a chill in her voice. "I wouldn't."

"She wouldn't," Tom agreed. "Not the way you mean." There were ways, of course, in which she was already his, but those ways were far beyond Malfoy's comprehension.

"It's all ancient history anyway, Lucius," Rodolphus reproved. "It's really in very poor taste for you to bring it up at all."

Lucius bowed his head. "It was. I've had one whisky too many. Forgive me." He didn't sound sorry in the least.

"Of course," Bella said with a tight little smile. She blew lazy, elegant smoke rings into the air; through them, he saw a flicker of hurt cross her features. Rodolphus saw it too; he rose to get a drink, and laid a comforting hand on her shoulder as he passed.

Tom watched the scene unfold with interest. Rod and Bella's relationship was an intriguing one. It was utterly platonic, utterly unpossessive. He thought it was, in fact, the truest example of friendship he had ever encountered. Yet again, he congratulated himself on his choice of husband for Bella; not only was Rod not a threat, he was a genuine companion and comfort to her. The man was a godsend.

Not that he'd planned it that way, of course. It had been sheer bloody-mindedness. In his thwarted state, he'd thought that if he couldn't have Bella, no one else would, either. Rodolphus, gallant yet completely lacking in a red-blooded man's interests, had seemed like the perfect choice. Bella had been merely a greatly-coveted object for him then, and her wishes and needs hadn't even entered the equation.

She was more than that now, though.
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Ananya-Talvi Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is beautiful as always. I'm fascinated by how well everything fits together, expressions, clothing, just perfect as if it's meant to be like that. So realistic.

Btw, I didn't know wizards and witches are smoking :D
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deslea Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much!

Smoking was such a common habit in the 1970s that I would imagine it was pretty widespread in the wizarding world, too...
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Ananya-Talvi Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're very welcome :)

I wonder what kind of tobacco they smoked :)
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Tatgoat Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014
Loved the expressions, stances, and whole composition (the room very much so too) but its a bit weird that of all of them only Bella smokes:)
<3<3<3

PS Something is wrong with the download button I can't find it at whole size:(((((((((((((((((((((( 
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deslea Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!

I think this one I might have only uploaded at 1084 (so the same width as on the page). I'll see if I have it any bigger.

I suspect that for Bella it's a nervous habit. I imagine they're all social smokers though - I think many/most were in the 1970s. I meant to put in an ashtray for the others but forgot!
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Tatgoat Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014
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Maybe but it shows a broken icon so it could be something else/ Thanks anyway:D:D:D
I don't have a problem with it either way (except if its near me without an open window) but I found it funny that they were on the smoking room and only Belle the 'guest' smoked:)

But I liked it on her it made her look like a fame fatal of this age and earlier:D:D:D 
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