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Church of the Black Rose by Zephyri Church of the Black Rose by Zephyri
Meet me, at the church, as the sun has risen

He cradled the smooth parchement between light fingers, the jarring contrast between his cracked, battle worn digits and the beautiful hand written script achingly clear, even in the lucid, dancing candle flame. Loosing a threadbare sigh, he turned the scrap over in his hands, waiting for it to reveal the answer his heart sought. But it breathed no words of comfort, no wise council, merely made his heart beat with that same curious pattern it did whenever she was in his thoughts. Silently, he stood, lifting his sword and oiled cloak as he did. Sliding the embroidered jacket over his shirt, he left the barracks, evading the sentries easily.


No sound betrayed his soft footfalls as he crossed weathered, cracked tiles, the white walls of the derelict church faded to murky yellow in the sun's rising light. Yet his heart pounded a deafening rhythym as he neared where he knew she would be waiting, and when the wisp of white lace ruffled over the stonework as he stepped into the entrance, it exploded in chorus within his head.

She was perfect. Willow-soft, bending with the breeze, her long dark locks blown to a flag he would follow to the bloodiest battle, liquid brown eyes bore into his with a fervor he would die to protect. Clad in pure white and gold, she was his goddess made real. When she threw herself around his neck and breathed tearfully, he would have torn down the halls of heaven to stop her coming to harm.

Which was why he had to leave.

She sensed the tension in him as he stepped back from the embrace.

"Please Raven, don't go. I can stop it, my father..."

His hand brushed over her lips, and they fell quiet, her eyes falling to the floor.

"I must."

The tears that fell from her cheeks could have ground his soul to dust and blown it to the wind, crumbling his body and all that stood around him. The pain of her breaking heart could have broken his back, had he not known she were to be safer if he left.

"But... our love. You would throw it all away, to run? At least let me run with you, Raven! We could hide from the world, and I could cast my chains aside! How I long for the simple life, with you, my love!"

He stood motionless in the face of her plea. "I must leave. Our love is the reason, chére. You are the Black Rose, the hope of the nation. You were never meant to love the likes of me, and I must leave, if this kingdom is not to fall. You must see to it it does not, for if it should fall, we shall never have one another."

She looked up, her eyes like gateways to heaven, glistening wet. He took her delicate body to his own, kissed her soft hair as she buried her face in the feathers that had given him his name.

"For you," she whispered, "I would let the kingdom fall to ruin."

"That, chére, is why I must leave."


Coloured pencil on beige card, the character designs very much influenced by Phantom of The Opera. The story is my own creation. Pose was referenced from a photo.

Close ups can be found here: [link]
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Given 2006-03-15
No sound betrayed his soft footfalls as he crossed weathered, cracked tiles... clad in pure white and gold, she was his goddess made real... They met in the Church of the Black Rose by *Zephyri... ( Suggested by freaktrigger and Featured by ekud )
Ouca Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
 :iconbolincryplz: OH my goodness, its so sad.
You did a fantastic job with this picture. Their poses are so perfect. And then your written story for this scene was wonderful You definitely deserve the daily deviation you got from this! Its so beautiful...
TlachtgaDreamArtist Featured By Owner Edited Feb 24, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is really bothering me... I use to work in online sales at Goodwill at the front desk where people would come and pick up their items. We use to get a lot of paintings.  This exact picture was done on a large canvas in Acrylics,  it was about 2 to 3 feet by 4 to 5 feet.  I remember this so vividly -  I wonder if someone recopied your drawing for a friend.  This was about 1 1/2 years ago in the Northwest (Seattle surrounding area) Washington. Well any way it got sold for about $20.
Zephyri Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
It wouldn't surprise me - this and a couple of my other popular pieces turn up all over the web in places I can't control, so I try not to worry about it too much. 
kingjustin15 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013

:D awesome pic


Hamoonga Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013
PeriwinklePaisley Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
The detail on the jacket is fantastic. Love that. Is this from an actual show or your own story? Very nice!
keitos Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Student Digital Artist
looking on it after years, and still finding it absolutely magical. can feel love from them!
Huffpuff-vivereartes Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
beautiful work!!!
Lunadreamer69 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012
I fell in love with this picture..had to add it to my fav's...great job
Alexandra999 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012
this is ....i really cannotfind one word. Perfect, touching!
Elfkin1984 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Professional Photographer
It is a bitter sweet moment and very deep with emotions. Most wondrous work, you are truly gifted. Keep up the amazing inspirational work.
Tsukiiyo Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great job ♥
nightkaat Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012
awww thats so enchantingly beautiful and so well drawn. its bringing tears to my eyes.
Ankehatch1994 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
This is one of the most beautiful pictures i have ever seen :D
ArsiaMons Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012   General Artist
WOW OMG this is so perfect, stunning
ArohaAotearoa Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing! <3
Andreth Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hi, I included this great piece of yours in a feature of my favourite artists on DA in my journal :) [link]
isamuchan Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
very beautiful in General. I love the feeling your get from the emotion of the setting
MiatskiKuromia Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
This. is. utterly. astounding Oh lord and the story that went with it. Major thumbs up from me!
lululetti Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Sooo beautiful! <3
Mi-Younng Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
wow. is all i got to say.
TSHENDOH05 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Khima-Inez Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011   General Artist
el-comix Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011
great work:>
selenia50150 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011  Hobbyist
Oh , My this story is breathingly sweet an yet heart breaking .an this picture to go with it is as Equaly Amazing.
zepwik Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm truly at a loss for words.
MusingZero Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow. This is amazing!
OnePassionOneArt Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Very well done! (: This piece is so amazing and beautiful! I love it.
Tria-Fata Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
so amazing! i love everything abpout the image and the story!
xXxDeviantlyxXx Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011
I love how detailed it is, especially using colored pencils. Truly amazing
FrauleinVampyria Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Very beautiful !
distiandark Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2011
loved this so much.. <3 <3 <3
Zephyri Featured By Owner May 2, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
melli-melian Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2011  Student Filmographer
Absolutely beautiful, I love it! I can't work with colored pencil to save my life.
Coyack Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2011
oh,God! What a marvellous work. I do really love it!!!! It is simply fabulous!!!
rastia Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2011
fabolous.. :affectic:
TheShadowMoon Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
thats a beautiful picture, well done :)
CwnAnnan Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2011  Student
thats wonderful drawn
3ast Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2011
This might sound creepy, but one of the reasons why I joined deviantart is to admire your amazing artwork ;P
knittingchick Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2011
All I can say is wow! The story and the art work are just so beautiful.
ArtGirl9784 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Beautiful :)
Mimi7789 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010
Beautiful work.
nicawhite Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
wow! i'm enthralled! is there more to th story?
RageQueen Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
It's fantastic! **
Lunar-bird Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow !!
I don't know what i say !!
Amazing :love:
Awesome :love:
Beautiful :love:

I love this art !! :love:
rm5 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2010
wow! very talented!
Sonnenscherbe Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010 This is SO beautiful. ♥
Looking at it is heart-wrenching,
all this vulnerability in there. The atmosphere. ♥
And how I love the story beneath.
I hope you`ll develop it. Stunning.
bluejay17 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2010  Student
I love this :love:
love the details of the arch and the floor
also the lacy dress of the woman
rasu-chi Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2010  Student General Artist
The amount of detail in this pic is amazing! I love the textures on the girl's dress and on the cracked floor. The lighting on their clothes is also just brilliant :D
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