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The sounds of gunfire had reached Joshua's cell only minutes after the first alarm bell sounded. His fellow cellmates remarked on the confusion with undisguised glee, but this had turned to fear when the lights went out. The sound of carnage continued unabated in spite of the gloom, broken only by the collapse of the cell wall behind him. Brick and stone subsided languidly into small fragments and dust to reveal the elfin face of Sylenia. She was surrounded by the angry glow of swirling geometric shapes, which sparkled and sang discordantly from the impact of stray bullets and other debris.

The moments that followed were a blur, a rush of bright flashes and explosions that culminated with a sudden chill and momentary darkness. The silence was temporary though, cut through by the sounds of sea birds and the smell of seaweed. Joshua stumbled to the ground with an overwhelming feeling of nausea. A second earlier he had been near the prison in downtown Candor City, but his senses now told him he was somewhere else entirely. Instead of the wail of sirens, he heard the cries of sea birds; instead of the stink of the city, the fresh clean breeze of the sea.

Sylenia's musical voice had tried to reassure him. "We are safe now, just breathe slowly. Soon you will feel fine." He tried to focus on her voice, to hold on to that precious sound, but the waves of confusion overwhelmed him and he fell into unconsciousness.

That had been many hours ago. Joshua felt like he could have slept for hours were it not for the sounds of pigeons cooing noisily above his head. He was in a large disused warehouse, a bright and airy structure dominated by an elegant spacecraft. He recognised its blue metal immediately; it was the glassy material from which Sylenia's air car was made. Sylenia had mentioned her personal flyer many times, but he never imagined it would look like this.

Soft footsteps approached him from the shadows, making Joshua leap to his feet in fear, but the shadowy form stepped into the light and took on a glow of its own. "Are you better?" asked Sylenia gently, "did they mistreat you?"

Joshua shook his head. "I'm fine, where are we?" Sylenia reached out and touched a graze on his arm. "We are safe, this will be our new home, a safe haven. From here we can strike our enemies at will." Joshua nodded towards the graceful craft. "I thought you'd abandoned your ship, I thought you said it was damaged."

Sylenia waved her hand and shrugged. "My pursuers have not followed, so I took the risk to retrieve it. It will give us immense power."

"But how did you get it in here, the doors aren't big enough-" Sylenia reached out and touched his lips. "You ask too many questions."

Joshua looked down at her face and blinked, startled at this unaccustomed intimacy. "Sylenia, I need to tell you something. I think I'm in love with you." Sylenia's face clouded and she looked away for a moment. "It is not permitted," she murmured quietly, "if we became lovers I would die of poisoning." Joshua pleaded with her, "We could still be together in other ways couldn't we?" Sylenia shook her head slowly. "In the years to come you would age and wither, whereas I would stay strong and youthful. In time you would pass away, and then I would die of a broken heart."


Tricky lighting exercise with this one, and I'm still wondering if I need to have another go at it using Vue's post processing options.

Stonemason's 'Faded Industry' building. Stephanie Petite in Desolation Earth Nomad outfit with customised textures. Lazloi runabout is an original model created in Hexagon.

Thanks for looking, comments always appreciated.
November 21, 2009
Science Fiction
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Nov 21, 2009 12:09:27 pm
Excellent composed work great CHARACTER and excellent pose. Great story.

by Homepage »

Nov 21, 2009 12:16:20 pm
Another nice one!

by duncanlong Homepage »

Nov 21, 2009 12:35:58 pm
Great scene. Nice work with the DE Nomads texture. Did not recognize it.

by fullquiver Homepage »

Nov 21, 2009 12:39:41 pm
superbe compo & pose

by jclP Homepage »

Nov 21, 2009 12:48:45 pm
very good! fine!

by chabot Homepage »

Nov 21, 2009 12:52:26 pm
fine lighting, posing, and story, bud!

by texboy Homepage »

Nov 21, 2009 1:03:29 pm
Superb image and story Mark :)

by Star4mation Homepage »

Nov 21, 2009 1:42:27 pm
Super image; even better story. More please.

by drace68 Homepage »

Nov 21, 2009 2:11:42 pm
This is a great image!
Love the entire scene....

by CrownPrince Homepage »

Nov 21, 2009 2:25:17 pm
Always an engrossing story to read and enjoy. Great illustration, too!

by kjer_99 Homepage »

Nov 21, 2009 2:55:26 pm
Really like the atmosphere in this one. Not to much, not to little. Great pose and as always great story!

by Soulpainter Homepage »

Nov 21, 2009 3:05:54 pm
Nice dusty feel to the warehouse.
Great story!

by geirla Homepage »

Nov 21, 2009 3:48:11 pm
Great lighting... wonderful scene!

by pwilkin Homepage »

Nov 21, 2009 4:27:48 pm
With a true pleasure
I always watch your fine works.
I am sending nice greetings from Poland.

Z ogromną przyjemnością
oglądam Twoje prace.
Przesyłam miłe pozdrowienia z Polski.

by xpersona Homepage »

Nov 22, 2009 11:07:35 am

by SIGMAWORLD Homepage »

Nov 22, 2009 5:25:13 pm
I pretty like the lighting, and the story too! Really cool pic and story!

by Ancel_Alexandre Homepage »

Nov 22, 2009 7:14:30 pm
Nice setting and shadow play, those indoor scenes on a large scale are a bit tricky ,you pulled it off very well .

by Odessey Homepage »

Nov 22, 2009 10:33:44 pm
This is stunning!! The detail is amazing, right down to the missing window panes

by castaneda Homepage »

Nov 23, 2009 10:58:07 am
Super sci-fi render.

by bigbraader Homepage »

Nov 23, 2009 1:06:21 pm
Fantastic image and great story! Excellent work!!

by kftate Homepage »

Nov 24, 2009 12:59:05 pm
Real class. Excellent sci-fi.

by bluehermit Homepage »

Nov 27, 2009 1:33:33 pm
Love the lighting... really a great composition.

by JCD Homepage »

Nov 27, 2009 11:46:41 pm
Xcellent scene!

by PoserHobbit Homepage »

Dec 2, 2009 12:11:09 am
Cool scene and girl.

by M2A Homepage »

Dec 2, 2009 6:25:36 am
Fine and splendid work my Friend!!!!!!!!!Bravissimo!*V*:DDD.Hugsxx Whylma

by Mondwin Homepage »


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