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training: there's a first time for everything by OneLifeRemaining training: there's a first time for everything by OneLifeRemaining
Antares' Hunting training! 

This comes from her first experience hunting, when she was a newer apprentice. She and Hazel were teaming up to partake in a hunting contest, and so Hazel was showing her the basics. They ended up chasing a young fawn over the edge of a cliff and into what would become Fire Empire's new camp. Fire Empire Event: Snowy Hunt 
After the public RP went dead though, I we hashed the rest of it out. Figured I should make some art of that finally, since it fits the hunting topic.

Antares stole a glance back at Hazel; partially to see how she ran while she hunted, and partially to ensure she was still there and hadn't been replaced by some other creature. She returned her eyes to the prey; they seemed to be gaining on them, if only slightly. Antares had to wonder if the mother kept her pace slightly slower for her fawn's sake, or if the two cats were really that quick...or if perhaps the doe was old or hurt. 

She soon found out as once Antares came within a tail length of them, the panic in the doe's eyes was clear. Her strides stretched out, and she quickened her pace, even though her young could not keep up. She took a sudden turn away from the pursuers, her white tail bobbing before it vanished. The fawn wasn't aware enough to change it's path quick enough, and continued forward in fear. Focusing her attention on the easier prey, Antares came closer to the fawn's heels. It was headed straight for a thick wall of undergrowth, probably hoping the larger cats wouldn't be able to get through it. Antares closed her eyes and braced for the branches to slap at her pelt but didn't slow her pace until the bracken forced her too. Her claws dug into the earth with every step, pulling her forward until-there was no more earth to pull, and she let out a cry of surprise.

Free from the branches of the bushes, Antares eyes flew wide. There was no ground beneath her paws! The falling fawn let out a squeal of terror as both bodies plummeted down towards the forest floor below. A stony shelf near the cliff face however, gave them hope. The fawn hit the edge of the shelf with a thud, let out a cry of pain, and slipped off the edge and fell again. Antares, however, narrowed her eyes and unsheathed her claws. She hit the edge of the ledge hard, the hard surface knocking the wind out of her, but she clung on. Her claws dug into the dirt, praying she could hold on. She could hear Hazel above her, shouting down to her in fear. Antares didn't dare look up. Her chin was pressed to the surface of the shelf, giving her leverage. Once she got a breath back, her back paws began to work again. She pulled them up and kicked against the rock below, clawing her way up. Once she was safe, she collapsed on her side, her lungs heaving. 

"Antares! Antares! Are you okay?!" Finally, Antares looked up to where Hazel's face was looking worriedly down at her. 

"I'm okay!" The hybrid apprentice called back up, and pulled herself to her feet. Her underside already felt bruised from hitting the edge of the ledge, and she shakily made her way to the edge to peer over the side. The ledge appeared to have been about half way up the side of the cliff, and had she continued to fall she certainly wouldn't have been so lucky. The fawn's body lay motionlessly on the ground below, its neck bent backwards awkwardly. Stepping back from the edge, she looked around the area. How was she going to get out of here? It appeared to be a steep ravine that she had fallen into, with steep sides all around, and a huge tree growing in the center, its branches stretching up and over the sides of the ravine above. Antares had to wonder if it had grown so heavy so as to have crushed the ground beneath it. There was certainly plenty of debris. She'd have to investigate closer to find out. She climbed up one of the boulders that lay on either side of the shelf she was stuck on. Antares pricked her ears. Down below, it looked like there might be caves leading into the side of the ravine. 

"What is it? Can you not get out?" Hazel called down. 

"Hey, what's going on?" It was another voice, belonging to Ethan, a friend of Hazel's. 

"Guys, come down here! I think this used to be an underground cavern!" Antares called up. Ethan was peering down at her now too, surprise washed over his face as he looked at the situation. Antares had a feeling he hadn't known this place was here either. There seemed to be a lot of rocks leading down to the floor of the ravine. Looking the other way, it led up to the lip of the top near where Hazel and Ethan were. Almost, anyway. It was a short drop down. Antares pointed her tail at it. "There! You can come down that way!" The two looked hesitant to follow her down, but Antares was already picking her way down to the bottom. She had to go down there anyway to retrieve the fawn, so why not have a look around? Getting closer at the gaps in the wall, hope began to flutter in her stomach, and she tried to imagine what this place might look like if it were cleaned up. Did this place of the potential to house an empire looking for a new camp?

Antares, the Scorpion's Heart by OneLifeRemaining <- next one to be getting an update lol

Hazel the Dancer by CCDooMo <- I'm sorry she's so far in the background T.T 

Mentioned: NiaWolf15's Ethan <- I noticed you posted in the RP blog that he was near Antares and Hazel trying to find them, so I figured he probably would have heard their cries. 

Hope my story is okay! If you guys want me to change anything your characters might have done/said differently, let me know!

And a lovely picture of the three before leaving for the contest~

It is ON (UPDATED) by CCDooMo</sub>
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Silverfallingstar Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
+17 ep for Ant!
BosleyBoz Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I LOVE the drawing and the effect you put here. (i thought i was having a stroke for a moment though) her expression is perfect!
OneLifeRemaining Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! Dun die!
NiaWolf15 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
pretty babes!!!! <3 love the expressions 
OneLifeRemaining Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
CCDooMo Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Well THAT unfinished RP took a fun turn
Great job on the pic, even if I could only look at it for 5 seconds before I went cross eyed. 
Great twist though!
Thanks for including Hazel <3
OneLifeRemaining Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Of course! We should have our babs hang out again sometime c:
KinuKito Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this made me a bit dizzy but its cool lol
OneLifeRemaining Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
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