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Laughter roared from behind the locked tavern door, mingling with the music that thumped against the walls trying desperately to escape its rectangular prison. I glanced behind me, a feeling of unease flooding my senses. The dark air of night had swept in fast. Black now coated the once-lively cobblestone street, the only light being emitted from a small lantern above the smooth mahogany entrance. Not even the moon was out tonight. I shivered.
A glass shattered inside the building, followed by a chorus of bewildered shouts and amused chuckles. I heaved a heavy sigh and moved back towards the door, tapping my knuckles against its sturdy surface for a second time.
A short, high-pitched chirp entered my ears. I looked down. My partner, Moss, purred reassuringly on my shoulder, flicking her tail and flaring her spines, her dark green scales glowing under the light of the lantern. She then rubbed her tiny head against my neck. Even though I’d been with her for well over a month now I still couldn’t believe how unusually small she was, especially for a dragon.
Click.
The door swung open and a blinding golden glare rolled out of the room, accompanied by the deep voice of a male.
“What?” he snapped impatiently. “This is a pub, kid: ‘The Dragon’s Den;’ not a children’s crèche.” I gulped. He was a big, burly man with bulging biceps and a rough, angular face. Tanned skin cloaked his body in tough leather and his tight tank-top did little to hide his abdominal muscles. With a clean-shaven head and tattoos curling around his limbs, he truly looked terrifying!
“I-I-I’m here to sign up for my next match!” I stammered, my voice rising to a petrified squeak. On my shoulder, Moss squealed and darted under the folds of my clothes. The man glared at me for a moment longer before stepping to the left with a grunt of disapproval.
“Good luck then, kid” he spat. Tentatively, I stepped inside the tavern. The room reeked of stale urine, beer and body odour. More lanterns lined the oak-wood walls and tiny table candles sat astride each bench-top. The once polished floor was now scuffed and dinted and the noise level in the room was astounding!
I moved towards the counter to register and collect an ID tag. The excitement in the room was suffocating. It was overwhelming and actually quite frightening. I could feel my heart thumping against my chest, like someone was driving a battering ram into my rib cage.
“Excuse me, kiddo,” the bar tender began gently. He looked rather out of place here in amongst all of the other competitors. With his soft face and wiry red hair, he certainly stood out from the rest. “Your number is 404,” he continued. “So make sure you remember it!” He gave me a friendly wink and gestured towards an empty stool in front of the bench. “Just take a seat and listen for your number.” And with that, He strolled away. I think he could tell I was nervous.
Carefully, I picked up my tag, slipped it into my pocket and plonked myself onto the cushioned leather seat, trying to steady my racing heart as I did so. Moss poked her head out from under my clothes and purred softly. Even Moss could tell I was nervous!
Then, suddenly, an arm was draped around my shoulders. I jumped in shock and let out a stunned cry.
“G’day mate!”
A young male voice flowed into my ears. A face for that voice appeared in front of me moments later. He looked around my age, about 13 or 14, with thick, untidy grey hair that dangled down past his shoulders. He was rather small, short as well as skinny, with pale skin and a yellow-cream beanie that sat atop his messy mop. A puppy-sized griffin stood on his shoulder.
The boy flashed a huge, toothy grin.
“Name’s Charlie,” he announced. “Nice ta meet cha!” He held out his small hand, a friendly expression plastered to his face; a soft warm glow lighting up his dark eyes. I could feel a tight smile forcing its way across my own lips. I mean, it was impossible not to smile at his enthusiasm. Slowly, cautiously, I raised my hand up.
“Hel-”
Charlie’s hand lunged forward with lightning speed and latched onto mine, shaking it up and down vigorously.
“Howdy! Nice ta meet cha! How ya doin’?” he shouted. Then, leaning closer, he asked:
“What’s ya name?”
“L-Louise,” I stuttered. A dubious expression flashed across Charlie’s face.
“L-Louise?” He repeated uncertainly. But, as I watched, a smile slowly crept across his lips, the confusion painted on his face only seconds earlier melting away like candle wax.
“Nah, I’m just messin’ wit cha!” he beamed, giving me a light punch to the shoulder. A loud chirp resounded from Charlie’s shoulder, the griffin that sat there fluffing its brown and white feathers in frustration.
“Oh! Sorry pal!” Charlie said. “This here’s Sora: my partner.” Charlie jerked his thumb towards the hybrid. He then heaved a sigh and leaned backwards, placing his hands behind his head and closing his eyes. “Yep. We’re pretty famous, me and him. Known all round the world for our awesome skills.”
My jaw dropped and my eyes bulged in absolute astonishment.
“You’re a world renowned fighter?!”I gaped. Charlie nodded.
“Mm-hmm.”
“But... but you’re... so small!”
“So?!” he snapped lividly. I jumped a bit. His voice was so loud! I watched as some heads turned towards us, fixing their glaring gazes onto Charlie. Charlie didn’t seem to care though. Furious flames flickered in his now-open eyes. I must have hit a nerve.
Charlie straightened his back and took a deep breath.
“Does it really matter?” he asked, more calmly this time. Then, raising an eyebrow, he added:
“You ain’t too big ya self, ya know.”
Sora chirped in what sounded like agreement, combining with Charlie’s laughter to create an intoxicating cloud of cheerfulness.
“Real strength don’t come from size,” he began, placing his hand on his chest. “It comes from here.”
Bing. Bong.
A bell-like noise drowned the whole room in silence.
“Excuse me, everyone”
A young female voice flowed from the speakers like river water, soft and smooth but overflowing with confidence.
“Could numbers 17, 99, 254 and 404 please make their way to their respective waiting rooms.”
My heart began to pound again.
“That’s me...” I whispered. Charlie chuckled again.
“Really?” he exclaimed. “Me too!”He hopped off his chair and lifted his arm up, clenching his fist.
“Good luck, mate!” he grinned. I tapped his fist with mine.
“Yeah, you too,” I replied. I made my way towards my waiting room. The door was different from the others, with a polished brass knob and darker wood. It looked colder, drained of every ounce of the excitement that filled the rest of the room. Just looking at it gave me chills.
I reached out and gripped the knob, twisting it round and pulling the door open.
Darkness.
That was all I could see. No light. Nothing. It was like a dark, empty void had engulfed the room, spilling its intimidating atmosphere into the air. My legs moved by themselves, guiding me into the void.
Bam.
The door slammed shut behind me. It was then that I noticed how heavy my breathing was, how hard my heart was thumping. I inhaled once, as deep as I could, and released all my nerves in one go. Time to do this.
A transparent blue square appeared in front of me, along with the words ‘ID check’ and a blank rectangle in the top left corner. Without hesitation, I slammed my palm down onto the square and watched as blue lights caressed my skin.
Beep.
A picture slowly materialised in the empty space on the screen, depicting a young girl with long, orange-brown hair that tumbled over her shoulders like waterfalls. Big brown eyes lit up her face and a petite little nose covered in pale skin sat in the middle of it.
That’s definitely me, I thought as the panel dissolved.  Slowly, a door opened in front of me, finally allowing light to enter the void of darkness. Cheers flooded into the room, getting increasingly louder as I walked out into the arena. Dust swirled across the dirt floor. Wood ringed the edges of the coliseum, steel bars sprouting from the several metre tall planks. I glanced around.
“Who’s my opponent?”
I stopped and stared in disbelief. Charlie returned my stunned expression with one of his own. I couldn’t believe it! I had to fight him!?
A familiar female voice boomed from the speakers.
“Combatants, ready your weapons!”
I didn’t move; I couldn’t move! Moss wriggled her way out from under my clothes chirped encouragingly. Charlie drew his weapon and I watched as it transformed into a spear. He gripped it with both hands.
“Fight!”
Charlie kicked off the ground with lightning speed. In moments he was in front of me, pushing the point of his spear closer and closer to my body. I heard Moss’s piercing cry and watched as flames engulfed Charlie’s body. Charlie’s bloodcurdling scream managed to break me from my trance. I jumped to the right and drew my weapon from its holster, pushing a button on the hilt to manifest a lightsaber-like axe. Sora dove forward and tackled Moss, throwing her to the ground with a sickening thud.
“Moss!” I cried. That was when I realised that Charlie had disappeared. I spun myself in circles, scanning every shadow for even the slightest trace of movement. Behind me, I heard dirt crunch under boots. I spun around but my reflexes weren’t quick enough. Charlie lunged forward, the blade of his spear slicing my bicep as I dove out of the way. Blood trickled down my arm, along my fingers and into the dirt beneath my feet. But my wound was nowhere near as serious as Charlie’s. His body was badly burnt, painful-looking raw skin now covering his whole body. On the upside though, at least he wasn’t on fire anymore.
Charlie twirled his spear in his hand before sprinting towards me, thrusting his weapon forward. I darted to the left and swung my axe around, its blade slicing through the skin that still remained on his lower back. He screamed again, but not before swinging his spear around and pushing it upwards. The blade pierced through my chest.

GAME OVER

“Damn it!” I cursed, adjusting the rimless glasses balancing on the tip of my nose. I carefully placed the gaming controller on the carpet and stood up, pushing my lower back forward in an attempt to loosen my overly tense muscles. The ‘Game Over’ banner still flashed brightly on the screen, its accompanying music drifting effortlessly through the room, riding the air like a surfer.
“Damn it, damn it, damn it!” I growled. “After all that, I still lost!” I narrowed my eyes in frustration. However, I could feel an excited flame beginning to well up inside me and, before long, a content smile had begun to lift my cheeks.
I’ll get you next time... Charlie.
Battle Axe
Hey everyone! Sorry for not posting in a while; haven't really done anything art wise haha. This is a little something I wrote for an English assessment last year. I got 100% on it and was told it was year 12 standard (pretty stoked about that!) so I was actually hoping for some outside opinions. What do you guys think? Any and all feedback is much appreciated!

Anyway, hope you guys are doing great and keep on dreaming!

Anime for life!
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Code 3 - Sound Waves by AzureYugiohVanguard
Code 3 - Sound Waves
Ok. Last one I swear haha! This is one I've done more recently; this month I think actually. The colouring was annoying since I'm not too used to it yet and I've never tried to layer colours before so that took up time (and it didn't really work...).
Anyway, this is Yuki (or Code 3) from Code Breaker. Hope you liked it!

Keep dreaming everyone!

Anime for life!
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Gon Freecs - Hunter X Hunter by AzureYugiohVanguard
Gon Freecs - Hunter X Hunter
Hello again guys! This is another of my art pieces that I've done in the past year. I originally drew this for an art contest on Instagram. I didn't place but I'm still super happy with how it turned out! There was a lot of amazing pieces in that contest though so I wasn't really surprised.
Anyway, hope you like this one!

Keep dreaming everyone!

Anime for life!
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Finn The Human by AzureYugiohVanguard
Finn The Human
Hey guys! This is one of the many things I've been doing since I was on last. If you couldn't tell, this is Finn from Adventure Time; anime style! Such a great show. I just couldn't resist!
Anyway, hope you enjoy!

Keep dreaming everyone!

Anime for life!
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  • Mood: Content
  • Listening to: The fan
  • Reading: The Magnificent 12: The Power
  • Watching: Blood Lad
  • Playing: The computer
  • Eating: nothing
  • Drinking: nothing
Hey there guys! How long has it been since I was on last... over a year? Wow it doesn't really feel that long hahaha! What have all you guys been up to? I've been watching all sorts of new anime, writing stories, drawing, reading manga, reading books, going to school etc. etc. Oh and how was everyone's Christmas and New Year? I hope it was great! Well, I don't really have anything else to say so I think I'll just keep this short and sweet.

Keep dreaming everyone!

(Anime for life!)
  • Mood: Content
  • Listening to: The fan
  • Reading: The Magnificent 12: The Power
  • Watching: Blood Lad
  • Playing: The computer
  • Eating: nothing
  • Drinking: nothing
Hey there guys! How long has it been since I was on last... over a year? Wow it doesn't really feel that long hahaha! What have all you guys been up to? I've been watching all sorts of new anime, writing stories, drawing, reading manga, reading books, going to school etc. etc. Oh and how was everyone's Christmas and New Year? I hope it was great! Well, I don't really have anything else to say so I think I'll just keep this short and sweet.

Keep dreaming everyone!

(Anime for life!)

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Anime I've watched or am currently watching:

Yu Gi Oh! DM
Yu Gi Oh! GX
Yu Gi Oh! 5D’s
Yu Gi Oh! Zexal
Yu Gi Oh! season 0
Beyblade Metal Fusion
Beyblade Metal Masters
Beyblade Metal Fury
Deltora Quest
Ouran Highschool Host Club
Fruits Basket
Cardfight!! Vanguard
Monsuno
Elemental Gelade
Naruto
Bakugan Battle Brawlers
Bakugan New Vestroia
Bakugan Gundalian Invaders
Bakugan Mechtanium Surge
Sword Art Online
D.N. Angel
Fullmetal Alchemist
Accel World
Hyouka
Shakugan no Shana
Hakkenden: Eight Dogs of the East (Touhou Hakken Ibun)
Aria the Scarlet Ammo
Another
A Certain Magical Index
Blue Exorcist
Soul Eater
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
Asura Cryin’
Death Note
Fairy Tail
Pokemon
Chrome Shelled Regios
Gurren Lagann
D. Gray-Man
InuYasha
Bleach
Future Diary
Guilty Crown
Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion
Magi: the labyrinth of magic
The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya
Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle
Persona4 the Animation
Last Exile: Fam the Silverwing
Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle OVA series: Tokyo Revelations
xxxHolic
Rave Master
One Piece
The Legend of the Legendary Heroes
The Tower of Druaga: The Aegis of Uruk
No. 6
Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere
Hetalia: Axis Power
Free! Iwatobi Swim Club
Psycho-Pass
Attack on Titan
Chobits
Devil Survivor 2: The Animation
The Familiar of Zero
Magi: The Kingdom of Magic
Tower of Druaga: Sword of Uruk
The Familiar of Zero: Futatsuki no Kishi
Highschool DxD (unfortunately for me...)
C – Control – The Money of Soul and Possibility
Spice and Wolf
Kill la Kill
Black Butler
Vampire Knight
Hunter X Hunter 1999
Sword Art Online 2
Toradora
Loveless
Hunter X Hunter 2011
Karneval
Deadman Wonderland
Eden of the East
Cowboy Bebop
Maoyuu Maou Yuusha
Log Horizon
Psycho-Pass 2
The Devil is a Part Timer
Highschool of the Dead
Noragami
Code Breaker
Blast of Tempest
Problem Children are Coming from Another World, Aren’t They?
Mekakucity Actors
Blood Lad
Tokyo Ghoul
Oreimo: My Little Sister Can’t Be This Cute!
Angel Beats
Black Cat
Parasyte – The Maxim –
Love, Chunibyo and Other Delusions
Assassination Classroom
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Jemanite Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2015
Hey! Don't know if you remember me, but it's Jemma! Lily's cousin 8"D
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AzureYugiohVanguard Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
no I remember! How are you?
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SenpaiNarwhal Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for favoriting my drawing of Kirito hugging that Sandwhich! :D <3
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AzureYugiohVanguard Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
no problem! :D
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ScoutRegiment456 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015
Thanks so much for the fav :D
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no problem! :D
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EpicPrincessofDoom Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I was asked to tag 10 quality deviants... and you’re one of them!
Quality doesn’t mean that you have a lot of watchers, or a lot of messages; it means that you’re nice to other people, and you deserve to be happy! If you get this message, someone is telling you that they like you as you are, and they don’t care how many watchers you have~
Why don't you send this to 10 awesome deviants who deserve it?
Don't worry; if you break the chain, nothing will happen. It’s just that, sometimes, it's good to let someone know that they're great!

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AzureYugiohVanguard Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
I was asked to tag 10 quality deviants... and you’re one of them!
Quality doesn’t mean that you have a lot of watchers, or a lot of messages; it means that you’re nice to other people, and you deserve to be happy! If you get this message, someone is telling you that they like you as you are, and they don’t care how many watchers you have~
Why don't you send this to 10 awesome deviants who deserve it?
Don't worry; if you break the chain, nothing will happen. It’s just that, sometimes, it's good to let someone know that they're great!
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EpicPrincessofDoom Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Eeyyyy~! :heart:
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Hey buuuddddy whats up! haven't since you in a long time :P
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