Happy birthday, ~ZeroVX
! Okay, so this is a writing/drawing collaboration with *RolosLover
, who came to me and asked to do this for ~ZeroVX
. I more than gladly accepted! I did the artwork, and down below you'll find *RolosLover
fanfic that inspired this.
Please read it and comment on both the art and fanfic, and definitely give her a visit and check out her other CroMa fanfics and poetry, she also has some KidXCrona for those who are fans of that. Now, without further ado I bring *RolosLover
fanfic Embracing Thorns.
***I had wanted to show her the flowers. She loved them and I loved the way she gazed at them. She was gentle and kind, and in return, I could see how she would love flowers. They are quite delicate. Whenever I try to grab some, they break off the stems unevenly or some petals fall off from the force of my pull. It’s because I’m not gentle enough to keep the flowers looking nice. But still, even if I’m no good at taking care of flowers the way she does, I can show her flowers.
And it was for that very reason; the two of us were standing side by side with each other. In the deepening twilight, the lampposts began to illuminate the area, bathing it in a soft glow. Shibusen’s flower garden. It was a small area hidden deep behind the trees, and it was during one of my mid-day walks that I had come across this place. And I knew that I had to take Maka to see this place.
When I showed her, she couldn’t even speak. The sight took her breath away, yet it was only a few moments before Maka grabbed ahold of my arm and began to pull me in. “Come on Crona! No need to keep standing at the front! You want to see them too, right?”
Did I? I wasn’t gentle and not anything close to a flower. It was just another thing to feel nervous about. But, I didn’t let my feelings show. I didn’t pull back; I let her drag me like a ragdoll over to a patch of lilies.
“Aren’t they beautiful?” Maka admired the white petals with the tips of her fingers. I, on the other hand, stood behind her, hands at my sides. I stared at Maka, seeing the gleam in her eyes. It only took her a moment to notice that I wasn’t next to her. She whipped behind back towards me. “Crona? Aren’t you going to look at the flowers too?”
“O-Oh!” I shook my head to clear out any of my doubts, allowing myself to enjoy the moment as it was. And doing so would make Maka happy too. She smiled as I walked, well more of tip-toed over to where she stood.
“Here, check out this one.” She pointed to some wildflowers that were growing nearby, making her way over as I trailed by her side. I took quick glances at her periodically, feeling some sense of satisfaction from taking her here.
She smiled wider, and seeing that was even nicer. I moved a little closer to her, still keeping my hands at my side. I guess I looked a lot like a statue, frozen in one position. I blamed my sudden petrification on my feelings. I could feel it beginning, my face growing hot. Sure enough, a blush was appearing. Maybe Maka wouldn’t notice?
Suddenly, I looked down to see one of my thorn vines caressing Maka’s leg. Well, that was certainly done subconsciously. Those vines worked in ways similar to extra limbs, but if I wasn’t paying attention, they would sometimes move on their own. “No.” I whispered under my breath as I took the vine back under my robe. But, in the end, it only made my blush grow. I looked back towards Maka, and stared at the ground.
I stepped a little closer to her. Maybe she wouldn’t notice?
I took another step closer to her. All the while, I just continued to think about getting closer to her. And now was one of those times that I wasn’t feeling like arguing with myself again.
This was a good idea
I began to smile. Hopefully it looked good since I had been practicing lately. If my luck was good, then it’s a chance that my smile might look like a genuine smile.
Holding my breath, I took one more step.
“Ow!” I heard her yell as she jumped over, holding her hand to her side. My smile quickly faded. She looked over towards me for a long moment as she took her hand up and saw some of blood. Her blood.
I had gotten too close. I had gotten too close.
“M-Maka! I’m so sorry!” But I knew that wouldn’t change what had happened. I hurt Maka with my thorns. It wasn’t a deep puncture, but enough that she was bleeding a little. Yet still, a wound is still a wound. And it was one I had caused.
I felt the tears stinging my eyes, regret taking over my mind. I shouldn’t have tried to get close to her. I began to walk backwards, trying to lengthen the distance between us.
“I didn’t mean to hurt you.”
“Crona! Its ok; it was only an accident.” She held out her hand towards me. How could she not understand? The voices in my head were screaming at me for hurting Maka. I had taken her here to give her a good time with just the two of them, and I had to ruin it by trying to get too close to her. My thorns weren’t even that long, which proved that I had gotten far too close.
It was like a horrible joke.
I didn’t wait to respond to her. I began to run away from her.
Maka was gentle. Flowers were gentle. But I wasn’t gentle.
“Wait!” It was no surprise that I didn’t get far in my attempt to run. She had strong legs. And a tight grip. She held onto my arm, not letting go nor moving an inch. But I refused to turn and look at her.
“Crona. Turn around.” She was also stubborn.
“It was an accident. You didn’t mean to hurt me.” She was talking to me? Yes, she was- even though I wasn’t turning around to see. I couldn’t look back. I didn’t want to face her.
“I understand that you just wanted to stand next to me and you got too close.” It sounded like Maka wasn’t done talking. “But, please- don’t leave.” I felt her grip tighten and it seemed that she was serious. I didn’t say anything and she didn’t say anything back. We stood like that for a few minutes, neither of us moving a muscle. It felt more like a few hours. In the end, it was I who made the next move. I looked back.
Maka had tears in her eyes too, though she was better at hiding it. I could see her expression clear as day. She was scared. But, she wasn’t scared of me. She was scared for me. Though it seemed to have eased up a bit when she was able to look back towards me, face to face.
“I’m not gentle like those flowers.” I find myself saying before I realize what passed out my lips. Maka frowned, but didn’t speak as if telling me to continue. “I have all these thorns on my body and, it just isn’t right. They may be small but…” I hesitate to say the last part but Maka’s grip keeps me in place. “I can never get close to you again!”
I said it. I finally said it. “I-I can never hug you without getting you hurt!” The words just continued to flow out, my emotions being poured out for her to see. “I want to be able to feel your touch! But I can’t! I can’t anymore!” The tears streamed down my face, some stray drops finding their way into my mouth, creating a salty taste. I ignored it as I continued, my body shaking. “Maka, I’m sorry! I-”
My words were cut off as I felt a sudden change in motion. I was no longer shaking and my legs were positioned differently, showing that I had been moved. But it hadn’t yet registered in my head until I felt my body beginning to warm up. Someone was holding onto me. Their arms around me. But that was impossible. Who would try to touch me?
I already knew that answer. She was leaning to the left slightly, allowing room for her head. Her pigtails draped down on my left shoulder and one tickled my neck. Her chest was up against mine, allowing herself to get as close to me as she could. And softly, I heard her whisper in my ear.
“Who said that we could never hug?”
Maka was hugging me. She was hugging me. I could feel the warmth of her breath as she inhaled and exhaled. I could feel her chest going up and down. And I could even feel her heart beat, rhythmically like my own. Although my own was going a lot faster.
“What are you doing?!” I shout at her, finding myself unable to move again. She wasn’t going to let me go. Maka laughed, like I had asked something funny. But it wasn’t meant to be funny. What was she thinking?
“I’m hugging you, obviously.”
“I-I know that!” I stammer out. “But, you shouldn’t! I had already told you, you’d get hurt!”
“I don’t care. Your thorns are small. And, this doesn’t change anything. Thorns or not.” Looking down, I could see where my thorns were poking into Maka. But she wasn’t moving. It was like she wasn’t even paying attention to them at all.
I began to bring my arms up, knowing that I had to return the favor. But I also knew what would happen if I hugged her back. So, I closed my eyes and quickly wrapped my arms around her. She twitched for a moment but relaxed again.
“See? I’m ok.” She smiled and, I found that I was able to smile back to her. “You said that you aren’t gentle like a flower. But that’s because you are a rose.”
“Roses have thorns. But they are also beautiful. You just haven’t bloomed yet.” Her words left me unable to know what to say in response. How do I respond to something like that? I glanced around at the flowers nearby us, as if they knew the answer. But I spotted my answer in a bush a few feet away.
“Maka!” I exclaimed, causing her to let go of me, which was just what I wanted. After all, how else would I have been able to move if she hadn’t let go first? As she watched, I ran over to the bush and quickly grabbed at the stems. Though I had to bite my tongue as I felt my fingers getting pricked since I was being reckless in my rush. I picked about six of them before running back over to Maka.
“These are for you.” I whispered before handing the roses over to her. Making sure not to get pricked by the thorns, Maka took the roses from my hands and held them close to her. “Thank you.” She looked so cute and I had to turn away so she didn’t see the blush on my face. But while I wasn’t looking, I felt a peck on my cheek. My hand shot up to my cheek and I spun back to Maka.
Maka had just kissed me…
Suddenly Maka began to laugh and tried her best to stop. She was failing badly. “Oh Crona!” She pointed up at me. “W-what’s so f-f-funny?!”
“Your face! You look as red as a rose!” It took a minute to realize that I had failed in hiding my blush and that it had been more apparent than I had realized at first. Thanks Maka… Thanks so much for that.
I had a lot of fun making this picture. My second stab with watercolors, and I love how the background turned out with them! I used colored pencils to color the moon, Crona and Maka. Also used my Faber-Castell artist pens for the majority of Crona.
I loved making his vines! And I bought this Liquid Paper correction pen, which is amazing for the stars, I like it better than the white gels pens I have. I'm really proud of how everything turned out in the end, I was so worried of doing something completely traditional. The only thing I had to do on the computer was darken it up a bit to give it a more night time feel.