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Wish these thoughts would go away
And here alone I sit and pray
Washing the visions out of my mind
By this lake
Asking The Dancer to be kind
So I don't break


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I knew I would be in trouble for doing it, for dirtying, maybe even ruining the kimono I was wearing by sitting there on the bridge, in the pouring rain, but I couldn't help it. Nothing but the unending, unyielding beat of the cold water over me could cleanse my thoughts... my soul. 

Thunder and lightning used to frighten me when I was a child, but that night... that night, it made me feel closer to the Dancer and to the Lonely and Only, that they might hear my plea, notice my plight, and banish the demons that plagued me.

I had looked into the water when I arrived, before I sat on the bridge. Before I got out of the okiya, I had foolishly thought that I could look upon my reflection and remember who I was... who I used to be. I remember imagining moonlight helping me to see myself in the surface of the water. But all I saw was a distorted image, rippling from raindrops, illuminated in jagged flashes of light from the storm. I could only see things I didn't want to... things I wanted to forget.

Things I wished I could forget.


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A BIG thank you to my collaborators and dear ones: :iconmarcotonio-desu:, my Blade Under Mask co-writer and amethystine, my boss and partner in crime! <3

Enjoy some rain, thunder, and Nae! I missed doing this! 

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Nae, Blade Under Mask © me
Sounds are public domain, downloaded from FreeSound.org.

Blade Under Mask: Silent Winter Child by White-Mantis Blade Under Mask: A Moment for the Stars by White-Mantis Purification by White-Mantis Blade Under Mask: You Have My Word (Animated) by White-Mantis
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tylervivas5 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
' Sometime's even in the dark rain, theirs still hope for her fear. Some wolfs have a choice.' ' Their 2 side of a coin: one is to believe and the other is fate. Never break from her dream as a dancer.' I made it my self as wisdom. But i know she will do her best as a great dancer.... i know...
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Salem-the-Psychic Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2014
Is there a demon behind her?
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:iconvisser946:
visser946 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2014
I love your art.
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:iconwhite-mantis:
White-Mantis Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014  Student General Artist
Thank you!
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:iconsparrowcrazy:
sparrowcrazy Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Is she a praying mantis? This is really cool btw!
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:iconaldenex:
AldenEx Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014
Does anyone else here the police siren in the background?!?!
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denisa34 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014  Student Digital Artist
*Runs on the bridge*...eh?! *suddently stop running*...*Trying to beware her from rain* W-What are yo-ou doing here..??..you will get a c-cold..
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:iconfugimoto:
fugimoto Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014
ooooooooooh very nice! reminds me a bit of mulan!
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:iconderpina-kun:
Derpina-kun Featured By Owner May 9, 2014  Student Digital Artist
i am dying of supreme tranquility....n beauty....this...this is jus.....no words 

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DanteKFreeman Featured By Owner May 9, 2014  Student General Artist
Such a great animation; such i deep meaning.
(On a personal note: I've always found more comfort than fear from the lightning and rain as well.)
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DrakkarHellbringer Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014
sweet mother teresa on the hood of a mersades benz. good job!
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RukiaPB Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OMG! IS SO BEAUTIFUL! excited excited excited 
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:iconcrimsonfox36:
CrimsonFox36 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014
Nae! What are you Doing out here!? It's pouring!
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:iconkittmouri:
KittMouri Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014
Enchanting! Truly inspired!

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:iconwhite-mantis:
White-Mantis Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Student General Artist
Thank you very much! <3
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:iconironanookami:
IronaNoOkami Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Just WOW I really love it
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:iconkiuslady:
KiusLady Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very lovely piece :)
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LazyMusician10 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013  Student Artist
its magnificent! I love it~  :happybounce: CURSE YOU! Clap 
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EnadarxelAlcadrios Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013
That's a very nice animation.<br / />
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ShawnSkunk Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013
this is really fantastic I like that you added sound to this.
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:iconlink-sakura:
Link-Sakura Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013
Oh gawd.Is she a Mantis?So gorgeous >w<
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:icongillspar:
gillspar Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013
Kinda reminds me of the animation in Odin's Sphere only better.
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:iconcarurisa:
Carurisa Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is so beautiful! :iconiloveitplz:
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:iconlacrimiya:
Lacrimiya Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013
What is the picture that shows up in the lightning!? AAAH IT BUGS ME! Hahahha. Best pun. 
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:iconkeyshe54:
Keyshe54 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013   Traditional Artist
It's very beautiful work, nice dark colors and gogouse lighting-- the sounds ans animations are great, nice subtle flowing greenery, flickering light and small movement from her.

 A sad story you have written there
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:iconbloodseer:
bloodseer Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
wow really nice atmosphere love the lightening effects
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:iconw17:
W17 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013
Nicely done ^_^
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:iconnapandastia:
napandastia Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconamgplz: So beautiful.
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:iconkuro-mai:
kuro-mai Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
love it!
the rain is really calming and the animation is smooth! good job.
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:icontradt-production:
TRADT-PRODUCTION Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Still so beautiful art/animation. I could cry for this beauty
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:iconfrankyding90:
Frankyding90 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Professional Filmographer
So beautiful; so emotional as well.

One thing I noticed in this animation... I see her "tail" is moving a little up and down which I think is very sweet, but the reflection of it in the wet ground ought to be moving a little as well. 

But that was the only critique; overall I really love this and I could stare at it forever! Once again you made a master piece ^^
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:iconmarcotonio-desu:
Marcotonio-desu Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Student Filmographer
Oh snap!
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:iconwhite-mantis:
White-Mantis Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013  Student General Artist
MY REACTION!

It could be easily fixed. >_<

But I'm not going to render it again hahaha
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:iconremanlongtail:
remanlongtail Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful work! The rain effects are very well done!
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:iconk4nk4n:
K4nK4n Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013
Holds an umbrella over Nae. Beautiful animation. I wouldn't be able to resist from grabbing her wiggly abdomen.
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titanio2 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013
Wow *.*
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Natizilda Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Fiquei meia hora procurando de onde vinha o barulho porque esqueci que tinha aberto a aba. xDDDDDD

Ficou muito bonito, meus parabéns.
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:iconrocketai:
Rocketai Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013
Os seus desenhos e animações são absolutamente perfeitos. Eu não consigo parar de encará-los! A sua atenção à detalhe é de outro mundo! :heart:
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:iconkatrinep:
KatrineP Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love your animations. They are so awesome!
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Carlie-NuclearZombie Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
wowowow!!! amazing animation
I also really love the art and the outfit
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:iconhaseo-ani-waya:
Haseo-Ani-Waya Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Another masterpiece. Well done.
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Solum-Ipsum Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful art as usual. :heart:
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Kitan777 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013
oh wow this is beautiful :O <3
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:iconalexwindstorm:
alexwindstorm Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
<3
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Timscorpion Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi. My name is TimScorpion, and I do insect anthros too! Check out my gallery. I may not have much yet, but I will be getting there.
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UselessPoet Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013
I could listen to and look at this all day.  I know I've said it before, but you are amazingly talented at creating atmosphere in your works.
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MarauderShields1 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013
quick someone get her a umbrella! 
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ARCADE-PUNK Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow! I always love how smooth your animations turn out to be, like watching a real-life scene. The audio sync is very nice, too!
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drawitout Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013  Professional General Artist
Amazing, amazing work.
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OniBee Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013
That's beautifully made! :3
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