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AkuRoku - Curiosity by Nijuuni AkuRoku - Curiosity by Nijuuni
There was a tale that the story tellers of Twilight Town would narrate to the children. It was about a pilot who flew higher into the endless sky than any other airship had gone, who discovered worlds no other travelers had been, and about an Angel who fell in love with the pilot.


"You what?" The clangs of wrenches and screws against the metal casing of the Highwind pause momentarily when Cid stops his work to peer down at Roxas at the base of the ladder. The sudden mute of all the familiar sounds in the hangar makes Roxas squirm uncomfortably with embarrassment. "You're kidding, right?"

Roxas sucks in a deep breath, watching his mentor decend from the ladder before saying in his most determined voice: "I'm not kidding. I want to find that floating fortress."

"You're fuckin' crazy, kid," Cid tells him, motioning with impatient curls of his fingers for the grease rag. Roxas chews tentatively on his lip, looking for any encouraging sign from the older man when he hands over the rag. "There's a reason why people call it the World That Never Was. Pilots go missing trying to find that damned thing, which we don't even know actually exists or not." Roxas' eyes watch as Cid rubs vigorously at his soiled hands, the skin around his nails calloused and dirty from many years of taking care of his airship.

Throwing the towel over his shoulder, Cid rummages in to his pocket and puts a cigarette in his mouth. "Curiosity killed the fuckin' cat, y'know," Cid muffles around the stick between his lips, flicking on a lighter to scorch the end. Roxas feels his heart sinking.

"There are worlds outside our own, Cid," Roxas says, "we can't find out about them by flying around the same places we always do."

Cid scoffs, running a hand through his hair, damp from work and the afternoon heat, before turning back to examine his ship. "There are some things that oughta be left the hell alone, Rox. Sometimes there are things that aren't meant to be found."

Roxas shakes his head and walks right up to him, nudging him in the ribs with a small punch. "And what if there are things that are meant to be found, out there, right now?"

After a moment's pause, Cid takes a long drag from his fourth cigarette that day before snubbing it beneath his boot. Heavy boots carry him away from the ship towards his desk, unorganized and laden with papers, maps, and blueprints. Roxas, heart heavy, sighs and leans against the Highwind. The metal is cool to the touch as his own face heats up with the first inklings of disappointment and frustration. He had done the studies, he's flown countless airships with and without Cid's supervision, he has the skills required for combat, and even had dreams about what the fortress would look like. He knows of the risk involved. People had told him about the the stories of pilots being attacked by Wyverns, getting swept up by powerful winds created by monsters people called Angel Stars. Despite it all, Roxas feels he can do this, as if he is meant to do this.

"Roxas." The rough sound of Cid's voice jostles Roxas out of his thoughts, and the young blond turns to see Cid waving him over. He weaves by the mess of tools left on the floor, approaching with a small frown on his face. He's sure as hell he won't be accepting to run any errands for Cid after he was shot down just moments before.

Cid looks at him for a moment, and rolls his eyes. "Wipe that fuckin' frown off your face, will you? I just want to give you these."

Roxas looks down, and sees a pair of goggles and a tube of paper in Cid's hands. "Goggles?" He asks incredulously, taking the offerings nonetheless.

"They're my goddamned goggles." Cid says bluntly, taking a gentle swat at the blond head before him.

"Ow! Mind telling me why you're giving me your goggles?" Roxas yelps, taking several steps back and shooting a dirty look at the man for the assault. He puts them on, fitting them against his face.

"I wore those when I discovered the Rising Falls, Smartass. I was your age." Cid pauses, before continuing, "they mean a lot to me, so don't lose 'em."

At a loss for words, Roxas can only nod. The goggles suddenly feels as if Roxas had worn them all his life. It lights a flame in belly, and he was itching to put them to use. He doesn't want that spark to end. A small breeze sweeps in from the wall opening into the sky, like a beckoning for Roxas. The sky is beginning to turn into a bright orange in the remaining hours of the afternoon, just another reason for Roxas to seek out a way to sate that flame burning within him.

Cid closes the gap Roxas had said between them and puts the rolled paper in the younger pilot's hand. "Those are maps charting off towards the goddamned edge of the world. I've marked down places you can land in and stay and recharge or whatever. It can only help you get so far, but at least you'll have a way back home if you chicken out."

Roxas lets out a light chuckle, punching Cid in the gut gently. "I won't chicken out."

Cid gives a huff, and his lips pull back into a smile. "I know you won't, kiddo," he says, pulling Roxas into a headlock and messing up the golden tresses of hair, "y'aint a pilot if you get scared of the unknown, but it's exactly what worries me."

"So you do care!"

"Don't let it go to your head."


TADA~ Prize commission for :iconsvespasveken: who placed in the top three in :icona-r-r:'s SPRING CONTEST 2011!

The prompt was steampunk akuroku, and the drabble is an added bonus ;D Ahhh, it's been a while since i've written drabbles <33

I apologize if there are mechanical uncertainties here XDDD i'm not a mechanical genius. Axel's wings were referenced off this gorgeous piece of work, so give this guy love: [link]

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sarasnake99 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm not usually a fan of AkuRoku, but damn, this is cool. :D
MissMeikakuna Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2015
I love this art! Can I feature it on my Tumblr…? I will credit you and there will be a link to this page.
LucyxKimi Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Student General Artist
MenekyNeko22 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013
Can I make a cosplay out of this?! This is beautiful!!
meeplet Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013
Wow I wanna lick Axel's feet they look so perfect
Nijuuni Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013   Digital Artist
LOL oh my, lets hope he didn't step in anything too dirty then XDD
kimberlei Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
aww cute i love this drawing very very evry very much:love::iconloveyouplz::love:
CrossBladeWing Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012
is this a fanfiction? cuz if it is i would SO want to read it. If not...oh well. :( this is still AWESOME i can't even draw something close to this.
CrackerBlues Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Steampunkandbeautifulandromanticandand ohmagawddd you actuallygottherefacesrightImeantheydon'tlooklikefreakscozy'knowinmostarttheykindado
woahman, woah, this is really good :D
Nijuuni Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012   Digital Artist
CrackerBlues Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
seriously, imma give you some points nao.
RavaNearo Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
cool wings
EMStrife Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I Love this :heart: All of your art is amazing! You are a fantastic artist!!
StormingDragon Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Now THAT is freaking creative. I love it.
ILOVEAKUROKU Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012
awesome story to go with the picture
StephmysterSLAM Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
SO ... FREAKIN... COOOOOL.. *explodes*
BlackKingofNight Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Is there more?
DarkRain25 Featured By Owner May 30, 2012
Best pic I have ever seen of the two!!!
ubiique Featured By Owner May 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lovin' your art. Been browsing your gallery for fun. Although, your art has probably scarred me for life. I'll never be able to look at this Roxas person from anyone else's art, fanart or even games without wondering what kind of perverted things he's going to try. I: I sure hope my son gets over playing those video games soon.. <_<..
Emerald-Glaceon Featured By Owner May 8, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Lol Roxas isn't like this in the games it's the fan art you have to worry about XD.
ubiique Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, then I'm a good mom for not letting them browse the internet yet!
Emerald-Glaceon Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Student Digital Artist
yep especially google XD
Devikel Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
So cool!
MaxInu23 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I hash so many ideas as of where that drabble could go.... Hmmm, do you mind if I write some more on this?
aochou-hime Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012
im loving the steampunk here! 8DDD
OneThousandMoons Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I. Love. This. So. Much.
Windmagic444 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012
you've probs heard this a million times, but cool wings!
moodswing2012 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Rene14 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012
Evil-is-Relative Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Professional General Artist
STEAMPUNK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Love the wings. ^_^ :boogie:
Yumix17 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Student Digital Artist
yay steempunk yaoi :D
princesssk8tr Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Student Interface Designer
I LOVE THIS!!!!!! Where did you find/make this?
sotahuuto Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011
You're horrible! : 'D There should be a rule not to leave drabbles like this just be. I hope someone (!take the bait!) would just finish this so I could read more~ bubu
chicagoxpillowz Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
i can't. even.
this is beautiful.
and that is all i can i say about that.
Samyx914 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
Are you writing the rest of this fanfic? If not could I? I'm not as talented as you with writing but i've been thinking about this and how to write about it and i don't wanna steal it from you or anything
Nijuuni Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2011   Digital Artist
haha no, i won't be writing the rest of it 8'D i don't usually continue the drabbles i throw in LOOOOL to many people's frustration, apparently LOOOL but the best thing is that it motivates writers like you to have a hand at it :iconheeplz:! so defintely, you write to your hearts content 8) all i ask is for proper credit if you decide to post it up, is all c:
Samyx914 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
Oh yes of course!! IF i dedcide to post it the AN will include Inspired by "Curiosity" by Nijuuni or something of that nature and thanks for your wonderful artworks!!!!! :D:D:D:D:D:D:D
Adolas Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011  Student General Artist
awsome want to know wat happened next. When he meets axel and how and if he makes it. Gahhhh must know did you do it??? I f not can you???? Please
JamesKnightingale Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
emoshadow1107 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2011
omfg i LOVE it!!!!!
FlyingNinjaKitteh Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011
Those wings...they're BEAUTIFUL!
chromiumrhodon Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2011
The outfits are my favorite part of this picture!
oONeko-ChanOo Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011
So amazing! ;-; The picture, the drabble, just everything is perfect! You should continue this! I think this would be a great story!
owlpostagain Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011  Student Writer
this is absolutely stunning
RoxasRebirth Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011
This is rily amazing. I love everything about it ^^ loving their outfits <3 Awesome wings.
bunny-katzen Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Fabulous! I really like the texture of Axel's wings and Roxas' boots in general.
Arkiel-Pixie Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Mmmm, manly!ruffles.
nuttyfruits Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011
This picture is so BEAUTIFUL!!! I really am amazed at the wings and all. I specifically like the wings and the face guard thingy that Axel's wearing.

Kuroneko-No-Kaosu Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011
Snfkdjsjfs, your drabbles make me so so SO happy and I want to cosplay this too and I forgot my dA password for a while and therefore missed your art terribly QAQ
DancingwithDestiny Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011
OMG. This is just...GUH. The WING, the positioning, the details, the clothes, the touching, UNF. :iconhurrplz:
Love it!

And that little story with it, I know everyone's said it already, but it's fantastic. :heart:
I won't ask you to write it in full, because it seems we both have the same affliction regarding fanfic writing: We just can't write anything longer than a one-shot. ._.' (I've tried, but I've usually either ended up not liking the story anymore, getting writer's block, or my attention span ran out. ^^; )
I WILL ask you one thing, though...
...if :iconkurosora1984: is even CONSIDERING writing a fic based on this, could you like, poke her with a virtual stick, a stick of encouragement? Or something? 8D; Because honestly, if anyone could pull this story off, it'd be her. I love her writing. :aww:

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