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AkuRoku - Time Stands Still by Nijuuni AkuRoku - Time Stands Still by Nijuuni
Roxas rounds the corner of the factory, narrowly evading the ray that zips by his head. He lets out a shout, losing his footing when the bullet meant for him hits a valve and releases a cloud of hot steam. He coughs, braving the heat and disappearing into the vapors to put more distance between him and the band of Heartless. He presses the microphone on his neckband on, catching his breath before hissing, “Sora? Sora, what’s going on, talk to me!”
He hears static for a moment, and he gives a long sigh of relief when Sora responds.

“We’re holding them back from the Heart crystals, but with every one we get there’s another one that takes its place! We need you down here! Kairi’s with Cid readying the Highwind right now but—“

Roxas ducks his head, Sora’s voice eclipsed by a high pitched ringing when a bright red ray slices through the steel pipes somewhere behind him, letting off another explosion of gas and steam. In the distance, he hears the unmistakable shouts of a fatal blow.

“Crap!” The young mechanic tears out the empty chemical vials in his gun, fumbling as he runs to pull the spares from his bracelet and load the barrel before someone takes the advantage. He turns on his toes, firing down several Heartless hot on his trail.

When he turns back around, a tall Heartless dressed in black armor stalks out in front of him, a large rifle aimed at Roxas’ head ready to fire. Roxas wastes no time, and brings the sharp blade of his weapon straight through the gun. He brings a leg up and kicks the pirate in the stomach. His adversary stumbles back, but rolls to safety before his bullet could graze him. The Heartless tosses his useless gun aside, only to swiftly reach against the holder on his thigh and bring up a dagger. It sparks, Roxas notices, and immediately changes his plan to attack him at close range. The Heartless lunges at him, and blond jumps back in a flip, firing his gun the moment he lands. This pirate is much more nimble and fast, and with every attack, Roxas could hear the buzzing of electricity that much closer to his head each time.

As Roxas tries to scale a mound of cargo boxes onto the next floor, the pirate pulls back the tarp beneath his boots and sends him crashing onto the grate flooring. The pirate pounces onto the boy’s prone form, the eerie glow of his goggles almost hypnotizing Roxas as they stare at one another in a silent challenge. Roxas notices his vision tunnel, the world slowing down as he focuses onto the raised sparking blade that’s sure to go straight between his eyes.

Just as he resigns to see the world go black, the Heartless is choked back, and Roxas hears the crack of a wrist fracturing. A strangled scream follows just shortly, and the blond finally realizes who his savior is.

The electrified blade is jerked from the pirate’s hand and plunged into a heavy bag of sand. Roxas watches in shock as he witnesses the pirate being thrown from the fourth floor and over the balcony into the factory atrium.

“Axel!” Roxas shouts, picking up his gun.

The tall man turns to him, the ragged cape draped over his left shoulder fluttering as he makes his way towards Roxas. He gives an acknowledging grin, his eyes shining bright green beneath the curved brim of his hat. His enigmatic guardian is back, and for the briefest of moments, Roxas loses himself in elation.

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Rest of the drabble here: [link]

Prize Commission for :iconjadethefirefox: for being placed in the top three of :icona-r-r:'s Shadows and Sunshine; AkuNo/RokuNo contest 8)



CONGRATS!!

Uguuuuuuuu Steampunk and monochrome aowiejfaowiejwoeg *foams at mouth :heart:*


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:iconchain-of-destiny:
Chain-of-Destiny Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014
Shit, those details! o__o unbelievably beautiful!
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Diamond-Snowflake Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014  Student General Artist
For some reason, Axel looks like a steampunked version of Vampire Hunter D, which makes it even more bad ass!
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piotrek2040 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014
I take out my hat to you, this is art. I am speachless, I love it.
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xXOrchidChildXx Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
As a steampunk I must say that this is incredible, I love it, and the drabble that goes with it!
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xXOrchidChildXx Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
As a steampunk I can say that this is absolutely amazing, you've really done your homework!
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CrownOfMagic Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I love this so much! I've had it saved in my messages for ages so I could keep looking at it :P
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CamishCD Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012  Student General Artist
I HAVE NO WORDS. :heart:
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TopHat-And-Tentacles Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hnnng... Your work never ceases to amaze me and I seriously look forward to it appearing in my inbox :heart:
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Nijuuni Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
<33 i'm so happy you like my stuff :iconiloveyouplz:
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TopHat-And-Tentacles Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Like it? I adore it :D keep up the awesome work!
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CursedAyesha Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012
Really Awesome *_*
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Jadethefirefox Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
THANK YOU SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO MUCH!!! Even the drabble is amazing
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michele-bellx Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012
omg gorgeous *_* the detail and perfection is just mind-blowing. I love their weapons and the way Axel is looking at Roxas *swoon*
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misspenguin4 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
i just love everything you do. i don't think i can say that enough.
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Malfey Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
FFFFFFFFFFFFF I love that brown color! And all those DETAILS ;u; why do you DO that xDDD it hurts my eyes with awesomeness ;u; i love the way that cape wraps around them and their positions <3333
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Nijuuni Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you <33
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Malfey Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
welcome ;u;
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sakurasapprentice Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012
Oh gosh, I wish you could turn this into a fanfic! You're such a good writer!! But I understand you have time restrictions... The art is fantastic as well!
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Nijuuni Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awoijgw thank you ;w; i'd love to finish all my fan fics and stories for you guys. just let me win the lottery, and i'll get back to you on that LOL
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Shinigamylle Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012
Your line and shadows are really REALLY GOOD. Seriously, it's perfect ! If you do a tutorial, tell me *_*
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Nijuuni Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you ;w; I don't really know how to do tutorials, but i did like a step by step wip of another black and white image, here--> [link]
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Shinigamylle Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012
Oh yes, very great !
Thank you very much for the answer !
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AirVeil Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012  Hobbyist
Oh Axel, so cold, so...heartless ;D
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Nijuuni Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh ho ho ;D
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X-EvilSpawnPanda-X Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012
this is amazing 8D
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Amu-chan1324 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012   General Artist
i always look forward to getting an update alert from you, and when i get one, i die lol. you are truly outstanding and if i were as good as you, i would step down cause you would still be better than the best. thank you for being the only person able to satisfy my akuroku needs :D xoxo!! <3~
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Nijuuni Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awoiejfa thank you so much :icondesireyouplz: i'm glad i can sate your akuroku desires xD;;
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Amu-chan1324 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012   General Artist
lol it's all my pleasure, i can assure you :iconblushingplz:
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redtora Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012
w-w gah its so pretty
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minnymoon1360 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
nice gun-blade., well nice everything XD
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Nijuuni Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
haha, thank you :aww:!
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Slath Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012  Student Digital Artist
very very good!
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MutantPaperClip Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I have decided that I think you are a wizard and aside from your own natural awesome you have the ability to tap into all of the awesome this world has to offer and add it to your own amazingness to create mind blowing anything every time you do it.

Love your work, stay awesome. :)
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Nijuuni Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'M A WIZARD, BITCHES :iconheeplz:!

thank you, love <3
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Hisake-umii Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
WHEEEEEEE!!!! A NEW PIC OF NIJUUNI!!! Beautiful as always!! :heart:

~Love,

Roxas:heart:
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Nijuuni Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
THANKS SWEETIE <3
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Hisake-umii Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Anytime, darling.

It's only natural for me. When I see a drawing of you on Tumblr, I go like: 'OMG! NIJUUNI! REBLOG ALL THE NIJUUNI!' :P

~Love,

Roxas:heart:
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vya Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012
Wow, that's amazing! :heart: I love all these details!<3
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Nijuuni Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you :3
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Vizu Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012
So much details, this is crazy @___@
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Nijuuni Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks UvU;
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chocolateless Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It looks... this is... I... it's... a... I love it! :flirty:
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Aplos Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012
:thumbsup:
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tazzleigh01 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesomeness of epic levels!
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tazzleigh01 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesomeness of epic levels!!!
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takarayume Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Student General Artist
hhngh Seampunk is soawesoe ide--:iconmingwhatdoplz: another awesome job~ ; 7 ;
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Nijuuni Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
LOL that was like a keyboard smash XD
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takarayume Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012  Student General Artist
pfft--//weeps//:iconuhuhuhuplz:
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takarayume Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Student General Artist
all those typos//weeps :iconuhuhuhuplz://kicksmykeyboard//weeps
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Scream-Deafening Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012
Axel looks so swish in that hat... utterly gorgeous image, I love everything about your artworks; this one particularly stands out because of its detail where their forms are almost lost in the chaos while still so beautiful.
Wonderful work, as ever.

Also, the short story to match such a intriguing artwork, always making the world so real and large with so little information.

:heart:
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