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Heart's Torment by SilEnigmaArts Heart's Torment by SilEnigmaArts
~...The enemy had struck swiftly on that fateful night. They had killed her father and taken over his Kingdom, the only home Princess Caliope and James had known from birth. The only thing that saved them both was Caliope's wilfulness in insisting that she continue on her evening walk. James, always close and charged by her father to protect his only daughter had heard the blood rending screams of the inhabitants of her father’s castle as the enemy attacked. He had snatched her up in his strong arms and taken her to one of their "secret" hiding places. He had to hold her close to him muffling her sobbing into his chest as each ear piercing scream that came from deep within the castle would sear its memory into their minds and hearts.

On the night after the bloody slaughter the mood within the castle had gone from frenzied madness to drunken revelry with the enemy having found the cellar laden with barrel after barrel of fermenting wine. By the sounds of the intermittent screams, it seemed that some of the women had been spared their lives but now suffered an even more intolerable existence by the hands of these drunken pillagers. During that night as the sounds became muted, he had decided it was time to leave their hiding place and take them to safety.
James had led them to the stables in the pitch darkness, saddled up Caliope's horse Purcy constantly patting his nose to stay quiet. He swung himself up on the steed lifting Caliope into his arms with one quick motion, pulling her close to his chest wrapping his arms around her and dug his heels into Purcy's belly pushing them forward at breakneck speed out into the forecourt and over the drawbridge left open by the careless enemy.

They had travelled for twelve days and nights pushing Purcy to his limits. During the days they were fed and hidden by villagers throughout the Kingdom by her father's loyal subjects and travelled hard and unrelenting as darkness would fall. The enemy had sent out search party's in order to capture the most prized possession ....Caliope. But soon they would be safe in the Kingdom and haven of Princess Penelope, her Godmother.

That had been six long heart rending months ago. Caliope had been inconsolable and even though she would insist that James be near her at all times even demanding his bedchamber be next to hers, she held him at arms length. James' devotion to her had astounded Princess Penelope who had instructed all in her household to respect him as one of the family for deep down she knew that in time, Caliope and James would be as one, regardless of their birth rights.

Now as the days wore on, Caliope had resumed her evening walks albeit not around the grounds of her own home, but nevertheless it was a sign that James knew she was slowly healing. Every evening he would accompany her on her walks but would always remain in the shadows, close enough if she needed him but far enough to give her privacy. Each waking moment spent with Caliope his love would grow stronger and at night his dreams would be filled with her beauty and the urges to feel her soft silken skin against his own. Perhaps soon, Caliope will look at him again as she did before that fateful night, with eyes of love instead of eyes of sadness. He would wait...~




Hearts Crusade - Part 1 [link]


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:iconauroradreams: Caliope
:iconailinstock: James
:iconmoonchilde-stock: Patio
:iconaudpod: Seat
:iconwammyp: Hanging Plants

The skyscape is with thanks to Australian Severe Weather [link] and the mountain scene from Paul Butler [link] who so kindly has allowed me to use their photography for my manipulations


Hope you all like "Heart's Torment"

Eni


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infinitelyinevitable Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010  Student Writer
i love this:) truthfully just beautiful...:)
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SilEnigmaArts Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010   Digital Artist
Thanks very much...glad you like it. There is a prequel story to this piece. The link is under the story :)
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Morphine-Cloud Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2009
So beautiful.... :wow:
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SilEnigmaArts Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2009   Digital Artist
Thank you :)
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Morphine-Cloud Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2009
Welcome :)
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mdandree Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2008
Fabulous! A definate favorite! The story is also great! :)
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SilEnigmaArts Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2008   Digital Artist
Thanks ever so much...glad you like it :D
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mdandree Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2008
You're very welcome! :)
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RooZombie Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2008
Fantastic rays of light. Looks a lot like Shangri-la, except the mountain in the background is gone. Maybe it went to Mohammad. No matter, I like this like this. :) What a view from the patio! Wowee!

Wait, I need to read your long story...

dah.. I can't read this with the radio on, wait a minute I'll turn it off...

*reading* .. ahh forbidden love. Very good. :)
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SilEnigmaArts Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2008   Digital Artist
Very astute of you Roo....it IS the same piece. In the Shang piece I added that snow peaks to the original. I love the perspective of the original shot and it lends itself to some fun manipulation. Thanks heaps once again for your comments and also ...another fav :)
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RooZombie Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2008
It's the most that I could do! :)
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vimark Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Hello. This is a copy and paste message to let you know that you have been featured in this news article 'Focus on fresh Arts #10: Emotional': [link]
And in my journal: [link]
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SilEnigmaArts Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2008   Digital Artist
Thank you ever so much....I truly appreciate your support :)
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engridearty Featured By Owner May 29, 2008
Lovely work :D
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SilEnigmaArts Featured By Owner May 29, 2008   Digital Artist
Smiles...thank you once again ....glad you like it :)
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engridearty Featured By Owner May 29, 2008
Very welcome :D :peace:
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Pygar Featured By Owner May 27, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Just to let you know you lovely art has been featured in my journal here [link]
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SilEnigmaArts Featured By Owner May 29, 2008   Digital Artist
Big hugsssssssssss ....thank you Derek :hug:
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:iconpygar:
Pygar Featured By Owner May 30, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
My pleasure as always Eni! :hug:
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density-tmr Featured By Owner May 27, 2008
Excellent work - well done.
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SilEnigmaArts Featured By Owner May 29, 2008   Digital Artist
Thank you Andy :)
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gabyhenri Featured By Owner May 25, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Another masterpiece you made here Eni. Really :strong: work


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SilEnigmaArts Featured By Owner May 25, 2008   Digital Artist
Big smiles....thank you again my friend ...glad you like it :hug:
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gabyhenri Featured By Owner May 25, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
:hug:
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Biomech44 Featured By Owner May 24, 2008
Truly gorgeous.A truly wonderful continuation,both visually and written,of the story begun in Hearts Crusade.From the events that tore apart their world,their loss and the terrible aftermath,their escape and survival on the run,right up until the moment captured beautifully visually before us we get a true feel for Calliope and James and their individual characters and states of mind and hearts.The setting is both grand and beautiful,reminiscent of the sweeping romantic historical epics of old,truly befitting their story. The composition,especially the positioning and posing of the two characters,truly emphasises their feelings and where they are in their lives.The lighting and palette beautiful as always once again reflects wonderfully the emotion of the story and it's characters,the rays of sun breaking through the cloud not revealing the beauty of their location but the slow and gradual return to and healing of spirit for Calliope and the hope for the future and the possibility of what may be between them for James.Once again a truly beautiful and emotional amazing work of storytelling my friend.:clap: :+favlove:
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SilEnigmaArts Featured By Owner May 25, 2008   Digital Artist
Big smiles....thank you so very much for such a lovely comment once again on my work Shaun. As you know I had been stuck on this piece for some time but you encouraged me to stay with it even though I had threatened to trash it. Im glad you convinced me to persevere with it and in the end it turned out the creation I had hoped it would be portraying not only the beauty of the scene but also the emotion of the characters...just as you had faith in me that this is how it would end up. Hugsss to you my friend....Thank you !! :cuddle:
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mrcool256 Featured By Owner May 24, 2008
Excellent as usual! :clap:
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SilEnigmaArts Featured By Owner May 24, 2008   Digital Artist
Thanks Shawn ...glad you like it....thanks too for the fav :)
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needpictures Featured By Owner May 24, 2008
WOW!
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SilEnigmaArts Featured By Owner May 24, 2008   Digital Artist
Thanks hun...glad you like it and thank you too for the fav :)
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hybridgothica Featured By Owner May 23, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
this is beautiful!
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SilEnigmaArts Featured By Owner May 24, 2008   Digital Artist
Thanks heaps Tansie. Thanks too for the fav :)
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aphostol Featured By Owner May 23, 2008
Beautiful and emotional... great work again :clap:
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SilEnigmaArts Featured By Owner May 24, 2008   Digital Artist
Smiles...thank you very much my friend and thank you too for the fav :)
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PenelopeT Featured By Owner May 23, 2008
A masterful and unique work Eni. Seeing this reminds me fully of what brought me to love your work in the first place months ago... the rich scenery, the seamless blending, the emotion and drama you present and the lighting that makes it all so wonderful!
Amazing stuff... I truly love it!
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SilEnigmaArts Featured By Owner May 24, 2008   Digital Artist
Aww thanks Penny :hug: you're so sweet and im glad you like it. Hugss for the fav too :)
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KirlianCamera Featured By Owner May 23, 2008  Professional Photographer
beautiful :D
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SilEnigmaArts Featured By Owner May 24, 2008   Digital Artist
Heyyy thanks Kozy...glad you like it and thanks for the fav :)
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ChrissieCool Featured By Owner May 23, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Stunning work EWW, really stunning :wow: and such a wonderful story :heart:
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SilEnigmaArts Featured By Owner May 24, 2008   Digital Artist
Big smiles....thanks heaps CB :hug:
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trygothic Featured By Owner May 23, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh my that is really really great manip dear, so complex but still have the perfecting side of the blending...i love this one....:clap:...
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SilEnigmaArts Featured By Owner May 24, 2008   Digital Artist
Thanks heaps Try....glad you like it my friend and thank you too for the fav :hug:
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trygothic Featured By Owner May 26, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
your welcome Eni
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Carlsbergensis Featured By Owner May 23, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Nice one Eni. Welcome back.
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SilEnigmaArts Featured By Owner May 24, 2008   Digital Artist
Thanks Mel.......welcome back to you too lol :)
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Syboro Featured By Owner May 23, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful work. I love the portrayal of both her sense of lost longing, and his sense of concern. set in a beautiful landscape that all but does not exist to the two subjects, both lost in their own worlds. Ok I'll stop rambling now... ;)
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SilEnigmaArts Featured By Owner May 24, 2008   Digital Artist
Oh no....you're not rambling at all Ric....you see it just as it was intended....both lost in their own worlds. Glad you like it and thanks too for the fav :)
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NaomiFaMi Featured By Owner May 23, 2008  Student Digital Artist
how i love this scene!
perfect story! sad but really romantic.
you executed your concept brilliant!
:deviation: :clap:
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SilEnigmaArts Featured By Owner May 23, 2008   Digital Artist
Such a lovely comment ...thank you ever so much Max...happy you like it. Thank you too for the fav sweety :)
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AF-studios Featured By Owner May 23, 2008
Gorgeous work really. :heart:
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