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Nightswimming by JoelletheNose Nightswimming by JoelletheNose
Happy almost summer, everybody! Nothing quite like the Royal Vacation to help you unwind.

Just a little something before I leave for my vacation. Whipped this up in a couple of hours, and I rather like how it turned out.
Thanks for looking!

EDIT: Ohmygosh, I never expected this big of a response in such a short amount of time! Due to popular request, high resolution is now available for download! Woohoo!
Here's some mood music if anyone's interested. This was my background track while I was painting :)

Featured as the header for the Equestria Daily Drawfriend Stuff #1188!
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DarylChin Featured By Owner 18 hours ago…

Being the honor guard of the Night, it's your duty to safeguard the life of the princess. But crappit, she disappears from your sight once again. You set to find her.

"Princess Luna?" You called out. As you push through, the forest suddenly opens up to a clearing and you find yourself at the edge of a lagoon. And there she was.

She was... walking on the water's surface. She looks around to make sure no one is looking. You have no idea why but you decide to duck and hide... and spy on her. She twists and twirls, feet barely touching the water surface. You froze at the sight, the Moon Princess dances under the moonlight on the mirror sheen water. She flew up a bit and dives in. 2 seconds later she burst out of the water, laughing. Her wet mane droops down, water falling like crystal from her wings. It was beautiful.

She was beautiful.

The lapse of attention caused you to lose balance and tripped on a stick. Following the sound, she looks behind.

She saw you.
JoelletheNose Featured By Owner 9 hours ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Coupled with the music, that was absolutely magical. Bravo, my friend. Bravo!

Fun fact: this picture was partially inspired by the myth "The Hounds of Actaeon." Hopefully your story will have a happier ending =P
DarylChin Featured By Owner 9 hours ago
Of course it's a happy ending.

You spent the last days of the vacation swaying your focus between your duties and that memorable night. But what are the chances? She's a princess. And you're... you. You should consider yourself fortunate that she didn't demote you. And quite lucky to speak to a princess as equal... To joke with her... to hear her laugh... to lend a shoulder... even to...

You keep telling yourself that... That night was just one of the unofficial duties you perform for her. To rule a kingdom is a tiresome work. The last of the luggage was packed into the chariot. "It's time to go, princess." You can't bring up your eyes to meet hers. She brings it up herself. She smiles at you. No, it's not the courteous smile when in the ballroom. No, it's not the friendly smile when she was with the now Princess of Friendship.

It was the smile of that night. She puts a feather on her lips with a "Shh" and winks at you.

What are the chances? You smile at the odds.
grimnir11 Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome, thank you very much!
Blackwind06 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Silverli0n1 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2014  New member Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is is amazing!
%percent cooler!
I like it better than cake!
yee ha!
RainbowTwilight29 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2014  New member
Great job, you must have worked hard.
WarriorCourtney Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Omg I love this pic so much! :D ur such a great artist, will u check out a contest I'm having? Just go check out my last journal and tell me if u would like to enter. It would really help me a's a cover for a song that I'm making for Luna and I would just need u to color over my sketch :) I hope u will help me out!
JoelletheNose Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much! I can't make any promises, but I will definitely check it out :)
WarriorCourtney Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Alright thank u so much :D just please tell me if u can enter and don't worry about the cut date if u enter U can post at any time :3
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