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It was barely noon and Taran had already started distracting himself from his duties. In his hand was a stick, which he then absentmindedly waved around for a few moments. That is, until he saw Eilonwy step out of the cottage. Quickly, he threw the stick away before the princess questioned it, as she usually would. Little did he know that he accidentally threw the object at the goat not far behind him.

The boy noticed this and his eyes widened but before he did anything, he looked back to Eilonwy and became distracted by the basket she had been carrying. "A-And where might you be going?"

She stopped right in front of Taran and gave him a small grin. "Well, Dallben asked for one of us to pick out more berries.. and that's just what I'm going to do. Would you like to come along?"

"Oh.. well, I would but I still have to-"

Suddenly, the goat quickly trotted over to Taran and rammed his behind, sending him straight into Eilonwy. It took Taran a moment to realize what had happened and he rapidly stepped back with flushed cheeks.

"F-Forgive me, I.. umm.."

Eilonwy laughed quietly to herself, "It seems like your friend would like for you to come."

"Yes, he's quite the friend.." Taran laughed along and looked back to the goat with a minor glare before he quickly turned back to Eilonwy. "Well, I suppose I can take some time to help."

"Good! Come along then," Eilonwy swayed the basket in her hand and began to make her way off to the nearest berry patch out in the woods. Taran soon caught up with her and quietly walked by her side in the meantime. Just when he thought they were going to walk in silence, Eilonwy started to speak.

"So the animals on the farm.." she began, "Are they the only friends you have? Other than me, that is."

The pig-keeper glanced at her and chuckled softly when she asked the unexpected question. "Well.. yes, not including you. As well as Fflewddur and Gurgi.. whatever he might be... Visitors are something we don't normally get here."

Eilonwy put a finger to her chin and nodded, "I've noticed that very well from my time spent here. It's very peaceful though." The princess briefly looked around the quiet forest before she spotted a few bushes filled with berries just up ahead.

Once they approached it, Eilonwy went straight to picking out the small fruit. Taran, on the other hand, couldn't help but continue their conversation. "And what of you? Surely you must know much more people than I do."

Eilonwy shook her head, "Not quite. I do know a few people but I don't really consider many of them friends... Well, I do suppose Rhun counts."

"Rhun?" He asked curiously as he attempted to pick out a handful of berries.

"Mmhmm, he's just about your age. I do worry for him at times though. He is to become King someday but seeing as he is a clumsy one-"

"A king?" Taran wondered, not letting her finish.

Eilonwy nodded, "Indeed. Rhun is a prince, you know."

Suddenly, Taran accidentally dropped the few berries he picked out at the mention of this 'Rhun' being a prince. Eilonwy noticed his clumsy accident and giggled quietly before she continued. "Either way, I'm glad to at least have him around while the rest of the castle is scrambling about."

Taran quickly picked up the berries scattered on the ground, not realizing he remained silent for a few moments. "I.. I-I'm sure he's a great friend," he said quickly.

Eilonwy turned to look at him and noticed how he suddenly began to act peculiar. "Taran, is everything alright?"

He tossed the berries in the basket and pouted slightly, wondering how in the world Eilonwy always knew when something was wrong. Then again, he did make it seem quite obvious. "Of course everything is alright!"

"Oh.. well you're acting as if..." She trailed off when a thought occured to her. "You're not jealous, are you?"

"Hah! Jealous?" Taran repeated as he crossed his arms. "Now why would I be?"

As the girl quickly examined a few of the berries she had been picking out, she glanced back to Taran and shrugged lightly. "You do seem to be acting rather strange, is all. Rhun is only a dear friend of mine, if you must know."

Taran nearly cringed at the mention of this Rhun. Indeed, he was jealous of this prince and as much as he wished not to admit it, he couldn't help but do just that. "But.. i-it's just that.. he's a prince! A-And.. well.."

The girl's eyes widened briefly before she let out a soft laugh, soon realizing what Taran was trying to say. "Oh, I know what you're thinking, Taran. But I am much too young to marry anyway!"

"But you must-"

"Perhaps I don't," Eilonwy interrupted. She gave him a caring look and shook her head. "Taran, you needn't get that way. I do care for you, you know. You may not be a prince but that certainly doesn't make you any different from one."

The boy uncrossed his arms and slightly puffed out his chest. "Well... perhaps I am a prince. My parents could have been of royal blood.. it just might be possible that you're looking at one right now."

Eilonwy playfully rolled her eyes and gently poked his chest. "Prince or not, you are still you and that is just fine."

Taran pouted and shooed her hand away while he thought about what she said. He still had trouble believing such a thing, but either way, it did help to hear that from time to time. "Even if it means being an assistant pig-keeper for the rest of my life?"

"Well, I don't see anything wrong with that," Eilonwy smiled, shrugging lightly. "Now are you going to help me pick out more berries or are you just going to stand there?"

"O-Oh.. sorry," he laughed sheepishly and continued to help.

The girl glanced at him and laughed softly in return. "You know, I've never met any other assistant pig-keepers but I'm sure you just might be the greatest one of them all."

Taran gave her a skeptical look, yet he couldn't help but smile slightly. "You truly believe that?"

"Well, it's not every day you hear of a pig-keeper taking care of a magical pig," the princess said with a giggle, "I think that's a special thing."

Taran opened his mouth to make a remark about that, but only gave her a small grin instead as they both proceeded to pick out more berries. Perhaps it's not so bad after all, he thought.
I completely forgot to post this here. But yep, here's another drabble!
Jim + Solar Surfer = OTP by 23jk
Jim + Solar Surfer = OTP
The title says it all!

Heh, I made a post on tumblr back in February that said "Taran and Eilonwy are cute and all but my real otp will always be Jim and his solar surfer." and just yesterday, I remembered making that post and I thought it would be funny if I drew a little random doodle for it.

This is the result.

Taran sat quietly behind Hen Wen's enclosure as he absentmindedly watched his surroundings, eventually becoming lost in thought. He wanted nothing more than to be left alone for a brief time, especially after spending all morning getting most of his duties done. Though, the boy's thoughts were soon interrupted when he heard his name being called out. Right away, he realized it was Eilonwy who had been calling him, yet he didn't bother to respond back. Within a few moments, he heard the princess approaching but he only continued staring out into the distance.

"Oh, there you are!" Eilonwy grinned, placing her hands on her hips. "What are you doing here?"

He avoided making eye-contact with her and mumbled, "Resting."

"Oh.. is it alright if I rest along with you?" Before he was able to answer, Eilonwy giggled softly and settled down beside him. "You do realize you left the enclosure open, yes?"

The boy's eyes immediately widened as he turned to face her. "Hen Wen escaped?!"

Eilonwy let out a small laugh and shook her head. "No no, I never said she did. But I think you should be more aware of that. You don't want the poor thing to get lost again, do you?"

Taran sighed a breath of relief and returned his gaze out into the distance. In the meantime, Eilonwy watched him and soon began to notice how quiet he was, which began to worry her. "Is something the matter, Taran?"

The pig-keeper glanced at her and quickly shook his head. "No.. e-everything is fine."

"Are you sure?" She questioned, her smile faltering slightly. "You do seem to be bothered by-"

"I'm only resting, Eilonwy," he interrupted, giving her a serious look. "Nothing more.. really." Taran briefly scratched his head and looked away from her again, thinking how he didn't seem quite convincing.

"Oh, well..." The princess stared at him for a moment, not knowing if he was telling the truth or if something was on his mind. If there was one thing she learned from him, it was the fact that she could tell when he appeared to be worried about something.

"You can tell me anything, you know. If you ever need to.. I am always willing to listen." She waited for a response but received nothing but silence. "Taran?"

Taran listened to her and thought for a moment. Then all of a sudden, his heart sank at the thought of Eilonwy not being around for long, for he knew she had to return to her kingdom at some point. "You'll be leaving soon," he blandly stated.

Not knowing what he meant, the girl tilted her head in uncertainty before she soon realized what he was talking about. "Yes, that is true. But we mustn't worry about that now. I'm still here, am I not?" Suddenly, a thought came across her mind. "Now I don't mean to make assumptions, but is that why you're upset?"

"I never said I was upset, you silly girl.."

"Is that so?" She wondered, slightly raising a brow.

Taran momentarily furrowed his own brows and thought of saying something in return but instead, he brought his knees close to his face and remained quiet. With that, Eilonwy smiled softly and scooted closer to him.

"I won't be gone forever, you know. I can always come by to visit when I can. Or perhaps we can write letters to each other." She paused and placed her hand on his shoulder. "If it makes you feel any better.. I much rather be here in Caer Dallben, not going over some silly, old lessons. But as a princess, it's my duty to do just that."

"I understand.." He said in a low voice. Hearing her admit she would rather stay on the farm made him feel a little better. However, he still wished they didn't have to part ways when the time came.

"Please don't be upset, Taran. I do hate seeing you like that. The day is still young to be moping about." Eilonwy pursed her lips and took her hand off his shoulder to gently poke his cheek. "You look much better when you smile."

Rather than shooing her hand away, he sat there trying to hide the smile suddenly forming on his lips. Eilonwy couldn't help but smile herself when she was finally able to see him much more content.

"Much better indeed," she nodded proudly as she playfully poked his cheek once more.

"You can stop that now, Eilonwy," he chuckled, shooing her hand away this time. She giggled to herself and remained seated close to him as they rested there for a few more moments.

It was a stormy night at Caer Dallben. The rain poured down on the small cottage while the sound of thunder was heard from time to time.

Sleep for Taran was no problem at all. But as for Eilonwy, she couldn't sleep at all. She began to dream about horrid things, from being trapped in the Horned King's castle and finding no way out, to dreaming about terrible things happening to Taran. At the sound of the loud thunder, Eilonwy jolted awake and it took her a moment to realize she was only having a nightmare.

Once she managed to calm herself down, she sat up and looked around her dark surroundings, immediately spotting Taran sleeping just across the room. She let out a small sigh of relief before she decided to quietly step out of her bed. Then, not wanting to make a sound, Eilonwy tip-toed over to where he was and tapped him lightly on the shoulder. "Taran?"

The boy was sound asleep until suddenly, he felt a few taps on his shoulder. For a moment, Taran thought he was imagining things but he soon noticed something or someone was indeed touching him. He gradually rolled over and saw a dark figure in front of him, which took him some time to realize who it was.

"What is it, Eilonwy?" He mumbled while rubbing his eyes.

"I'm sorry for waking you. I didn't mean to, you know. I do know you need your sleep and all but I was only wondering-"

"You're not afraid of the storm, are you?" Taran interrupted, assuming that might have been the reason she woke him up.

Eilonwy pursed her lips and crossed her arms. "How silly. Now why would I ever be afr-" Suddenly, there was a flash of light, followed by a loud boom of thunder which caused Eilonwy to jump slightly. Taran was rather surprised by the loud sound as well but it didn't seem to bother him all that much.

"No, I'm not afraid of the storm," Eilonwy said quietly, shaking her head. "I... I only had a bad dream."

The boy let out a small laugh and sat up in the meantime. "A dream? Is that all?"

She was a little upset that he seemed to be taking it as a joke, but then again, perhaps she was merely overreacting. "Well yes, of course that is all. What more would you like to know?"

Taran rolled his eyes and sighed as he settled back down on his bed, turning away from her. "Go back to sleep, Eilonwy."

Eilonwy opened her mouth to say something, but no words came out. Perhaps she was only acting foolish. It was only a silly dream, nothing more. But to her, it seemed beyond real, and that's what frightened her most. She began to make her way back to her own bed when the room suddenly lit up and the loud sound that followed echoed throughout the cottage. The girl nearly screamed but she held it back and stood still. As soon as it passed, she glanced over her shoulder and saw Taran shifting around in his bed. Without hesitation, she walked back towards him, anxiously twisting her hair with her finger.

"Taran? I don't mean to be a bother but.. is it alright if I stay here with you?" She asked softly.

Taran was already drifting off but he managed to hear her question. He remained silent for some time as he lazily sat up again. Even though it was rather dark, he could see the worried look on her face. He wasn't sure what to do, but he felt like he had no other choice so he decided to scoot over as much as possible to leave room for her.

"Only for tonight."

Suddenly, Eilonwy was filled with relief as she settled down on the bed and made herself comfortable. She glanced at him and smiled softly, despite the fact that it couldn't be seen in the dark. "Thank you, Taran."

"Yes.. you're welcome," he mumbled, noticing how warm his cheeks were becoming. Trying to ignore how close she was to him, he slightly inched away and turned his back on her, then shut his eyes and hoped to fall asleep in no time.

Though, it wasn't long before Eilonwy spoke once more, but much more quietly this time. "I'm sorry for waking you again."

It took Taran a moment to respond when he was close to dozing off and now he wanted nothing more than to get Eilonwy to be quiet. "It's alright, Eilonwy. Now go to sleep.."

The girl peeked over to him momentarily before she shifted around a bit and slowly shut her eyes, knowing she would finally get some rest.
This drabble here was actually inspired by another drabble I wrote in a RP (which was actually a little shorter than this one)
Sword Play

It had been another busy day at Caer Dallben for the pig-keeper. He was busy with his daily chores while Eilonwy had been inside the cottage helping Dallben with a few things. In the meantime, as Taran fed the farm animals, he spotted a stick lying on the ground and picked it up. Yet, moments later, he couldn't help but start swinging it around, pretending it was a sword. It was something he always found joy in doing, but certainly not when he would get caught.

Once Eilonwy had finished inside the cottage, she stepped outside and noticed Taran swinging the object around and she couldn't help but laugh to herself. "What on Earth are you doing, Taran?"

Taran nearly dropped the stick from his hand when he rapidly spun around and saw the princess staring at him. "Oh! I was.. well, I was only-"

"Daydreaming, I suppose? Dallben did mention you do that very often."

Taran pouted and shook his head. "I was not daydreaming. I was only.. distracting myself."

"By daydreaming, correct?" Eilonwy went on with a giggle.

The boy grumbled quietly to himself as he slightly turned away with flushed cheeks. Still laughing a little, Eilonwy walked over to him and poked his side gently. "Well, no need to get that way, silly boy. I was only wondering."

"I must get my chores done," he said, facing her again.

"Oh, now is when you have decided you must do that? When I'm here?"

"Well, what do you think I have been doing this whole time?"

"Hmm," Eilonwy tapped her chin and looked as if she was in thought. "It seems to me you have spent most of your time... oh, what is that word again? Oh yes! Daydreaming!"

Taran sighed and rolled his eyes as he dropped the stick to the ground and made his way over to Hen Wen's enclosure. Eilonwy looked at the stick and picked it up, then went after him.

"I have an idea! Perhaps you can teach me how to sword fight."

Taran turned to her and scoffed quietly, crossing his arms. "Teach a girl how to use a sword?"

Eilonwy suddenly huffed and stamped her foot. "Taran, please do not start with that again. You know how infuriating it is. A girl can do just as much as what boys can do." With that said, she handed the stick back to him and began to search for her own while Taran watched her, still a little unsure about the idea. After she found a decent stick lying around, she quickly made her way back to the boy with a grin.

"Come then, show me what you know," she said, already standing in position with the stick pointing at Taran.

The pig-keeper was about to go ahead and attempt to give her a small lesson but instead, he just decided to be stubborn with her. "What I know? Well.. surely I know more than you."

Eilonwy lowered the stick and placed her hands on her hips. "I did not necessarily ask if you know more than me or not."

"You are not even holding it right!" Taran exclaimed, pointing to how she was gripping the stick.

Puzzled, Eilonwy looked down at the object. She wasn't quite sure what Taran had been talking about. She was certain she was holding it right. "I believe I know how to handle a stick, Taran." All of a sudden, the boy began to mimic her and when she noticed, she became rather upset. "What is the matter with you?! I simply asked for a small favor and this is how you treat me?!"

"Only because you are a very bothersome girl." He pointed his stick directly at her to make his point.

"Taran of Caer Dallben!"

Suddenly, Eilonwy swung the stick at him and struck Taran's side roughly, causing him to stumble back and fall to the ground. It took her a moment to realize what she had done and she was left wide-eyed.

"Taran!" She dropped her stick and quickly rushed to his side, biting her lip nervously as she watched him grip his side and wince in pain. "Are you alright? Oh my goodness, I am so sorry."

"I-I'm fine, Eilonwy," he managed to say as he continued to nurse his side.

"Are you sure?" She was not too convinced by this and frowned. Then without letting him answer that, she went on. "If you hadn't said such a horrid thing, perhaps this would have not happened. You.. You make me so angry sometimes, you know."

Taran looked up and faced her with a small frown of his own. "I didn't mean any of it. But I did mean to get you angry. I thought perhaps you would fight much better that way."

Once he told Eilonwy the reason for his harsh words, she pouted and punched him playfully on the shoulder. "That is the most foolish thing I have ever heard!"

"I believe it worked quite well," he chuckled, still holding his side.

"It certainly did not! You didn't even try to fight back! I simply asked for a small lesson and you only made matters worse." She punched his shoulder once more before she shook her head, trying to hide the small smile forming on her lips. "You truly are a silly assistant pig-keeper."


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Yaaaaaaaaay! :party:

Even though I didn't quite see it when it first came out, it's still somewhat a big part of my life, and I think it's one of Disney's best movies. Yeeeah, it didn't do well in the box office and it's very underrated, but that doesn't make it a bad movie :P It's AMAZING!!

Nevertheless, here's a short little video I made for the anniversary:… :D
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Thank you for appreciating Treasure Planet, the most underrated Disney masterpiece!! I met two Disney World employees who have never heard of it.
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I saw Treasure Planet for the first time today, and I absolutely loved it. So naturally, I came straight to DeviantART to look for some fabulous Jim art and stumbled across your profile.

Nice gallery! Definite watch for you! ^_^

Just wondering, have you ever played a game called Skies of Arcadia? It's one of my most favourite games EVER, and Treasure Planet really reminded me of it. Jim and Vyse (the main character of Skies) are kinda similar, in my opinion. =')
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