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Your Most Special by Canadian-Rainwater Your Most Special by Canadian-Rainwater
“Your foppish brother is here,” Vincent remarked, but scarcely had the words left his mouth than his young daughter was already bounding down the stairs. Unfortunately for Celeste, her mother shared her uncle’s love affair for heavy lacing and satin, and the small girl was practically floating in layers of fabric as she stumbled down the steps. If she fell now, it wouldn’t be the first time, but her mother was always just a step behind her to catch her. Despite her full hands, she found it in her to turn back up the stairs, shooting her husband a scathing look.

“You knew what you were getting when you married into this family,” Christine snipped tersely, “He’s a part of it, too. You can wait upstairs if you don’t want to behave like a proper gentleman. Let him see Celeste.”

Vincent needed no second bidding, and with a light sniff of his nose he took his leave, closing the door to his private study behind him. He loved Christine dearly, but her brother was just too much. His parents would never have approved his marriage had they known; it was his duty to keep the matter private.

Louis, for his sake, couldn’t care less if his sister’s husband was present or not when he arrived at the door. He was here to see Celeste, and his rouge lips broke into a smile as he was admitted into the manor and his niece threw herself across the room towards him. She wrapped her arms around his legs and pulled herself against him into a hug; she barely reached above his knees.

“Louis!” she cried, and he laughed. Towering over her his little niece, he bent over her to give his sister a peck on the cheek, before he directed his attention to the bundle of lace and satin restricting his limbs.

“Ah, ma mignonne, you are looking well.” This earned him a little scowl from Celeste, who released him just long enough to tug at a frilly bonnet pinned into her hair.

“I would be even better if I could breathe,” she insisted, “I look stupid!”

Louis shook his head and ‘tut-tutted’ through his teeth, shooting her a little look from beneath his long lashes, “Language, chérie! Little girls shouldn’t be saying things like that!”

She grumbled again, and he laughed, stepping out of her reach and sweeping into the sitting room with only a few long strides. All the while he kept one arm crossed behind his back, his torrent of blonde hair concealing his one hand suspiciously beneath their tight curls. His little niece didn’t fail to notice it, and she bobbed after him.

“Louis, what are you hiding?”

“Hiding, ma chérie?” He paused in the center of the room, turning just enough to shoot her an innocent glance through the waves of his fringe. Celeste frowned at him and crossed her arms; from the doorway, her mother observed them with a small smirk on her rosy lips.

“You’re hiding something, Louis, I know you are!” Celeste insisted, and her uncle’s eyes widened as if shocked by her accusation.

Ma chérie, I never hide anything from you!” he gasped, his remaining free hand placed delicately across the lace that spilled from his collar. Now his niece was directly in front of him, all wide-eyes and imploring gazes,

“Then show me what it is!” she whined. Occasionally her eyes would flick to try and catch a glimpse beneath the curls, and Louis found himself watching his sister cross the room towards them in favor of caving to those wide eyes.

“You are such a tease, Louis,” Christine remarked, chuckling.

It was with a sly wink that he responded, “Always, dear sister,” as he leaned into a small bow. Reaching beneath the cuff of one glove, he flicked his wrist and deftly procured a bright red rose in his hand. With a nod to her amused gasp, he reached across and tucked it behind Christine’s ear.

“For my lovely lady,” he said, and his sister shook her head at him with a smile. Always the charmer, Louis, “There is not another woman I love on this planet more than you.”

Before his sister could interject with a comeback, Celeste had already leapt up to grab at his legs once more, “What about me?” she cried. Her little hands tried to gain purchase on his long boots, and he almost swayed off balance as she bumped him eagerly.

Louis kneeled to face his niece at eye-level at her cries, and was quick to reach out to her, tucking a loose curl behind her ear to calm her down. “Oh, chérie, I could never forget you! I love you too, with all my heart.”

And he pulled his arm out from behind him and held out a box of bonbons for his dear niece. He was all blue eyes and batting lashes, begging her forgiveness for his brash choice of words, until her little hands went out for it. Then he held them up over his head, grinning broadly.

“Ah-ah, ma mignonne! If you want the bonbons, you have to give me a kiss first.”

Now Celeste made a face. “A kiss?” She stuck out her tongue, “But you’re a boy.” She drew out the word like she were talking about slugs, or slimy beetles, or the freckly brat down the road that liked to pull her hair. And Louis tilted his head in a coy gesture.

“Well, technically, yes … but with some differences..”

That earned him a slap on the shoulder from his sister, but she was all smiles as she kneeled beside them in her layers of ribbons and lace. With little more prompting, Celeste caved and dove for her uncle. Her short arms pulled him close around the neck, and she pressed her face to his powdered cheek as he smiled. He toppled to the side, bracing himself with one hand as she peppered his face in delicate little kisses, and felt a warm glow inside him. Surrounded by family—by his two special girls—he could almost forget the rest of the world, and the troubles he’d left just outside their doorstep.

When his niece released him she rubbed a hand over her nose fitfully, frowning when it came away powder-white. Still smearing her face, Louis smiled warmly and handed her the box as all three sat down on the rug.

“Happy Valentines Day, my Most Special Girls.”


For those wondering how Louis celebrates Valentine's Day ... he doesn't. It didn't exist in the 1600s, I believe, not to the same extent as it does today. But if he did, it would go something like this.

Many thanks to Brendan Julian, Louis's VA, for the suggestion. It's charming when his voice knows him better than I do ...

Louis Despatis and Co. © Myself, Shamine A. King
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ShadowOfNights Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Awww well this is just the sweetest thing! Stupid feels. *sniff*
clovercarmen5 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
i am just wondering/ louis is rich and has everything in his life handed to him on a silver platter. why would he throw all that just to become a pirate?
Canadian-Rainwater Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013  Professional Filmographer
I intend to turn HAT into a graphic novel to answer that question.
clovercarmen5 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
what's the difference between a graphic novel and a comic?
Sesshomarusama3 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013
Ah Louis! i love this man!
casadrat06 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013
This is so sweet, omg! *flails after reading the story*
SithLordLiisa Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
wow, that is a lot of makeup on both sister and brother.
It must be hard to sneak a little kiss on the wife, you would end up with makeup on your face afterwards. :D

I love the yellow dress and all the love in this picture.
lalalalalaleeeyyu Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Student General Artist
I wonder what would happen if Louis met either the joker or pewdiepie...
SilverSirenSongs Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Dawww XD
Kikicupecake Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013
"....or the freckly brat down the road..." You are hilarious!!!! :happybounce:
J-DAmertume Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
This is so cute ! You are making an amazing job yep, Louis reminds me of "Lady Oscar" ;)
Ghashak Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
=^ ^= Awww!
cellyangiechowski Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Student General Artist
... My name is Celeste.
I feel speshul.
LaylaVanHellsing Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013   Traditional Artist
See you in the world sometimes, keep up the good work
Senseless-pain Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Student General Artist
awww this was too sweet <3
sojupon Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
what sweeties~
22incognito22 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so beautiful
littlecurvy Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013
Aww cute story!! I wish I had an uncle like Louis. Lovely all around!!! Gosh I just love everything the room the lighting and his sister is amazing!!! beautiful all around!!
Lefice Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
All kinds of warm fuzzy feelings from this, I felt I was going to burst from them while reading. It's just so heartwarming. Thank you for sharing this. :)
ForumCreativeDream Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013
ElectricPoodle Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ohhh...That is too cute!! :love: Beautiful, beautiful job on this one!
Nillafern Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
this just soooo adroable and sweet i love it!! i felt all warm and fuzzy ^^
EnvyFangurl07 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thats always something nice to OC that actually smiles
sameus-dray Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Well... Oky I didn't read the description... My english is too law for that... But... I love this character ... BECAUSE HE IS FRENCH MOUHAHAHHAHAHAHA * I'm french 8D *
LaylaVanHellsing Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013   Traditional Artist
That's the sweetest thing I've read!
iwannacheesesandwich Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is absolutely breathtaking! And the story is so heartwarming!
1yi Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013
I dunno why, but everytime I imagine Louis visiting his family, I also imagine a background maid, sighing because Louis and Christine are so pretty it's almost not fair
Insanitys-Child Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
THIS IS SO CUTE. I am squealing and the story brings even more life to the art and and and and and I am all DAWWWW
Cheshire-Shadow Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013
Oh dearie me, they're adorable!
(Though something strikes me as a little sad. I'm not sure why. Maybe it's nostalgia.)
Six-Foot-Two Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013
omg I almost cried. ALMOST. I didn't
So much D'AWWWWWW! Celeste is so adorably adorable I can't take it!!!! :3
catchan2006 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013
Gemini-Productions Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Student Artist
Peaniko Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Oh wow that was so sweet! :)
Rynsi Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013
Aww, this is very sweet :heart: hope you had a great V-day :)
15sjens Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
That guy just freaks me out....he reminds me of someone
FFAvatarBender Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013
My god I own that carpet! That was kinda random but it was exact thought when I saw this :)
Canadian-Rainwater Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Do you? That's interesting. I just Googled "baroque carpet" because I definitely didn't have time to draw one myself.
FFAvatarBender Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013
Well it is pretty similar, though it is a traditional Turkish carpet. I wouldn't have expected baroque carpets to be similar.
Canadian-Rainwater Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Professional Filmographer
I think there was a boom in an interest with Turkey around that time, Mozard himself wrote an opera set in a Turkish harem because of it. So it doesn't surprise me that it's influenced the art as well.
FFAvatarBender Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
Ah yes not to mention the Rondo Alla Turca which has a fantastic adaption(not sure what to call it)
by Turkish pianist Fazıl Say:

Canadian-Rainwater Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Professional Filmographer
I love that song. Nice adaptation.
mysterymoon59360 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013
adorable ^^ !!!
monstee Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Student Digital Artist
As always fabulos work and your characters always looks full of live like they want to escape from paper/page and be here. Louis here as always is amazing and I wanna hug him too :3
RainbowMarimo Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow! This is traditional :love:
How do you draw so nicely?
Canadian-Rainwater Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Lots and lots and lots of practice. Every day since I was a kid.
RainbowMarimo Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I wish i could draw like that :D
LittleWindy7 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013
Awwww! This is very lovely and sweet!:love:
cerae28 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So amazing and unique art style you have!! All is sooo beautiful~! :love:
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