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Nice day for a Ride by Howlingmojo Nice day for a Ride by Howlingmojo
"If you don't stop squirming,"he murmured in her ear, you'll find something other than my horse to ride in a minute!" He tightened his fists on the reins as she leaned into him a little further, eyes closed in bliss.

Suddenly he yanked the reins back hard, making the horse stop dead in its tracks, almost teetering. Frollo's long leg shot forward and outward for balance, his chaperon slightly tolling on his head with the sudden motion. Frollo leaned back a little and pinched Esmeralda's arm, in a bid to gain her attention. She cracked one eye open lazily, still halfway lost in pleasant sensations. What had caught her husband's attention?

Standing before them, a dual vision in blond. Two people so alike, she almost mistook them for siblings. Only when Frollo spoke did she realize who the two people gaping at her were.

"Ah, captain Phoebus!" Frollo drawled."And your lovely wife, I presume?"

Fleur-de-Lys chose to regain her tongue at that moment and dropped into a little sarcastic curtsy, unwittingly drawing her husband's arm down with her. "Minister and Madame Frollo. Well met on this lovely day." She replied evenly. Phoebus just grunted and inclined his head, squinting at the two people seated above them.

Fleur- de- Lys saw Esmeralda for the first time and realized immediately that that girl was her polar opposite in every way. Dark to her pale skin, rounded curves to her slim ones, black hair to her almost white. Yet Fleur-de-Lys was aware of her own beauty and had wielded it as a weapon as soon as she was able to walk and talk.

She also saw how well matched the Minister and his wife really were. Looking at Claude Frollo, who was giving her the same appraising look in return, she saw a man who would stop at nothing to gain what he wanted.
Fleur-de- Lys could not have asked for a better partner in crime back then.

Claude Frollo bared his teeth at the pale beauty in a facsimile of a smile, recognizing her too for the predator she was. Dipping his head once more at her, he drove his heels into the horse, and the horse jettisoned forward again, eager to be on the move again.

Just before the other couple turned the corner, Fleur-de-Lys swore she could hear him continue to his wife:"Now, about that other ride..."

Madam De Chateaupers tightened her grip on her husband's bicep and they set off in the other direction.

Well met indeed.
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Elecsou Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013
Oh fleur de lys
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VladCougar Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love that look on Frollo's face. xD As saying "I have something you don't have..."
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KroenenLMH Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013
I adore bad puns, so favs, favs all around! xD
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littlenotebook Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012
love the art and the little fanfic you added too! <3
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frollo1 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012
Frollo: :finger:
esmeralda: :nuu:

(bonus: esmeralda vs fleur de lis : :turbopoke:)

:teevee:
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EternityInYourArms Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I absolutely love this picture! It is one of my all-time favorite HoND pictures. That being said, can I just say... am I the only one thinking 'rape face' when looking at that grin? That grin right there is one of the reasons that I like this picture so much, but I can't be the only person thinking that.
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SilverAmbrosia Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I personally love Esmeralda's disdainful look, with her chin tilted just so. It's very gypsy-esque. And I also adore the muscles in the horse's neck, you really captured what a powerful beast he is.

Kudos, my friend, kudos.
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Howlingmojo Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012
Thanks! Claude Frollo has the meanest, coolest horse in Disney-dom. Any excuse to draw that man on a horse, really (Even if Phoebus is kind of spoiling the view)
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rammliebe Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012
First,i love the story behind it,so brilliantly smexy and teasing.Second,realy nice piece,love the idea,and definetly sounds like more fun to come...So naughty Esme....Which just makes me ship em more.How much fun you think they'll be having ,hmm?[sniggering]...And so like Frollo to be a smug bastard.
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Howlingmojo Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012
Thank you so much for you comment! It mesn so much to me when people take the time to comment on my writing ;-)

i am such a shipper, I'll freely admit it. In my mind, these two really work.
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rammliebe Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012
Same here,Frollo....yes please!! and i do love a good teasing scene,so i loved the added text too.Esme..why wont you be a bright girl...[head-desk].Seriously the one disney movie i loathed the shipping and ending of..Please,girl,Phebs..?realy?Awesomely done,so like these two.
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Calips3 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011
Oh wow!
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:iconhowlingmojo:
Howlingmojo Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011
Hihi! Good wow or bad wow? ;-) I felt so honored when Disney-horses wanted to showcase this piece!
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Calips3 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011
Gooood :) :) :)
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CaptainRamiusGirl Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011
God I love this, Frollo's just glaring at Phoebus like "yeah, suck it" and Esmerelda's got her eyes closed like "eat it bitch"
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toonartt Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2011
Wow, very nice story the picture! Great picture too, love the eye on the horse. Great shading all around.
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Natsumi42 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011
Frollo's like "Haha shes mine... suckaaaaaa!"
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Howlingmojo Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2011
Exactly! Bonus points for voicing the exact thought I had in my mind when drawing this!
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Natsumi42 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2011
XD
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AlexPianistka Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011
Yay, finally he stole her! :love:
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Howlingmojo Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011
Me thinks the stealing was mutual. Esme looks very...content !(ho hum)
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DarkHuntress09 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2011
Ooo I love this picture!!! Fresme for the win!!!
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Howlingmojo Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011
*Raises fist in agreement* Hear hear!
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DarkHuntress09 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011
Phoebus and Fleur can go rot in a ditch >.>
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Howlingmojo Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011
nah, I've thought up a special sort of punishment for those two. Fleur is kinda cool, in a Malfoyesque way! And Phoebus is just a dumb jock.
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DarkHuntress09 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2011
Hate Phoebus....can't stand him...punk and honestly I feel more pity for Fleur. Pretty girl like her can get herself an actual GOOD man...not a freakin playboy punk like Doofus.
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Remedy13 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2011  Student General Artist
oh my! :faint:
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Howlingmojo Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011
Did you faint? Is it a good faint or a bad nosebleed faint?
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Remedy13 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011  Student General Artist
good faint!
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Howlingmojo Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011
Cool! I'll catch ya. *grin*
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Remedy13 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2011  Student General Artist
lol thanks!
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tobase Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2011
They see us rollin'... :XD:

This reminds me of a fanfic.. Compromise, was it?
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Howlingmojo Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2011
Inspiration comes from all the likely places, hihihi! I just needed an excuse to draw Frollolegs, honestly. Omnomnomnom...
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tobase Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2011
LOL, better than chicken drums... :drool:
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CookiE-chanxxx Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2011
:D
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jokers-cellmate Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2011
Gorgeous! Love it, as always :heart:
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Howlingmojo Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2011
*hugs you*
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ElenaTria Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2011
Sexyyyyyy.....
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Howlingmojo Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2011
Thanks! Don't you just love the subtext?
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Kitty-Grimm Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Claude looks a little too happy with Esme sitting in front of him that way...one a horse...that kinky bastard!

I do love their expressions at both their opponents, though and Esme looks GORGEOUS!
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Howlingmojo Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2011
Believe me, he is positively ecstatic. He can't wait to take her for a ride ( bad pun galore, heehaw)!

Thank you! I had a lot of trouble finding how I wanted to draw Esme, but I believe I'm coming closer as to how I envision her. And I discovered I love drawing horses. Bonus!
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ImperialCharles Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh i wish the book would end like this! (stupid Phoebus! xD i don´t like him)
Awesome pic as always! :D Frollos smile is really nice hrrhrr <3
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Howlingmojo Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2011
That so makes two of us! Long live fanfiction I say.

I love his Shark smile. Best teeth evah!
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