I did this last summer and I thought I had uploaded it but when I got to looking through my profile I could not find it anywhere and it made me so mad at myself because this is probably my favorite picture ever out of my StF fanart.
Meet the prodigal son. I call him Zephir but I've been trying to think if the name fits him, I may change it.
But I love this picture because the his origin story is so complex and dark and this particular scene is so emotional and wordless.
The backstory is basically Sofia is married to a rival king in order to create peace. But when she meets him, he's cold and frightening and Sofia takes Cedric with her to live there because she's afraid to be alone in this new kingdom without anyone to trust.
Her husband is cruel and (she soon after discovers) infertile. This poses a problem as the last wife who could not produce him a son died unexpectedly and she thinks she knows how. He isn't shy about making threats to her, almost admitting to what he'd done to his last queen.
In desperation, she goes to Cedric but his potions never work and even the strongest magic he can safely conjure result in nothing but false hope and an unexpected miscarriage.
As a last resort, she asks for something unspeakable, knowing it could be the end of everything she holds dear. She asks Cedric to give her a son.
Cedric knows the dangers and repercussions and tries with everything he has to change her mind but still he knows if he doesn't do this, she may die. This spell may kill them both before it's over. Dark magic always has a price but there's nothing else for it.
But it isn't long after that she's arrested, framed for a crime she didn't commit. Her husband intends to wage war on her kingdom for sending him a 'barren' bride. It's in the dark, cold tower where her cell lies that she falls ill and realizes that the spell worked but all too late. Fate has left her with the losing end and now she has ruined everything.
But Cedric helps her escape and together, they return to enchancia.
The war is won and her husband is tried and executed. Leaving her child 'fatherless'. When he is born, many questions are raised concerning his parentage. Many rumors are spread. But the secret is held firm through both of their hard work to keep it so. Though there is no doubt that she and Cedric both love their son, exposing the truth would only cause him harm as he is now the sole heir to her late husband's throne.
Zephir knows the truth of his parentage. They never tried to hide it from him and he knows the importance of keeping it secret. But he has a quick temper and the magic that spawned him also spawned a darkness in him.
So when a nobleman remarks on the strangeness of his coloring from his bright blue eyes to the unusual streaks of white in his hair, Zephir finds his patience waning. The man has a vicious grin and knowing eyes.
Zephir knows magic. Zephir knows how to kill with magic and has before even at the tender age of 10.
But then his mother is there, her arms tight around his shoulders, shielding him, keeping him sane. Her smile is tight when she explains the magic that stained his hair when he was born, a successful attempt at saving both their lives. His hands clench by his side.
When the man leaves, she does not. Her arms stay wrapped tight around them and his hands come up to hold them, comforted by them. Across the room he catches his father's eye as they follow the man's exit. The look he gives him is comforting and the warmth of his mother behind him makes him feel safe. The man will be dealt with, he needn't worry.