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ToughSet: We Had a Good Run... by XennyDiemes ToughSet: We Had a Good Run... by XennyDiemes
For nearly four months, Launa sat there in the graveyard long after the precession has ended. Not caring about of what is going on around her as she sat there on that gravestone talking away at every opportunistic time she had. With magic in hand the sorceress hid herself away from prying eyes but her faint tones can still be heard from the distance. Often of stories from a time now long gone. For the first time, Launa is scared to leave the stone but knows that too can't last forever. For those who don't know, that tombstone belongs to Launa's first, true lover and husband: Roland Hannsen-Viander. Since that fateful night at the 24-hour gym where he both worked and owned, the two developed a strong relationship that not only broke far more than species barriers. Through thick and thin, the two felt inseparable.

After the Battle of Amsterdam, the two developed a stronger relationship that ultimately became final in matrimony. Things progressed and changed. Rolo became president of his own chain of all-day gyms shaping-up future generations whereas Launa continued running Dark Kat until her human guise turned into its fifties and her "mascot" for an additional ten more years before finally hanging up the jumpsuit for good and turning it over to her predecessor and rival. As more time goes goes by, Launa and Rolo grew old together until the day she did made an offer to make him immortal like her but he refused. She never questioned his reasons for refusing such an offer, but wished she did now. Often his stubbornness is the source of his vitality it what helps him fight off the grim reaper till the very end. Now the year is 2086. A good 74 years after that night, Rolo's battle with death has finally claimed him. Old age was the cause doctors said to Jennifer as she in her formed old age slowly descends to tears.

Now after the funeral, Jennifer dropped the form and revealed herself as Launa, the real woman Rolo knows since then. For those four months, summons went unanswered, college frat boys left without their "just desserts", no run-ins with old rivals and police alike. No. While the world starves of mischief and chaos, Launa, sat there, at her late husband's gravestone recalling all the tales they had together. It's no coincidence that her last night with Rolo is also on the day they first met.

"HAHAHA!!! I remember the look on your face when you got smashed on that space cake and you ran through the streets with nothing but your underwear on our thirtieth wedding anniversary." Launa says laughing it up

"I will never forget the times you saved my life more times than I can count. Even as far as to come into the Underworld to rescue me."

She looks back at the gravestone stroking her hands gently over the deep grooves of the chiseled name admiring the work the stone carvers have put into it. She spared no expense in making sure his funeral didn't became a burden on Rolo's family. As much as it pains her that she didn't have family of their own, at least not biologically.

Things have been empty since, Azzy has finally found a way to return to her home world and Sabrina returns to North America with David to start a new pack. Leaving Launa back alone again with her husband until he left the mortal coil as well. Which in turn gathered up enough strength to ask the question she never asked when he was still alive.

"Why Rolo? Why did you refused my offer to become an immortal like me? We could have been happy together forever, share incredible times and see the world through... my... eyes..."

It came like a bolt of lightening to her mind and her heart. Rolo knew he didn't want to answer because he knew it would only lead to a hurtful fight and he loves her too much to do such a thing to her. Launa realizes just now why he refused immortality.

"I understand now... It would just be unfair, compromise everything we are. All you wanted to show me a world I so have long for but couldn't because of my curse. You wanted to show me how to be human again."

The realization drives Launa to tears, Rolo, all this time knows that falling in love with an immortal would be difficult so he made it his best to make sure that the best moments of their lives where spent in the now even if he won't live that long for it. Launa feels that she should hate him for that but that would be unfair because he gave her a gift that she had long for centuries: Humanity. Never once he was intimidated by her muscles, towering inhuman exterior or great power. All he saw was a incredible woman who defied reason, common sense (in a good way) and the worst odds to become what she is now and deserved the best: Someone who loves her for her. She remembered another person did but left before any declaration was made.

It midnight and now the time has come for her to give her last goodbye, her mighty heart races in anticipation of the fear of going back into the cold loneliness of existence immortality has given her but she knows a whole world needs her more than Rolo. Gaining leaning up closer against the cold granite, Launa makes her last words.

"Rolo, it's time... for me to say my last goodbye. It's not easy for me, I'm too scared to leave but I can't stay here forever. The world needs me and... I just don't know what to do from here, but I'll give them what they want. I'll know you'll be safe here and in the great beyond, wherever that may be.

*sniff*

It's going to be an empty home again without you baby, but don't worry. You made me a stronger survivor than I ever was, and all you had to do was say no. Thank you... thank you for giving me the best gift and the greatest moments in my long life, my loving hero. Thank you for giving me my humanity."
Standing up, Launa can already feel the sharp pain and cramps that come from sitting so long unmoving from the grave. She looks back down at the small monument and bends down and gives a soft kiss on the top of the stone. A few tears land and freeze on the cold surface. Whispering softly...

"I love you Roland... Goodbye."

Where her last words as she sobs softy, slowly disappearing into the darkness leaving the grave site finally at peace. Off the distance and unaware for the whole time, a being whose magic is strong enough to be undetected clutched his shirt tight and tears streamed down his face. Feeling the regret of leaving her after that wild night a century ago but knows he couldn't come to her after this, not now. He only hopes in time she will find someone again for now, as he walks away from hiding in the past path of where Launa once treed, reaching his hand out to now faded figure he only says those words out into the darkness.

"Launa... I'm sorry."

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This is the first dramatic commission I gotten from Toughset depicting this feeling, it's part of the main storyline and an fixture to Rinji's clash of the immortals though the depiction on my side isn't as severe. As many have already said it, this is the one of the problems of being immortal. You live on, they won't. I wanted to show that Launa is a different kind of immortal that doesn't put mortals in a lower plain than they are giving her the strength to go about the world that rises and falls around her. It would be 250 years before Launa falls in love again and for that time that someone has been waiting for a long time.


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FaraFanBoy Featured By Owner Edited Jan 2, 2015   Artist
Death may take the one's you love but love gives you a memory that no one can ever take from you.
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XennyDiemes Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015  Professional Writer
That's a good line. I also had this as well. Launa is confronted by another immortal who hates her of how is she is capable of living life though everyone she cared died in her 800+ years of life. She turn back as tells that immortal:

"Just because I can live forever, does not mean I do not know how to live." Before walking away. It's a key of how she manages to live without being tormented by the depressing reality of living forever.
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PrezDEagle Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014
Launa, you should be grateful for the people who care about you because they might go somewhere without a trace for you to follow.

But, you can still do great things for those in need; just like Tom Joad from "The Grapes of Wrath," you'll be there.
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XennyDiemes Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014  Professional Writer
She is. Launa has a unique way of coping with the downside of being immortal. For years immortals are often depicted as the angst-filled, downtrodden and often hostile to those who have the luck of death. Launa sees it past the tragedy. Though she does get hurt to those who leave this world. That will not stop her from still living the age she got herself into. Tragedy isn't forever in her mind.
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blazeshard1000 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm on the verge of tears right now.
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XennyDiemes Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014  Professional Writer
It is a very emotional piece. Sometimes to her she can only cope with living with outliving those she loves for so long until those very close would make this kind of impact on her.
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Wisky-08 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013
I wanted to ask got any timeline to this world?
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XennyDiemes Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Professional Writer
Well I'm working on that.
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Wisky-08 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013
Carry as i'd like to learn more of the world.

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Wisky-08 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013
good read.
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XennyDiemes Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Professional Writer
Thank you. This was one of my best emotional pieces to date.
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ElementosKingu73 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lovely sad story, Xenny. I read a good chuck of it to get the gist. Great job.
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XennyDiemes Featured By Owner May 1, 2013  Professional Writer
Thank you. I wrote that because it really sets the mood of the pic and a point in Launa's life where she had her first real relationship. The first was disastrous and the second didn't last long to mature.
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ElementosKingu73 Featured By Owner May 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aye, she's too good to have such heartache...
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Erementarushokan Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Damn. Just damn.
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XennyDiemes Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Professional Writer
Yeah, this is one of my most emotional stories involving her. But that's what it is with immortality.
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Erementarushokan Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't mean to sound like a ass hat, but why did she marry someone who was mortal?
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XennyDiemes Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012  Professional Writer
To answer that question is because the last immortal, as you read in the story above, left for unknown reasons and the first immortal husband (Coyote) she was with, beaten up, took all her powers and left her for dead back when she was young, not huge and muscled because he was brutally jealous of her rising status as a trickster. Technically that would make Roland the second husband but the first with Coyote was nothing more than a sham to lure a then naive Launa who wanted true companionship into a false sense of security even going as far as training her and teaching her better powers to prevent her from catching on too soon.

It's like a method of a prey playing with its food before going in for the kill. Rolo's role in this is, that they started out as mere friends, then he knows her secret, relationship started to build up and through it all they don't see themselves as mortal-immortal but actual lovers despite the ultimate outcome. Rolo did many things for her that got in touch with her human side than anyone could which by the end of his life, was his greatest gift: Humanity.

It's basically a trait I want on Launa more than anything else that separates her from every other Immortal who often arrogant, greater-than-thou, annoyingly emo, whiny or just plain assholes.

That's the long answer. Short answer? Because Rolo made her feel more human though her wanting to be human in the past was gone a long time ago and to actually be loved despite her physical power and vast magical powers.

Hope that answers your question.
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Erementarushokan Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That's pretty deep, man. Shit though, I've been trying to have one of my main character's be immortal but not seem to cliched, like the annoyingly emo type of immortal.
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XennyDiemes Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Professional Writer
Thank you, i know it has been a long time since I wrote back on this but what you said is the reason why I wanted to make Launa different from other made "immortals" despite everything she has gone through that would make an unwitting soul cold, she manages to do it all and keep a smile on her face and enjoys it as much as she can. Each new time means more for her to play in.
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Erementarushokan Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Strong woman. I know I'd crack. I've always loved the element of someone who's been through so much bad yet finds a way through it all with a smile on their face and determination in their hearts.
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XennyDiemes Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Professional Writer
Thanks, its that quality that makes it worth writing in the first place.
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spacezillazon Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
good story well made
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XennyDiemes Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Professional Writer
Thanks, it's not often I make drama-themes stories now and then. Though that's the hardest for me without making it feel too cheesy.
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spacezillazon Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
yw,all right
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Phantasm09 Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
That was very touching.
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XennyDiemes Featured By Owner May 20, 2012  Professional Writer
Thank you, it's often the second most emotionally invested story to date.
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Kyle-Doma Featured By Owner May 9, 2012
That...was...beautiful
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XennyDiemes Featured By Owner May 20, 2012  Professional Writer
Thank you very much. I thought I finally bring this up in anticipation to my stories about her. I do my best to make her not like other immortals in stories.
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Kyle-Doma Featured By Owner May 22, 2012
You suceeded
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supremeoverload Featured By Owner May 9, 2012
even immortals feel pain :saddummy: love being a great one
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XennyDiemes Featured By Owner May 20, 2012  Professional Writer
This is the first time for her to feel that kind of pain. The pain of real loss of a loved one.
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supremeoverload Featured By Owner May 20, 2012
it's the worst kind especially whe its your first time
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kali69 Featured By Owner May 8, 2012
:tombstone::raincloud:
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OniLink15 Featured By Owner May 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:'( saddest story ive heard in a while
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XennyDiemes Featured By Owner May 20, 2012  Professional Writer
You should check this out [link] (original) or [link] (writer's cut)
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OniLink15 Featured By Owner May 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Will check them out when I get time. :)
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RinjiPantera Featured By Owner May 8, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I am really amazed by the story and the picture behind it. Truth be told, I've been wondering how this moment would pan out. I am glad that you included Rinji in there to such a small degree as to not detract from the focus of said story. I'm beginning to appreciate the loooong road of redemption and determination that Rinji has to make up for his single most greatest mistake of his own immortal existence. Of course, he'll have a specific agenda for when that road eventually intersects with Launa's.

That said, it's good to finally see the Launa I know and love rather than the sadistic version you've been posting a lot as of late. If it's one thing her curse makes clear, it's that all good things must come to an end. All she can do is pick up the pieces and move on to find a new good thing.
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biocoal Featured By Owner May 8, 2012
Wow, this is so sad.
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XennyDiemes Featured By Owner May 20, 2012  Professional Writer
Yeah, this is all too common with immortals but this is the first time ever she felt this pain close to home.
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biocoal Featured By Owner May 20, 2012
I bet.
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