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For Good Health by Zoubstance For Good Health by Zoubstance
...What do you do when there's a show you'd like to enter, but your dressage rider is paralyzed from the neck down? Why, you just bring in his rival, of course! :dummy: Remember him? He grew up a little. 
Disclaimer: Simon is in NO WAY affiliated with Zdarloch Stables.



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Rider: Simon Kvark Guldborg
Rider's age: 24 years
Representing: Stridsholt (Stable)  |  The Faroe Islands (Denmark)   Flag of Faroe Islands by EmilyStor3 /  Flag of Denmark by EmilyStor3  |  Sponsored by SEJRBANK

Horse: 
Sejrbank Spiegelau
DWB Gelding | 15 years
Don Schufro  // Sandro Hit  //  Weltmeyer

Show: First Annual Welma H. Memorial Show
Class: Dressage
Test music: www.youtube.com/watch?v=uGFuTY…;
...because every time I write Simon Guldborg + Spiegelau I almost write 'Simon Spielberg', lol

Feat. Colon cancer awareness ribbon in bridle (other ribbons on the rail), 52-banners (background) and flowers in the colours of the awareness ribbons ^^


Placing: 1st place + Grand champion :la: 
 Blue Ribbon   Trophy 



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Story:
Probably requires that you're up to date on season 2 of my storyline to make sense of ;) 
Read from here if you're not, and don't want to miss out, haha xD

,,Have you seen this? This is terrible!”
Simon held up his iPad to his groom. The browser was landed on the front page of the Danish dressage hub and displayed a grim headline in black block letters against the white background: ‘’After accident: Goldenweiser retires from dressage”.
,,That’s terrible,” Lisa the groom agreed in a low voice. Of course she had heard about that too. ,,That must be hard on you –“
,,That’s one way to put it – I mean ‘Goldberg’? For fuck’s sake, it’s ‘Guldborg’; what kind of hopeless intern wrote this?”
Only now did Lisa realize that Simon was not, in fact, talking about the main headline. Instead her eyes trailed down the page a bit and caught another, smaller headline: ‘’Simon Kvark Goldberg victorious at Flyinge” – they had spelled his name wrong.
,,Disastrous,” she said diplomatically.
,,I know right?” Simon concurred. ,,And on that note, what is UP with putting the headline all the way down there? It should have been the main headline; we actually broke the cup record!”
,,There was a weird few seconds where I thought you might even have been upset by the main headline.” Lisa said.
Simon frowned and studied the front page again, although he went quiet for a few seconds, almost pensively.
,,Well… Yeah.” He said. ,,I mean… it sucks; that whole thing with Connor and all. But come on.”
He turned off the iPad and put it away. It was a bit early to start warming up for the ring, but he didn’t want to speak with Lisa so he started tacking up his horse anyway. He had a feeling the groom would pursue the subject of Connor’s accident, and if there was something he was damn tired of hearing/talking about, it was that accident. Perhaps because the details were so hazy – the Goldenweisers were so annoyingly private. Rumours had buzzed over the last few weeks but so far the only officially confirmed detail was ‘broken neck’… until yesterday, of course. Connor himself had posted a statement on his Facebook wall declaring that ‘’he would be retiring from dressage as he was no longer fit to answer the physical demands of riding.’’ – understatement of a century. He was paralyzed from the neck down according what his sister had relayed to Simon at the Flyinge competition. It was probably she who had written the retirement update too.
Spiegelau accepted the bridle without a fuss.
‘Retirement’ – it was so bizarre to think about. Simon had been – what, 10? – the first time he had gone toe-to-toe with his old rival. All the way through their pony years he and Connor had battled it out; pretty much taking turns placing 1st and 2nd despite their dramatically different riding styles. When they had moved on to Junior- and Young Rider classes they had been right next to each other too. Four years ago they had been on the gold-winning team for the Scandinavian Cup together; a peak in both their careers – and the last time they had competed in the same league. Connor’s horse at the time, the Wesphalian mare ‘Glücksvogel’, had been sold right under his nose after that competition, leaving him without a Grand Prix horse for the higher classes. Of course that had been Simon’s luck – he and Spiegelau had been practically undefeated since. The chestnut gelding had matured from a nervous 11-year old to a seasoned dressage veteran of 15 years in that time. A regional celebrity, just about – until his recent injury, that was. Four months had it taken before he was declared ‘sound’ again, and four months was JUST what it took for Connor to sweep in from the side on the horse he had spent the last four years training to this level and snatch the spot on this year’s team for the Scandinavian Cup. ‘Sagadir’ was the name of his new horse – at only 9 years, this grey stallion would have his debut in a Grand Prix class at a very young age.
...or WOULD have had. The situation was markedly different now. Connor’s accident of course prevented him from making the team, and Simon got his spot back. And while Simon had been ecstatic about setting a new Cup record and crushing his competitors, he felt disappointed too. The premise of meeting his old rival in the ring once more was something he had looked forward to. Now they would never compete against each other again… such a pity.

Tacking up was done and Simon led the warmblood from his stall and towards the warm-up arena. The facilities here at the De Rege Manor were impressive, to say the least. Almost like something out of a fairy tale. The ‘manor’ could more accurately be described as a castle, and according to the staff it was something one could easily get lost in. Simon had thought of it as a joke until he had been handed a map of the estate – one brief look at this map confirmed the statement, however. It was huge.
Just as impressive as the castle itself were the arenas in front of it – two of them, more precisely, with seating for 5.000 people each. He could only hope that 5.000 people would be watching his ride today.

The warm-up arena was busy, but busy spaces did not bother Spiegelau in the least. The horse chewed calmly on his bit as he walked on a long rein. Simon watched the red neck in front of him and took in the sight of the perfect braids adorned with purple roses. Lisa may be an insensitive person, but at least she was a dedicated groom.  In the bridle were ribbons; blue for colon cancer awareness, like he had requested. His own mother had been claimed by this very type of cancer 6 years prior, which was also his motivation for participating in this event. Awareness. Good health was a gift so utterly unappreciated, and so quickly could everything fall apart in case good health failed. That was true for his own mother, for his old rival and…--
A snort from Spiegelau as he was denied a ‘snack’ from a flower pot made Simon smile to himself. At 15 the gelding was at the peak of his career – provided the injury did not return. Good health of course applied to horses as well - another thing that troubled Simon. He was cautious and attentive to his horse in a way he had never been before, because the injury had made him realize that the gelding was not, in fact, invincible. Was this injury the beginning of his decline? God, he hoped not. 

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WHAT ARE LEGS
WHAT ARE THEY
FRIGGIN
These hooves are some of the worst, lol; I am so sorry


Alriiiiiiiiiiiight, so I haven't really formally introduced this guy, but... BOOM, HERE HE IS :dummy:
He'll make a small cameo in my storyline this season. Not a large role. Just a lil appearance ;) 
#because 

Nope, he's not supposed to be a particularly likeable guy, haha. 
Today he rides for the Faroe Islands in honour of his late mother c:  




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These kiddoes reside with meee
Own ground texture
Background refs provided by host (I stalked, forgive me)
The spectator people are nobody in particular; I just thought the empty seats looked sad, lmao xD
References: s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/o… (shading) and pose (own) 
Brushes: Carl's Foliage Brushes  |  Environment-Brushes  |  Foliage Brush Set





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:iconponycool42:
PonyCool42 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2017  Student Digital Artist
I just love all the purple, and all of the little details! :la:
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Zoubstance Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much! Glad you like it :la:
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PonyCool42 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2017  Student Digital Artist
You're very welcome :D
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sobreiros Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So many details, so much bling :drool: I love the colours in this; the purple looks brilliant against Spiegelau's coat and the little gold accents are perfect. I really like the shading on the tack and on Simon's boots in particular, that's so hard to get right! And of course, Spiegelau's shading is just lovely, but that's to be expected from you. :D
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Zoubstance Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much; I'm glad you think so! :la: 
Hehe, oohhh I had fun adding all those bling details for sure :giggle:  Thank you so much! ; 7 ; 
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Qwertylein Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
So much fab o.o
All the purple and gold! It looks fantastic! And the horse looks so real, I almost cried when first seeing it :heart:
Also Simon is kinda... a douche xD But I think he's adorable, too and I love his gigantic smile to biiiittsssss! And those eyebrows! I have a thing for blond/white hair and dark eyebrows :la:
This is amzing and I want to look at it all day long! :heart: :heart:
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Zoubstance Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Eee, thank you so much! I'm glad you think so! :la:
Simon is definitely a bit of a douche, but most of it is simply hus personality rather than an active effort to be douchy, I think; haha :giggle:
Thank you so much! :heart:
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17mndrake Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2017
Skimming through my inbox, I thought this was a photograph at first. I didn't look very hard, but wow!!! Well done!!! 
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Zoubstance Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, thank you so much! :la:
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KarhunNoaidi Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
The gold and black ribbon in his hat isn't for platelet donors, is it?
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Zoubstance Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Just for decoration ;) 
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KarhunNoaidi Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Au lol - after reading your storylines I've become paranoid about every little detail in your pictures XD
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Zoubstance Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha, oh I'm sorry for causing paranoia like this :'D
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KarhunNoaidi Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Just wondering with Andy having blood cancer and Connor having a clotting disorder 
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BraveWellfareVisions Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
will there ever be a chance of seeing a speedpaint video of you? or streaming?
I would love watching you draw.. how those amazing characters come to life :stare:

beautiful entry! lovely background.. all so moving.. LOVE IT!!! 
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Zoubstance Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much ;7;
Ahh truth be told I'd really be a terrible streaming host. I get distracted like every 10 minutes and have to get up and walk around every 30 :giggle: Dont think anyone would have the patience for that xD
Thank youuu; I'm glad you think so! :la:
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BraveWellfareVisions Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
haha oh well.. then maybe a 10 minutes stream?
or a video which contents every 10 mintutes of you being productive? xDD
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Mendokusee Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh My God Zoub QQ This is insane Dx LOVE LIKE EVERYTHING!!!! Dat shadin'!! Dat colorcococombo!!! Dat POSE! DaaaattsmirkonSimon Oh my~ 
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Zoubstance Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Aaaa Mendo you are too kind! Q7Q
Thank you so much! :la:
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Brainem Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Gawd, this prettiness was still sitting in my inbox. ^^ Spiegelau is such a pretty horsie. Simon and him seem to fit together very well c:
And this is so gorgeous overall. The shading, the background, the colors. Love this. (Still sad about Con though :'<)
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Zoubstance Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Hgnn, thank you so much! :la: Simon and Spiegelau appreciate it!
I' glad you think so! :la: Yep, Connor is one unlucky pup :L
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SaandStoorm Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Your freaking muscle shading is, just, like...how do you do it tell me -falls to knees-

Also that tail, I just want to bury myself in it, it looks so fluffy!
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Zoubstance Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much, hgnn! ; 7 ;  That is so sweet of you to say! <3
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BorderlineChampions Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017
Wow. That is just gorgeous! Spiegelau makes me miss all the pretty DWB's I saw at the Herning Horse Show when I was there on a class trip 2 weeks ago. Such pretty <3
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Zoubstance Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much; glad you think so :la:
Aaaa, you were in Herning too? On what day(s)? ; 7 ;  (I was totally there as well, haha)
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BorderlineChampions Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2017
I had a sneaking suspicion that you might be there! I was there Thursday 9th and Friday 10th. But our class was in Denmark from Wednesday evening to Saturday morning.
I still understand so little Danish. I felt so awkward trying to communicate with anybody. Just kind of awkwardly smiled and nodded and hoped I didn't offend anybody xD I'm Norwegian so I definitely understand some Danish, I can read it just fine but spoken is where I get lost. How do you people even count?! I mean what? So complicated... Overly complicated x'D
Did you catch the galla show?
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Zoubstance Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Hehe but of course; I'm there with my mom each year :D I was there on sunday, so I didn't get to see the galla, but I was there for the GP Kür :la:
Aww trust me,you're not the odd one out! A lot of non-danish people are there,and communications are made in various languages, so I'm sure nobody was offended,hehe xD
lmao, our counting makes... no sense. It's true!
What are you studying since you were there on a school trip? BECAUSE THAT is a cool location for a field trip! :la:
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BorderlineChampions Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2017
Too bad, the galla was a real blast!

I hope so xD I'm not sure how well Danish people perceive Norwegian so..
It really doesn't. Most languages have some sort of structure that makes sense, you know? Like 50. In most languages that's like five tens. So 52 would be five tens + two. Danish just throws that completely out the window.. x'D I just can't wrap my head around that. We also found out that it wasn't so easy to get breakfast. In Norwegian breakfast is "Frokost", which apparently means lunch for you? You can imagine the confusion when we stopped at a hotel for something to eat x'D

Agriculture with a main focus in equine study. It's great! We get to ride 1 day a week and drive harness racers another. Today we actually painted the muscular and skeletal system on the horses. They turned out great! Of course we do have normal boring subjects too but shush, we don't talk about that xD We actually have a DWB at school, imported from Denmark. His name is Heartson, after Heartbeat(who I guess is kind of a big deal?). He's awesome but a little bit too big for me. I feel like a hobbit standing next to him. Haha..
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PinkLionArt Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Woooooow
This is so pretty :o I don't even know why, but I love it very much!
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Zoubstance Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Hgnn, thank you so much! Hehehe, I'm glad you like it :la: 
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annaaM Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
lmao I would be happy if I were able to draw hooves like these :'D

SO GOOD <3
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Zoubstance Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
HGGNNNN for real though; you draw hooves infinitely better <33
Thank you so much :hug: 
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annaaM Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
UHH STOP IT YOUU <3 I always struggle with hooves, they can be pretty awful sometimes x'D
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Zoubstance Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
IN THAT CASE YOU ARE DOING A PRETTY DANG AMAZING JOB <33
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theMadFurball Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
I saw a new image by you, then the title... and burst out laughing :stare: Yea right, Zoub.

They're so rocking that purple though!
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Zoubstance Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Hahaha, ooohh the irony in the title :'D
Thank you so much! ^^ 
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Ysval Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017  Student
Oh my goodness!!! Look at this entire piece!
All of the shading and the detail is just so amazing! 
Spiegelau's bonnet is just the best thing ever! I love that you made it purple to match the theme, along with those flowers and braids in his tail, it just makes the picture so much more beautiful! I am looking forward to see more of these two (mostly for Simon's gorgeous boots!)
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Zoubstance Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, thank you so much! I'm glad you think so! :la: Hehe, I might have gone a bit overboard on the purple accents, but I got carried away a little xD In any case I'm glad you like it C:
Hehehe, ohhh those boots are the sparkliest I have ever made. Bling King in the house! I'll have to draw him more simply to draw those sparkleboots xD
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ArcticNomad Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017
Woow, this is just amazing! All those details I think I've fainted. That purple color really fits for the horse :D
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Zoubstance Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much! ; 7 ;  Hehehe ohh yes; purple is such an underrated colour :P  Glad you like the way it looks <3
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ArcticNomad Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2017
Haha, I think purple is the best color after blue :D
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Concinnity-Castle Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha I was for sure dear Simon would meet the straw Berry lol
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Zoubstance Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, I figured he needed a standalone introduction since this is his first official appearance :D
And also, I can't just use a character who isnt mine in a story without requesting the rp; and with you in the hospital that wouldn't have been a very thoughtful timing :') how you doing?
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Concinnity-Castle Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Just updated about it I'm doing good vitals are good, and I have no pain so ❤️
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Nightsrunner Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
May I just cry

because this is the prettiest thing I've saw today
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Zoubstance Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my, thank you so much! Q 7 Q  Glad you like it! <3
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chelissima Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nope, he's not supposed to be a particularly likeable guy, haha.
Such a pity. I love him to the moon and back :heart: 

That shading. And the leg movement ;; Bury me deep, it's too beautiful! All the shine hnngh...
And purple totally suits both of them! I already got to see Spiegelau in it but I knew Kvark would wear it more than fabulously. Also... he rides in honour of his late mother ;__; my heaaaart 

Zoub, this is gold. Pure gold. I love it <3
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Zoubstance Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Hehe aww thanks! His ego will love you for that :'D
Hgnn YOU ARE TOO KIND ; 7 ;  So glad you think so! I love making shiiiiiine for some reason; it's always great fun >v<  Shine + purple = sofab, lol.
Oh yes, even this lil douche has a heart, I guess :giggle: 
THANK YOU <33
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valachhim Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ohyes my fav new zdarloch team B'D
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THIS IS AMAZING. GAWD. SHADING SKILLS STRAIGHT OUTTA THE ROOF. INCREDIBLE! :heart:
And for such a deeply emotional and good cause as well, love the new faces! Good luck!
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Zoubstance Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
THEY ARE NOT AFFILIATED WITH ZDARLOCH IN ANY WAY, THO <33
They are rogue, lol.

Nawww, thank you so muuuch ; 7 ;  I'm glad you think so! sdghfs you are too kind! :heart: 
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