Laurantis is too cute not to draw. Thank you, I wanted to try something other than standard pregnancy, due to her being a bug.
Here's my newest picture, it's a commission, but I wrote a long story to go with it:
Long long ago, there were no stars, only the sun, the moon, and the earth. One night, Moon came before people. "I am very tired" he said. "Each day for all eternity I have lifted the sun, which is very heavy, high into the sky, so the plants and people of the world may live. I work extra hard in the summer, and by its end I am so exhausted that I must rest, allowing the days to become short to catch my breath. May I rest for a season?
People were frightened, and begged Moon to please continue lifting the sun every day. "I understand that you need me" he replied, "but this job is exhausting. I am the only person who can do it, and to be honest I never really wanted to do it in the first place. Please give me something to compensate."
Various wise men stepped forward, one offered to build a temple. "I have no need of worship, I am tired, not insecure" Moon replied. Another offered gold. "What do you suppose the sun is made of? Trust me, gold is the last thing I want."
Then, one day, a youthful farmgirl stepped forward, running past the elders to talk to Moon directly. "What could you possibly offer the moon, simple farmgirl?" Shouted the elders, worried her brash approach might offend him.
"The moon is a boy, right?" she said. "I work on a farm. I know what it's like to have a big job and not enough helpers. I can give him some helpers."
So she turned to Moon and looked up to him. "Moon, you have nobody to help you lift the sun. You need a family to help you with your work. Can I offer that to you?"
The moon seemed a bit taken aback. Suddenly the girl vanished. The moon was not in the sky that night and the following morning the girl was found lying naked on a haystack, covered in markings and quite visibly pregnant. That day was the longest, brightest day people had ever seen, and all the flowers bloomed in the brilliant light.
Nine months later the farmgirl, very very heavy with child, quietly disappeared into the forest at dusk, and returned the following morning no longer pregnant. She did not have the baby with her however.
"Where is your child, farmgirl?" people asked her. In response she smiled, exhausted, and pointed up to a new dot in the sky, next to the moon. A grand celebration was held.
Now the sky is filled with stars, and the moon can sometimes be seen relaxing during the day, his children lifting the sun across the sky for him. Even so, every year, at twilight on the spring equinox, a young girl feels an irresistible call to wander out into the night. The following morning she returns, covered in markings, with the moon's child, a new star, inside her.
On the shortest day of the year, she goes again to be with the moon and give birth to their child. This year the mother is a young Riolu. Her markings glowing from the energy within, her water breaks and she starts to deliver. Tomorrow at dawn, a new star will appear in the sky and the exhausted young mother will return to be celebrated.