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Not An Embrace by bubug Not An Embrace by bubug
Illustration of the fragment of "Winter, thy enemy, thy friend" by LadyTP archiveofourown.org/works/1113…, commissioned by lalloo75.

Based on the characters from "A Song of Ice and Fire" by George R. R. Martin.


Now
with a little
precious Sansan ficlet written for us by wonderful LadyTP. Thank you, my friend, it's perfect : )

Not An Embrace 

Sandor had never held anyone so close to him as now, nor pressed a woman’s body so tightly against his. The wenches he had rutted with hadn’t needed it. They had always stayed willingly until the end to receive their coin for the services provided – before hurrying away as fast as they could.

And he had never felt a need to hold them.

Embrace, mummers and singers called it, he knew. Lovers clutching each other in their arms, joining their body and soul – what a load of bull!

It is not an embrace when a hired sword restrains his prey to prevent alarm in the quiet night. The Warrior Maid of Tarth had handed him a bag of gold to steal Sansa Stark from the Gates of the Moon, right on the eve of her wedding, and he was going to do it proper.

It had not been an embrace when he had covered her mouth with his huge palm and clasped her arms and hands in a tight hold, murmuring his intent to her in a low tone. I will harm you not.

It was not an embrace when she nodded her understanding and his hand dropped to her throat, her frantic pulse racing under his fingertips. Nor when she pulled her hand from his grasp and reached for his – but instead of pushing it away, squeezed it tightly, gently. Nor when she pressed her back against him and her whole body – taut as a bowstring a mere moment ago – relaxed and moulded against his.

It could not be an embrace when they stood like that for a heartbeat, two heartbeats, ten heartbeats, precious moments ticking away when they should have been packing, sneaking away, riding out of the Vale. Nor when he inhaled her scent, felt her warmth through her shift, sensed her body trembling and saw her downcast eyelashes fluttering and her mouth forming the words. Just a whisper, barely audible. You. It is you.

Not an embrace.


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deanssocks Featured By Owner May 21, 2017
I've seen your work in so many places but I couldn't find the source and now that I found you, I just want to say that you honestly make some of the best-most gorgeous-asoiaf fan art out there! much lovex
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LiberLibelula Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2017  Professional General Artist
My feels... T_T THis is gorgeous.
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retrocoli Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2016  Hobbyist
Wow! Absolutly beautiful! Great work Magdalena! I'm really dazzled! Totally in love with it!
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Nattmaran-bjd Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
This is witout doubt one of my favorit pictures ever. it gives me goosebumps every time I see it. :heart: 
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Caireann-Devin Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2016
Zakochałam się. Tak głęboko zakochałam się w Twoich pracach, że nawet nie wiem, jak je skomentować. Są piękne, klimatyczne i do tego wykonane w taki sposób, że od razu przykuwają oko. Do tego mój ulubiony duet to właśnie Sandor i Sansa, i aż mnie natchnęłaś, żebym w końcu zaczęła pisać tego ff, którego od tak dawna planuję napisać. Gratuluję świetnie wykonanej roboty, mogłabym godzinami podziwiać Twoje prace! (A już ta jest moim absolutnym numerem jeden!)Heart Heart 
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Shock6000 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2016
My heart skips a beat every time I see you uploaded something new. This is so utterly beautiful, I can't stop looking at it. Your Sandor is so good looking! Did you have a model or is this hunk from your imagination?
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bubug Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2016
Thank you guys; glad you like it :)
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ValeriyaSegal Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2016   Photographer
Wonderful!
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RochestersJane Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2016
Oh delicious!
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SwiftSnowmane Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2016
Incredible work as always, my friend! Your ability to capture the mood of the written word into images is one of the many things that makes your work stand out. Both a beautiful portrait of our beloved pairing as well as a true illustration. Thank you for sharing your talent and love for SanSan with us all. :) 
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KushinaUsagi Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2016
So beautiful!!
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SophieRiver Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2016  Hobbyist
I love the way it makes me feel :)
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Lalloo75 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2016
Thank u for a job well done Lena .... Looking forward to more future collaborations : ))))  
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SelenityElizabeth Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So lovely! :D fantastic job! Your really talented!
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snoogaloo Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
really beautifully done!
love the emotion you have in this creation especially!
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Blue-Anima Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2016   General Artist
An exquisite interplay... As ever, your execution and ability to create a mood are wonderful. :) 
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LadyTP Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2016
What can I say, but that this image is glorious, glorious in all its details! I am thrilled that lalloo chose a scene from my fic, as that continues to show your magical touch and skill in depicting their interactions, with the overarching and underlying themes of Sandor's size and strength, his apparent position of physical power and the undertone of sexual threat - and yet Sansa's own inner strength, her subtle position of emotional power and the undertone of her sexual awakening. 

I especially awed by the way you executed this very scene, as it carries the same elements; Sandor's physical presence and forceful hold, which may be read as menacing, Sansa's fragility and helplessness in the face of it - and yet after Sansa realises who it is, her knowing acceptance and continuing holding on to him...

And in my mind the size proportions are perfect - I have seen illustrations that look physically impossible or at least ridiculous with Sandor being a giant and Sansa a doll.  

Thank you so much!!! :-)
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DamselStock Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Could you possibly provide a link to your fic? I'd love to read it if it's posted somewhere. This gorgeous artwork makes me want to commission bubug to illustrate my own SanSan fic!
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LadyTP Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2016
Gladly - and with apologies to Bubug for digressing the thread a bit ... All my fics are on AO3, this particular fic in archiveofourown.org/works/1113…. Thanks for your interest!
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DamselStock Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
I've read and commented on a few of your other stories but haven't seen this one yet. I'm on AO3 as well and this is my profile, though I only have one WIP at the moment. I've bookmarked your story and will read it when I have a moment; love your work :)
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LadyTP Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2016
Oh, forgive me not noticing this before now - I am not here very often...
I will certainly check your profile - and thanks for the comments! :-)
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Pevansy Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing work :)
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TheShamelessHussy Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2016
Stunning!
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TheLovelyLandofMary Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Man, this just makes me want to know more about them. I'm glad to see that there's more posted of them in the related art!
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kotleta Featured By Owner Edited Jul 28, 2016
Just epic! You drew the sword on the belt this time and the three hounds too. :D

Do you happen to have this in a wallpaper format for strictly personal use? :)
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montycrusto Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2016   Traditional Artist
this is a wonderful artwork - it just blows me away.  The pose (especially the hands), the textures, the hair, the translucent sleeve... really great.
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Asderuki Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2016  Student Digital Artist
I love this :3
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y0j1m80 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2016
i love this, but i feel like clegane should be so much bigger compared to sansa.
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Crimzen250 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
he's a foot and a half taller in this picture lol, any larger and it would look unnatural
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y0j1m80 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2016
yeah, well their relationship is "unnatural". and he's almost that much taller than grown men, and she's still a girl. i love this couple, but i feel like the image should convey just how odd their pairing is. :)
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DamselStock Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Sansa is still just a girl, yes; however, she was known to be quite tall for a girl/lady. Sansa is about 5'8" and Sandor is about 6'8" so honestly this drawing is fairly accurate.
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y0j1m80 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2016
interesting, where did you find her height? that's really tall for a roughly 12 year old girl!
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DamselStock Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
As someone who writes fanfiction about Sandor and Sansa, I have done extensive research. I'll try to find the original source of my information, which was an interview from GRRM himself, where he states that Sansa is considerably tall for a lady. In this interview he listed heights of many fan favorite characters: Hound/Sandor 6'8", Gregor/Mountain 7'8", Sansa Stark 5'8", Ned Stark 6'3', Jaime Lannister 6'3", Hodor 7'2", Brienne of Tarth 6'7", and so on.... Keep in mind though, during the medieval era which is what ASoIaF is based upon (War of the Roses era), 12 years old was considered more adult than child as people did not live as long back then. A normal lifespan would be on average of 50 years.
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y0j1m80 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2016
interesting! what a tall cast of characters. that said, whatever the cultural beliefs about age and maturity, coming from a purely biological stance, a 12 year old human is generally much shorter and undeveloped than their physically mature counterparts. remember, sansa has yet to have her first menstruation as of CoK, and so even in this fantasy setting, it is safe to assume she is far from completing puberty.

maybe sansa is indeed freakishly tall. if it's canon, who am i to dispute it? nonetheless, you must admit it's pretty shocking for a 12 year old girl to be at least 4 inches taller than the average full grown woman of the modern world, and to make a character frequently described as noticeably taller than most men look of completely average height! :)
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DamselStock Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Oh I agree with you completely! I was always wondering if GRRM just didn't research pre-puebescent teenage girl anatomy and biology or if he honestly just didn't care that Sansa should be a bit shorter and less curvaceous. Of course, in the interview I read, when he mentioned Sansa's height, it is possible he was talking about her while she was Petyr Baelish's prisoner in the Vale and thus considered nearly grown by Westerosi customs of 16 being an adult. It is possible he was referring to her womanly height, not her adolescent height. I am still trying to find that interview but it was several years, and another computer ago, that I initially read it. I do know that when I personally write fanfiction about Sandor and Sansa, I always change her age to the Westerosi age of majority, 16, while leaving Sandor at his age of 27/28 as in the first novel, GoT. I feel this makes readers a bit more comfortable as many people seem to forget that it was common practice for young girls to become betrothed and married to older husbands at a very young age and people tend to judge history with a modern mindset. One thing to note is that this particular artwork of bubug's was a commission illustrating the characters as seen in another person's fanfiction, so it is quite possible that the size/age difference shown here are as described by that particular author.

Sansa isn't the only character that GRRM is wanting us to suspend disbelief on... don't even get me started on how incorrect the anatomy and biology of the Unsullied are! Being castrated as young boys would mean that they would have a lack of testosterone causing their joints to fail to harden as they grew. Also castrated boys tend to have abnormally long limbs nor do their muscles develop correctly meaning that they would not likely survive many battles! They also have higher pitched voices as their vocal chords do not mature like a regular man's would. Grey Worm has an exceptionally deep voice and muscular physique for being castrated!

Oh, one interesting tidbit you might not remember/know, Sansa was about 2 inches or so taller than Joffrey... maybe that could be just one subconscious reason of why he hated her so? LOL She emasculated the poor Cowardly Lion King ;)
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JoeiReed Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2016
Such great texture!
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DamselStock Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
I think one of my favorite things about your portrayals of our beloved Sandor/Hound is that you don't add a beard to him! From what I remember in the books, he was not bearded and wouldn't have been as his scars would have only allowed him half a beard. He always tried to bring less attention to his scars by covering them with his hair;  having only half a beard would have defeated the purpose of combing his hair over the left side.
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TheTwiggyDance Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2016   Digital Artist
Is it the hound??
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DamselStock Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Yes. This artist is well known for her Sandor and Sansa artworks. Definitely a fav artist for we SanSan shippers :)
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Athuair Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Simply amazing :wow:
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