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The Night Before King Robert's Arrival by sketchditto The Night Before King Robert's Arrival by sketchditto
I know this would never happen in the books or HBO series-maybe in a parallel universe – nice to imagine this happening anyways!

Curious to know how they ended up in this pile? Read on!
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T'was the night before King Robert’s arrival. (Nah, I’m not going to make this rhyme. I’ll spare you that!) All the preparation's been made. One flask of wine, however, was missing…

Robb, Jon and Theon decided to take the flask out into the godswood, with Grey Wind and Ghost trailing behind them. Making sure the coast was clear, they pulled out the flask and drank. While drinking, they talked on about King Robert and his court, the Queen and her brothers, and stories of Kingslanding and the Southern lands...the stories their father would tell about his battles fighting alongside King Robert. They reenacted the battles such as the Battle of the Trident with Prince Rhaegar (by then they were tipsy!)

Eventually after much talking and drinking they dozed off next to the heart tree.

Meanwhile, Arya, Brandon, and Rickon are teaching their direwolves tricks, and running around Winterfell’s castle--undoing the prep work made for the King’s arrival. Seeing their direwolves craving fresh air, they ran out to the godswood and stumbled upon Robb, Jon and Theon all passed out. They pounced on the sleeping brothers. Seeing that they were unsuccessful in waking them, they ran off into the godswood to play with their direwolves. Eventually they made their way back to the heart tree. After a full day of running and playing, they found themselves so tired that they plopped themselves down next to Robb, Jon and Theon.

Later that night, Sansa also came out to the godswood as well to pray for the safety of King Robert and, more importantly, Prince Joffrey.

To her surprise, she found all her siblings there, including Theon, passed out by the heart tree. She laughed to herself..as it was such a sight. She kneeled before the heart tree and prayed silently – which eventually became a silent back and forth debate of whether Prince Joffrey was her true Florian or if she should wait for another. Lady was with her but had long dozed off before Sansa finished her prayers. Sansa afterwards grew tired and curled up next to Lady who was sleeping next to Robb and Grey Wind.

Catelyn started looking for her children to tell them last minute details about the King’s arrival. She was hoping to spend a quiet night with each of them, knowing there would be none when the King and his entourage would swarm Winterfell the next morning. She found Ned instead and together they both searched for the children and were eventually led to the godswood. Catelyn and Ned smiled at each other as they saw their children bundled next to the heart tree with their direwolves. For a moment they forgot to be angry at them for not being in their rooms (and for that empty flask!). “The night is still warm, they can spend the night out here” Catelyn whispered to Ned. Ned whispered back, "Yes, just for tonight. Winter is coming."

{drawn in pencil, colored digitally. Ahh, Photoshop and it's default brushes!}
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:iconluanadorea:
luanadorea Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
thats awesome!!!
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LSDInkvizitor Featured By Owner May 16, 2014
yay! :3
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sithenidon Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014
Baww, too sweet :3 So nice that Theon got to join the snuggle-pile, too.
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sketchditto Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Professional General Artist
Aw, thanks! Yes theon have to be in there, he's like their older brother even up he is just the ward- besides, in this story he drank some of the wine that made him drowsy...:)
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sithenidon Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014
Well he's been at Winterfell for like half his life, so there must be sort of a half-sibling relationship between him and the Stark kids :) You really got the characters down well, love how Jon is mussing up Arya's hair, even in his sleep. 
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KenjiHayuten Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013
I love this so much T^T if only...
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sketchditto Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013  Professional General Artist
Ooh thank you! Yes I always imagine this scenario whenever I watch GoT!
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KenjiHayuten Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013
Now thanks to you, I wish it happened! lol I wouldn't be surprised if it did, but wasn't spoken of!
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Dotterall Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013   General Artist
*squidgey face*
Made me feel all warm and mushy inside. SOOO. Cute.
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Lamastok Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013
Cute direwolves furballs are cute :D
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sketchditto Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013  Professional General Artist
ooh thank you!
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SilentSamurai96 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013
The Starks didnt deserve the fate they got.
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sketchditto Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013  Professional General Artist
Indeed- the Starks are dropping like flies..:(
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SilentSamurai96 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013
Its just not fair!! There the only decent people in the story (besides Danny and Tryion).
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sketchditto Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013  Professional General Artist
I know! Totally agree with you-they seem such a nice family and they're being plucked off one by one! Sigh, but that's also what makes the book series interesting! (Agree on Tyrion and Dany too - to have some kinda moral compass)
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Kukapetal Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013
It's really nice to see a picture of the whole family together and looking content for once. Love it!
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sketchditto Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Professional General Artist
ooh thank you! Yes, that one last moment of happiness before it all goes downhill was what I wanted for them...
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ikhebjelief Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Hobbyist
Oh my god, I just adore all the little direwolfs!
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sketchditto Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Professional General Artist
ooh thank you! i like little direwolf pups!
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KittyMeow47 Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
SO CUTE!
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sketchditto Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Professional General Artist
Ooh thank you!
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kaileyrox Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013
then everything went to hell very, very fast the end.





...aww :c
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sketchditto Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Professional General Artist
yea, I am beginning to believe GRRM doesn't like the Starks at all!
:(
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Veskavision Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Student Writer
D'aaawww some sweet Winterfell nostalgia. Makes me almost forget...
ROOOOOBB!!!! WWWWHHHHHYYYYYY?!
THEEEEOOOOON????!!!! WWWWWWWHHHHHHYYYYYY?!
JOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOON!!!!! WWHAHAHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY?!?!?!?!
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sketchditto Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Professional General Artist
I know the feeling man, I know....sigh, so sad, so bittersweet! Why indeed!
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celestearcher Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
thisis wonderful! I like the story behind the picture.
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sketchditto Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much! :D
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KhaleesiDrogo Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012
robert ruined everything for the starks
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sketchditto Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Professional General Artist
Yeah him but mostly I blame the Lannisters. Or they all might be played by Varys and his crew!
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JonAndDaenerys Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Indeed, the last peaceful night in Westeros. Let us offer prayers for those who have fallen in the War of the Five Kings and the events shortly before, as well as after, when the world that was full of such joy turned to the darkest and most tradgic place many of us will ever know of.

Fare thee well my friends......
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sketchditto Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Professional General Artist
Yea those Starks can never catch a break!! Now that I think about it, most of the ASOIAF characters are the same as well- I want some respite for these characters!
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JonAndDaenerys Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ye! Finally someone gets what I been telling everyone! Dany just needs to cross the Narrow Sea and claim the crown in her name and tell her nephew (super sorry, cannot remember his name atm) to go screw himself. That, or Jon needs to talk to the Reed dude and find out the truth and take the crown himself. (Yes, I am a very strong believer in the R+L theory.)
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sketchditto Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Professional General Artist
Whoooa! * Spoiler Alert! *
Dany's nephew!?
I agree with you tho that Dany needs to go over to Westeros and claim her throne already! I would definitely like to believe that R+L theory too, wouldn't that be awesome!
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JonAndDaenerys Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh crap oh crap, did not mean to say that. O_O
I mean, I get the plot and training and blah blah blah, but she just needs to suck it up, tell Illyro(I know that is wrong, but I cannot remember it) thanks for the help and just MOVE!!! Sheesh, I mean, that is what I would do.
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derFluechtling Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012
This is so cute and wonderful and yet sad and tragic. I love how they're all one big family.
The last peaceful night in Westeros indeed.
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sketchditto Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Professional General Artist
Yea, it tugs at the heart strings
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CKnightsofni Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012
The last peaceful night in westeros.....
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sketchditto Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Professional General Artist
So true! It is the last peaceful night in Westeros and Winterfell...
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scoobyqueen12 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Adorable drawing and a very sweet story! :aww: The Stark family needs more good things to happen to them like this! :nod:
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sketchditto Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Professional General Artist
thanks for the comment! I couldn't agree with you more - if only the long summer lasted for them but alas, they truly live by their house motto! :P
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Annathelle26 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awww, this is precious:aww: You always have very nice ideas about the Stark family!
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sketchditto Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Professional General Artist
thanks for the comment! After reading the books (still on the 5th one tho!), I really wish for fond/precious memories for the Stark family! :P
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Annathelle26 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Maybe Mr. Martin will give us some, in the next books... some nice precious flashbacks... who knows;) That'd be nice.
How do you like the 5th one so far? :)
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sketchditto Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Professional General Artist
I do recall one of the Starks having a flashback- a funny one too! For the 5th book, I'm glad to see the more familiar POVs back in the series. I will end here and not reveal any spoilers! ^__~
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Murdelizer Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012
how sweet! :) especially Nymerias tongue hanging out is great! :D
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sketchditto Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Professional General Artist
Hahaha, Nymeria is very similar to Arya - if Arya's tongue is long enough, it would be hanging out too!
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fairyash Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012
It's so sweet and precious. I really loved this, wonderful job!:+favlove:
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sketchditto Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Professional General Artist
thank you for the comment! :D I feel like the Stark house need something sweet and precious before all hell break loose with King Robert's Winterfell arrival! :P
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fairyash Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012
I agree:D It's sad because by the end of the first book/season, all of the children are like scattered throughout the kingdoms.
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