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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!
{for detail of the artwork, go here: [link]}

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 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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luanadorea Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
thats awesome!!!
LSDInkvizitor Featured By Owner May 16, 2014
yay! :3
sithenidon Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014
Baww, too sweet :3 So nice that Theon got to join the snuggle-pile, too.
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...:)
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. 
KenjiHayuten Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013
I love this so much T^T if only...
sketchditto Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013  Professional General Artist
Ooh thank you! Yes I always imagine this scenario whenever I watch GoT!
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!
Dotterall Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013   General Artist
*squidgey face*
Made me feel all warm and mushy inside. SOOO. Cute.
Lamastok Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013
Cute direwolves furballs are cute :D
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