Super Smash Bros. Art Card #60 (of 50) - Ice Climbers
=Lost But Never Forgotten Series=
It’s the power couple of Smash Bros., before a certain Princess and Luma robbed them of their position. The Ice Climbers were the first retro Nintendo characters featured on the roster of which (like Mr. Game and Watch, R.O.B., and Pit) not many younger players really knew of. Their unique style of combat was what made them stand out completely, for they presented a true challenge to master and an even greater challenge to compete against.
What can I say? Two hammers are better than one!
…Unfortunately the Ice Climbers were unable to make it to the latest Smash Bros due to the technical limits of the 3DS. But with the Switch out now and a more than likely re-release of Smash 4 on the horizon, maybe this duo can also make a return and surprise us all again.
This strange idea formed in my head weeks ago while thinking about buying Shovel Knight… I’m so glad I finally got around to drawing it! Shitty would totally only wear half the armor, allowing the boys to breath, and of course the armor properly displays his sweet flow. Please use your imagination to decide what that brown stuff on Mr. Crappy’s shovel might be ^____^
The moment of truth is almost here… Nintendo has started the ballot rush, every 3rd party character is anxiously awaiting the results, and all the Goku votes are being burned accordingly.
So I started first with the window scene (which took me about a week) full of characters that are most likely to win the ballot according to fan polls, and did the rest in just 2 nights which explains the quality difference since I REALLY wanted to get this out of the way as quickly as I could. Anyway, enjoy!
I awake with a start, covered in sweat and my thoughts swirl
around the dream I just left, full of slow kisses and rough touches from a boy
that I should not be dreaming about. A knock on my door startles me and I
realize that was what woke me in the first place.
Get your butt up, we have a lot of things to do today!” Alex yells from the
other side and a moment later I can hear her yelling a similar thing to Auston.
and roll onto my back, the sun glaring into my room despite the curtains. I
untangle myself from the sheets and stagger to my feet and make my way into the
bathroom. I turn on the water faucet and splash my face with water, wiping away
the last traces of makeup and sleep. Once I get dressed and ready for the day,
I head downstairs to the kitchen where Mrs. Matthews is setting the table and
Mr. Matthews is finishing up a massive breakfast.
good morning sleeping beauty!” Mr. Matthews says, catching sight of me entering
the room and Auston’s head instantly swivels in my direction, I want to ignore
him but after last night I can’t bring myself to.
him a shy smile, along with Mr. Matthews and sit next to Auston. I tell myself
it’s because it’s the only seat open.
we are going sledding this morning! There’s a huge hill about a mile away that
we can use,” Breyana exclaims, clapping her hands.
fun!” I say, grabbing my glass of orange juice and taking a sip.
lunch, after that ice skating and skiing for a few of us, and then-,“ Breyana
is cut off by Alex shoving a piece of pancake in her face.
don’t get to make the schedule, Breyana,” she says in her typical big sister
tone and Breyana scowls at her.
do you mean skiing for a few of us?”
I ask as Mrs. Matthews shovels pancakes and eggs onto my plate.
Auston isn’t allowed to because the possibility of getting hurt is high, and
mom and dad also don’t ski,” Breyana explains, wiping her face with a napkin.
“Do you ski?”
shake my head. “I only know how to snowboard. I’m sure they are similar but
with my luck I’d break every bone in my body. So you can count me out for that
shifts next to me, when I look at him I see a grin pulling at his mouth and I
can tell he’s plotting something. Alex catches my eye and quirks an eyebrow at
me and I’m quick to turn my focus on my pancakes. Does this family ever stop watching me?
later, Mrs. Matthews is double checking that everyone is warmly dressed, and is
trying to put another scarf around Breyana.
am fine!” Breyana is whining, swatting the scarf away, and earning a stern
glare from Mrs. Matthews.
not making Y/N wear fifteen layers!” Breyana argues and I roll my eyes.
because Y/N is from Michigan, she’s used to the cold and she won’t complain,” Mrs. Matthews snaps right back and Breyana
sends a scowl my way.
Breyana doesn’t have me to keep her warm,” someone breathes in my ear and
goosebumps erupt on my skin. Before I can even look at him, Auston has already
made his way over to Alex, already in conversation with her. How does he do that?
there’s three snow mobiles in the barn, so you four decide who you’re riding
with,” Mr. Matthews says, putting on his gloves and opening the slider door for
instantly grab Breyana’s hand and pull her to my side.
She complains and tries to wiggle out of my grasp.
uh, you’re riding with me,” I say to her and drag her with me, past Auston and
Alex who are watching us with amused grins.
Breyana starts to complain and I silence her with a look.
wanna ride with someone who hasn’t ever drove one before?” I ask her, this
makes her put on a thoughtful expression.
she says after a moment and the excitement comes back to her face.
we will be the first ones there,” I whisper conspiratorially.
you know where to go?” A voice asks behind me and I glance back to see Auston
right behind us.
planned on following that sign right there that says sledding hill this way,” I reply sweetly, batting my eyelashes at
he scowls at me.
at him and turn my attention back to Breyana.
throw open the doors to the barn, I quickly take stock of the snow mobiles and
quickly drag Breyana to the fastest one.
making sure that Breyana has her helmet on properly so that Mrs. Matthews
doesn’t have a heart attack, I make her hug me around the waist and pull the
throttle, speeding out of the barn before the others have even gotten their
a strange sense of freedom that comes with driving one, especially when there
is nothing in your way. I can hear Breyana squealing and screaming with
excitement as we rocket across the frozen ground and I soon find myself doing
the same. We reach the hill, complete with a set of stairs that lead all the
way to the top within a few minutes, so I take Breyana around in a few circles
until we see the others in the distance.
to a stop and Breyana groans, complaining that she wants to keep going.
will have plenty of time for it later, Bre,” I help her take off the helmet as
we wait for the others, her pout firmly in place.
a shed at the bottom of the stairs and open the door to find several inner tubes
to slide down the hill on. I drag out six and stack them by the stairs, by now
the others have arrived. I wait patiently at the bottom but Breyana grabs her
own and starts up the stairs.
goodness, how fast did you get here?” Alex asks once she reaches me, her cheeks
already pink from the cold.
shrug and quickly grab my own tube, Mrs. Matthews within ear shot with a stern
look already on her face.
next couple hours are a blur of laughing, snow and the occasional shy smile. After
lunch, we head to a small frozen pond, ice skates in tow. I have been dreading
this all day. I haven’t skated since I was fifteen years old when I fell in
front of an entire junior team. Everyone sits on the snow covered benches and
starts lacing their skates. I take the pair Mrs. Matthews hands me and take a
seat next to Alex, trying to watch how she laces them.
finishes quickly and leaves me struggling on the bench alone, as she takes her
sister by the hand and they head out onto the ice. I stare at my skates in
confusion and I’m about to fake being sick when someone kneels in front of me.
some help?” Auston asks, smiling up at me.
I was just about to fake being sick so I could get out of this,” I mutter,
not skate?” He asks, reaching out and undoing the pathetic job I had been
working so hard on.
all. My dad tried to teach me so many times and the last time I tried I fell in
front of an entire team of boys my age and wanted to die,” I reply, watching
his fingers move effortlessly across my skates.
of them offered to teach you?” He asks, sending a grin up at me.
why would they do that?” I ask, frowning at him.
think any teenage, hormonal boy would look for any excuse to hold your hand,”
he says, looking back down at my skates and getting back to work.
you still a teenage boy?” I raise an eyebrow at him.
he says, smirking up at me and I blush.
said last night, pervert!” I snap at him and then remember being in my room,
crying and him comforting me through the wall and I instantly soften. I raise
my eyes from his hands and study his face instead. Why would he put so much
effort into comforting me, especially after the teasing last night in the hot
tub? And on top of that, why didn’t he
mention it this morning?
seems to feel my gaze and glances up at me, not saying anything. We stare at
each other in silence, forgetting the others who are zooming around on the ice
giggling and making fun of each other. I want to thank him, but I can’t think
of a single way to say it out loud. Instead I slowly reach out my hand,
brushing his cheek gently with my bare fingers, wiping away a melted piece of
snow and hope he understands. His head tilts into my hand slightly and I
done,” he says quietly and I lower my hand from his face. I break our gaze and
look down at my perfectly tied skates.
I mutter, dreading the next hour.
on, I’ll help you,” Auston says and gets to his feet, holding his hand out to
me. I eye it for a moment and then realizing I have no choice, take it, letting
him help me down to the pond.
doesn’t let go of my hand once he takes his first step onto the ice and I
hesitate before following. I cling to his hand with both of mine, my legs
locking up like a baby colt.
Y/N,” Auston says, his other hand coming to my arm. “Just do what I do.”
pulls me with him, skating backwards, while I try to mimic his steps.
better!” He says, laughing.
you laughing at me?” I demand.
he says without hesitating and I scowl at him which makes him laugh harder.
“You are doing better, just take longer strides and kind of widen your stance,
here.” He stops us and puts his knee between mine, pushing them farther apart.
to concentrate and do as he says, I take a stride and to my surprise, I don’t
we go!” He exclaims and within ten minutes I don’t have to hold onto him
anymore, but that doesn’t mean I let go.
the next hour going from person to person, refusing to skate on my own. I
mostly find myself with either Alex or Auston, both of them patient enough to
go my speed and it gives me an excuse to hold Auston’s hand. When Mrs. Matthews
says she’s had enough, we all follow her off the ice.
and Alex are set on going skiing a few miles away at a resort. They offer for
me to come with and snowboard, but I shake my head.
think I’ll go back to the hill and sled a bit more, or go back to the hot tub,”
I tell them, sliding my boots back on.
and Breyana climb onto a snowmobile and take off towards the resort after
saying goodbye and Mr. and Mrs. Matthews get onto theirs, heading back to the
house. Which leaves Auston and I standing there awkwardly.
I guess that means I’m going with you,” he says after a moment and climbs onto
the remaining snow mobile, taking the driver’s seat.
you’re going with me then you sit in back,” I snap at him, gesturing for him to
Why?” He asks, a perplexed look on his face.
I’m driving,” I say, walking towards him and again gesturing for him to move.
raises his eyebrows at me and doesn’t move.
don’t move, I’ll find a way to make you,” I challenge, crossing my arms.
highly doubt that,” Auston laughs and I bite my lip.
his helmet from the back seat and step up to him. He eyes the helmet warily and
I gently put it on him, strapping it and adjusting his visor. Auston remains
silent the whole time and while I can’t see his face because of the helmet, I
know he’s watching me.
place my own helmet on and take a breath. Putting my foot on the snow mobile, I
slowly place my other leg on the opposite side, effectively straddling the seat
but also placing me directly in front of Auston with very little room between
us. I slowly lower myself onto the seat, or Auston’s lap, whatever way you want
to look at it. Just like I imagined, I meet solid muscle and Auston doesn’t
budge, so I’m wedged between him and the handle bars.
hands are still on the handle bars, so I reach out and pry his fingers off
before grabbing his wrists and placing them around my waist. Now that he has no
leverage besides his weight, I push my butt back, although I didn’t exactly plan
on my butt being positioned right in front of his hips. I ignore all thoughts
of that and slowly I make progress, he scoots back just enough that I can slide
off his lap and onto the seat itself.
pleased with myself, I turn the ignition on and shift into gear. Auston remains
silent the whole time, but the fact that his arms are still tight around my
waist is enough for me to know I didn’t overstep any boundaries and I rocket
the sled forward.
reach the hill again and I quickly jump off, removing my helmet. Auston stays
sitting and removes his helmet slowly, his eyes are on me and again are
incredibly dark, but still he says nothing.
you can stay down here if you want, I’ll be up there,” I say cheerfully,
pointing at the stairs.
I go to
the shed and retrieve an inner tube, sending another smile back at Auston, who
has at least finally gotten off the sled. I start up the stairs and once I get
halfway I glance back to see Auston following behind me a ways back, his own
tube in hand.
forward again, hiding my smile. I reach the area where we all started out at
and decide to at least wait for him. Once he reaches me he doesn’t look at me,
instead his attention is caught by a bush at the end of the stairs. He nudges
it with his foot and to my surprise, he reveals more stairs behind it.
finally meets my eyes and nods towards the stairs, silently asking me. I hesitate
a moment and then decide to go for it. I step over the bush and start up the
stairs, which I can now see leads to another landing much farther up the hill.
reach the new landing, I’m completely out of breath. I try to hide it at first
but when Auston joins me I can hear his breathing as well and don’t feel as
still hasn’t said a word to me and it’s starting to make me anxious. I look at
him and find him already looking at me, and again I can see him thinking.
I ask after a moment, his gaze making my uneasy.
of answering me, he steps forward so he’s directly in front of me, inches from
my face. He tilts his head towards mine and I don’t know what to think or what
to do. He leans down and before I can do anything he pulls my inner tube out of
are you doing?” I ask, looking down at his hand now around my ride down the
he ignores me and without stepping away from me, his face still inches from
mine, he throws my inner tube down the hill.
I yell, my mouth falling open. “What are you doing?”
exactly what you are doing to me,” he finally responds.
what’s that?” I snap, crossing my arms in front of my chest and glaring at him.
you crazy,” he breathes at me and I am speechless. He doesn’t move from his
position right in front of me and I refuse to move either. I continue glaring
at him and he continues to give me his dark-eyed look.
to take the silence I speak first.
you did a fantastic job at it,” I snap, gesturing at my inner tube which has
now made its way all the way down to the base of the hill.
you,” Auston says and finally takes a step back and I can finally breathe
again. “Now, let’s go,” he adds, setting his tube down and settling himself
down on it.
me?” I ask, going to his side.
go,” he repeats and gestures his lap.
splutter, unable to find any words to throw at him.
seconds tick by and Auston glances at his pretend watch on his wrist. I scoff
at him and roll my eyes.
on Y/N, I thought you wanted to go sledding,” Auston says, his tone teasing and
I want to smack him.
are a despicable human being,” I snap, and step closer, wondering how I’m
supposed to do this gracefully.
you,” Auston replies, and holds out his hand to help me. “Allow me.”
him a filthy look and ignore his hand, I take a deep breath and try not to
think too much about the boy sitting beneath me as I lower myself down and
sweep my leg across him, settling down onto his lap.
see how easy that was?” Auston asks, his mouth right by my ear.
up,” I grumble at him and his body vibrates beneath me as he laughs.
somehow shimmies us to the edge of the landing.
He asks, again his breath tickles the side of my face. Unable to speak I just
pushes us off and we shoot down the hill, our combined weight making us go much
faster than before. I can’t help but squeal in delight as we fly down the hill.
However, our combined weight makes it much harder to maneuver the tube down the
hill and we hit a snow drift halfway down. We go sideways for a moment before
we roll off, both of us unable to hold on.
over each other several times before coming to a stop, me on top of him, our
legs and arms a tangled mess. We breathe heavily for a moment, both of us
unsure what happened until we bust out laughing. I realize I’m still hovering
over him and quickly roll to my side but he follows me, me now on my back and
him on his side right above me.
worked better than I thought it would,” he mutters, staring down at me. The
back of my head is cold and I realize my hat fell off somewhere, my hair is
splayed around me but I don’t mind. I stare up at him, my eyes going from his
eyes to his mouth and back again, my body completely frozen.
stares back, his eyes staying on mine. Something in the air changes and just
like in his car a few nights back, there’s electricity around us, just waiting
for that spark. My breathing picks up and I don’t even feel embarrassed, too
focused on his mouth. With my heart pounding against my ribs I’m positive he
can feel it.
slowly he leans down, giving me plenty of time to pull away. I don’t. Auston’s
lips touch mine and everything in my body comes to life, a deep warmth touching
every nerve and cell of my entirety. He moves his lips gently against mine
before pulling away slightly, my eyes flutter open and I can’t help but smile.
Auston seemingly reassured by my smile, leans back down again, this time when
his lips touch mine he doesn’t hesitate.
lips press against mine roughly, the tip of his tongue asking for permission. I
willingly open to him and marvel at his taste, a mixture of honey and something
sweet, like he just ate some type of fruit. It’s intoxicating, nothing like I
expected and I instantly crave more. My hand moves behind his head, slipping
his hat off so I can bring my hand to his hair.
free hand moves to my neck and then up to my face, cupping my cheek gently. I
find myself responding more enthusiastically than I intended and when we
finally break apart we are both gasping for breath.
is the first to speak, his face still inches from mine.
me again, what was that setting on the hot tub?” He asks seriously and I laugh,
putting my hand behind his head again and pulling his mouth back to mine,
effectively ending all conversation.
After a more thorough examination
of each other’s mouths, Auston turns his attention to my jaw and neck. I arch
my neck giving him better access and tangle my fingers in his hair, my
breathing uncontrollable. My eyes flutter open again and instantly fall upon
one of the few stars that have already appeared in the sky, only this time I don’t
feel like running and my eyes close once again.