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83 - Oogway's First Look... by DolphinMoana 83 - Oogway's First Look... by DolphinMoana
100 Themes Challenge #83 - "Lost"

Oogway had quite taken to going to doing the shopping these days, in lieu of sending a servant out to do it. He admittedly enjoyed the chance to walk among the townfolk and see the village, especially since he'd taken in a cub that needed regular fresh air as well. He glanced over to a nearby cart to maintain a visual on his adopted son, finding the little lynx kitten right where he expected, using his humble allowance to buy some candied plums.

As he was carefully filing through the lettuce heads, his eyes caught a quick glance of a child up in the branches of a young, nearby tree. He didn't think much of it at first - children were always playing around the bushes and climbing the trees about the village. He continued his shopping, attention only breaking when he heard the child's voice.

"Mama! Ma--!" There was a subtle cracking noise, followed by a small yelp and the sound of something falling to the ground. The old master turned around quickly. The child - a little red panda cub, perhaps about 4 years old - was just sitting back up from his fall on the severed tree branch. Glancing up, his eyes quickly widened as they met the old tortoise's gaze. Quickly grabbing a little stuffed mouse doll he had dropped in the fall, he scurried behind the trunk of the tree.

Oogway blinked, taking a look around at the surrounding crowd to see if he saw any other red pandas, or at least someone who looked as if they were searching for a cub. Seeing no one and recalling the cub's calls for "Mama", his brow creased worriedly and he carefully approached the tree. The cub remained hidden, but his little ringed tail still stuck out from behind the trunk. The old master smiled gently, kneeling so that he didn't appear so huge and imposing to the child. "Hello, little one... No need to be scared of me..." he assured. "Are you looking for someone?"

At first, he received no response. Then - slowly, hesitantly - one big cobalt-blue eye peeked nervously out to study the stranger. The cub barely bobbed his head in response.

So ~Cryssy-miu and I wrote an RP of this loooong ago. :lol: I actually forget how exactly it went, but this is along the lines of what it was. And this is technically the first good look Oogway gets of little Koto - the start of a long relationship with the Chen family and - when you think about it - the first steps of the Dragon Warrior fulfillment getting into motion. :aww: Koto is about 3 or 4 here.

Koto & An (c) ~DolphinMoana
Kung Fu Panda (c) Dreamworks Animation
Background found here ([link]) by ~shanghai-STOCK
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ValentinaKoroliova Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Student General Artist
He's so cute: 33 You have a very good style of drawing))
BandoleraRoja Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
one word; AWWWWWWWWWWWWW :aww:. He looks so adorable
DC-Fat-Gorillas Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012
So cute.
alvin938 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012
Aw, little guy is all by his lonesome. Surely Ming is around/alive? Qing is probably busy with Captain duties. I feel bad for Koto, from what I remember from your pictures and how you portray him, Koto had a strong relationship with his Mom. I like how little An made a reapperance :) Also a little look into how Baojia and Koto met at such a young age I suspect? I'd like to see more pictures from this roleplay if the inspiration strikes you.
TheGodessOfLove Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
aww bless him hes absolutely adorable great job on the cuteness! ;) i hope we see more soon :D
BlueAutumnMist Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
D'awwww! Little Koto! He's so adorable! :love: What is it about little red pandas that make them so darn cute? :lol:
Anyway love the picture and the little story with it!
CreativityDash Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Awwww.... This is just pure cute, right here! It's just so adorable! I love the little written spinet. It adds to the cuteness <3
I just love your character, Koto. He's just plain cool! But in this case he's just plain cute~ X3
DolphinMoana Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Student Filmographer
:lol: Thanks! I was going for cute. :giggle:
Robofur Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
That's so adorable. so This is what Shifu was like as a child.
DolphinMoana Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Student Filmographer
This is actually Shifu's father. :) If you follow the story, Oogway practically raised Shifu's dad.
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