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An Evening at the Pontmercy Mansion by Starlene An Evening at the Pontmercy Mansion by Starlene
Haha! Hahaha! I was ready to give up, but then I noticed I have some time to waste today and decided to take part to #LesMisClub's current contest after all! This is a bit simpler than the grand plans I had in mind, but seeing how little time I have, this is the best I can do.
Les Heureux... The Happy Ones. I've loved this idea ever since someone mentioned it the first time. I just want to see these guys happy for once!

I chose to depict an alternate universe where everybody lived. This is somewhere in the 1840's. Cosette and Marius have been married for a while, JVJ's a proud grandpa, he befriended Javert somehow along the way. Javert, stop pretending you're not interested, I'm sure you want to hear what happens next in the story JVJ's reading!
The woman is Cosette, and the kids are, of course, hers and Marius'. I don't know, though - I wanted one to be blonde because Fantine was, but can two brunettes have blonde kids? If not, imagine it's Courfeyrac's kid who's paying them a visit or whatever. As for the cats - I like to think Marius saved a basket of kittens from the river where someone had tried to drown them. Cosette was first against keeping them but couldn't fight Marius's puppydog eyes. That, or Jehan once dumped them at their doorstep because he thought they'd be a nice gift.

Les Mis is not mine.
Stock used: Coffe Paper Texture by ~Elenmire, Watercolor Texture2 by ~ValerianaSTOCK
Those of you screaming "what is Javert wearing": click. I know, it's not Javert-ish, but couldn't skip a chance to feature it!
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crowanimation Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Professional Filmographer
So in the end, Javert is the one who takes care of those kittens! Ha, ha! I love the the alternate world you created.
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Starlene Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Exactly! :D Heh, thanks! These guys deserve some happiness every once in a while, I guess...
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Arulein Featured By Owner May 10, 2013
I like this. In my version there are also two girls, one blond and one brunette. No cats though XD

Please accept this llama as a token of my apprciation!
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Starlene Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much! :giggle:
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EpiphanyBlue Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013
Also, I am glad there is a reason (and an excellent one) for the waistcoat, though it reminds me that I spend far too much time here- between you and Nyranor, all of these Finnish ideas and details and visuals are ingratiating themselves into my imagination of the show and characters- which isn't necessarily a bad thing, but it's a bit odd, especially when one has not heard any of these people's voices and does not know a single word in Finnish.
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Starlene Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hehehe! Åbo Svenska Teater Les Misérables World Domination Project has, again, took one step forwards... ;)

One thing though! They don't sing in Finnish but in Swedish (Finland is a bilingual country) – and you can hear some sneak peeks at [link] [link] & [link] ! :aww:
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EpiphanyBlue Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013
Jehan... :)
I don't know, I think he'd be a bit more careful than that- maybe he and Marius are both in on this? Anyhow, it looks like Javert is somewhat profiting from it... probably has an easier time with them than with most people. (At this point my Javert muse considers striking my shoulder, then merely lowers his eyelids and asks what I know about cats.)
How sad this fandom is, our constant desire to resurrect people... how funny or beautiful or both, the way we go about dealing with that.
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Starlene Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Heh, that might very well be... :D

And yeah... I saw someone complain about the fandom making fun of Les Mis the other day. I don't see a problem there. We couldn't do anything but cry if we didn't make fun of these guys and resurrect them every now and then!
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InfamousMentee Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is amazing and awesome! Don't worry about Marius and Cosette's kid being blonde, it is possible. I should know, my Dad has black hair, my mother is light brown and then I'm gold-blonde. Genetics makes it possible, I love the idea of a mini-Fantine :)
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Starlene Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Aw, thanks! I love the idea of a mini-Fantine too – so I'm glad to know it's possible!
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InfamousMentee Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You are very welcome
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bunny-kat Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
da kittehs are cute. you said they were probobly because of marius or jean. but i think javert gave up on valjean and decided to settle down and get married. after realizing not many people like him, he just adopted a bunch of cats
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Starlene Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Heh, that might very well be the truth, too... :giggle: Thanks!
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Frost-child Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Uncle Javert, the crazy cat dude.
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Starlene Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yep. ;)
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Ask-Enjolras Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012
:iconclapplz: Well done.
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Starlene Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Why thank you! :aww:
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Ask-Enjolras Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012
You are most welcome mademoiselle.
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crazyashley Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
two brunettes can have a blond child, or even a ginger, but it's a bit rare. It's possible thanks to blond and red being recessive genes.

very nice by the way. that faimly dynamic can sometimes be hard to pull off, but you've done it quite well
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Starlene Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm a ginger-ish kid of two brunettes - so, I guess I knew the ginger part of that. ;)
But thanks so much!
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crazyashley Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
my dad's half native american (or extremely close to it...) with a german descent father with black hair and brown eyes...and 5 out of 7 kids in his family are blond and blue eyed, including him. I'm blond with amber eyes...go figure, genetics can act odd sometimes i guess.

also...Yay, Ginger! My mom is one!
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Samanthia7192 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It has to do with recessive traits in the genes, if the two  brunette boho carry the underlying blond gene,then one of their children could easily have it.
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FriendsOfTheABCGirl Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012
Javert and his cats :rofl: I love it!!!!! I wish Jean Valjean was my Grand-pa that would be soooooooooo cool!!!!!! He would read to me and listen tell me awesome stories about his past and how Uncle Javert would stalk him :cuddle:
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Starlene Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha, yeah - who wouldn't want JVJ to be their grandpa, he's so awesome! :aww: Thanks!
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FriendsOfTheABCGirl Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012
I know right!!!!! You're welcome ^-^
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ValerianaSTOCK Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012
Just lovely :-)
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Starlene Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
So glad you like! :aww:
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AnneCat Featured By Owner May 25, 2012
You know, my first thought was that Javert had become the equivalent of a crazy cat lady -- no family in his old age, just kitties to keep him company. :-p SUCH a cute picture! I really love Cosette in it.
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Starlene Featured By Owner May 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Maybe he has a kitten or two back at home, too - not that he'd admit that to JVJ, though!
Thanks so much! :la:
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azelmajondrette Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012
Haha, I love this so very much! I laughed when I saw it. It's rather comical! :-) You did a great job portraying the characters and drawing them!
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Starlene Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:aww: Thanks so much, glad to hear that!!
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quiteproustian Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012
Javert and his cats are my favourite part. I love how he absentmindedly strokes one of them.
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Starlene Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:D Thanks!
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Spirit-Lily Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Student Writer
I cannot believe I didn't notice this before! Javert has a hand around one of the cats! :aww: Praying the others won't notice, I assume?
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Starlene Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That cat is his special bro. :D Oh well, secretly he loves them, he probably pets them all in turns - and prays Valjean won't notice!
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Spirit-Lily Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012  Student Writer
And now I'm giggling over the cat draped over the back of the chair. "Javert! Love me!"
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Starlene Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
XD
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Southern00Belle Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
If you were wondering, recessive genes. Yes, two brunette's can have a blonde. My brother is, anyway.
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Starlene Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That one artist comment there is making sure I'll learn more about genetics than I care to know. ;) But hey, thanks for the favs!
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Southern00Belle Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Just letting you know, dear. Because Chet's got blonde hair and blue eyes, and my parents are both dark hair and dark eyes.
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Firelord-Lionheart Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Cosette was a brunette? I don't remember her appearance specifically described in the book. Just as beautiful (as an adult). I always saw her as a redhead.
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Starlene Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I think the book describes her having brunette hair at some point, but I'm not sure where that's said. :)
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Merrimiesh Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Hobbyist
IHANAT <3 :la:
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Starlene Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:D kits.
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DarthxErik Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Student General Artist
drrrrawwwwwww!! The cats with Javert really made me smile. I love your alternate universe ideas. So brilliant!
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Starlene Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:aww: Thanks so much, glad to hear that!
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PiippaB Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Hobbyist
This is awesome! :love: As someone already mentioned: Cosette looks gorgeous!
The colours are so pretty, as they always are. Your art looks like some pretty candy wrappers because all of its beautiful colours. ;w;

PS. Javert's vest ftw! ;)
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Starlene Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:aww: Thanks so much! Use all the colours! ;)

shinyyyy
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sark Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Student General Artist
If I didn't say so before I love Javert as a crazy old cat man.
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Starlene Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:giggle: Thanks.
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