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Casting Runes Part 138“You’re surrounded, draw that sword and you’re dead!”
Neil hesitated, but Colleen saw Miya reach for her dagger.
“So goes to you, princess!”, the voice called again and now Colleen realised that it was a woman who spoke to them. Miya snorted tonelessly and against the orders kept her hand at her dagger, so the woman called again: “Drop it, girl, or is it really worth your life?”
Unsure what she should do, Colleen glanced at the others and found Neil raise his hands in defeat, but he was warily looking around, peering into the impenetrable darkness, just like Miya and Kaerr. The latter looked to her as if he would smash the first person stupid enough to show their face with his bare hands, but Liam… was grinning.
Colleen was dumbfounded. They were threatened and he grinned?
“Why don’t you drop the act?”, Liam called out to the woman in the darkness and Colleen was baffled, staring at him almost open mouthed.
Casting Runes Part 137“Miya asked me to kill the king.”
She had absolutely no idea whatsoever why she had told him in such a crude fashion, but now the words were out. Yet Colleen did barely dare to steal a glance at Liam for fear of what she might see in his eyes…or not see there anymore.
She heard him clear his throat awkwardly before he mumbled: “He needs to die, rather sooner than later.”
Even though he agreed with her so far and had not withdrawn his hand, Colleen still held her breath in anticipation as Liam added in a hushed whisper: “Jordis and Neil are not cut out to do this, they could, but they’d try to do it in an open fight. Such a fight’d be a chance that bastard doesn’t deserve anymore.”
“No.”, Colleen replied and finally exhaled a breath, shaking, “But… Liam, I don’t know if I can do…”
“Of course you can.”, Liam firmly told her and she almost stopped dead, but he kept h
Casting Runes Part 136It gave her strength she desperately needed where they were going.
Colleen’s hand in his trembled even more the deeper they ventured into the darkness of the adit.
“Honey…”, he began, but even before he had spoken, he had known that she would cut him off.
“Don’t.”, she said, nothing more, but even that one word was final.
“You know, it really warms the heart.”, Miya said in a lyrical tone, “Cold adits, impenetrable darkness… I really wonder why on earth this passage was made…”
Liam growled warningly at her through gritted teeth, but did not speak solely for Colleen’s sake. He was indefinitely grateful for the warm light that fought off the darkness and cast Jordis an appreciative glance for the rune she had just activated. She merely smiled at him, but he turned away in shame for he was so filled to the brim with anger that he had not even thought about casting the rune of light. For a few mo
Casting Runes Part 135“Where are they?”
Colleen listened carefully, but all she heard was the slight rustling of the trees in the breeze. Until she heard them: Footsteps in lock-step, at least four heavily armoured men.
“A patrol.”, she whispered to Jordis and saw fear flare up in the familiar blue.
“Hide.”, Miya ordered them sharply and nodded into the direction opposite from where the patrol was heading towards them, “We will distract them.”
Colleen shook her head, about to protest, but Liam took her hand and tugged at it to make her conceal herself.
“Go!”, Miya hissed again through gritted teeth, “They depend on you, get them into the city. We depend on you.”
Her words had a far deeper meaning than Miya let on, but Colleen caught it nonetheless: If their distraction was to go awry, she would have to be the one to kill the King.
She nodded sharply, then turned around and bolted, urgently gesturing at her sister and Neil to foll
Casting Runes Part 134Colleen was ready, ready to fight for what she wanted.
Jordis, however, felt the dread she had felt over the past days return with full force once she awoke. Their endeavour was by no means an easy one and the chance to fail… she did not even dare think about it.
As if he had felt her shudder even in his sleep, Neil pulled her a tad closer against his warm chest and instantly, Jordis smiled. They had to fight, because it was the right thing to do. But, as her hand wandered to her stomach, as it had done frequently ever since she had learnt that she was carrying a child, she reminded herself that their fight was just and necessary, yet this did not prevent her from fearing the worst.
With a heavy sigh she turned to Neil and placing a soft kiss on his cheek, she whispered: “Wake up, there is a long way ahead of us.”
He grumbled lightly, but as soon as his eyes had focused on hers, he smiled and said: “Good morning, love. You are right, let’s go.
Casting Runes Part 132None of them had any idea how to proceed from where they were now.
During their small meal and almost half of the night, their plan was the only topic they talked about. But to no avail.
“Going through the gates is suicide, so scrap that.”, Liam snorted in reply to Miya’s suggestion, „You can’t simply waltz in there.“
“True.”, Neil nodded, “There are guards positioned at the gates and they are always keen on the lookout for those wanted for crimes, in this case, Liam, Jordis and me and…”
He stopped short and Colleen’s stomach churned, but alas, he was clever and calm enough not to let on that possibly, the most trusted men of the King’s Guard would also be looking for her. Instead, he simply continued: “Jordis and I fought the Grand Caster which was laid out at attempted murder on our part. There is no way in through the gates.”
“Oh, cheer up!”, Miya laughed, „Who ever s
A Battle of Extremes(MR. CYNICISM, MS. SINCERE, and DR. PASSION congregate for battle.)DR. PASSION
Where's all the booze, guys? Where's the music? I thought this was supposed to be a party.
This is a battle, not a party, good doctor. You may want to remove your lamp shade so you can be prepared to fight.
I didn't hear anything about no violence at this here get-together-battle-party-what-have-you.
That is the definition of battle: Where two or more parties come together and -
- come together and make a whole lot of excitement between them. See? That's what I'm saying.
I should have anticipated such a gross misinterpretation of the facts, given your appalling track record with regard to such things as facts.
I'm sure it was an honest mistake, a result of a miscommunication. We can all be friends still, right?
Aside from the battle, of course.
I wouldn't have it any other way.<
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