Sunday, November 4, 2012

Finally

Magpie 142

They never tell you quests can be boring. Arriani thought, staring into space. When she'd joined Kallin the Warrior's traveling party, she'd expected quests, and they'd had one- nothing more than the tiniest errand boy quest of finding a runaway girl- just a normal girl, like Arriani herself. Not even a princess! But a quest was a quest, and if Kallin the Warrior was leading it, She'd thought they would have some adventure. But no. They'd found the girl, gotten her away from her nasty aunt and to a new home, and were just wandering. Kallin said adventure would find them. Arriani wished it would hurry up.

She got up to check the horses- she was alone in the camp- Kallin and Zara the Shieldmaiden were in town getting supplies and seeing if there were any quests to be had, the other members were hunting, but Arriani, as the only member of the party with any knack for animals(or cooking, as it turned out) was  to stay with the horses and prepare supper. One of the horses, a bay cob, lipped her shirt and headscarf, and she laughed.
This was the part in the story, she thought, where bandits would attack and she'd fend them all off with her glaive alone- but not a twig snapped, and not even a squirrel came to steal nuts from the packs.

Bored, bored, bored. Arriani slumped against the rock outcropping that served as the camp's lookout and sighed, her knees up and arms dangling. She checked her scry stone for danger- nothing. She touched the Sight pendant around her neck and stared into the shadows of the trees- sunset wouldn't come for an hour yet, but it never hurt to use a little magic. Nothing but squirrels, keeping their distance. Bored, bored, bored. She half dozed, until-
"Arriani?" It was one of Kallin's oldest friends, a legend himself, Rasime. His face was scarred from years of quests.
"What is it?" the girl asked, getting to her feet. He probably had meat for the stew. Bored, bored, bored. What was the point of bringing Gran's teak and Isani steel glaive and knowing how to use it, if all she did was cut meat and keep the horses from running off?

Rasime stopped her as she walk to the cook fire. "No. You carry that pretty pigsticker. Can you wield it, or is it just for show?" his voice wasn't harsh, but neither was he teasing her.

"I can use it, elsewise Kallin would have brought along some other mage, a better one, who could join in the fights," If there were any to be had she thought but didn't say. "Why?"
"Zara's sent word-" Rasime pulled on the spelled communication pendant he wore. "There are some nasty men in the village, looking for that girl we helped. Kal and Zar need a hand or two. It won't be much, but it's a skirmish all the same. Fetch Sir Kilona's sword, she left it behind, she always does, fool Lady Knight, and follow me. We've got ourselves a real and true adventure now- Seems our runaway's of importance to someone high up."

Arriani froze. This was it, her adventure, a real adventure, to protect and fight villains by the sides of heroes!
Rasime sighed. " Today, youngling. Goddess's Tears, it's always the same with you new questers. Grab the gear and let's go."
Finally, finally, finally- excitement!

10 comments:

  1. Nice work. I feel her boredom, and then her anticipation and excitement. Intrigued by this character. :)
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  2. Great story snippet. You really have a wonderful voice. I wonder if your are participating in NaNoWriMo? You have a great opening scene set here, and I'm liking your main character already.

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  3. Loved it! You write so wonderfully. Your writing creates vivid images in my head. :) Keep 'em coming!

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  4. Finally, finally excitement! A wonderful beginning of an interesting unfolding tale. Have you read Guy Gavriel Kay? This reminds me of the beginning of one of his trilogies I read several years ago - an interesting writer in his own right.

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  5. Very nice read. She reminds me of my teen. Whatever she's doing, even if she's with the friends she wants to be with she'll say, 'I'm bored' It seems, they all do. Reminded me a bit of her Final Fantasy XBox games too. Very good.

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  6. You certainly were inspired by the prompt. Well done:-)

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  7. Great- you set the scene and described a couple of the main characters in a few short paragraphs! I especially like the cooking and horse care- :>

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  8. Well done...love the pending excitement at the end...

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  9. Love this! In fact, I think I have inspiration for my post now!:)

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  10. Thanks for sharing the part of adventuring that no one seems to write about! And I'm glad there's some real excitement coming...

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