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 Post subject: Re: Let's not make a big deal out of this...
PostPosted: Wed Jul 11, 2018 4:00 pm 
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This is it, Jaedin thought, exasperated by Tyzrk's badgering. This is hell. The girl was persistent to a fault, but that fact did neither of them any favors. He took a slow, deep breath, trying to will himself away from the easy path; the path to violence. That dark, bloody trail had been the life of his past, but it wasn't one he'd freely chosen; it was forced upon him by a trick of fate. Like resolving oneself not to reach out for comfort when on the precipice of anxiety and pain, Jaedin shuddered with the effort it took to restrain himself.

"Victor? Do you think this some kind of game, child? Have you come to seek 'glory' here by accosting strangers? You don't know what you're doing. You're a fool and a nuisance, but nothing more; you're not worth my time."

With a quick flick his his head, a shower of sweat rained from Jaedin's forehead. He wiped his brow to clear his eyes, and continued along his original course. Tyzrk would no doubt follow, but Jaedin didn't care. She was clearly all bark and no bite; she posed no real threat, and so required no real response. But the heat of his travel did. His simple, black tank was damp with perspiration, so Jaedin stripped it from his body and lashed the garment under his waistband to keep his hands free. His body shimmered in the late-morning heat, revealing scores of scars crisscrossing his back, shoulders, forearms - almost every swath of skin open to the air had a tale to tell. His broad, muscled shoulders belied a strength that had not waned with the passage of time. A casual observer might accuse Jaedin of show-boating his physique. While he was, perhaps, an attractive physical specimen, Jaedin wasn't looking to intimidate, impress, or flatter; he was just hot.

Time lost significance as Jaedin trudged on. (He'd been so long in stasis, it really didn't mean much anymore). Aside from Tyzrk's constant presence, nothing noteworthy drew Jaedin's attention. That is, until he picked up the faint hiss of water rushing across a riverbank. A riverbank. Rivers meant water - sweet relief from the stifling, humid heat of the forest - and a guaranteed path to civilization. Jaedin turned towards and honed in on the sound and came across his first lucky break - a road! More specifically, a road that crossed the river by means of a cobblestone bridge. The bridge spanned maybe 30 or 40 feet, allowing travelers to cross the 100-foot-wide river safely. The road looked worn and well traveled; nature's constant struggle to reclaim the land had not yet infringed upon it. There was no one here now, save for Jaedin and Tyzrk (he assumed). But roads had to lead somewhere; Jaedin simply had to pick a direction.

Emerging from the forest to reach the road and cross the bridge, Jaedin turned back to the forest. He'd been too distracted by the river to accurately keep track of the girl's whereabouts, but Jaedin assumed she was still there. If not, then he would just be talking to innocent trees.

"Well, little girl, are you coming?"

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 Post subject: Re: Let's not make a big deal out of this...
PostPosted: Thu Jul 12, 2018 5:32 am 
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Awestruck, offended, and strangely heartbroken, Tyzrk was rudely rejected from experiencing the realization of her reason for living. Jaedin had so nonchalantly brushed aside the myriad of weapons and abilities she owned, and turned his back to her once more. Not only that, but he bared his torso, risking his skin and life for brief relief. Any doubts of hidden weaponry were already long disproven, but even more peculiar was the battle-worn armor his skin truly was. Even without Tyzrk's sniper-like eyesights, she could make great details of the many battle injuries carved into the man. It made the whole ordeal even more insulting: such a hardened opponent stood before her, and didn't even acknowledge the threats she has made? Rarely was she the aggressor of a fight, and the man has not yet shown any portrayals of power. She wasn't about to strike before he declared to her a threat, but that was a painful test of her patience. But if she were not to cheaply strike first, what would this whole thing have become? Her status as a jester grew ever-more cemented with each step the man took.

It still made no sense to her. A human, all alone, presumably having no idea where he was or where he was going. Had it not been for his many marks of survival, she would have figured Jaedin to be a man lacking self-worth, an apathetic drifter who existed only to tread plains and forests searching for his grave. Sort of like a certain, cynical elf she knew. He clearly has a sense of purpose, so why exist here? And more importantly, where is he going?

“Screw it, he won't even give me his name..." thought a fraught elf, her shoulders drooping as she began to lose sight of the man. As she kicked dirt into dustful clouds, a rather cheepish green sprite bounced to her side.

"Ooh, too bad!" the sprite teased, "Wanna double down, waste more time?

“Tch. Why would I?" replied the elf, her stride weighed down not by her equipment, but her pride. She gave a light chuckle, trying to brush off his attitudes as ignorant. “The loser won't even fight me, there's no way he'll raid or rob someone else." She quickly ran through their conversations, thinking how the man must have received her. From his view, all of her threats must have seemed so empty to him, and he was so secure of his safety he literally thought nothing of her - twice. Her mind started to feel light as embarrassment and rage took over. Uttering muttered nothings under her breath, she felt her breathing widen, her feet pacing. The image of his scars ran through her mind, and the artistic desire of adding to his mural seemed unquenchable. “Come on! We'll show him what we can do - then we'll eat!"

Tyzrk went back to tracking the man, unencumbered by the heat or her physical burdens. "But I... I thought you just said..."

To Tyzrk, following the trail wasn't too difficult. There was not much distance between them, and a shirtless human walking upright through a forest was not going to be much of a match for an experienced elfling. Tyzrk took no sense of accomplishment from this, however; it was not as if he was trying to be evasive. A long walk and focus on "the hunt" did allow her to ease her mind a little bit, bringing her irate state of mind to a more calm, cooling version of bloodlust. In fact, she didn't care much for being elusive, herself. The man clearly didn't care about being followed, so there was no point in putting in the effort to doing so - though she tried hard to hide her disapproving scowl. The joined apathy of this hunting game felt so unsatisfying that she wondered if saving face was the only benefit to eventually killing him.

It wasn't too long until he came across running water. At this point, thirst and hunger had begun to creep on her mind, even pushing aside her desires for human pain and suffering. Of course, Jaedin turned around to shout for her, like a parent waiting for a child. She was ticked off that this situation had to be so obvious. He knew he was being followed, and she knew he didn't care. She couldn't even be a bit surprised, given that they were hardly participating in cat-and-mouse. But it hardly matter that she was found, she was getting thirsty anyways, so she revealed herself.

Tyzrk rose and replied with a flat “Yes captain," her indifferent posture matching his casual demeanor as she walked closer to the river, hoping to take a sip before they started walking. “..So where to?"

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 Post subject: Re: Let's not make a big deal out of this...
PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2018 5:16 pm 
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A fine mist shrouded Jaedin as he crossed the bridge, sticking to his already-sweaty skin and cooling him in the midday sun. Below, the rushing river swept by, continuing to jet a cloud of water vapor into the air. The sound was comforting; he could stay here a while, if not for Tyzrk's company. Maybe it was more than just the girls' presence, but Jaedin felt compelled to keep moving. Maybe he just missed people. Maybe he wanted to get a bearing on where the hell he was. Maybe he wanted to stretch his legs. Maybe all that and more. Still, he could afford a moment of calming stillness, couldn't he?

At about midway between both shores, Jaedin walked to the side of the bridge and sat atop the 3-foot-parapet that ran the length of the bridge. (Safety first, right)? He faced the oncoming onslaught of water, blinking rapidly to clear the water from his eyes. Time in stasis hadn't felt like this; he hadn't felt "rested" in a long time. Gods, he couldn't remember the last time he even sat down. With his mind freed from the burden of retraining his legs to walk, it turned to more lighthearted topics. In a rare turn of event, Jaedin actually smiled and, with a sparkle of life in his eyes, looked at Tyzrk back at the other end of the bridge. Maybe he was playing with fire here (ironic, since he was literally surrounded by water), but he couldn't help himself from feeling hopeful. A relaxed mind and a positive outlook gave way to fatherly compassion, but Jaedin couldn't explain why. He also might not use those words, but facts are facts.

"Come, child", he said, beckoning Tyzrk to sit beside him. "Let's have a moment of rest from threatening to kill each other, eh? You have nothing to fear from me; I won't harm you". And gods as his witnesses, Jaedin sincerely meant what he said.

But Tyzrk didn't look too pleased with him, nor with herself. Why was she upset? Jaedin turned back to the river and sighed. "Why so glum, kid? Strike me down if must, but there's no need for hard feelings. I've been gone for a long, long time; I'm not in a hurry to leave again".

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 Post subject: Re: Let's not make a big deal out of this...
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Tyzrk felt like a defeated feline that wasted all of its adrenaline missing its prey. Tired and humiliated, she now had to deal with socializing with this man. There was little she could do, though - even with his helpless-looking form, he carried a dangerous aura and confidence about him. She walked to the waters, and recalled one of her battles that took place under a flowing river. She didn't remember much of that fight given her memory had been wiped during the conflict, but she never found herself fond of running water afterwards. Still, she kneel down to catch some of the water in her hands for drink.

After the ominous, thick layers of fog that dawn had brought about, the day was turning out to be annoyingly peachy. A warm sun reminded the world it was not forgotten, and a crisp, cool air provided by the gushing river was certainly welcome. But alas, water did not sate her. Refreshed and ready to go, she looked up to see Jaedin, the sun shining against his figure. Splashes of water dotted little rainbows as they flew past him. And worst of all, he was smiling. It was probably the most ridiculous thing she had ever seen, almost distracting her from whatever the guy had to say. She replied simply by staring blankly at him with a face of disgusted horror, her mouth fully agape.

“I don't understand you, but never the mind." The elf stood and crossed over the bridge to meet Jaedin, dreading her weight hanging over the running waters. If this was a man not to be provoked, perhaps it was best to wait for later to try again. She had already made herself to be a blubbering fool more than once because this sage of a man cared not for her threats. As she walked to Jaedin, she decided a bit of chatter would probably sooth relations, as well as lower someone's guard - but it wasn't clear yet as to whose. Their names were obviously out of the question, apparently. “Maybe in the city you'll find what you are looking for. What is so important that you ended up lost in the woods, anyhow?"

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