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3 of 500 AngerThe ringing crack of a calloused hand on a smooth cheek stood still in the air, like an invisible floating island. Athril's skin stung with the force of it, but she refused to shake the soreness from her wrist.
"Take your horse and go," she said, barely able to move her teeth enough to make the words legible.
Wodynis, typically unfazed by the blow, let his eyes coast up and over as he shook his head. Sighing, he lowered his gaze back to hers and quirked an almost undetectable smile. "Always the professional." He lifted a hand and flicked his fingers in a brief, yet intricate gesture, conjuring a rose. "Haven't you even a single thought for the sweet words I--"
He stopped himself, his bright eyes dimming somewhat. It was a ploy that Athril had deconstructed long ago. Yet that had somehow been the appeal of it. She blinked, using the innocuous action to clear her head. "My only thought is for you
2 of 500 FearAir came slow and hard to Ez, inflating his lungs to capacity but not quite exiting. He clutched his knees and stared at the weeds between his feet, blinking through the sweat in his eyes. The bricks of Dame Tanner's home burned into his back, bleeding the heat of the late afternoon sun into his skin through his damp tunic.
He began to ask himself a question, but he didn't have the breath for it. However, his answer came in the form of footsteps on the other side of the Tanner house.
Terrified, he clamped his mouth shut and prayed. His ears burned from the heat and the strain of listening. There were four pairs of feet now, no longer running, but scuffling about, kicking up dirt and pebbles. Four was a relatively low number, but it meant eight fists and as many kicking feet.
Ez swiped at his forehead and eyes, risked a small, silent gasp of air. That many got in the way of one another. He could hand
1 of 500 Hello WorldPebbles rolled down to collect at the base of the hill. Not a soul stirred above it, save for the coarse yellow grass as the field of blades bent in the hot summer wind. High in the air, birds called to one another, some proud and regal, their lesser fellows nattering and indignant.
A fist pounded through the flat earth, sending up a spray of topsoil and grass. It was followed by a hairy head and a rich curse. As he grappled his way out of the hole, widening it as he went, Goshul cursed as only a dwarf could. He was broad-shouldered, even for a dwarf, and splinters of wood stuck in his dark hair like clumps of dirt in a bowl of peppercorns.
Free of the hole, he stood with his feet apart and grimaced at the air. It was humid and smelled of spices. "Another bloody cave-in," he muttered, then spat mud out of his teeth. "Come on out o' there, you great ugly girl."
Another dwarf, considerably smaller and
Desert Dogma Chapter 4Chapter Four: Neighbours and the Work Day
It was remarkably easy for Mercy to settle in as far as the dormitory was concerned. Walter had been right about it being unencumbered by rules and procedure. She had run into a nurse on her way to start her shift, and after introducing herself as Elizabeth, the nurse had shown her to a room that saw little use.
The reason for this, Mercy soon found, was that it was in the approximate middle of the house, and therefore not closer to either the back door or the front. This would have robbed its occupants of valuable lie-in time. However, this was no detriment in her eyes.
There were two beds stacked one atop the other, with barely enough room for the bottom sleeper to sit up and rub the sleep out of her eyes. Two somewhat identical, battered lockers stood opposite the beds. After stuffing her things inside the empty one and applying the padlock, she slipped the key into her pocket
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