Saturday, January 30, 2010

Part 20 by Taylor

They rode swiftly along a clear river early the next morning. Tomas had brought his own horse, and he rode next to Kyrian. Kyrian was slightly annoyed, and she urged Rhovanion on faster. "Can we stop for a minute? Adan is thirsty." Tomas asked. Mintara made a sound of annoyance, but she did stop. Tomas removed his horse's bridle and let him drink. Rhovanion got a drink as well, but Emerion didn't seem to need one. Kyrian glanced at Tomas out of the corner of her eye; he was a cute guy, but she didn't have time for a romance right now. But Tomas didn't seem to know that. She wouldn't say that he was flirting, but he was coming darn close. So she just ignored him.

She grinned to herself as he started talking to Mintara; he obviously didn't know about her "friendliness" yet. "So, when do I start my training?" he asked. Mintara glanced at him with disgust, then said, "Before we can start your training, you'll have to prove you're serious about it. Which means you'll have to leave Kyrian alone." Kyrian smothered a giggle and gave Mintara an appreciative look. To Kyrian's surprise, Mintara winked at her! The subdued Tomas concentrated on taking care of Adan and Kyrian took care of Rhovanion. Mintara looked thoughtfully at Kyrian, she wasn't bad, for a mere mortal. In fact, Mintara felt that she could get along with Kyrian rather well. Kyrian inched over. "Thanks Mintara." she whispered gratefully. "Your welcome," Mintara said. But, not wanting to seem too friendly, she added, "You could tell him yourself you know." Kyrian nodded, and walked over to Rhovanion. They all took off again, but Tomas continued to ride close to Kyrian.

Soon, they reached another city. "All right, here's what we'll do this time," Mintara said. "This is a very dangerous and suspicious town. If we all go in together, we'll get a lot of unwanted attention. So, you wait here at the outskirts; Emerion will know if I need help." She pulled her hood over her eyes and walked into the city. Kyrian checked Rhovanion over for cuts and scratches, but Tomas leaned on Adan and asked Kyrian about herself. She answered shortly, but he was undaunted without Mintara there to discourage him. Emerion walked over and nudged Tomas on the shoulder. He could feel Mintara's uneasiness and he felt he should warn them. Tomas ignored him and continued to talk. The feeling was growing stronger, Emerion was becoming panicked. He whinnied loudly this time, and Kyrian noticed. "Tomas, I think that we should-" "I've always been exceptionally strong," Tomas continued. Emerion stomped his hoof and pushed Tomas roughly. "Quit, you stupid animal!" Tomas shouted at him.

Emerion snorted and ran to the city. Kyrian made a move to go with, but Tomas grabbed her arm. "Wait, I haven't finished!" he protested. "Tomas, we have to go!" she said desperately. "Oh, she can take care of herself." he said flippantly. Suddenly, they heard shouts and cries coming from the city! "Mintara!" Kyrian gasped. She noticed that Tomas was still holding her arm; she slapped him as hard as she could! She leaped onto Rhovanion and spurred her into the city. A white flash lit up the area, and Kyrian was momentarily blinded. When her eyes cleared, she saw that Mintara, Emerion, and a few men were fighting ferociously. The flash had blinded the evil ones, so Mintara's group could handle it now. They tied up the others and left them in the village square. Mintara caught sight of Kyrian, and a look of anger crossed her face. Then she saw Tomas, and hatred came into her eyes.

Emerion tossed his head and whinnied angrily. Mintara said a word to the men and they scattered, going to find more men. She walked swiftly towards them, and Kyrian was tempted to point at Tomas. Tomas started to explain, when Mintara held up a hand. "Emerion has already told me everything. I gave you specific instructions, and you were too busy talking about yourself to pay attention!" "Mintara," Kyrian interjected. "I should have been paying closer attention. It's not all Tomas's fault!" Mintara turned on her. "You're right, you should have been paying attention! Because you two weren't there, I had to use magic. That's not very discreet, is it?" "Now hold on a minute, it's not all our fault!" Tomas protested. "Yes, it most certainly is your fault! And now that I think about it, we don't need you after all. So get lost!" Mintara snapped. "Fine!" he stormed away. Kyrian was secretly relieved, but also a little sad to see him go. "At least I found quite a number of good men here." Mintara said. "Let's go." Kyrian whistled for Rhovanion, and they were on their way, without Tomas.

Part 19 by Tessa

Landlion urged his horse forward and aimed and icy stare at Laurel.
"I am so sick of her, all she does is talk and ask questions all the time! I'd much rather have Mintara." he sighed.
"So watcha think?" Laurel asked expectantly.
"Wha-what?" Landlion asked confused as he came beck to the present.
"You didn't hear a word of that whole thing, did you?" she asked dejectedly.
"Why should I? All you've done is jabber! I am so sick of you! Mintara wouldn't be this annoying!" he yelled.
Laurel's face turned white as she stared at him. "Well if that's how you feel, I'll go learn what I need to learn by MYSELF!" she screamed back, tears coming to her eyes. She whirled her horse around and galloped into the tangled forest. Cerelda aimed her deep menacing eyes at him before following Laurel
"Oh well. She's a bright elf, she'll be fine." he thought before he turned away. He started down the path when he heard Laurel scream and the roar of a huge beast. And it didn't sound happy.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Part 18 by Emily

Emerion galloped at a brisk pace, Kyrian struggled to keep up on Rhovanion. Twenty miles were left before the pair reached the outskirts of the nearest city. Sweat lathered on Rhovanion's pinto coat, Kyrian nearly lost her grip as they hurtled a small boulder. "Mintara!" Kyrian called,"How much longer until we get there?"
Mintara drew Emerion to a slow halt,"We are less than ten miles from the city. So we will be there soon. Now if you would, please take off that ridiculous orange cloak!" Kyrian blushed as she unbuckled her favorite orange cloak, I didn't know anyone thought of it as ridiculous. she thought. She folded it neatly then shoved it in her saddle bag. "Did you bring any other colors?" Mintara asked, taking a dark cloak out of her own bag.
"Errm, yes, I did." Kyrian fished in her pack for the forest green cloak. "Aha!" she exclaimed, pulling it out of the bag. Rhovanion lowered her head and nibbled at a few strands of grass that were peaking out of the sandy terrain.
"Now," Mintara said, " we need to go into the city disguised. I will be your ailing grandmother, and you will be my flirtatious granddaughter. Emerion, I want you to wait outside of the city with Rhovanion. Don't go anywhere unless I call you, or there is danger." Emerion nodded his head. Mintara dismounted from his back, Kyrian did the same. She gave Rhovanion a quick rub down with a rag, then walked to Mintara.
"So, shall we go?" she asked, pulling her hood over her forehead. Living with the elves for most of her life had many side effects, including: slightly pointed ears(just the slightest), brighter eyes, longer than average lives, greater agility, more prominent facial features, and magic, so she was sure to shadow her face with her hood for now.

The city of Gaehald was different than any city that Kyrian had ever been in. For one thing the streets were filthy and there was no ever present touch of magic. One of the city's outcasts grabbed at the hem of her cloak screaming,"Please save me!" No wonder my family wanted to live with the elves. she thought with disgust. Mintara picked up her pace walking through the slums of the town, Kyrian followed suit. Mintara went into a dank building, the city's pub. Men sat around drinking from tall glasses, some smoked pipes, yet a select few just sat there and ate. "These are the ones we are here for." Mintara whispered in her ear. Mintara nudged Kyrian forward, toward the eating men. The thick smoke was starting to mess with her body, back home the elves never smoked. This was a new experience to Kyrian. What should I say? the thought raced through her mind. Kyrian opened her mouth to speak, but nothing came. She suddenly became hot and woozy, and fell face forward onto the table.

"Are you okay?" a masculine voice asked. Kyrian awoke to find herself lying on a bed in a poorly lit room. She blinked several times, and the face looming above her finally came into focus. "Yes," she answered groggily,"I think. Where is Mint- my grandmother, I mean." She felt herself blush from her mistake.
"She is over there." The young man said, Kyrian looked in the direction he was pointing. Sure enough, Mintara was talking to the group of men whose table Kyrian fainted on. She sat up in the bed, "How did I get here?" she asked the young man.
"I carried you here." he said. Oh my. Kyrian thought, I feel so bad that he had to carry me in here.
"I'm so sorry for the inconvenience Master- I'm sorry, I don't think I ever got your name." Kyrian blushed again.
"It's Tomas. And carrying your here was no inconvenience, Kyrian."

"Kyrian, I'm so glad you have decided to wake up." Mintara said sarcastically,"Now to business. These men have decided to be apart of our army. I will send a select few to Locien for training with the elves. Then they will come to our headquarters and train the rest of the army. I have decided to take Tomas with us on our journey, as a representative of Gaehald. The few who remain here will find more men, and women to help with our cause. Then when I call them, they will join us for training. Is that clear?"
"Yes ma'am." Kyrian replied. Tomas helped her get out of bed, even though she didn't really need help. Kyrian and Mintara stayed the night in the inn, then left out of town at the break of dawn.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Part 17 by Taylor.

Landlion, Cerelda, and Goricnal were sitting by the horses when they heard Kyrian's first long blast. "What did a long note mean?" Goricnal tried to remember. "It's means that they found shelter!" Landlion said, mounting Meldarion. Goricnal climbed onto Lithernac and grabbed Rhovanion's reins. Cerelda flew overhead. Landlion held onto Lorthim's bridle as they made their way through the thick woods.

As they fought their way through the thick underbrush, they suddenly heard two short notes from Kyrian's horn. "They must have found trouble!" Goricnal yelled. They spurred their steeds forward, plunging through the forest. They burst in upon the group of beasts, who were carrying the unconscious Kyrian and the kicking Laurel away. Landlion and Goricnal charged them with sword and axe in hand, slashing and hacking. Cerelda swooped down and attacked. But there were far more beasts than they had first assumed, and they soon found that they were vastly outnumbered. One large troll hit Landlion roughly on the head, and carried the unconscious elf in the same direction that the others had gone. Several beasts tackled Goricnal and bore the struggling dwarf away. Cerelda looked around, everyone was gone. A arrow whistled past her head. She decided to fly away and look for help. Suddenly, she saw a pinpoint of light shine from the forest. She flew over to see what it was and she found Emerion there.

Landlion woke up lying in a dank cell. He put a hand up to his head; he had a splitting headache. Goricnal was sitting beside him. "Are you okay?" the dwarf asked huskily. Landlion nodded and winced as he sat up. He heard a groan from the cell across from theirs. "Hello?" he asked warily. "Landlion, is that you?" a familiar voice answered. "Laurel, you're here! Where's Kyrian?" he asked. "She's right here, but she's just waking up."
"We've got to get out of here!" Landlion said desperately. "But what about that wizard?" Goricnal muttered. "That's right, I'd forgotten about Mintara!" Landlion said, snapping his fingers. "But how can we find her?" Kyrian asked groggily. "I think we had better concentrate on freeing ourselves first." Laurel said. They sat there for hours, but no chance for escape came. No one even entered the dungeon, and the cells were sturdy, though filthy.

Several hours later, they heard the bolts of the prison door being drawn back. Sounds of scuffling drifted through the opening. Soon they heard a familiar voice. "Get your filthy hands off of me!" Three beasts backed through the door, pulling a struggling form dressed in white. "Mintara!" Laurel gasped. She was being drawn, bit by bit, into the dungeon. She threw one troll off balance and gave it a hearty kick in it's chest. It flew backward and bounced off of Landlion's and Goricnal's cell door. He jumped back up and propelled his warty body back toward the others. They picked the wizard up and hurled her into a cell.

She fairly spat at them in anger as they left, laughing. She kicked the wall and paced the width of her cell, six steps to the door and six steps to the back of the enclosure. "Mintara." Kyrian said softly. Mintara's head snapped up and she looked at them all standing behind the bars. "My heroes," she muttered. "Well, look who's talking!" Goricnal yelled at her. "You're the one who flew off in a little temper tantrum!" Mintara's eyes flashed at him. "Temper tantrum? Do you have any idea what will happen when Exron discoveres how to use it? He will be the greatest threat outside of Melkor, and they will be together against us! You foolish people can't even imagine the evil he will work in this world." They were silent for a moment before Laurel said, "We need to work together to stop him. None of us can do it alone. We're going to need help before we can try to get the necklace back and stop Melkor." Mintara hesitated before she finally nodded agreement. "Now, does anyone know a way out of here?" Landlion asked. "I might be able to help with that." Mintara said. She bent her head and softly chanted a magic spell. There was a quick spark of light and the cell doors flew open! They gave an exclamation of surprise and rushed out to stand together.

"That's probably as much magic as I can do, I left my staff with Emerion." "You left your staff?" Laurel asked incredulously. "Didn't you know that you needed it?" "Of course, but I didn't want to risk it being taken. I didn't come here to fight, I just came here to see. I know that I can't defeat Erxon alone, I just needed to see what we're up against. Unfortunately, my hiding place was discovered. But I did see where the necklace is hidden. We might be able to sneak it out." They left the dungeon and stepped out into a long dark hall. Landlion led the way as they walked down the corridor. As they rounded the corner, they ran into two minions! The creatures shrieked and ran back the way they had come! "Oh no you don't!" Kyrian shouted as she gave chase. The others followed suit and they soon overpowered the beasts. All of their weapons had been taken when they had been captured, so they were going to have to be careful. They passed through the gate that the creatures had been guarding and came to a stop a few steps further. Mintara pointed up to an air shaft. "This is where I went earlier." she whispered. It was a good nine feet up the wall. Mintara and Landlion were the tallest, so they would go first. Mintara stepped up and jumped with superhuman strength, catching hold and pulling herself up. Goricnal would have to be helped up. Landlion hefted the stout dwarf up toward the opening. Mintara leaned out and tried to catch the dwarf's hand, but his arm was too short; instead, she grabbed his long beard! "Hey, let go of that!" he roared. "How many times do I have to tell you people? NOT THE BEARD!" He swiped at her with his fists, but Mintara avoided his flailing arms and pulled him up. Landlion jumped as high as he could, and he just barely grabbed the edge with his fingertips. Mintara grabbed his arm and helped pull him up, which he obviously enjoyed. Laurel noticed and pouted. Kyrian sighed, she was really getting tired of Laurel's crush on Landlion. Laurel was next, she jumped as high as she could but didn't come close to reaching the edge. Landlion had to hold onto her hand and pull her up. Laurel seemed to be having a difficult time getting up, Landlion had to help her a lot. Kyrian gave Laurel's back a look of exasperation as she jumped. Landlion had to grab her too, but Kyrian scrambled up a lot faster than Laurel.

They crawled single-file down the tunnel. Soon they came to a gigantic room! They peered through the opening and saw a throne down at one end guarded by many creatures. "That must be Erxon's throne!" Laurel thought. But Mintara moved on until they reached a tiny room. She stopped and jumped down. The others followed; they barely fit into the room. "This is just a broom closet!" Laurel exclaimed. "I'm sure this is the right place." Landlion said defensively, looking at Mintara. She rolled her eyes and shared a disgusted look with Kyrian. Mintara walked to the rear of the room and bent down. A little splinter of wood was sticking up out of the floor. Mintara held it with her fingernails and pulled sharply on it one, two, three times! Instead of breaking off, the splinter made a little clicking noise and popped out! Three smooth boards rose up out of the patterned wooden floor behind her. She walked over and stepped on them in a peculiar order. Each went down a little when she stepped on it; she continued the sequence until a section of the wall opened a little. She stopped and they all ran over and pulled on the door until it finally opened enough for them to squeeze in. They went down a series of steps, then made a sharp turn. Mintara went over to a stone wall and pushed on a certain stone. The wall slid back to reveal a circular opening. In the middle, on a crystal table, lay a shining diamond box. They all looked at each other, holding their breaths. Then Mintara slowly walked over to it and picked it up. She gently lifted the lid and saw... nothing. There was nothing in it! She shook it upside down; she looked everywhere on the floor. Nothing. Wait. A little piece of paper was jammed in the corner of the box. She pulled it out and opened it. The thin, scraggly writing on it said:

In this box, you expected to find,
A treasure of unparelled kind.
You thought you would find it here in my lair.
But as you can see, it just isn't there!

Where could it be? Could it have been taken?

I know that by now, you're feeling quite shaken.

I heard you coming, so I decided to flee.
And I decided to take the necklace with me!

Mintara finished reading. Everyone was quiet, until Goricnal said bitterly, "He's gone with the necklace, what now?" Mintara crumpled up the paper and threw it into the corner. "Well," Landlion said slowly. "I guess Laurel and I need to go back to Locien to finish her training." Mintara stood up briskly and said, "It's clear that we are going to have to defeat Melkor and and Erxon in order to get that necklace back. We're going to need an army. That's where I'm going. I'm going to get all the support possible from the people of this world. But I'll need some help." Her gaze rested on Kyrian. The girl looked up and saw what Mintara was hinting at. "Oh no, I can't go! I've never been outside this region before! Take Goricnal!" The dwarf heard her and made a gagging noise. Mintara glared at him and said to Kyrian, "I need a more," she paused. "people friendly person. Which the dwarf is obviously not." She looked at Goricnal condescendingly. Kyrian sat there considering before she lifted her chin and said, "Okay, let's do it!"
Mintara let out a piercing whistle, and suddenly they were standing at the base of the mountain! Emerion was standing there with Cerelda, he had used Mintara's magic to warp them out. She walked over to him and gave him a hug. "I guess we had better go." Landlion said unhappily, looking at Mintara. "Yes, we had better." Laurel said hurriedly. Cerelda flew over to Laurel happily. Landlion mounted Meldarion, looking at Mintara and muttering under his breath. "Why does she always moon over that dumb animal? I would welcome that attention." Laurel, who was walking to Lorthim, heard him, and her cheeks burned crimson. She jumped onto the mare and Goricnal pulled himself up onto Lithernac, he would be going with Laurel and Landlion. With shouted goodbye's between everyone but Mintara and Goricnal, their company separated.

Part 16 by Tessa

Laurel whipped her head around just in time to see the horn slip from Kyrian's grasp. "Not good! I have to get that horn or else Landlion and Goricnal..." her sentence was never finished, for a huge creature landed heavily on the path in front of her. It was big with ugly, dry green skin and a gigantic tail. "I need that horn NOW!" she thought before hurling herself toward Kyrian and the horn. Midair, she saw the tail of the beast coming at her. "No! Corenic Molinal!" she screamed before the whole weight of the creature hit her in the stomach. She flew through the air and hit a tree. She slumped to the ground gasping for breath. "No, I have to get to that horn," she panted and pulled herself up. She took a deep breath and sprinted toward Kyrian and the horn. She grabbed it and lifted it to her lips when the creature grabbed her and lifted her off the ground. She blew two blasts before it fell from her hands and plunged to the ground. Laurel lifted her eyes from the horn and found herself looking into the huge eye of The Beast of Ered Mor.

Sorry if there are misspellings, my spellcheck isn't working ,at least I don't think so, and I can't spell to save my life. LOL Hope you like it.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Part 15 by Emily

Emily and her character, Kyrian.

Kyrian led the charge through the forest, the elves of Locien had uncharmed the path to the Ered Mor. Kyrian stole a glance behind her, Laurel was gazing dreamily at the back of Landlion's head. Ugh. She thought, Laurel has got to get over him! Her like of him could endanger the mission. I hope she keeps a good head on her. Kyrian turned her gave foreward, the forest grew darker and darker each passing yard, Surely we are getting close to the Ered Mor.

As the hours passed the horses started to tire from the strenuous run, though they were elven bred the terrain had become less like a forest and more mountainous. "We should stop." Landlion said, drawing his lathered steed to a halt. Rhovanion, stopped on her own and let out a tired whinny. "Fine." Kyrian said, dismounting from Rhovanion,"But only for a short while." Laurel and Goricnal also dismounted from their steeds. Landlion sat down on a large rock with a sigh. Laurel immediately chose to sit beside him. Kyrian let out a sigh, I wish she would get over him! Kyrian looked towards the darkening sky, "We should find shelter." she told them. "I'll go look for some." Laurel volunteered, jumping up from her spot beside Landlion. "I'll go with her." Kyrian said before any one could put a word in edge wise,"Landlion and Goricnal, the both of you should stay here. If we find shelter, I'll blow a long note on my horn." Kyrian demonstrated,"If we find trouble I'll blow two short notes." She attached the horn back on her belt, and motioned for Laurel to follow her.

The girls journied through the sparse canopy of wicked trees, "Laurel," Kyrian started, but Laurel shushed her. The two of them sneaked around a large boulder. Laurel's hand was firm apon the handle of her temporary sword. Kyrian fingered the short bow on her back, I wish I hadn't forgotten my sword! Something jumped out in front of the two girls. More somethings followed it in a blur of motion. Laurel drew her sword from its scabbard, one of the things screached as her sword found it's way to the flesh. Kyrian struggled with the knot on her horn's string. After what seemed like an eterninty she loosened it from her belt and raised it to her lips. She blew a long note, then her vision faded into black oblivion, and pain exploded into her skull. The horn fell from her lips, and clattered on the stony ground. The beasts of Ered Mor had come.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Part Fourteen by Taylor.

Taylor and her character Mintara.

Laurel met Landlion at a bright clearing for sword training. Mintara was feeling strong enough to watch the training, and she stood by Emerion, who refused to leave her side. Kyrian was also there, sitting with Cerelda, who was napping. Landlion tossed her a borrowed sword and demonstrated the proper stance. Laurel found it hard to concentrate, being so close to him, and kept making mistakes. Finally, when she dropped the sword for the third time, an exasperated Mintara walked over. "If you can manage to forget about your crush for a few minutes," she snapped. "I'll show you how it's done." She picked up her staff and advanced toward Landlion. He was nervous at first, but soon he discovered that she was a competent swordswoman. Her staff was a blur as she whipped it around, meeting and returning his attacks. She spun and stabbed, taking him off balance and knocking him to the ground. She held the point of her staff to his throat as he lay there breathing hard. He stared up at her in admiration as she stood over him. She gave him a condescending look and walked to Emerion again. "Wow!" Landlion said, looking after Mintara as Laurel came up. She turned crimson and swiped at him with her sword. "Let's go!" she said. He quickly averted his eyes and concentrated on showing off his swordsmanship skills.

After an hour, she was exhausted. "Let's take a break." he suggested. Laurel nodded and sat at the edge of the clearing, trying to catch her breath. Suddenly, a dragon flew down out of the sky at full speed and landed in a heap on the ground in front of them! "Serva!" Laurel exclaimed. Landlion, Kyrian, Cerelda, Mintara, and Emerion all ran over. Serva untangled herself and stood up. "I have come to warn you." she began. " I have done a terrible thing." She proceeded to tell them about her great mistake. They all stood in stunned silence until Kyrian cried, "But what will we do now?" Serva was about to answer when she was suddenly pinned to the ground by an immense weight! "This is indeed a terrible mistake, little dragon." Mintara hissed through clenched teeth as she pushed Serva's head even harder against the ground. "One that you will regret." Laurel rushed forward to pull Mintara off, but Emerion blocked her way, pointing his silver horn at her. "But I don't have time to deal with you now." Mintara continued, shoving the tip of her staff against Serva's throat. "I have a necklace to recover." She released Serva, who gasped in air. Mintara strode to Emerion and mounted. "Wait, you can't leave!" Laurel yelled. "We need you!" Mintara ignored her and Emerion spread his wings and shot into the air! "She doesn't stand a chance against Erxon!" Serva said. "He has a much greater power than she!" "We have to find her!" Landlion said. "Where is Erxon?" Kyrian asked. "In his secret lair in the mountains; learning how to use the necklace." Serva replied. "Well, that's where we must go then!" Laurel declared, running to go fetch Goricnal.

Landlion and Kyrian ran to get provisions and Cerelda caught up to Laurel. Why should we rescue her? Cerelda asked. She wouldn't risk her life for us. "But she did risk her life for us." Laurel reminded her. "And I feel that we will need her help before the end." I still don't think we should risk our lives for her. "Well, we are going to rescue her nonetheless. She didn't abandon us." Only because she wouldn't get her necklace if she didn't help us. Cerelda grumbled. Laurel ignored her and found Goricnal finishing a late breakfast. She told him everything and soon Landlion and Kyrian came with the horses and packs. Landlion brought his stallion, Meldarion, and said, "I will accompany you in rescuing Mintara, but then I must return to Locien." "I will come too!" Kyrian said, holding the reins of her mare, Rhovanion. "At least until we rescue Mintara, maybe farther!" "What are we waiting for?" Goricnal said gruffly. "Let's go!"

France's part of the story

I want to do a bit of tweaking on my tales! :) Sorry for the inconvenience, I'll put my stories back up soon!

Monday, January 4, 2010

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Friday, January 1, 2010

The (person you don't know the name of yet) Tales

Laurel suddenly gasped and whirled around. She had heard a strange swishing noise, but she saw nothing. She sighed and almost turned around again when suddenly a large, thick red whip came hurtling through the air towards her. She couldn't move fast enough, for her foot was stuck underneath a shrub, and the whip swirled around her body, trapping her in the whip's grasp. Wait a minute. Laurel looked again at the whip. It wasn't an ordinary whip. It was a bright red beard, braided together with some beads and other baubles attached. Laurel followed the beard up, and then found something astonishing. A head! Before she could take a closer look at it, Landlion came charging towards her, sword in hand. 
"Don't worry Laurel, I will RESCUE you!!!!!" Landlion shrieked, charging and chopping the man's beard off. 
The man squealed defensively. "Stinker," he snarled, then pulled a flute out of his pocket. He started to play a strange, discordant tune. "Nothing happened," he whispered to himself, and scratched his head, obviously frustrated. Then suddenly he played one deafening note, and the ground began to rumble ferociously. Laurel and Landlion started to tremble. It didn't seem that things were going to be peaceful after all. Then, suddenly, a giant herd of bunnies came galloping in from all sides, surrounding the two beings by a huge, furry mass.
"What in the name of Tansy Tangerines IS this?" Laurel said angrily. Landlion would've said this too, but instead he quietly turned away and started to stroke a brown, floppy-eared bunny. The bunny snapped its teeth at Landlion, who shrieked like a little girl and jumped, knocking Laurel over like a felled tree.
"Stop it, smallfry, we have business to deal with." She nodded over at the man. "Business with that man." She stood up very straight, and very tall, and said,"Who are you?"
"Should we tell them?" he questioned the bunny rabbits. Quite a number of rabbits booed. Some bared their teeth and snarled at Laurel and Landlion (especially Landlion). The man rubbed his chin (quite difficult to do through all of the bushy beard, then stated,"Well, we have to tell them SOMETIME, for my name is as melodic as a bird's chirp, sweet as honey, and as tasty as shrimp!" he declared. "And strawberries," he added as an afterthought. The rabbits seemed to be considering this fact. Finally, a fluffy white rabbit hopped slowly towards the man. About an hour later, it reached the hairy-jawed man, stood on his shoulder, and squeaked something in rabbit language. The man translated,"This rabbit says that the only way these landblubbers are going to get our names is by a few tests," he began. "Strenuous tests. Starting with Rabbit Rabbit Strawberries!" The rabbits cheered for joy and started to jump on top of Laurel and Landlion. They sighed. This would not be as easy as they had hoped.

P.S. Rabbit Rabbit Strawberries is what they call Duck Duck Goose.

Oh, and since Tessa doesn't want you guys to freak out, I might as well tell you that this has nothing to do with that serious elf tale. I'm only using the characters. Just thought I'd let you know.

Part 12 by Taylor

Taylor and her character Mintara.

They continued to follow the stranger through the forest. "Excuse me, but who are you?" Goricnal asked. The elf turned and said, "My name is Landlion. I was sent from the elf city, Locien, to make sure you were coming." Everyone was silent. "How long has she been asleep?" Landlion suddenly asked, looking at Mintara. "For about two days," Laurel said. "Can you wake her up?" Goricnal asked. "Once she gets into the city, she will waken. The power of the elves will give her the strength she needs." Landlion said. "I have heard much of this particular wizard. I would like to speak to her, when she is able."
"Don't count on it," Laurel said, annoyed by his interest in Mintara. "She probably won't speak to you, she considers everyone else below her." Everyone was quiet, until Cerelda heard Emerion speaking, Laurel is right about that, except Mintara would enjoy breaking Landlion's heart. Cerelda nodded in agreement.

"Here we are." Landlion announced. "I don't see anything but trees." Laurel said. Landlion walked forward and put both hands on a giant willow. He spoke a word and suddenly the tree's trunk opened and he motioned for them to follow him in. But the horses couldn't come with. "We have to leave the horses behind." he said. "But what about Mintara?" Kyrian asked. "I guess she'll have to stay here." Landlion said doubtfully. "No, she has the metal for the sword. We can't begin working on the sword until she wakes up and gives us the metal." Laurel cried. "Well, she'll just have to come with us then." Landlion said.

With that, he walked over to Emerion and picked up Mintara, surprised at how light she was. Laurel took the bridles from Lithernac and Lorthim, who galloped off into the forest. "Don't worry, they'll be safe." Kyrian said. They all stepped into the tree trunk.

To Laurel's surprise, the opening continued, and made a dark passageway. Kyrian led the way now. Soon they came out of the tunnel into a beautiful, peaceful forest, not thick and confusing like the one they had just left. Suddenly, they were surrounded by archers! Kyrian stepped aside and talked to the leader quietly for a moment. He spoke a word of command and all the elves lowered their bows. "We have been expecting you. Come." the leader said. Two elves came up and took Mintara from Landlion.

The leader, who's name was Remedur, assured them that she was in good hands. "It will take awhile for her to waken, but we are doing everything we can. In the meantime, we will start on your sword training, Laurel." Laurel nodded and asked, "Who will be my trainer?" "Landlion," Remedur said. "And Kyrian will teach you about the plants that heal you, and the ones that harm you. But first, you must rest."

He called a servant to show Laurel and Goricnal to their rooms. Her training wouldn't start for a few days, or at least until she was completely rested. The next morning, they were summoned to Remedur's house. "Mintara has awakened." he said, once they had arrived. "Though she is her normal polite self, she stills needs to rest. You will all stay here for as long as you need to. But now, it's time to make the sword. Mintara gave me the metal and our forgers will start on it right away." Laurel breathed a sigh of relief. Finally a time of peace.