Lease this WebApp and get rid of the ads.
Run Away
Sun May 21, 2006 06:17 (XFF:

Gah. Sunlight. Well, lots of blurry brightness anyway. Valla turned the small misshapen pillow over and let her cheek rest again on the cool fabric. Somewhere outside a clash of falling objects was heard before a yelp and loud curses. So, the training grounds were already awake? They wouldnít miss one scrawny Saldaean for a few minutes. Vallaís scar pulled oddly at her yawn; from forehead to jaw the tight angry slash dominated one side of her face. It caused a permanent sardonic smile no matter what her true feelings were, and at the moment that feeling was tiredness.

Squinting open her odd violet eyes she studied her latest acquisition from the yards, a large purpling bruise. It spread across her ribs like a Cook Elnaís Special Jam stain, without even the sweetness of having the jam. She frowned as her fingers delicately walked around the edges, how the bruise had appeared there was unknown. She pressed down gently in the centre probing for the depth of the hurt. Maybe she should get some jam, yes, and a doorstop wedge of bread. After lessons, as a treat of course.

Cat like, Valla arched her back as she stretched and rose from the wonderfully warm and comfortable bunk. As tempting as staying wrapped in the blanket was Valla knew she had to get a wiggle on. The best food for breakfast would be cooking now, ready for those trainees lucky enough to not need the incredibly early sword lesson which would soon be starting. A whole new day for collecting bruises already begun.

Before coming to the Gaidin Valla had believed herself fit. Now, she knew better. As she moved through the familiar motions of her morning routine she discovered aches in muscles the lithe girl had never seemed to have possessed before. She had always been petite and rather lacking on the muscle side, but now even with her short time here her muscle tone was developing and stamina increasing. If only that could happen without the endless hours of training and subsequent pain. Perhaps, that was not the point.

With a sigh Valla picked up the jug of water she had brought in the night before and let the tepid contents cascade into her aged washbowl. It was time to wake up and start acting like an AethaníTar, or better than that, a Gaidar in training. Just as Mother never wanted. Valla grimaced as she plunged her face into the water.

Raking her short dark hair behind her ears, Valla cocked her head as the SeiíTar - Harin, from memory - produced a fist sized leather ball. Her stomach grumbled audibly has he explained the game. Dodge or you are it pretty much summed up the rules. It was a good game choice for Valla, small and quick she was hardly the sort of target most trainees would go for.

"In case you'd lost the incentive to dodge the ball," Harin SeiíTar hefted the ball, aimed and threw quickly. Valla traced the balls flight straight into the arm of some cold trainee in a vest. The heavy blow was enough for Valla to briefly hold her own arm in sympathy. The ball left a large blotch on the arm then landed with hardly a bounce on the ground. The trainee should have moved.

ďSo you see, its worthwhile trying to dodge the ball, it might not look heavy, but it is, and if that hits you . . . well . . . you'll know about it. Oh, yeah, and youíre it!Ē

Without a second thought, Valla ran. One bruise was quite enough, she thought. Plus, if she was caught and got hit hard there was little chance she could throw with quite the same force as the majority of these trainees. What was the point in being it if she couldnít inflict any damage?

Being agile was not enough however, several minutes later caught between large lagging runners and an equally large and tall attacker she had no option but to turn and rush headlong past the trainee with the ball. She was like a hunted fox in the hole, her sudden desperate charge straight toward the attacker seemed to unnerve him for a moment, but he recovered just as Valla believed she was free. The ball thudded into her hip with force, so much so that she staggered back from the impact.

That would hurt later. For now she hefted the leather ball from hand to hand, chose her target and threw. Her triumphant laugh rang clear as she dodged and ran away.

  • A Gaidin's Best Friend is his Sword!Harin Rieldred, Sei'Tar, Mon May 15 09:07
    Harin, in spite of the lack of sunlight and the promise of morning in a couple of hours, was awake. Not just he, but most of the Sei'Tar population. The Aethan'Tar would just be rousing; their... more
    • Rotating leather orbSoldier Falora Tilde, Wed May 24 22:24
      It was dark. Falora wondered down the dank, dark corridors. She was somewhere beneath the earth. Water dripped from the stone above, the steady plip-plop a soft counterpoint to the staccato beats... more
    • Ball of a timeAccepted Celeste Illharess, Wed May 24 21:13
      Icy wind blew, sending shivers down the back of the wizened old man. Sergeant Felix moved a little, loosening his stiff limbs and trying to get some warmth into his tired old bones. Despite the onset ... more
    • Philosophies, Disciplines and Stances!Harin Rieldred, Sei'Tar, Wed May 24 04:18
      Scanning the courtyard, Harin decided that the game had done the job. The trainees looked slightly red faced, and a couple of them were stopping to double over and pant slightly. Yes. He'd let it go... more
      • The Forms to Success!Harin Rieldred, Sei'Tar, Wed May 31 05:18
        They weren't children, so it was easy enough to rectify a mistake once and expect not to see it again. As such, Harin spent his time nipping possible bad habits in the bud. They were all quick to... more
        • Swing it, shake it, move it, Spar it.Harin Rieldred, Sei'Tar, Sun Jun 11 05:47
          Harin watched as the more pitiful attempts becameÖ less pitiful. The forms were executed with a complete lack of precision or poise, but what they did have, was promise. Some seemed pleased with... more
          • Lesson ClosedRick, Tue Jun 20 04:13
            Nice job guys. Thanks to all who took part. Credit is awarded to: Sarin, Aethan'Tar Riani, Aethan'Tar Valla, Aethan'Tar Sirestes, Aethan'Tar. I will be e-mailing Jeremy with credit later today. So... more
          • To Be Practical or Orthodox?Sirestes Aethan'Tar, Sun Jun 18 08:04
            Sirestes appeared to have done well enough with this activity, it seemed, for he was feeling confident in his skills when the time came to progress. He claimed no mastery over the weapon, but thought ... more
          • Enter The DummyValla Karajan, Aethan'Tar, Thu Jun 15 14:22
            Valla did not want a fair fight. She wanted someone with the grace and speed of a three legged pig. Half the intelligence; optional. It was not due to a desperation for victory, rather, not entirely... more
          • An Expected LossRiani Aethan'Tar, Wed Jun 14 13:55
            Sparring, Riani thought, gritting her teeth, oh, thatís just great. Excellent. Her mouth should have been dripping with the sarcasm of her unspoken words, but Riani had had sixteen years of practise... more
          • Wood as SteelSarin Cordana - Aethan'Tar, Sun Jun 11 18:08
            Sarin scratched his chin as he listened to the SeiíTar lay out the rules for their spars. He smirked when he heard that if you got hit in the leg you lost use of it, he couldnít imagine himself... more
        • Give It All, or Give It UpValla Karajan, Aethan'Tar, Sat Jun 10 11:46
          Letting the lathes dip down toward the ground Valla allowed herself a muscle loosening shake. It wasnít that the activity was taxing, though holding a stance for an extended period of time does... more
        • Four in SuccessionSirestes Aethan'Tar, Sun Jun 4 08:40
          Once all had been said and done, and once Sirestes, breathing more heavily than he might have liked to, could lower the wooden lathe in tandem with the rest of the trainees, the lesson could... more
        • Dancing Cats & Kissing HummingbirdsSarin Cordana - Aethan'Tar, Fri Jun 2 22:10
          The lathe in his hands began to irritate Sarin as he shifted it from stance to stance and back again. He snuck a quick glance down at them and noticed that his right hand was now a bright red. He... more
        • No Pain No Gain, Right?Riani Aethan'Tar, Thu Jun 1 10:47
          Riani felt the weight of the lathes in her hand even as she stood at careful attention, listening to the instructions of the SeiíTar. She had absolutely no desire to lift the wooden thing above her... more
      • Decision and IndecisionSirestes Aethan'Tar, Sat May 27 14:42
        As the last vestiges of the game came to a close, and as the final few AethaníTar finished tossing the ball around, even with the halfheartedness of exhaustion, the SeiíTar summoned them to begin the ... more
      • Now this is what I call a work-out!Riani Aethan'Tar, Sat May 27 12:36
        To Rianiís surprise her body hurt considerably less after the game of tag than it had earlier. She and Harina both stood gasping for breath as the SeiíTar who was teaching gave them a small lecture... more
      • Try, Try AgainValla Karajan, Aethan'Tar, Sat May 27 03:46
        Pressing the back of her clammy fingers to her red cheek Valla took no more than a moment to collect herself. The game had truly woken her up, she now pulsed with energy. In fact, rather too much... more
      • Super-conducting loopSarin Cordana - Aethan'Tar, Fri May 26 17:52
        The void, it was something that was constantly talked about during lessons and to tell the truth Sarin never could get a hold of utter calm within his mind. Every time he had tried to find this void, ... more
      • New and OldSoldier Falora Tilde, Thu May 25 01:51
        After twenty odd minutes, the SeiíTar finally decided to call a halt to the game, gathering the trainees into a cluster in front of him. Once all had gathered, Harin began the lesson proper by giving ... more
      • Low Wind RisingTain Aethan'Tar, Thu May 25 00:47
        When the SeiíTar began to describe the two different types of philosophies, Tain smiled slightly to himself. Faoelin had drilled the Flame and the Void into his head, as forcefully as she could,... more
      • Rinse and repeatAccepted Celeste Illharess, Wed May 24 23:30
        Finally, the game drew to a close as the SeiíTar, one Harin, called the group to gather. He began the lesson proper by touching first on the philosophies of fighting, the schools of thought that... more
    • Best Friend, or Worst Enemy?Riani Aethan'Tar, Sun May 21 11:50
      It was an unidentifiable sound that woke her up. Well, not unidentifiable, really; she soon realized it was Harinaís voice. Nor was it only sound Ė her voice was followed closely by a quite vigorous... more
    • Run Away — Valla Karajan, Aethan'Tar, Sun May 21 06:17
    • If you can dodge a sword, you can dodge a ballSarin Cordana - Aethan'Tar, Thu May 18 21:24
      Mornings had become routine since Sarin Cordana had come to the White Tower. Wake up before sunrise, get in a jog around the grounds and maybe break a sweat before breakfast, that is, if he had the... more
    • What is in a sword?Tain Aethan'Tar, Thu May 18 03:17
      OOC: Strangest minimum length of a post Iíve ever seenÖ. 556? How, if I may be so bold, did you come up with this number? A flicker of thought at the edge of the Void, told the AethaníTar that he... more
    • Don't Have to LoveSirestes Aethan'Tar, Wed May 17 19:52
      He didnít ask the manís name. He didnít ask anything of him. He probably had a name, Sirestes suspected, and a life, and goals, and aspirations, and everything that he himself shared. Sirestes still... more
Click here to receive daily updates