Tabitha Hawthorne
You'll tell me anything.
Sun Oct 28, 2018 17:10
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Tabitha had made a mistake.

The mistake being that she was becoming complacent and wasn't taking the duel too seriously. It was one thing to duel in the real world, when it was a matter of life or death (or, at least, very serious injury). It was another to duel against Mary, the woman she loved. It was hard to separate her own emotions of love and care from the duel. She loved Mary and therefore, there was a certain degree of restraint holding her back from truly exploring the directions that a duel could take.

They were merely playing with each other and Tabitha felt that their current duel could be somewhat compared with the ones she had in school - simple jinxes and hexes meant to embarrass or hinder but no injury. While Mary had added an interesting method of attack, what with throwing her potions, they were still dancing around one another. Tabitha could dance but she preferred to be direct.

Her mistake caused her to become a victim to Mary's cleverly and widely cast Stickfast Hex and Tabitha couldn't help but let out a growl of annoyance, more at herself than anything else. With a quickly cast Finite Incantatum, she freed herself with the intention to carry on in the direction she'd be running.

Only to find herself abruptly cut off by rushing water.

She blinked, confused and looked upstream, to try and discover the source. She wondered for a moment if the Chamber was flooding, given that the rushing water was cutting a course over the forest floor. However, given the sudden appearance and sound of the water, indicated that it was more unnatural and was more likely Mary's doing.

It hadn't been aimed at her, which indicated that she didn't want to drown her or douse her. It was running too quickly for her to swim across. So, it tended to suggest that she was trying to cut her off and therefore confine her to that particular section of the forest. It was clever, that was sure, attempting not to give her unrestricted freedom. However, Tabitha didn't like to be trapped.

Enough was enough.

She had two options. She could go back the way she came and quickly reach Mary who, Tabitha predicted, would've used the temporary distraction the river brought to her advantage and gain on her. Or, she could follow the river up to its source. She guessed that Mary would be nearby and, just in case, she cast Ventus which caused a burst of wind to shoot from the end of her wand and whip through the forest, creating enough noise by rustling trees to conceal Tabitha's footsteps.

She ran back the way she came. She kept herself hidden under the cover of the trees and after a few moments, she caught sight of Mary. The corners of her lips twitched upwards involuntarily, as they always did when she saw the woman before she schooled her expression and forced herself to concentrate. It was time to up the stakes. It was time to stop playing games and see just how far Miss Mary Brooding would go.

Quickly, she shot off several arrows from the tips of her wand. If Mary was aware of her surroundings and sufficiently alert, there'd be enough time to dodge. If she wasn't, they'd nick her. Tabitha wasn't going to play games but she still didn't intend to kill. However, a duel wasn't a duel if the participants came away without some kind of mark.

  • Me? Never!Mary Brooding, Wed Oct 24 22:49
    For a moment, Mary felt pretty clever. Her narrowed garments meant ducking out of the way of the first spell that Tabitha shot off at her fairly straightforward, particularly considering that Tabitha ... more
    • You'll tell me anything. — Tabitha Hawthorne, Sun Oct 28 17:10
      • Oh, you think so? Mary Brooding, Sun Nov 4 20:03
        Mary gasped as the very real sharp of an arrow nicked her bicep. She'd done well to avoid the others but her stomach knotted when she heard her sleeve tear and looked down to find hot blood on her... more
        • Oh, absolutely. Or I can always make you tell me.Tabitha Hawthorne, Sun Nov 4 20:36
          Tabitha was both confused and alarmed at the sudden appearance of a lot of things that definitely hadnít been programmed into the room - including the small rabbit that seemed intent on hopping... more
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