Saturday, August 24, 2013

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“Coordinating an initial assault would take less than a week,” said Helen. “Preparations for a long war would require more time but not likely more than a month. However, if they truly intend to win the people over first, then yes, we do have more time. I would guess four months, if no other complications arise, which is also doubtful.”

Roman adjusted his spectacles. “Well, in any case, we shouldn’t dawdle here.”

Agreed,’ said Voreese. ‘We should leave Atreya as soon you’re prepared.

“And go where?” Helen asked.

As far as I know, the nearest Vanguard forces are in Korgum. They do have their hands full with Dozer, though, so they might not want to spare us any soldiers.

Mehlsanz hovered around Helen. ‘Eh... I’d really prefer not to meet anyone in the Vanguard again.

“Why did you desert them?” said Roman.

Mehlsanz paused briefly. ‘My previous servant, she grew up in conflict. Even before I resurrected her, she had lived through two wars as a child soldier. It was all she had ever known. And then one day, we found out that her sister had become a servant for Abolish.

Roman’s expression darkened. “Let me guess. The sister was mentally ill.”

Yes. Her sister wasn’t psychotic, but she didn’t really understand the consequences of what she was doing. And her reaper took advantage of that. But of course, the Vanguard had to stop her. She was killing innocent people. And my girl--Valencia was her name--she was just torn to pieces by this knowledge. She wanted to protect her sister, but she couldn’t. She didn’t want to fight her, either, so the higher-ups moved us to a different battlefield. But it didn’t make much difference, at that point. Valencia didn’t want to fight at all anymore. She just wanted to go somewhere and live peacefully.

Fucking Abolish motherfuckers...

25 comments:

  1. Well...
    Finally caught up.
    But it is 2 in the morning.
    And I have school in 4 hours. D:

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    1. This was my plan all along, actually. To make people stay up later than they should! Hwahwahwa!

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    2. Well
      I just got sent home from school for falling asleep
      XD

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    3. Haha, oh wow.

      DON'T LET IT HAPPEN AGAIN, OR I WILL BE VERY CROSS WITH YOU.

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    4. DON'T TELL ME WHAT TO DO OR I'LL- I'LL-
      Uh...
      I WONT FEED MY DOG

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    5. DON'T TELL ME NOT TO TELL YOU WHAT TO DO. I'LL. Um. I'LL BE MEAN TO THE MAILMAN.

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    6. DON'T YOU DARE
      I WILL EAT MY GYM SOCKS
      Actually, I don't wanna die, so...
      ILL MAKE MY BROTHER EAT MY GYM SOCKS

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    7. Ok.
      I just got back from taking my brother to the hospital.
      I hope you feel happy with yourself.

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    8. Oops. I meant that I gave up, not that you should go through with it. My bad.

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    9. Well
      Its A NEEEEEW DAAAAY! YAAAAAAAAAY

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  2. Funny that first guess about an Abolish member is mental problems.
    Funnier that it is true.
    If this makes anybody angry I will let you know now I am a psychopath.
    I also said a dust explosion would be an interesting way to use powers like Hector's.

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    1. Yeah. Roman's guess was based on his knowledge of how Abolish operates.

      And it's wonderful to see you again. Glad you're still reading.

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  3. Wow, this is awesome. Thank you and my hat off for the author! Found this earlier today -yesterday now I suppose- and you've destroyed all my productivity but I've caught up now. Anything else you've written?

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    1. I haven't published anything else yet, no. I first conceived TZK about five years ago, but I only started dedicating myself to writing it earlier this year.

      Having said that, there is another story that's been in my mind even longer. I spent about four years on it before TZK was even a shadow in my eye, and it was a miserably slow experience.

      I've always intended to go back to it one day, though, when I became a more productive writer. And perhaps it's too optimistic at this point, but I'm starting to think that if TZK continues growing the way it has been, I might be able to start that old story as a second serial one day and write full-time for you guys.

      For now, though, my focus is on TZK. And thank you for your interest. Thrilled to have you.

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  4. "Meshlanz hovered around Helen. ‘Eh... I’d really prefer not to meet anyone in the Vanguard again.’ "

    think your fingers tripped while they were dancing there

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    1. Ah, thank you. Fixed.

      Also, "Mesh-lanz" is fun to say.

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  5. She didnt' respond. How boring of you.

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  6. Having her get upset over trivialities would be out of character. And a rather royal cliche.

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  7. True, but Queenie did seem remarkably demeaning. I wasn't expecting a temper tantrum, but at least a raised eyebrow or something.

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  8. Even I was expecting the raised eyebrow...

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  9. Wow both Abolish and Vanguard sound like douches

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  10. Mission accomplished. I have missed about dozen perfectly good sleeping hours reading this, and I'm not even through a quarter yet. Now excuse me as I commence my archive binge once again.

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