Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Page 434 -- L.

~~Holiday Special (Day 3/7, Page 4/6)~~
“Are you going to give me a ride back to Atreya?” said Lynnette. “Or should I start walking?”

And again, Hector was quiet a moment. He looked at her intently. “Um. C-could you tell me more about that thing on your wrist, first?”

“What do you want to know?”

“How... are you controlling it, exactly?”

She gave a shrug. “It just does what I want it to do. Like an extra limb, I suppose. Except...”


She made the shadow disappear again. “It does also feel... alive. Somehow.”

“Hmm. W-what do you mean?”

“I’m not sure yet,” she said, frowning. “I’m still getting accustomed to it. But maybe that isn’t the answer you were looking for.”

He nodded uncertainly, but after a time, he motioned toward the bike. “Let’s go back to Atreya. You can, ah... tell me more later... you look pretty tired.”

She took a relieved breath.

Chapter Fifty: ‘O, strange guardian...!’
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He’d never seen the Lorentian countryside. Sunny skies and flat greenery as far as the eye could see. Not even mountains in the distance.

The motorcycle’s roaring engine made it impossible to have a conversation with Lynnette, but Hector didn’t mind so much. It gave him and Garovel a chance to discuss her unique situation. Hector did mind, however, having someone on the motorcycle with him for the first time. When it was just him riding alone, he didn’t have to worry so much about screwing up and crashing. He would survive. Having Lynnette here made him all sorts of uncomfortable, especially with how she had to wrap her arms around his stomach to keep herself steady. He’d never done very well with physical contact.

Still, he did his best to ignore it. If he just focused on the road ahead of him, it wasn’t so bad.

I don’t like this,’ said Garovel.

I know,’ said Hector. ‘But it’s Lynn. I’m not gonna just leave her out here...


  1. Apologies, all around. This page was a couple hours late. My alarm didn't go off when I wanted it to, so. Yeah. SORRY GUYS. DON'T KILL ME, PLEASE.

  2. Don't worry, we'd never do such a thing ^.^

    *anon quickly hides the vat of tar he was holding behind his back*

  3. Snowtail the KhajiitDecember 24, 2013 at 6:52 PM

    Aww, we could kill you Frosty! We make mistakes too!
    And besides, if we kill you, you wouldn't be able to write more of this. XD

  4. The page should be 434, not 334, right?

  5. Ah, dang it. Yes, it should be. Thank you for the catch.

  6. I'm usually averse to "brain control" type plots, and I'd considered that to be one of them.

  7. That's good to know.

    I didn't mean brain control though. In fiction, the power of darkness usually corrups the user over time, tempting them to gradually become dark themselves. (Not sure about reality, that's more a gray and gray thing.)

    Don't get me wrong, I really don't expect you to answer anything. Of course you're not going to spoil future plot points here. I'm just thinking aloud, or something.

  8. Blogger has an option to schedule when your posts get published.

  9. Yeah, I know. I already had two pages scheduled to post. Thought I'd be awake in time to finish up the third. BUT I DEFINITELY WASN'T. I set my alarm wrong.

  10. Lol I was bout to say I wasn't gonna get any Hector being uncomfortable with Lynn grabbing hold of him funnies. Thank you

  11. Oh boy. I'm worried about Lynn. An Aberration's shadow that feels alive and won't come off... maybe removing the arm would have been better in the long run.

    Then again, it probably has its advantages. I'm pretty sure Hector could crash the bike and she would be fine. Only soul-empowered stuff can hurt the shadow after all. So maybe it's necessary for her just to stay alive, but still...

    I hope you are averse to the whole "hero has to kill his love interest who was corrupted by darkness". You know, if Lynn is meant to be his love interest, which everyone seems to agree on.