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fic - teaser [novella]
Well, this year's been a bit slow on the fic front, and time will be limited for a while yet, so I throw this ficbit to the wolves.  It's a short teaser, the first few words of the slowly-in-progress novella.  I don't like the only title I've come up with so far, so I'm going to go with 'untitled' for now.  This falls into the crossover/fusion category.  Honk if you love the originating IP!

Novella: teaser

Odin trotted out a little ahead of the others and turned around to address them.  "Orbonne Monastery is just up ahead."

"Ooh," Duo said, as they reined in their mounts.  "Are we finally going to get mission details?"

Their boss appraised them coolly, as if judging their worth despite having hired them all himself.  Duo had been with the Lightning Bolts for four years now, along with his friend Trowa, but their attitudes labeled them 'damn kids' in his mind permanently.  "We're here to serve bodyguard duty."

"High-value individual, expecting trouble, or inflated sense of self-worth?" Trowa asked, glancing at their party.  There were five of them total, not counting Odin.  Granted, they weren't considered the cream of Odin's crop, but in a crew full of specialists, it was the generalists that held the team effort together.

"A little bit of each.  A lady, so mind your tongues."  He looked pointedly at the two of them.  They were no more low-brow than the average mercenary, but though the others were of similar age, they were nobly born or trained, and therefore not a concern.  "Her knight is the one that hired us."

"Will her knight be coming with us?" another of their party, Wufei, inquired.

"The lady requires a chaperone, of course.  Don't worry, I intend to make it clear just who is in charge here."

Duo grinned cheekily.  "Us?"

"Me," Odin responded flatly, letting the finality of that one word sink in before moving on.  "Followed by the rest of you.  Let's move out."

Orbonne Monastery was an imposing structure, being both an abbey for religious contemplation and a center for religious studies, complete with an extensive library, vaults containing holy artefacts, and dormitories.  Trowa whistled softly as they approached it.  "The Church has been holding out on us."

A young blond man with a oaken staff strapped across his back pulled up beside him.  "Orbonne Monastery is said to have been built twelve hundred years ago.  Long before the current drought, and the difficulties brought on by it."

"Twelve hundred years ago?  That would be around the time of the founding of the Church?"


"It took time for the Church of Glabados to gain prominence across Ivalice.  For such a grand structure, that implies they've been working on Orbonne over the years.  Not just twelve hundred years ago."

Quatre nodded with a slight smile in appreciation of the point.  "It is true, they say the monastery has grown into a bit of a patchwork labyrinth.  But it was still built well before the drought."

One of the doors to the church opened, and they immediately straightened to attention as someone assessed them quickly and professionally before emerging from the interior.  She didn't stray far from the door left ajar beside her, waiting instead for them to come to her.

Odin dismounted and initiated the encounter.  "Lucrezia Noin?"

The knight tilted her head in acknowledgment.  "Odin Lowe."

He signaled for his men to join him on the ground.  "And a handful of my best men.  How can we be of service?"

She glanced in through the door.  "The princess will be finished with her prayers shortly.  See to your mounts.  Then I'll introduce you."

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sharona1x2 From: sharona1x2 Date: July 13th, 2013 09:59 am (UTC) (Link)
That caught my attention. I'm looking forward to reading more!
turnippatch From: turnippatch Date: July 14th, 2013 07:09 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm looking forward to writing more!  Just as soon as I free up some spare time and attention span...
lavendarlizard From: lavendarlizard Date: July 13th, 2013 08:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
I find myself wanting to whisper "suck up" in Quatre's ear. ^___^ But that's just my peon-ship showing. *snicker* I'm patient; I can wait for more. Moving next week anyway.

turnippatch From: turnippatch Date: July 14th, 2013 07:16 am (UTC) (Link)
Sucking up to whom?  Trowa?  There's plenty of that. =)

I hope the weather's not too hot for your move!
lavendarlizard From: lavendarlizard Date: July 16th, 2013 12:20 am (UTC) (Link)
Silly it may be, but some sucking up to Trowa is almost required... By Quatre, at least. ^___^

I hope not. *sigh* It's so hard to tell, though. All that carrying and toting and shoving and lifting... Wears you out before the truck even arrives. *bleh*

tanuki02 From: tanuki02 Date: July 14th, 2013 01:28 am (UTC) (Link)
Intriguing- and that hint of tension between Duo, Trowa, and the rest of the group - hm.
turnippatch From: turnippatch Date: July 14th, 2013 07:18 am (UTC) (Link)
I don't think I've ever written a strong Duo-Trowa friendship before...
From: (Anonymous) Date: July 14th, 2013 05:05 am (UTC) (Link)
Looking forward to reading more! A very successful tease, m'dear! ;-)
turnippatch From: turnippatch Date: July 14th, 2013 07:55 am (UTC) (Link)
Yay! *victory ditty*
salmastryon From: salmastryon Date: July 15th, 2013 03:04 am (UTC) (Link)
oooo :)
turnippatch From: turnippatch Date: July 15th, 2013 05:47 am (UTC) (Link)
I've wanted to write this for a long time now... Hopefully the stars align.
salmastryon From: salmastryon Date: July 15th, 2013 02:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
*herds stars into alignment*
turnippatch From: turnippatch Date: July 18th, 2013 06:45 am (UTC) (Link)
Hmmm, in a strange coincidence, the zodiac does have some relevance to this story... sort of.  Obliquely.  Well.  The vocabulary words come up, anyway.
corpus_yaoi From: corpus_yaoi Date: July 15th, 2013 04:24 am (UTC) (Link)
Well, dang! Here i was thinking heero'd been the guard to request the services of duo's troupe, but lo! Twas fair noin! Im curious to see how the group dynamic plays out...did you mean duo and trowa were the generalists to hold wufei and quatre (and others?) together to for the best team...or that even with the generalists, the team is not the best? Just curious because their leader introduces them as the best when noin comes out to greet then...
turnippatch From: turnippatch Date: July 15th, 2013 05:57 am (UTC) (Link)
Odin has other men in his troupe.  Many of them are considered specialists.  The men with him are mostly considered generalists.  The specialists are usually the flashier ones, but it's the generalists filling in the gaps between their flashy skills, keeping the flashy guys alive long enough to do their flashy things.  They usually don't get the kind of credit they deserve.

Odin... may have been exaggerating the quality of his team in front of his client. ^^' (at least, from his point of view.)
corpus_yaoi From: corpus_yaoi Date: July 15th, 2013 10:47 am (UTC) (Link)
Well, maybe Odin's just trying to impress the ladies! XDD

Oh, no, it was very clear how the generalists are the egg that holds the meatloaf together...or the breadcrumbs that fluff it up...or the tablespoon of sugar that adds the body...but the meat itself gets all the credit.

BUT BUT, I love me a good old epic-y we-travel-by-horse (as opposed to a guy with a couple of coconut halves...now THERE'S a crossover/fusion for you!). I'm looking forward to reading moar!
turnippatch From: turnippatch Date: July 18th, 2013 06:46 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm completely uncertain as to how we went from we-travel-by-horse to guys-with-coconuts... but, uh, yay! ^_^?
turnippatch From: turnippatch Date: July 20th, 2013 05:02 am (UTC) (Link)
Ah... For some reason, a couple of coconut halves summoned to mind a coconut bikini and a grass skirt.  Hence, my confusion. ^^'
askerian From: askerian Date: July 17th, 2013 11:36 am (UTC) (Link)
... Ivalice. *__*

Okay yes i'm interested. *___*
turnippatch From: turnippatch Date: July 18th, 2013 06:48 am (UTC) (Link)
*honkhonk* Congratulations, you're my first winner! *victory ditty*
miyun From: miyun Date: July 19th, 2013 03:45 am (UTC) (Link)
Years of not having read anything GW-related at all, but with this precious thing, it brought me back immediately. Cannot wait!
turnippatch From: turnippatch Date: July 19th, 2013 06:43 am (UTC) (Link)
I shall endeavour to keep you around for a while!
miyun From: miyun Date: July 20th, 2013 11:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
fufufu~ That sounds promising...but really there is no need..since I always come back here and have probably pitched a tent somewhere when you weren't looking. :D
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