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fic - teaser 3 [novella]
Time for my monthly proof-of-existence.  The good news is, I'm back on the wagon.  The bad news is, it's a slow-moving wagon. ^^'

I suppose at this point, we're well past teaser and this is just part 1.3.  But I'm sticking with this pseudo-tempness until I'm ready to start posting for realz, at which point I'll likely put part one back together into a proper post.  With a proper title and everything.  One that I'm now at peace with.

Novella: teaser 3

Odin jerked his head toward the chapel, and they met by the door.  After one long look, he approved them and led them within.  Noin came forward as they approached, stationing herself halfway down the central aisle to halt their advance.  For a few moments, they stood there silently, save for the muted creaking of their armor, and then the princess praying at the altar raised her head and stood, absently smoothing down the front of her dress before turning to greet them.  She was elegant and regal in bearing, but the modest white dress with its blue shawl and lack of ornamentation did nothing to distinguish her as royalty.  "Welcome to Orbonne Monastery."

"Your Highness," her knight started.  "These are the ones I told you about.  Sir Odin Lowe, and some of his men."  She frowned faintly, apparently interpreting her lady's soft exhalation as a negative one.  "They have an excellent reputation."

"Of course, Sir Noin," Princess Relena reassured her knight with a small smile.  "Surely, I intend no disrespect toward your ability to judge the merit of these men.  I only wish such precautions were unnecessary."

"Alas, our political clime is not swayed by such gentle wishes."

"What are your plans?" Odin asked, his gruff tone masking a certain impatience.

Noin turned to him with pursed lips.  "Everyone knows that the princess is here.  We will need to --"

Outside, a chocobo squawked, loudly enough to be heard within the church.  Noin glanced to the men, unfamiliar with the habits of their birds, and got all the confirmation she needed from the tense looks they exchanged.  She directed the princess to a location with more cover as the others strode quickly outside.  The glare of the daylight slowed them for only a moment before their vision cleared and they saw the knights crossing the yard.  Ten of them, wearing the insignia of the Order of the Southern Sky -- Duke Weyridge's men.  One of them glared irritably at the agitated chocobos in their corral, but otherwise, they approached with weapons sheathed and expressions neutral.

The princess' new bodyguards put themselves on alert, but bided their time, studying the strangers carefully as they waited for the situation to clarify itself.  They trusted their birds' judgment that something was amiss.

"Halt," Odin said as they came within engagement range.  "State your business here."

The knight at the front of their party responded.  "Our prayers are between ourselves and St. Ajora.  Better that we ask you to explain your actions."

"The chapel is occupied at the moment.  You'll have to come back at a later time."

"I see.  And who, pray tell, could be within that warrants the protection of six men?"

"That is none of your concern."

A second knight spoke up.  "Could it possibly be the Princess Relena?"

Another of his companions played along.  "I believe you are right.  The princess, surrounded by a band of ruffians attempting to hold us at bay while they execute their nefarious plan against her person."

"By the saints!  We had best see to the princess' safety, wouldn't you say?"

The first knight drew his sword with a feral grin.  "Indeed."

Trowa met the first attack by virtue of the range of his glaive, but the others were not long after, each according to their own style.  Odin and Heero met their three attackers head-on, sword clanging sharply upon sword, while Duo deftly deflected the strike coming his way with one long knife and darted in for a quick counterattack with his second.  The mages naturally kept to the rear, wielding the spells they had started preparing as soon as the confrontation seemed imminent.  Wufei caught three of them with a circle of fire, and Quatre cast a confusion on the remaining two, bringing them to a stumbling halt as their senses re-oriented themselves in all the wrong ways.

Not long after the initial charge, Noin emerged from the chapel.  With judgment swift and sure, she wielded her Holy Sword skill against two of the men dancing with the flames, sending out a wave of pure force with the swing of her sword that tore up the earth between her and her targets on its way to slamming into the men hard enough to throw them off their feet.  Leaving them for the moment, she caught up with the one man that had managed to escape Wufei's fire, and sliced at him before he had a chance to attack Trowa from behind.

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lavendarlizard From: lavendarlizard Date: October 20th, 2013 05:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
Nifty. I always love french-fried bad guys. Those chocobas are really very versatile, aren't they? ^___^

I look forward to any advancements, however small. ^___^

turnippatch From: turnippatch Date: October 20th, 2013 08:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've got quite a bit more written so far, but I'm not willing to post it quite yet because, for instance, I wanted to write the nobility as being a bit more eloquent in speech, but if I get sick of it, I'm going to have to go back and edit all that dialogue to be less highfalutin'. ^^'
sharona1x2 From: sharona1x2 Date: October 20th, 2013 06:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm guessing no one is going to doubt Odin and the ability of his men to defend the princess. I hope word of their prowess gets around, although that might mean the next group to attack will be better armed.

Ditto that any part, even a smallish one, is very welcome!
turnippatch From: turnippatch Date: October 20th, 2013 08:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
Noin probably could have taken all those men herself. ^_^
sunhawk16 From: sunhawk16 Date: October 21st, 2013 11:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
Chocobos are something of an obsession around this house... kid owns every plush known to exist. She eyes ostrichs with thoughts of yellow dye...
Duo, on a Chocobo might might just be the height of geeky goodness....
turnippatch From: turnippatch Date: October 22nd, 2013 06:37 am (UTC) (Link)
Please allow me to add to the geekiness by pointing out that black chocobos do exist, and I'm trying to find a reason for Duo to ride one.
sunhawk16 From: sunhawk16 Date: October 26th, 2013 11:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
There HAS to be a reason! It's too perfect!
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