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Sacred Forest Audition: EpilogueYeah.
So that’s how it all began.
Two kids up against a world of hurt.
To be honest, I didn't think they'd do it. Rei- well, she's a tough girl, but she knows her limits.
Guess she's really burning to see again.
Can't blame her.
She's strong. Doesn't matter that her bones are weak and her skin is cut and her eyes are no good.
She's got spirit. If this tunnel's got an end, she's gonna' find it.
And as long as she's got Sam at her side, they're gonna' be alright.
Yeah, that's right.
Sacred Forest Audition: Page ThreeRei let out her breath.
“It’s safe,” she said.
Sam crawled out from beneath his blanket, trembling with cold and fear in equal measure. He raced to Rei’s side and seized hold of her arm.
“It’s okay,” she whispered as she wrapped her free arm around his narrow shoulders. “It’s gone now.”
Sam just held on tighter.
“It’s still here,” he whimpered.
Rei peered about, but saw no sign of the creature.
“There’s nothing here,” she said.
Sam gestured wildly at the forest. Rei turned and approached where he pointed. As she drew near, she noticed Dercas standing among the dark trees. The creature was not of flesh and bone, though, for no life radiated from within. It watched them with cold, unblinking eyes.
“It’s not real,” Rei whispered. “Don’t worry.”
Rei stepped closer. The phantom blinked away abruptly, reappearing behind a tangle of drooping branches ten feet off
Sacred Forest Audition: Page TwoThe dire fox drew near. Eye-light markings adorned its hind legs. An unfathomable look filled its gaze.
Rei couldn’t see any of this, to tell the truth.
“Who are you?” she asked.
“Drop your blade,” spoke the fox. Its very voice shook the earth beneath Rei’s feet.
She let the notched dagger slip from her bony hands.
“What brings you to my domain, child?” asked the creature. It tilted its massive head ever so slightly to the side.
“We’re- we’re lost,” said Rei.
The clouds broke, casting silver moonlight across Rei’s face.
“You’re of my kind, no?” purred the fox. “I am Dercas, protector of these hallowed lands.”
“I’m- I’m Rei,” said the girl.
“And your friend?”
Rei shivered. Her brother was hidden from sight.
“Sam,” she said.
The leaves rustled as Dercas stepped into the clearing. Her many eyes caught the moon’s light, glittering
Sacred Forest Audition: Page OneThrough the dark forest stole twin silhouettes.
They wove through knotted roots and drooping branches, clutching each other’s frail hands ever so tightly.
The woods buzzed like an eager crowd.
The taller of the two lead the way. She navigated the darkness with surprising ease, scrambling over fallen logs and picking her way through dense brambles.
A small clearing opened up before them as the canopy parted like curtains. The two figures stepped out into the moonlight. They had the features of foxes, but stood like children.
“Can we stop for a bit, Rei?” asked the shorter of the pair.
“I guess,” said the girl.
They sat down on the mossy earth, resting their weary limbs. Hunger gnawed at their bellies, but the worn leather pack over Rei’s shoulders looked awfully empty. It had nothing left but a mangy wool blanket from a bed they’d long fled, a torn-up map for a place they’d long left, and a worn brass key for a door they’d long opene
Sacred Forest Audition: PrologueGot the time for a tale?
Now listen. This here’s a story about two kids.
Nobody should have to go through what they did.
They've been on the run for a long time. They'd try to find their way home, but nobody wants them there. They'd try to find their friends, but they ain't got none anymore. They'd go back there, but that'd be madness.
They've got nothing at all, to tell the truth. Life’s beaten them senseless and left them to die.
All they’ve got left is each other.
Seems like nothing can break their spirits.
But still, I’ve got to wonder- are they ever gonna' find the light at the end of the tunnel?
To tell the truth, some just never end. They just go on forever and ever.
Doesn't matter how tough your spirit is if you're never gonna' make it out.
Shipping: The AdventureAvonna was looking at a soda machine when Familiar appeared out of nothing much.
"Avonna we're not being soda."
Avonna punched the coke box. It loosed an inaudible scream of torment and fury.
"But Avonna™ we don't have any money because you spent it all on high quality imported European cheeses next week."
"Why should the focus of our discussion be upon coin, the source of most, if not all, societal evils? Should we not instead consider the grand benefits of the acquisition of a cylindrical device which contains a measured quantity of caramel-colored flavored beverage?"
Juts then the Pepsi cube turned into the Thief and he laughed before running away.
"Oh no," said Familiar.
Avonna kicked the wall behind where the sprite rectangle was in half with her forehead and sat down on the ceiling. She rubbed her nose. The ceiling smelled like fruit salad and cabbagewich sandwiches.
"AVONNA AVONNA AVONNA!" shouted Familiar with excite.
"We have to make out now."
Un roti de Cupidon"Patron.. je suis pas sûr que ça soit une si bonne idée..."
Un bruissement d'ailes presque froufroutant sur sa gauche le fit se retourner d'un bond, mais il ne put percevoir qu'un bref mouvement du coin de l'oeil. Ils étaient rapides, bien trop rapides. Jamais le vieux ne réussirait. De nouveau ce bruit soyeux, semblable à des ailes de tourterelles, mais bien plus proche. Dans son esprit il pouvait les voir, tournant au dessus de sa tête comme autant de vautours prêts à la curée.
Le bruit assourdi des détonations résonna et tout autour d'Emmanuel une pluie de plumes commença à virevolter tandis que cinq bruits sourds accompagnaient la chute d'autant de corps autour de lui.
"Ramasse les, petit. On a encore du boulot."
Avec une grimace mi admirative, mi dégoûtée, le jeune homme se mit au travail, enfilant des lourds gants de cuir pour se protéger. Son sup
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