CC Round Three Pg.1The sun began to set over the city of Pripyat with a final feeble attempt at warming the icy land, which lay damp and cold after the day's pounding rains. Heavy clouds blanketed the sky, obscuring most of the orange sunset behind their cotton-like folds of gray. They only grew as the night drew near. Little more than occasional barks and yelps interrupted the uneasy calm.One or two short of sixteen curs converged beneath the shadow of the building that once shielded thirty-two curs from the rain. They shambled with the slow, shuffling gait of those condemned to death. Death seemed close at hand; the chill in the air had intensified into a biting cold that gnawed at their soaking bodies. No complaints emanated from the crowd- they lacked the energy to do so.Beyra observed the sorry mess with genuine concern, a most unusual thing for a creature of her sour disposition. Even she, with her stout constitution and heavy coat, felt the sting of the winter's grasp. Whilst the tournament exis
CC Round Three IntroThe rust speaks to me no more.Its silence brings respite, a wonderful, soothing respite.Yet it has not faded away, no, not at all. It has been quieted by the blood of its victims, yet it lingers in all its awful, ruddy glory. In due time, it shall speak once more, cowing us all with its raspy voice of creeping ruin. Then, blood shall be spilt once again.It shall be spilt just as it was today.There may be no encore of the rust's mercy, but there will certainly be an encore of its fury. We applaud its routines and lose ourselves in its fell acts, goading ourselves closer and closer to that awful edge towards which all roads of life lead.I won't follow. I'll- I'll burn brighter still. The temptation of the glory of blood grows ever stronger, but I'll shine in the darkness, even if my effort is nothing more than a spark in the midst of a vast moonless night. I'll remain the last innocent being if it leads to my end.I- I am still innocent. I must be. The two-face- no, no, I did
CC Round Two Pg. 8The scream petered out, fading away into the ceaseless pattering of the rain.Erx stood rigidly, shivering with cold and adrenaline.His foe was dead.Dead.The rust had consumed him.He shuddered and worked his way down the steps.Roof to third floor. Third floor to second floor. Second floor to ground floor.He stepped out into the rain once more, creeping around to where Molotov fell.A spike of twisted steel, wrenched free from the brickwork by time's destructive touch, jutted through his left head's right eye and out through its ear. Blood dripped from the wound, but much of it remained inside his body, held back by the rusty steel.Erx paused in place, shifting his eyes between the gleaming tip of the steel and the motionless husk of his foe.Finally, swaying with nausea, he approached he grim display. He spied a glint of red around the two-face's neck- something ever so slightly distinct from the trickle of blood that ran across his throat.A red string clung to his flesh.Ju
CC Round Two Pg.6Two-face charged.Bat cheered.Brown-fur yelped.Two-face stumbled.Brown-fur leapt away.Two-face followed.Brown-fur skidded to a halt.Two-face followed.Brown-fur flinched as thunder roared.Two-face followed.Brown-fur looked up.Two-face charged.Brown-fur stepped back.Two-face followed.Brown-fur sidestepped.Two-face followed.Brown-fur braced himself.Two-face struck him.Bat cheered.Brown-fur and two-face slipped.Brown-fur stumbled upright.Two-face regained his footing.Brown-fur backed away once more.Two-face charged once more.Brown-fur sidestepped with vigor.Two-face followed.Brown-fur feinted away.Two-face couldn't follow.Brown-fur skidded to a halt.Brown-fur stood at the ledge.Bat froze.Two-face couldn't follow.Two-face slid over the edge.Two-face screamed.
CC Round Two Pg.5Molotov's ears perked up as a great crashing of wood and stone echoed through the hall. Vully panicked and toppled over, landing squarely on the dog's left head."Sorry," he sputtered, flapping his wings aimlessly. "Did you hear that?""Sure did. Might be something important. Go take a look. I'll stay here to keep watch."The bat flitted off into the darkened hallway, narrowly averting an untimely collision with the walls for the umpteenth time. He returned a brief minute later."There's a huge mess in one of the rooms. I ran into a big cloud of dust. Looks like a table fell down and shattered or something. It's weird."Tables don't break themselves.Sounds like our foe, then. Trying to sneak up on us from above, I'll bet. Hah, no chance. We're on our own ground in here!Molotov burst from the jumbled pile of chairs, sending them careening every which way. An awful clanging of metal rang out.Oh blast it.~~~~Erx flinched at the sound of metal grating ag