Saturday, November 24, 2007

Broken Plans


The reaction to the news that nothing awful had happened to explain my disappearance such as death, becoming the foot massage slave to an Orc, or being lost at sea was positive among my friends. To my great dismay my slight fame in my home city of San d’Oria put me in a position to be ridiculed over being pregnant. I wouldn’t say I’m considered a hero of the people or anything but anyone who doesn’t know my name is most likely comatose and near death. Sneaking around West Ronfaure one late afternoon I overheard two gossipy chocobo walkers out exercising adolescent birds.

“Oh did you hear about Alison? She popped up after being unseen for over a month.” The woman in blue started.

“No, I didn’t hear. I’m sure she needed some time to mourn. Poor dear thing.” The white haired woman said as she lowered her eyes and shook her head sympathetically.

“It’s not that. You won’t believe it. She’s pregnant and pretty far along too. I hear she could bear a child any day now!”

“How scandalous! She married that short hume for Bastok. Who’s the father?”

“Well I hear it’s an Elvaan from Windurst. He’s a fisherman and a respectable mid-level red mage.”

“Well that’s better than a hume but wow, so much for Elvaan pride. I never took her for such a dishonorable woman. She seemed so nice and always so helpful.”

“My question is: What if one of them is responsible for the death of the hume? Could it be something sinister was planned?”

“Oh goodness me, I hope not. That is not the kind of story we need going out about our people.”

I sat still as the tree I was leaning against as I listened and cried out of sight of the two yappy women as they carried on. I know I was too quick to tears with all these crazy hormones but it did all sound awful. I knew it must have gotten back to my mother but I certainly didn’t have the nerve to go into the city and talk to her yet. What if I had made a huge mistake making such a mockery of Brodie and my love? Stories like this would forever define how we would be remembered and honored and how our child Hope would be respected.

Gurok was, to put it lightly, a little miffed that I had kept him out of the loop and gone into hiding without a word to him and no excuse I could come up with would satisfy him. I even told the great beast the truth in a fit of frustration over all his questions. Crazy thing is I think he was the only one who actually believed me and finding out the truth just made him angrier that he was left out. He had taken to sleeping outside of Kjarbo and Jenjen’s cottage like an enormous guard galka reluctant to let even those with ThumbMonkey linkpearls inside without questioning.

Near the Kibubu Lighthouse I was sitting at the top of the cliffs with the water crashing below me watching the tall dhalmel chew contentedly on tuffs of grass. “I wonder what it would be like to tame and ride one.” I thought to myself. I bet they are faster and more exciting than a chocobo.

That’s when I would get the call that would crumble my peaceful plans. My linkpearl buzzed briefly as it turned on to get his call. “So Alison, we had a visitor come looking for you at the linkshell lobby.” Garness’ distinct voice reported.

I laughed. “We don’t have visitors. Either you know where the location is because you are a pearl carrying ThumbMonkey or you don’t and you can’t be transported there. Funny funny Galka.”

“Ah well I forgot to check for a linkpearl before I broke his arm.”

I stopped to think before responding. It was not like Garness to harm new linkshell members. Usually that was Beldin’s doing. I missed that crazy corsair’s mischief. If Garness had broken someone there must have been a good reason. “And why did his arm need braking?” I asked him reluctantly. “I do trust your judgment but I like to know.”

“Ah well it was kind of a spur of the moment decision. See, he said he was coming in to arrest you for crimes against your country and I said I would break his legs first. I feel kind of bad about being dishonest but his arms were simply easier to reach than his legs. As I said, it was kind of spur of the moment.”

“Now it’s both arms? Garness, dear man, I think you should tell me the whole story. Who was he?”

“I already said that. He was coming to arrest you on behalf of San d’Oria. He is a Royal Knight.”

“So what crime am I being arrested for?”

“Didn’t think to ask. He got pushy and I had to break him. I promised him I would and I am nothing if not a man of my word. I feel bad about the mix up on limbs. Think I should go find him and break his legs too?”

“Yes.” I said dryly. I’m not sure if I was kidding or not. I knew he wasn’t. I was frustrated that my plan seemed to be a failure.

“Yes Boss.” He responded dutifully. I thought I could almost hear him smiling.

“But Garness, be careful. I think I might need you in one piece and not in prison soon.”

He cut the transmission and all was quiet but the sea and the munching dhalmel. I looked over at Gurok and Jenjen sitting a good distance away but watching me. I felt bad about yelling at them earlier to let me have some space. I guess I could get a little moody lately. I smiled. Jenjen was sitting on his broad shoulder weaving little flowers into his thick white hair. He seemed completely oblivious of her. It was so cute.

I stood up and waved my arms to signal him as I called Gurok’s name over the roar of the ocean.

He leapt up as quickly as an enormous galka can, sending Jenjen tumbling off his shoulder and looking a bit surprised. Catching her in one of his great arms he lumbered over towards me carrying an angry looking Jenjen like a pack. It was time for a new plan and I figured this time I should enlist the brain power of my friends simply because I didn’t know what to do.

26 comments:

jenn said...

hehehehe ^^ lol but y no biteing >< lol and where is bo i dout he would let the wanab cop get away

Asrielle said...

oh no, they're sending the army after a pregnant woman? people, i swear D:

lol your ls mates kick ass :D

waa, more beldin and kjarbo! /grin

Alison the Amazing Thief said...

I may rewrite this one today. :3 Same story but written better. Stay tuned. ^.-

Beldin said...

Sorry Asrielle, I'm still dead.

Anonymous said...

Hooray for me. I made it into the story.

Funny how Alison seems to kow I don't really have any qualms about breaking Sandorian knights into little pieces. :)

And yer right, I really should go back and apologize for not breaking both his legs first and then break his legs and then break his arms again.

I am an honest galka afterall and that kinda thing just does'nt sit right with me.

GARNESS

kjarbo said...

hmm let them come one by one they will fall i dont care if even the king of sandy comes out i will put him to his knees for even thinking of hurting you or hope

Alison the Amazing Thief said...

I'm glad you all enjoyed it but I wasnt quite happy with it. I made some changes this afternoon and posted it just now. I hope you like it more now. I do. ^.^

gurok the paladin said...

I am flattered you listed my name right before enlisting your friends for brain power but... I'd kinda like to go help Garness break a few Royal Pansies. Although as you already stated I will not leave your side as long as I am wanted or needed.. so.. Garness, please take my shield and hit a few with it for me
^^

Zero teh mithra stealer! said...

The whole of San D'oria? Neato. They'll be all like "STOP! THIEF!" Which will be funny, cuz you're a thief. And everyone will be like "WE GOTSTA SAVE TEH PREGGERS!" Or something. This could be fun. Sucks I was written out so quickly, meh. Oh well, I had my fun lol. \o/ I think I'll stay tuned to see what happens next time. Maybe we'll have a good chase scene? Hmmm...

Alison the Amazing Thief said...

What if you didnt buy my story and sold my secrets to Sandy for big gilz? Then you would come back up for sure. Or what if you come back to show Jenjen your Carby? Girls are suckers for Carby. I'm sure we have not seen the end of Zerokb yet.

Zero teh mithra stealer! said...

lol, if you had it your way earlier in your timeline, you'd have seen on all my end you'd ever want to. PLAY ON WORDS FTW!

beldin said...

Blood-thirsty lot, ain't ya?

My friends, I believe there is a way we could settle this matter peacefully and without bloodshed. It'll just take more time and effort.

Brodie said...

This from the guy who shoots first and asks questions later huh? I'd say death must change a guy but I don't feel much different. : P Although I don't remember being all that short.... those gossipy Elvaans must have been talking about a different Hume.

beldin said...

To be honest Brodie, I'm a bit torn on this one, I may be a ThumbMonkey but I'm still a Prince of San d'oria so....

Brodie said...

Hmmm that does put you in quite the pickle doesn't it. I'd ask for you to use your influence to try and call off the hunt, but I'm sure Alison has it covered. She's a lot craftier than most people think. (In a good way ^_^)

Zero teh mithra stealer! said...

Also that whole dead thing might conflict with Beldin stopping them...although that'd be neat seeing a beldin ghost runnin around. "I SHOOT YOU WITH GHOST BULLETS!"

jenn said...

hmm would it work if i tole them to back off being bels wife?

Alison the Amazing Thief said...

Sorry Jen, I have not written you and Beldin as married. I dont think they would listen to you. But keep thinking. We'll come up with something. *huggs*

jenn said...

ok i walk up and back hand the king and tell hit to piss off ^^ .. and run for my life

gurok the paladin said...

bloodshed is never bad .. when its the "other guy" >.> and to some Brodie.. you are kinda short but I hear you shrink a bit when your dead so, maybe that's what they meant. Jenjen when you wanna backhand the King lemme know, I'll be there to lend you my gauntlet ^^ makes a great sound on a jaw!

jenn said...

*dances happly* heheh i would ask for you shieled but i dout i could swing it... but then he is bels dad soo .. gerrr ok the more i think of it the more i dont like it ok i will backhand the 2 other princes.., or i could go and sit down with the sister cant rember her name only seen her 2 times but maby i could talk her in to siding with us ^^

Zero teh mithra stealer! said...

lol i don't know which part is better about this one. Ali's story, or Jenn's story. They're both really good. lol.

Kallo said...

Whew, your comments are getting just as long as your posts are, kiddo.

Very charming entry this time. I really enjoyed it -- didn't include too much action and juicy stuff. But it was fun to read regardless.

Alison the Amazing Thief said...

Thanks Kallo. ^.^
Yeah its longer cause I forced the THumbMonkeys to come read here instead of on our forum. I like it all together like this better. Makes for more fun chatter and discussion and more ideas to steal.

Zero teh mithra stealer! said...

It's some damn bull crap! BULL CRAP! The page is locked I can't post comments! So I'm forced to come here!!!!! *cries*

kjarbo said...

*shuves a glove in zeros mouth* shut up and stop your crying if you up set ali to much i will toss you off into the sea... but then i will have a very "pissed off" jenn....

*grumbels as i walk back to finish making the cookies*

o and ali if you want to go see your mom just say so we will make a path for you to walk with out any one bugging you