Friday, November 09, 2007

Zerokb the Summoner



*Picture done my the fabulous Shiyu-chan aka Asrielle of Kujata.

Someone was watching me. As a thief I can sense when something is just not right and as I sat with fishing pole in hand subtly scanning my peripheral vision my skin tingled. I admit a little bit of paranoia along with a whole variety of other unpredictable emotions had victimized me lately but I was sure this was something this time.

A hume approached me. Setting down my pole and wrapping my fingers around the hilt of my dagger I looked up at him menacingly.

“Bad time?” he asked with a warm smile.

I stared hard.

“You’re Alison aren’t you? I’ve seen you around but I haven’t had the chance to say hello.” He extended his hand in typical hume greeting. I ignored it.

“I’m Zerokb. You can call me Z if you like. Mind if I rest my feet?”

I nodded acceptingly and he sat near me pulling his summoner robes out from under himself as he got comfortable on the dock planks.

“I know that name.” I said. He had thick strawberry blond hair and a youthful warm face hidden behind thin framed glasses. Clearly he was a well experienced summoner by the look of his gear and the easy confident air about him.

“I know yours.” He said with a chuckle. “Gurok talks about you all the time. He makes you sound like quite the woman. He and I have been friends for a long time. The big guy has been worried about you. He said you went missing and not even your linkshell mates have seen you and if I spotted you I should tell him right away.” He looked at my round middle. “That’s why I had to make sure it was you.”

Without thinking I brought my arm protectively around my belly. “Have you told him yet?”

“No. Is that why you’re hiding?” he went to touch the arm over my belly and before he could react I had stabbed his hand pinning him to the boards beneath us. He hollered in surprise and pain before clinching his teeth and looking at me through squinted eyes.

“Sorry, I shouldn’t have...” He groaned. “I won’t do it again.” He pleaded in a hushed pained voice.

“I’ll make sure of it.” Kjarbo’s blade was at the summoners throat and Jenjen was running up behind him.

The dagger was lodged into the hardwood planks firmly and I had to wiggle it back and forth a bit to get it free. The motion sent the summoner howling in pain again. Freed he eagerly clutched his hand to his chest as he quickly muttered a healing spell on himself until only the blood stains on his clothes showed evidence that anything had happened to him.

“I guess that means I’m not invited for dinner.” Zerokb said with a remorseful smile. “Friends of yours?”

“I think it’s time for you to move on stranger.” Kjarbo firmly insisted.

“He is a friend of Gurok’s.” I said.

“Is that why you stabbed him?” Jenjen said cheerfully as she picked through Zerokb’s pockets. “I think the whole town heard him squeal like a girly man.”

“You can’t tell anyone I’m here.” I pleaded as I pushed Kjarbo’s blade away from Zero’s neck. “It’s a secret.”

“I can see that.” He said a little wide eyed. “I didn’t mean to intrude. I make it a policy to stay out of people’s personal affairs. I really only meant to say hello for Gurok.” Zerokb reached in his bag and handed Jenjen a handful of ginger cookies without even looking away from me as if he knew exactly what she was looking for. He was right. Jenjen took them eagerly and sat down fearlessly close to the hume as she gobbled them.

“You were going to be a dancer at my bachorette party.” Jenjen smiled mischievously. “Kammy told me all about it.”

Kjarbo raised his eyebrows. “A what?”

“A stripper.” She chirped as she swayed her hips in demonstration.

“Just a little talent/hobby of mine.” Zerokb smiled clearly pleased to be known as he winked at Jenjen.

Covering his eyes and sighing deeply he said, “Some things I really don’t want to know Sis.” Kjarbo looked at me. “So what is he? Friend or foe? He already knows too much now. What do you want me to do with him? I’ll kill him if you like.”

I knew he wasn’t kidding about the death part though his desire to protect was stronger than his skill as a red mage. He improved daily until I interrupted him with my little emergency. “I’m not sure. Let’s invite him in for dinner and find out.” I replied.

“You heard the lady. Up you go.” Kjarbo prodded the now smiling hume lightly with his sword as if to remind him he had one.

“So, what’s for dinner?” Zerokb asked cheerfully as he stretched.

“Fish.” Kjarbo answered dryly.

23 comments:

Alison the Amazing Thief said...

Yay for 10,000 views today! That's not even counting the reads from the Thumbmonkeys forum. Thanks everyone who keeps reading and encouraging even when I write crazy stuff. I'm a happy thief. <3

beldin said...

Great story as usual beautiful...


And remembe kids, vote for your favorite pirate (me) in the death match ^^

I'll even make it even by not voting for myself

kjarbo said...

well you have me to the T and the "dancing" part im still trying to for get, i have seen that in rl so its more annoying then you think .. watching guys watching.. ok enuf of my ranting sweet story ^.~ cant wait for the next one

gurok the paladin said...

great depiction of a guy I have known for a long time... great job sweetheart. As far as the deathmatch, you should sell tickets and set it up. I'll even pay to kill the others.. defeat >.> I meant defeat the others...

gurok the paladin said...

Oh yeah.. Zero most likely wasnt reaching for your belly.. good stab!

Martin said...

Hmmm....too much Zerokb not enough Martin...and no killing...still good though.

Kallo Landis said...

A++ Would read again =)

Keep it going Kiddo.

jenn said...

^^ hehe you know the look you gave boo is sooo right i do get that look a lot and even that line ^^
as for "sat down fearlessly" what is there to fear he trys some thing boo will thrust and i hace my claws ^^ he would not be happy and or id pull him in to the water *lost in though*

GARNESS said...

Good story missy.

I see yer belly is starting to get a little round and plump! WOOT for gaining weight, you were always nuthin but skin and bones!

I am sad though that I did not step in and massacre somebody, but I like zero so I would have felt bad having to kill him to death.

I guess I will have to wait my turn I suppose. You always need a galka around when there is killin' ta be done. :)

GARNESS

Zero teh mithra stealer! said...

lmao! PERFECT!!! PERFECT I SAY! Alison, I think you've been hanging out with me just a tad too much. Because I think that was 100% on the money. Also, disregard what Gurok said, in that situation I would've been reaching for your stomach. You know me well enough to show that a preggers lady isn't exactly on my wanted list. Anyways! KEEP IT UP!

Zero teh mithra stealer! said...
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Zero teh mithra stealer! said...

Oh god, wait, don't take that last one the wrong way, there's nothing wrong with pregnant women...it's just that's a sure sign that they're...taken lol. I try not to be a homewrecker unless it's a cat lady...Then everything's kinda fair game. Is that wrong?

Oh god...I hope X doesn't come on here and read this stuff, I'd be in so much trouble......

jenn said...

lol zero behave or i will give you the fish befors kjarbo trims and D-bones it so ;p

Zero teh mithra stealer! said...

lol Jenn. I know what I'd do in this situation next. Ali captured me really well, so I kind of want to see if she continues with the next one as well. More than likely she can, but seriously, I got yelled at in class because I started laughing at this whole story, it's so good. And...Jenn....honey...darling... Me? Behave? Seriously...

gurok the paladin said...

I still say you weren't reaching for her belly.. Lately you've proven you'll take what you can get, so pregnant may not be too far of a stretch. I may help her pin BOTH hands to the dock next time so we can play pin the tail on the "too quick to grab at women" donkey. ^^

Peligro said...

Yay more stories yall really are making me want to change servers....almost.

Zero teh mithra stealer! said...

Oh...she told you about that, huh? lol. Doesn't matter anyways, you know my take on elves. I prefer humes and mithra, they're normally shorter than me. Tall women can be kind of intimidating, especially knife happy ones.

Alison the Amazing Thief said...

What? No congrats on the 10K hits? Piff...
You people are too hard to impress.

Asrielle said...

grats on the 10k hits! that's quite an accomplishment :D you deserve it, i never really read ffxi fanfics but this one i have to peel away from lol

i'm so honored to have done a pic for this story :D

*sorry for spamming comments*

Alison the Amazing Thief said...

no no! Comments are like crack! I cant get enough. I write just to get more. THank you for all your kind comments. <3

Willowkarr said...

WTF is with the holding out on the TM boards!?? I feel so left out!!!

Alison the Amazing Thief said...

Why do you feel left out? I just think it's more fun to have all the commenting in one place. More silly interaction. I really like it. Kjarbo and Jenjen talked me out of it months ago but I think they see the light now. I'll still post announcements with links here when I put up a new post so you wont have to keep looking here.

Hiyoshroom said...

Aww I love stories ;.; Totally lovin that one, and it's about a THIEF! Lovelovelove thieves! Go go Ali ^^ 10k hits, and I bet more are coming. Sounds like you got many faithful followers ^^ See you in XI (when I get my own cpu back!)