Sunday, December 02, 2007

Moving Day



I was frustrated and I felt like picking a fight. My round middle was so large now that I couldn’t even see my feet when walking and my body felt cramped and uncomfortable. I should be home resting on pillows and making cute little baby blankets but no, not for me. I was being jarred along on a chocobo with an attitude problem that wouldn’t stop shaking its head and wings whenever I asked it to slow down a little so my insides didn’t feel like they were being shaken like a baby rattle.

“I hate birds.” I grumbled.

“You love chocobo.” Gurok replied calmly.

“This one hates me.”

“Well you keep pulling on his face rather roughly.”

The nerve he had to disagree with me. “That’s because it won’t listen to me just like every fricken other thing in my life.”

Gurok raised his eyebrows as he watched me battle the poor bird as I pulled on its head heard enough to make it squawk franticly and take a few steps backward.

Kjarbo got down off of his chocobo and took mine by the reins. “I’ll have a talk with it.” He said with a warm smile as he walked on leading the two birds quietly. My mount lowered its head to nuzzle Kjarbo’s shoulder appreciatively and Kjarbo rubbed its cheek with kind affection.

“I’m glad he likes you.” I grumbled ungratefully as I flopped backwards against its back and stared up into the sky. I didn’t even know where we were going. I don’t think they even knew where we were going but no one wanted to tell me anything. They just told me not to worry and try to rest and other such worthless nothings.

Pulling a ginger cookie out of my bag I gnawed on in with beast-like ferocity as I scanned the party. They all looked completely preoccupied with their own thoughts. I could hear them whispering about me when they thought I couldn’t hear and it just added to my agitation.

“Where are we going? It’s nearly dark and I really could use a steak. I’m hungry.” I pouted.

“Oh me too!” Jenjen perked up and bounced on her chocobo as she licked her teeth.

Kjarbo smiled patiently up at me. “Almost to a good place to camp.”

“Camping? Please tell me you’re kidding. Did I mention I’m pregnant and I can hardly get comfortable in my own bed let alone this goddess forsaken wilderness.

No one said anything. I just rolled my eyes and went limp against my mount in a childishly overdramatic gesture of displeasure. Taking in a deep breath and letting it out loudly I watched Kjarbo as the birds plodded along slowly. The sun was going down now and soon the ghouls and bats would start to wander. Not that they were any threat to us physically but they did make the hair stand up on the back of my neck. If you looked into what could be called eyes the painful emotions of the beast would intrude into your brain as if they were your own. Not only creepy but I didn’t want to risk the baby feeling it. Who knows what that could do to a developing mind.

I became aware of the feeling of being watched. Without moving I listened first before scanning my peripheral vision. I thought I heard an extra set of footsteps in the gravely earth. I locked wide eyes with Gurok and he seemed to see what I was thinking. He stopped and looked around before getting down off his chocobo.

“Are we here?” Jenjen asked excitedly as she jumped down.

Gurok shushed her and I spotted it, a set of foot prints that didn’t belong to anyone. I pointed and a little cloud of dust ploomed up and a new set of phantom tracks started. Waving his sword over them something small fell and slid to a brief stop in the dirt knocking off the prism powder that had kept it hidden from view.

It was a short ugly little goblin. He stood up and started to run. Jenjen’s ears pricked and she was off like a shot. Tackling the little stink she took it to the ground and they rolled to a dusty stop. Biting into its neck she pinned it down her tail swishing excitedly in the air.

“Nice catch.” Gurok said with clear admiration. She looked up at him and smiled as he pushed his blade against the goblin allowing Jen to let it go. “What do you think you’re doing following us like that and then trying to run away like a coward? Not very goblin like.”

“Lusafix is sorry.” It sniveled. “Lusafix just traveling to sell wares. Don’t hurt Lusafix. Lusafix wasn’t going to harm the nice galka. Just traveling I was. No harm. No harm!”

Gurok pressed his sword into the goblin harder as he growled low and deep. “I mean you harm for coming too close unless you can convince me why I shouldn’t kill you now.”

Sliding down I pulled Kjarbo in front of me and buried my eyes in his mantel. The sight of blood made me queasy lately though it never had before and I was sure some was about to be spilt. I wanted to see what was happening but I didn’t all the same.

“Lusafix is nice peaceful merchant. Lusafix give galka nice deal on wares. Very nice.”

“I don’t believe you.” Guork glared. “I think you were following us and I want to know why. How can I convince you to tell the truth?” Gurok grinned as he stepped down on the goblins neck causing him to howl and squirm in pain.

A bomb went off and Gurok’s pants where on fire. Batting out the flames and swearing under his breath he extinguished the fire with the help of a water spell by Kjarbo. It didn’t do him too much harm but his lovely paladin armor was in need of repair and his poor calves were burnt. “That nasty lying beast. We should hurry. I’m sorry Alison but we have to travel faster. It’s not far now.” He was shaking with rage and I could tell he was holding back what colorful things I’m sure he would have said if Jenjen and I were not in ear shot.

I wanted to help. He was a little frightening when he was angry and looked like he might explode with ten times the force of the goblin’s bomb as his pale white face turned red with feeling. Coming close I clutched his coarse white hair and pulled his face down to kiss his cheek. “Thank you.” I said with a warm smile and scurried back to pull myself clumsily onto my chocobo.

I realized as unhappy as I was they were sacrificing all they could to help me. I could be a little less like a spoiled child and a little more like a dignified elvaan mother with the strength to conquer the world for my child. Holding my head high with these new ideals in my head I smiled mischievously down at my friends. “Well let’s get going then. Adventures await.”

28 comments:

kjarbo said...

hmmmm looks like you have spys on me even up here at the barn i work at ^^ most of the time i dont even use a lead line i just open there doors and walk, the ponies keep up and stay at my right side, mind you there is one i all ways keep my hand on his hulter or keep the lead line on i dont think he likes me to much.. lol he tryed to run off when i still hade the lead line still hooked to him well i was about to be dragged so jump, side step, sink boots in to the ground, and pull back = hores doing a role... now he waites till i pet him and steps back ^^
now with jenn biteing .. if she realy got in good there would be no talking for the gob, i have seen her eat raw fish before kind of scary when shes mad...

Kallo Landis said...

Ooh, Mr. Goblin seems like he's going to be fun. Reminds me a lot of Gollum. >.>

Anonymous said...

lil bugger burned my armor.. oh well, at least Jen didnt get toasted.. I guess blowing up is preferrable to becoming a pin cushion. Next time I'll remember to pin his arms to the ground with sword and foot ^^

jenn said...

ok ali next time you plan on blowing up a gob tell me i will put a rabbit by them to get cooked that way we get rid of a gob and get food all in the same step ^^ *purrrs*... and i realy must have been out of it if i never heard the gob walking along with us.
o well i still got to bite him ^^ you think gurok likes me now ^^

Zero teh mithra stealer! said...

*crosses his arms and leans against a tree thinking*

That's a tough one to say Jenn...Gurok doesn't really tend to like anyone. He's one of those big moody types who changes his mind all the time. Nice guy and all, but he's always like :/ Or :( or... >:O Well in groups anyways lol.

jenn said...

*pounces on zero and bites* well i can still pick on you tho ;p and you can try to get him to like me

Kallo Landis said...

Guroks my friend =D

gurok the paladin said...

I like plenty of people... even you Zero, most times anyway >.> Jen you are always on my goodside hun, especially when you bite ^^

jenn said...

~.~ ok *bites gurok* >< gerrr stupid armor *climbs all over gurok* ok you have to have a soft spot around here some where >.> <.< oo found it *pounces and bites his tail*

gurok the paladin said...

O.o my tail! ... good thinking. /tosses a bag of sugar cookies to your left..

Zero teh mithra stealer! said...

Don't fall for it! It's feint! He's gonna be like "I'm your friend! I'm a nice guy! Here have some cookies! Oh, btw, I'm tanking, here comes 3 goblins and 2 mandragoras! Don't worry, it'll be fun -_-;;;"**

*shudders in fear*

** Excerpt from "Tails of fun in Yhoator Jungle"

gurok the paladin said...

It was 2 goblins and a white lizard Zero, get it right.. /shield bashes him. Jen you can believe me hun, I am a man of my word and even if I wasn't I would be when it comes to pretty women. Zero... its spelled Tales.. not tails lol

Zero teh mithra stealer! said...

It was tails because that's all I saw the whole time, me dead on the ground and your tail near my face...... *sigh*

jenn said...

*looks at the bag of cookies* ......
*pounces and atks the cookies*~.~ mmm sugar *purrrs* ok gurok get back here *climbs up and sits on his shoulders nibbling on cookies* hmmmm *stuffs a cookies in guroks mouth* cookie? ^^


weeeee gooooo galka-cho ^^

gurok the paladin said...

*mubles through cookies being stuffed in his mouth... Ok Zero, that makes some sense.. figures you would be lying on the ground playing dead while the rest of us were fighting for our lives tsk tsk (spits crumbs)... shame on you!

gurok the paladin said...

oh and Jen.. I dont mind you hanging out on my armor and munching cookies, plenty of room but.. please make sure you wipe all the crumbs off ok hun? ^^ I can't look sloppy while I am on the job ^^

jenn said...

ahhhh ok *licks guroks face* ok got the crumbs. ^^ o and ali want a cookie ^^ >.> <.< hehehe *takes gurok's helm and puts it on* -.- how can you see out of this thing

Zero teh mithra stealer! said...

lol Jenn. That's why I'm not a warrior or paladin or anything like that. I have trouble hitting things as it is, a helmet that doesn't let me see would only make things worse.

"Playing dead?" I seem to recall myself getting slaughtered after trying to keep all 5 of the party members alive during that chaos. And healing 5 people with I 4 mobs (because lizards link, thank you very much), tends to draw a lot of unwanted attention. On a brighter note, I got to see Gurok before he became a good tank lol, I wish I had videos, or at least my audio from that night....

Then again I wouldn't be able to post that due to vulgarity and insane laughing from disbelief...wouldn't even be able to understand what I was saying half the time anyways.

jenn said...

*pulls the heml off* o thats y *turns it around* ^^ there we go, o and *nips guroks noes* cookies pwees ^^ >.> <.<

Zero teh mithra stealer! said...

*holds out a bag of cookies* I'll give ya some if you stop hangin on him. lol Ali might get all angry and I don't want her going all crazy over you messin with her Galka ;) (god I know this is gonna get me yelled at by multiple people)

gurok the paladin said...

I am certainly not going to yell at ya.. :D Yes, Yhoator Jungle was not a shining moment for me, I'll have to write that one into my stories for good comic relief. Kind of wish you had the audio too, I remember laughing until I was tearing..lol

Zero teh mithra stealer! said...

lol You should've heard me it was hysterical it was a long string of "GOD DAMMIT" and "OH MY GOD!" and "...Jesus Christ, how many this time?" Plus some random vulgarity. I remember that night quite vividly. Also I was having trouble breathing due to all of the laughing I was doing, it was honestly one of the best and worst nights of my healing careers.

Also, unknown fact, after that night I was seriously considering leveling monk so I wouldn't be blamed for anything ever again lol.

jenn said...

... *stands up on guroks shoulders and pounces on zero* COOOOOKKKIIES

Zero teh mithra stealer! said...

*gets knocked over and almost drops the bag of cookies*
OMG! Ok ok ok! Here ya go! *gives the cookies to Jenn*

gurok the paladin said...

That's a flying tackle from the top ropes!.. becoming more and more impressed with you Jen ^^ For the record.. next time I am going to stab the goblin through his throat and let him scrawl a message with his own blood. PLD I may be.. stupid and trusting I am not.

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Arte said...

no more stories? :[ aww lol

Alison the Amazing Thief said...

Sorry, I really do want to at least finish this story arc. Life has just been beating the tar outta me lately and I havent been able to focus enough to write anything. I think I will try to start something today though. Thanks for the encouragement everyone. <3