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Silk and Steel

Hey hey! It’s Friday and I thought I wouldn’t make it in but I have – so calling that a win! XD (small things! 😉 XD ) We’re still at the dock-riots for this bit – with Spyro and co. whipping up the tension from both sides to pile the pressure on the duke who they hope to bring down and replace with their own puppet.

I’m going to try and schedule the next couple to go up in the week as they all follow on quickly and I don’t want things toooo disjointed (yes yes I know it’s sort of too late for that! XD ) Thankyou for hanging on in there!

 

 

Sure enough, a haphazard wall of pallets and barrels had been erected on top of a row of wooden carts, blocking off the access road to the sky-docks. A token smattering of city watch guards lounged against it, playing cards and drinking tankards of kvass and from the other side the sounds of the rioters could be heard and voices raised in the rebel chorus “Oprahno Prahli, Oprahno Frâţjana!”

 
“I’ll handle this,” Spyro said firmly, holding up his hand to the mob who now followed the antiques dealer closely like a pack of faithful hounds. “Kaili will bring this down for us or we will bring it down ourselves, but wait on my signal, make no move without it.”
They watched him stroll nonchalantly up to the largest group of guards – five hulking mountains of flesh who were stood around a barrel which they were using as a cards table.

 
The Doctor had already disappeared, taking his patient back to the barber’s shop to recover.

 
Xander cracked his knuckles and shifted his weight.

 
Fey scanned the wall, marking the number of guards, ladders, weak points and sheltered spots instinctively.

 
Ros watched Spyro like a hawk, her confident smile never leaving her lips.

 
Xander’s hand flexed on the the handle of his knife and he shifted his weight once more.

 
Such a pity he will always wear his hood up like that, Vraxi thought wistfully, for it hides his eyes which are the most curious shade of indigo… he had seen a shirt almost that exact shade, a rare shibori-dyed one from Khallimbad, hanging on a washing line last week…he wondered if it was worth stealing it and trying to persuade Xander that it would suit him. Probably not. He sighed deeply, looked up at the rooftop and began counting the crows gathered there – five, six, seven…ten…still the antiques dealer was talking amicably with the guards.

 

Xander licked his lips nervously and glanced back at his little companion for the third or fourth time. What the hell was he wearing that stolen Hunters’ shirt for? Those things were only issued to Hunter Captains; he stood out like a flaming red flag in a bull ring. Why Spyro had sent for both of them, he had no idea. These battle situations were in no way Vraxi’s forte and Xander was furious that he was going to have to lend more than an eye to making sure the idiot didn’t get himself seriously hurt, or even… he swallowed hard and tried not to think about it. They weren’t armed with soul-blades, Mendicci would only lend them those expensive weapons when he wanted someone’s throat slit ‘on the quiet.’ But the watch guards would be carrying several of the deadly blades that could splice a person’s soul clean from their flesh, and wouldn’t think twice about using them. He squinted hard at the antiques dealer, every muscle tense, his jaw locked tight, waiting for the signal he hoped would not actually come.

 
Fey watched Spyro plant his hands on his hips as one of the guards gestured towards the nearest ladder. A few more words were exchanged and then the antiques dealer set his foot to the first rung; in a few short seconds he was up and over the other side of the wall. The guards went back to their card game. Fey didn’t take her eyes from the spot where he’d dropped down to the other side.

 
…eleven, twelve… Vraxi lost interest in the crows and let his gaze drift idly over the assembled mob – or, more specifically, the pouches and purse strings of the assembled mob, noting which would be easy or challenging to lift or cut – but it was only a force of habit, these people had nothing of interest to him. Where had Spyro gone, he wondered? Remebering suddenly why he was here and that he was supposed to be waiting for some sort of signal or other. Had Spyro said what it was? He looked at Ros who was watching the wall; Ros would know what the signal was. So would Fey. So would Xander. He relaxed, decided to just follow their lead, and then set his mind to checking his shirt for creases and snags; it was a scarlet Hunters’ shirt – fleet issue only – and he was exceedingly proud of having found it carelessly lying around in a wardrobe during one of their house-breaks in The Groves. It wouldn’t do to get it ruined on its first day out.

3 responses

  1. Yay…I’m real chuffed you made it, so it’s a win-win all round. 🤗 Ooh the suspense…you built it so beautifully.👌 I loved Spyro’s nonchalant stroll over to the hulking mountains of flesh and the line-up of ready to roll rascals that followed. Like a camera panning across a screen. 😻

    Ooh and this… ❤️

    Such a pity he will always wear his hood up like that, Vraxi thought wistfully, for it hides his eyes which are the most curious shade of indigo… he had seen a shirt almost that exact shade, a rare shibori-dyed one from Khallimbad, hanging on a washing line last week…he wondered if it was worth stealing it and trying to persuade Xander that it would suit him. Probably not. He sighed deeply, looked up at the rooftop and began counting the crows gathered there – five, six, seven…ten…still the antiques dealer was talking amicably with the guards.

    I love him.🥰 Pondering complimentary shirt shades and counting crows with all hell about break loose 😹Signal schmignal…hum-de-hum… 😋
    No worries, you scrumptious strudel. 🌹 Tis worth waiting for…as are you. Always xxxxxxxxxx

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    July 11, 2020 at 6:11 am

    • Penny Blake

      Aw thankyou my treasure I’m super-glad you felt it worked – I have zero clue about writing action scenes so this and the next few are me flying by the seat of my pants with no clue if I’m hitting the mark or way off wide! XD Oh I’m so over the moon you love Vraxi, he’s so much fun to write and, afterall, shirt shades ARE of the utmost importance, even in a battle, for who wants to leave a tastelessly attired corpse? Hm? Not Vraxanthrin Bane, certainly! 😉 XD xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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      July 17, 2020 at 8:33 am

      • Aw…you’re welcome. It worked wonderfully well 🥰 Flying by the seat of your pants is working in your favour methinks, because it feels very fresh, as if anything might happen, not a jot formulaic as action scenes often can when they’re someone’s bread ‘n’ butter as it were. (just as it can for sex scenes). Oh I adore the scamp…he’s brilliant!❤️ Shirt shades sure are! Who does indeedy😂😁 Ha…hell no! He’d be the most resplendent corpse e’er laid to rest in a coffin. 🤗 xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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        July 17, 2020 at 5:03 pm

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