04-29-13, 8:42 AM
Joined: Nov 2011
Thank you very much for the feedback, as always, Rors x3! I'm glad that you've liked it that much ^^ and also very happy that Victoria has raised to such a reputation with you, ehehe~ xD
So, now, onto the next "arc" in my story, I think this will be a quite interesting one.. Hereby, I announce the reveal of the project me and Rorschach have been working secretly on! We put a lot of effort into this, there have been so many hours of writing and discussion in secret, just plotting for this to turn out nicely, and, hopefully, pleasant for all. So, yes, it's a crossover between our stories! It's highly advised to keep up with both of our stories, otherwise, you'll only get half of the full experience, because we've planned and written everything in a way that reading from both of our perspectives will greatly change on the details noticed and how everything is seen and described (especially because well, me and him as characters describe, think and see the world differently). So, minna, do your best, and stay up to date with both of ours, right~?
Then, now that this short intro to the new arc is ready.. Here it is, deployed ^^! Please refer to Rorschach's Story as well for his side.
Day 11 - Part I
The first rays of sunlight were already painting the sky with a ominous violet, dark-blue and orange contrast, when Roselle left to hunt for prey.
Even thought I was the one who got the last turn of guard, and therefore, was still awake (even though we allowed Lilith to stay out of this arrangement), Roselle woke up on her own, and made up her mind to hunt for food.
"Ah, it's fine by me, but... I can do it, if you want me to-"
"O-of course not! Hunting is for huntresses, after all. While I do it, you... Just stay here, and be ready to do the cooking when I'm back."
I can't help but smile as she wanders off with a "Hmph". Even despite everything that has happened, this part of her still hasn't changed.
Taking another look at the camp, things look pacific. Lilith is sleeping very peacefully, without making a single sound.
I resist my urge to brush her hair as she sleeps, because I'd rather not disturb her when she's sleeping like that.
Now, I guess I should at least gather a bit more firewood...
I shake off my sluggishness and stand up, stretching. Lucky that I am used to not getting much sleep, or I would be quite tired now.
But when I get up, I realize something that I hadn't previously. While Lilith was sleeping next to me, she eventually must have reached for me, and her hand was resting on the top of my right foot.
When I get up, she feels the movement and mumbles something so softly it's more of a whisper.
Lilith slowly sits up, rubbing her eyes with the back of her hand, with her lustrous black hair slightly messed up, her scarlet eyes still slightly unfocused due to have just woken up.
"A-ah, I'm sorry, Lilith, I didn't mean to wake you up."
She silently stares at me for a moment, before she understand everything that is happening. She then shakes her head fiercely.
"Ah... N-no, don't w-worry about it! I... I have slept enough! I didn't get to stay on guard, after all..."
For some reason, she looks down while saying that, as if apologizing. But she really has no reason to do so. Both me and Roselle were used to get little sleep, and we figured out it would be better if Lilith got to sleep all night long.
"Don't worry about that, Lilith. It was both me and Roselle that wanted it to be that way, wasn't it? And it's not like it was harmful for us. We just wanted you to stay safe." ^^
"Ah... F-fine, then..."
Lilith's eyes gleam and she nods, her face a bit flushed at my last words. I pat her on the head, before walking towards the campfire, to check if the fire was still indeed alive.
I notice Lilith looking around, as if searching for something.
"But... Where is she...?"
"Ah, Roselle left to hunt for food a while ago. She should-"
My words get cut off when both me and Lilith can hear to a faint scream far away. It sounds like Roselle's voice. I immediately turn in the direction the scream came from.
"Y-yes, sounds like her..."
I look back at Lilith, exchanging glances with her, and we both nod. She quickly gets up with great dexterity, and we dart off into the forest running together.
The scream didn't sound too far away, and after running through the thick woods, we soon see a spot with less trees, and can clearly see Roselle with her back turned to us, holding her sword. Over her shoulder.
Nothing seemed to be immediately wrong... I wonder what has happened?
"Is everything alright Roselle?? What happened?"
But, once we step closer, I can immediately notice it.
Standing a few meters away from Roselle, was a girl with a long brown hair tied to a ponytail and eyes as blue as the sky, wearing green clothes. But, not just a simple girl... While at first glance one could think that she is riding a horse... Actually... Her lower body was the one of a horse. Just like a mythical creature... A centaur?!
But that was not the only thing. While the centaur girl looked annoyed by something, not far from her stood another girl.
She had a long, white-as-snow hair, icy-blue eyes, and wore a white and blue kimono of sorts. Her skin also had a light bluish color. For some reason, I could almost feel as if some sort of coldness coming from her, permeating the air around her.
This girl dressed in a kimono was looking at me with a surprised face, covering her open mouth with one sleeved hand.
But, despite everything, what caught most of my attention, was glaring at me with a certain hostility.
He was wearing a green shirt made of simple fabric and black pants made of a similar material, a dark brown coriaceous vest with a belt in the same color that diagonally crossed his chest from his left shoulder, together with simple brown boots. His hair was of a dark blond, and he had clear blue eyes.
... No matter how I looked at it, it was a young man, with an age probably around mine. Another human.
Of all the things, this was what I least expected. Even if I have figured out there should be other humans, to finally see one... Roselle seems to have ran into quite a group here.
Yet, he is glaring at me with intimidating eyes, seemingly filled with suspicion. He must be just as surprised as I am, I guess... Or is just overall wary, given how this place is.
But, when I am about to speak up, he quickly draws a dark grey longsword with expertise only one used to handle such a weapon would have, and I finally notice that he also was wearing a sturdy wooden shield.
My instincts kick in and I automatically draw my katana in a single, fluid motion, quickly drawing the dagger with my left hand after it, in a reversed grip.
"What do you want? If you´re here to kill me or harm people I´ll take care of you."
His blue eyes gleamed with determination. Lilith hides behind my back, and I can't help but glare back at him.
It's almost funny. The first human that I meet here, and we are already in his situation. The way he holds his weapons - he definitely is an experienced fighter, and his stance tells me that he is ready to attack or counter-attack at any moment.
Something tells me, that no matter what I say, he won't back away, nor try to understand. If his first action was this hostile, I doubt he is willing to trust me.
Not to count the situation Roselle was in. Even though she looked relaxed... Maybe they were trying to ambush and kill her?
"... Seems like it can't be helped."
I grasp more firmly at my weapons, and stay coldly looking his way, ready to react upon any movement he makes.
He speaks with a calm, yet also firm and tense voice. If I had to guess, these are the names of his companions.
"Please stay back, I´ll handle this."
They both look at him and nod, taking a few steps back. If things are already like this... I guess this is a challenge for a one-on-one battle?
Even if I'd want to avoid direct conflict, especially with a human... I really have no choice. I can't risk putting Roselle and Lilith on harm's way.
I straighten myself, assuming my seemingly calm battle stance.
"I´ll take care of him, please keep out of this."
Roselle sheathes her sword and crosses her arms, looking to the other side, seemingly annoyed. Yet, by the way she was glancing at me, I could almost tell that she was interested in seeing this.
Lilith backs away, nodding hesitantly.
"I-if that´s what you want Rye..."
Wind blew, making the vegetation around us rustle. The tension between me and the other human is so high that I think I can cut it with my blades.
And then, I decide to make the first move.
Done and done!
I hope that it was a good read, and that this new twist in the story catches your interest, and is pleasant to you as well.
Thanks for reading!
「レミ咲が今日のティータイム。」- RemiSaku ga kyou no tea time!
05-01-13, 4:56 AM
Joined: Sep 2012
This will be intresting to read. A one-on-one fight with another survivior will be fun. And it feels like I'm the only one reading you're story morby XD
We are Anonymous, We are legion, We do not forgive, We do not forget, Expect us!
05-21-13, 3:02 PM
Joined: Nov 2011
Ahaha, I do have the same feeling, Carn0 x3, but oh well, what can we do? If anything, I'm quite happy to know that you're still with me! And that you're finding it to be interesting. I hope that you won't be disappointed :3
Thank you very much ^^
Well, here it is, the next part~
Day 11 - Part II
Surrounded by the forest, and hearing nothing but the rustle of the leaves on the wind, that also carried a few dry falling leaves, we were facing each other off.
The young man's blue eyes seemed to follow my every movement. His stance looked pretty good, I couldn't see any obvious opening.
The girls who were his companions, who I presumed were Mina and Yukiko, were watching from behind him, meters away, the same way Roselle and Lilith were watching from behind me.
I could see the fire burning in his eyes. Even if he didn't necessarily have killing intent... He had no intention of back away, or of not fighting with everything he had.
Things have come to this, after all. And I - have no intention of going easy either.
I shift my weight forward once I kick the ground beneath me, dashing forth with speed, in his direction.
He immediately begins to move to the side, lifting his shield to protect himself, and I also notice he tensing the muscles in his right hand, ready for a counter with the sword.
... Exactly as I figured out he would react.
My attack is a feint frontal stab using the katana, while I dash diagonally to the right, as to pass by the side of his shield.
As I close in, he quickly reacts, lifting his shield to block the stab, and ready to strike back with his sword. However, before my blade touches his shield, I quickly re-work my feet on the ground, shifting my weight, drawing back the katana and spinning while moving to the right.
Glancing at his face, I can see a hint of surprise in his blue eyes. He begins to re-work his shield, but as I pass by, I strike it with my dagger, forcing him to absorb the impact as my blade slashes by the shield.
Forcing a second spin, I take advantage of the momentum to attack with the katana in a horizontal slash, but he manages to stand his ground with the shield, blocking it.
... As planned!
As soon as my blade hit his shield, I shift my feet on the ground once again, quickly crouching, and ready to go for a stab in his stomach or legs with my dagger. His shield was still held higher than my current position because of the last attack, so now I've created a great opening in his defense.
He did well in foreseeing my initial moves, but you must never expect that your enemy won't have a plan to maintain attack-
However, while my blade is flying towards his unprotected body I notice something else shining and coming directly in the direction of my face. While he blocked my last attack, he also prepared an attack of his own, a stab with his longsword.
I had not seen it, the whole movement was concealed by his shield, and he begins to force it to the side to open passage for the sword, coming directly at my face.
I widen my eyes in surprise, and move my head to the right, just for the blade to pass by the left side of my face, it's sharp edge making a cut on me.
I quickly jump back to the side, putting some distance between us. Blood flows down from my wound, and I glare at him. He swings his sword, to clean my blood from it's blade.
His counters are far more excellent than I could have predicted. Was not my reaction time this good...
I wipe the blood away from my face with the back of my hand, and this time, he is the one who charges for me.
He lunges with a stab, and I quickly side-step his attack while parrying his blade with my dagger.
I chain my movements and attack with the katana, but he blocks it with his shield while taking a step back. I attack with the dagger, but my slash is blocked. I immediately attack again with the katana, and quickly spin the dagger in my hand to attack once again, and chain one more katana attack, trying to suppress him under my numerous attacks.
He blocks all of them while stepping back, to absorb less impact. Once my last attack is blocked, he moves his shield aside and attacks with the sword. In a effort, I manage to parry his attack by attempting to attack him once again with the katana, sparks flying as my blade meets with his.
However, he is the one who is keeping me under pressure this time, beginning to chain his swords attacks with one another, and I am forced to retreat while I block and parry his attacks, having to use all of my concentration.
Damn... He really is good...!
As I parry one sword attack, dodge a shield bash, step back to dodge a slash and parry another using both of my weapons, I suddenly hit a tree with my backs.
He has driven me into a corner, and I hadn't noticed it...!!
My eyes widen, and I think I can notice a small smile of satisfaction in his face.
He attacks heavily with his sword, but I roll to the side and under his attack, his blade getting stuck into the tree.
He underestimated me, just like I did with him before... Then, a chance!
When I stop rolling and get to my knees, he is struggling to retrieve his sword. This... Will have to do!
I run for him and leap trying for a powerful up-to-down attack with both the wakizashi and the katana...
However, his reaction time is still quite good, and to counter my attack, he not only blocks my attacks, but he actually bashes with his shield to block them. His shield ends hitting my left hand, and at the same time the impact makes me back away, it sends my dagger flying away.
I grit my teeth and hold the katana with both hands, and dash for him again, attacking with all the speed I can put into my weapon.
One, two, three, four, five, six times he blocks my attacks, which force him to move around, but at my seventh, he seems to be a bit wore out, and my slash from the right to the left gets his guard wide open, his shield held too down to protect him, and also gets a cut on his right arm.
I go for one last vertical attack... However, before my blade sinks into his flesh, it meets the steel of his own sword, he having retrieved it into the last second and blocking my attack.
Looking at his face, his expression looks tense, strained from the battle, as much as mine must look.
With our blades clashing to no avail, I notice he about to try to hit me with his shield, and I jump back, putting some distance on between us.
He straightens himself, seemingly tired, but assuming once again a battle stance. I do the same, gripping my katana harder.
This fight, this enemy... It really is something I've never faced before.
Here it is ^^, I hope that this fight is being an interesting one. It was very fun for both me and Rors to write everything, but especially the battles, from different perspectives. I hope that you can get just as much, and even more fun than we had then, when reading it :3.
Thanks for reading.
「レミ咲が今日のティータイム。」- RemiSaku ga kyou no tea time!
05-21-13, 3:28 PM
Joined: May 2013
Wow, the fight is... GREAT!
I've been reading your story and the stories of many others long before decide to register in MAL, and I must say this: your story is, by far, one of the greatest I've read! And don't worry, you have more followers than you think, it's just that they don't post much often.
Well, this co-op could hardly be developing more interestingly. Keep going, I want to know how you'll finish the battle and what you're going to do after that (I place my bets to you and Rosch saying "Ooookay, now we've calmed ourselves down and we will have a civilizated conversation with some tea and cakes").
Angels, they fell first but I'm still here
Alone as they are drawing near
In heaven my masterpiece will finally be sung
05-22-13, 1:07 AM
Joined: Sep 2012
Shhhh.... don't spoil it for the others. XD
I was just kidding. Anyway good fight and keep it up. ^_^
We are Anonymous, We are legion, We do not forgive, We do not forget, Expect us!