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    Default Edge of Destiny (Original)

    This is the beginning of a trilogy called The Edge Chronicles. Each book is made up of three Parts; each Part is made up of several chapters. Simple enough? Please tell me what you think, and feel free to ask any questions you may have, to me or the characters. Remember, we can only answer questions relating to where I'm up to with the story! ;)

    Rated M15 for violence and mild language.

    Is this a darkfic? You could say that...


    Part One

    Introduction-this is just to familiarise yourself a bit with the world of my fic

    The world of this story is a Pokémon world. But it is not the happy, joy-filled Pokémon world that you may think I am referring to. This is a bitter world, a twisted world, a world that is cold and unforgiving. In the Pokémon world that we are all familiar with, there is darkness, yes. There is evil, yes. But there are places where tiny, cute Pokémon live their lives in blissful ignorance, playing games or drifting lackadaisically across beautiful green fields and vibrant flowerbeds; where Pokémon large and small live in peaceful harmony with humans. In this harsh world, there is no such place.

    The world of this story is based around the old theme of “Survival of the fittest”. If you are born as a Shinx, you had better become a Luxray quickly, or you’re dead. Pokémon fight to kill, and woe betide the young Pokémon that stumbles across a pack of hungry Mightyena.

    In your sweet little Pokémon universe, humans coexist more or less in harmony with each other. Sure, there are nefarious criminals like Team Rocket, but they pale in comparison with this world. This world is overrun by warring factions, all battling desperately for the right to survive. Nations and empires rise and fall in the blink of an eye, and the land is ravaged by war. There are no Pokémon Trainers. Pokémon are a law unto themselves, and the vast majority of humans simply don’t care.

    Some, however, use Pokémon as servants, or warriors in their armies, but these Pokémon are never treated as well as they are in your little sugar-coated universe.

    However, there are a select few, a very few, who choose to work with humans as equals. These Pokémon-human teams are rare, but usually very skilled and secretive. Some are evil, and plot to turn all nations against each other, to ultimate destruction. Others are soldiers of righteousness, fighting desperately to restore some semblance of order to the world.

    This war-torn world, known as Fulareif, is unknowingly approaching a tipping point. If nothing is done to correct the balance, the world will collapse upon itself.

    Now the Prologue :)

    Prologue-A Dark Night

    The white moon hung in the sky, fighting for dominance over the dark clouds that threatened to overwhelm it. If one was to look up from the ground below, one might be able to catch a glimpse of the stars above, twinkling feebly through the dusty haze of fog that lay like a blanket over everything. A light, hot breeze stirred the haze, which swirled around everything, playing softly with the brittle branches of the dead, stunted trees and tickling the tips of the brown bulrushes by the dried-up riverbeds. In their hidden dens, wild Pokémon slept lightly, one eye always open for trouble, one ear always pricked for danger.

    All of this, however, was lost on one particular Pokémon, an Absol, who was running for his life. He sped across the dusty plateau, his black-clawed feet kicking up dust clouds as he desperately sought to elude his pursuers. He could not see them, as he dared not look back, but he could hear them, panting rapidly.

    “Wea! Vile! Wea! Vile!” The three Sharp Claw Pokémon were right on his tail, he could tell. This chase was only tiring all four of them; sooner or later, he would have to turn and fight. Sooner, he decided, and dug his front paw into the dirt, skidding several yards to an impressive stop, facing the Weavile, who had also stopped, eyeing him warily. They were trained hunters, bred for the chase and the kill. Moving as a unit, they spread out, so that Absol had to take a step back to keep them all in his line of sight.

    Absol opened his mouth. It was risky, but if he pulled it off, it would send the Ice-types packing. He felt the heat build in his throat, growing from a tiny tickle, to a burning flame, to a raging inferno. He lifted his head, and then flicked it forward, loosing the Fire Blast attack. That wasn’t really a great success, he thought critically. It wasn’t; he really had to work on that attack. The fireball had flown half-heartedly through the air, landing between two of the Weavile with a pitiful pfft. The only purpose it had really serves was as a distraction, but it was enough. Absol focused his mind on the elemental powers at his core, drawing them out and moulding them quickly into a whirling tornado.

    The Weavile were recovering from their unpleasant surprise. They might be swift, but mentally, they were a bit slow. The Razor Wind swept two of them up, hurling them into the third. All three fell in an ungainly heap, but quickly extricated themselves, hissing angrily as they returned to their original formation. The one in the centre began to form a Shadow Ball between its claws, and the other two followed suit immediately. Within seconds, all three Shadow Balls were flung towards Absol at great speed. He waited for them to come near, and then leaped, pushing off hard from the dusty ground and springing several feet in the air. He soared majestically through the air, landing behind the Weavile as the Shadow Balls collided with each other exactly where he had been standing, causing a sizable explosion.

    Absol turned to face the Weavile as they whirled around to seek him. The moon burst out from behind a cloud, sending a ray of pure white light down upon Absol. With the eerie light of the full moon casting shadows upon his face, he looked quite terrifying. The Weavile backed off slightly, regarding him warily. This was an opponent not to be trifled with, they realised now.

    “Finish him,” came a voice, cold, clear and commanding. Absol jerked his head around, eyeing this new potential threat. He couldn’t make out many details; he saw a dark figure, standing calmly on the brow of a hill several yards away. The head seemed oddly shapeless, so he guessed it was wearing a hood. He also made out the blurry outline of what appeared to be a large scabbard, hanging from the stranger’s belt. Scabbard meant sword, and sword meant –

    Absol paused. He had bad memories of swords. As he eyed the figure warily, the long, dark scar that ran along his side seemed to twinge at the very thought. A long time ago... it had been such a long time ago...

    It was as if he was being sucked down a tunnel, a long, murky tunnel of memory. It had been a cloudy night like this, six years ago. Absol had been on a mission known only to himself, when he had had an unfortunate meeting with an old enemy. A fierce battle had ensued, eventually leaving Absol the victor; however, he had been badly wounded. His foe’s razor-sharp sword had sliced Absol along his left flank, but it had been the man’s dying act; even though in agony, Absol had swung his head around and gutted him with the scythe-like blade that protruded from his skull. Leaving his opponent to die on the ground, Absol had staggered away, leaving a trail of blood behind. He had almost died that night...

    A sudden whssh startled him from his reverie, and he threw himself instinctively to one side as the lead Weavile attempted to take him down with a Night Slash. Unfortunately, he dodged directly into the path of the second Weavile’s X-Scissor. The Bug-type move pulverized Absol, but he somehow managed to stay standing, glaring defiantly at his opponents. He would keep fighting. He would continue to resist, and he would beat them all, he could tell. However, he had forgotten about the third Weavile. That is, until he was hit from behind by its Focus Blast.

    Absol lay, semi-conscious, in the dirt. He tried to stand, but his limbs failed him, causing him to collapse painfully once more. A pair of heavy brown boots came into his rapidly fading field of vision, and Absol forced himself to look up, into the face of the mysterious figure with the sword. It was as if his old enemy had come back to haunt him. Absol’s breath came in ragged gasps. The figure simply stood and looked at him for a moment. After a few painful seconds, it pulled back its hood, revealing the face beneath.

    It was a woman, a woman with wispy, fair blonde hair and deep black eyes set harshly against pale skin, he saw by the suddenly bright moonlight. Under normal circumstances, she would have been pretty, but all chance of that was dashed by the cold, hard look on her face. She regarded Absol with undisguised hatred, as if he were something pure evil, something to be despised. He growled feebly at her, but she simply laughed, obviously not intimidated in the slightest. Absol winced; the high, cold laugh had hurt his ears. As if this was the final trigger, his vision clouded over completely, and Absol lost all awareness, drifting away... drifting...
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    Cool, you like absol don't you, well anyway it was a good prologue, I do wonder who that woman was and why she was chasing absol, altough that was a good battle.

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    Thanks! Like I said, you can ask Absol or any other characters questions, and I might just let them answer. You could find out something that you wouldn't otherwise!

    EDIT: Chapter One is coming real soon!
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    You probably could do without the sound effects in the italics. And things like the last part "drifting away... drifing", you could do without that as well. Other than those kinds of things, the grammar is good and I could tell you thought about what you're going to do with Absol.

    The plot hasn't been revealed to us, which, no matter what anyone says, is a pretty good thing.

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    You're right; for once, I actually came up with a plot before I started writing! *faints in shock*

    *un-faints* Anyway, thank you. Does anybody have any questions for the characters? At this stage, you can put questions to Absol (obviously), the mysterious woman, the Weavile, or even the guy Absol gutted six years ago! Perhaps I should explain. Say Pokedude981 came across this, and posted
    "To Absol:Why did you kill that guy?"

    Then I would come back and post
    "Absol to Pokedude981: You could say it was a personal grudge... Besides, he came after me! What was I supposed to do?"

    Yeah. Lame example, I know, but you get the point. More characters will appear soon, and you can ask them questions as the plottyness thickens...Muahahahahahahahahahahaha...
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    To misterious woman: Why are you chasing Absol?

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    Mysterious woman to E-MAN: That horrid Pokemon caused me a lot of grief in the past! He even-*is knocked out by author*

    Dragon user X: Don't spoil it! Sheesh!
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    Default Chapter One-Who's the bird?

    Here we go! Lots of plottyness (awesome word) in this chapter, so watch carefully!

    Chapter One-Who’s the bird?

    Wham! Ryu slammed his fist into the wall in frustration. He had been taught to control his anger, but this was going beyond ridiculous.

    Wham! He punched the timber again, this time yielding splinters, such was the ferocity of the blow. It just wasn’t fair! He hadn’t asked for this! That moron, Sam, had been taunting him all day, and Ryu had reached his breaking point half an hour ago.

    Wham! Wham! He drove both fists into the wall, one after the other. He had struck out in anger once, just once, and now he was paying the price. Walled up in his empty bedroom, with no food, no water, nothing but the thin mattress he slept on; there wasn’t even a book to read.

    Wham! This time, he drew blood. Ryu fell back onto his mattress in disgust, ruefully sucking his scraped knuckles. After taking out his rage on an inanimate object, he felt much better. Ryu wondered how he had let his temper get away from him like that; it wasn’t normally like him at all.

    “Ryu?” called his uncle’s voice from outside the door. “Ryu, I’m coming in!” Ryu sat up on the mattress, dreading his fate. The latch on the heavy wooden door wobbled, and then the door opened, revealing Uncle Tomasu standing angrily in the doorway. Ryu’s uncle was a man in his late forties, with bushy hair that had long since gone white, and a handsome handlebar moustache, which lent him a stern aspect when combined with his beady blue eyes glaring out from beneath thick white brows. Ryu hastily stood up, bowing politely to his uncle. Tomasu did not return the gesture.

    “You disappoint me, Ryu,” he said, glowering down at the slim teenager in front of him, abrupt and to the point as usual. “I thought I had trained you to overcome your emotions, instilled in you the values of our forefathers, and yet I find you brawling in the street with a young man who did nothing more than insult you! Explain yourself!” It was a command, not a request. Ryu swallowed. With anyone else, it would have been easy to justify his actions, but Uncle Tomasu was notorious for being unmovable. If he had it in his mind that what Ryu had done was wrong, there was nothing in Fulareif that could budge him. I should try anyway, thought Ryu hopelessly.

    “I...” For some reason, the words didn’t seem to want to form in his mouth, he knew what he wanted to say, but for some odd reason, couldn’t say it.

    “I thought as much,” his uncle said, and Ryu realised that he had not actually been expecting a reply. “What to do with you, boy, what to do with you...” He trailed off, apparently deep in thought. Ryu stood with head bowed, awaiting his fate.

    “You will remain here until noon tomorrow. You will meditate on your reckless lack of self-control. You will not leave until the sun reaches its zenith. I will return then, and we shall discuss this matter further.” Uncle Tomasu bowed stiffly, and retreated.

    Ryu lay heavily back down on his mattress. I don’t need him, he thought angrily, I don’t need anyone! But what was he to do? He could hardly run off... or could he? No, he thought firmly, pushing the idea to the back of his mind. Don’t be silly... Yet the closed window seemed to beckon him, calling to him, telling him that it would be alright, that it wouldn’t matter. Ryu refused to listen to it.

    Four hours later, however, it was becoming unbearable. Ryu was beginning to get claustrophobic, not to mention bored. A small Staravia landed outside with a flutter of wings. It perched on the sill, cocking its head and eyeing Ryu curiously with one beady eye; it seemed to be teasing him, daring him to come out, to be free. That was the final straw for Ryu. Crossing quickly to the window, he slid the bolt back with a clunk that startled the Flying Pokémon; chirping loudly, it flapped away. Cursing the age and stiffness of the window, Ryu pushed and shoved with all his might, finally grinding the ancient fixture open.

    The window had not been opened for some years, simply because it wasn’t safe. There were all sorts of small, dangerous Pokémon that could slip through in the night. Ryu put one leg through the window, hoping dearly that he would fit his whole body through. He wasn’t big, but then, neither was the window. He knew he shouldn’t have had all those fritters at breakfast...

    On an instinct, he paused. Looking back into the room, he saw, hanging on a peg, a short sword, with its own scabbard and sword belt. On an impulse, he pulled his leg back inside and crossed the room to take it down. As he stood immobile, holding it, the history associated with it came flooding back. This sword had belonged to his father, the closest relative that Ryu had ever known. Of course, that had been before... Ryu ignored the lump in his throat as he buckled the sword belt on, not really sure why he was doing it, but somehow knowing that he had to.

    Carefully, he swung himself out of the window, fully this time, and dropped the few feet to the ground, landing cat-like on the ground below. He heard a small chirrup, and looked over to see the Staravia perched on a rusty wagon frame that was lying, abandoned, behind the house. Looking back at the house, Ryu carefully scanned all the windows to make sure his uncle wasn’t looking out. Then he remembered. Today was Tuesday, which meant that Uncle Tomasu would have gone to the meeting of the village elders. He wasn’t technically old, but he was wise, and life expectancy was not great, what with all the recent turmoil.

    Ryu slapped his forehead. He hadn’t needed to climb out the window after all. Tomasu had been counting on his obedience to keep him confined. Thinking of this, Ryu realised that there would be hell to pay if Tomasu found out he’d been gone. Ryu shook his head, and began to walk, cursing himself for not simply walking out the front door.

    “Starrrr!” came a cry from the old wagon, and he looked over. The Staravia was still there, and what’s more, it seemed to be laughing at him. He walked over; the Pokémon regarded him cautiously, shifting slightly from foot to foot, but did not move. Ryu watched it, equally curious. It seemed oddly unafraid, which was unusual. Most Pokémon either went out of their way to avoid humans or attacked on sight, but this Staravia was bold as brass. Suddenly, it took off, darting away from the house. For some reason that Ryu couldn’t quite explain, he followed it. His house was on the outskirts of town, so he quickly lost all sight of civilisation.

    The Staravia fluttered ahead, occasionally wheeling back to ensure Ryu was following it. He was. It was as if a giant, invisible hand was pushing him forward. As they got further and further away from town, the terrain became more rugged. Ryu was walking through what must have once been a huge and beautiful forest, but all that was left now were burnt, charred husks, leaning at odd angles, or fallen. It made Ryu sad, to think that so much beauty had been destroyed; this was why he didn’t usually come out here.

    Ignoring the Staravia for a minute, Ryu walked slowly over to a large, blackened tree trunk. It was lying on the ground, and, judging by the surroundings, had knocked over several others when it fell. Once upon a time, it had been a kauri tree, strong and proud, the giant of the forest, but no longer. He approached it sadly, running a finger across its charred surface regretfully. For a reason he could not fathom, he felt a strange empathy with the giant plant. All across Fulareif, there were thousands, millions of these trees, dead and wasted, all because of the stupid war. Many Pokémon had died, or were forced to leave, because of the destruction of their habitat. If only they would all stop fighting, maybe the world could become peaceful again, but he knew there was little chance of that. He sighed heavily. That was never going to happen.

    The Staravia, seeming to sense his discomfort, fluttered over and perched on a solitary twig that stuck out from the burnt trunk. The twig, however, was brittle, and could not support the weight; it snapped, and Staravia fell onto the trunk with an indignant “Starrrr!”. It looked pleadingly up at Ryu, who was again caught off guard by its lack of fear. It seemed to be telling him that it was of utmost importance that he followed it. Smiling slightly, and wondering what could be so important to the bird, he nodded in acquiescence.

    Following Staravia ever deeper into the forest, Ryu began to feel uneasy. It was dead silent except for the soft sound of his feet and the occasional chirrup from Staravia ahead. It was beginning to get dark, and the scorched trunks on all sides seemed more and more threatening, like silent figures watching from the sidelines, waiting for him to stop, so that they could strike. Ryu shook these thoughts from his head uneasily, and thought that perhaps he should turn back now, while he still had all of his limbs. All sorts of vicious Pokémon lived in these woods; he vividly remembered one incident, four years ago, where a wild, savage Houndoom had mustered enough courage to enter the town...

    “Fire! Get fire! Scare it away!” came the panicked shout. “It’s wild!”

    “Idiot!” cried a second man, his rugged face lit by the flickering orange light of the burning barn. “It’s a Fire-type! It won’t be scared of fire!” The Pokémon had arrived in the dead of night and begun burning everything it could. It howled eerily, causing every human being within earshot to cringe.

    “Then what?” asked the first man in a panic. “It’s already torched the barn and killed a man! We have to stop it somehow!”

    “There’s only one way left, then!” cried the other, raising his axe. “Come on, Jimmy!” The man called Jimmy cowered behind his bulkier neighbour as the Houndoom leapt out of the burning barn, sending white-hot sparks showering over the group of armed men facing it. It was a fearsome sight, a huge black dog with wicked white horns glinting in the moonlight. Its barbed tail whipped through the air, promising a painful wound to anyone who tried to approach from behind. It howled again, defying these humans who dared to threaten it.

    “But Alan!” cried Jimmy. “That thing’ll kill me!” Before Alan could say anything else, he was shouldered aside by a small, stocky man carrying a deadly-looking katana. It was Tomasu. From a safe distance, the ten-year-old Ryu watched in awe as his uncle stepped forward fearlessly to challenge the vicious Houndoom. The Pokémon howled a third time, and then attempted to hit the small man with a Flamethrower. Tomasu, however, stepped to the side with speed that belied his stocky build. He then slashed at the creature with his katana. The blade struck home, biting into the Houndoom’s shoulder.

    The Houndoom let out a mighty screech of pain, and lunged forward, fangs bared. Tomasu was taken off guard by the sheer ferocity of the attack, and couldn’t avoid it in time. He cried out in agony as the yellow teeth sank into his left wrist. Shaking his arm free, he slashed at the beast again, this time cutting a gash along the side of its muzzle. The Houndoom howled again, backing off slightly. Tomasu was quickly hauled off by a pair of self-appointed medics; the rest of the group, emboldened by Tomasu’s bravery, charged it.

    With two dozen angry men attacking it, the Houndoom didn’t really stand a chance. It delivered several nasty burns, but soon went down under the mass of flashing steel. Ryu averted his eyes from the carnage, which he had been watching with morbid fascination, and hurried over to see if his uncle was alright.

    The next day, they had buried the dead man. Tomasu’s wrist was swollen and infected; it would be another few weeks until he could use it properly again. In a small, tight-knit community like this, a single death hit the whole community hard...

    Ryu was jarred from his memories by an urgent chirp from Staravia, Ryu looked up to see that the Pokémon had halted, perched on a burned tree branch. It wasn’t looking at him; instead, it was staring intently ahead. Ryu ran up to stand beside it, and gasped involuntarily.

    A huge, swirling vortex of some kind was hovering before him, a circular blob of purple and blue, spinning hypnotically. He was mesmerised, entranced by the swirling patterns that drew him in. It was at the same time the most beautiful and the most horrible thing he had ever seen in his life. It seemed to exude evil, a sickly aura that he felt would have killed the plant life if there was any; but at the same time, it was impossible that something this wonderful could be bad in any way.

    Absently, Ryu noticed that the Staravia had vanished. He turned, his feet feeling like lead, to see-

    He froze. Before he had turned all the way, a sword point tickled his ear. The eerie light from the vortex glinted off the blade, highlighting its sharp edge. He hardly dared to breathe, but his mind was racing. If he could get away from that sword, he could draw his own. He had been taught how to use it. He tensed his muscles, ready to spring away, but a voice came from the unseen end of the sword.

    “I know what you’re thinking. Don’t move.” It was female, no doubt about that, but utterly emotionless. Her voice seemed to cut into his mind like a Scyther’s blade into its prey. “If you look at me, it will be the last thing you ever see. If you attempt to pull a weapon on me, it will be the last thing you ever do. If you make a sound, it will be the last thing you ever hear.” She seemed to be enjoying herself now, an edge of vindictive pleasure creeping into her voice. Ryu decided it would be a good idea to do as she said. “Now, I would like you to turn back to look at the portal.” Obediently, he turned back, his mind racing. Portal? What was she on about?

    “Thank you,” said the mysterious individual behind him. Ryu felt a booted foot slam into the small of his back, and he pitched forward, falling headfirst into the vortex.

    It was hard for Ryu to compare the journey to anything; however, he imagined it to be akin to being put through a mangle half a dozen times while being spun around like a spinning top before being spat out of a chimney. It seemed like ages, but was really only a couple of seconds before he was ejected forcefully at the other end. He landed awkwardly on his hands and knees, and a spike of pain immediately shot through his left kneecap. Ryu clenched his teeth and clamped down on the pain, and then turned clumsily to look behind him.

    Even as he watched, the spinning portal, identical to the one he had just been pushed through, shrank and vanished, leaving him looking at a cold stone wall. Hang on he thought suddenly, a stone wall? Wincing from the pain in his leg, he turned. It couldn’t be true; it definitely shouldn’t be. But it was. He was in a large stone room, like a dungeon, damp and cold. The walls were made of crumbling grey stone, granite or the like. A short stone staircase led up to a heavy iron door. The only illumination came from a guttering torch in a wall bracket, the light from which failed to penetrate the dank corners of the room.

    Peering into one of these corners, Ryu made out what seemed to be a pile of blankets. He stood up, in hopes of collecting one, but cried out in pain as his knee collapsed beneath him, sending him crashing to the floor. At the sound of his voice, the object which Ryu had taken to be a pile of blankets stood up and glared at him with bright red eyes. It looked intently at Ryu, as if trying to memorise every tiny detail of him. Ryu foolishly tried to stand again, and this time the pain was too much. He fell to the ground once more and blacked out.

    A/N: I scared even myself while writing that Houndoom scene...
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    It seemed oddly unafraid, which was odd.
    Redundant much?

    Hang on he thought suddenly, [i]a stone wall?[/]
    Can we say 'whoops'?

    He stood up, in hopes of collecting one (it was freezing), but cried out in pain as his knee collapsed beneath him, sending him crashing to the floor.
    No parenthesis in mid-sentence! *hits you with a log*

    Overall, not may complaints. The Heruga scene, which wasn't that scary, could've been a little more well-written, but it's acceptable. Other than that, good chapter, cute Mukkubado; congratulations, you've managed to keep me into the story for two chapters!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ShinjiLover View Post
    ; congratulations, you've managed to keep me into the story for two chapters!
    Was that supposed to be a compliment ? And anyway, Dragon user X, this is decent, better than a certain chapter I nitpicked a while ago, but that doesn't mean more fics from you. I'm still waiting for that long-overdue chapter of Faith, you know.

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    Default Chapter Two-Absol

    Finally! 24 hours after the last chapter, here we go! Lots of dialogue in this one, so pay attention!

    Chapter Two-Absol

    Ryu awoke in agony; his kneecap felt like it was on fire. Slowly, he became aware that he was laying on his back on a cold, hard, wet surface. He opened his eyes, but he couldn’t see a thing. His eyes throbbed as he painfully lifted a hand to rub them, and he opened them again to see a pair of bright red eyes staring down at him. Suddenly, Ryu was very much awake as he remembered what had happened. He sat bolt upright, and the eyes retreated suspiciously. He now noticed that the eyes belonged to a Pokémon, a large white canine with what seemed to be a black sickle protruding from the back of its head. Its face was black, as was a small oval on its forehead, and it had glowing red eyes that regarded him intelligently. An Absol? Ryu was struck by the inexplicable feeling that this was no dumb, wild Pokémon. And then it spoke. Or... did it?

    You’re finally awake, it said. But strangely, its voice seemed to be inside Ryu’s head. Foolish boy, it continued, your leg is sprained. Stay where you are. Ryu’s head was spinning. This Pokémon... was talking to him.

    Perhaps, he thought, I fell and hit my head when I climbed out of the window? Perhaps none of this is real, he wondered hopefully. An eerie laugh echoed through his head, and it took him a few seconds to realise that it was coming from the Absol.

    I wish, human, it said, amusement gleaming in its eyes. This is as real as it gets. Ryu was getting more and more confused.

    “How...how long have I been out?” he asked. It was impossible to tell the time of day.

    About half an hour, said the Absol. Not that it matters, of course. You’re doomed to die here, especially with that leg. Ryu was really freaked out by the talking Pokémon, but he tried not to show it. Although...now he thought about it, was it actually talking? No, it said, it’s called telepathy. It is among my many powers.

    “Telepathy...” said Ryu. This was getting weirder and weirder. Apparently the Absol could read his thoughts, too, because it said,

    It will only get stranger, human. Ryu shuffled backward and leant his shoulders against the wall, thinking hard. He was in some sort of prison; that much was evident. There was an Absol, but was it a fellow prisoner? For all Ryu knew, it could be the jailor.

    I am as much a prisoner as you are, human, it said regretfully, and Ryu realised with a start that it had been listening in on his thoughts again. The statement did little to assuage Ryu’s doubts.

    Can I trust him? he wondered. Even if they were both prisoners, Ryu would be helpless if the Absol decided that he looked like a tasty snack. Being unable to stand greatly hindered one’s ability to defend oneself. Ryu’s head jerked up. The Absol seemed to be laughing at him.

    Fear not, human. Pathetic as you are, I would not eat you. As for trust, however, I think it would be wise for both of us to reserve judgement on that, it said. Ryu nodded in acquiescence, choosing to ignore the stinging jibe for the time being.

    “Can’t say fairer than that. I’m still bothered by something, though.” Ryu had to try hard to keep his mind focused. Parts of him were beginning to panic, and he had a horrible subconscious image of the Absol devouring his leg. He shuddered and continued. “Why am I here? I was pushed through a...portal of some sort by some crazy woman, and now I’m locked up in a dungeon with you!” His voice had grown steadily louder throughout the sentence, and he found himself pointing an accusing finger at Absol. Realising this, he dropped his arm, but it was too late. Absol rose from his nonchalant seated position and advanced on him, growling,

    Are you suggesting that this is my fault, human? I was brought here against my will!

    “By whom?” Ryu asked, trying not to show his fear. He was curious despite himself. Absol bowed its head.

    I...know not, it said shamefully, settling back onto its haunches. I did not recognise her. For some reason, it seemed offended somehow.

    “Her?” Ryu queried. “It was a woman?” Absol simply nodded. “Do you think it may have been the same one?” Absol snorted.

    I doubt it, it said. I had been here barely two hours when you arrived, by my reckoning. When she...apprehended me, I was on the southern moors, down past Dujseg. Where were you? it asked.

    “In a small village, near the northwest coast, but...” He realised that there was no way it had been the same woman. Geography had never been his best subject, but uncle Tomasu had taught him anyway. Uncle Tomasu... he thought sadly. What would he be doing now? Then he realised that he was still supposed to be in his room. Tomasu would not miss him until noon the next day. Ignoring Ryu’s thoughts, Absol said,

    Exactly! You’d need to be a Pokémon to reach the northwest coast in two hours!

    “Unless,” said Ryu excitedly, struck by a sudden thought, “she used one of those portal thingies to get there!”

    Portal thingies... Absol mused, seemingly trying to remember something. I remember a portal...Her Pokémon knocked me out, and then...I remember...being dragged...and then... He seemed to be fighting to recall the memories. I was sucked down a...a tunnel or something...purple and blue... It shook its head vigorously. That’s all I recall, he concluded sadly.

    “Sounds a bit like what happened to me,” said Ryu. “I followed this Staravia out into the wild, and then I got pushed into one of those things by a woman I didn’t see! So how’s this? She goes chasing after you, knocks you out and chucks you through a portal, and you end up here. She then uses another portal thing to get to where I am, and sends her bird friend to fetch me. Like an idiot, I follow the Staravia, and she pushes me through the portal, and I wind up here as well!”

    Sounds about right, said the Absol, nodding. But that brings us back to your original question. Why are you here? Have you done anything to offend anyone? Ryu thought hard, but came up with nothing. He’d barely left the village in all his fourteen years, and strangers rarely visited. He shook his head. Well, said the Absol, I’m afraid I can’t supply any answers.

    “Why are you here?” Ryu asked suddenly. “Do you have any idea?” Absol chuckled wryly.

    Human, I have many ideas, each as likely as the last. In my time, I have done many things, and by the same token, offended many people. Our mysterious assailant can take her pick. Perhaps I killed her father years ago? I couldn’t say.

    Before Ryu could reply, they heard a noise outside the door. Footsteps, at least two sets. Absol growled softly at the door, its hackles raised, ready to fight if necessary. There was a loud clanking noise, followed by an equally loud grinding sound; the unmistakable sounds of a door being unlocked. The door opened a little way, but then stopped. There was muttering outside, followed by a loud curse. There was a heavy impact, and the door flew open, revealing a large, thickset man. He was dressed in ragged black furs, from his hat to his breeches, and was wearing thick, studded boots, one of which he had apparently just used to kick the door open. He stood in the doorway, glaring at the two inside, but the most fearsome feature was the gigantic war hammer that he hefted over one shoulder. The haft was well over a metre long, and the head was skilfully fashioned from heavy black iron.

    The big man stepped back into the corridor, allowing a second person into the room, one that Ryu had not noticed previously. It was a tall, slender woman, dressed practically yet elegantly in light travelling leathers. She had long, blonde hair that swung gently behind her, and a sword on her hip, much larger than Ryu’s. She had eyes of the deepest black, set in a slim, elfin face. Absol watched her with the utmost loathing as she turned and dismissed the big man with the hammer. She then turned to face the two prisoners with a smile on her face, a smile that did not extend to her eyes, which remained as cold and black as ever.

    “So,” she said, and Ryu immediately recognised her voice. It was the mysterious woman that had sent him here. “So...” she seemed to think for a second, before saying, “Are you two enjoying the accommodations? Lovely atmosphere, don’t you think?” she asked, gesturing around at the damp brick walls.

    You don’t fool me, lady! growled Absol menacingly. What do you want with me and the human? She laughed.

    “You mean you don’t know?” she asked with a tone of slight disbelief. “Don’t you remember me?” She leaned in closer to Absol, whose eyes widened in shock. “Now he knows me!” she said mockingly.

    No! he said in horror, staring at her. No, it – it can’t be! You! he shouted. Before Ryu could blink, he leapt at the woman, aiming his scythe at her chest. Taken by surprise, she stumbled backwards, narrowly avoiding the deadly blade. She recovered quickly, however, and slipped a long, deadly-looking sword from the scabbard at her side, levelling it at Absol.

    “You really don’t want to do that,” she warned. Absol ignored this, and leapt at her again, but this time she was ready. Reversing her sword with a flash of steel, she slammed the hilt into Absol's forehead. With a slight moan, the Pokémon collapsed to the floor. Casually slipping her sword back into its sheath, she called out of the door, “Johnson? I have a little package here that I need you to take care of for me!” The big man with the hammer, presumably Johnson, stumped back inside and slung Absol over his shoulder.

    “Whurr dja wannum?” he asked, his deep, gravelly voice slurring badly.

    “The usual, Johnson. In the holding pens by the arena, whichever’s free,” she said, dismissing him with a flick of her wrist.

    “Roight ch’are, milady!” he said, and stumped up the stairs and out the door. She watched him go absently, and then turned to Ryu.

    “Excellent fellow, that, don’t you think? Not terribly bright, of course, but who is these days?” Ryu remained silent, as he had this whole time, observing her, taking her measure. “Oh, come now, Ryu! Why so glum?” She smiled and leant against the wall opposite him, completely at ease. Ryu finally decided to speak.

    “How...do you know my name?” he asked. “And who are you?” She seemed to ponder these questions for a moment, but then said,

    “I know your name, Ryu, because we have been watching you for some time. You are quite the special young man!” Ryu noticed she had only answered one question, so he repeated,

    “Who are you?” She seemed a little taken aback, but answered anyway.

    “My name... is Huyihije. At least, that is the name I go by, but you will have to make do with just that, I’m afraid. As for who I am...” she seemed to be debating whether to go on, “Let’s just say I work for someone with a lot of influence; a gentleman so secretive that even I don’t know who he is,” she laughed, clearly believing this to be amusing. She stopped, however, when it became apparent that Ryu was not joining in. “I’m afraid I can’t tell you any more than that. This whole project is top secret!” she whispered confidentially, and giggled. Unfazed, Ryu asked bluntly,

    “What project? And why did you bring me here? What’s so special about me?” She laughed again, clearly enjoying herself for some bizarre reason.

    “Like I say, I can’t tell you any more about the project. And believe me, you will play a very important role in it!”

    “What if I don’t want to?” Ryu shouted suddenly. “I don’t want any part in...whatever this is! This isn’t my world! My world consists of my village, my uncle and my friends, not dungeons, portals, Pokémon and crazy lunatics that won’t tell me what’s going on!” Huyihije’s easy smile vanished, and she said coldly,

    “Oh, this is your world now, boy,” Ryu began to ask something, but she held up a hand to silence him, and then walked to the exit. Turning in the doorway, she added, “I’ll be back later. Don’t go anywhere!” The door slammed.

    As if I could, thought Ryu ruefully. He sighed and settled himself a little further down the wall. All he could really do was try to get some sleep, and take things as they came.
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    You know, Dragon user X, you write this better than Faith. Frankly speaking, I'm a little disappointed but oh well, I'd suppose this one's more interesting if it is indeed true that this is the first fic whose plot you've actually thought out before writing.

    I squirmed at the intro. It wasn't bad, but I particularly disliked the first-person (by the author) explanations of the story. Perhaps a third-person narrative (a soliloquy would be decent), or even a first-person account (i.e. the author isn't the one in the chapter) would be better.

    The prologue was good. Again, you show your flair for description at the very first lines, and was of course, consistent throughout the entire chapter. I liked the battle. It flowed smoothly (mainly because there were no trainers shouting orders as though in a turn-based battle), was described in detail and was overall nicely done.

    Next chapter. I felt that the sounds in italics was rather jarring. There was too much. You could try limiting how much you use by describing (Dragon user X = description ) instead, to restore its literary device value.

    Quote Originally Posted by Dragon user X
    it wasn’t normally like him at all.
    Redundant. Actually, with 'normally', the sentence does to my brain.

    Ahh... Ryu reminds me of... me. And Tomasu as... my parents. So the equation actually worked in medieval times? Where people still fought with swords? It made me smile to think of that.

    Lots of description here. Description of Ryu and his behaviour/thoughts/feelings, of his escape, of the forest scene, the Houndoom scene and basically the whole chapter. Yes, I know the plot is there and all, but this is Dragon user X I'm talking about. Move aside please, plottyness, and make way for description.

    And before you know it, Ryu faints. I like using that to end chapters too, just so you know.

    Next chapter. I look at the title and... OMG ABSOL. And a haughty one to boot.

    So u herd i liek absolz. That much is true. Coupled with a personality and u wil herd i lov absolz.

    Then... Absol has telepathy capabilities? If I remember correctly, Dark types aren't supposed to display the capabilites of the Psychic types.

    Then again, this Absol could be a special one. And therefore...

    To the (tentatively) special Absol: Are you a one-of-a-kind? And watch out for this guy. He's called Dragon use-

    Then the woman *almost* gives Ryu a villain speech. I thought that would be the end... a villain speech at the start of the story... but turns out that she didn't actually give away much. Whew.

    Ryu didn't even try to escape. He just accepted the situation and sat down. That was the sad part of it. I thought someone like Ryu would have tried to give her the slip even being disadvantaged by his knee.

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    Absol to Jayc: Oh, I am more special than you will ever know, human...

    And yes...I liek Absols. A lot. Bloody great glass cannons, though.
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  14. #14

    Default Chapter Three-Escape?

    And about damned time, too! Sorry guys, the writer's block got me. I'm back now, though!


    Chapter Three-Escape?

    Ryu awoke suddenly to find Huyihije leaning over him with a strange, twisted smile on her face.

    “Morning, Ryu!” she said mockingly. “Did you sleep well? I certainly hope so, because you’ve got a big day ahead of you!” She laughed, as if at some private joke, and Ryu looked at her quizzically. “Up you get,” she said, but Ryu moaned and shook his head. She sighed wearily. “Johnson...” Ryu felt a large, strong pair of arms lift him roughly to his feet. As soon as the arms let him go, however, he cried out in pain and collapsed, clutching his knee.

    “Gurr hurr,” he heard Johnson rumble behind him, “Ah fink derz sommink wron’ wif ‘is leg!”

    “No, really, Johnson?” said Huyihije, her voice laden with sarcasm. “I never would have known if you hadn’t pointed that out!” This went straight over Johnson’s head, and the big man shuffled awkwardly, seemingly under the impression that he had been helpful.

    “Gurr, milady, tain’t nuffink!” Huyihije rolled her eyes and said to Ryu,

    “Well now, we can’t have that, can we? You need to be in prime condition for what we have in store for you!” She laughed, and placed a hand on his injured knee. Not a second later, the strangest sensation washed over it; it alternately burned and froze, jerking slightly, and then lying still. When Huyihije took her hand away, something felt...different. For the second time, Johnson heaved Ryu to his feet, and then let go. This time, to Ryu’s surprise, he could stand. He tested it out cautiously, bending and flexing the limb carefully, but the pain was completely gone. There wasn’t even a tickle compared to the agony he had been in a few moments ago.

    Ryu looked up at Huyihije in wonder, a multitude of questions vying to be asked. He opened his mouth and said disbelievingly,

    “Was that... magic?” However, she simply smiled and placed a finger to her lips confidentially, and Ryu realised he would get nothing out of her.

    “Now walk, please,” she said, gesturing to the door as if nothing had happened. Eyeing her sword nervously, he obeyed, wondering what had happened. Magic? one part of his mind said, but was immediately quashed. Don’t be silly! Magic doesn’t exist! But if it wasn’t magic, then what was it? He decided to simply observe for a time, acquiescing to their demands and not giving them any cause to suspect. However, he still didn’t know what they wanted of him or why they wanted it. There has to be a reason, he thought. Surely...

    However, there was no more time to ponder this, as they had now left the damp room that Ryu had been imprisoned in for...he suddenly realised that he didn’t know how long it had been. He just hoped he wouldn’t have to see it again. He exited the door, and Johnson gave him what was intended to be a gentle nudge in the right direction. It appeared, however, that the big man did not know his own strength, and Ryu went sprawling on the hard stone floor. It was as he lay there, groaning, that he noticed something strange. Carved into the centre of each flagstone was an odd symbol; a six-pointed star, with a tiny circle carved at each point. Ryu wondered if it meant anything special, but was distracted by Johnson dragging him to his feet for the third time, mumbling an apology. Very aware of the large war hammer over Johnson’s shoulder, Ryu quickly continued walking in the indicated direction.

    As they continued, Ryu noticed two things. Firstly, he appeared to be in some sort of...castle was the word that sprang to mind; the walls were made of gigantic stone blocks, the windows were slits in the wall, and the place seemed to be occupied entirely by stoic armed men, standing to attention at regular intervals. Most of these bowed or nodded in Huyihije's direction as the group passed them. He also noticed that the six-pointed star motif was everywhere. It adorned tapestries, was inscribed upon breastplates, painted on shields and even woven into the carpet in several places. It certainly appeared to have some significance....

    Before he could puzzle over this much longer, however, his attention was caught by something far more impressive. Set into the grey stone wall on his right was a gigantic set of oaken double doors. They stood nearly three times as high as Ryu, and ten times as wide. At about head height, a huge metal bar was fastened to the door, securely locking it, preventing access. Ryu stopped before it unconsciously, gazing at it as if in a trance. He was unable to quite pinpoint what it was about this door that fascinated him so, but it seemed, to him, at that moment, the most important thing in the world. A strange aura seemed to emanate from it, causing him to shudder involuntarily.

    Ryu was snapped out of his trance by the sound of Huyihije’s voice.

    “Not in there, Ryu,” she said smoothly, placing a firm hand on his shoulder and guiding him along the corridor. “We’re going this way, remember?” Ryu noticed that she sounded a little worried; he was trying to work out why, when a sudden realisation hit him. He still had his sword. Which meant... he glanced sideways at his captors. Huyihije was strolling casually along on his left, seemingly examining the tapestries on the wall. On his right, Johnson stumped along heavily, glaring straight ahead, slightly slack-jawed. If he could catch them off guard, he could make a break for it. But where to? Casually sliding his hand down toward his sword, he decided he’d work that out when he came to it.

    Sliding the sword from its sheath, he lunged at Huyihije, surprised by his own vindictiveness. She could not block the blow, but twisted aside with lightning speed, drawing her own sword as she did, levelling it at his neck. On his other side, Johnson caught up with what was happening and hefted his hammer, growling threateningly.

    Breathing heavily as he looked from one foe to the other, Ryu realised that he had lost the element of surprise. He only had one option left. Ducking away from Huyihije's sword, he turned and ran, back the way they had come, sword in hand. Looking back, he saw that Johnson was attempting to give chase. Huyihije was simply standing there, smirking slightly. This worried Ryu slightly. It was as if she knew something that he didn’t...

    On the other hand, he was glad that she wasn’t chasing him. He wasn’t sure he could outrun her if she did. Johnson, however, was a different story. Being a large man, he didn’t run very well at all, and was further hampered by his hammer. Grinning, Ryu sped up, rounding a corner and almost slamming into a tall man in traditional battle armour, one of the guards he had seen earlier.

    “Hey!” cried the man, seeing Ryu. “Stop!” But Ryu had no intention of stopping. Regaining momentum, he dashed off, the guard in hot pursuit, yelling obscenities. Rounding a second corner, Ryu saw another guard, several yards ahead. Alerted by his comrade’s curses, the second guard drew a katana and blocked Ryu’s path. Not good. Desperately, Ryu scanned the corridor for an alternate route. A door caught his eye, swinging ajar. Frantically, he yanked it open and dashed through, slamming it behind him and sprinting on. This corridor, he realised before he had taken a step, was pitch black with the door closed, and very narrow. The corridor apparently turned a corner, for Ryu ran full force into a stone wall before he had gone ten yards dropping to the ground. Groaning, he stood up, fumbling around in the dark. Behind him, the guards were attempting to force their way through the door. Thankfully, it appeared to have locked itself when he shut it behind him.

    Finding empty space before him, Ryu tentatively stumbled forwards, arms outstretched like a sleepwalker, lest he come to another wall. It took him several minutes to traverse the corridor in the dark, scraping his elbows and shins badly in the process. The guards appeared to have gotten lost, or perhaps they had simply given up. All of a sudden, he came up against another hard surface. He probed left and right, but with no success. Reaching forward again, Ryu realised that it was in fact a door. He fumbled around in the dark, eventually locating a handle. Grasping it firmly, he gave it a sharp tug. The door did not budge. He tried pushing it. Still no result. Puzzled, he ran his fingers across the wooden surface, searching for some other means of opening the door.

    Ryu stubbed his fingers on something cold and hard. An iron bar, perhaps? Exploring further, he discovered that it was indeed an iron bar. Grasping it carefully, he lifted it free of its hooks with a jarringly loud clunk. Wincing from the noise, he set the bar on the ground behind him, and tried the door again. This time, it swung open easily, if a little creakily. Ryu shielded his eyes from the light that suddenly flooded his vision. It was as if the sun had just exploded inside his head. Blinking, he attempted to restore his eyesight.

    When his vision cleared, he looked curiously around the room he now found himself in. It appeared to be a large, luxurious bedroom, complete with a magnificent four-poster bed with royal purple hangings. Wondering who the room could belong to, Ryu glanced around again, and froze when he saw the door. It was the huge wooden door that had fascinated him so earlier. So now he was on the other side of the door...it seemed awfully strange, to put such heavy security on a bedroom. Looking behind him, he realised that the door he had come through would have been impossible to open from the inside. Somebody definitely didn’t want the resident to leave.


    Humming softly to herself, Cassie pinned her glossy black hair up carefully, watching herself in the mirror. Finally satisfied, she smiled and dropped her hands, turning her head from side to side to admire her handiwork. She had done a good job, really. She got better at it every time, now. She had to hand it to herself; she was managing fairly well without the army of servants and maids that she was used to. Her face fell as she thought of this. What use was there in looking gorgeous if there was nobody around to appreciate it? She sighed as, not for the first time, she thought regretfully of home.

    “How did you get yourself into this mess, Cass?” she asked her reflection sadly. Her reflection just stared back blankly. She shook her head violently, trying to snap herself out of it. Talking to one’s reflection? Whatever next? This place was driving her crazy, that was for sure. “Not like you can do anything about it,” she told herself glumly. If a knight on a Pokémon were to come by and sweep her off her feet, now that would be a different story... She shook her head again, trying to clear her head of the silly fantasies that filled it more and more often these days. She was being ridiculous. That was the sort of thing that happened in story books for children, not in real life.

    She was stuck here, then, until her father agreed to whatever horrid demands her captors had made of him. She didn’t see that happening, though. Her father was many things, but compassionate was not one of them. Unfortunately, neither was generous. Realising that all the head-shaking had loosened her elaborate hairdo, Cassie sighed and pulled the remaining pins from her raven black tresses, simply letting them cascade down her back in waves. It wasn’t worth the effort.

    Reluctantly, Cassie made her way back out into the bedroom, hoping to find a book to read, or anything to break the monotony. Wishful fantasies of gallant heroes still floated around her head as she pulled the door open...


    Ryu looked up in surprise as a door opened on the opposite side of the room, revealing a girl a little older than he was. She stepped inside, apparently not seeing him, and shut the door delicately behind her. She wore a deep blue dress that trailed along the floor, hugging her curves and accentuating her slim figure. She stopped suddenly as she noticed the stunned Ryu. In astonishment, she simply stared at him for a second. Ryu noticed her eyes, precisely the same colour as her dress, large and innocent-looking; yet somehow, it seemed that they managed to bore into his head. And then she spoke, her voice soft and melodious.

    “Hello,” she said, observing him curiously. “Are you here to rescue me?” This certainly wasn’t what Ryu had been expecting. All he could think to say was,

    “Er...no. Not really.” Her lower lip quivered suddenly, and she burst into tears. Quite shocked, Ryu simply gaped. The girl sat down heavily on the four-poster, tears streaming down her cheeks. “Ah...” Ryu tried, “was it something I said?” She glared at him through red-rimmed eyes.

    “Of course! I thought you’d come here to get me out of here! But no! Nobody cares about poor little me, do they?” she shot at him, and then resumed her sobbing. Ryu was beginning to get annoyed. He suspected the crying was an act, and really, this girl was trying his patience already. He’d had a long day.

    “Oh, shut up!” he said loudly, cutting her off in mid-sob. She stood up and advanced on him furiously.

    “How dare you! You, a peasant boy, dare to speak to me like that! How...” Ryu simply raised an eyebrow. She seemed at a loss for words. “Just...just go, then!” She waved her hand at him dismissively.

    “I’m not going anywhere,” said Ryu, fighting to keep his temper, “until you tell me what’s going on here! I don’t know what the hell is going on!” She appeared extremely shocked. Evidently, she was not used to being spoken to like that.

    It’ll teach her a lesson, thought Ryu. She could do with a few... Glaring at him, she spoke reluctantly.

    “My father is a wealthy earl. These people, whoever they are, kidnapped me, and appear to be holding me to ransom. I don’t know any more than that.” Ryu thought about this for a moment, and then asked,

    “Do you know who these people are? They took me captive, too, and I don’t know why.” Now it was her turn to raise an eyebrow.

    “How should I know?” she said rudely. “I wouldn’t know what they’d want with a peasant boy like you, anyway!” Ryu was beginning to wonder if he’d ever get a straight answer out of this girl.

    “Look, could you at least tell me your name?” he tried desperately. She smirked at him superiorly.

    “To my friends, I’m Cassie. But that’s Lady Cassandra to you!” she said self-importantly. Ryu sighed. This was going to be a long day indeed.


    What do you guys think?
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    Nitpicking alert. Candidates for change are highlighted in red. Suggested additional words are highlighted in red and bolded. Reshuffles are highlighted in red and underlined.

    Quote Originally Posted by Kenji Sasaki View Post
    However, there was no more time to ponder this, as they had now left the damp room that Ryu had been imprisoned in for...he suddenly realised that he didn’t know how long it had been. He just hoped he wouldn’t have to see it again. He exited the door, and Johnson gave him what was intended to be a gentle nudge in the right direction.
    A little confusing. One would have to assume that 'they' excluded Ryu, but it is not implied very strongly in the sentence. Perhaps 'the two', or something implying that Ryu had been left behind would be better.

    Still, it comes to this: the normal, rational way to escort a captive would be to let the captive go first, with you behind. Or in this case, the captive should have been in the middle.

    Quote Originally Posted by Kenji Sasaki View Post
    Ryu was snapped out of his chance by the sound of Huyihije’s voice.
    Perhaps 'trance' would be a better word?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kenji Sasaki View Post
    “Not in there, Ryu,” she said smoothly, placing a firm hand on his shoulder and guiding him along the corridor. “We’re going this way, remember?” Ryu noticed that she sounded a little worried; he was trying to work out why, when a sudden realisation hit him. He still had his sword.
    Not very sure if this Huyihijie person is worried because of Ryu's sword. Even if it isn't, I find it preposterous that no one thought of disarming their captive.

    Quote Originally Posted by Kenji Sasaki View Post
    A door caught his eye, swinging ajar.
    Now, who exactly left it so conveniently open?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kenji Sasaki View Post
    Behind him, the guards were attempting to force their way through the door. Thankfully, it appeared to have locked itself when he shut it behind him.
    Holes in walls which have bits of solid attached to them are very amazing things. This is a tad too convenient to be fully believable.

    Quote Originally Posted by Kenji Sasaki View Post
    It took him several minutes to traverse the corridor in the dark, scraping his elbows and shins badly in the process.
    The iris does increase in size to accommodate more light when it is dark. I'd say it would take no less than thirty seconds to get a vague outline of your surroundings. Your eyes would adjust completely by three minutes.

    Quote Originally Posted by Kenji Sasaki View Post
    Reaching forward again, Ryu realised that it was in fact a door.
    How exactly?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kenji Sasaki View Post
    Ryu shielded his eyes from the light that suddenly flooded his vision. It was as if the sun had just exploded inside his head. Blinking, he attempted to restore his eyesight.
    You remembered that Ryu's eyes were not used to light, but forgot that his eyes were also used to darkness?!

    Quote Originally Posted by Kenji Sasaki View Post
    Her father was many things, but compassionate was not one of them. Unfortunately, neither was he generous.
    Missed a word.

    Quote Originally Posted by Kenji Sasaki View Post
    “Hello,” she said, observing him curiously. “Are you here to rescue me?”

    This certainly wasn’t what Ryu had been expecting. All he could think to say was, “Er...no. Not really.”
    Looks neater. I don't think a sentence can end with a comma. The only alternatives I can think of is the hyphen and ellipses. But neither would fit very well in this case, so you might want to reshuffle the sentences.

    Quote Originally Posted by Kenji Sasaki View Post
    “My father is a wealthy earl. These people, whoever they are, kidnapped me, and appear to be holding me to ransom. I don’t know any more than that.”
    'For' might be a better word.

    So Cassie and Ryu already have a common understanding by this point? She knows that Ryu has met 'these people'? She doesn't think Ryu might be one of 'those people'?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kenji Sasaki View Post
    Ryu thought about this for a moment, and then asked, “Do you know who these people are? They took me captive, too, and I don’t know why.” Now it was her turn to raise an eyebrow.
    New paragraph, and join the sentence with the dialogue, as is the case with the above quote.


    Overall, an interesting chapter; it's making me wonder what the heck Huyihijie is up to. I thought the escape was a little disjointed, convenient and weird, but otherwise, almost everything was fine. A few minor slips here and there, but nothing major syntax-wise.

    Try to imagine the scene when you are writing. Try to imagine as realistically as possible. Is Huyihijie as stupid as her sidekick that she didn't take away Ryu's sword? What is the chance that an open door might just be conveniently near you while you are escaping, and is self-locking to boot? Is there something wrong with Ryu's eyes that they seriously cannot adjust in darkness? How is it possible that the whole 'castle' doesn't seem as though it is in an uproar?

    Creating the image in my head works for me (as it did in nitpicking this chapter). I often find seemingly ridiculous things in my own writing when I proofread this way. It might not work as well for you (my imagination allows for full-HD image viewing), but it doesn't hurt to try it out.

    Cassie is a rather intrigueing character, if a little over-used and reminiscent of Platina Berlitz(whom I am basing one of my main characters on!). Proud, a little spoilt, condescending towards the 'lower class' and rich. I don't think I need to be told that Ryu and Cassie might have a very interesting relationship somewhere in the plot.
    Last edited by Jayc; 22nd January 2009 at 02:17 AM.

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