Z wrote:To save all our history for posterity, and boost members' post counts, I'm reposting old threads from the yahoo group and old forum. It may be a long and tedious task, but hopefully it'll be done and we can find all our history in one place!
The day was young, and the rains from the previous night had dissapated. For the two travellers from Flaim, the rain was welcome if not pleasant. Elainne, now a girl of fifteen mucked about in the rain happily, shoes off and enjoying the feeling of the muddy earth between her toes.
Morning had broken nearly an hour previous, and the knight and his squire had gone to practicing already. They traded blows nearly evenly, neither caring whether someone or something heard them. While Elainne was still green on the field of battle, her master Almelchaya was anything but. A veteran of the war five years prior Al had seen his share of wars, which also brought him to acquire the accursed sword that he had at his side.
Practice ended before noon and the two rested in the cool air. Elainne started preparing the meal as Al sat back and enjoyed his break. They would take their time to go to Moss, the homeland of Al's mother.
"Say, master?" Elainne began, her young voice filled with concern. "Isn't it dangerous to be cooking in the wilderness like this? I mean, I'm sure that someone might smell this and think they can steal it from us. Food is a commodity we have little of."
Al nodded. "Elainne." He smirked. "I think a little live practice is needed for a young squire to learn the harshness of the field."
Elainne gasped. "You are trying to provoke something master?"
Al laughed. "Not provoke." He shushed her. "There are things that need to be addressed and can only be done on the field of battle. You'll understand soon enough." With that he silenced her with a stare. His bait was pleasantly prepared, and now all he had to do was wait and see whether or not his little trap worked. Elainne needed the experience, regardless of her skill in practice, practice was not life-threatening. He needed to prepare her for that event.