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TBK - Interlude 6 - ITBK - Interlude 6 - I by ghikij
Authors' Note: This interlude takes as its foundation the following The Bell Keeper - Journals: Entries 7, 8, 9, 10, and 11. It has been written with the assumption that the reader has knowledge of the aforementioned chapters, and though it is possible to grasp the events of this interlude without reading those journals, we still recommend their perusal. If you have not read the TBK-Journals, we insist that you go back to our profile page and read the labeled entries.
Interlude 6 - Anarchic Tribulations I
Esmeralda Quintana watched the grey storm clouds outside. Her window had been left ajar earlier when she was still under the influence of pain medications, and it seemed like her caretaker had forgotten to close it when the wind had picked up. She wasn’t sure if it could even be closed considering how ancient and dilapidated this building seemed to be. The infirmary of the Hroovit Defense C
TBK - Tinkle 29TBK - Tinkle 29 by ghikij
Ti29 - Melting Snow
The Avian’s voice sounded as cold and piercing as the large raindrops that pelted Rui’s face. The winds around her were howling now, as if worshipping its mistress’ word, and it threatened to rip tree branches from their trunks. The golden Fox has never seen such a punishing display by nature, and what made it worse was that it did not seem natural at all. A heavy aura of dense magic infused the atmosphere until the air pressure could be felt pressing down on her limbs.
And she was sure that the winged woman was causing this terrifying cyclone.
If Rui had been less overwhelmed, she would have clearly observed the features of this stranger who seemed to command the very skies she rode, but the Kyuubi scarcely found the courage to tear her eyes away.
“Hide." This was the only word she could muster as her mind reeled from the presence of this stranger. Yutsu was still stand
TBK - Tinkle 28TBK - Tinkle 28 by AdrenaVeris
Ti28 – Nuanced Heart
A frosty puff of air came into existence at her listless sigh and, as wide garnet orbs gazed at the small haze, the ephemeral subsistence faded like the delicate snowflakes outside the window. The white tip of her sleek obsidian tail then brushed against the condensation on the glass and brought the thin layer of frost under her curious scrutiny. The heat from her fur was more than enough to melt the ice into water, which seeped into her black coat and disappeared from her sight.
Sakura shivered at the cold moistness before returning her gaze back to the strange scenery outside the train compartment. She recalled her recent experiences on rail transportation and smiled sadly, for she could remember nothing but nervousness from those trips.
During the mission from which everything began, she was too anxious to get the job done to take note of the surroundings. The meandering trail then even
TBK - Tinkle 27TBK - Tinkle 27 by AdrenaVeris
Ti27 – Devout Proclivity
Grass rustled cacophonously after the flowers fell from Nita’s slack fingers, but she barely noticed even as some of the loose petals drifted away along the breeze. The world became silent yet deafening the moment Kalti told her about Sakura. The young Bear could only stand frozen while her mind tried to absorb the news.
The Coyote appeared really apologetic as he tried his best to explain the situation. Fleetingly, she hoped that he was making things up but she knew her childhood friend enough to trust that he would never lie, and definitely not about something like this. All she could do was feebly point at the direction of Lake Jaci when Kalti asked Rui’s whereabouts. She had to clear her throat a few times before adding that Yutsu was back in the cabin.
Nita blinked dazedly. Right, she had gone northwest out of Matoskah after the healing session to loo
TBK - Tinkle 26TBK - Tinkle 26 by Athyra
Ti26 – Opprobrious Cognizance
Glimmering emerald eyes saw nothing but the myriad of words on the wizened pages, absorbed by the colorful world that these simple combinations of letters painted. It was the only way she could go on adventures without feeling anxious or uncomfortable with her appearance. Through her repertoire of books, the ten-year-old girl had already traversed the Sagarmath Mountain range to find the legendary Unicorn, swam in each of the Great Lakes of Quercus to prove her worth, braved the storms of the Ooyamatsumi Sea to challenge the Yasumaran demons, endured the scalding Kahzara Desert to reach the treasures within the Pyramids, and-
“Sis! Are you there?”
Shirley almost jumped out of her skin as her imaginary journey faded and returned her to her comfy chair. She pressed a hand against her pounding heart while the delicious scent of timothy hay filled her nostrils,
TBK:CC - Interlude IITBK:CC - Interlude II by Athyra
Interlude II – The Hamster who Roars
A furious yowl echoed in the alleyway, followed by a nerve-wrecking silence.
No one dared to breathe, no one dared to move.
The Duat remained soundless and still in spite of the many spectators and combatants. Standing in the middle was a giant man, frozen in motion before he could pick up his tied captive on the ground. The beautiful blonde girl glared defiantly at her abductor as she struggled to free her wrists, which were bounded by ropes behind her back.
The furious yowl resounded again, snapping the confused thugs’ attention to the sole entrance to the arena. A shadow slowly blended with the darkness as a silhouette stepped into view.
It was a scruffy ochre-colored felis, whose fangs were bared menacingly at the gang.
“What the hell?” The Boss uttered in bewilderment.
“Clarie!” The captured princess called fondly, her amethyst eyes
TBK:CC - Drabble XTBK:CC - Drabble X by AdrenaVeris
Drabble X – Concealed Shades
Elaine gradually became aware of her surroundings when her consciousness resurfaced from a quagmire of nothingness. Her perception stretched and informed her that she was lying on a bed in an unfamiliar place, though the arid desert scent was still noticeable in spite of her muffled sense of smell. However, the room itself was pleasantly cool and her body felt so tired that she had no inclination of opening her eyes, so that she could return to the blissful void and not think about anything.
Yet slowly and steadily, she regained the sensation of pain. Her muscles ached all over, particularly right below her ribs where heat seemed to radiate and ignite the nerves in that area. Her arms and legs stung from various cuts, prickling and tingling so uncomfortably that she forced her heavy eyelids to open.
She was nestled on a large but simple bed within a spartan room. There were a worn-out stool and
TBK:CC - Drabble IXTBK:CC - Drabble IX by Athyra
Drabble IX – Mouse Trap
“Come on, Crazy Cat, you’re lagging behind!”
“Carry me, Hameo...”
Mariel rolled her eyes and swerved behind the yawning brunette. Before she could push Clarice, the older girl just slumped against her and almost made her stumble from the sudden weight she had to support. “Oi, stop fooling around!”
Groaning, the Hamster glanced at the only sensible member of their party, hoping for a few reprimands to get the Lynxlioness going. However, Elaine was looking straight ahead, her body tense as she tried to walk faster without appearing to be in a hurry. Mariel’s excited mood sobered down as she continued to push the sleepy Feline, whose ears were flicking every now and then to show that she was alert in spite of her demeanor.
After all, Kazan was much different than the three remembered, almost as if it was a new city.
TBK:CC - Drabble VIIITBK:CC - Drabble VIII by Athyra
DrVIII – The Power She Has
“Good mornin’ ladies!”
“M-Mr. Bear! What happened to you?”
Mariel made sure her beloved tool belt was buckled securely before looking at the entrance to see what the commotion was about. She couldn’t help but raise an eyebrow at the sight of Maurice Araguay sporting a black eye on his already conspicuous visage. Who in the world would dare to do that to the bounty hunter and actually succeed?
“Kekeke, Bans got me good,” the Coati looked oddly cheerful for someone with a painful-looking bruise, “Even after years of working with him, sparring with him, wrestling with him… I still can’t predict the bastard’s moves!”
“Well yeah, Mr. Tree can just disappear into thin air, yeah? That’s cheating!” Clarice then folded her arms and giggled, “Now your face has both black and white colors!”
TBK - Journals - Tails in the Smoke0w0w0w0w0w0w0w0w0TBK - Journals - Tails in the Smoke by ghikij
Entry 11 - Tails in the Smoke
Several days after Entry 9; On the designated minefield near the Hroovit River
Esmeralda Quintana yipped involuntarily as she reviewed the ground plan for her mission. The jeep she rode had already strayed away from the main highway and it bucked and dipped at every bump and hole on the rocky expanse of the sparse Southern Fenrisyran woodlands, making it difficult to read and review her notes. They were close now, and as the western bridge loomed ever closer, her heart pounded just a little harder.
She gripped the large roll of parchment on her lap. It was the geographical survey she did several days ago, with all its sketches, x marks, and topographical information. Back then it all seemed like a game, a very serious game but a game nonetheless, something she would have done for Warren's periodic geology tests to keep her mind sharp. However, today, she felt terribly cold, fearful that she might not
TBK - Journals - Of Friends and StrangersOVvVOVvVOVvVOVvVOVvVOVvVOVvVOVvVOVvVOVvVOTBK - Journals - Of Friends and Strangers by AdrenaVeris
Entry 10 – Of Friends and Strangers
After Entry 9 & Many Years before TBK Book1 –Chime
Heidi Lakshme pinched the bridge of her nose as she perused the documents fanned out on the table. Frowning imperceptibly, she pulled a page closer and examined its content more thoroughly this time before putting it into a folder that was significantly thinner than the other stacks. The Maned Wolf exhaled almost inaudibly, taking a brief pause to reorganize her thoughts before searching for a particular page that needed to be placed as the first in that special folder.
Perhaps it was due to hours of reading the lists of personnel sent from various Dog Cities, the tactician was unable to locate the file she wanted. She closed and rubbed her eyes, annoyed at the wasted time but she refused to let weariness sink into her tense shoulders yet. The register of reinforcements contained well over th
TBK - Journals - Preparations0w0w0w0w0w0w0w0w0w0TBK - Journals - Preparations by ghikij
Entry 9 – Preparations
Several days after Entry 8; Sidonia Refugee Camp
Esmeralda Quintana walked on the worn pathway in the refugee camp early in the morning. She observed that the brown dirt road was twice as broad now that it wasn't only equi that transversed over it. Over a hundred migrants traveled to and fro on it now that Sidonia was swinging into full gear. Reinforcements from all the Dog cities were here now. Saint Bernards and floppy-eared Shepherds from Carrerra provided defenses for the farmers and common folk that lived outside of Sidonia's mighty walls by erecting palisades and watch towers, while the Akitas brought more gunpowder and explosives, as well as people with expertise to use them. In fact, Esme was supposed to meet a few of these people today to orchestrate an important mission on the banks of the Hroovit River.
The most impressive display in this whole thing, however, was the march of the Alsailles C
TBK - Journals - Prancing0w0w0w0w0w0w0TBK - Journals - Prancing by ghikij
Entry 8: Prancing
Post Entry 7
The equi were finally returned to their stalls, and somehow, that made Esme quite happy. After all, these magnificent beasts loaned their precious cubicles to displaced families and never complained. They simply grazed out on the pasture contently, in spite of the sun’s unforgiving rays and the chill of the night. Now, they rested comfortably in their own rooms with their tails whipping sleepily from side to side.
In the weeks she had spent with them, the Dhole found comfort in the patient animals and their serenely wise stares. She was especially fond of the ginger gelding whose coat was like that of spun copper. In spite of his fiery appearance, he had been the gentlest of the Aragon’s herd. He had been wonderful with the refugees’ children as well, nuzzling them and allowing them to pull on his tail and even climb on his back. Later, Esme learned that his name was D’Angelo from one of
TBK - Wave 1TBK - Wave 1 by ghikij
Waves I Rolling Tides
It was late at night when she decided to come out onto the deck of the merchant ship called the Ferret Express, unable to sleep and unwilling to think. She was too tired to think of the future, of the uncertain flux beyond what she could see, yet the chore still roused her from her slumber in spite of her exhaustion. So she thought that it would be best if she lost herself in the moment, take a breather and absorb her surroundings. That was all she could do lately anyway, to accept the now for what it was and not to think too far of tomorrow. It had served her well so far, calming and soothing her, lulling the insecurity away much like how the movement beneath her feet slowly stirred, breathing like the giant she once saw in Kaltrea as a child.
Cool glass touched her warm lips as the distinct scent of ocean water invaded her nose. Rui Brewfort rolled the mead in her mouth much like how the seawater chu
TBK - Chime 15TBK - Chime 15 by AdrenaVeris
Chime 15 Subtilized Path
Sakura was surprised to find herself reluctant to change out of the formerly annoying dress she wore during the dinner earlier. Her sleek tail drooped in weariness and brushed against the floor, sweeping up some lint from the tiles. She no longer cared, however, for she was now back in the washroom and in front of the mirror once more.
The euphoria from the wholesome family dinner had evaporated into nothingness.
She might have reached an understanding with Rui, but how long would that last? She glanced at her usual outfit and cringed in dread, not wanting to break this wonderful illusion of a normal life. Certainly, a part of her was constantly terrified of losing this familial bond with her guardian, but tonight was the first time she realized a peaceful relationship with the golden Fox and Yutsu could not persist if she clung onto the Rebellion.
Will there be a time when she would be force
TBK - Chime 14TBK - Chime 14 by ghikij
Chime 14 Resplendent Queen
Sakura yawned soundlessly and stretched across her bed, laying on her stomach and swishing her furry tail in lazy arcs. She flinched at the sight of dirt smeared across the pristine white sheet and, out of habit, she immediately pulled the blanket over the area so no one would see it. A piece of paper had been slipped beneath the door, informing her that Yutsu and Rui would not be back before dinnertime, but she did not want any ammunition to risk her guardian's wrath.
Sighing deeply, she sneaked guilty glances towards the entrances before draping her dusty tail over the edge of the bed. Really, she just washed it this morning under Nita's exuberant gaze so how did the fluffy appendage collected so much dirt in just half a day? She hadn't moved from the room at all! It was not her fault her tail tended to attract all kinds of dust and lint.
Even then, the white-tipped append
A Soldier's Tale - Stage 1A Soldier's Tale - Stage 1 by Jcebreakr
Stage 1 - The Night Before
Another long and dull day has passed for the young llioness. Who said joining the army was better than living on the street. Then again, it was her only option back then. But the heavy training regime and constant sparring left her body sore and tired nearly everyday.
It's been two years since Elise became a part of the Tydarum army and she's been staying at Nargtien barrack ever since.
Cracking her neck, the young feline swiftly slipped off her uniform and put on something simpler for the night. With a quick look around her living quarter with dirty uniforms discarded on the beds and the floor, Elise can easily saw that everyone in her unit had gone to the shower without waiting for her again. In the Tydarum army, a unit consisted of five or six soldiers and one didn't stay in an unit for long due to the constant drafting between barracks. Being the only lioness in her unit and the entire
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