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PostPosted: Fri Mar 21, 2008 2:03 am    Post subject:  Reply with quote

Ya try not to get caught in only writing one sentence. What I do is turn off my computer and remove my self form any distractions and occasionally turn on computer to listen to music but turn it off when I feel it's now a distraction.

As well I will walk around for a long time if I am stuck on something.

I don't mind the story at all, ill comment on what you have when you have something to show me.

Why is she sought after by who ever is in power?
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PostPosted: Sat May 10, 2008 9:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry for taking over three months to write this but I had a lot of trouble with it, mostly with how things will work.

Before you start reading, I want you to know the names used in the stoy are Japanese names therefore I want them to be pronounced correctly. If you do not know the Japanese syllable table, here is what they will sound like in English.

Kanna: Karn-na

Uraha: U-lar-har

Ryuuya: Liu-ya

Raigeki: Lai-geh-ki
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The 1000th Summer

Kanna sipped at the last of the remaining water from the water skin, the heat from the sun made her feel itchy and uncomfortable even in the thin summer dress. She gave the empty water skin to Uraha and complained,
'It's hot and I don't like it.'
Uraha returned the water skin back into his bag and replied, 'Your Highness, you've been complaining about the same thing for the past half hour. There's nothing I can do for you in this part of the region. We'll have to endure it until we get to the highlands, there it'll be cooler.'
The princess ignored him and pouted, 'When is Ryuuya going to be back anyway? He's taking too long.'
Once again the servant replied calmly, 'Ryuuya is searching for food and fresh water so you don't die Your Highness.'
She poked her tongue out at his sarcastic comment. 'You didn't have to say that, I was just playing.'
'Very amusing Your Highness.' Though his expression remain unchanged.

The pair became silent for a while as they sat shaded beneath the big oak observing the surrounding. They were on top of a large hill overlooking the edge of the forest; further up the grasslands seem to stretch for endless miles. Birds called to each other, insects buzzed non-stop creating a racket that blended into the background and occasionally a creature would make leaves rustle on the forest floor. Nature was doing its work.
Uraha glanced at his young master and could see she was enjoying the strange sounds. He smiled. The princess could be impatient and difficult but she also seems to have a nicer side, sometimes.

Kanna broke the silence. 'Why did it have to you that stayed, why couldn't Ryuuya keep me company instead?'
Then again a difficult person is a difficult person.
'Your Highness, my job is to protect and serve you, so is Ryuuyas'. If you insist, he could be the one to stay with you when one of us has to go searching for food.'
Uraha secretly knew Kanna was infatuated to her other servant Ryuuya for he was young and quiet, doing his masters bidding without comment, speaking only when spoken to and was gentle with her. He was also a great swordsman as Uraha himself.

Even though Uraha was in his mid years, he had experienced and seen enough to understand things most wouldn't. Though Kanna was a princess, heir to the throne, Ryuuya was only a servant and bodyguard yet Uraha knew she found his personality attractive. He had no doubt if Ryuuya ever asked her to do something, she would willingly obey. If only she could be that consistent with everyone else, he thought to himself.

Kanna leaned back against the trunk and closed her eyes as a light breeze came up softly.
Uraha knew why her mother, Her Lady the Empress specifically had chosen Ryuuya and himself to be the princess's personal guards. They were the two best swordsmen in the area and she also knew her daughter had a thing for Ryuuya while Uraha himself is an experienced soldier in many ways.
He glanced over at Kanna again who seemed to be starting to nap and recalled the scene for it was still clear in his mind.

The Empress has summoned Uraha to the common room and spoke to him in a low voice.
'I need you to be ready to leave by evening. Kanna will be under your full protection as well as young Ryuuya who will also be going with you. Please, keep her safe from harm until...' She paused. 'Until she becomes a woman and is able to make decisions for herself.'
Uraha bowed and said, 'Your Majesty, I will never leave the princess's side.'
The Empress nodded and smiled. 'I know you will Uraha. You are my most trusted servant which is why I have chosen you. It would please me to no end if foolish Lord Raigeki would stop his madness for power, but, stop is not in his vocabulary unfortunately.'
'Your Majesty, perhaps we can still fight! Our men-'
'No.' She cut him off. ‘My men will be slaughtered one by one by that army of his if I attempt something like that in vain. No, there will be no deaths. I have decided to give up my position and life for Raigeki without struggle in exchange for letting everyone free. I know his type, as long as he gains power he won't mind agreeing to something.'
Uraha was about to argue but stopped himself. He knew by this way there wouldn't be any unnecessary deaths and with the look on the Empress's face, he knew there was no way to change her mind anyway. Instead he sank to the floor in the most formal manner and declared,
'I, Uraha will vow on to the end of my life to protect Her Highness and keep her from danger as it is Her Majesty's final order.'

Kanna was now asleep and Uraha felt a little eased not having to watch her every move. He wondered how long till she would become the person the Empress wanted her to become, if she ever does. He sighed.
The sun didn't seem as intense anymore as the afternoon sounds started. He was about to lean back against a different tree when his instincts alerted him of another human presence. Drawing his sword, Uraha stood over an area between the princess and where the noise was coming from keeping her in sight. After a brief moment, Ryuuya emerged from the bushes solid-faced and sword in hand. One look at him told Uraha what had happened.

'There are a total of fourteen men on out trail, eleven swordsmen and three archers.'
Ryuuya and Uraha were sitting seven-eight metres from the sleeping Kanna yet both had a good view of her and the area around. While Ryuuya was searching for food, he had bumped into the group who were on their pursuit and was forced to be engaged in a small fight. Knowing he was obviously outnumbered, Ryuuya managed to flee with a minor gash on his left arm which was now bandaged and hidden from the princess's eyes. He had to come back a long way to lose the trackers.
Uraha spoke. 'Didn't know Raigeki had trackers this good. We need to move soon.' He glanced at Kanna as he said it. After they talked for a bit more Ryuuya said, 'we'll take turns to rest for now as we need to replenish our energy for later. I'll take some time to cool down so you sleep first Uraha since you've been looking after Her Highness for hours.'
Uraha agreed and went over to lie down under the tree next to Kanna's. He was indeed tired. 'Wake me up when you want me to take over.' Without another word, he pulled his hood over his eyes and fell silent.

Kanna had woken a few hours after Uraha had fell asleep to the smiling face of Ryuuya who said, 'Good evening Your Highness.' She almost cried out in alarm but Ryuuya laughed softly and continued. 'I had promised to bring back you something, and here it is.'
He reached inside his garments and brought out some fruits and berries wrapped in a cloth. 'Sorry I took so long but it was quite a trek for me to find these.'
Kanna could feel herself flushing with the surprise of finding Ryuuya there when she woke. The thought of him watching her while she slept make her embarrassed but luckily it was now dark so her face was shaded. She took the food and managed a small "thank you".
Ryuuya laughed again. 'You are the princess; I am the servant so I am supposed to serve you.'
Kanna nibbled on a berry as he got up and walked away. For the first time, she wished she wasn't. Looking up, her mind raced of the possibilities if she was a normal person living a normal life. It was a quiet night. Thousands of tiny bright stars were visibly contrasted in the black velvet sky. Kanna had never seen noticed such beauty until now. She had spent her life inside a castle, depended on servants as a princess should. As she dwelled on these thoughts, a single tear escaped and ran down her cheek. A summer’s night breeze cooled her body as she looked up into the universe.

'I wonder... how many stars will smile at me...'

. . .

They were surrounded. Both Uraha and Ryuuya stood on either side of the princess in the middle of the clearing, swords raised. It was now four days later. They had continued their way north towards the highlands going through dense vegetation and resting in thick cover but their trackers still managed to catch up with them. No matter how many times Ryuuya or Uraha put down false trails, they always seem to find the real way. Now on the fourth afternoon, they had unknowingly walked into a trap set by the trackers.

Kanna stood silently between her servants, eyes wide and breathing fast. She was frightened of the men who had suddenly ambushed them from the trees. Ryuuya was correct; there were fourteen of them, all armed. Three archers kept a small distance behind, arrows drawn ready. The trackers recognised Ryuuya and they did nothing to hide their loathsome expressions.
Uraha knew it would be difficult to fight while trying to protect the princess from any harm.
'Raigeki's men are good indeed. Your Highness, stay close to one of us. We won't be able to cover you all the time.' Kanna barely had time to nod when an arrow sped through he air missing her by inches declaring the battle begun.
Ryuuya lashed out at the nearest tracker with incredible speed and thrust his sword through his heart. The man died not knowing what had happened.
Uraha took advantage of the moments pause by bringing his own sword down on an unsuspecting victim. His eyes went wide as the blade went through his body like cheese then rolled up as he fell apart.
The fight had just begun and two were already dead. Still, there were many left.

A second arrow zipped past followed by another by a split second both missing Ryuuya above the head. Luckily, these men aren't professional soldiers but even the archers who were bad shots could be the ones that can kill them.

Uraha spun around as a tracker charged up behind him, parring his blow and kicked hard on the side of his knee. As the man stumbled, Uraha slashed hard, decapitating him. He had to get rid of the archers, before they do get a hit.

The princess had been trying to keep near Ryuuya but his speed made it difficult. She had almost lost her life as three trackers closed in around her but at the same time as they raised their blades, Ryuuya's sword found its way between theirs and a harsh duel started, he against the three. Uraha saw Ryuuya was in trouble but decided not to waste time. He started running towards the first archer and received a nasty jab from someone's blade tip. Feeling his blood flowing, Uraha swung his own sword round hoping to hit someone and kept going for the archer. He had seen Uraha coming at him and hastily tried to load a shaft onto the string but was too slow, he was dead within seconds.

Ignoring the pain in his side, Uraha jumped the next archer who just released an arrow at him. It had been a true shot but he batted it away with his unnatural reflexes just in time. The moment his feet touched earth again, another arrow shot by the third archer sped past his right shoulder. There came a loud grunt of pain right behind him. The archer had missed. Uraha caught a glimpse and saw it had hit one of their own men square in the chest. Using the shock of the archer's mistake he quickly cut down the second archer ignoring the moans of the dying man behind him.

Ten yards away, Ryuuya had managed to dispose one of the three he was fighting at the same time, making sure no one came near the princess who was beside him. Stealing a quick, he saw Uraha was now fighting two men at once, trying to push the back. It was then Ryuuya saw the archer, the final one alive, raise a loaded bow carefully at Uraha. Considering the distance, it would be unlikely he will miss. Ryuuya suddenly had to narrowly parry a blow which came harder than he anticipated causing his sword jerk out of his grasp and temporarily leaving him weaponless.

In the next few seconds, several things occurred; Ryuuya shouted out at Uraha as a warning alerting him of the archer, then dived down onto the ground to avoid the trackers gutting him in the nick of time and exploded upwards under their feet, both palms open slamming the two men above the stomach causing them all to tumble to the ground. Not wasting time to celebrate the short triumph, Ryuuya grabbed his fallen sword and killed both of them in a flash. But as he turned to face the next enemy, he glimpsed a blur speed through the air. He blinked and suddenly white hot pain exploded, the small force made him stagger backwards a few feet. Head swimming with the burning pain in his chest, Ryuuya knew he was shot with an arrow. Hearing the princess scream so close, he made a mental note to himself his task wasn't over yet. He forced his legs forwards bearing with the spreading numb pain and saw Uraha cut down the last archer, the one who had shot him. He realised what had happened. When he yelled out the warning to Uraha, the archer must have turned his attack on Ryuuya who wasn't expecting a change of opponent. Leaving the arrow sticking in his body, he looked around for the remaining trackers. Luckily Ryuuya was strong enough to endure the agony but he knew he would not be able to keep it up.

Uraha was now battling away with another tracker furiously. He was grateful for Ryuuya's warning which had saved him but also had taken his would-be shot as well. The young man may be quite skilful but right now he needed immediate treatment.
Glad to rid of the archers, Uraha tried to keep up his remaining energy in his current duel.

Ryuuya saw only two trackers apart from the one Uraha were occupied with. They both headed for the princess when they saw one of the two they were fighting had being shot. Ryuuya remembered a trick move taught to him by his father when dealing with two people at a time and needed to finish them fast. He gripped his sword and charged at the two were one in front of the other as he wanted. Seeing Ryuuya coming at them they stopped and got ready for combat. Ryuuya wasted no time and thrust his sword straight out at the first man. As he had expected, the man jumped sideways to avoid the attack but Ryuuya kept going, spearing the second man between the ribs. Using his momentum, he slashed to the side with all the power he could muster gutting the first man. Both dead men fell at the same time as Uraha finally killed his opponent close by.

It was over. Ryuuya sank down to the trampled grass and clutched at the shaft in his chest. The pain was growing number and he could not hold his sword anymore. He dropped it. Ryuuya had two seconds to breathe steadily before he felt a sudden terrible lash down his back. The princess screamed, 'Ryuuya!' Uraha looked up, eyes wide. No one had seen the final tracker who most likely had hidden come up from behind. Ryuuya had never felt this much excruciating pain in his life as he thudded down on his side struggling to breathe. Blinking out his watering eyes, he caught sight of the princess run towards him in desperation.
The burly tracker saw her coming, grinned and swung his sword playfully. Ryuuya could not do anything, but wish. He wished for Uraha to stop the tracker from killing the princess but her knew their distance was too far apart to protect her in time.
He painfully watched helplessly as the big man move up in a fluid motion, sword raised in a lethal position which when brought down could slice a man in half. In that second before the princess was within range, Ryuuya saw Uraha do something he had never seen him do before. Uraha flung his sword hard in deadly accuracy. The weapon flew through the air in a perfect line and slammed through the broad belly of the tracker. The force pushed the man backwards a few metres and he fell down heavily, pain clearly etched on his shocked face. The sudden attack had come so swift it had punched the breath out of him. The man died with a tiny gurgle just as Kanna reached the trembling body of Ryuuya and fell beside him, eyes streaming with tears.
'Please... don't die...' Her voice was shaking and had a tone Ryuuya had never heard from her. Uraha ran to them and knelt next to the princess looking down at Ryuuya in despair.
'Do something!' She begged to him. 'Pull out the arrow and bandage his body!' Uraha closed his eyes and slowly shook his head, face dark and sullen. Kanna was about to argue but Ryuuya spoke, his voice hoarse. 'It's too late...' He coughed and blood came out trickling down his mouth. The grass beneath was heavily soaked with the blood of his wound. Nothing could be done now.

All Kanna and her servant could do was watch helplessly as Ryuuya's life ebbed away. Uraha reached down and touched the dying servant on the arm. 'You served well young man. What's more, Her Highness liked you Ryuuya. You will be a great loss to us.'
Ryuuya no longer had any feeling left save for he dull numbness throughout his entire body. His heart had stopped beating.
Forcing himself to use the last of his energy, Ryuuya whispered as the sun made its slow descend inclining the day over.
'...strong... I know you will be strong... promise me, don't hold back... rend your fears, live on... Kanna...'
Upon hearing her name, the princess hiccupped and nodded, fresh tears rolling down her face. Ryuuya's final word trailed off into the sky. He smiled.
In the border of day and night, any remaining lights melted off for the stars. Two hunched figures could be made out kneeling over another figure, one of them sobbing continuously into the evening.

. . .

The child wended her way through the noisy crowd of villagers shopping late in the market square eager to score bargains. In one hand clasped around the handle of a basket, the weekly shopping inside. Her mother was on the other side of the market.
A billion stars were stretched out in the night sky making the young girl stare up in awe and almost walk into a pair of soldiers. Gathering up her senses, she held the basket more tightly and hurried along.

Ever since the emperor Raigeki took up the throne seven years ago, the same year when the girl was born, his men were stationed in all the major cities keeping the empire in order. Even though she knew they were not violent unless provoked or caught breaking rules, she still did not like having them around. Soldiers reminded her of war and death.

Reaching the end of the market, the girl found her mother waiting for her. 'Mama!' she called.
Like her, the mother was also wearing a simple summers dress yet her maturity radiated from her, creating beauty.
'Oh, you've collected everything already,' she observed, seeing the full basket in her hands.
'Mama, are you happy with me and papa?'
The mother placed her arm around her daughter and began walking down the cobbled path.
'You are my precious child and I love you just as much I love papa.' She smiled. 'Yes I am very happy.'
Holding onto her mothers hand, the young girl smiled also. 'Me too.'
'Well, let us hurry on home. Papa will be back soon.'
With that, they kept walking as a summers night breeze lapped around sharing with it the joy of the sky. The mother looked up at the dark velvet sea of lights and for a moment she was lost in thought, transfixed at the beauty of the familiar scene.

'I may not know how many stars will smile down at me, but, I will smile up at them all....'

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PostPosted: Sat May 10, 2008 2:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ouch!
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PostPosted: Fri May 16, 2008 8:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think I may have made some spelling errors so I would appreciate if you point them out to me so I can edit it.

Please give me your thoughts on the story and what you liked/disliked about it. Thanks. Smile
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PostPosted: Fri May 16, 2008 2:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yup I have a long weekend now so when I get back from my dentist appointment ill give my critique a go.  Tho spelling I don't think ill catch.
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PostPosted: Wed May 21, 2008 4:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Actually the moment you discribed the princes chracter and Ryuuya I had a feeling he was going to die in the end. Him being a swordsman and all hehe.

I actually spent most my weekended working on a birthday gift for a friend as well going to this anime convention.

I saw 5 Centimeters Per Second and Places there on a projector screen!!!! Heheheheh!

Also bought a Haraku plushie from FLCL and a Final Fantasy VII Advent Childern Art book. I love it so much... I want to get Makoto Shinkai's art book now to! To bad it's all in Japaneses though.
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Did you see it on a full screen ? How did it look ?
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MMhmmm it was great!
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 28, 2009 9:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Haven't posted anything here for a long time so I just thought of this short, which is my most recent piece of writing. I get the feeling my previous stories weren't quite successful in terms of interest so maybe this could be different. I hope.


IN THIS WORLD

The boy's heart hammered heavily as he stood in the shadows behind the large withered tree.
Taking another deep breath he forced his legs to obey him and walked out to the clearing, feet breaking the silence with soft taps.
The sun was beginning to set, a marvelous scene of vivid hues of reds, oranges and yellows. Bathed in the warm glow, the stretching clouds proved equally spectacular.
The boy walked walked up to a lone figure in the centre of the clearing, stationary. As he neared he could see she was gazing at the sky, an almost sad look on her gentle features.
The boy was now concious of his beating heart, which was starting to pain him. He took a step closer and said her name softly.
The girl slowly turned to his voice and sudden emotions swelled as he saw tears upon her face. Clutching his hurting chest, the boy fought vainly to manipulate his urge to hold this girl forever and not let go. Instead he was startled to find her hands were around his, surprisingly warm in contrast with his own.
For several seconds the boy was rendered speechless, then managed to finally speak.
"I've come."
The girl looked up into his eyes, her face illuminated by the darkening light and gripped his hands tighter. He needed no words to understand what she had meant, for even if he did, he knew this girl could not speak. Not in this world.
How he knew, the boy did not know. How long had they met each other for he did not know. Where they had met each other he did not know. The only thing he knew was that this girl was the most valuable thing to him in this world and they were together for the last time.
Looking back into her eyes he caught his breath as he saw her smile.
It was then his heart shattered. It was too much. Under the brilliant sunset, the boy began to weep, in silence with the land beneath them. Tears beyond sadness dropped. Tears beyond pain fell. He did not even notice the girl had wrapped her arms around him, gently resting his head on her chest. Warm, comforting, reassuring.
Under the brilliant sunset the silhouetted couple stood in the silent clearing, solitude, with one figure sobbing in the arms of the other through the evening.

The boy opened his eyes. The room was dark. His heart was throbbing painfully though he could not fathom why.
He then realised two things: he had slept late into the afternoon judging by the clock, and his pillow was wet. He had been crying.
Confused the boy sat up and wiped away his drying tears, then rubbed his chest but the constant numbness stayed. For a brief moment he thought of seeing a doctor but then sensed it had nothing to do with his physical body.
Trying to shake off the eerie sombre feeling he got up and went over to open his shutters.
Continuing to massage his chest the boy watched the sun begin to set. A marvelous scene of vivid hues of reds, oranges and yellows.

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