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I'm on an extended vacation between jobs right now (New job starts 8/20 and I SHOULD be writing but instead I'm watching k-dramas. Because I suck.

But I HAVE been doing some world building, especially after I found this super handy generator/resource. I love it and will be using it like...all the time now.
actionreaction: photo of lee gikwang looking to the side. he has eyeliner and two small black teardrops by his eye ([characters] naj)
It's been hot out forever so have a bit of torridness in writing too. Only a taste.

"Let me in," Naj whispered, running pale hands up Tessani's chest to curve over his shoulders and hook behind his neck. He shifted, hips canting upward, one leg moving to curl around Tessani's.

Tessani grunted, the sound low and short. "Move like that again and I'll be the one asking you that."

Naj grinned, and deliberately rolled his hips again.
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So I missed my Sunday Six this week due to migraines so here's a longer-than-usual Friday Five.

Tessani didn't remember falling asleep. He barely remembered trudging back to the inn and going to his room. He did recall, however, talking to Jindra on the way back. After they were both able to stand, she showed him the mark on her hand. It was as he'd glimpsed, and it looked like it had been burned into her flesh from the outside.

"It felt like it too," she confessed, her voice low. "Like the very sun itself was burning my skin, making this mark. She said my tyro will have one that matched, like the other half of a full symbol." She smiled a bit then and Tessani watched her expression changed. "I'm not sure explain how different it feels now. It just feels like I'm being pulled somewhere, and wherever that is, my tyro is. I just know I have to go there. Soon."

Tessani's brow furrowed. "I don't understand."

"You will, Shadowbinder," Zara called from up ahead and Tessani started, surprised she could hear them. "After your ritual, you too will understand."
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Going to be busy today, so let me get this out of the way before I forget.
Someone stirred behind her and she whirled, starting at a sleepy-eyed Jindra crawling out of their tent. Jindra's hair was mussed, her gaze unfocused, and despite their spectacular fight the night before, Bel still found herself smiling. "Good morning. I didn't expect you away just yet."

Jindra tilted her head, her own expression softening as she looked at Bel. "I felt you wake and I didn't want to miss all of the sunrise."

Uh. This part's kind of boring, but it's setting the stage for stuff and I haven't had a chance to write due to a sort of crazy week. Hoping to make up for it over my upcoming long weekend next weekend.
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Here's something I wrote the other day from the POV of one of the supporting characters, a female Lucent tyro. She's a warrior type who believes that strength of body should not be relegated to men.

Bel was the first one awake. It didn't surprise her to see Tessani's tent quiet and still, somehow shrouded in shadows despite the fact that he still slept. Outside the slowly brightening sky cast enough light for her to get dressed, buckling armor on piece by battle-worn piece. Very little of it was still shiny and new; she'd trained again and again in it, breaking it in until the wounded skin and soft places it rubbed were replaced by tougher, calloused skin. The straps and bands were still somewhat uncomfortable by the day's end, and yet, she felt naked without it.
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I stayed home today for various reasons, and almost forgot to post this. Here we go:

Only half an hour later he found them. Zara stood with her back to the tallest in a ring of imposing stones, while Jindra knelt in the center. Her head was bowed, but her body pulled taut as a bow string, cocked as though she were ready to fight at the first sign of something gone wrong. Tessani wouldn't have been surprised if that was exactly the case. He hadn't known her long, but she wasn't difficult to read.

Sunday Six

Jun. 17th, 2013 10:34 am
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On Monday again. I suck. Sorry. I have no excuse; I just didn't feel like posting yesterday.

The sun was draining and so Tessani took his time coaxing shadows cast from its light onto his skin, creating patterns off ready-to-cast magic, almost literally at his fingertips. He stopped when he felt that little tingle in his flesh that told him he was at his limit, that he could bind nothing more to himself without risking ... something. He was never certain what would happen if he pushed past his boundaries, and with no other shadowbinders in the Guild, no one was able to tell him either. He simply never decided to take the chance. He knew his limits would expand once he had a tyro, so there was no need to take the risk now. A little patience and his power would grow without forcing or chancing anything.

Only when he was ready did he don his cloak and leave the inn to travel out to the town gates.
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In spite of - or perhaps because of - distressing news, I've kicked myself into gear a little more with Shadowbinder. I created some backstory that sets me up for some interesting world-building. At least, I hope it's interesting. That said, here's a wee Friday Five for you.
"Have you done this before?" Tessani asked, almost hesitantly.

Naj snorted. "Surely you don't think a tyro's life only begins the moment he's bound to a mage. I lived nineteen seasons before I met you. I am not new to this."


Have fun deciding what they're talking about :D
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After all the unpleasantness in these posts lately, I thought maybe I should leave off with something sweeter :) Happy Friday!
"Not fully," the voice reminded him. "And yet that matters not to you. Why?"

Naj's nostrils flared. "Are you so blind to anything beyond what lurks with you in those shadows that you cannot recognize love?"

There was a moment of silence and then a deep chuckle, one that startled Naj more than anything. "No. But you, tyro, are so stubborn and proud that you would not admit such a thing until now."


Well maybe it's not quite five sentences, but I had to fudge things a wee bit.
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Yeah I know. I waited too long again. Whatevs~ Anyways, here you go!
Tessani crumpled, his eyes shut, his body limp, and his grip on Naj's hand suddenly slack.

Naj finally moved, crouching over Tessani, ear pressed to his chest. He listened for a heartbeat, and slowly settled back onto his kneeling position when he heard the reassuring thump in Tessani's chest. He was still alive, but barely. His skin was cool to the touch, his heart beating half as slow as it had before the shadows claimed him.

But then Naj noticed something that nearly made his own heart stop: Tessani wasn't breathing.
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I'm a little late with my Friday Five today because I was off from work and was out and about. Anyway I'm at a computer now so here it is!
The shadows had taken control. Tessani could no longer keep them at back and with that last hold broken, they swarmed, covering his hands and feet, crawling up over his neck and head, pouring across his face until finally, they seeped into the very whites of his eyes. Tessani screamed, back arching up off the floor as his hand clenched tight, crushing Naj's fingers in his own. Naj bit back the cry of pain that threatened to come, watching as the last bit of deep warm brown in Tessani's eyes was eaten by swirling darkness.

Tessani screamed again, the sound suddenly changing to an echoing howl, a sound that couldn't come from a human throat.

Bloog.

May. 20th, 2013 11:07 am
actionreaction: photo of lee gikwang looking to the side. he has eyeliner and two small black teardrops by his eye ([characters] naj)
You know those moments where you write/do something to your characters that makes you wish you could reach into the story you're creating and just hug them and tell them it'll eventually be okay?

Yeah. Just had one of those.
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One Sunday soon I'll get back into the habit of actually posting these on time. This was not that Sunday.

Tessani pressed his hands against his ears, knowing full well it wouldn’t drown out the insidious whispers. The voices, the shadows, they were in his head, in his skin, everywhere; he couldn’t escape them. Tessani let out a choked sound and swallowed it down immediately. Steeling himself, he gathered his will and fixed the roving shadows in place on his skin, the voices he couldn’t muffle entirely, and every day, they grew just a little louder, but for now he could still ignore them. He still had control of his will, his mind, and his body, and for now, he still had work to do.


Yes. There. That. Stuff.
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Woooo Friday!! FINALLY. This week took forever to end. Here's my Friday Five, which is conserable less happy than I am.

A cruel laugh cut through the hushed whispers. Poor little shadow mage who bit off more than he could chew and now he’s lost. What will you do, Shadowbinder, when everyone turns their backs on you and all you have left is your shadows? A shadowmage who can no longer control shadows is useless at best. One who hears voices, though, my my whatever would they think of you if they knew?
actionreaction: photo of deniz akdeniz, 3/4 profile, in the shadows with bluish overtone ([characters] tessani)
Whoops, forgot *again* to pot this yesterday so here it is today, backdated.

Tessani sat, his back hunched, his head in his hands, and the shadows on his arms writhing. They moved freely now, only staying still when he willed them to do so.

If you listened to us, you could have your answers. Everything you want, if you accept what we offer.

Tessani pressed his hands against his ears, knowing full well it wouldn’t drown out the insidious whispers. The voices, the shadows, they were in his head, in his skin, everywhere; he couldn’t escape them.
actionreaction: photo of deniz akdeniz, 3/4 profile, in the shadows with bluish overtone ([characters] tessani)
There are more players in this game than previously thought. In fact a whole faction developed itself in a way I hadn't quite expected and am a bit irritated at myself for not realizing sooner. I may have to tweak a few major characters for this but it pretty much needs to happen.

This...means very little to anyone not living in my brain. Never mind; here's the Friday Five!

Tessani opened his mouth to say more, but Zara didn't so much as pause before she swept out of the tavern. "I still don't trust her," he commented darkly.

"Me either," Jindra agreed, "and I assume that's why you didn't tell her about the secret passageway. That aside, I don't know that she will be there when I go to meet her tomorrow."

"And what will you do if she isn't?" Tessani asked the question, curious about Jindra's answer.


Stuff!

Sunday Six

May. 6th, 2013 09:11 am
actionreaction: photo of deniz akdeniz, 3/4 profile, in the shadows with bluish overtone ([characters] tessani)
So I pretty much didn't do much on the computer yesterday and thus didn't get around to posting my Sunday Six Seven. Better late than never! You get seven today because it would have cut off weird otherwise.

At the end of the hallway, there was a door, ordinary and plain from this side. Tessani paused in front of it and listened. He heard voices on the other end, a small collection of them, but it was muffled enough that he couldn't make out a word anyone was saying.

Carefully, he eased the door a crack open and peered at the room beyond.

The first thing he saw was a crest hanging on above the opposite wall. It was the crest of the Sages Guild, the nonmagical guild of intelligence gatherers, historians, academics, and more.

Lord Kadel's bedchambers lead directly to their hall.


Dun dun DUNNNNN! Though really, this probably doesn't mean much to anyone but me at the moment >.>
actionreaction: photo of lee gikwang looking to the side. he has eyeliner and two small black teardrops by his eye ([characters] naj)
I don't have a lot of time - today is suddenly crazy busy at work, but here's my Friday Five!

A slow smile spread across Naj’s face. Soon, he’d be out of this place soon, out of the academy with its thieves, its sneaks and liars, of which he was admittedly one. But he’d also be away from the backstabbers and traitors, the ones who smiled with one side of their faces and told damning lies and rumors with the other. Soon, he’d have a mage to draw from and balance power with and he’d have the strength and means for his revenge.

Soon, everything was going to change.
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I'm trying to catch up on last week's Vikings before tonight's episode. So just going to post this quick and then skedaddle.

"We shouldn't have agreed to this," Jindra muttered as she darted behind the shadow of the outer wall of the manor house, landing beside Tessani before the guard walking the front perimeter saw her pass. "We could be arrested for this. Or worse."

Tessani managed not to roll his eyes at her. "You agreed; we both did. There no sense in complaining about it now, so either we get the job done or we return to Zara and tell her we couldn't even work together enough to get inside. Which would you rather?"
actionreaction: photo of lee gikwang looking to the side. he has eyeliner and two small black teardrops by his eye ([characters] naj)
TGIF people! I am so, so happy it's Friday, I cannot even tell you. Here's my Friday Five, and then it's back to work for me!

The tavern was loud, but not so noisy as the market place had been. This was the sort of din created by men and women who'd eaten hearty dinners and then forgone dessert for ale and wine instead. A bard towards the back played on a makeshift stage and some out the rowdier patrons sang along in coarse voices. A barmaid moved from table to table, taking orders and tips, her prettiness working very well in her favor, money-wise. Twice before Tessani could head for the bar, he saw someone pull her over to slip a coin into the pockets of her apron, to which she always responded with a quick grin and quicker sidestep to continue her job.


I'm debating whether this as yet unnamed barmaid is of any real importance. Knowing me? She will be.

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