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 Post subject: Re: Over hill, over dale....The Journey of the Three
PostPosted: August 8th, 2017, 11:59 pm 
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(No worries. I have actually been rather busy lately as well. A lot going on around our place roght now.)

Kano headed out, offering Gaelrin a hand to help her as she walked if she desired the help. Once they were outside he found a sword from some nearby equipment. He handed the sword to Gaelrin and then took a moment as a subtle and fleeting sense if sadness flashed across his eyes.

"I pray you never need to use this... but better ready and unused than needy and lacking."

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 Post subject: Re: Over hill, over dale....The Journey of the Three
PostPosted: August 10th, 2017, 9:56 am 
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Gaelrin gingerly accepted his outstretched hand as they walked outside into the cool evening, with nothing but the stars and moon above them as light. She took the sword from Kano and was startled by how heavy it was; but she held it aloft and nodded.
"Aye, I would rather die defending my brother and my kin with one than die helpless and yielding."
Her eyes glossed over at that very somber thought, but she pushed it away and looked up at Kano, waiting for his instruction.


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 Post subject: Re: Over hill, over dale....The Journey of the Three
PostPosted: August 10th, 2017, 4:22 pm 
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Kano gave a nod and and took a fighting stance. "First things first, I guess." He stepped to the side. "Lets work on the basic blocking positions and footwork."

He ran through the angle and tilt of the sword for blocking attacks from each direction, then gave her the basics of the footwork. He wasn't a professional trainer by any means but he knew enough to keep himself alive... so far.

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 Post subject: Re: Over hill, over dale....The Journey of the Three
PostPosted: August 10th, 2017, 4:54 pm 
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Gaelrin nodded slightly then copied Kano's fighting stance as well as everything else he taught her. She was a fast learner and was able to execute the basic moves he showed her with precision and relative ease. But after a while, she found that her ankles were beginning to scream in pain; during a break, she carefully walked over to a bench and sat down, resting the sword on the ground.
While she caught her breath, she looked up at Kano with awe.
"You know, I think it's very brave of you to have fought alongside my father and the other soldiers."


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 Post subject: Re: Over hill, over dale....The Journey of the Three
PostPosted: August 11th, 2017, 7:43 pm 
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(OOC: No worries Melanie. Things been a bit hectic in life here as well, and I haven't been deep into writing tales here either. Thinking the muse has returned though.)

Dunhama ran his fingers through her hair as he looked at her, closing his eyes at her words. He then took Athilda's wine glass and sat it down with his, and he wrapped his arms about her and kissed her neck.

"Let us walk some this night before we part. I think I see Kan and Gaelrin down there working with swords."

Turning and taking her arm, they walked around the outer court to the track that led down to where Gaelrin and Kan worked. Dunhama and Athilda paused in the shadow of the Hall, watching the two move in the moonlight. Dunhama leaned toward Athilda and said in a soft whisper,

"They are doing well in their healing. Look how they both work with their injuries to make good moves!"

Dunhama paused. The thought of him not being there when Athilda was attacked passed through his mind. He looked at Athilda's cheek as she watched Kan and Gaelrin, and he considered the fate of his mother at the hands of the Dunlandings. Should the armies of Mordor come this far, then the armies of Gondor and Rohan would have been destroyed. There would be little to stand in the way of them. He swallowed as he saw her deep in thought. He said in a shaky whisper,

"What of you my love. What of your skill with a blade? You are by nature a healer, and your knife is skillfully used in that measure. But we know what can happen..."

Dunhama swallowed as the sound of Kan & Gaelrin's blades could be heard.


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 Post subject: Re: Over hill, over dale....The Journey of the Three
PostPosted: August 12th, 2017, 11:59 am 
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Athilda smiled as and closed her eyes as Dunhama kissed her neck, all she could think about was the fact that this time tomorrow, she would be his wife. The thought warmed her heart, and as she walked beside him, she knew that everything would be alright. She was safe with him, and always would be.
As they stood watching Kano and Gaelrin spar, she wondered what life would have been like if all was right in the world. If the evils of Mordor were gone, Gaelrin and her brother would have not lost both parents. A sigh escaped her lips as her mind began to relive the horrors of the journey to Helm's Deep, but her attention was brought back to Dunhama as he inquired about her skill with the sword. She could see that his mind was laden with worry and fear, and unfortunately her answer wouldn't ease that.
"I am afraid that I have no skill with the sword, save for my knife skills. But that I only use to heal people with. "


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 Post subject: Re: Over hill, over dale....The Journey of the Three
PostPosted: August 12th, 2017, 7:47 pm 
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Dunhama turned and stood in front of Athilda and took both her hands into his. He looked solemnly into her eyes and after a silent pause, he said,

"It is one of your beautiful qualities Athilda. You give life and sacrifice yourself to help others. Your blade is a life-giver, not a life taker, and it will always be. Yet promise me this my dear wife to be, should all fail and the darkness comes, and you have saved all you could save, and the final destruction comes, be willing to take one life..."

A tear rolled down his cheek as he stroked his finger over the inside of her wrist. Athilda swallowed as she looked to him. Dunhama shook his head and turned again to watch Gaelrin and Kan. She would be valiant should it come to pass. He tried to push the dark thoughts from his mind. He said to her,

"Should you wish to learn the wielding of a sword, I can show you. But my heart tells me you will hold true and not kill, and will live to see the days ahead, knowing sword skill or not."

He wiped his cheek and turned again to Athilda and smiled. It was nearing the midnight hour and the day of their wedding was nearly upon them.


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 Post subject: Re: Over hill, over dale....The Journey of the Three
PostPosted: August 13th, 2017, 10:37 am 
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Kano sheathed his sword as they paused for a break. He would not say as much but his injuries were hurting him as well. He hobbled over to sit and looked up at the night sky. It seemed a calm and peaceful night. He looked up as Gaelrin spoke of his bravery, then looked to hisnfeet. "I did what I had to do," he said softly. "Nothing more."

Rightfully he felt that he did not enough. He felt he owed more to these people whom his kin had ravaged. With that goal in mind he would contimue to serve in whatever capacity he might be able. His mind floated back to Eomer after the battle of Helms Deep.

"Perhaps after we get the basics of ground play learned we could move to mounted combat," he suggested. "I feel it would serve us both generously if we knew well how to vanquish foes from the back of a sturdy war steed."

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 Post subject: Re: Over hill, over dale....The Journey of the Three
PostPosted: August 13th, 2017, 9:20 pm 
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Athilda gazed into Dunhamas' eyes with concern for she could see the strain and worry in his eyes. Her heart suddenly fell at the thought of the destruction of man, and although she wanted to stop his speech, she knew that what he said held truth.
Her brows knit together and she swallowed nervously, watching her soon to be husband as he watched Kano and Gaelrin.
"My love...."
She muttered as he turned back to her. Without warning, she wrapped her arms around his neck and kissed him gently but passionately.
"I promise you that if such a day of destruction comes I will do as you say. I would follow you to the end of days, Dunhama. No...past the end of days.....for you are my heart's love."
She said tenderly as she pulled away for a moment, but before placing her lips on his again, she added something else.
"Perhaps after tomorrow you can teach me some skill with the sword. For now I wish to revel with you in the joy of becoming your wife."

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Gaelrin lowered her gaze and sat in silence as the thoughts of her parents bombarded her. She felt tears begin to form and they almost spilled out onto her cheeks, but she forced herself not to cry. She had done enough crying. Now she needed to learn how to fight so that she could protect those she loved.
A sigh escaped her lips as she raised her gaze to meet his.
"Aye, I think that would serve us very well. But I would still like to learn more advanced ground play, that way I could wouldn't have a disadvantage."


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 Post subject: Re: Over hill, over dale....The Journey of the Three
PostPosted: August 13th, 2017, 11:31 pm 
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"Aye, well said," Kano replied. He looked at her and even in the moonlight he could tell the sorrow on her face. There was more than sorrow, though. There was strength and beauty. He gently placed a hand on Gaelrin's shoulder. "Are you alright?" After the fact he thought it a foolish question but he seemed to lack another way to express the fact that he was concerned for her.

It was then he looked up and in the distance noticed Dunham and Athilda.

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