Another story but I actually try - “To Hold, To Cherish.” (legit only part one and its v e r y long)
A group of Garra Wardens had come to attack Gisei, who suspected that they’d heard the news of her revealing herself to be Mors’vuhk’s accidental killer. Only now was she beginning to struggle against the opposition, having already been struck with several bursts of Virus Breath.
Gisei dodged and weaved between blast and blow, not really fretting for her life- but she knew she was going to end up dead like the sacrifice she was meant to be if she didn’t do something soon.
What am I going to do?
A pair of clawed hands flashed at the edge of Gisei’s vision, and a jolt of fright stabbed her through the heart as she was forced onto the ground. Gasping for air, Gisei tried to escape, but another pair of claws held her fast, down to the ground. Gisei gave off one last deafening shriek, then submitted, sinking to the ground.
The Garra Wardens cheered and relished in their seeming triumph, and began to drag Gisei towards the Tundra.
Even the moon seemed to turn its face away from the clouds which hid it as the Garra Wardens tied a weakened Gisei to a rock jutting out from the snowy ground. ”You will pay for your murder,” the leader of the group snarled, stepping into the moonlight.
It was Shikyou.
“Should we leave her to die?” a Garra Warden asked Shikyou, who shook her head.
”She’ll escape like she did when Itai tried sacrificing her,” Shikyou spat. “She should have died. Gisei deserved death, and now she’ll get what she should!” The Garra Warden leader’s voice was now raised in a snarl- indicating that she had not forgiven Gisei for her accidental murder- and she took a menacing step towards the Last Sacrifice, thirsting to kill her.
<Gisei’s point of view>
Gisei stirred and saw Shikyou advancing on her. She urged herself to move, but she found herself tied to the rock. A tear slid from underneath Gisei’s headplate, as she realised that Mors’vuhk’s daughter was going to kill her out of revenge.
Why could I not stop myself that night, when I accidentally slew Mors’vuhk? Why did I not realise how important she was? Gisei, knowing she wasn’t likely to survive this time, hung her head, waiting for death to drag her through its door and welcome her with its open arms.
Suddenly, a scream split the still night air. Gisei willed herself to see, but she only managed to make out the silhouette of a draconine creature, its Glimmer outlined against the jet-black of the night, stabbing several Garra Wardens with the claws of all fours and buffeting them with powerful wingbeats.
And then, losing all consciousness, Gisei was plunged into darkness.
<Nol-i Teul’s perspective>
I could not let Gisei’s life end in a way that would bring her agony. Not on my own life. Never!
As I bore my teeth in an intimidating snarl, I struck out at a nearby Garra Warden, putting my hands’ claws in their throat easily. Tearing them out of the dying body, I slashed and struck out again, mutilating another Garra Warden before it could land a hit. I glanced at Gisei- she was out cold, battered by scars and bruises.
How dare they do this to her!
Just then, the clouds split apart, revealing the shimmering full moon. A ticklish sort of shock rushed through me, and I leapt towards the rock that Gisei was tied to, skidding to a halt behind it. It was only now that Gisei finally awoke, turning her head to stare at me.
I threw back my head and let out a blood-curdling howl, the moon cloaking me in its light.
My spine gave a creak, followed by loud cracks and pops. The rock spikes on my back were growing longer, as were the ones on my tail and the back of my neck. My claws and horn also lengthened, and as I transformed, the moonlight seemed to show off my changing body.
Gisei blinked twice, entranced by what she was seeing- the moonlight seemed to make all the wounds dealt to her recently vanish, as if it was healing her. Then, she passed out yet again, a gasp escaping her mouth in a raspy tone. “Huh?” she cried quietly. “Who’s… there?”
And with an entranced roar, I leapt towards the Garra Wardens once more. They were ready, but I saw that coming, and deflected the oncoming blows with a refreshing ease.
I then heard the shuffling of footsteps, and turned mid-fight to see Shikyou throw herself at me.
Sweeping the remaining Garra Wardens aside with a stroke of my tail, I turned to face Mors’vuhk’s daughter head-on. I found myself to be parrying her blows quickly and swiftly, but, as time passed, her blows only increased in strength and speed. Flinging Shikyou to the ground, I slashed her across the chest with my sharpened claws, drawing blood with each blow I hit. Shikyou screamed with the pain I brought her, desperately blasting me with her Virus Breath, her Warden’s Rage aura flaring around her, but I couldn’t give one less care in the world.
With a dread finality and a quiet hiss, I put Shikyou out of her misery, drawing a paw back and punching her square in the throat. I heard the satisfying squelch of claws meeting flesh and blood pouring out of the puncture holes. “I could only wish you never brought this upon the both of us, Shikyou,” I admitted, as the light went out of the Garra Warden leader’s eyes. “May you find closure in death.”
”If that’s how you want to put it,” Shikyou choked as the life drained out of her. “But you’ll probably be put in my place as well.” With that, Shikyou passed away, her bloodied, battered body going limp, her Warden’s Rage aura flickering and then dying.
I sank to my knees, the ecstasy draining away from me. I had saved Gisei, but in the process of doing so, I had slain Mors’vuhk’s daughter and one of the leaders of the Garra Wardens. A life I had never wanted to claim.
But there would only be room for guilt later.
A loud rumble split the air as my roars had earlier, and my heart lurched. Avalanche! I realised. Despite being fit for the cold, Gisei could die from the impact if she were to remain in its way. I turned my head towards the direction of the sound, and my singular eye widened in horror as I bore witness to a colossal, heavy wave of hard snow hurtling toward Gisei.
I then had a bittersweet realisation.
I had only one choice: to save Gisei’s life from being lost, I might have to give mine up.
And that would mean leaving her.
I desperately cut the ropes pinning Gisei down, and hugged her limp body to my chest as tight as I could. As the avalanche neared us, I let a quiet tear stream down my face and drop off my cheek.
<Gisei’s point of view>
Gisei woke to find herself in what felt like the border between the Tundra and the Mesa Canyon, instantly puzzled as to why she was here. Why am I here?
How did I escape Shikyou?
What happened to that creature that appeared before I blacked out?
A jolt ran through Gisei as she realised something was holding her. She stumbled away from it, then stumbled through the snow onto the hard rock of the Mesa. There was snow littered about here- Gisei realised there must’ve been an avalanche.
Something else caught her eye. Deep purple and turquoise blood, splattered onto the cold stone ground where she was standing.
It was fresh.
Half-fearing what she would find, Gisei turned to see whose blood it was.
And, lying lifelessly on her side, one wing twisted at a horrible angle, all eyes closed, deep cuts all over her, was Nol-i Teul.
All the blood seemed to drain from Gisei’s face to see the almighty Playground Matron, her beloved, dear friend, bloodied and beaten. Gisei was at Nol-i Teul’s side in a heartbeat, standing before the Playground Matron.
Her life had been in danger, and the only friend she’d ever had throughout it had just thrown hers away.
”Nol-i Teul.” Gisei nudged the Playground Matron, quietly pleading with her to wake up. “Tell me you’re alive. Please.” She began to worry immensely, putting a paw to Nol-i Teul’s chest and checking for a heartbeat. “Nol-i Teul! Wake up!”
Five minutes of trying to revive Nol-i Teul passed, and the Playground Matron did not stir or move an inch. “Please!” Gisei sobbed, not wanting to know whether Nol-i Teul was dead or not.
After what felt like an eternity, Gisei heard Nol-i Teul’s dying voice whisper to her.
Following my long dream… I want to run and play again.
Forget everything, and run to your heart’s desire, Gisei.
And with those words, even the Playground Matron’s voice died too.
Gisei didn’t even bother to hold back choking tears, finding herself to be in and out of crying fits as she curled up against her only friend, believing the potential truth to be a falsehood-ridden lie.
Nothing could stop her from sinking deep into Despair’s soft grasp.
It was like she had been struck by a lightning bolt in the gut.
Nol-i Teul, the magnificent Playground Matron, was… dead.
-“To Be Continued…”-
“i can’t read all of that” i know
@jun oh i just told myself i wasn’t going to red all of it ik i can but still
also idk when i’ma do part 2
@jun I READ IT ALLLLL YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS
@Angel_Dust ok but would you want a part 2
@Angel_Dust bet, expect it by either 9-10pm tonight or sometime tomorrow afternoon