Running Through the Forest
Last week when I saw the Android commercial that I shared with you in my WIPpet post, I had no idea it would provoke my muse. But the song, the whole feeling of brotherhood, and the images of two pals darting through the forest obviously got under her skin, because she went out and hired some actors and threw them into my head. I, in turn, attempted to ignore them. I have EoD and The Adorned to work on, agents to pester, plans to plan, and MANY THINGS TO DO. But every now and again you need to play, right? Good exercise for the creative lobe. So I opened my virtual notebook and played… to the tune of 3500 words (and likely a future project) over the course of a couple days. For today’s WIPpet, I’m going to share the opening bit, just as I wrote it, unedited, hot off the keys, so please forgive any foibles. Here are 19 short paragraphs because it’s the 18th and…um…tomorrow’s the 19th.
BTW, for those of you missing Roe and Fader, I will have a special surprise. Possibly this week unless I hold off until next WIPpetday.
**Editorial Warning: I drop the F-bomb. Twice. If you find it offensive, blink.**
Shae hurtled a fallen log, ducked under a low-hanging branch, and veered sharply to the right.
“This all could have been easily avoided,” he called out between gasps.
Brenner crashed through the underbrush behind him with enough noise to put a maddened bull to shame, nimbly avoiding a moss-covered boulder despite his bulk.
“My fault again, is it?”
“You were the last to leave.” Shae spun, barging backwards through a dense copse.
“Yes. I realize.” Brenner grabbed him by the arm as he emerged, propelling him back toward their left. “However, not the last– Bloody hells!”
The big man stumbled and Shae lurched to a halt. Brenner’s massive hand in the center of his back forced him to continue on.
“Are you–” Something buzzed past Shae’s head, embedding itself deeply enough into a nearby tree to give Shae a startling vivid mental image of what it would have done to his skull. He ducked in the event more projectiles were coming their way, and scampered through another tangle of brush. His lungs were burning, his thigh muscles screaming with exertion, and truth be told, his stomach hadn’t settled from the previous night’s endulging.
A sharp horn blast tore the early evening serenity from the forest and shot a spike of fear through Shae because on its heels–
“Hounds,” Brenner shouted, as though Shae wouldn’t have known from the sudden baying.
“We are well and royally fucked,” Shae said, staggering to a halt.
But Brenner grabbed his arm once again, with a force not to be argued with. “I refuse to be fucked by anything other than a clean whore. I certainly will not prostrate myself to the sheriff’s underlings.”
“They’ve got hounds.” Shae hated to sound like a whiner, but in his experience, when your pursuers enlisted the aid of beasts whose noses could find a crumb of meat in a hog pen, your chances of eluding capture were slimmer than a sapling.
“Yes.” Brenner abruptly stopped, a dark smile on his broad face. He still had hold of Shae’s arm. “And we’ve got water.”
“We’ve got–” Shae blinked up at his companion, back toward the forest about to spit out their messy doom, up at his friend again. He didn’t care for the look on Brenner’s face. “Water?”
Brenner tipped his head to the right, but Shae refused to look. A sound had reached his ears; a low roaring rush. It spoke of turbulence, of a force of nature Shae did not enjoy. Rocks as well. There had to be rocks. Water without rocks didn’t make such a sound.
Brenner grinned and waggled his eyebrows. “Water.”
Shae still didn’t look. “I think we should–“
He screamed: a quite natural reaction to being hurled into an abyss. Limbs wind milled in a poor attempt at flying. He screamed again because the rush of water had grown louder, and the fall was taking a damnable long time, which meant the landing would not be pleasant.
No, it’s technically not a WIP…yet. But the WIPpet rules are more like… well… like the Pirate Code.
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