Gender: Male Age: 53 Location: Las Vegas, Nv
|Introduction: Rescuing Elvin Rangers|
It was two days later that we heard the sound of fighting. I wanted to have Ellie wait but she jumped from the wagon to the light dusting of snow. I tied the horses and pulled up my rifle as we moved forward. We came around a tree with drooping limbs to see a small clearing. In the center of the clearing were six men fighting back to back against five times as many orcs.
I knelt and started shooting while Ellie watched behind us. When I changed the magazine all the orcs were dead or dying. I stood and we moved forward, the men turned out to be elves and they were all wounded in one way or another. Ellie stayed and I went back to bring the wagon closer.
Ellie did what she could and we put the elves in the wagon before I led the horses back to the trail. As we walked I thought about the orcs. Ellie gestured to one side and I followed her lead and turned the horses. It wasn’t long before we came to an old set of ruins. I took one look before working the wagon through into a walled courtyard.
I began setting up the camp as Ellie helped the elves out of the wagon. One of them glanced at me, “more orcs will come. That was only a small advance party.”
I looked at Ellie and started a fire, “Can your magic move the stones to seal the entrance into the courtyard?”
She stood and looked around, “they can still come over the walls.”
I smiled, “Let me worry about the walls.”
She smiled and did something that made her staff appear. A few minutes later the ground shook slightly and loose stones started flowing across the ground to fill the entrance. I unhitched the horses while she helped the rangers. There was a large tower in one corner with the top broken off and collapsed in on itself.
I checked it and there was no way in but through the one doorway. It was barely large enough to hold the horses and Ellie helped me move them in. There was one set of broken stairs on the wall by the entrance and I went up. After checking I returned and helped Ellie moved the elves to the doorway of the broken tower.
I nodded to the doorway, “When they start coming over the walls move in with the horses.”
I pulled out my pack and a few more magazines before moving back to the tower doorway and setting the pack down. I went back up on the wall and knelt to wait. Every time I glanced back Ellie was always watching. It was almost three hours before they surged out of the forest in one huge wave.
I didn’t even hesitate as I started firing. I went through four magazines before I turned to move down the stairs. I backed towards the tower as the orcs started coming over the wall. I started picking them off as fast as they appeared. I knelt when I reached the tower and continued to kill orcs.
Now they were dropping to the ground and rushed towards me. I was going through magazines quickly, one shot, one kill. Finally the slide locked back, I yanked the sling off and pulled my sword as I let the rifle drop. I moved forward into the rushing orcs and began killing them as I danced an unforgettable dance.
My world narrowed to slash, step, block, slide, lunge, whirl, cut, shift, stab, block, step… It went on and on until there were no more orcs attacking. I sighed and knelt as the fatigue I had pushed away returned. Ellie was suddenly there and kneeling to hold me, “Are you hurt my love?”
I shook my head, “Just tired.”
An elf cleared his throat, “That was amazing human.”
I glanced at him as he leaned against another elf to stay on his feet. I looked at Ellie as Little One and Charles came from under the wagon, “I’m afraid you’ll need to make camp without my help.”
She grinned, “I’ll manage.”
I groaned as I stood and moved to my pack and the dropped rifle. I pushed Little One away, “I’m all bloody.”
She chirped and sat with her tail wrapped around her feet as if saying, ‘I’ll wait.’
I shook my head as I began picking up the dropped magazines. I walked to the wagon as the elves began the task of dragging the orcs to one side. Ellie pulled out supplies to fix dinner as I set the pack down and started undressing. Ellie gestured to one side, “Throw the clothes there and I’ll see if I can get the blood out.”
I nodded and finished before taking a clean rag that was offered. I used water from the barrel on the side of the wagon and started washing. One by one the elves moved to copy what I was doing. We were eating when something made me turn my head towards a wall. I rolled to my feet as my pistol came up and fired. The orc standing on the wall fall back.
I gestured to Ellie, “The tower now!”
I knelt to grab my rifle and backed towards the tower covering Ellie and the elves as they struggled towards the door. I held the rifle back to Ellie, “Hold this.”
I was carrying eight spare magazines for the pistol, each with ten rounds. We didn’t have long to wait as suddenly the orcs were spilling over the wall and rushing towards me. I made every shot count and went through the magazines quickly. The elves helped by using bows and even more orcs fell.
Finally there were only a couple left as the slide locked back and I dropped it into the holster and reached for my sword. I didn’t have to touch it as several arrows from the elves took the orcs. I was quiet as the dim light showed the carnage. I headed straight for the wagon and pulled out all the ammo I had as well as my old rifle and vest.
I moved back to the tower and knelt in the doorway to start reloading, “How many of these orcs are there?”
One of the elves cleared his throat, “We found a main camp with at least two thousand.”
I looked at him and he shrugged, “They’ll send maybe half of that.”
I glanced at Ellie, “I’ve only killed half that.”
She nodded and I went back to loading the magazines. I gestured to one of the elves and showed him how to load the magazines. We were almost done when movement on the wall had me turning, the rifle snapped to my shoulder and I fired. It was a good thing I had thought to add the thermal scope. My shots were deliberate, fire, shift fire shift…
Ellie shifted and summoned another one of her lights. It helped but I didn’t let it distract me. When the orc suddenly dropped from the tower above us, I tilted the barrel and shot through his head before going back to shooting at the ones trying to rush across the bodies in front of us. Another elf knelt and hesitantly reached for my old rifle.
I only glanced at him before continuing to fire, “On the left side is a small lever. Turn it until it clicks once. The magazine only holds thirty rounds. On the right side is a button to release the old magazine.”
It didn’t take him long to learn and then the orcs were dying much faster. Another orc dropped from above and a small bolt slammed into his chest before I could kill it. The elf beside me managed to keep reloading the magazines as I emptied them. As suddenly as it started, it was over. I looked around and started reloading only to have my hands pushed away, “Rest.”
I glanced at the elf and he smiled before going back to loading. I sighed and turned to Ellie, “there shouldn’t be many more.”
An elf in the tower snorted, “Perhaps another large group.”
I sighed and pulled my pistol and started showing the elf that had been using my old rifle how to load and use it. Little One and Charles both scampered across the bloody ground to rub against Ellie and I. When they came again it was with a rush as one just dropped from above to land in front of me. He jerked as the pistol exploded twice and it fell back.
Ellie created her spell light and I was back to firing as orcs flowed over the wall. My old rifle was empty within a few minutes and as I dropped the fifth magazine the pistol locked back for the last time. I was on the second to last magazine when the orcs stopped coming over the wall. I stood and gathered everything up, “Time to go.”
Ellie’s spell to remove the stones blocking the entrance caused them to explode out, clearing the way. The elves were miracle workers with the horses and had them harnessed in no time. I put Little One and Charles in the wagon with the elves and helped Ellie up onto the seat. I hesitated before stripping to just pants with my sword over my shoulder.
I led the horses out and pulled on the lead horse harness to guide him through the darkness. I turned at the narrow trail and started to trot, pulling the horses with me. My eyes had adjusted enough to let me see the trail ahead. The single orc that appeared in front of me died as I didn’t even slow. I brought the sword around and through his neck.
I kept the pace down to keep the horses fresh as long as possible. Many people don’t know a man can actually run a horse to death. It was hours later that I slowed to a walk. The horses were covered in sweat and were breathing hard. The air around us was growing lighter as the sun began to rise.
We had entered a huge clearing in the forest and as it grew lighter I saw the walls of a large town or small city. I continued to walk the tired horses towards the city walls and gradually the gates appeared. The group of guards at the gate challenged me and one of the elves dropped out of the wagon.
He walked forward, “It’s us Thomas.”
The gate was opened quickly and the elf met the man that appeared. They whispered and then the gates were thrown open. Just inside the gate and to the right was a huge corral. Several men came to help the elves and Ellie and I were left to tend our horses. When we finally had them cooled down and fed Ellie pushed me towards the wagon, “Wash and get some sleep.”
I shook my head, “I’ll sleep tonight.”
I began pulling out everything to make more bullets and Ellie quietly helped me. Little One and Charles disappeared and I got the impressions she was hunting. We had a few of the city guards watching us but none came near. Several elves I didn’t know left through the gates but most of the foresters were turned back.
Ellie smiled tiredly just before noon, “Can we take a break?”
I smiled and finished what I was doing, “How about seeing if we can get a meal in an inn?”
She grinned, “Stay away from the ale. It’s probably poisonous.”
I laughed and took her hand. We stayed in Wood Haven for over a week while I made more ammunition for both rifles and my pistol. The town had gradually gone back to normal since the reports the elves brought back were all good. When we left, it was with two traders going the same way.
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