Gender: Male Age: 53 Location: Las Vegas, Nv
|Introduction: Hunting dusk drakes|
We made camp a little way from the ring of boulders. It was beside a shallow stream with speckled trout tempting me. I caught several nice size ones before cleaning them and letting the elves cook them. I sat and looked into the forest as I thought about the dusk drake as the elves called them.
The bitch put her head in my lap and I glanced at her as the elves talked and laughed. I smiled and pet her and rubbed her ears, “what do you think, should we go hunting?”
She lifted her head and looked at me before I heard the others agreeing. She licked my face and I grinned, “hunting it is.”
Dinner was very good and then we stretched out to sleep. I dreamed of both the dark haired woman and the lady I had last seen before I was brought here. She held a long lance with a meter long silver tip. I woke to the bitch getting to her feet and sat up to look around. It was quiet and still early but I had the feeling something had changed.
One of the wolves walked into camp but the others were sleeping peacefully. I turned and held still when I saw the long lance leaning against the tree behind me. I looked around and smiled, “thank you bright lady.”
I laid back and smiled in the dark before rubbing the bitch’s ears and closing my eyes. I woke to one of the elves standing and sat up. I stretched and packed up before going to wash my face. I came back to see Elwin and the other elves looking at the lance. I smiled as I started saddling the horses, “it seems the bright lady wants me to hunt dusk drakes.”
They looked at me and I shrugged, “which way should I go to start?”
One pointed north, “we heard another patrol saw a couple a day or two north of here.”
I finished and went to lift the extremely light lance. The tip was star silver with wavy lines that made me think of Damascus steel. I swung into the saddle with Edwin copying me. I headed to the north as the other elves watched and balanced the lance while I shifted my bow around, “you don’t have to go with me.”
He grinned, “crazy men need someone to watch after them.”
I grinned back and glanced at the wolves moving through the forest easily. Somehow the world seemed more alive and I heard more. We camped beside a shallow creek that night after Elwin killed three fat grouse. After dinner I stretched and started working with the lance and was surprised when each of the wolves began giving me advice.
I took a little time to practice with the bow after I finished with the lance. We got into a routine as we moved and it was a week before the wolves gave me a warning. I slipped off the horse and followed as a wolf led me through the brush. I stopped when I heard something and moved slower as Elwin followed. I looked out at the drake tearing at a dead deer.
I glanced around before moving over in front of a tree. I leaned the lance against the tree before pulling an arrow out. I aimed carefully and fired, the arrow struck below and behind the right ear at an angle. Elwin’s arrow struck the neck just behind the head. My arrow had been a lucky hit that penetrated through and into the brain and it dropped.
I grabbed the lance and moved towards the thrashing drake. I froze when a second drake rushed through the brush on the other side of the drake. Elwin’s arrow hit its throat and it jerked before leaping for me. I dropped and planted the lance butt as I aimed the tip. The drake slammed straight into the lance and fought to get to me and drove the sharp point deeper into its chest.
It jerked and shook as it snapped at me and finally collapsed. I rolled away as the drake began convulsing and stood looking around, “anymore drakes?”
Elwin chuckled as he moved out into the clearing looking around, “Now you ask.”
I grinned and looked at the female bitch as she walked out and nipped my thigh. I jumped and frowned but somehow knew it was for not waiting. Edwin snorted as the other wolves appeared and I turned and pulled my knife. Edwin watched as I skinned the two drakes and then we returned to the horses who didn’t seem to like the smell of the drake hides.
We walked until we found a small stream and made camp. While I spread out the hides and began scraping them, Elwin went fishing. The wolves had killed a deer earlier so they were full and lay around satisfied. My dream that night had my black haired beauty frowning at me and shaking a finger. I woke to the wolf’s low growl and listened.
I reached to the side and grabbed the lance as the wolf came to her feet. I rolled to my feet as Elwin stood and a drake charged out of the dark. I knelt and dropped the butt of the lance as I pointed the tip. The lance took it in the chest and it screamed as the sharp point was driven deeper. It fell and writhed around as I pulled a sword.
I looked around as Elwin’s horses screamed in panic. I expected another drake and wasn’t surprise when it rushed from the side. I pulled my other sword as I slid back and slashed out and into the throat of the drake. I lunged forward as the sword hit the neck and stabbed with the other sword.
The point went in smoothly before striking the spine and sticking as it was ripped out of my hand. The drake fell and started thrashing around as I took a couple of steps back. The wolves were all around as they growled. The bitch moved to me and pushed me further back as she kept growling.
Elwin laughed and I looked at him as he started for the horses, “you have the luck of a mad man.”
I looked at the dying drakes before sighing and relaxing. I knelt to clean the sword I held and then moved around to the one with the lance in its chest. It was stuck and Elwin helped me pull it away before I skinned it and cut into it to free the lance. Next was the other one and my sword. Elwin saddled the horses while I finished and cleaned the weapons.
I rolled the hides before adding them to the pack horse and swung up into the saddle, “just far enough to get away from the stink.”
The bitch headed away into the dark where the others had already gone and I started after them. We rode for an hour before stopping, this time we rode into the middle of a meadow with the stream running through it. We set up camp again and laid out our bed rolls after picketing the horses. I woke to birdsong and the wolf’s head on my chest.
I rubbed her ears as I listened and then sat up. The other wolves were just standing and stretching and one grinned at me, “go east. There is another pack in that direction.”
I nodded and stood and stretched before stripping and walking into the icy stream to wash. Elwin stood on the shore grinning as I came out shaking. We packed up and I headed east and told Elwin another pack of drakes was in this direction. Two days later we were riding in an area that had lots of rocks and boulders.
The bitch slipped out of some brush ahead, “drakes ahead.”
I stopped and looked around before turning as I told Elwin. I headed into a large collection of boulders before climbing off the horse. I carried the lance and my bow as we followed the wolf out and into thick brush. We came to a pool of water below a low waterfall and saw four drakes laying around the edge.
I moved to the side of a large tree as Elwin went the other way. I looked at him as I readied an arrow and he nodded. I turned and aimed at one of the drakes on the right and everything slowed as I saw Elwin’s arrow out of the corner of my eye. The drakes snapped alert and onto their feet in an instant as the arrow slammed into one’s neck.
I released and reached for another arrow as it flew and struck the drake I was aiming at. The arrow went through its left eye and all the way into the head. It dropped but the other three including the one with Elwin’s arrow in its neck were looking at me. I aimed as another arrow from Elwin struck the same drake in the neck and it jerked.
As the two unharmed drakes charged I released and the arrow flew towards one. I had aimed for the eye but missed and the arrow slammed into the nose. I hesitated as the arrow almost vanished completely and the drake dropped. I tossed my bow aside and grabbed the lance. I shifted forward to plant the butt against the tree and aimed the point just as the drake reached me.
It crashed into the lance point and the shaft bowed before suddenly snapping forward and into the huge beast. I released the lance and dove away before coming to my feet as I pulled my swords. The drake was on the ground spasming and jerking and I looked towards the pool to see the one Elwin had been shooting at staggering around with five arrows in its neck.
I straightened and glanced around before starting to take a step, the bitch appeared and growled. I stopped and looked at her before moving back and going to collect my bow. I had an arrow ready when two more drakes appeared from the other side of the waterfall. I aimed at the one on the right and released at the same time that I saw an arrow from Elwin.
Mine hit the neck just beneath the head and Elwin’s struck the other drake in the neck. They jerked and roared before charging and I pulled another arrow and fired. This one struck lower than the other and into the throat. The drake stumbled and tripped before falling. Elwin’s second arrow hit the other drake in the neck as I pulled back and fired again.
This arrow struck the second drake that was almost to me and went into and through the eye. As it fell I was pulling another arrow and looking at the first drake to go down. It was on the ground snapping and clawing at the arrows in its neck. I kept watch but before long it spasmed and died.
We worked together to pull the drakes away from the water and skin them before bringing the horses up and making camp. We stayed for three days before Elwin led me south. We killed four more groups or packs of drakes before we met elven rangers patrolling the forest.
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