Gaea’s Knight 6

Brrrrmmmmm….
Brrrrmmmmm….
The rumbling of the earth below him snapped Jide’s eyes open as he sat up from his slumber in an abandoned dilapidated hut. Looking at his companion who was still sleeping peacefully, Jide briefly considered checking his phone for the time only to remember it was damaged.
But looking out the Window of their sleeping site, Jide mulled over the previous day’s events as he pulled out a yellow fruit from a makeshift bag that the florin had made from her vines.
He had faced some sort of panel yesterday with who he guessed where the town’s leaders. Taking a bite from the fruit, Jide got to his feet and walked out of the hut.
He had leapt about 30 – 40 kilometers last night before Hibee had dozed off on his shoulder and nearly fell off. So he had decided to stop at the nearest livable location and spend the night at an abandoned hut just at the edge of the forest. Swatting away insects as he trudged through the tall grass it was difficult to imagine that just a few days ago he was in class studying, playing videogames and watching wrestling.
Come to think of it, wouldn’t the royal carnage event be showing right about now? He sighed bitterly as he pushed the tree branches aside.

“There you are.”

He said as he came upon a small stream in the forest. A smile came across his face as he quickly undressed to his boxers and soaked himself in the water. It was so good to have a full bath, though the lack of soap meant there was a little something lacking.
After a quick washing, Jide stepped out of the stream and considered the clothes he had laid on the bushes.

“Ah…how am I going to dry off?”

He pondered as he rubbed his wet hair.

“You seem to be the type that doesn’t think things through.”

Jide spun in shock to see a tall figure standing just a few metres away leaning against a tree.

“If you couldn’t even set up a plan to dry your body after a swim, how were you expecting to take care of both yourself and the poor florin you’ve enticed?”

The Illienze Elder said his gray eyes staring at Jide rather coldly. Jide was getting pissed off just by his presence. Won’t these people let him be?

“Firstly what I do isn’t your concern. Secondly Hibee followed me of her own accord. If you’re here to convince me to go back to that village… that’s not going to happen.”

He states as he willed his transformation into metal, folding his arms as he watched the unconcerned intruder.

“Oh my. That is quite interesting. An infant dread knight. Never thought I’d ever see one in my life. The gods are kind these days to me.”

The elder spoke as he pushed himself off the tree he had been leaning against. The once cold eyes were gleaming with curiosity and interest.

“Why don’t we make a deal young dread knight, if you manage to impress me I’ll let you go on your way? If you disappoint me, you’ll be going back to the Illienze.”

“What…”

Jide manages to say before a he’s suddenly knocked into the stream. Spitting out water, Jide leaps out of the way just before a large earth fist smashes beside him spraying water everywhere.
Rolling to his feet Jide grunted as he saw his opponent. The old Illienze had created six massive golems who all gathered around him ready to go into action.
Two large humanoid ones standing ready.
Two large snake-like one coiled around a tree.
And two huge spheres just pinning in place in the air above the elderly Illienze.

“How nice… two of everything.”

Ripping out a nearby tree, Jide sidesteps to the left dodging the one of the snake’s lunges, spinning in place and whacking it aside, tree trunk in hand.
However the second snake bites through the trunk, its teeth narrowly missing Jide’s torso as he dove out of its path.
Hearing the snake crash into the bushes behind him. Jide takes a quick look at the Illienze who was sitting comfortably on a chair while the humanoid golems rushed towards him.

“Bastard…”

Jide gritted his teeth as he parried a punch from one of the golems and swung it at the Illienze but it was promptly shot down by the spheres darting around him.

“Not bad… but is that all you can do?”

The Illienze said as he directed his creations against Jide.
Pelted by rocks, Jide instinctively covers up his head and shoulders, leaving his side vulnerable to an attack from the returned earth snake whose attack sent the both of them into the woods.
The two struggled for a bit before Jide managed to break the snake’s jaw ripping it in two. Seeing the remaining humanoid running towards him, Jide tensed his muscles. As the humanoid made a grab for him Jide went behind it, grabbed it by the torso and delivered a German suplex on it. It was a move he had seen hundreds of times on the television back home. The impact of the move shattered the humanoid completely, its pieces flying all over the place.
As Jide got to his feet, he smirked as he cracked his knuckles.
The Elderly Illienze watched the forest carefully, as his two spheres spun right around him.
Sensing the destruction of his creations he braced himself for any possible attack that the dread knight could throw at him….
He surely wasn’t expecting several uprooted tree trunks flying in his direction. Though bewildered he set his spheres into action shooting the trees down before they could reach him. The elder groans as he sees a massive rock being flying in his direction.

“By the gods!”

Transforming the spheres into giant fists, the elder catches the rock midair only for it to shatter into hundreds. Of pieces as the metal dread knight crashed into him.
As the dust clears, the Elder finds himself lifted by the collar by Jide, who glared as he clenched his fist.

“Impressed yet old papa?”

Jide asked as he eyed the old Illienze who was curiously enough not struggling against his grip.

“Very much so child, very much so. But would you let go of me now? I’m not as young as I used to be.”

“I don’t see why I should.”

The elder nonchalantly points to the bush beside Jide. Turning his head slowly, Jide gasped as he saw Hibee hands and legs bound in solid rock, being pushed forward by a young female Illienze with emerald piercing eyes.
The dejected florin could barely look Jide in the face while the Illienze kept staring daggers at him as she held her prisoner in place.
Sighing loudly, Jide released the elder who simply readjusted his clothes nonchalantly.

“Dropped you old one. Guess you want to take us back to the village once more?”

“Not in my life!”

“Ehn?”

The elder absentmindedly creates several chairs and tables as the trio watches him in shock.
The young Illienze was the first to snap out of it. Brushing the hair from her face, her hand moving into a pouch on her belt she spoke gently to the elder, keeping Jide well in her sights.

“Elder Brisbane…. wasn’t their capture the whole point of chasing them? Are we going to…?”

“Don’t be stupid you muddit.”

Elder Brisbane snapped as he created a small hut surrounding the newly created furniture. Cooing at his creation, he motioned for the trio to come in and sit.

“I never wanted you and your florin friend to be delayed any longer than you had to.”

He said as the trio sat down on their assigned chairs.

“Do you know exactly what you are Jide? That’s your name isn’t it?”

Jide looking around in amazement at his newly constructed surroundings was gently nudged by Hibee.

“Oh… not really. But you have been calling me a dread knight a lot. I’m guessing you’re going to tell me.”

“Yes I will… but first you need to know some basic things about our world. And the most basic of all things would be our creation story. Listen closely young one.”

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some stuff i’m working on.

so today of all days i closed my photoshop program and behold i had five works in progress i am at least proud to display.

i’m thinking of creating a mega poster featuring the characters displayed.

first is one half of a shadow demon duo, twins in fact. they possess quick wit, a tendency to annoy and abilities concerning shadows and darkness.they were created by a friend of mine and stolen affectionately by me.
mona mega pic1

this is mine. he’s an artifical human who was originally a golem until his body was destroyed in battle. now revived in a body of flesh and blood he seeks to avenge his loss…or something.
rosilier mega pic version

this individual is more or less the rivial of the above character, who seeks a rematch against her. wonder how the battle will shift this time?
shimel mega pic

and image featuring both tweens
the tweens

and last but not least a pic of the other twin preparing for mischief
misa 1 mc

Gaea’s Knight 5

“What is your name child of Gaea?”

“Errr…”

“Are you hard of hearing or just short of vocabulary?”

Snapped the only female of the trio of Elders who sat above an intimidated Jide and Hibee, both sitting uncomfortably on small stools.

“Jide Omoyemi.”

“Why are you here in our world?”

His brow furrowed, Jide sighed as he took a deep breath.

“Honorable Elders of this town…”

“Illien.”

“Of Illien, I am here to simply search for the whereabouts of my brethren. My cousin and my sister. They found a way to your world… and haven’t been heard from since.”

Jide said as he felt Hibee’s fingers tightly grasping his own, a strange creature like her was showing solidarity with someone she had just met. Odd indeed, Jide tought to himself.

“Brethren? What would be their purpose for coming to this world?”

Said the plump elder as Jide mused to himself that this resembled a query more and more as he answered the questions.

“What is your plan now that you’re here Jide Omoyemi? How are you expecting to find your kinsmen?”

The female elder asked as she absentmindedly spat into a bowl.

“By searching every town and village I can for them. Since I was able to come here I have to assume that they can be found.”

Pulling his wallet out of his ragged jeans, Jide brings out a picture of him, Kunle and Bisi taken at a recent family outing.
Hibee stares at the picture, her head petal fluttering as Jide continues.

” This is the reason why I am here. I will find them and bring them home by any means.”

The plump elder sighed as he earth-weaved an image of the two seated before him and his peers.

“Fine. Let’s say we’re convinced of your dedication to your cause and even give you the benefit of a doubt that you have a way of finding these kin of yours, this world of ours Terr, is a very dangerous world. The likelihood of your kin (if they’re children of Gaea like you) being alive is already very small.”

The elder dispels the earth-weaving which causes the image to crumble to dust.

“This en-devour of yours could be just a massive waste of time. You should return back to your world while you still can.”

“I can’t. I can’t leave without finding them. Whether they’re dead, possessed or anything else I need to find them. There’s no other option for me.”

The tallest of the elders stared intently at Jide his gray-green eyes giving off a soft glow to his hardened features.

” I need you to tell us everything about how you got here. We know the why now but the how is still something that concerns me. Its a dangerous journey for people from our world to journey to Gaea’s territory, but it should be impossible to do the reverse. So tell us how you got here.”

Over the next hour, within the chamber where the meeting interrogation was being held, the elders patiently listened as Jide recounted how his cousin Kunle had mysteriously gotten a book of illumination, his experimentation and the seeing that he had granted to Bisi and him. He also recounted his meeting with Gaea and their agreement.
When he had finished, the three elders all shared a troubled expression and started whispering amongst themselves. From his position below them Jide could hear nothing but the occasional mumble which irritated him.
A gentle nudge at his side drew his attention. Turning his head slightly, Jide saw Hibee mouth the words “it’s going to be okay.” as her hands still holding his since the meeting/ interrogation began gave a soft squeeze.

“As much as we’ld like to advise you otherwise, you are both determined and have no choice but to carry out the mission you have embarked on.”

The plump elder finally said as he raised the bowl for his peer to spit in. Placing the bowl away from him with a slight expression of irritation, he folded his hands as he stared at the pair.

” However, may we ask you to dwell with us for a time? You need to be properly prepared for the journey ahead both physically, magically and mentally so as not to fail in either of your quests. A few days, five if I may say would be enough for everything to be prepared. So would you wait with us Jide?”

He asked as his peer the tallest of the elders eyed Jide with his dark look on his face.
Jide looked at the three elders smiled as he replied.

” I would be glad to stay.”

********

“I’m leaving here tonight.”

“Huh? Why?”

Hibee asked as she stopped eating a piece of pie in her hand and turned to look at Jide who was lying in bed staring at the ceiling. It was several hours after the meeting with the elders. From what he had seen afterward, they had not considered him a threat to the village, though he was still going to be watched over as much as they could. The illienze had once again brought a large amount of food to their room and as soon as Hibee saw the meal she had leapt on it like a starving jackal… terribly unplantlike behaviour.

“Why not? I’m grateful that they found me and haven’t done any funny business to me. But there’s no such thing as a free lunch. If I stay, they’re going to either ask for a favor or send me on an additional mission.”

“So we leave tonight!”

“We?”

Jide sits up on the bed and points to Hibee who by bow has finished the entire pie and was now licking her crusted fingers.

“You are going home. Wherever that is. Thank you for everything but you don’t need to involve yourself in this anymore.”

“No way. I want to be even more involved in your mission!”

“Ehn? Why would you?”

Hibee got up from her chair and stood at her full height staring at Jide eyeball to eyeball for a breif moment before chuckling to herself and sitting right next to him. Her features becoming serious as she awkwardly stared at the floor, swinging her bare feet.

” I don’t have any big reasons to. It’s just that I left my commune because I felt I didn’t fit in. Meeting you, you saving my life, I deciding that I was going to be friends with you…hearing your story at that panel… it just felt natural… that’s the best way I can put it that’s all. Please allow me to help you find them. I promise not to hold you back or get in your way. ”

She finally said as she looked at the doorway of their little room, her cheeks flushed lemon yellow. Jide stared at the florin for a few moments, considering the individual sitting before him. It made no sense whatsoever, but he was happy she said what she did. Whatever she was, having her beside him helped keep his thoughts together. Reaching out to her, Jide stroked her hair as he smiled gently.

“Fine. We leave tonight when everyone’s asleep.”

Hibee practically lit up as she immediately hugged him tight, her head flower fluttering in apparent excitement.
Looking up at him with the biggest smile he had ever seen, Jide wondered if this was what it was like having a proper sibling relationship was like before an image of Bisi flashed through his mind. ‘ I’ll find you guys’ he thought to himself as he considered his second escape from the town of Illien.

******

The sudden sound of the door opening roused Sunny from her slumber amongst the branches. Rubbing her eyelids, groaned as she stretched herself taking care not to fall off.
Against the concerns of her best friend, Sunny had decided to camp outside the house allocated to “jide” the name of the creature who could turn to metal and smash people’s homes. Earlier in the day the elders had declared him not to be a threat to the community but unlike everyone else who breathed a sigh of relief, Sunny was unconvinced. So while everyone else went to bed, Sunny had hidden herself in the branches of a tree overlooking it’s house.
Now fully awake, Sunny watched as in the darkness two figures snuck out of the building.
So even the florin’s an accomplice, sunny thought as the duo moved carefully through the pathways avoiding the lights and windows of nearby houses.
As they reached the edge of the farmlands, Sunny descended from the tree and went in swift but cautious pursuit. On a physical level she had no illusions about her capabilities. Once transformed ‘jide’ as he was called would be out of her league, leaving her only chance of dealing with him to be before he did. However the florin complicates issues, even if she could handle her quickly, her mere interference would give it the time to transform.
Biting her lip, Sunny decided to simply observe their movements. Keeping a safe distance, she saw the florin guide the clumsy creature through the shrubs stopping every now and then when the creature got itself stuck on a root or branch. Hissing as she saw the duo pick some fruits along the path, she stopped in her tracks, preparing her bow and arrow when they reached the edge of Illienze territory.
When she saw the florin climb unto the creature’s back, Sunny immediately knew what was going to happen. As the creature’s body turned metal, she quickly armed her bow pulling tightly as she aimed for the florin’s head.

“Don’t do that you troublesome halfling!”

“Ehn?”

Sunny gasped as she almost dropped her bow. Turning her head slowly she saw the shadow of the tallest elder in the village Brisbane the mighty. Beside him stood a seven foot earth golem carrying several bags.
Sunny desperately turned back to see that the duo had disappeared.

“Elder! The creature has fled once again! We need to alert …”

She was stopped as the elder placed a finger on her lips.

“You will do no such thing.You will only one thing.seek them out.”

Silent communication and Ignored pings

So this evening I was talking to my Father about the future of our family. Its a rather serious discussion. Miracles were needed, new workers needed to be employed and big changes needed to be made. so as the discussion was underway, my phone rang. It was Debbie a girl I had gotten pretty friendly with a few weeks ago. To be honest I was expecting her to call me and made the motion to pick the call when I froze. my father looked at me in the eye silently… but a clear message had been sent.

Are you going to pick a call when we’re talking serious business? Is that call more important than me?

my blinking sent the reply.

No my father. I owe you everything and will continue the conversation.

and so we continued talking. and Debbie called again. and again. Each time my father satred at me in the eye and i blinked back at him ignoring the phone that rang.

by the time it was over, and i tried calling debbie back, she herself decided not to answer my calls.
Thinking to myself I wondered if she was mad. When she finally picked, she basically wondered out loud why i wouldn’t pick her calls…only to calm down when i explained what happened, tho by the tone of her voice, i’m not sure she quite believed me.

just one of those random thngs that happens.