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carillon_twins Crafting words into worlds ๐Ÿƒ
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โ€œ๐‘จ ๐’…๐’‚๐’๐’„๐’† ๐’๐’‡ ๐’”๐’˜๐’๐’“๐’…๐’”.โ€
โ€œ๐‘จ ๐’…๐’–๐’†๐’ ๐’๐’‡ ๐’”๐’๐’–๐’๐’”.โ€
Part Three of an ๐—Ÿ๐—š๐—•๐—ง๐—ค+ series based on our original universe, ๐—™๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—บ๐˜‚๐—ป๐—ฑ. An homage to each one of you: thank you for the ๐Ÿฑ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฌ+ ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—น๐—น๐—ผ๐˜„๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜€!! ๐Ÿ’–

๐€ ๐ƒ๐€๐๐‚๐„ ๐Ž๐… ๐’๐–๐Ž๐‘๐ƒ๐’, ๐”ธ ๐”ป๐•Œ๐”ผ๐•ƒ ๐•†๐”ฝ ๐•Š๐•†๐•Œ๐•ƒ๐•Š

When the old man had reported the kidnapping, all in a rush, he had talked about a certain

When the old man had reported the kidnapping, all in a rush, he had talked about a certain โ€œBackbone.โ€

โ€œ๐‘ฉ๐’‚๐’๐’†๐’ƒ๐’๐’๐’†,โ€ a few soldiers had corrected him incredulous,

๐”ฑ๐”ฅ๐”ข๐”ซ ๐”ฏ๐”ฒ๐”ช๐”ฌ๐”ฏ๐”ฐ ๐”ž๐”Ÿ๐”ฌ๐”ฒ๐”ฑ ๐”ฑ๐”ฅ๐”ข ๐”ญ๐”ฆ๐”ฏ๐”ž๐”ฑ๐”ข ๐”ฅ๐”ž๐”ก ๐”ฐ๐”ฑ๐”ž๐”ฏ๐”ฑ๐”ข๐”ก ๐”ฐ๐”ญ๐”ฏ๐”ข๐”ž๐”ก๐”ฆ๐”ซ๐”ค

among the ranks, and in the whole of the city too.

๐•Œ๐•Ÿ๐•ฅ๐•š๐• ๐•ฅ๐•™๐•– ๐•ฃ๐•ฆ๐•ž๐• ๐•ฃ๐•ค ๐•™๐•’๐•• ๐•ฃ๐•–๐•’๐•”๐•™๐•–๐•• ๐”น๐•ฃ๐•ช๐•’๐•Ÿ ๐•†โ€™๐”น๐•๐•’๐•”๐•œ๐•จ๐•–๐•๐•.

๐“๐ก๐ž ๐Œ๐จ๐จ๐ง๐›๐ฅ๐จ๐จ๐.

๐“๐ก๐ž ๐Œ๐จ๐จ๐ง๐›๐ฅ๐จ๐จ๐. ๐“๐ก๐ž ๐…๐š๐ฏ๐จ๐ซ๐ž๐.

Until

Until they had requested that he may lead the chase.

๐™ฐ ๐šŒ๐š‘๐šŠ๐šœ๐šŽ ๐š๐š˜ ๐š๐š‘๐šŽ ๐š•๐šŠ๐šœ๐š ๐š‹๐š•๐š˜๐š˜๐š.

๐™ฐ ๐šŒ๐š‘๐šŠ๐šœ๐šŽ ๐š๐š˜ ๐š๐š‘๐šŽ ๐š•๐šŠ๐šœ๐š ๐š‹๐š•๐š˜๐š˜๐š. ๐šƒ๐š˜ ๐š๐š‘๐šŽ ๐š•๐šŠ๐šœ๐š ๐šŒ๐šŠ๐š›๐šŽ๐šœ๐šœ ๐š˜๐š ๐š ๐š’๐š—๐š.

It seemed to Bryan that after that first slash, he could have known the Banebone for far too long than it would have ever been possible.

Yet, he had sought for ๐˜ง๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง.

โ€˜๐˜Š๐˜บ๐˜ฏ๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ญ, โ€™

โ€˜๐˜Š๐˜บ๐˜ฏ๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ญ, โ€™ He imagined the Banebone would have remarked.

โ€˜๐˜Š๐˜บ๐˜ฏ๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ญ, โ€™ He imagined the Banebone would have remarked. โ€˜๐˜Š๐˜ข๐˜ฏโ€™๐˜ต ๐˜ฆ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜จ๐˜ฏ๐˜ช๐˜ป๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ? ๐˜–๐˜ณ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ท๐˜ฆ ๐˜บ๐˜ฆ ๐˜จ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ ๐˜‹๐˜ถ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜บ ๐˜Œ๐˜บ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด?โ€™

But Bryan wasnโ€™t cynical.

But Bryan wasnโ€™t cynical. Indeed though, he did live to ๐จ๐ฎ๐ญ๐ฌ๐ฆ๐š๐ซ๐ญ Dusty Eyes.

But Bryan wasnโ€™t cynical. Indeed though, he did live to ๐จ๐ฎ๐ญ๐ฌ๐ฆ๐š๐ซ๐ญ Dusty Eyes. ๐”‰๐”ฌ๐”ฏ ๐”ญ๐”ฏ๐”ฌ๐”ฌ๐”ฃ ๐”ž๐”ซ๐”ก ๐”ฃ๐”ž๐” ๐”ฑ๐”ฐ.

But Bryan wasnโ€™t cynical. Indeed though, he did live to ๐จ๐ฎ๐ญ๐ฌ๐ฆ๐š๐ซ๐ญ Dusty Eyes. ๐”‰๐”ฌ๐”ฏ ๐”ญ๐”ฏ๐”ฌ๐”ฌ๐”ฃ ๐”ž๐”ซ๐”ก ๐”ฃ๐”ž๐” ๐”ฑ๐”ฐ. And fact was,

But Bryan wasnโ€™t cynical. Indeed though, he did live to ๐จ๐ฎ๐ญ๐ฌ๐ฆ๐š๐ซ๐ญ Dusty Eyes. ๐”‰๐”ฌ๐”ฏ ๐”ญ๐”ฏ๐”ฌ๐”ฌ๐”ฃ ๐”ž๐”ซ๐”ก ๐”ฃ๐”ž๐” ๐”ฑ๐”ฐ. And fact was, he was now sure that the old salt was there.

โ€œI believโ€™d, it was the pirate thence- The one that comes from the tides...

โ€œI believโ€™d, it was the pirate thence- The one that comes from the tides... How do they call him?

โ€œI believโ€™d, it was the pirate thence- The one that comes from the tides... How do they call him? The ๐”น๐•’๐•”๐•œ๐•“๐• ๐•Ÿ๐•–.โ€

The Moonblood let out a chuckle. An indecent thought crossed his mind. ๐‘ป๐’‰๐’† ๐’„๐’‚๐’‘๐’•๐’‚๐’Š๐’ ๐’‰๐’‚๐’… ๐’…๐’‚๐’›๐’†๐’… ๐’‰๐’Š๐’Ž ๐’‡๐’“๐’๐’Ž ๐’•๐’‰๐’‚๐’• ๐’‡๐’Š๐’“๐’”๐’• ๐’”๐’๐’‚๐’”๐’‰.

๐‡๐ž ๐ก๐š๐ ๐š๐ฐ๐š๐ค๐ž๐ง๐ž๐ ๐ฌ๐จ๐ฆ๐ž๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ข๐ง ๐๐ซ๐ฒ๐š๐ง

๐‡๐ž ๐ก๐š๐ ๐š๐ฐ๐š๐ค๐ž๐ง๐ž๐ ๐ฌ๐จ๐ฆ๐ž๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ข๐ง ๐๐ซ๐ฒ๐š๐ง that he himself, hadnโ€™t thought possible to still be able to find.

After so much time.

๐˜œ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ญ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต.

๐‘ผ๐’๐’•๐’Š๐’ ๐’•๐’‰๐’‚๐’• ๐’”๐’๐’‚๐’”๐’‰.

He felt his mind wander;

He felt his mind wander; today, he was too unfocused.

He felt his mind wander; today, he was too unfocused. He must regain composure.

Bryan recalled his fatherโ€™s voice in his head. It would help him cool off. It always did.

Bryan recalled his fatherโ€™s voice in his head. It would help him cool off. It always did. โ€˜๐”๐ง๐๐ž๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ๐ญ๐ข๐ฆ๐š๐ญ๐ž ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐ž๐ง๐ž๐ฆ๐ฒ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ข๐ซ ๐ฉ๐จ๐ฌ๐ข๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง, ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐ฌ๐จ๐จ๐ง ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ง๐ ๐จ๐ง๐ž ๐ฅ๐ข๐ง๐ ๐ž๐ซ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ข๐ง ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐จ๐ฐ๐ง ๐ก๐จ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ž.โ€™

Bryan recalled his fatherโ€™s voice in his head. It would help him cool off. It always did. โ€˜๐”๐ง๐๐ž๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ๐ญ๐ข๐ฆ๐š๐ญ๐ž ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐ž๐ง๐ž๐ฆ๐ฒ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ข๐ซ ๐ฉ๐จ๐ฌ๐ข๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง, ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐ฌ๐จ๐จ๐ง ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ง๐ ๐จ๐ง๐ž ๐ฅ๐ข๐ง๐ ๐ž๐ซ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ข๐ง ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐จ๐ฐ๐ง ๐ก๐จ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ž.โ€™ ๐˜š๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ญ๐˜ฅ, ๐˜ข๐˜ด ๐˜ฆ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ.

Though with the Baneboneโ€™s voice just over there, the World Traveller couldnโ€™t help but ๐ก๐ž๐š๐ญ ๐ฎ๐ฉ again.

๐˜ˆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜บ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ.

๐˜ˆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜บ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ. ๐˜ˆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜บ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ง๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ๐˜ด.

๐˜ˆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜บ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ. ๐˜ˆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜บ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ง๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ๐˜ด. Left unexplained as unexplainable they were,

๐˜ˆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜บ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ. ๐˜ˆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜บ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ง๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ๐˜ด. Left unexplained as unexplainable they were, and unexplainable they would always ๐ฌ๐ญ๐š๐ฒ.

The outskirts,

The outskirts, ๐”ž๐”ซ๐”ก ๐”ž ๐”ฐ๐”ฅ๐”ฆ๐”ญ.

The outskirts, ๐”ž๐”ซ๐”ก ๐”ž ๐”ฐ๐”ฅ๐”ฆ๐”ญ. A crew going for the run,

The outskirts, ๐”ž๐”ซ๐”ก ๐”ž ๐”ฐ๐”ฅ๐”ฆ๐”ญ. A crew going for the run, ๐•’๐•Ÿ๐•• ๐•’ ๐•”๐•’๐•ก๐•ฅ๐•’๐•š๐•Ÿ ๐•“๐•’๐•”๐•œ๐•š๐•Ÿ๐•˜ ๐•ฅ๐•™๐•–๐•ž ๐•ฆ๐•ก.

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๐™ฐ๐š•๐š๐šŠ๐š’๐š› ๐™ฒ๐šŠ๐š›๐š๐š ๐š›๐š’๐š๐š‘๐š.

๐™ฐ๐š•๐š๐šŠ๐š’๐š› ๐™ฒ๐šŠ๐š›๐š๐š ๐š›๐š’๐š๐š‘๐š. ๐๐ซ๐จ๐ง๐ณ๐ž-๐ฅ๐จ๐จ๐ค๐ข๐ง๐ .

๐™ฐ๐š•๐š๐šŠ๐š’๐š› ๐™ฒ๐šŠ๐š›๐š๐š ๐š›๐š’๐š๐š‘๐š. ๐๐ซ๐จ๐ง๐ณ๐ž-๐ฅ๐จ๐จ๐ค๐ข๐ง๐ . โ„•๐• ๐•ฅ ๐•–๐•ง๐•–๐•Ÿ ๐•ฅ๐•™๐•– ๐•ค๐•ฆ๐•Ÿ ๐••๐•’๐•ฃ๐•–๐•• ๐•ฅ๐•  ๐•”๐•’๐•ฃ๐•–๐•ค๐•ค ๐•™๐•š๐•ค ๐•˜๐•๐•–๐•’๐•ž๐•š๐•Ÿ๐•˜ ๐•ค๐•œ๐•š๐•Ÿ,

๐™ฐ๐š•๐š๐šŠ๐š’๐š› ๐™ฒ๐šŠ๐š›๐š๐š ๐š›๐š’๐š๐š‘๐š. ๐๐ซ๐จ๐ง๐ณ๐ž-๐ฅ๐จ๐จ๐ค๐ข๐ง๐ . โ„•๐• ๐•ฅ ๐•–๐•ง๐•–๐•Ÿ ๐•ฅ๐•™๐•– ๐•ค๐•ฆ๐•Ÿ ๐••๐•’๐•ฃ๐•–๐•• ๐•ฅ๐•  ๐•”๐•’๐•ฃ๐•–๐•ค๐•ค ๐•™๐•š๐•ค ๐•˜๐•๐•–๐•’๐•ž๐•š๐•Ÿ๐•˜ ๐•ค๐•œ๐•š๐•Ÿ, out of fear that his radiant rays may die out of shame in the confrontation.

Bryan had known many types of sicknesses and many kinds of nothingnesses.

Bryan had known many types of sicknesses and many kinds of nothingnesses. Not a single thing, though, had made his stomach grumble and contemporaneously, askโ€” strive โ€” for more, before.

The captain flashed a grin.

๐˜๐˜ฎ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต.

๐˜Š๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ญ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ฎ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ?

Nah,

Nah, those stories only ever belonged to the Wandering Goddess, and to her fellows.

Nah, those stories only ever belonged to the Wandering Goddess, and to her fellows. โ€˜๐๐ฅ๐จ๐ญ ๐ก๐จ๐ฅ๐ž.

Nah, those stories only ever belonged to the Wandering Goddess, and to her fellows. โ€˜๐๐ฅ๐จ๐ญ ๐ก๐จ๐ฅ๐ž. If I am her own fellow, then why does he feel so beyond reach,โ€™ Bryan thought.

๐˜ˆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜บ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ญ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ด๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ต.

๐˜ˆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜บ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ญ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ด๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ต. ๐˜›๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ฅ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ฐ๐˜ฑ.

โ€œWell, if that isnโ€™t the famous Altair Cartwright...โ€

โ€œWell, if that isnโ€™t the famous Altair Cartwright...โ€ The World Traveller came forward, slowly, yet firmly, his two handed sword high, ready to clang and battle; his heart armed again of black, oblivious nothingness.

Everybody knew he could become emptiness itself, if only he had wished for it. He still could,

Everybody knew he could become emptiness itself, if only he had wished for it. He still could, ๐’„๐’๐’–๐’๐’…๐’โ€™๐’• ๐’‰๐’†?

โ€œ๐˜Š๐˜ข๐˜ฑ๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ช๐˜ฏ,

โ€œ๐˜Š๐˜ข๐˜ฑ๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ช๐˜ฏ, if ye may.

โ€œ๐˜Š๐˜ข๐˜ฑ๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ช๐˜ฏ, if ye may. And I prefer Banebone in official stances.โ€

โ€œ๐˜Š๐˜ข๐˜ฑ๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ช๐˜ฏ, if ye may. And I prefer Banebone in official stances.โ€ ๐˜๐˜ฅ๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ต, the World Traveller scolded himself.

๐•‹๐•™๐•– ๐•ช๐• ๐•ฆ๐•Ÿ๐•˜ ๐•“๐• ๐•ช ๐•“๐• ๐•จ๐•–๐••, twirling his sword in some elaborated, fancy move, before quickly regaining his fighting stance.

๐•‹๐•™๐•– ๐•ช๐• ๐•ฆ๐•Ÿ๐•˜ ๐•“๐• ๐•ช ๐•“๐• ๐•จ๐•–๐••, twirling his sword in some elaborated, fancy move, before quickly regaining his fighting stance. โ€˜Effortlessly uselessโ€”

๐•‹๐•™๐•– ๐•ช๐• ๐•ฆ๐•Ÿ๐•˜ ๐•“๐• ๐•ช ๐•“๐• ๐•จ๐•–๐••, twirling his sword in some elaborated, fancy move, before quickly regaining his fighting stance. โ€˜Effortlessly uselessโ€” Nevertheless, enchanting.โ€™

๐•‹๐•™๐•– ๐•ช๐• ๐•ฆ๐•Ÿ๐•˜ ๐•“๐• ๐•ช ๐•“๐• ๐•จ๐•–๐••, twirling his sword in some elaborated, fancy move, before quickly regaining his fighting stance. โ€˜Effortlessly uselessโ€” Nevertheless, enchanting.โ€™ The Moonblood resisted the urge to ๐š›๐š˜๐š•๐š• ๐š‘๐š’๐šœ ๐šŽ๐šข๐šŽ๐šœ at his own stupidity.

The Moonblood resisted the urge to ๐š›๐š˜๐š•๐š• ๐š‘๐š’๐šœ ๐šŽ๐šข๐šŽ๐šœ at his own stupidity. โ€˜๐‘ญ๐’๐’„๐’–๐’”,โ€™ ๐’‰๐’† ๐’–๐’“๐’ˆ๐’†๐’….

On his part, the Banebone ๐”ค๐”ฏ๐”ฆ๐”ซ๐”ซ๐”ข๐”ก. Indeed, if he couldnโ€™t read his mind, he could definitely ๐š›๐šŽ๐šŠ๐š ๐š‘๐š’๐šœ ๐šŽ๐šข๐šŽ๐šœ.

Bryan withdrew in the ๐•ค๐•™๐•’๐••๐• ๐•จ๐•ค, once more sheltered by the familiar void reclaiming to feast on his ๐”ฅ๐”ข๐”ž๐”ฏ๐”ฑ ๐”ž๐”ซ๐”ก ๐”ฐ๐”ฌ๐”ฒ๐”ฉ.

โ€œNow, now, if that isnโ€™t the ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ง๐˜ข๐˜ฎ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ด Bryan Oโ€™ Blackwell, the so-called Moonblood.โ€

โ€œNow, now, if that isnโ€™t the ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ง๐˜ข๐˜ฎ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ด Bryan Oโ€™ Blackwell, the so-called Moonblood.โ€ The Captain paused.

โ€œNow, now, if that isnโ€™t the ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ง๐˜ข๐˜ฎ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ด Bryan Oโ€™ Blackwell, the so-called Moonblood.โ€ The Captain paused. โ€œYe know how they say? A ๐ฌ๐ข๐ซ ๐œ๐š๐ฉ๐ญ๐š๐ข๐ง is the last one to abandon ship,

yet nobodyโ€™s ever engaged in saying ๐˜ธ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ด๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฐ ๐˜จ๐˜ฆ๐˜ต ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ด๐˜ต, when thereโ€™s still some hard treasures to deal with.

๐•€๐•ฅ ๐•š๐•ค ๐•ฅ๐•™๐•– ๐•ก๐•š๐•ฃ๐•’๐•ฅ๐•–๐•ค ๐•ฅ๐•™๐•’๐•ฅ ๐•˜๐•ฆ๐•š๐••๐•– ๐•ฅ๐•™๐•– ๐•จ๐•š๐•Ÿ๐••, ๐•ฅ๐•ฃ๐•–๐•’๐•ค๐•ฆ๐•ฃ๐•–. If you survive this, I may give ye credit for the line, so long as youโ€™ll have a good word about me.โ€

๐•€๐•ฅ ๐•š๐•ค ๐•ฅ๐•™๐•– ๐•ก๐•š๐•ฃ๐•’๐•ฅ๐•–๐•ค ๐•ฅ๐•™๐•’๐•ฅ ๐•˜๐•ฆ๐•š๐••๐•– ๐•ฅ๐•™๐•– ๐•จ๐•š๐•Ÿ๐••, ๐•ฅ๐•ฃ๐•–๐•’๐•ค๐•ฆ๐•ฃ๐•–. If you survive this, I may give ye credit for the line, so long as youโ€™ll have a good word about me.โ€ He winked. โ€œ๐˜–๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ฆ, ๐˜โ€™๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ท๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ง๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ ๐˜ข๐˜จ๐˜ข๐˜ช๐˜ฏ.โ€

โ€œThis conversation is taking a very wrong turn, and I ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏโ€™๐˜ต like it.โ€

โ€œThis conversation is taking a very wrong turn, and I ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏโ€™๐˜ต like it.โ€ That annoying grin again on the Captainโ€™s part.

โ€œThis conversation is taking a very wrong turn, and I ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏโ€™๐˜ต like it.โ€ That annoying grin again on the Captainโ€™s part. โ€˜๐˜‹๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ด ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ช๐˜ฎ๐˜ฑ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ด,โ€™ ๐˜‰๐˜ณ๐˜บ๐˜ข๐˜ฏโ€™๐˜ด ๐˜ง๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ฅ ๐˜ด๐˜ข๐˜ช๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ค๐˜ฆ. โ€˜๐˜›๐˜ฐ ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ ๐˜ด๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ดโ€™.

โ€œThis conversation is taking a very wrong turn, and I ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏโ€™๐˜ต like it.โ€ That annoying grin again on the Captainโ€™s part. โ€œIt was you who miscalculated from line one then, World Traveller.โ€

Then their blades had tasted each other.

The steps fell in cadence,

The steps fell in cadence, in tandem,

๐ข๐ง ๐š ๐๐š๐ง๐œ๐ž ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ฌ๐ฐ๐จ๐ซ๐๐ฌ,

๐ข๐ง ๐š ๐๐š๐ง๐œ๐ž ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ฌ๐ฐ๐จ๐ซ๐๐ฌ, ๐•’ ๐••๐•ฆ๐•–๐• ๐• ๐•— ๐•ค๐• ๐•ฆ๐•๐•ค,

of ๐”ฅ๐”ข๐”ž๐”ฏ๐”ฑ๐”ฐ

of ๐”ฅ๐”ข๐”ž๐”ฏ๐”ฑ๐”ฐ pumping on the same frequency.

But it was hearts pumping bloods of different ๐” ๐”ฌ๐”ฉ๐”ฌ๐”ฏ๐”ฐ, of different unsolved ๐“Œ๐‘œ๐“Š๐“ƒ๐’น๐“ˆ.

But it was hearts pumping bloods of different ๐” ๐”ฌ๐”ฉ๐”ฌ๐”ฏ๐”ฐ, of different unsolved ๐“Œ๐‘œ๐“Š๐“ƒ๐’น๐“ˆ. Damned imperfect perfection.

But it was hearts pumping bloods of different ๐” ๐”ฌ๐”ฉ๐”ฌ๐”ฏ๐”ฐ, of different unsolved ๐“Œ๐‘œ๐“Š๐“ƒ๐’น๐“ˆ. Damned imperfect perfection. If only they hadnโ€™t been ๐•จ๐• ๐•ฃ๐•๐••๐•ค apart...

โ€œYouโ€™ll ๐ฅ๐จ๐ฌ๐ž this battle, Captain.โ€

โ€œYouโ€™ll ๐ฅ๐จ๐ฌ๐ž this battle, Captain.โ€ The pirate had flashed his ๐˜ค๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฎ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ, ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜บ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ smile ๐š˜๐š—๐šŽ ๐š•๐šŠ๐šœ๐š ๐š๐š’๐š–๐šŽ.

โ€œYouโ€™ll ๐ฅ๐จ๐ฌ๐ž this battle, Captain.โ€ The pirate had flashed his ๐˜ค๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฎ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ, ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜บ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ smile ๐š˜๐š—๐šŽ ๐š•๐šŠ๐šœ๐š ๐š๐š’๐š–๐šŽ. โ€œOnly because Iโ€™ll ๐•’๐•๐•๐• ๐•จ myself to.โ€

In the end, Bryan had ๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ญ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ his eyes.

In the end, Bryan had ๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ญ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ his eyes. Then soft, the pirate had chanted his first tale to the World Traveller.

๐•‹๐•™๐•– โ„‚๐•’๐•ฃ๐•š๐•๐•๐• ๐•Ÿ ๐•‹๐•จ๐•š๐•Ÿ๐•ค

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