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Sinking Sickness: Chapter 12.Zaria.
Somewhere between the shadows of unconsciousness and the limitless realm of dreams Link lingered; pain every so often announcing itself though if it was real had yet to be determined. Gradually, painstakingly, he found it within himself to stir. He felt so stiff; his head heavy and his body zapped of all strength. This couldn’t be death, could it? With a grimace he would force his eyes open; or at least he thought he did. Nothing. There was only inky darkness yawning before him and he’d try again. No they were definitely open. Was he blind?
“Oh so you are awake. At least that’s one of you.”
An unfamiliar female voice would fill the blackness, causing Link to twitch and his lip to curl mildly. He felt edgy; threatened. He couldn’t move much less see; granted what he’d just tried to escape from it was hard to feel secure until he knew for certain he was truly clear of Darus and his pack. Who was this woman? Images of the river came
Sinking Sickness: Chapter 11.Into the Sunlight.
“Wake up, Link. The hunting party has just returned.”
Nelia’s voice was cold in his ears and, grunting awake from an exhausted sleep, Link debated laying there and ignoring the summons. He would at least open his eyes though he continued to lay there on his side, half huddled in a ball for warmth and a glare set towards the stone wall instead of facing the woman behind him. This place was puny and damp; the air stale and the walls lined with evidence that he wasn’t the first person to be held prisoner here. He slept alone and was held in confinement here nearly all hours except for brief periods of time when he was let out to use the restroom and to be shown as an example during meals.
On top of that it had been nearly a week since his fight with Darus but his body still hurt badly and even though he was healing faster than normal his wounds were still problematic. His strength was taking its time to return; especially since he refused to
Sinking Sickness: Chapter 10.The Hunt.
The night was progressing slowly; far too slowly for Link’s taste. The sun had gone down well over two hours ago and they had to wait until well after moonrise until they set out on the hunt. That didn’t mean he had to stay put in one place so, after some time prowling the caves and getting better acquainted with those he shared it with, he decided he needed a walk outside to settle his nerves.
The trip down the rocks was a bit trickier than the climb up but he’d pull it off without incident and he’d soon emerge from behind the falls to the forest beyond. He’d draw a deep breath and was instantly soothed by the familiar air of pines, flowers, and rich earthy aromas that rode the warm night wind. This breeze could be a good thing for them; it gave them the opportunity to stalk their prey from downwind so that they couldn’t be detected easily. If they truly were to take on a predator it would be wise to use suck tactics. Link still wasn
Sinking Sickness: Chapter 9.Waterfalls and daydreams.
The sound of gushing water was deafening and the torrent of frothy liquid streamed down the cliff face at a humbling rate. The churning white-water held Link’s gaze as if in a trance, his reddened stare lost to the movement of the falls almost entirely. Around him the rest of the group was slowing down, stretching their lean bodies and yawning as they relaxed and prepared for the coming dawn. For the normal world it would mean rising and going along with daily business but, surely, for them it would mean time for sleep and rest. As Link would hang back a bit, Veshte would join him and quietly settled down near him with a great yawn. Link would glance to the other man, but movement out of the corner of his eye would have him looking back to the falls as little moving figures starting to emerge at the base from behind the frothy curtain.
Darus was already nearly there and, like wolves, the Infected that had just emerged from behind the falls would gree
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