I made a promise to a friend that I would post here when the blogs were removed if I kept the story going. I am not a fan at all of the new layout, but I wanted to keep my word and post here. I'm not very optimistic on how things will work out...
Deathwulf stared at the warg across from him. There is no mistake. That is Chucaro’s scent. But the look, the glowing green eyes… that isn’t the Chucaro I know. As if sensing what he was thinking, Chucaro grinned as saliva dripped down her fangs. Suddenly she was gone. Deathwulf’s instincts kicked in and barely saved his life as he just got out of Chucaro’s reach when she appeared where he used to be and swiped at empty air with her massive paw. Deathwulf didn’t have a chance to catch his breath as she came at him again. He was able to avoid her swipe again, but she was getting closer. This went on for a few minutes as she continued to press her offensive attack. Each time, Deathwulf was able to avoid her attacks, but the more she attacked, the closer she got. She knows where I am going to appear and I’m barely able to dodge her… I don’t think I can do this much longer… as if reading his mind, she grinned and disappeared again. Again, Deathwulf dodged her, but when he re-appeared, she hadn’t. A sense of panic began to well in him and he ducked to avoid her attack as she appeared behind him. He couldn’t dodge her attack completely as he went tumbling from her swipe, but it was enough to save his life.
As Deathwulf staggered to his feet, he shook his head to clear the cobwebs that began to appear and looked across the arena at Chucaro. Her eyes seemed to glow brighter as her growl got deeper. She suddenly crouched and disappeared. Deathwulf was too slow to avoid her as she rammed his side with her head and knocked the wind from his lungs as she sent him flying. Chucaro watched as Deathwulf didn’t move from where his body was. She watched him as she circled him… she waited for another chance to attack.
Deathwulf opened his eyes. His body felt like he had been thrown against a mountain at high speed. As he struggled to get to his feet, he collapsed as a sudden jolt of pain lanced through the side that Chucaro hit him at. He glanced at his side. There were no marks that showed on the outside, but he knew he had at least a couple of ribs that were broken… the pain could attest to that. He glanced quickly through the crowd and saw the commander yelling at him to get up. Everyone was caught up in the fever of the battle that he was part off. He looked over at Chucaro and saw that she was slowly approaching in a crouched position.. ready to deal him the killing blow. Then chaos erupted.
The slathering cheers from the throng of onlookers turned quickly to shouts and screams. Deathwulf looked into the crowd as fire appeared to break out everywhere. Banners and flags were quickly engulfed in flames as the orcs and goblins tried miserably to quench the flames, but they were spreading too fast. The wooden benches made for ready kindling and helped the fires spread even faster. Pandemonium broke out when they all realized their chance to get out alive had vaporized and they started to fight and crawl over each other. He saw the commander shove bodies out of his way as he approached the arena with a crazed, menacing look in his eyes. Orcs and goblins moved in a flurry around the commander as they couldn’t escape the flames. The smell of burnt bodies and death permeated the air. Deathwulf struggled to get to his feet as the pain that lanced through his side almost brought him down again. He struggled to his feet and watched as Chucaro slowly made her way closer as she waited for her opening to attack.
Three arrows raced by his head and struck Chucaro in the side. He heard a muffled fump as the arrows hit Chucaro and seemed to burst into dust upon impact. Chucaro staggered for a minute, shaking her head violently as she suddenly collapsed. Deathwulf didn’t have time to think about what had just happened as he saw the commander out of his peripheral vision. The commander jumped over the railing and landed on his knees on the floor of the arena. As he got up, he unsheathed two sword that were attached to his side and methodically made his way to where Deathwulf stood. Any sanity was gone from the commander’s eyes as all Deathwulf saw was rage and blood lust. As the commander approached, Deathwulf could see his breathing increase as he got closer to the warg. The commander was suddenly stopped in his tracks as another Uruk appeared and blocked his way. The new Uruk easily dodged the attacks made by the commander and when he over-swung and reached on an attack, the Uruk brought his bow up to the commander’s chest and sent him flying backwards. The Uruk leapt after him, not allowing the commander time to gather his wits and defend himself. With the commander on his back, the Uruk jumped on top of him and brought his bow down, smashing into the commander’s face. The Uruk did this repeatedly until there was no further movement from the commander.
Another armored orc appeared out of nowhere next to Deathwulf. The warg could barely move and braced himself for the blow that he knew was forthcoming from the orc. Instead, the orc looked at the warg and said, “Can you move alright?”
“Silentknife?” Deathwulf asked in stunned disbelief. He could feel the smile the the burglar gave behind the helmet that he wore. Silentknife lifted his helmet’s visor and gave the warg a big smile. “How did you know where to find me?” he asked when the shock wore off.
“We’ve been watching this place for a while, now… we’ve seen every fight you’ve had… very impressive!” said the burglar. “Don’t mock me,” growled Deathwulf in warning. Silentknife through up his hands in surrender as he laughed out loud. “I was being very serious,” he said with a smile. There was a gleam in his eye that showed a healthy respect for the warg, though. “We’ve got to get out of here, now, while there is still mass confusion,” said the Uruk and he came up beside the two. “Winterwulf?” questioned the warg. The Uruk removed his helmet and he could see it was, indeed, the hunter. Deathwulf looked past him to where Chucaro was and he saw Tregoan, Kalzara, and Ellenroh getting ready to carry Chucaro out. He could see they bound her paws together and had a muzzle over her jaws. They grunted when they lifted her up, but they made their way to the group with minimal effort.
Tregoan and the others nodded at Winterwulf. “Lead the way,” he said to Deathwulf as he put his helmet back on. Deathwulf took a cautious step and winced at the pain, but it was bearable. He gingerly led the others through the gate he came out of. The jailor saw the group approach and stood up menacingly. When he saw the way Chucaro was tied up, he fumbled for his key to unlock the door and confronted them. He didn’t get a word out as he slumped over to the side. Silentknife held the handle of the dagger that came out after the Uruk collapsed. Deathwulf led them out through the tunnels and went the opposite way he took to the cages. He hoped he was going the right way and then saw the front door of the keep they were in… as well as the two orcs guarding it. Before Deathwulf could move a muscle, he felt arrows fly by his head and the two orcs collapsed where they once stood. Silentknife extinguished the torches that he saw and Winterwulf opened the door as quietly as he could. A quick look around outside showed the nearby area as being empty. They made their way from the keep quickly and looked back repeatedly to see if they were being followed. They weren’t.
Ellenroh continued into Thangulhad to obtain a cart to take the unconscious warg with them. They looked at her, hoping the restraints would hold out until they reached their destination. Winterwulf looked at Deathwulf. “I’m aborting the mission.” The big warg looked at the hunter and simply said, “I’m going on.” Winterwulf folded his arms and rubbed his chin as if in thought. “With everything that has gone on, we’ve almost lost Chucaro… we still don’t know what will come of this. We thought we almost lost you a number of times and others in the group have gone through things they normally wouldn’t have. I can’t ask you to go on and I certainly can’t ask the others.” Deathwulf looked at the hunter for a moment before he answered. “It’s because of all that you said that I need to go on… that I need to find what is causing this and put a stop to it. As you said, it it a treat to both sides and will wipe out both sides if not stopped.” Again, Winterwulf thought long on this before he responded. “Very well… I can’t ask the others to, but I will join you in the journey to find the source.” “As will I,” Silentknife said as he stepped from the shadows. Winterwulf grinned and clasped his brother on the shoulders. “I travel fast and don’t plan on stopping… you can do as you wish. As soon as Chucaro is taken to be cared for, I will leave to find the source and end the threat, once and for all. I won’t be slowed down in this.” Winterwulf gave the warg a deadly smile. “We will not be slowing you down at all.”
Ellenroh came back with a sturdy covered cart to help keep Chucaro hidden. Tregoan double-checked the restraints and he and Kalzara kept watch on the warg while Ellenroh took the reins. The elf looked down at Winterwulf. “We’ll do what we can for her and hope that we can reverse the state she is in. I’ll try and send word on any progress we make on her.” Winterwulf nodded and clasped the elf’s hand. “Safe journeys, my friend, and thank you.” The elf offered a small smile as he shook the reins and the cart started off towards Lothlorien.
Deathwulf watched as the cart rode out of view. He turned to face Winterwulf and Silentknife. “Are we ready to go?” A quick nod from the hunter was all the warg needed. He turned towards Dol Guldur and headed off; the hunter and burglar not far behind.
A shadowy image watched the trio leave from behind trees. His mouth broke into an evil grin as saliva dripped from his fangs. He watched them a little while longer, then he unfolded his wings and took to the sky.
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