Well, this is of a moment in life where I'd describe it as "better late than never". In my last blog post I mentioned how I would start posting some of my writing here...and still didn't get around to doing it. (Too much homework and other writing going on). And it wasn't until my sisters and I found a potential publisher that we'd like to submit to in teh future that I realized I needed to start putting some things up.
This piece called 'Veiled' is a fantasy idea that the four of us have had for a long time. Those that read this and have read some of our other writing online will be familiar with the idea. I wrote this last year for a class and it is very rough, the second part that I wrote last year as well (which is coming soon) made this one treated like a TV show pilot; where things changed drastically from the first to the second.
So, for those that aren't used to our fantasy writing, please let me know what you think of the idea/if anything was confusion. No need to comment on the writing as I can tell you that it is terrible compared to now; as some of the dialogue is flat and it's rushed (which at the time of submitting it for class it was very rushed as up until the last minute I had no inspiration of what I wanted to write about at that time). The names used for the characters were placeholders until we figured out the ones we really wanted to use.
Viola squeezed her hazel eyes shut and turned her head away, waiting for the cool blast to punch her.
An icy wind surged over her shoulder, immediately freezing the sweat droplets that clung to her neck, turning them to pebbles. Opening her eyes, she righted her head and brought her fingers up to her neck. Her skin was chilled to the touch, fingers lightly sticking to the tiny frozen bumps. With a snarl, she turned back to her opponent, Crystal.
Crystal’s lips curled up into a smirk, her hands encased in a light blue hue. She lowered her shoulders and started to pace back and forth, waiting for the next moment to strike, much like a tiger stalking its prey. Her footsteps echoed around the rafters of the abandoned warehouse that enclosed around them. There was a faint, musty smell that permeated the aroma of iron and rust, reminding them of its former glory as a meat packing plant. If the faint stains on the walls and the resonance of scurrying feet weren't a clue.
However the images were pushed to the backs of minds; all that mattered was knocking out their opponent.
Viola glanced down at her own hands, watching as the olive hue continued to increase in luminosity. Its pulsing matched the beat of her heart, showcasing her connection to her power. She wasn’t going to lose. With a cry, Viola thrust her arms forward. Blasts of energy shot out of her hands, forming the shapes of stars that catapulted themselves towards Crystal.
Crystal’s blue eyes widened for a fraction of a second, then she was running for the blast that headed her way. At the last second she jumped high into the air, flipping once, and falling back towards Viola, sticking out her foot, bracing herself for the impact. Viola threw herself aside and skidded on the ground, kicking up a cloud of dust as she did so. Crystal landed on the ground, crouching low so the ground would absorb her blow. It crumbled beneath her feet, creating a crater. Coughing, Crystal waved a hand in front of her face, waving the dust away.
Dammit. How could she have missed like that? She should have anticipated Viola’s movement; she had done so many times before. That was the point of this exercise, to know what the other was going to do, so you could enhance your own fighting abilities. If she screwed up on that…Crystal shook her head, lowering her gaze. No pain in her feet or knees. She hadn’t enjoyed her added abilities more than in that moment.
“Nice try!” Viola called as she got to her knees. Using her arm, she moved her hair out of her face, falling back into a relaxed stance.
“I’m not done yet!”
The forcefulness to her tone made Viola take a step back. Crystal ran forward, her increased sense of speed putting her right in Viola’s face before she had a chance to move. Crystal grabbed Viola by the neck, digging her fingers into the skin and flung her over the shoulder and onto the ground. Viola let out a grunt of pain, landing hard on her back. Crystal then finished her move by cupping her hands together and firing a gust of wind and ice into Viola.
Bringing her arms up to shield her face, Viola crouched low along the ground making herself a smaller target. It had been ingrained in her head so many times it was nearly second nature to her. Icicles whizzed by, cutting the sides of her arms and hands. Crystal took a step forward, gritting her teeth with effort as she focused on her energy, putting it through her hands and into her ice attack. The strength of the wind increased and Viola found herself slowly starting to skid backwards before she was blown off her feet and into the wall behind her, leaving a dent as she slid to the ground.
“That’s it!” Viola stood up and closed her eyes, gathering all her strength. Daruma, I need your help. Viola felt a significant shift in the energy inside, it was growing, encompassing her muscle and her nerves. She felt invincible more so than she already was. With their abilities along with being able to control a specific element, their strength, speed, and invulnerability had enhanced as well.
Since awakening to her powers, Viola found herself not needing her car to get to and from school, instead opting to run as she could get there in a half hour if she was running at normal speed. With her enhanced speed she could get there in less than a minute. Now she was about to reveal the better part of her abilities.
The floor suddenly started to glow in a large circle beneath her feet, illuminating the smile of determination that worked its way onto Viola’s face. As the seconds passed, the circle started to fill in with stars and vectors, all lacing and swooping around each other. Viola was bathed in the emerald light as it filled the warehouse and when it faded, a large, black bear stood on all fours in front of her. It opened its mouth, growling towards Crystal, who merely watched with a lifted eyebrow.
“You want to take it that far, huh?” Crystal said. She crossed her arms over her chest, twisting her mouth to the side. As Viola watched, Crystal’s eyes shifted, changing to resemble that of a cat’s. “You asked for it.” She thrust out her hand. “Dricer!”
The ground below Crystal started to glow in a circle, this time shapes that of icicles and snowflakes filled the innermost part of the circle. As the light disappeared, a white tiger appeared in front of her in all its glory. It growled loudly, pawing at the ground with its long claws, raking grooves in the floor. Its whiskers twitched, protruding from the blue snowflake shapes marking its cheeks.
“Take her down Daruma!”
“Go get her, Dricer!”
Dricer let out another roar, this time opening its mouth wide enough to show off its long, gleaming teeth. Daruma lifted up onto its hind legs, swiping a paw at Dricer as he came close. Dricer darted to the side and raked its claw across Daruma’s side. Daruma fell back onto all fours, lumbering away from Dricer as Viola let out a cry of pain.
Her hand moved to her side and when she pulled it away, blood stained her palm. Three large gashes had appeared on her skin as Daruma was hit. It wasn’t deep enough to cause much damage though; if she got it healed quickly enough, it wouldn’t scar. She didn’t need another set of scars to constantly hide from her family.
“Dricer, don’t let up!” Crystal instructed.
Dricer gracefully turned on a dime and turned back to Daruma, leaping forward and sinking his fangs into Daruma’s arm. Daruma brought down her left arm, striking Dricer across the face. Now it was Crystal’s turn to scream, a gash appearing on her cheek.
“Get away from her, Daruma; you need to give yourself a lot space! Do what you have to!” Viola’s eyes shifted around the warehouse. The staircases weren’t going to help her, Dricer would move quicker to get there, and if he fell, he would be able to twist and turn his way, midair, to land back on its feet. No, Daruma was going to have to overpower Crystal’s guardian another way. “Shake him off!”
Daruma brought her paw up once more, this time it glowed the same color green that encircled Viola. A cloud appeared above Daruma, sending down a star shower onto Dricer. Dricer winced as the bursts of energy slammed into his back, forcing him to loosen his grip on Daruma’s arm and rapidly back away, eyes narrowed. Instead of backing off completely, Dricer opened his mouth wide and shot out an icy blast, similar than the one Crystal had shot off at Viola earlier.
The combination of both attack combining created a shockwave, forcing the two guardians apart from each other, flying back against the ground.
Viola and Crystal exchanged glances before standing up straight, relaxing. The glow around them dissipated their guardians along with it. Looking up, they spotted their cousins; one leaning against the railing, the other walking down a set of stairs that reached the floor of the warehouse.
“Oh come on!” Crystal protested, placing her hands on her hips. “You barely gave me a chance to beat her, cuz!”
Rhuben crossed her arms before sitting down on the last step, watching the two girls with interest. She lifted her hands, forming a black ball of energy, passing it back and forth between her hands. “At the rate this was going, you weren’t going to win; you were just going to blast another hole in the roof.” She lifted her gaze to her twin sister, Riley, as she continued to stand up in the rafters.
Riley rolled her eyes. “You send a rainstorm of burning metal down once and you’re branded for life.” She crossed her arms as well, though her stance was more of dominance than comfort. She lifted her hand, palm up, and a fireball appeared above her. Her dark eyes narrowed as she watched the flame. “You lot weren’t paying attention to what you could use around you and what you could anticipate off of each other. You should really rely on your instincts that way.” The flame was engulfed as she closed her fist.
“And this is coming from the girl that fights with her fists before her head, yeah?” Rhuben pointed out to her twin.
Riley shrugged. She was frowning, though her face was otherwise softened. She could admit that it was a good fight; all of their training was really paying off. Reaching up a hand, she rubbed at a bruise on her shoulder that Rhuben had inflicted during their match.
Rhuben turned her eyes back to her cousins. The right one was puffy and dark, a testament to Riley’s blow against her. “You two did a good job,” she said diplomatically. “You can see your differing weaknesses and strengths. Now you know what to work on.”
“If you would have given me the chance, I would’ve kicked her butt,” Viola insisted, her hand firmly placed against her side.
“Whatever you say, Voilá,” Crystal teased. A drop of blood ran down her cheek. “I would’ve giv’n you hell for sure.”
Viola groaned. “I told you before, it’s Viola! I’m not a freaking magician!”
“Ok!” Riley placed her hands on the railing of the railing and lifted her body up over the rafter and dropped to the floor. “We get the point.” She rubbed her shoulder, wincing slightly. “If you went on any further you know you’d be too wiped for school tomorrow.”
“Powers or not, we still have to be in top shape,” Rhuben agreed. “Especially considering we don’t know what WingzCorp is planning on doing next.” Crystal and Viola nodded. Rhuben turned on her heel and led the girls out of the warehouse.
Practice was over for the day.
So what'd you guys think?
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