ASSUMPTIONS - A Bolt of Faaloong Silk - Part 1“What do ya mean ya dinna know the words? Khios grant me patience with idiots, ya be a bard ain’t ya?” bellowed the blacksmith.ASSUMPTIONS - A Bolt of Faaloong Silk - Part 1 by nomyai
“Throw em out, a night in the cold’ll make em remember!” as a tankard crashed against the wall barely missing the bards head.
“Aye, out with em!” was the chorus as another tankard flew toward him.
“Gentlefolk!” shouted Willum, jumping onto the stage, stepping in front of the bard as more tankards crashed into the wall.
“Whoever throws next has me to answer to!” shouted a woodsman, dripping wet from flying ale, drawing steel.
Another tankard sailed past Willum’s head crashing into the wall. “Stay behind me lad.” he said over his shoulder.
“TURN ME LOOSE, DAMMIT!” shouted the Woodsman as he was grabbed from behind by Winford the barkeep.
“ENOUGH!” roared the Dwarven alehouse owner banging a forge hammer on the bar.
The village Sergeant at
ASSUMPTIONS - 17“What makes you say that, Willum, what significance is the statue?” she asked looking puzzled.ASSUMPTIONS - 17 by nomyai
“It’s not a statue, Mang, it was an Aaqhrab warrior.”
“I have not encountered this species … race since my arrival to your world, you are familiar with them?”
“A little, I soldiered with one when I was in Thrace. The blacksmith had saved its life after a battle; he’d covered a gaping hole in the shell of its chest with a plate of heat-softened copper. It had sworn itself to be his Thane for his actions.”
“Why do you call the Aaqhrab ‘it’?”
“I mean no disrespect to the race, none whatsoever, but if there’s a way to tell man from woman with them I fear I don’t know it.” he chuckled. “The handful I’ve seen in my life all look the same except for very small differences in the color of their eyes. Remember when I thought the sound of your Healers cu
ASSUMPTIONS - 16“I cannot make an exact location of the Byzetium from here in the hallway; we will have to enter his rooms.” concentrating on the Ghosts instrumentation. When Willum didn’t reply, she quickly looked up. He sat with the same absolute stillness she had seen him watch sunsets with, gazing at the image of the hallway. For a moment, she expected the bio-medical monitor to sound a warning on her ear bud until she looked closer at his expression.ASSUMPTIONS - 16 by nomyai
“You poor buffoon.” he said quietly, with a sadness she’d never heard in his voice before. “You invited your own death in the front door.”
“Willum, are you alright?” sliding her hand into his.
Closing his eyes, he took a deep breath and turned toward her. Softly exhaling, he kept his eyes closed for a few more moments. Opening them, he looked thoughtful. “I don’t fault him, he had no idea. Until you told me of the death it carries w
ASSUMPTIONS - 15“Yes, the opening is sufficiently wide for the Ghost to pass through.” Mang smiled after studying the image for a few moments.ASSUMPTIONS - 15 by nomyai
“Do you have to bring the low flyer up to the window to let the ghost step into the gap?” Willum closely examined the gap in the image.
“It does not walk, the Ghost fly’s so there is no need. We can leave the low flyer in station keeping … perfectly still several feet away.”
“Once the ghost gets inside the house, can the high flyer still talk to it?”
“The Ghost carries about 3,000 feet of collapsed molecular monofilament … thread on a spool internally and we can talk with it through the low flyer. The thread is as thin as spider web but strong enough to support our weight combined. You could not cut it with your sword but it would nick the blade if you tried. Whatever we tell the high flyer will be relayed to the low flyer and then through the thread to the Ghost.
ASSUMPTIONS - 14“Your mother must have been a strong woman to have stayed with your father under those circumstances.” Mang said.ASSUMPTIONS - 14 by nomyai
“She was very strong, but really couldn’t leave him; she had nowhere to go if she had. Mother was from Lelhiem, far to the north of Boreas, almost the top of the world. She was a daughter of the snow, tall, slender, sandy haired. She’s the reason I have light skin and hair … hmm.” Willum paused for a moment combing his fingers through his beard. “Until now I never really put much thought into it but I had no resemblance to Father at all and only a passing one to my brother’s. I wonder …”
“Wonder about what?”
“Several things that I never thought about together before. Mother’s last letter had a very odd part to it, almost a confession, to look at it now. She said, ‘I’m so sorry for the loneliness I caused you because of my own loneliness.’ I couldn’t u
ASSUMPTIONS - 13“I suppose the fastest way for us to get to the harbor would be to jump over the city. Outside of here, I’ve never been in the eastern part, I won’t be missing anything.” he smiled.ASSUMPTIONS - 13 by nomyai
“Then that is exactly what we shall do.” Taking his right hand, she placed it on top of the controller. “Do you remember how to raise the flyer?”
“Mmm, let’s see … push to move ahead … pull to move back … push left to turn left … push right to turn right … twist the top to spin in a circle, I like that one.” he chuckled. “Uhm, no, I don’t.”
“Allow me, My Handsome Rogue.” Mang smiled and ran her fingers over the controls. The image of the roof fell away as the flyer lifted straight up.
“Once we’re over the city wall, you’ll see one of the wonders of Orphic, the Harbor Colossus.”
“What is this wonder, this colossus?” gently resting her hand
So, here's the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth (what is this a court case?) about the 25 Random Things about me.
1. I once went 48 days without bathing.
TRUE. What had started out as one of our little 3 week outings in the jungle (read patrol) turned into we kept getting extended trying to find a few things (like missing helo crews). Outside of the occasional fast moving stream to splash in, the shower was a distant dream.
2. I hold a PhD in Psychology.
TRUE. And it was the most difficult bite of education I ever undertook, gave me even more white hair than I had when I started but was worth every second in the long run.
3. I was voted most likely to amount to nothing in High School.
TRUE. We really didn't have any sort of category for that at good ole DHS, but just about everybody in the "guidance department" (I still refuse to capitalize those words because the people who staffed it were the most unprofessional crew I ever encountered) weren't in the least bit interested in helping. I wasn't Harvard or Yale material so why bother? Five weeks before graduation is a bit late in asking if I'd thought about going to college, wouldn't you think?
4. I have a private pilot's license with a multi-engine, instrument rating add-on.
FALSE. Being stone deaf in my right ear precludes me from ever passing a Flight Physical. I love to go for flights and sitting by the window is the only reason I really do fly.
5. I'm 5'3" and weigh 112 lbs.
FALSE. I'm a mere 6'5" and a delicate 260 lbs.
6. Both sides of my family are German.
TRUE. Mom's side is Prussian and Dad's side is Bavarian.
7. I've been around the world twice.
FALSE. Five times, but who's counting. Three by plane, two by ship.
8. I swam in the middle of the ocean once.
TRUE. About half way between Guam and the Philippines the Troop Ship I was on stopped for "Swim Call". We were somewhere pretty close to the Mariana Trench, so that puts the bottom about 6 miles down.
9. I'm the second of seven kids.
TRUE. Yupe seven of us Carpet Commando's!
10. My brother Karl was born just before the start of World War 2 and I was born just after the end. We call ourselves "The Bookends".
TRUE. However, Karl and I never (and I mean NEVER) said that in front of Mom and Dad.
11. I was bored with my former line of work and got a Commercial Driver's License for grins.
TRUE. I even made a couple of long haul trips across the country.
12. I sew and fly my own kites.
TRUE. I sew my own clothes, too.
13. I'm 67 years old.
TRUE. Born 1 April 1946, that's got to be the biggest cosmic joke around.
14. I lived in Hawaii for 5 years.
TRUE. 1989 - 1994.
15. I jumped out of a perfectly good airplane.
FALSE. While the idea of parachuting interests me, I'm sure the Jump Master would have to kick me out the door.
16. At what was probably the most terrifying, heart stopping, paralyzing moment in my life, I was laughing so hysterically I almost wet my pants.
TRUE. In the middle of a rocket barrage (Soviet made 140mm fire and forget weapons, no where for the recipient to hide cause you don't have a clue where it's going to hit) there's 6 of us trying to hide under the dirt in the bottom of our hooch. One of our band of merry malcontents yells "If you fuckers want us to leave, just tell us!" You could have dropped the entire world on my head and I wouldn't have cared, I was laughing too hard at what was the funniest thing I'd ever heard. Strange how terror makes you laugh.
17. I love taking pictures with my trusty old camera.
TRUE. Since the introduction of digital camera's, I don't have to worry about spending a fortune on film. I carry my Sony with me just about everywhere I go and bang away at anything that looks interesting.
18. I'm a veracious reader even though I'm dyslectic.
TRUE. I'll read anything, including soup can labels. When I get tired, God only knows what text and numbers turn into.
19. I scuba dive and did a dive under the ice once.
TRUE. I still have my Open Water certificate and dive when I get the chance (which isn't that often anymore). Under the ice in a lake in Ohio, haunting and beautiful.
20. I did two tours in Vietnam.
TRUE. 1965/1966 and 1967/1968.
21. I hiked to the top of Mount Washington, in New Hampshire, twice.
TRUE. When I was 18 and again when I was 48. A beautiful area.
22. I enjoy model making.
TRUE. Model airplanes were my favorite, back in my youth, but I switched to tanks after Tamiya of Japan started releasing modern ones.
23. I've been on a dinosaur dig.
FALSE. I've been a dinosaur nut since I was a kid but never been on a dig. Now I just need to find a paleontologist that'll put up with me.
24. I've lived in the tropics for well over 30 years now.
TRUE. Snow's nice but only for a day or two at a time now.
25. There are only 5 states in the US I haven't set foot in, yet.
TRUE. I haven't been to Alaska, Montana, North/South Dakota and Minnesota. One of these days, I swear I'll get there.
Ok, now for those aforementioned prizes.
Seeing as only three people decided to play (out of the 79, as of this writing, that viewed the Journal ... APATHY thy name is DeviantArt), they're the only ones in the running.
Congratulations to all three of you. I decided to select just who of your characters I get to maul ... I mean ... write into ASSUMPTIONS at some point in the story-line. Looks like the suspense gets to last a little longer. Horrible of me, ain't it?