The Lion and the Lamb, Chapter 74Chapter Seventy-Four: An Unforeseen Attack
Half a night of traveling came to an end and the wagon ceased in the middle of the road. The equine brothers stole a cursory glance at their surroundings, searching for any signs of life.
They were all alone…
Unhitching themselves from the harness, they approached the sides of the cart near the front and reared up on their hind legs to dig into the pile of firewood while the mares watched in confusion. That confusion soon shifted into bewilderment as they drew out daggers and clenched them between their teeth.
“All right! Dump all of your valuables!” the chestnut demanded, his, and his brother’s, visages tightening into serious and intimidating scowls as they brandished their weapons, the sharp blades glinting in the glow of the moonbeams.
The six mares jumped, having not expected to be suddenly turned on by two ponies who had seemed friendly. Fluttershy gasped, pulling herself behind the protec
Valerie's Admirer, Chapter 13Chapter Thirteen: A Majestic Experience
Surfacing and taking in a gulp of air, Jackson proceeded to swim ahead to meet the wild Pokemon. His attention was on the leader in front; there was no way he was going to touch the other members of his pod without his approval. As the two met, the man tread the water, directing a wide smile up at the Lapras to show he meant no harm and waited for the marine mammal to make the first move.
A time period of a few minutes elapsed when Lapras lowered his head to curiously sniff the human. Detecting no danger from him, he smiled and permitted Jackson to run his hand over his nose.
Valerie’s smile broke out into a broader grin, looking VERY impressed. Crossing one hand over the other, as she watched with a wistful expression. He really did have a way with Pokemon, she surmised.
The man continued to coast his hand up and down the slick, rubbery skin of Lapras’ head before the large Pokemon rose his head t
The Lion and the Lamb, Chapter 73Chapter Seventy-Three: The Path to Las Pegasus
Time passed into the somber twilight, and saw the filly fidgeting and squirming on the pile of hay. Whimpering, she cried audibly as she kicked out. After a moment, all four of her legs flailed out, pumping as if she were on the run from something. The sounds emanating from the child soon awoke the dragon beside her. Yawning, he rubbed his eyes, chains clinking from the movement. Once he was more adjusted to the dim lighting, he could make out the frantic figure of Terra Cotta. That, combined with the whimpering she created caused realization to spring upon him.
Bringing a hand to her shoulder, Smokey gently shook her.
“Terra Cotta… Wake up. You’re having a bad dream.”
“Noooo!” Terra Cotta cried as he touched her. Jumping, she huddled into a ball. Her forelegs covering her head, she sobbed pitifully. “Pleas don’ hit me again, St’rmy
Valerie's Admirer, Chapter 12Chapter Twelve: A Day Out in Courmarine City
The trio exited the cab to be welcomed by the salty air permeating Courmarine City. Immediately, Juliana released her Kangaskhan and Jigglypuff, both Pokemon stretching and yawning as if waking up from a lengthy slumber. Jackson, choosing to keep his Pokemon in their Balls, greeted them with a warm smile. Pausing, he dropped his eyes to the egg in his arms as he felt movement originating from beneath the shell. Valerie chose to let out Sylveon, who stretched out and nuzzled his trainer’s leg. Purring softly, he moved over to Juliana to rub up against the woman’s legs in a friendly gesture.
Lowering her gaze to Sylveon, Juliana beamed, bringing a hand to the Pokemon’s head right before he went back to Valerie.
“What a pretty fairy you are! Yes, you are!” she squealed, then took notice of Jackson out of the corner of her eye and arched a brow with a knowing smile. “Feelin
Valerie's Admirer, Chapter 11Chapter Eleven: The Surprise Visit
Two hours elapsed and the game’s fellowship traveled quite a ways in the first evening, encountering various monsters and acquiring new weapons and items from their kills. By then, everyone--sans Valerie--had gotten three beers into their systems and they were beginning to get a little rowdy. Manson, Gray, and even Tatiana developed foul mouths, throwing obscenities and colorful insults at each other. None of them took any offense though. They were comfortable and close enough to call each other something foul in a playful manner, and even laugh at it.
Valerie couldn’t help but frown at the insults and obscenities that were slung around, but said nothing about it. She wasn’t close to these people as Jackson was to them, and tried not to get involved with any of the insulting.
A short while later, Espurr let out a yawn--as did several of the other Pokemon, who had made their way into the house arou
The Lion and the Lamb, Chapter 72Chapter Seventy-Two: Terra Cotta
Within hours, the fast-flying pegasus made his way to his destination: Las Pegasus. The child in his foreleg had been crying in terror through the entire trip, not used to flying at such speed and height. The stallion held no regard for the chick’s feelings and did nothing to comfort her, eager to see the look on his boss’ face when he saw her.
Soaring into the clearing near the city’s entrance, he came upon a giant blue tent that had been erected the day the train-carriage arrived. The vehicle’s cars had been disconnected and sorted into rows depending on what were contained in them. The employees were stationed on the left side of the big top and the supplies on the right, with the animals hidden from view in the back. The animals took up the most space and were assorted in categories with the most dangerous animals in the very front where they could be supervised much easier--with the excep
Valerie's Admirer, Chapter 10Chapter Ten: In-Game Attraction
The game had been temporarily paused for a couple of minutes as Jackson got up to fetch Valerie a glass of ice water. Sitting back down and placing the glass on the coffee table, the young man smirked over at Manson.
“Would you like some additional protection?”
“I don’t like him, guard,” Manson immediately said, looking Jackson up and down as if examining him. “He’s covered in dirt and sweat.”
“All from a hard day’s work,” Jackson responded, sinking into the couch’s back support with a calm smile.
Valerie followed Manson’s example and scanned the man next to her, pursing her lips.
“At least he’s not covered in anything worse, my liege. Besides, the monsters roaming these areas have been tougher than anything we faced. I fear they are going to get nothing but stronger from here on out. I think we can use all the help we can get.”
Valerie's Admirer, Chapter 9Chapter Nine: Tabletop Insanity
Clutching the twenty-sided die in his hand, Jackson turned his attention to Jerry, the older man smirking as he awaited the roll to determine the class of his character. Rolling the die, the young man’s eyes went to the booklet.
“You’re a bartender, Jerry. You have wisdom and a crossbow.”
Tatiana let out a giggle.
“Even in game, I’m still the beer slave. That’s my motto,” said Jerry, giving the man across from him a quick wink as he filled in his character sheet.
“All right! My turn!” Manson excitedly cried out.
Nodding once, Jackson gave the die a roll and scanned the booklet. As his eyes fell upon the result, his face scrunched up as he attempted to hold in a laugh; a snort managing to make its way out of him.
“What?” Manson implored.
Relaxing his facial muscles, the young man allowed himself to laugh.
Valerie's Admirer, Chapter 8Chapter Eight: Roleplay Night
Saturday evening rolled in and Jackson was more excited for roleplay night than ever. He had made sure the house was spotless and he had the coffee table set up in front of the couch, along with the faux leather chairs pushed up against the table’s left and right sides. His excitement mounted as time passed. Running into the kitchen, he filled up a large bowl with potato chips and set it down beside the chosen game, which was resting right in the middle of the table.
As a knocking at the door filled his ears, he rushed to answer it. He smiled at the sight of the first of his friends, then again when a third arrived.
Valerie transported herself to Jackson’s house via bike. Since this was a casual get-together, she decided on casual wear, donning a pair of stylish jean shorts, blouse, and flip-flops. Rolling up to his house, she breaks by the entrance and props the bike up against the house. Steppi