Angie "kitn" Hughes

The Rusted Blade

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The Rusted Blade
Art by Drunkfu, coloring by Tensai
Art by Drunkfu, coloring by Tensai

Rall is a sorcerer's apprentice, and his master is abusive. One day he sends Rall to dispose of some dead magical items, have the smith melt them down for the precious metals and come back with the money. The smith has no value for an old rusty sword out of the pile, and tells Rall to keep it. Rall takes it happily, and plays at being a soldier with his friend Arron, who is training for the city guard. Rall decides to escape his abusive master with Arron's help, and that starts him on a wild adventure full of magic, transformation, excitement and eventually saving the world and getting the girl(s).

Singularity

(adj.) strangeness by virtue of being remarkable or unusual ; (noun) A point in the universe where the density of matter and the gravitational field are infinite, such as at the center of a black hole.

Unfolding World Online: By This Shield - Chapter 2

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Chapter 2

The beautiful countryside smelled of fresh grass and wildflowers. The roads this close to Threefold still overflowed with masses of adventurers choosing the easy path to their early quests, though the crowds put the lie to the word “easy.” I walked the fields, confident that the occasional starving wolf or unskilled bandit would offer me little real danger.

Unfolding World Online: By This Shield - Chapter 1

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By This Shield

Prologue - The Real Me

“Dalton?” Damnit, I hated that name… The intercom drew my attention away from my computer, but the water cooler was sealed so the processor was in no danger.

When I Grow Up

They told me
I could be
Anything I wanted
Asked me what
I meant to be
When I grew up
When I told them
"I want to be a mommy!"
They changed their tune
"You can't be a mommy
You can only be a daddy!"
My life could be
A consolation prize
And then they wonder
Why I don't know me

The Rusted Blade, Chapters 18 and 19

The Rusted Blade, Chapters 18 and 19
A collaboration by darkice and kitn

“Rana... He’s toying with you...” In spite of the noise of the dead girl’s screams and the chaos of the fight, Greta’s raspy, sick-sounding voice rang clear in Rana’s ears. She couldn’t see very well, with her eyes teared up from the pain and shock of the blow to her face, but from her voice Rana was sure Greta was barely clinging to life.

The Rusted Blade, Chapter 17

The Rusted Blade, Chapter 17
A collaboration by darkice and kitn

“Don’t you recognize your best friend, Arron?” He stared at her again and she bared her teeth at him in what could, possibly, be taken for a smile by the truly unobservant.

--SEPARATOR--

Rusted Blade nearing completion!

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So, as of last night the climax of the book is written. We still have to write the denouement, but that won't take long as it is already planned out. Once finished, we will run an editing pass or two, and then post the whole finale in one fairly large post. I had thought to post individual chapters, but we don't want to break the 3-post front page rule. I'm very excited about this, because it marks the first work of novel magnitude I have ever completed, with or without a collaborator, and for darkice as well.

The Rusted Blade, Chapter 16

The Rusted Blade, Chapter 16
A collaboration by darkice and kitn

Tears rolled unchecked down her cheeks. Looking him deep into his eyes, she whispered to Rall. “I’m so sorry I couldn’t save you.” Then she finally broke down into heartwrenching sobs, completely devoid of hope.

--SEPARATOR--

The Rusted Blade, Chapter 15


The Rusted Blade, Chapter 15

A collaboration by darkice and kitn

“Beria--dan--wen” she slowly spoke, the dagger almost seem to speak to her it name as her mind translated the elven runes. “Beriadanwen”
--SEPARATOR--

The Rusted Blade, Chapter 14


The Rusted Blade, Chapter 14

A collaboration by kitn and darkice

She felt her legs turning to lead and her side ache as if pierced by a sharp knife. She knew her limit had been reached but kept going anyway. Even so it surprised her when the ground jumped up and hit her in the face.

--SEPARATOR--

The Rusted Blade, Chapter 12


The Rusted Blade, Chapter 12

A collaboration by kitn and darkice

Smiling at him she offered her elegant hand as if to pull him up from the water. “Come,” she said, “Dance with me on the waters and lie with me on the sand.”

--SEPARATOR--

The Rusted Blade, Chapter 9


The Rusted Blade, Chapter 9

A collaboration by kitn and darkice


Xabriar gripped the copper bowl full of dark water, his knuckles white around its edge, and forcibly restrained himself. The tools of his trade were becoming more valuable to him by the day, and this one let him see more of the distant goings on than most. He left it on the bench and stalked across the room, muttering to himself.

The Rusted Blade, Chapter 8


The Rusted Blade, Chapter 8

A collaboration by kitn and darkice

Cale’s waiting paid off an hour after dusk. The lights on the third floor flicker out in the adjacent inn. Soon the two girls would be fast asleep; a few drops of crushed night weed and the two would never awaken. A painless death, it was the least he could do.
--SEPARATOR--

The Rusted Blade, Chapter 7


The Rusted Blade, Chapter 7

A collaboration by kitn and darkice

“Unsheath the sword, would you lad? Can’t be too careful you see, and you have held the sword already.” Rall did as he was asked, laying the naked blade back down on the bench. Were his eyes deceiving him, or was it a bit more polished now?

The Rusted Blade on hiatus this week.

To those who did not read the notes last week, due to real life complications darkice and I are delaying the next chapter of The Rusted Blade until next week. We found that if we don't keep a fair lead on the story, we *will* write ourselves into a corner, and then finding a way out of it without retconning what we've already released is tricky at best, and can interrupt the flow of writing.

The Rusted Blade, Chapter 5

The Rusted Blade, Chapter 5
A collaboration by kitn and darkice

“The road!” Greta whooped in glee as she jumped up and down excitedly. Rall joined her in excitement when he first saw the hard-packed wide road from Gaerbron to Lussax. He didn’t recognize where they were along the road because he hadn’t paid much attention the first time along it, and it hardly mattered anyway because they weren’t lost in the woods anymore!

The Rusted Blade, Chapter 4

The Rusted Blade, Chapter 4
A collaboration by kitn and darkice

Arron stared at her for a moment as he contemplated her suggestion. “So you wish to sneak by the Academy guard, break into your own lab and not be noticed?”

The Rusted Blade, Chapter 1

The Rusted Blade
A collaborative work by kitn and darkice

“Might as well keep that one, it’s shoddy steel, not even worth melting down. And it can’t be enchanted, not even the poorest wizard would waste magic on that junk. I’ll not pay your master for that kind of thing.”

Singularity updated

I posted chapter two as a child page to Singularity, but it didn't show it on the main page. Am I doing it right? I want people to be able to tell when I post a new chapter... Anyway, maybe this will do for letting people know. Anyway, if you have any suggestions, reviews or criticisms, feel free to PM, email or comment on the stories!

--Angie

P.S. I nearly forgot, I deleted a little at the end of the first chapter, I like the way I rewrote it much better. Big thanks go out to Shadowolf for ideas and suggestions, inspiration and heavy prodding!

Kudzu -2-

Thing seem to be going well for Alyssa in spite of her recent upheaval. She has friends, family support, and nifty new abilities, though she can't always control them the way she wants to. But an accidental (?) foray into a world she never knew existed will bring yet more change... Now, more adventures of-

-----*****Alyssa in Wonderland*****-----
Kudzu
By Angie "kitn" Hughes
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"This is fan fiction for the Whateley Academy series. It may or may not match the timeline, characters, and continuity, but since it's fan fiction, who cares? To see the canon Whateley Stories, check out Whateley Academy at ( http://www.crystalhall.org )"

The Dangers of Petticoat Punishment

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This one is dark, very dark. Do not read this expecting lightness, it describes how petticoat punishment can go very, very WRONG. I wrote it to let out a lot of dark feelings, and am posting it here because it is a work of mine, not because I expect feedback. You have been warned.

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Pat Miller has always been a bit of a nonentity. But what could have been the end of a depressing existence triggers the beginning of a whole new life, filled with action and adventure, at Whateley Academy!

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