==== So sad today, man ====
[...Wisp had been given a new life and purpose by the goddess. Mojo had been reunited with Tessa. Extreme found herself still in touch with her humanity, and Ares, Nautica and Fanta managed to survive a nights sleep with a minimum of breathing...]
... Dawn broke over Nocaps. The light flooded into the room where the three furies slept. A sly sunbeam made its way across Nautica's closed lids and remained there firmly, no matter which way he tossed and turned until grumpily he opened his eyes and arose from his flea-mattress. A loud yelling woke Ares and he too arose to find Fanta sprawled on the floor where a frustrated Nautica had pushed him.
"What the hill did you do that for?" Fanta rose angrily.
Nautica glared at her "Your snoring is louder than a dragons fart!"
Ares thought it best to intervene. "Let's uhh make a start on heading out shall we?" He made his way outside the room.
After a moment or two of contestual glaring, Nautica and Fanta gathered their meagre belongings and headed down the stairs after Ares, careful not to inhale too much of the ripe air.
They were out the door in the time it took to hand the key back to the Innkeeper and say farewell with nods and fake smiles.
Outside they all took a lungful of air and watched the colour return to each others faces.
"Oh my god, Ares," Nautica was looking at a mob of people across the street. "Do you see that?"
Across the street was a handful of girls, who had obviously been there hours before daybreak, rolled up beds still lying upon the floor. Several of them held placards saying "We luv u Arse1020". Correct spelling was not the in thing.
"There he is!" The girls all turned towards the Furies and began to scream loudly in delight at the sight of them. Their screaming turned into those of fright as a swathe of dual-bladed guards tore into them, swords cleaving flesh and bone with deadly strikes.
Ares, Nautica and Fanta were shocked by this sudden massacre, and any thoughts of intervention came too late for the fansters. As the murderous guards cleaned their blades with the sandy soil upon the ground, one of them caught Ares' eye and pointed a sword end towards a poster. The poster was displayed upon a board now drenched in blood. As Ares moved closer, he was able to read the poster between smeers of guts and fluids.
Hear ye, hear ye.
To all residents of Nocaps. From this day forward there shalt be no shouting, or raising of voices, or any kind of amusement that may result in loud laughter from any resident of said city.
Any deviation from this rule shall be met with a swift death.
Long live the Union of Fury!
Ares motioned the other two and they read the declaration. Ares watched as their faces turned from shocked to disbelief.
"What the f.." began Nautica
Ares hushed him to quietness.
In a whisper Nautica tried again "What the father do they think they're doing? They can't go around massacring every group of girls that breaks out into a screaming fit, even if they are ugly as sin."
Fanta scowled at this and idly fingered her food pack. Food always made her feel better.
Ares thought for a moment before speaking "Let's just get out of here while we still have our heads. The guards don't seem to care either way."
They headed towards the city gates, anxious to be rid of this rat hole as soon as possible and then a familar female figure appeared about a hundred metres in front of them.
Nautica spied her first "Hey, it's Zinny!" he said. He was about to shout in greeting when Ares pulled him back.
"Are you a fool? What did I just say? Make any noise loud enough to wake the guards from their dutiful sleeping and they'll cut you to shreds." Ares forgot about Zinny in his anger towards Nautica.
Zinny wore a big smile "Hey guys! How are you doing? I can't believe I saw you here, you'll never guess.." Her voice carried across the city like a tower bell. Dark shadows detached themselves from the side streets, bent on murder.
"Zinny, no!" Ares turned to warn her too late.
A slightly shocked but still smiling face sailed through the air and landed at his feet.
"Oh my god, they killed Zinny!" A voice called from nowhere in particular.
"You ba....!" Began an answering reply and then two gurgling sounds cut through the air as two more citizens met their deaths.
Ares, Nautica and Fanta froze mid-panic. After a few reassuring minutes, they moved quietly from their awkward postures.
"Let's just get out of this madhouse." Ares spoke what all three were thinking and they scurried towards the gatehouse with as much haste as could be mustered.
Zinny's headless body lay sprawled on the street opposite and they tried not to look as they shot past...
The three once again embarked upon their journey to Gliter. Will they make it? Will I write it? Does anyone care? Find out soon!
Let's do it again sometime