Monday, January 23, 2017

Ten Minute Freewrite #16 - Seventeen Ways



Ten Minute Freewrite

Today we're getting another look into some more universe stuff! This is a sneak peek into a Jaden Azure and Dyne Gildspine story that'll show up soon in a Zyearth short story collection. =) I have several stories already started. Apparently Jaden and Dyne got into some crazy stuff as Guardians. ;) 

Let's start it up! 



“There are at least seventeen ways this could have gone better,” Jaden said, glaring at Dyne. “Literally. Like, I’m counting them right now, you moron.”

To say the cell they had been thrown into was archaic was doing it a favor. Jaden had been tossed in a fair amount of cells in his time as Golden Guardian, but this was somewhere in the bottom ten. Cold walls, wet floor, no toilet, near complete darkness, which even his heightened zyfaunos sight couldn’t penetrate, and only a couple of misshapen rocks to sit on. That, or the wet floor.

And everything smelled like month old puke. Though to be fair, he had smelled worse. At least they weren’t in here with a rotting corpse.

But they would never have been in here in the first place if Dyne hadn’t screwed up so badly. He kept his glare trained on Dyne.

Dyne gave Jaden a sideways glance.

“One,” Jaden said, counting on his finger. “You could have started with a greeting instead of a fist to the face. Two--”

“The thing was coming at me full swing!” Dyne said. “He was ready to gut me! How the heck would you react?”

“You’re supposed to stand your ground!” Jaden said. “It’s a testing ritual that all newcomers to the planet are supposed to take part in. That was part of the briefing. Didn’t you read the briefing?”

Dyne shifted uncomfortably on the stone he sat on in the corner of the cell. “No.”

“Dyne! Really?”

“I’m sorry!”

“Honestly!” Jaden said. “How many of these missions have we gone on in our careers? You know better! The briefing can mean the difference between life and death!”

“But they’re only androvox,” Dyne said. “Hardly different than zyfaunos.”

“In appearance, maybe,” Jaden said, glaring. “But only slightly. These guys are far taller and have full digitigrade legs. And their culture is drastically different.”

“How was I supposed to know that?”

“By reading the briefing.”

“Well,” Dyne said. “Too late now.”

They sat in silence for a moment.

“Think our contact will find us here?” Dyne asked.

“After the ruckus you caused in the central square, I don’t see how he could miss us,” Jaden snorted.

“Excuse me,” a new voice said.

Jaden lifted his head and found a tall anthropomorphic bat staring at him. By Draso, was he tall! Dyne didn’t know what he was talking about. The only thing that these androvox shared in common with zyfaunos was that they were both animals. His massive wings ran along his arms and his face held the slightly foxy look of a fruit bat.

But his eyes were kind.

“Jaden Azure, I presume?”

“And his idiotic partner, Dyne,” Jaden said, nodding at Dyne. Dyne shot him a glare.

“My name is Roxy,” the bat said. “I know it’s not the best of starts, but welcome to Sonus.”

“Thanks,” Jaden said. “So what are our plans now?”

“Now?” Roxy said. He scratched behind his ears with a long claw. “That’s. . . a bit complicated.”

“Why?” Dyne said.

“Because,” Roxy said. “Your execution is scheduled for tomorrow.”

Jaden blanched. Roxy was right. That was a bit of a complication.


Looks like Jaden and Dyne have gotten into some serious problems here. What's going to happen next? Keep an eye out for future installments. ;) 

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