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Vampire Hunters of Delmi Part III


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#41 EChatty

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Posted 15 April 2008 - 03:14 PM

Vincent had made sure that he fed before he left-and left Sharon in the care of the other girls who would stay behind. He had decided to bring Alyssa, Nissa and Sally along with him-on their own horses, and dressed for riding-Vincent himself wore his traditional leather trousers, white shirt and boots. They rode three of the smaller horses he kept, and he decided to bring the big red Roja to give Diablo a break.

The foursome arrived at the inn and stowed their larger packs on Sephira's wagon and kept other stuff in saddlebags. Vincent had his sword sheathed on his saddle, and several knives on his person. He nodded at Sephira, who nodded back-then he nodded at Joanna. Roja tossed his head-already ready to go, but Vincent kept him reined in, as they were still waiting for others to show up.


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Posted 15 April 2008 - 05:26 PM

Jo waved at each person as they arrived then swung up into the saddle and shifted around a little bit to make herself comfortable for a long journey. Because they travelled with vampires they would either have to seek shelter in caves during the day or make sure no light could get into the wagon. Once they were ready the group started walking their horses through the streets towards the gates of Delmi.

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Posted 15 April 2008 - 06:00 PM

Sephira clucked gently at the horses and slapped their backs with the reins as she pulled the brake off, and the wagon started moving slowly towards the gates of Delmi.

"We're on our way." She said, mostly to herself.


Vincent kept the big red reined in as the group moved slowly to the gate-there was no need to tire him out by letting him run-they had a long trip ahead of them, and they didn't need anyone coming up with a lame horse or an exhausted one.

"Easy, boy." He crooned. "You'll get to run soon enough."


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Posted 15 April 2008 - 08:55 PM

Tialyn was glad it was evening when many of the people of Delmi were settled down to eating or preparing their evening meal. The team tried to hide their work from everyone, which meant not being seen too often in the large group that made up the Vampire Hunters. It would be hard to explain what all of them--all so different--had in common. More than likely some people guessed, but hopefully they were too busy living and surviving in their own lives to really take notice.

She rode easily as they approached the gates of Delmi, letting Morning Star walk at her own pace. The white horse clip clopped down the street rhythmically and Tialyn let herself relax to begin the long journey.

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Posted 15 April 2008 - 09:18 PM

Breanna gave her horse a kiss on the nose before mounting him. She was dressed in riding clothes, and her hair was in a braid to keep it out of her face. It had been a while since she really travelled, and she was looking forward to the journey.

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Posted 16 April 2008 - 08:33 AM

Time Jump- getting us through the journey fairly quickly.

Time Stamp: 2:49am, three days later.

Jo kept her hood up over her head as the group continued to travel at night and rest during the day. Soon they'd have to find a cave or shelter to camp in so that they could sleep during the day. Travel had been long and boring with most hours of the night on horseback winding down a long muddy road. Tonight was slower than usual for the heavens had opened and it had been raining steadily for the past two hours. Jo was getting cold despite the water proof cloak she wore but continued onward.

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Graayth had shifted to his half-beast form and put on an waterproof cloak so he could enjoy the benefits of having fur and keep dry and so the rain wasn't bothering him much. It wasn't too hard to control his beastlike instincts with the complete absence of blood or enemies around and spent most of his time quietly talking to Kat about how she'd joined the Vampire Hunters and following adventures.

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Posted 16 April 2008 - 09:11 AM

Sephira kept her cloak hood up as the rain came down-she wasn't too chilled, and kept the horses at a slow pace to keep from sliding around in the mud. She and Kala had spoken several times along the way, to pass the time-mostly just small talk.

Vincent kept his hood up, more to keep dry than for anything else-although the rain didn't bother him, he did dislike being soaked-unless he was home and felt like sitting out in it. His three ladies were wearing waterproof cloaks as well, and were staying fairly dry-at least they wouldn't get sick, hopefully.

He'd spent a lot of the trip in silence, speaking only when spoken to, and kept the big red horse reined in-they would run when he had the time after they would arrive at their destination. He was simply glad that storms didn't frighten him, or the other three horses he'd decided to bring.


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Posted 16 April 2008 - 10:37 AM

Kat pulled her cloak more tightly around her as the rain continued to fall...she turned to Graayth......

"We should find somewhere to shelter...we are able to retain much of our body heat, the humes however.....they will be cold and tired...and the rain is making the road dangerous"

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Posted 16 April 2008 - 11:44 AM

Leaning over to pat Morning Star on the neck for having been so patient these past three days and traveling well, Tialyn felt the rain drip off the hood of her cloak. Her hair felt damp under the hood and she was a bit chilled and uncomfortable but nothing she hadn't experienced before. However, it would be good to be dry again as soon as possible...or at least have the rain stop.

Once the sun came up they'd all be warm and dry in a cave somewhere...perhaps with a fire. Tialyn might even rest outside or at least hang her wet clothes up. She shielded her eyes from the rain and peered into the distance down the dark road. How alone they were, she thought. An owl hooted from the shelter of the leaves on a tree, and Morning Star tossed her head slightly as if to shake the rain from herself as well.

"Poor thing," Tialyn murmured. "You're all wet, aren't you?"

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Posted 16 April 2008 - 12:25 PM

Breanna had her hood up, but she found the rain refreshing. She was looking forward to stopping for the day, spending many hours on a horse wasn't entirely comfortable.

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Posted 16 April 2008 - 03:37 PM

Kala stretched her shoulders, feeling tendons pop.

"I knew I forgot to do something before leaving.  Should've dropped by Fenrore's temple and dropped a few coins to ask for good weather," she muttered.

Shifting to find a more comfortable position on the wagon seat, she gestured at their party.  "Still, none of us have come down sick, and none of the animals have injured themselves on mud or slippery stones, so there is much to be grateful for."

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Posted 16 April 2008 - 03:50 PM

Graayth nodded his agreement to Kat. "I recognise this area though. There is a.... smugglers' cave not far from the trail here." He sniffed the night breeze delicately. "I don't smell anyone except us around." He added.

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Posted 16 April 2008 - 05:09 PM

"Do you think it's empty, then...the cave?" Tialyn asked, riding closer to Graayth's wagon. She assumed he meant he smelled no sign of the smugglers. "I wonder if Jo would be willing to stop early. We're all getting drenched out here."

The Elviri glanced over at Jo and whistled to get her attention, then waved her over.

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Posted 16 April 2008 - 05:28 PM

Graayth nodded in answer to Tialyn as she waved Jo over. Jo twitched the reins on her horse and guided him over to the Elviri. "What's up?" She asked, now looking around at their surroundings for any possible danger.

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Posted 16 April 2008 - 05:45 PM

Tialyn gestured toward Kat and Graayth to indicate this had originally been their idea. "Hey, Jo, Graayth knows of a place to maybe get out of the rain, and he and Kat were wondering about getting us a dry place to rest. What do you think?"

She wiped more rain water from dripping down from her hood.

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Posted 16 April 2008 - 06:17 PM

Jo considered for a few seconds. "What kind of place?" She asked. "A smuggler's cave." Graayth replied easily. "Single cavern, fairly well hidden but it has a place for stabling and fresh water at the back. I smell nothing else here but us." It didn't take her long to decide. She like the other normals of her team was cold and damp plus they wouldn't make much progress with this rain in the dark. "Okay lead us to it. We can set up camp." Graayth nodded and jumped off the wagon. "We found a campsite!" Jo raised her voice to be heard by everyone. "Follow Graayth!" And so they did follow the Lycan as he lead them off the track and behind a thick stand of trees to some rocks with a fairly narrow gap. "It leads underground but the floor angle is shallow enough to lead the horses." Graayth explained, shifting back into his fully hume form. Jo meanwhile went forward to explore the cave, trusting her team members to park the wagons responsibly.

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Posted 16 April 2008 - 08:56 PM

Sephira smiled in relief when Jo announced they had found a cave to camp in and get out of the rain. She guided her horses carefully, following behind the others, and parked her wagon out of the way-in a place where it would be easy to get out of. She pulled her pack out and slung it over her shoulder before she unhitched her horses and led them into the cavern behind Graayth.

Vincent turned Roja down the path Graayth had taken, keeping him at a walk, riding him as far as he could before dismounting. He pulled his and the girls' packs out of Sephira's wagon and led all four horses after handing the girls their packs. Although he wasn't uncomfortable, and could have ridden the rest of the night, he knew that the normal Humes and Elviri could come up sick if forced to ride in this downpour much longer. He entered the cave behind Sephira and kept going towards the back-where stabling apparently was.

Alyssa, Nissa and Sally pulled their cloaks off after they got inside the cave and shook them out away from the others before laying them over some rocks to dry before putting their packs down to help set up camp-at least lending a hand where they could.

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Posted 17 April 2008 - 08:31 AM

Between them the team got the wagons parked and the horses stabled at the back of the cave. Jo was now unrolling her mattress and arranging her blankets in readyness to sleep. With the wood surrounding the cave wet from the rain there would be no fire so they would have to eat cold rations and warm up by dressing in thick clothing.

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Posted 17 April 2008 - 08:47 AM

Tialyn gave a final brush to Morning Star getting the last of the water off the white horse, then stored the brush back in the right bag. There'd been some old bales of hay and grasses stocked up--probably stolen if smugglers frequented the cave in which case Tialyn hadn't minded "borrowing" a bunch for the horses to stand on. For the first time she fed Morning Star a bag of oats from the supply on the wagon--up until now the horse had been able to graze off the land. Water for the trough had been easy enough to collect.

"There you go, love, you should be warm and dry now. Eat and drink, then rest, okay?" Tialyn said, leaving the horse with the others she headed to the front of the cave where their camp had been set up.

Taking her pack behind a small outcropping of the cave wall, the Elviri stipped off her wet clothes, changed into warm, dry pants, a shirt, and dry footwear then lay out her wet clothes and boots to dry as best they would without benefit of a fire.

"Brrr," she said, rubbing her arms and putting on several other layers after she'd returned to the others. "It'll feel good to at least be dry and somewhat warm," she commented, rolling out her own bedding and sitting down. She lay her weapons by her side close at hand.

"How much longer do you think we have, Jo, 'till we get there. A couple more days yet?"

Edited by Nikki Peppermint, 17 April 2008 - 08:49 AM.


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Posted 17 April 2008 - 10:05 AM

Vincent took the horses to the stabling area and did what he could to make them comfortable-brushing them down and getting as much water off them as possible. The girls had taken their packs behind some rocks for privacy to change into dry things and lay out their wet things. He himself wasn't too bothered by being wet and he just removed his shirt and wrung it out and laid it on a rock since they were always difficult to put back on until dry. He then helped the girls roll out their bedrolls so they could get some rest-he wasn't sleepy so he saved some space by not rolling his out. Just a couple more days-he should be able to hold out till then, he disliked feeding when he was on the road.

Sephira felt much better once she got into some dry clothes-after making sure her horses were bedded down and as dry as she could get them. She spread her bedroll down near Vincent's girls and lay down. The lack of fire would make things somewhat uncomfortable-but they would cope.


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