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PostSubject: The mercenary's farm   Mon Jan 04, 2016 5:06 pm

Jad yawned. It was a new day. Clouds lay over the plains, shadowing his small farm. He pulled has sheets off, and changed into his work clothes. Walking toward the door, he stopped, and buckled on one holster, holding a pistol and knife. Just as he stepped outside, it started to rain. Sighing, Jad bent his head to the rain, and walked on. his animals needed food. He kicked a rock into the air. Before it had hit the ground, he had got three shots off at it. Stooping, he picked it up again. All three had missed. there were scorch marks though. he had been close. The animals in the barn made hungry sounding noises. He shrugged, vowing to get it next time, and continued along his way.
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PostSubject: Re: The mercenary's farm   Wed Mar 09, 2016 11:01 pm

Martha looked out of the window of her small house for the third time within the past five minutes. She was waiting for it to stop raining so that she could ride over to Jad's place. When she saw that it had stopped raining and the sun was out, she walked out of the door and into her barn. Martha smiled as she heard her paint horse, Vanya, release a welcoming nicker. She led him outside of his stall and after giving him a brushing and saddling, she mounted him and they trotted out of the barn, headed for Jad's ranch.
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PostSubject: Re: The mercenary's farm   Wed Mar 09, 2016 11:16 pm

Jad looked at his roughened hands, dirty from being around animals all day, and sighed. It had only just finished raining, and he was soaked through. Herding the last of his calves into their barn, he wiped moisture from his face. He smiled as he thought of a warm home to return to, and then frowned as he realized that he had left the heating unit off..... No warm house. He trudged up the path from the barn. he hadnt seen Martha for a while. He smiled as he thought of her, and made a mental note to go an see her in the next few days. The sun came out, and started to warm his back. He opened the door of his house, and hung up his cloak. he dripped his way to the heating unit, and turned it on. "that's better" he said, as the heat flowed through the room. Realizing he was making a puddle on the floor, he was about to go and get changed, when he heard the sound of a horse in the distance. "that's odd" , he remarked. "Unless....." He strolled outside, and climbed onto the roof of his house, which was flat topped. Squinting into the distance, he made out the shape of a horse, with a rider on it. He smiled, and vaulting of the roof, started to walk toward the rapidly growing figure.
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PostSubject: Re: The mercenary's farm   Thu Mar 10, 2016 12:00 am

Martha gently nudged her horse's flank using the spur of her boot and held on as he transitioned from a trot to a canter. She glanced up into the sky for a moment and smiled at what she saw. A rainbow, nearly transparent but clearly visible, arched in the sky. She looked ahead through her horse's ears and saw that Jad's house was just up ahead. Her horse seemed to anticipate his arrival there and lightly quickened his canter, whinnying to inform everyone of his presence. Martha slowed him down though, from a canter to a trot, as Jad began to approach the two.
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PostSubject: Re: The mercenary's farm   Thu Mar 10, 2016 3:33 pm

Jad Walked over to Martha, and helped her off her horse. he took the reins of Vanya, and started walking back towards the house, with Martha by his side. He had missed her, recently. they reached the house, and Jad put Marthas horse into his stable, while Martha chatted to him about how her farm was going. That done, they walked side by side up the path, towards Jads house. He started boiling some water, for drinks, and for dinner, as they started to discus the conflicts building on Cerclorium.
" If anything ever comes up", said Jad, "Make sure you come straight here."He listened as the water started to boil, and came and sat next to Martha. It started to rain again.
"You timed that well, i must say", he remarked, as droplets started to stream down the window. Thunder sounded distantly, and the rain became heavier.
"you had better stay the night here", he told her. I need to go and put check on the animals, i will be right back". Pulling his still damp cloak on, he stepped reluctantly away from the warmth of the house, and into the sheeting rain, drenching the plain.
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PostSubject: Re: The mercenary's farm   Mon Mar 14, 2016 10:28 pm

"Of course I'll come here." Martha placed her elbow on the table and twirled a loose strand of hair around her finger.
"I can take care of myself, you know," she replied, smiling gently. "I doubt that the rain'll last through the night." She watched as Jad made his way back out into the pouring rain and jumped up as the water on the stove came to a boil. She pulled the teapot off of the burner and then got two cups down from the cupboard. After placing a bag of tea leaves in each cup, she poured the steaming hot water into the cups and set them down on the table. She then put another pot of water on the stove and fetched all the proper ingredients to make stew with while patiently waiting for Jad to return.
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PostSubject: Re: The mercenary's farm   Tue Mar 15, 2016 12:38 am

The rain bucketed down more heavy than ever. Jad plowed his way through it, down the path toward the barn. behind him he saw the house fade into the downpour.  He rushed down to the barn and entered. most of the animals were asleep, or softly eating. He checked the roof at the leaks he had fixed yesterday, and found that most of them were holding. he quickly patched the major ones, and then braced against the cold and went to check the dogs. The dogs were rather calm, and he closed the doors of their boxes, for warmth. Lightning flashed in the distance, and thunder sounded, close after. The wind and rain intensified. He started to head back up the path toward home.
Something splashed behind him. he turned, but could see nothing through the rain. he shrugged, and continued. There was another sound. Jad turned again, just as lightning flashed. There, not 30 meters away, were 3 large dogs, softly following him. He turned, and started to walk faster toward the house. He recognized them as the animals of the group of raiders he had sent packing last summer. The dogs were big, and still had scraps of armor from their days of raiding. Jad swore under his breath. These dogs were trained killers.
He reached down to his belt, which always carried at least one pistol. He drew it quietly, and swore louder, and more violently then before. 2 shots...
He was still a long way from the house as well. His breath quickened as he tried to think of another way to get rid of the dogs without  having to use his knife, and get close to them. Nothing came. Suddenly, he tripped on a dip in the path.
The dogs needed no other urging. The leaped forward, and sprinted toward him. Gritting his teeth against the pain in his ankle, He drew his Pistol smoothly, and fired, the round hitting the first dog clean in the forehead, and stopping it cold. The other two came on with no hesitation. He aimed on the next dog, and fired again, just as another bolt of lightning flashed, and thunder sounded. The flash put his aim off, and he hit the dog in the shoulder, spinning it round, and injuring it, but not killing it. The third dog came on. Jad swore.
he drew his blade, and braced himself for the impact, and wrapped his cloak around his arm.
The dog hit him like a truck.
it barreled into him, and threw him back a good 3 meters. Jad gritted his teeth as his shoulder smashed against a rock, and the dogs claws tore into his side and leg. The dog snarled, and grabbed his arm, which was wrapped in the cloak. The arm underneath was padded by the thick cloth, but the teeth still went through. Jad whipped his arm up, lifting the dogs head, still attached to his cloth wrapped limb. The action exposed the dogs throat, and he plunged his blade into the beast. The dog howled, letting go of Jads arm, as he thrust the blade in a second time. Blood pored own his arm, both his and the dogs.  It struggled for a few seconds, and then went limp. he scrambled back a few steps, and stood up. He picked up his torch which had fallen on the ground a few meters away. limping over to the beast, he kicked it, just to make sure it was dead. It was dead.
He breathed a sigh of relief. Stumbling over to the other dog, which was still dazed, he cut its throat. It would not do to have a savage dog still running around. He retrieved his pistol, now empty, and started to slowly toward the lights of the house, as the rain continued to fall around him. Jad limped indoors with his cloak still wrapped around his bloody arm, and deep scratches all over his body.
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PostSubject: Re: The mercenary's farm   Mon May 02, 2016 1:09 pm

Martha quietly stirred her stew, watching the clock as Jad had been outside for five minutes...then ten minutes...twelve minutes...she turned away from the stove for a moment to glance out the window. She couldn't make out Jad's figure through the dense rain that continued to bucket down in spite of how long it already had been. Walking back over to her pot of stew, she looked at the clock again. He'd been gone for fifteen minutes. Martha reached into the cabinets and grasped two bowls and two plates and began to set the table. She wondered when he would be back and began to worry at the realization that it had been so long. It shouldn't take him such a while just to take care of a few things, should it? She turned the stove off but kept the pot of stew on the burner so that it would still be warm by the time Jad returned. Suddenly, she turned around to see him limping through the front door with his cloak wrapped around his bloody arm.
"Jad!"
Martha ran across the room and quickly closed the door, then grabbed a chair from underneath the kitchen table and helped him into it.
"What happened to you!" She removed the cloak and rolled up his sleeve to see the bite wound on his arm, then hurried to the sink to fetch a pan of hot water and soap to cleanse it.
"What in the world bit you like this?" she asked, dipping a cloth into the soapy water and then slapping it onto his arm.
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