ysabetwordsmith: Cartoon of me in Wordsmith persona (Default)
[personal profile] ysabetwordsmith
This is spillover from the October 6, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by [personal profile] redsixwing and LJ user Rowyn. It also fills the "someone gains purpose" square in my 10-2-15 card for the [community profile] ladiesbingo fest and the "shadows" square in my 10-1-15 card for the Halloween / Samhain Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles. It belongs to the series The Adventures of Aldornia and Zenobia, which you can find on the Serial Poetry Page.


"The Unsupportive Sidekick"


Aldornia and Zenobia traveled to
the Temple of Solemn Shadows,
for they had heard of a terrible curse
taking root somewhere within its walls.

Not knowing the lay of the land in
that part of the world, the adventurers
hired themselves a native guide.

Yancie's hair was strawberry blonde
and her eyes were murky green, and
she complained the whole way there.

At least she knew the way,
which was more than could be said
for Aldornia and Zenobia.

They fought their way up
the sunken lane where trees
leaned down to claw at them
with shadows as sharp as thorns.

Once Aldornia was snatched up into
the high branches, and Zenobia
had to rush in to save her with
no help from Yancie whatsoever.

"I'm just the trail guide," the redhead said
when the two adventurers glared at her.

Aldornia held the Ball of Shining Light
over the lock while Zenobia picked it.
and Yancie ate a sandwich.

"You're not much use as a sidekick,"
Zenobia said as they went inside.

"Trail guide," Yancie said with a shrug.

Within the Temple of Solemn Shadows,
Aldornia slew the obsidian statue
that tried to bite Zenobia's head off.

"Still cursed," Aldornia said.

Then Zenobia shattered the onyx altar
with the blood grooves and chains on it.

"That didn't do it either," Aldornia reported.

Yancie fanned away the foul smoke
that rose from the broken stone.
"This place stinks," she said.

"Remind me again why you even
came here before," Zenobia said.

"Well, it's not like I wanted to,"
Yancie said, "and I escaped
as soon as I possibly could."

The two adventurers looked at each other.
Maybe there was more to Yancie than it seemed.

While they were searching for more things
that might be carrying a curse, Yancie said,
"I wonder what this thing does."

They whipped around to find her holding
an obsidian ring. "Drop it!" they chorused.

"I'm trying," Yancie said. "It won't let go."

Five spells later, Zenobia announced grimly,
"Well, that's done it. She was standing on
our shadows and now there's some kind of bond
that isn't responding to the standard hexbreakers."

Aldornia giggled.

"Exactly what about this is funny?" Zenobia snapped.

"What would your family think about a ring
that helped people find their life purpose?"
Aldornia said. "Because that's what I'm getting."

"They'd ... probably say it was cursed,"
Zenobia said slowly.

"Then I'd say we've found the curse,"
Aldornia said with a nod.

"But we can't get rid of it, if it's
bonded to all of us," Zenobia said.

"Technically, our quest was to remove
the curse from the Temple of Solemn Shadows,
so all we have to do is take it outside,"
Aldornia pointed out.

"But what if I don't want to be
a sidekick?" Yancie said.
"This job is hazardous."

"Maybe you should have thought of that
before you touched the artifact that we
didn't know what it does," Aldornia said.

"I didn't want to be a villain,
Saphrax didn't mean to be a hero,
and you never know what will happen,"
Zenobia said. "Things will work out."

"I want a raise," Yancie muttered.

* * *

Notes:

A sidekick is typically friendly and supportive.

A holloway or sunken lane is a road that has worn into the earth.

See the obsidian ring.

(no subject)

Date: 2015-10-12 02:14 pm (UTC)
thnidu: my familiar. "Beanie Baby" -type dragon, red with white wings (Default)
From: [personal profile] thnidu
Heh. It's ... (in)appropriately funny, all right.

Your link on "holloway" was fascinating. I found myself wishing I could walk those roads. But it doesn't connect to anything in the story; something edited out, mayhap?

(no subject)

Date: 2015-10-12 02:55 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] lone_cat
Maybe the reference to a "sunken lane"?

(no subject)

Date: 2015-10-12 03:27 pm (UTC)
thnidu: my familiar. "Beanie Baby" -type dragon, red with white wings (Default)
From: [personal profile] thnidu
Yup, that'd be it all right.

Whoooooops.

Date: 2015-10-12 03:21 pm (UTC)
redsixwing: Red-winged angel staring at a distant star. (Default)
From: [personal profile] redsixwing
*cackle* Welp!

>>"What would your family think about a ring
that helped people find their life purpose?"
Aldornia said. "Because that's what I'm getting."<<

That's one heck of a curse. Find it, bind you to it, there you go! All happy. (Or not.)

(no subject)

Date: 2015-10-13 02:39 am (UTC)
helgatwb: Drawing of Helga, holding her sword, looking upset. (Default)
From: [personal profile] helgatwb
I wish I could find a ring, or anything else that would show me my life purpose. *sighs*

I like this one.

(no subject)

Date: 2015-10-12 10:42 am (UTC)
ext_74: Baron Samadai in cat form (Default)
From: [identity profile] siliconshaman.livejournal.com
First rule of adventuring: do not poke at things if you don't know what they are, and even if you do, be careful.

You'd think someone would write down the rules to adventuring, but half of the adventurers can't read anyway so what would be the point?

I think Yancie might regard that as a cursed ring...and who knows, Zenobia and Aldornia might after along enough in her company.

(no subject)

Date: 2015-10-12 10:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] westrider.livejournal.com
That's what a pokin' stick is for :)

Yes...

Date: 2015-10-12 11:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ysabetwordsmith.livejournal.com
This is a stick. The stick is your friend.

Yes...

Date: 2015-10-13 07:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ysabetwordsmith.livejournal.com
>>First rule of adventuring: do not poke at things if you don't know what they are, and even if you do, be careful.<<

Well said!

>>You'd think someone would write down the rules to adventuring, but half of the adventurers can't read anyway so what would be the point? <<

And the other half usually don't.

>> I think Yancie might regard that as a cursed ring...and who knows, Zenobia and Aldornia might after along enough in her company. <<

It depends on how well they adjust. The curse part is really just having it dumped on you all at once, without warning or time to adapt.

(no subject)

Date: 2015-10-12 04:58 pm (UTC)
rowyn: (Default)
From: [personal profile] rowyn

Heehee! Hey, I think Yancie's "trail guide" is a perfectly reasonable response. They're the adventurers!

Yes...

Date: 2015-10-12 06:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ysabetwordsmith.livejournal.com
It's okay -- indeed, advisable! -- to have different roles within a party.

Profile

ysabetwordsmith: Cartoon of me in Wordsmith persona (Default)
ysabetwordsmith

July 2017

S M T W T F S
       1
2 3 4 5 6 7 8
9 10 1112131415
16 17 18 19 20 21 22
23 242526272829
3031     

Most Popular Tags

Style Credit

Expand Cut Tags

No cut tags