Eyes on the Future: 20. Reminders

The silence in the small room was tense and loaded as Kodlak took place in his chair. Aela and Vilkas leant against the desk, close to each other, shoulders touching, arms crossed. They built a front against us, or they searched each other’s closeness. I didn’t know. But both radiated nervousness and worry. It spread…

Eyes on the Future: 12. Alduin’s Bane

Relief surged through me as we stood in the door and watched after the man walking towards the market place. He didn’t look back, and I relaxed into Farkas’ arms that were slung around my waist. His brother was finally on his way to Jorrvaskr. Vilkas had been taciturn about his conversation with Kodlak, but…

Eyes on the Enemy: 4. Surprises

It was a long, lonely journey from Sky Haven Temple to High Hrothgar, and I relished every moment of it. Avoiding roads and settlements I slowly made my way eastwards, hunted when necessary, camped wherever I was when the sun set, enjoyed my independence. And I was thankful that Delphine had provided me with everything…

A New Life Carol – Chapter 3

Vilkas leant against the door to Jorrvaskr, one hand clenched around the bronze handle, the other flat on the smooth surface of the wood, uncaring if people saw him from below the stairs. The familiar carvings pressed into his forehead as he fought for breath, desperately, in fast, shallow, rasping pants. The air didn’t come,…

Eyes on the Prey: 4. Healing

“Come on, join us. You gotta meet the others.” Athis stood at the footend of my bed, arms crossed over his chest, and gave me an inviting grin. “I know you’ve been to the bath today, and on your own two feet.” Yes, I had, but only with Tilma’s help. The peak of bliss would…

Eyes on the Prey: 3. Jorrvaskr

Drifting in and out of the void. When my mind came closer to the surface, there was pain and heat and cold, flames that ate me alive from the inside, my head close to burst asunder. There were voices and hands on my skin and people that made me thrash in fear against their grip.…