• Ralyn Longs commented on the post, frown 5 years, 1 month ago

    “What do you mean you don’t know?” she demanded.
    “Why, am I supposed to know this?” Harry frowned.
    “Yes! Everybody knows! How can you not know?”

  • Ralyn Longs commented on the post, worldly 5 years, 1 month ago

    “He took all his worldly possessions with him…”
    “So, you think he’s… not coming back?”
    “Maybe some day, but not soon, no.”

  • Ralyn Longs commented on the post, pursuit 5 years, 1 month ago

    Dogged pursuit is what they do. They run as fast as a horse and can keep it up for days without tiring. Trust me laddie, if they hunt you they won’t stop until you’re nothing but crushed bones.

  • Ralyn Longs commented on the post, glowing 5 years, 1 month ago

    “A glowing review,” he said, “who’d have thunk. Bet you didn’t expect that, did ya?”
    I nodded absentmindedly.
    “Whomever wrote it must’ve recognised my genius,” he continued.
    “Hm hm,” I mumbled.
    “C’mon, isn’t it great?!”
    “Sure, or would’ve been, if your boyfriend didn’t write it,” I informed him. He deflated before my eyes, and I…[Read more]

  • Ralyn Longs commented on the post, brushed 5 years, 1 month ago

    She brushed past me, coldly silent. “What is it this time, huh? What did I do?” I bit at her, angry at her for being so unreasonable. “Nothing,” she said, sounding as if it was anything but.

  • Ralyn Longs commented on the post, charity 5 years, 1 month ago

    Charity to fill the gaps left deliberately, to keep society beholden. There are those who profit from the suffering of others, and charity is an excellent way to mask and disguise.

  • Ralyn Longs commented on the post, fled 5 years, 1 month ago

    They fled just before the watch changed, when the guards were at their most tired. Slim chance it may be, they had to take it before it was too late…

  • Ralyn Longs commented on the post, impressed 5 years, 1 month ago

    He tried not to show it, but it was impossible not to be impressed. The hall dwarfed anything he had seen before. He came from a village that was no smaller than most, but the hall would fit it three times over.

  • Ralyn Longs commented on the post, sinking 5 years, 1 month ago

    He struggled but the light only dimmed further. He could swim like the best of them but the… whatever it was didn’t allow him a moment’s respite. He was getting light-headed, realising he was much farther down than he should be, could be. He was sinking – sinking in the two-foot deep garden pond without end.

  • Ralyn Longs commented on the post, terrain 5 years, 1 month ago

    The terrain was rocky, but not impassable. They lost 19 beasts to broken ankles, but they had accounted for at least a dozen more – a sign of good fortune, the men were certain.

  • Ralyn Longs commented on the post, failed 8 years, 3 months ago

    I should have scribed my final reports by now but I failed on that count, horribly so. I always thought my job, my future would hinge on this chance, but since coming to this country it all seems so… far away, so unreal, unimportant. Failing in my job is surprisingly relieving, I always thought it […]

  • Ralyn Longs commented on the post, beloved 8 years, 4 months ago

    The choice between my beloved would-be wife and my beloved country really wasn’t much of a choice at all, or so I thought all those years ago. Looking back on it, I stepped into this country blindly. My wife is still the centre of my universe, of course, it’s just that… the universe got a […]

  • Ralyn Longs commented on the post, radio 8 years, 4 months ago

    “The old man is always chained to his radio nowadays… shouldn’t we do something about that? Is he even listening?” A sigh. “It’s his life, his choice. You know he hasn’t been the same since… you can’t really force him to pretend to be.” “But it’s not healthy!” she insisted. “If he likes listening to […]

  • Ralyn Longs commented on the post, remember 8 years, 4 months ago

    It’s sometimes hard to remember how it is back home. I mean, I know in my heart that back home people are less fickle, and that they don’t have radical ‘seasons’ like here, and that we do things for the long-run instead of… well, this. But it’s hard to pin down specific memories. It’s as […]

  • He looked like a gruff man, black sideburns framing his face. It was a weird contrast, seeing such a dark-looking commander in a nation of care-free men. Then again, it might well have been just the looks, it’s not like he was any less jovial than the rest of his men…

  • Ralyn Longs commented on the post, despair 8 years, 4 months ago

    Despair was a foreign emotion in these lands. A person might feel a fleeting sense of despair, but it never lasted long and was instead overtaken by other fleeting emotions. They were fickle like that. I guess it was both a blessing and a curse. The people here did not stand still when faced with […]

  • Ralyn Longs commented on the post, canteen 8 years, 4 months ago

    Canteens of water made a hefty profit in the war season. Local boys would fill up any they could scrounge up, and sell them to the troops with ridiculous mark-ups. Well, it seemed ridiculous to me, it seemed to be a sort of tradition for the people here. Sell your canteens in merchant season, buy […]

  • Ralyn Longs commented on the post, torch 8 years, 4 months ago

    Torches were a favoured ‘weapon’, particularly behind enemy lines. Even merchants could wield a flaming torch to great effect, and the wooden homes burned like the driest of kindle-wood. It wasn’t just one side or the other, either. The indiscriminate torching that went on during these civil wars of theirs might well have burned fully […]

  • Ralyn Longs commented on the post, thief 8 years, 5 months ago

    The thief crept back out the same way he got in, probably thinking he’d gotten away scot free. Thieves were common, sentences for punishment being very light in line with the general air of ‘forgiveness’ these people tried to portray, but this was taking the piss. I was willing to bet it was the same […]

  • Ralyn Longs commented on the post, pretzel 8 years, 5 months ago

    Pretzel, honestly? I can’t work with this -_-‘ My special lady favours them, however.