Original title no? But to be entirely serious that's what it's called on my comp. Haven't decided on a title yet...
Anyhoo, on to the story...
Been working on this for...uh...few years, but this is a drastically different telling of the story than the original, and even this version is a bit outdated. The wheels in my mind have ironing out those cursed loop holes and fridge logic spots. I will not have any LOTR Eagle's in my story
Sorry for the epic, I tend to get rambly...
Critique is welcome, that's why it's here really. Be as harsh as you want, I'm serious...if you really want you can take out all your rage and anger on my story, lol, I enjoy reading harsh critique. Oh, rambling again.
How do I submit these as a attachment anyway?
Ah well, here it is copy and pasted old school style:
“Dain, have you seen Orrin anywhere?” Aaron asked as he entered his students’ dorm for the second time that day. He had been by earlier, searching for something, and now Dain knew it had been Orrin.
“Um,” Dain glanced out the window; the sun was just slightly past being perfectly overhead. “ I bet he’s at the lake right now. He’s been going almost everyday now during afternoon break.”
“What a nutcase,” Graie, Aaron’s other student muttered from his position on the common room’s couch. “It’s freezing out there, and who would spend their free time looking at a lake anyways?”
“Graie,” Aaron warned, “kindly keep your unwelcome comments to yourself.” Aaron sighed and turned his attention back to Dain. “ Would you mind getting him?” Aaron asked. “I need to talk to him.”
Dain stretched and slid off his chair. “ Alright, I’ll go find him.”
“Thanks. Have him meet me over in the practice fields, okay?” Aaron added, and then retreated out of the room.
Dain sighed as he walked to the door, and Graie’s derisive snort didn’t make him feel any better. He paused at the doorframe and turned to Graie.
“ What?” Graie asked indignantly after Dain had been staring at him for a moment. “Don’t expect me to go with you. That idiot can drown for all I care.”
Dain shook his head, but decided not to say anything. It was well known around the entire compound that Graie disliked Orrin intensely, hated him even, and though there were many who disliked Orrin, no one disliked Orrin with a venom that matched Graie’s.
Without a word, Dain stepped out into the afternoon sun, closing the door behind him. The day was chilly, that was to be expected though, this far into autumn. After so many years of living in the compound Dain had gotten used to the colder winters of northern Ayral, though Orrin said that the winters here were nothing compared to the winters in the northern mountains. Still, sometimes Dain found himself missing the mild winters and summers of the coastal Capital where he had lived until coming to the compound to train as a Warrior.
Dain followed the paved path to the edge of the compound and then carefully stepped off onto a small path, worn through the forest by the feet of those who passed. Dain smiled as he realized that most of the path’s creation had to be attributed to Orrin, the boy was the lake’s most frequent visitor, even during winter he often made time to visit the lake.
The path wasn’t long, it only took a few minutes to get to the lake, but because it was through a thickly forested area, Dain had to watch where he was going. Last time he had been out to the lake (dragged there by Orrin of course) he had tripped and fallen on a root, resulting in a purple bruise on his knee. Graie had laughed, and Orrin had apologized, blaming himself like he often did, but Dain had learned his lesson, and now took his time while treading the path.
As he came around the last bend before the lake he spotted Orrin, his back to the path, sitting on a long, flat rock the jutted out over the water. Dain spotted Orrin’s boots at the base of the rock and figured he had his feet soaking in the cold water.
“Hey! Orrin!” He called as he walked up next to the rock.
Dain took a moment to look out over the lake. It wasn’t very large, nor was it the clearest or smoothest lake, but, Dain supposed, the lake was better than nothing, and it made for a great way to cool off in the hot summer months.
Orrin looked back at Dain, his blue eyes wide in surprise, once again Dain had managed to sneak up on Orrin without even trying.
“ Hi Dain,” Orrin said softly. “What brings you out here?”
Dain sighed. “ You, what else?”
Orrin blinked. “Wha-?”
“ Master Aaron wants to talk to you. He wants you to meet him at the practice field,” Dain clarified.
Orrin didn’t move, he just turned back to the lake and looked down.
“ Um, Orrin? I think he meant immediately,” Dain said.
Orrin shook his head as if to scatter his thoughts. “Right, I just…never mind.”
He stretched and stood up, letting his wet feet, Dain had been right about Orrin soaking his feet, drip dry on the rock.
“Is there something wrong?” Dain asked as he caught sight of the dazed look on Orrin’s face.
“ What? Oh, no I’m fine,” Orrin said, smiling. “ I think I might have dosed off for a minute though.”
Dain grimaced and gave the rock a wary look. “What if you fall in?” he asked. “ I know you’re a good swimmer and all, but even you can’t swim while sleeping.”
Orrin’s aqua eyes widened in surprise. “ I wasn’t going to fall,” he replied, his voice faintly affronted.
“ Fine, I won’t worry about you,” Dain sighed. He looked back at the trail, and then up at Orrin. “Are you going to stand there all day?”
Orrin took the cue and grabbed his boots, slipping them on before stepping onto the ground. Dain sighed again, lately Orrin had seemed oddly absentminded. Normally he was just as down to earth as the rest of the Warrior Trainees, but his recent behavior was beginning to worry Dain.
On the ground Orrin was a good head and half shorter than Dain, that was partly because Orrin was a year younger than both Dain and Graie, sixteen to their seventeen, but Dain knew that Orrin would never be taller than him, and he would probably never even reach Graie’s height. The only similarity between Dain and Orrin was their brown hair, though Orrin’s was a rich earthy brown with a slight wave to it, whereas Dain’s hair was several shades darker and perfectly straight. Otherwise Orrin was pale, with intense blue eyes that many found unnerving in a face so young. Dain’s eyes were brown, much like his hair, and compared to Orrin he had a golden complexion. Dain waited until Orrin started on the path back to the compound before following, with the way Orrin was acting today it was all too likely he would dawdle on the forest path and be late to meeting Aaron.
“ Do you know what he wanted?” Orrin called back to Dain without turning to look at him.
Dain was momentarily surprised, he hadn’t thought Orrin had really been listening.
“ No, not really,” Dain replied. “ But he sounded serious, so I’m guessing it might be important.”
“Huh,” was all Orrin replied, and because Dain couldn’t understand what he meant by that he just ignored it.
After finally reaching the compound the two boys split up, Dain headed back to the dorms, and Orrin was headed in the direction of the practice fields.