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PostSubject: Any price, any pain   Any price, any pain EmptySat Apr 18, 2015 11:31 am

It's been quite a while since I last wrote EQ fanfiction... or indeed any fanfiction. But this story came to me yesterday and demanded to be written. It was inspired by the 'Wolfrider's Reflections' song 'Shadow Pact', and the title comes from those lyrics also.

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His lovemate watches as the Healer stretches the bones of his arms far beyond their natural measurements. She watches as the dark one grows and crafts skin and flesh and turns his shape to that of no other creature alive.

She hears Tyldak's cries and moans of pain, and silently in her soft heart she prays for the mercy of the High Ones.

Finally she can take no more, though his resolution is unwavering. "Winnowill... please! Surely there is something you can do about the pain!" She begs, tears streaming down her pale cheeks.

The Healer does not even look up from her work, her masterpiece. "Hush, sweetling," she says in a low whisper, "the pain is part of it all."

Tyldak nods, and sends to her, tells her to go from the room since she is disturbing the great work. This is what he wants, what he chooses, including the agony.

She sobs, covers her face with her hands, and flees, heart thudding with despair.

Tyldak does not even watch her go. Winnowill is putting the finishing touches to the talons on his feet.

At last, it is done. Sweat flows down his newly stretched skin. His flesh is still aching, but Winnowill gives him a draught to drink, something bitter, smelling of strange herbs, and soon after he has drained the cup, the pain begins to lessen.

Tyldak stretches his new wings. He thanks Winnowill, from the bottom of his heart and soul. Clumsily, he leaves the chamber on his new feet. Once in the wide halls of Blue Mountain, he stretches his wings and for the first time takes flight.

But the confines of these walls are much too small for him, so he heads to the opening where the Chosen leave for their hunts.

He takes to the sky, and soon learns the ways of his new flesh, by trial and error, but with great delight. Finally, he is free as a wild bird!

Only much later, when he returns, muscles aching from a long day of flying, he thinks of his lovemate. He goes to find her, attempts to explain, but he is not good at explaining, especially when what she really wants to hear is an apology, a confirmation of their love, a promise that nothing has changed.

But how could that be? For everything is changed, for ever!

In the next few eights of days, Tyldak's altered shape will be the talk of all of Blue Mountain, from the Chosen Eight to the lowest human kitchen slave.

Many will make the assumption that his lovemating ended because the gentle maiden could not love one in a body so monstrously different from hers.

But it is not so.

His soul belongs to the open skies, and his heart beats with freedom. There is no place in his life anymore for one who worried, feared, smothered him with affection and sought control.

Just him and the wind and birds as his companions.

And in some private corner of his mind, the shadow of a Healer...

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(In case you wonder, Tyldak's lovemate is no-one specific. Just one random Glider female. Somehow the story flowed better without me giving her a name.)

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PostSubject: Re: Any price, any pain   Any price, any pain EmptySat Apr 18, 2015 1:14 pm

Creepy and fantastic, Leanan.

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PostSubject: Re: Any price, any pain   Any price, any pain EmptySat Apr 18, 2015 8:34 pm

I like it. I could really see something like that happening.
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PostSubject: Re: Any price, any pain   Any price, any pain EmptySat Apr 18, 2015 8:47 pm

Intriguing.... you truly captured Tyldak's thirst for freedom. You know... in a sense, going with Kahvi and Windkin to have his wings removed was his last reach for freedom - from all the things that kept him bound, including that ancient shadow of a healer treading alongside him.

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PostSubject: Re: Any price, any pain   Any price, any pain EmptySun Apr 19, 2015 7:08 am

Thank you all! Zhantee

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PostSubject: Re: Any price, any pain   Any price, any pain EmptySun Apr 19, 2015 8:32 am

Just like to add my kudos to the others...nicely done Leanan

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PostSubject: Re: Any price, any pain   Any price, any pain EmptySun Apr 19, 2015 8:46 am

Thanks! Dewshine

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PostSubject: Re: Any price, any pain   Any price, any pain EmptySun Apr 19, 2015 8:59 am

Good work, Leanan.

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Too many readers think only in negative ways about Winnowill.



When they eventually THINK more than merely FEEL...

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...perhaps they will understand Savah's tears, when she was finally freed.

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PostSubject: Re: Any price, any pain   Any price, any pain EmptySun Apr 19, 2015 9:09 am

Thank you, PC. There are many shades to Winnowill... Winnie Evil

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PostSubject: Re: Any price, any pain   Any price, any pain EmptySun Apr 19, 2015 10:04 am

Actually PC, I feel very sorrowful for her. Fate and Evil hand in hand tried to rule her heart, when her real heart may have just wanted peace and caring from all elves. Sadly, some let greed and power take them over, and even infect others with a terrible infliction. Wonderful Leanan, as your talent and heart gives its usual wonder.
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PostSubject: Re: Any price, any pain   Any price, any pain EmptySun Apr 19, 2015 10:16 am

Thanks! Zhantee

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PostSubject: Re: Any price, any pain   Any price, any pain EmptySun Apr 19, 2015 12:56 pm

This is a sad story. Seems that anyone who's ever been in a relationship where the feelings on the other side weren't quite as strong could sympathize with this nameless Glider.

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PostSubject: Re: Any price, any pain   Any price, any pain EmptySun Apr 19, 2015 12:59 pm

Interesting viewpoint, Outlier! Thanks! Dewshine

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PostSubject: Re: Any price, any pain   Any price, any pain EmptyMon Apr 20, 2015 12:40 am

Beautiful and sad all in one... Wonderfully done Leanan! I love you

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PostSubject: Re: Any price, any pain   Any price, any pain EmptyMon Apr 20, 2015 10:19 am

Thank you! Zhantee

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PostSubject: Re: Any price, any pain   Any price, any pain EmptyMon Apr 20, 2015 12:52 pm

Very nice, Leanan! It does flow better with her nameless - all the gliders were except a few anyway, it rather fits.
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PostSubject: Re: Any price, any pain   Any price, any pain EmptyMon Apr 20, 2015 1:34 pm

Thanks! I'm glad you think so. Dewshine

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