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The Color Between The Lines
“Can we not finish this discussion here?”
The assassin scowled, as a peal of thunder rumbled overhead mid-sentence. His companion was already halfway down the ratline.
“Jarlaxle, I don’t have time for this–"
A flash of lightning drew the drow’s gaze upward, and the human saw himself reflected in those ruby eyes, silhouetted starkly against the stormy sky, and as diminutive as a piece of driftwood bobbing in the endless surf.
No longer interested in finishing his thought, Entreri clambered out of the crow’s nest. The wind had already picked up enough that it took more than an afterthought to maintain his surefootedness down the swaying shroud.
Jarlaxle didn’t look back again as he crossed the stern. As soon as Entreri’s foot touched the deck, so, too did a raindrop, followed by another, and then another. Shaking his head, the exasperated man quick-stepped to the drow’s heels, managing to duck into cover right as the drops
Sellswords Self-Care, Part 1
“Have you eaten?”
“Not yet,” the assassin replied automatically. Then, realizing that he’d been alone, that he should’ve still been alone, Entreri lifted his head just enough that his heavy-lidded eyes could behold the colorfully-clad drow.
He sighed and let his head drop back onto his arms. Although he’d never admit it out loud, the exhausted man was glad that it wasn’t any other voice, for he wasn’t sure that he’d had it in him to snap his head up in time.
“How’d you get in here?” Entreri asked, his voice muffled by his arms. A spice-tinged floral aroma tickled his nose, and he peeked over his arms to behold a ruby-red gaze appraising his own.
“What?” the assassin sighed wearily.
“Answering uninhibitedly, asking obvious questions, general lowered situational awareness… what’s gotten into you, my abbil?” Jarlaxle tsked.
Entreri groaned and buried his eyes
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Forgotten Realms: Lessons
Drizzt agrees to teach school for one month as a favor to Cattie-brie, but the task is not as easy as he expected. Set between the Dark Elf trilogy and the Icewind Dale trilogy.
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Drizzt mentally asked himself for probably the tenth time why he'd taken this job. He stood with his black arms crossed, studying the sullen blond-haired boy in the dim light of the school stable. Fierce lavender eyes met angry brown ones. Neither of them blinked. Drizzt sighed inwardly. Defending Ten-Towns was one thing. Slaying brutish creatures, keeping watch during endless nights
The Roads Of Change
How many times have you been told that the easier road is the one travelled by many, yet is by far the one with less morality, less dignity, and less self-worth than the harder road? You are told to take the challenging road, for it will yield more benefits, but then you look down the other road, the shorter, safer path, and you see all of the people that are enjoying themselves. Another question would be, how many people actually take that advice, follow their heart, not their pragmatic mind? Too few.
My father once told me, "If you work hard, you will get more satisfaction out of the reward." His advice guides me even now, but I fear I may not always follow that moral code. I admit I am not the most ambitious follower on the roads of change, I much prefer a day of sitting and reading than a day of raking leaves or collecting rocks to make a fire pit.
I believe another factor is not the road itself, but the changes along it. The easy road has few changes, a sense of normality and rout
Zaknafein's reaction to Drizzt's Unicorn
After a heartfelt emotional reunion of hugs and tears; Drizzt and his Father Zakenfein set out with the combination of the companions and Jarlaxle's allies to join the massive battle. As the group gathered their various mounts, Drizzt called upon Adar his magical unicorn mount. Zakenfein’s eyes popped out of his head, jaw dropped then his expression quickly changes to stupefied and shakes his head in denial
“ YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME!! NO DRIZZT NO! Are you a Drow or aren't you? He’s not horrible but a unicorn no way or I’m a surface elf with a sun tan.”
Drizzt stared at his father at a loss and offended.
“I assure you he can be fierce in battle”.
"Son if you didn't have a wife I’d have to wonder about you. You have a unicorn Goddess and mount and carry a sword named twinkle.”
Drizzt glared at Zak
“Dear father what are you getting at?”
"What are you going do next my boy, put your hair pretty braid
Artemis Entreri the ... Nanny? CH 13
The morning went by smoothly with no other incident, as Drizzt slept most of the day only waking when they stopped for a meal or to stretch his legs. By mid-afternoon, he was in a pretty good mood and felt very energetic.
“’Treri, I want to get down,” Drizzt said, kicking his legs slightly.
“No, you’ll only slow us down if I let you walk.” He replied. Drizzt pouted slightly. “Let me get down please?” Drizzt tried. Artemis was silent for a moment but his answer remained the same. “No, now stop asking.” Drizzt sighed but didn’t ask Artemis again. Instead he asked Catti-brie. “Catti-brie, can you help me get down please?” He asked her sweetly. Catti-brie smiled at him.
“Of course I can,” she said as she helped him out of the backpack. She set him on the ground and he reached up to hold her hand. Catti-brie let him of
Artemis Entreri the ... Nanny? CH 12
Sobbing. Very loud sobbing was the first thing that Artemis noticed as he awoke from his short time asleep. He sat up and stretched as he looked around for the source of the noise, though he could easily guess who was sobbing. He spotted Drizzt being held by Catti-brie, who was sitting on a nearby log, as he cried on her shoulder, while the other men of the group simultaneously tried to help but also not gawk at the tiny upset drow.
“Shush now Drizzt it’s alright…” Catti-brie said for what felt to her like the hundredth time in only the past few minutes in her attempt to sooth him. Drizzt however didn’t respond at all and continued crying.
“Ye need to tell us what ye need Drizzt,” Bruenor said in a somewhat more gruff voice than he meant. This only caused Drizzt more distress and he held onto Catti-brie tighter and started crying harder. Bruenor backed off a bit, obviously feeling guilty for making his
Artemis Entreri the ... Nanny? CH 11
It didn’t take long for Drizzt to get over his slight embarrassment and began playing with the connected wooden rings that Artemis handed him. He became so engrossed with the toy that he didn’t even notice when he was handed off to Wulfgar when Catti-brie’s arms got tired. Artemis slowly drifted closer to Wulfgar very subtly as they continued walking. It went on like this for some time, with Drizzt being passed off to one of his friends when they needed a break from carrying him and Artemis would walk closer to the person who was carrying Drizzt. But soon Drizzt himself noticed but didn’t say anything yet, only looked at him questioningly. I’ll ask him later, he thought. Artemis noted his look but didn’t take any action on it, for now.
The day passed slowly and boringly, but night eventually came and they found a small copse of trees to stay the night in. However, Drizzt was restless all throughout dinner and
Artemis Entreri the ... Nanny? CH 10
After much more argument and discussion, it was decided that Artemis would come with them so long as whenever he interacted with Drizzt at least one other person was there, and if he gave them back all of Drizzt’s things. Then, true to his word, Artemis woke Drizzt up after the food he had ordered arrived. Drizzt seemed to be very dazed throughout the meal and barely registered when Catti-brie held a spoonful of food to his mouth and had to be told a couple of times to eat each bite. At one point he nearly broke down into tears when Catti-brie tried to tease him by pulling the spoon away and taking a bite before he could just like when he was still an adult. Drizzt was calmed quickly but everyone knew that right now was not a good time to tease him. Especially with Artemis glaring at anyone who made the tiny drow upset, like an older brother who wouldn’t let anyone mess with his younger sibling except him. After eventually finished eating
Artemis Entreri the ... Nanny? CH 9
“What is your name and why are you on the surface?”
“My name is Drizzt Do’Urden and this has been my home for years-“
There was a searing pain on his abdomen, almost making him cry out.
“Who are you?”
“I-I’m Drizzt-“ More pain, this time on his arms. This pattern continued for what felt like years to Drizzt, until every inch of his body was in pain. He refused to cry out, but he kept hoping that someone, anyone, would take him away from this horrid interrogator.
Drizzt woke up from his nightmare, looking around frantically but forcing himself to stay quiet. He spotted Artemis at the end of his bed and crawled over to him as quickly as he could. He felt Artemis pick him up and set him on his lap. Not being able to take it anymore, Drizzt finally let the childish, needy side of his brain take over for now and let go of everything he had been holding in
Artemis Entreri the ... Nanny? CH 8
Artemis scowled. It always has to be the priest… “Fine, we’ll go to Cadderly.” Drizzt smiled adorably up at him before realizing what he was doing and shyly looking down at his toes. Thanus took this opportunity to speak, “So is there anything else you need or…?” He trailed off as Artemis was already moving to leave with Drizzt. “This doesn’t resolve you of your debt.” Artemis said as he walked out, placing the hat back on Drizzt’s head and the scarf around his neck.
“O-of course not…” Thanus said shutting the door behind them. Artemis walked quickly, jostling Drizzt with every step. This is fantastic. Artemis thought sarcastically. And now I have to buy supplies since Jarlaxle was the one with all the food and everything else. Before they knew it, they were at the market place, which was surprisingly busy despite the cold.
Artemis Entreri the ... Nanny? CH 7
Entreri has always been my enemy since the day I met him, I have never felt anything but pity and I admit in the past hate. But for some reason, now that I am back to being a child I cannot help but feel other things for him… I do not understand these feelings at all. They confuse my mind and trouble my heart. He says that he saved me from slavers and I just can’t find any reason he would have for lying to me. But I also can’t find any reason for Entreri to save me in the first place. Other than the wish to find out who of the two of us is better. I don’t think that that was the case though… He seemed to be just as confused as I was when he told me. It just seems much too out of character from what I know of him. Is he finally changing like I had hoped? Does he feel some sort of compassion? Has he actually learned to care? But even if he has, why would he feel that way towards me
Artemis Entreri the ... Nanny? CH 6
The window opened silently and two shadowy figures crept into the room and made their way over to the bed that had a tiny sleeping lump on it. They were very careful to not make any noise as the slightly taller figure removed the covers and started to pick up the sleeping drow underneath. But, as he did, the other figure stepped on a creaky floorboard, awaking Artemis. That footstep was too heavy to be Drizzt’s. He thought as he stood up and drew his swords, then ran silently to the kidnappers. Artemis stabbed the closer one in the back with his dagger and absorbed his lifeforce, giving him more energy. The man slumped down to the floor with a silent scream. Artemis then sliced across the other man at a high angle as he saw him turning around. Which resulted in a deeply slit throat. A loud thump woke Drizzt up from his peaceful sleep.
“Hmmm…? What’s goin’ on ‘Treri…?” Drizz
Artemis Entreri the ... Nanny? CH 5
Artemis readjusted Drizzt in the blanket he had wrapped him up in, then settled him down in front of him in the saddle.
“Is there anything you need before we leave?” He asked hoping to avoid anything like what happened before.
“E-e-ears co-co-cowd…” Drizzt muttered quietly. Artemis pulled out a small hat and placed it on Drizzt’s head and tied it underneath his chin. Drizzt kept shivering but seemed to have at least started warming up.
A few hours later just before dinnertime, they arrived in Quinsville. Drizzt had fallen asleep again and showed no signs of waking up for at least another half hour which would be plenty of time for Artemis to take a much needed break from the drow. He took him upstairs to the room Jarlaxle had just finished paying for after practically snatching the key from him. After he laid Drizzt down on the couch and covered him with a blanket, he laid on his own bed with a sigh. He
Artemis Entreri the ... Nanny? CH 4
I am never having children. Ever. Artemis thought while rummaging around in the saddlebags yet again, this time for something for the annoying drow to drink. His fingers finally wrapped around a small container and pulled it out. He barely gave it a second glance before giving it to Drizzt, paying more attention to the path ahead. Drizzt immediately grabbed it and took a long look at the bottle he had just been handed.
He’s deliberately trying to embarrass me isn’t he? I shouldn’t complain though… No matter how humiliating… Drizzt sighed slightly and swallowing his pride, started drinking from the bottle.
I guess it’s not too bad… He thought relaxing slightly and leaning against Artemis, his eyelids starting to droop. Drizzt struggled to remain awake but to no avail and quickly fell asleep, proceeding to cuddle up as close to Artemis as possible in his unconscious state. Artemis ignore
Artemis Entreri the ... Nanny? CH 3
In the morning, Artemis awoke slowly, but jumped up out of bed when he felt something move against his side. He looked down and pulled back the covers to find Drizzt, still asleep and curled up in a little ball in Artemis’s bed. Drizzt, not feeling the warmth that Artemis provided anymore whined in his sleep and started to wake up. He rubbed his eyes, then looked up at Artemis, his gaze heavy with sleep. His little arms instinctively reached up, as Drizzt was too tired to really care who it was that was taking care of him. When Artemis did not move to pick him up, he sat up and moved to where he could tug on Artemis’s shirt. Artemis pushed him away and walked to the dresser. This was enough for Drizzt to snap out of it, he laid back down and hid beneath the covers, embarrassed that he had wanted his enemy to hold him.
What is wrong with me?! I have to get turned back and fast. I just hope I can turn back…
Artemis Entreri the ... Nanny? CH 2
Artemis and Jarlaxle decided they would head out to a small village nearby and spend the night there, then head for Luskan and if they had no luck there, to Silverymoon. With Drizzt wrapped up in one of his own blankets from his pack and his stuff gathered up by Jarlaxle, they set off. It did not take long, about an hour, to get to the village and Drizzt slept the whole time, and only started to stir when Jarlaxle was paying for a room for the night but he did not start waking up fully until they were inside the room. Drizzt looked up at Artemis in a confused daze but quickly shook it off and realized who was carrying him. He squirmed and tried to get away but Artemis held him tighter and looked down at him.
“So you’re finally awake then? About time.” Artemis set Drizzt on the floor and knelt down in front of him. Drizzt backed off when he saw how much bigger than him Artemis was and clenched his fists.
“You’ve been asle
Artemis Entreri the ... Nanny? CH 1
Traveling through the spine of the world was Drizzt Do’Urden, he was investigating an oddly large number of orcs that had been attacking many small villages. This would not have worried many or have even been mentioned to Drizzt by Lady Alustriel except that several children had been kidnapped from a village near Silverymoon. Drizzt had been asked to follow the orcs and retrieve the children but when he found them he had been too late, finding the bodies of the children hung in some trees. So Drizzt took it upon himself to avenge the children and had followed the orcs all the way to the spine of the world. Drizzt was currently camped in a deep cave he had explored earlier to an extent and deemed it safe for the night, and quickly started up a crackling fire in an adjacent chamber. Just as he was about to lay down however, Drizzt heard a small sound, a quiet footstep. Immediately on guard, Drizzt quickly put out his fire and unsheathed his scimi
Rebellion - Chapter Fourteen: Mithral Hall
After one and a half tendays of marching with little food and water, the group came to the lower reaches of the mines beneath Mithral Hall.
Belwar smiled as he heard the sound of hammers ringing out through the walls. "Almost home," he grunted in relief.
The deep gnomes followed their leader closely as all picked up their sore feet. Rest was within reach.
Yochelle and Zenth looked at each other for a moment, the uncertainty mirrored in each other's eyes.
"Should we follow them?" Yochelle whispered.
"You too, dark elves!" Belwar called back with a laugh. "All allies are welcome!"
The taller members smiled, then jogged alongside their shorter companions.
Although the drow could not understand the svirnefblin language, they smiled when happy cries rang out as children and women came alongside the group, pulling away various members. Soon only Belwar was left.
"Come." he smiled, motioning them into a sturdy house. Both drow limped inside, then collapsed gratefully on the same bed and fell
Rebellion - Chapter Thirteen: United Once More
Yochelle woke early the next morning, unable to sleep as long as she normally did. The growing horror of Zenth's absence and the nervousness of pulling off her dangerous plan weighed too heavily on her shoulders for her to rest.
Slowly the drow eased into her dress, then stepped outside to see her guard standing watch.
"You're up early." he motioned.
"We still need to move for much of the day." the former prophetess answered. "We don't have time to lie around."
Zenth nodded, then sheathed his magical broadsword and nimbly jumped to a ledge. "I'll be watching from the shadows." he signaled before disappearing where her infrared vision could not follow.
Yochelle looked after him longingly. Would he reconsider? She doubted it, but all the same, she had nothing left to lose.
I'll ask him after we get through killing our kin. she decided, then roused the group with a blast of air that radiated out into the tents.
"The ceremony is about to begin!" she called. "I shall ne
Rebellion - Chapter Twelve: Rift
Yochelle woke early the next morning, ignoring the other occupant of her blankets as she slowly dressed and brushed her hair.
Zenth was still standing outside, and she smirked as she pushed through the entrance to the tent. "How was your night, Zenth?"
The soldier's jaw tightened, but he offered nothing as he narrowed his eyes.
"Come now, isn't it time you admitted it? You do love me." she smiled, coming in front of him to look into his eyes. "That's the only explanation for how you're acting right now."
The red eyes hardened as he glared up at her, and Yochelle couldn't stare him down. Her eyes drifted to the left as she gritted her teeth. "Answer me!" she screamed, slapping him across the face.
Zenth didn't move for a few moments, but his eyes had filmed over with anger when he slowly turned back to face her.
"You disgust me." he hissed, then spun and walked off into the camp.
Yochelle was left astonished. She had never heard his voice before, and to have those as the first words...