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Metal and Mettle: Iron Bells by sirdubdub Metal and Mettle: Iron Bells :iconsirdubdub:sirdubdub 16 11
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SHE3: Exhaustion
The gate opened.
The police were inside.
The masked hostage-takers were now hostages, themselves.
Tiago could see it all from the wall; once the gate opened, the tide turned like a flood. Harried by the police on one side, their former captors, on another, and the section of overtaken wall, it wasn’t long before hands went up in surrender.
He didn’t like watching the movements from up here. The wall gave an excellent view of the lawns and gardens below, making the players in the dangerous game look more like game pieces rather than actual people. He’d been one of those pawns before, studied war afterward. Tiago knew why things moved the way they did, but knowing didn’t eliminate the twist of sickening familiarity.
No retreat! Back to the lines! Hold! Do not turn back!
A field of fire and smoke and blood.
He turned away from the wall.
It was over, he didn’t need to watch.
It was over, and he was tired.
The ragged man leaned back against the far wall, and sl
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She had swept and picked up the shop floor as best she could, scraping mud, dirt, and debris. Broken glass and countless dram of ruined merchandise made their way into a large wooden barrel that had once held her on-sale soaps and other random bargain items.
   She shivered. Deyri had donned her thick work coat, finding a hat. For all that spring was approaching the place felt cold. Far too cold.
   Swish swish. The broom swept and scraped, glass chinking as she found yet another small deposit that had been missed. Occasionally a waft of some essential oil or a terrible mix would come to her as she worked. Her home felt foreign, like a stranger wearing a mask painted to look like a familiar face. Numb fingers clutched the broom handle, then set it down. She paused, surveying the place with an almost unattached eye.
   It was...empty. There were still shelves and pots of a few struggling plants, still jars and empty bins, bookshelves that still had a few sa
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Metal and Mettle: Iron Bells
    ...What she did notice, however, was something bouncing off of her foot with a metallic plink. The object bounced down the path ahead of her, ringing quietly as it went, finally rolling to a stop at the mouth of an alleyway that was cast into deep shadow by the setting sun. Tuku blinked, frowning at the small, shining, rounded thing.

    A bell.

    It was dented, scratched, and chill to the touch when she picked it up and eyed it curiously. The autumn air had taken effect. It must have been laying there for some time...


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Content warning: Blood, mild violence


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The gate opened.

The police were inside.

The masked hostage-takers were now hostages, themselves.

Tiago could see it all from the wall; once the gate opened, the tide turned like a flood. Harried by the police on one side, their former captors, on another, and the section of overtaken wall, it wasn’t long before hands went up in surrender.
He didn’t like watching the movements from up here. The wall gave an excellent view of the lawns and gardens below, making the players in the dangerous game look more like game pieces rather than actual people. He’d been one of those pawns before, studied war afterward. Tiago knew why things moved the way they did, but knowing didn’t eliminate the twist of sickening familiarity.

No retreat! Back to the lines! Hold! Do not turn back!
A field of fire and smoke and blood.
He turned away from the wall.
It was over, he didn’t need to watch.
It was over, and he was tired.

The ragged man leaned back against the far wall, and slid down to sit on the stone walkway, hidden between the two thick parapet walls. He ignored the crunch of broken glass and smell of blood. Some of it was his; he still had two crossbow bolts stuck into the armor on his chest. Both had penetrated the wood and resin plates, and he could feel them digging into his skin.

Not lethal, but now that everything had stopped, he could feel them.
He reached up, and pulled one out unceremoniously, with a relieved groan, and felt it start bleeding beneath the armor, but he didn’t care. He dropped the bolt on the ground with the rest of the mess they’d made on the wall. When he went for the second bolt, he couldn’t pull it free. The bite of it reverberated through his chest, and he gasped in surprise: a cracked rib, possibly—it felt stuck there.
“Ugh.”


She had run out of stones some time ago, but the chaos below had shifted, the balance fully thrown. Tuku slid down the wall as well, her limbs heavy. She felt the shattered remains of her slate shift in her pocket as she moved, a sharp edge digging into her side, though it went mostly ignored. Or maybe she still wasn’t feeling small pains yet.
The thumping, screaming adrenaline still ran through her veins, and her heart was racing about four times faster than it ought to. Below that was a high, yammering giddiness, utter astonishment that their hastily laid plan had not only worked, but that they had both come through it relatively unscathed.

Tuku couldn’t help the small, manic giggles that burbled up from her lungs, even as she touched the back of her hand to her lip and found it came away bloody.
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Uncle horsedad finally gets some recognition

Tiago belongs to: Starhorse

Sybal Heim is ©Anna Early
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Metal and Mettle: Cavalry
    The Masks had grown weary, testy and anxious as the hours had dragged on. This endeavor had taken far too long. They needed to be out before the sun set, and it was already crawling across the sky.

    A half dozen crossbows raised to point directly at Tiago. A solidly built man stalked up to the gaucho and ran the butt of his weapon into his gut, fortuitously striking the uninjured side of Tiago’s abdomen.

    “Sit. Down.” He hissed in a menacing tone.


    Most of the guards this side of the garden seemed to be looking at him now.

    Good.

    That was good, right?

    Every instinct he had screamed that it wasn’t.

    “N-no.”

    That didn’t sound very convincing at all. He didn’t have a backup plan, really.

    He didn’t have much of a plan at all. The planned part of this would be going the opposite direction, out the opposite gate.

    He took a breath, then acted.

    His hand, beneath his poncho, whipped his knife out in a well practiced arc.

    “NO.”

    He wanted that crossbow, and he needed to move, now.


    The knife cracked against the wooden mask, clawing a splintered line into the wood. The masked figure stumbled back, spitting out a curse as he backpedaled to gain distance from his attacker.

Three other crossbows raised as their compatriot moved away. One of the strings snapped angrily.


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Tiago belongs to: Starhorse
Arias belongs to: Aven-Scorchfield
Mi Ran belongs to: 14Dreamer

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Metal and Mettle: Survey

    It was slow going, trying to move quietly up the face as the Seele officer tried once more to ask to speak to whomever was in charge of this operation, only to be answered by further bolts to an increasingly studded shield.

    Why? Tuku thought as she neared the line of thin holes in the wall that served as windows.  Why not make demands? Who were they? What did they want? Had they had something to do with the attack on the bridge? That seemed extremely likely, given the rapid movement and total surprise. But why take prisoners without demands? Why take the estate? Why-

    Her fingers slipped on the next crack, and she experienced a brief moment of gut dropping vertigo before the other hand caught tight, arresting the quick and sudden fall, but not after a distinct scraping noise sounded on the wall.

    She held still, clinging to the rock and cursing herself a thousand times over.

    Idiot. How many times has Tahiry told you. Focus when you move. The Path. The Path is all that matters.

    A crossbow appeared in the window mere feet above her.

    “Did you hear that?” said a nervous, weathered voice.

    Llama balls.

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Metal and Mettle: Crossfire
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    A flash of movement caught her attention through one of the stone slits set high on the wall, a flicker of stark white and black. Then there was a heavy snap, and Tuku barely had the time to notice something sharp before it cracked against the ground, mere inches from her feet, bouncing off the stone and shattering a flowerpot behind her. With an undignified yipe, Tuku stumbled back as she heard something else whizzing through the air like a frenzied bee.

Word Count: 1816

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BlackGearCompany Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2018
Happy Birthday :D
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Mana-Ramp-Matoran Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh hey, you're from the discord  chat! Wow that's awesome thanks so much for the :+devwatch: :tighthug:
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BlackGearCompany Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2017
Happy Birthday
Birthday cake  icon 
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Eric-S-Huffman Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Happy Birthday
Birthday link ~ www.youtube.com/watch?v=L-28jA…
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ARCarts Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2017  Student General Artist
Have a Happy Birthday.
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antpie94 Featured By Owner May 9, 2017  Hobbyist
Thanks for all the new MechWarrior wall papers ^^
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C4rl0sD4n13l Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2016
I know that this is a bit late but here it comes. Also, I am a bit short of personalized phrases for each birthdays, so I hope that this will be good for you.....:

Singing Singing Today's gonna be a-okSinging Singing 
SingingSinging 
Singing Singing 'Cause we're celebratin' your birthdaySinging Singing 
Singing Singing 
Singing Singing Happy birthday, SirdubdubSinging Singing 
Singing Singing 
Singing Singing Celebratin' your birthday!Headbang! Headbang! Headbang! Headbang!
Airborne Airborne Airborne Airborne Airborne Airborne Airborne Airborne Airborne 

I wish you a Happy Birthday and that all your wishes of Birthday are accomplished. 

And remember, keep being cool and classy.
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Albo-Beati7 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2016  Hobbyist
-DEEEP INHALE-

thanks for the watch friendo, yer swell
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sirdubdub Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2016   General Artist
You got it beefmom.
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