#ThursThreads – Keep Playing

#ThursThreads – Keep Playing

Prompt: “Why can’t I keep you out?”


Every move stiffens my shoulder, but I can’t stop. The strings on my violin threaten to snap, but I know if I stop, the mage will overpower me.

Across the field, Val continues his struggle against the other rogue. They move in blurs of red and black, knives clashing in midair. I almost lose focus, watching him, worrying about him. My hand slips, but I recover. And not a moment too soon – that blip was all the mage needed. She nearly shot me with lightning before doubling over once more.

“Why…can’t I keep…you…out?” The words come out in grunts, followed by words heavy with magic. I don’t speak the language, but I feel their power pushing against me, against the influence of the music. But she’s right – she can’t keep me out. My music bleeds into her ears, infects her bones.

Paralyzes her.

If only I could make it reach the rogue, but my range isn’t great. My music isn’t strong enough to affect more than one person. So I focus on her – keep her down, keep her immobile.

A cry disrupts the battle, and for a moment I think it’s Val.

I flinch and nearly stop playing when I see the knife fly through the air. It finds its home in my leg, and I fall to one knee.

“Camilla!” Val snaps the other rogue’s neck before rushing to me.

“M-Mage…”

He takes the hint and dispatches her just in time for me to pass out.


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As always, think happy thoughts 🙂

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