TBoS Round 2: Imbrium, Part 4"Justice is the constant and perpetual will to allot to every man his due."TBoS Round 2: Imbrium, Part 4 by ~mpark6288
--Domitus Ulpian (100 AD - 228 AD)
It was lighter out when I awoke, but the sky was awash in grey. The nearly dawning day had grown cloudy while I was unconscious, although it could have been six months since I went down for all I knew. I felt bruises about my body, and a wetness and pain in my leg that said that I'd either been further wounded there or it had opened up again. Clearly they'd had a little bit of fun beating up my unconscious body; that was something I swore I'd get them back for.
Climbing to my feet was once again an exciting proposition, with the swimming of my head and the pain in my leg; but this time I knew what was at stake, and I gritted my teeth and forced the world to some semblance of order.
The first thing I noticed was how hot I was, and the reason for that became apparent. Tally's house, which had before been a beautiful old white wo
TBoS Round 2: Imbrium, Part 3I got my first good look at the town as we ran out the door. It was large, but most of it looked uninhabited, which tracked with what Talia had said about it being largely abandoned after the mines went out of business. Two main roads met at right angles in what looked to be the center of town; at one point it had even been cultured enough to have a small fountain and some greenery in the center of the intersection; it lay now in weeds and dirt, like the ghost of the town's ambitions.TBoS Round 2: Imbrium, Part 3 by ~mpark6288
We ran past a shop named 'Rooster's Rifles' which was boarded up and empty through the center of the town. The Bar was one of the largest structures in the town, and probably the largest still operating, taking up a whole corner on the northwest side of the main intersection. It bore a large painted sign faded with age that proclaimed it 'Doc's Tavern and Inn'. It explained why Tally had inherited bar duties as well as medical skills. It se
TBoS Round 2: Imbrium, Part 1Rain is grace; rain is the sky condescending to the earth; without rain, there would be no life.TBoS Round 2: Imbrium, Part 1 by ~mpark6288
-- John Updike
They say it only rains here when it needs to. I guess that's appropriate; this whole world is nothing more than a penny dreadful's fever dream, it should only rain when the soul is heavy like the sky above. It rained the first day I set foot in this wasteland, tactless flowers sprouting forth to cover the quick expulsion of blood. It's raining now, washing away the sins of men. It's a warm rain at least.
The smell of sulfur is heavy in the air, the dark burn of gunpowder and singed coats, burned skin. I can't help but remember my days in the legions, the weight of the Augustus heavy rifle in my hands as I draw a bead; the dark certainty of ending a man's life for no reason besides an order.
I haven't killed since I left the Legions, since the waves of Franks carrying their sapphire Aquila for t