Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Yaoi fantasy: Episode Four

Episode... 1 2 3

Prolog: And just as Martin has resigned himself to a future which few would relish, Yussan hears some sound in the night, and he spins. "What's that?"

"One of your men," Martin says miserable. "There's a dozen out there."

But Yussan is wide-eyed in the blue twilight, trying to pick out shapes among the rocks and ruins, and if Martin were less unhappy, he might have seen the glint of dread in Yussan's eyes -- or perhaps the glint of steel out in the moonlight.


"I thought it would be you. You're getting too predictable, Yussan. One of these days it's going to be mad-as-all-hell father or husband, and he'll come out here with a dozen men behind him, and they'll serve your head up on a plate."

"Is that Leon? Damn, it always is!"

And Yussan leaves Martin where he is, naked and nonplussed. Martin can see past Yussan -- he sees the lean, muscular man whose big gypsy horse just stepped out of the ruins. He sees the sword in Leon's right hand, and he listens intently as Yussan stalks out to meet him.

He thinks it has to be one of Yussan's men, but Yussan is such an arrogant character, why would he tolerate these jibes? And Yussan is not bellowing in rage at Leon. He walks out into the moonlight, approaches the big horse -- he keeps his hands in plain sight, as if Leon might be wary, watchful, expecting a weapon.

Leon watches him approach, and it's clear he's not impressed by Yussan's swaggering. The sword is a gorgeous Wakana rapier. They're said to be hundreds of years old, and are the weapon of choice of the swordmasters. Martin lifted one, once. It was so heavy, he could barely swing it. He watches Leon in the moonlight ... sees sleek muscles and another kind of arrogance. Leon knows how good he is. He does not have to demonstrate it -- and Yussan obviously knows it too.

"Welcome back to the wasteland," Yussan says. "Have you returned to your senses? There's a fortune out here."

"A fortune in flesh and skin," Leon said disdainfully.

Yussan only shrugs. "They're idiots. They deserve less than they get. You want to share? I'll share. I was always willing to share with you."

"One day," Leon says acidly, "you are going to get yourself into such trouble, you won't be able to buy or brag or batter your way out."

"Maybe," Yussan admit. "Probably. But till then, I do well. Better than you."

"Only if you judge your fortunes in coin," Leon scoffs. "And you're not taking this one."

"I already took him," Yussan growls.

"And you're going to let him go again." Leon is not about to wrangle. "Go find yourself another one, Yussan, if there's so many of them out there."

"But this one's a beauty. He'd be worth a lot of coin, once he's been educated." Yussan is quite capable of wheedling. "I told you, I'll share. But you want this one for yourself? Not fair, Leon. I found him. I caught him."

"Then you can go and catch yourself another," Leon says firmly. "And as for you, you're a complete idiot, Yussan. Take better care, before your neck and your shoulders are heading in different directions -- and then I'd have to tell your mother how you're lying in the wasteland, with your bones picked clean by the butcherbirds and bleaching white in the sun!"

"My mother?" Yussan snorts. "My mother would dance in glee."

"And then remember you when you were her little child, and get misty-eyed, and throw things at the messenger," Leon retorts, "as if it's my fault you're dead and gone. Go away, Yussan. Find a fire, and a courtesan, and a jug of wine."

Yussan snorts again. "I'm hunting. I shall continue to hunt. But if you want this one ... take him. I owe you a favor."

"You owe me six," Leon retorts.

And as Yussan dissolves back into the night, Martin finds himself looking up into a handsome face. His name is Leon -- his voice is deep, his accent is as indeterminate as the Gypsies's. He's broodingly beautiful, and Martin is just a little breathless.

But what does Leon want with him? Is this a rescue -- or is he just headed for some other marketplace?

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Episode... 1 2 3

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