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Rapid Fire Challenge: In/Affection - February 2020


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Prompt: In/Affection 

Maximum length: 500 words

Deadline: 29 February 2020

Where to post submissions: In this thread

Note - please make sure all submissions adhere to the forum rules. Any entry that breaks one or more rules shall be removed.


To be sure, this is the month of love :wub: and most people are affected ... or infected ... by it.

 

You know what I mean ph34r.png


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This is going to be fun! Already have an idea! I'll see if I can get it put into words sometime this afternoon. :D


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T'is a delicacy to be sure.

 

I have allowed Druhxila to flay the human down to the ruddy flesh beneath it's pale skin.  The slave whimpers, a half-corpse hanging in the warp-silver restraints.  I can smell the grisly perfume of seared meat.  It is intoxicating.

 

"The pain is but a morsel dear."  Druhxila casts a dangerous eye over her shoulder.

 

In a flash I am up, out of my throne, where the sadistic harpy preys on my slaves, to make a banquet, a feast.  She smiles, knowing she has provoked me.  I reach for the human-hide grip of my barbed Lectro-whip and lightning that gives pain and pleasure both flares into the room

 

"Then we should move to the main course."  I tell her and draw back my arm.

 

Druhxila's screams and laughter echo in my chambers as She-Who-Thirsts devours her.

 

MR.


Edited by Mazer Rackham, 03 February 2020 - 10:15 PM.

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Mazer Rackham's story reminds me of Clive Barker's Hellraiser. Excellent- if absolutely sickening- work.
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Marta loves to dance.

 

She chooses a partner from the many she can see, a young man, with blond hair and peachy fuzz on his top lip.  The Background music swells as she fixes him with a stare and then they begin.  She lets him lead at first, to see how good a dancer he is.  He moves quickly, with sure feet, yet he is scared.  Marta smiles, can feel the depth of their two hearts beating.  She catches her breath as she follows him, then it is her turn to lead and for the final flourish as the two reach a shared purpose, she holds her breath, and sends him a message with her eyes, hands and heart.

 

And blows his brains out from 600 yards away.

 

She cycles the charging stud on the long-las and another shot powers into her hands.

"Good work Corporal, another filthy traitor down."

"Yes Sergeant."

Sergeant Krull sits to her left with magnoculars.  "That's nine.  One more and Recaf back at the hide, eh?"

 

She spots another partner.

"Elevation three-zero, right one-four."  Krull calls the step.

 

Marta loves to dance.

 

MR.


Edited by Mazer Rackham, 04 February 2020 - 12:32 AM.

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Excellent shorts, Mazer. The stories are well-written and refreshing, great work.


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"Our holy hatred will make us free!" ~Nameless Dark Apostle

 

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"You shall stand in midnight clad, your claws forever red with the lifeblood of my father's failed empire, warring through the centuries as the talons of a murdered god. Rise, my sons, and take your wrath across the stars, in my name. In my memory. Rise, my Night Lords." ~Konrad Curze, the Night Haunter

 

"So... How are you?" ~Cyrion, First Claw

 

 


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Thank you very much everyone for your kind comments, can't wait to see what others have in store for us!

 

MR.


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Absolutely loved both stories! Especially the second. Reading it came across as if I was actually watching it play out in my head. Love it!


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Love Eternal

 

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The remembrance is really poignant.  Nice!

 

MR.


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Excellent work Brothers boththumbsup.gif

 

Brother Mazer, the twists in both of your stories were wonderfully executed.

 

Brother Aothaine, the ending was perfect and touching.

 

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As he listened to marching drum of rain pounding against the roof of the tent, the sudden warm, wet feeling on the tips of his fingers shook him awake. 

 

Looking down from his cot he expected to find a prank by his platoon mates, but instead two dark brown eyes stared back up at him framed in fur. He had no idea how it had gotten into the camp, must've snuck in with a logistics truck was his best guess. As the wet nose and expectant face stared back up he couldn't help but think of his son back home, holding his new pet in his arms as he watched daddy board the bulk lander. Slumping his shoulders a little he acquiesced. 

 

"Alright, you can stay for a while..." He said ruffling it's fur as it heartily grumbled

"...but if anyone asks you were a gift from the captain"

His new little friend yipped happily in response.

 

Thunder ground through the air like a wave and the artillery regiment responded in kind. Stuck between the two in the trench he lit a lho stick up and made sure the straps on 'The Beast's' armour were tight, funny how nicknames stick. You would think it was because the fluffy little thing was ravenously hungry but you'd be wrong. One time going over the top the cheeky little buggar had followed them all the way from the camp. He didn't notice himself till he saw a blur fly past him and latch itself onto the throat of a cultist and just start shaking until he didn't move anymore. Earned himself a good meal that day. 

 

Sitting there in the trench with him curled up at his feet he looked peaceful. The smokey battlefield loomed over the top of them as one of the lads hummed a tune. By noon the sky had started to clear but the artillery fire abruptly ended. The platoon stood up as one reflexively, knowing what came next. Giving his lasgun one last look-over he knelt down and gave 'The Beast' a gentle pat. 

 

"One more time little guy, then we can go home, promise."

With a short bark he agreed, tail wagging happily.

 

The Commissars whistle blew somewhere in the distance, and as one they crested the edge of the trench. Saying a prayer to the Emperor the pair marched off into the smoke one last time.

 

Apologies if there are any mistakes, this was a spur-of-the-moment thing and I'm half-asleep. 


Edited by Lazarus Primus, 11 February 2020 - 01:26 PM.

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Nice! Love it so much! I was expecting a horrific ending for the little puppers. I appreciate it that you left it open as I've becoming emotionally attached to "The Beast".

 

Kind of reminds me of "The Beast" from the movie Sandlot as well. biggrin.png


Edited by Aothaine, 10 February 2020 - 06:05 PM.

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Very finethumbsup.gif I love a good dog story.


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With the affection prompt the first and easiest thing that came to mind was a pet story. Though I'm pretty sure battlefield cats are a thing so some dog-like analogue seemed best. Glad everyone enjoyed it though!


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Napalm

 

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Hope this is not over 500 words. Really enjoyed writing this! biggrin.png


Edited by Aothaine, 13 February 2020 - 06:08 PM.

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Nicely done Brother Aothaine. 

 

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Delectable Delights

 

 

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Nicely done Brother Aothaine. 

 

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Thank you! :D I was laughing as I wrote it. Perfect ending I think. msn-wink.gif


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Speed

 

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This was interesting to write. Hope you all enjoy it!


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Your writing skills are most impressive, Aothaine. You give the very different points-of-view of Imperial Space Marines, Chaos cultists, and Orks an impact I rarely see nowadays.
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Wolf Scout- Catachan barking toad eggs+ Thousand Sons Marine= Fun! (Wolves of Catachan)

Warhammer 40,000+ Star Wars- Rian Johnson- Reylo= AWESOME! (Knights of Renaissance)

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Thank you Bjorn Firewalker! Trying to think up another nurgle story revolving around the romance between a nurgling and a zit on a Great Unclean One atm. Lol! 


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You're really on a roll Brother Aothainethumbsup.gif This last one was more like a poem..... very nicely done.


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Kinda wracked my head on this one but I landed on something eventually. smile.png
 
Endless Cycle
 
 
Repetition and replication, these two cornerstones were repeated in mind, I used the mantra to drown out the unceasing screams that sought to distract me from my work. Unfortunately fresh specimens were needed, materials which were active in condition was important in creating the thing that will fill the hole in both my hearts.
     Metaphorically, the two pulsing muscles were yawning abysses that were ever growing, ever turbulent in its needs. Such desires had to be met with passion, ruthlessness and dedication. With that thought mixed with my mantra I removed the scalp from a female with my scalpel, the cut was perfect despite the convulsions of the flailing creature.   
    Slowly I pulled the scalp away, I made sure the female's head was strapped down as well so I could dye her hair a perfect white. Cutting flesh was one of my strengths, messing with hair was not. Once the flesh was free I examined the silky threads, they were like snow, beautiful and cold. 
     With reverence I slowly approached my work which was sitting on the table. I set the scalp on the perfect head, put together through hard trial and tribulation. With the scalp in place I retrieved my surgical suture from my belt and slowly attached the scalp to my prized possession. 
     The process was slow, but it had to be for what I was trying to replicate was beyond many, but I had to try. With each suture the abyss started to shrink and as I finished the delicate work my two pulsing hearts started to become threaded with ecstasy. I took a step back and examined what I have made.
    The hole within my chest was closing as I stared at the perfect snow white hair and aquiline nose, the face was also both round and firm. To my bated breath I couldn't believe that I captured the radiance and dignity held within the dark-grey eyes. Tears began to thread my face as I uttered the word I didn’t expect myself to say out loud.  
     ‘Father…’ 
     Even though my call was smothered by the bleating materials lining operating tables I could hear the word within my mind and soul, a measure of peace fell upon me that was until I looked deeper into what I created. The nose wasn’t right, it was pointed, he never had such an ugly nose, also his eyes were black, dark and full of delight. Also the hair, it was more grey than a pure white. The abyss yawned wide, anger threaded my form as I slapped the head from the table. 
     I crushed the ugly thing under my boot and as the blood oozed under my sole I sighed heavily. ‘So I have to start again…’ 
     I returned to my work, speaking the words that have carried me through the long centuries, this time I said them out loud. ‘Repetition and replication…’
 

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Is Endless Cycle about an Emperor's Children member's attempt to make himself look like Fulgrim, Shinros?
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Wolf Scout- Catachan barking toad eggs+ Thousand Sons Marine= Fun! (Wolves of Catachan)

Warhammer 40,000+ Star Wars- Rian Johnson- Reylo= AWESOME! (Knights of Renaissance)

Reasons to use the Steel Crusaders ('Codex: Space Marines' supplement) or the Iron-hearted Angels ('Codex: Blood Angels' supplement): Because you think giving Sternguard Veterans a heavy bolter wtih special issue HEAVY BOLTER ammunition is ALMOST as much fun as shoehorning an Earthshaker cannon into a Land Raider.




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