Collection: Ages of Youth, the Halleaux/Submissions
Chronicled by Ren
Chapter 8: UnleashedRen stood, rooted to the spot as the commander charged him. He planted his staff in the soft sand beside him, making good and sure it wasn't going anywhere. He then drew his rapier just in time for the commander to slash downwards at his face. He slid the main gauche frombehind his back and caught the sword blade on its guard. Their swords crossed and they went into a beautiful fencing routine, forwards, backwards, slash, stab, and parry. This went on for several minutes until the commander's sword split the rapier's blade. Ren dropped to the ground and rolled between the commander's legs, pulling several throwing knives as he did.
As he came up, he threw the knives, and drew a short sword from the folds of his coat. The commander dove sideways to avoid the knives, but was not fast enough. One of the knives grazed the back of his thigh, creating a long, shallow cut running the width of his leg. He yelled in pain and advanced on Ren, wielding his sword with two hands to give maximum power to his stroke. Ren waited for him, holding his short sword at his side, breathing deeply. The commander swung his sword downward, but as Ren made to block it he feinted and slashed sideways. Ren's fast reflexes saved him. He jumped backwards, dodging the brunt of the blow, but the tip caught him across the chest, slicing through his shirt and opening a deep cut diagonally from his shoulder to just above the bottom of his rib cage. Ren roared and shook off the wound as the commander's forces cheered. As the commander turned to acknowledge his men Ren threw his sword at the commander's back.
The pommel struck the commander in the back, pushing him into the sand where he lay, face down, not moving at all. Ren approached the body, taking up his staff as he went. He stood on the commander's right side and prepared to run him through with the end of his staff when the commander suddenly whipped around with one of Ren's throwing knives in hand. He slashed Ren across the front of the leg causing him to fall to the ground. He slashed again, opening a gash on Ren's shoulder. He seized his opportunity and jumped on Ren, driving the knife towards his face.
Ren grabbed his arm and pushed it away. The two struggled when finally; Ren seemed to gain the upper hand. He rolled out from underneath the commander, releasing his arm as he went. The knife jammed straight into the ground, sticking several inches in the sand. Ren grabbed the commander's wrist from behind and yanked his arm straight. Putting pressure on his elbow, he locked the joint and placed a knee in the center of his back.
"Petra, I need a rope" He yelled
There was some commotion amongst the Haven Fighters while a rope was located and tossed over the wall of the arena. Ren caught the rope with his free hand and proceeded to bind the commander's hands behind his back.
"I said this fight was to the death" the commander spat at him.
"I have a better idea, we're going to play a different game now" said Ren with a wicked looking grin.
Ren turned to address the troops "Go home, your leader has been taken prisoner. The battle is over and you have no leader. Leave. Depart from this place immediately or my commander won't lose the least bit of sleep over turning me loose on you"
The commander raised his head "Go, do as he says"
The troops slowly turned and headed back to their camp. Ren chose one of the men who had served under him during the battle.
"You, what is your name?" Ren asked
" I am Titus, son of Antares, sir" he replied
"Well then, Titus, Take a squad of men with you to make sure they break down camp and leave peacefully" Ren charged him
With that, Titus gathered his men and set off. Ren picked up the commander and threw him unceremoniously over the wall of the arena, following close behind. Ren marched him inside the base and walked him through the maze of hallways until they arrived at an empty room with a window and a single chair. Ren untied the rope and used it to bind him to the chair. Petra came in and asked "so what exactly do you plan to do with him?"
"I'm going to get information" Ren replied casually. Suddenly tremors racked his body and he collapsed on the floor. Petra ran to his side as his vision dimmed.
"Ren" She yelled his name
"Leave him, he doesn't move until after I talk with him" He whispered painfully
"Ok" she responded
Then Ren passed out on the floor.
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