New Year

New year and new challenges ahead.

Got many things on my plate this year, and as a result my writing is suffering from it.  I still am writing, and am pushing to get back into writing again.  Its a way for me to relax, and lately I got into a game.

However the game is full of microtransactions and if you’ve every played a pay to win game, this is it.  I’d say what the game is, but it no longer deserves to be mentioned by how they’ve ruined it.

Winter set in, survived the holidays and the constant ringing of my phone during the elections (that was annoying). Continue reading…

 

Lucky Luck – Part 5

Lucky Luck

by AJ Marks

Part 5: A Lucky Problem

Gwen made her way along the path, or at least what path she could make out in the snow.  The sun’s rays had melted it a bit, making it not very deep, unlike the knee deep it had been two days earlier.  They stayed a day longer in the cave then she expected, but felt it had been worth it.  She had not seen the group after them, and checked a few times for footprints of groups going the opposite way, but saw nothing.

She glanced back to her little lover, following the same footsteps she used.  Zoe’s footwear was not as hardy as Gwen’s, and she wore an older cloak that Gwen no longer used for warmth.

“Gwen?” Zoe asked, as Gwen stopped to look back at her.  She had an excited look in her eyes making Gwen wonder what had gone through that mind of hers now as she hopped over to stand next to her.

Yeah?” Gwen replied, waiting to hear the question. Continue reading…

 

Lucky Luck – Part 4

Lucky Luck

by AJ Marks

(this part has more adult scenes, definitely NC-17 and NSFW, you’ve been warned)

Part 4: A Lucky Cave

Gwen glanced around again at the trail.  She had seen no one now in almost an hour, and the last group she past had been a couple of mercenaries headed in the opposite direction.  Looking over at Zoe, the girl had her hair tied back into a long ponytail, and did not seem to be bothered by the walk.  In fact, she appeared deep in thought at the moment.

That look made Gwen wonder what the girl might say next.  The last time she had been so quite, she suddenly asked the question where did dirt come from?  Then she listened for the next half-hour about her theory about it.  Gwen did not find it bad, and the girl had actually thought it through a bit.

They managed to leave the town in good time, though Gwen did not tell her why.  She spotted Zeltran in the crowd and did not want to be spotted.  She had the feeling he was tracking her and did not want to fight him in the town.  He had a high fighting power, not as hish as hers, but one that meant their fight would be much more.  She wondered if his tracking her somehow was related to Stephos and Zoe.  Was he hired by whoever wanted Zoe to take her? Continue reading…

 

Lucky Luck – Part 3

Lucky Luck

by AJ Marks

Part 3: A Lucky Job

 

Gwen moved slightly so the server could take the plate away.  Zoe had talked about the town, showing that she could pick up information from people, and even mentioned that some bounty hunter was looking for a woman with powers.  The description was long brown hair, and brown eyes, and a mage.  Gwen felt a bit of relief they were not looking for her, and relaxed a bit.

“So, are we really leaving then?’ Zoe asked, looking around.

“Yeah, a bit too crowded here,” Gwen replied.  The merchants would be here for another couple of days, and with so much activity she felt anxious to leave.  She also knew with what Zoe saved her, she could afford to move on to the next town before looking for jobs.

“Bigger towns mean more jobs,” Zoe said, as if reading her mind.  “You could do some bounty hunter jobs or something.” Continue reading…

 

Lucky Luck – Part 2

Lucky Luck

by AJ Marks

Part 2:  A Lucky Test

Gwen saw the town ahead feeling relieved.  She spent the last two hours listening to Zoe, who managed to talk non-stop about a variety of topics.  It amazed her the girl’s voice had not given out.  Now entering the town, she noticed the bustle of people, and felt cursed.  Why were so many people in this town?

“Wow, so this is Alarion, heard about it, never been here.  Merchants say it’s a major trading town in the Shadowland,” Zoe said, causing Gwen to look over at the girl.  She too had heard of the town.  One of the largest and known for its merchant shops from all over.  People came here to trade.  She would have to be careful, in case someone recognized her.

“Think you can make if from here?” Gwen asked, looking down at her tag-a long hoping the girl could.

“But I haven’t thanked you properly, and I have your shirt,” Zoe said, unsure about leaving. Continue reading…

 

Lucky Luck – Part 1

Lucky Luck

by AJ Marks

Part 1:  A Lucky Encounter

Gwen walked down the street, trying to avoid people as much as possible.  The last thing she wanted to encounter, a fighter who wanted to prove something to his, or her, buddies.  While the chances of such a thing happening was small, she took no chances.  Her own high fighting power meant any fights she was in might cause her to stand out.  Up ahead she spotted the local market, another place she avoided if possible.  The haggling, people, and thieves made her cringe.  More than once some idiot tried to pick her pocket.

She made her way towards the inn, hoping it had room for the night.  She arrived in the city in good time, and without any raiders.  That surprised her.  Usually they targeted her, only seeing a lone woman walking down the road and thinking they had an easy target.  Many learned too late how powerful she was.

Inside the inn she noticed the clean atmosphere, along with the normal stares she always received.  She paid it no mind and moved towards the bar, where the innkeeper stood, sizing her up.  Her tall height, dark clothing, armor and sword always attracted attention. 

“Need a room for the night,” Gwen stated to the innkeeper, leaning against the counter with a casual air. Continue reading…

 

Dovahkin’s Flight – Part 15

Dovahkin’s Flight

by AJ Marks

Part 15

Zoe worked on the enchanter hoping to create a new piece of armor with some cool attributes to sell.  Something she had started doing as a hobby for the Suite but was a money maker.  Enchanted armor sold even better as too many didn’t know how to do it, or even cared.

Enchantments had helped her out tremendously in her travels.  With the defeat of Alduin it seemed as if her grand adventure days were now over.  She privately hoped there wouldn’t be any new adventures, and she could settle down again helping out people here and there.

“Still working,” Leah stated, walking up behind her.

“Yeah, just trying to figure out which enchantment I should use with this piece of armor,” Zoe said, holding up a piece of paper which she had used to work out some enchantments on.  “Currently thinking increased armor, it’s a light piece of armor.”

“It’s always good to have,” Leah stated looking at the paper. Continue reading…

 

Dovahkin’s Flight – Part 14

Dovahkin’s Flight

by AJ Marks

Part 14

Zoe relaxed a bit by the pool. As it felt nice to just sit and do nothing for a change.  Several others were in the pool having fun and the day was surprising warm though she could see some clouds on the horizon which meant a storm later on in the day.

The past couple of days had been a bit tense with everyone expecting something.  Zoe wasn’t sure what might happen if anything.  She frowned upon seeing her sun blocked and looked up to see Leah standing there.

“Just going to do nothing today?” she asked.

“Well, thought about it, or at least this morning,” Zoe replied, then looking at the distance.  “Besides, looks like a storm is approaching.”

“Means work beforehand,” Leah replied, as Zoe looked up at the short dress Leah wore, showing off a vast amount of leg and from her vantage point, under the dress.  If Leah moved a bit she could tell what she was wearing underneath, if anything. Continue reading…

 

Dovahkin’s Flight – Part 13

Dovahkin’s Flight

by AJ Marks

Part 13

Zoe and Leah headed away from Solitude, on the way back to the Suite and home.  The past couple of days had been interesting to say the least.  The Thalmor were typical, always trying to impose their views on everyone else due to some superior moral values on everyone else.

She felt glad to be leaving all this politics behind her, especially Valis.  If she never saw him again it would be too soon.  However part of her knew she hadn’t seen the last of him.  He didn’t seem able to let go of something.

“You didn’t hurt anyone, I’m impressed,” Leah said.

“I’ve got restraint if I need it,” Zoe replied back to her.

“Yeah, glad I wasn’t there,” Leah said, having spent the time back at the house learning some new recipes she hoped to introduce to the Suite. Continue reading…

 

Dovahkin’s Flight – Part 12

Dovahkin’s Flight

by AJ Marks

Part 12

“Talos worshipping is not negotiable,” Valis said, standing up at the table and glaring at the others.

Zoe waited a few seconds to see how the others would react.

“And I said its all but impossible to enforce without losing our ability to lead.  Its one of the problems which led to the Stormcloak uprising,” Tullius replied to him.

She could see that Valis was being as stubborn as ever with this point.  He wanted absolute verification that no Talos worshipping was happening anywhere in Skyrim.  She slightly smirked knowing that she had a couple of shrines of Talos at the Suite.  Surprisingly it was Elewen who spoke up next placing a hand on Valis’ arm to silence him.

“The general is correct, we must tread lightly,” she said to him.  He looked ready to say more when she merely glared at him for a moment.  He seemed to stop looking at her before finally sitting back down, anger written all over his face as Elewen continued.  “I’m sorry, perhaps you can try to prevent any further Talos worshipping?” Continue reading…

 

Dovahkin’s Flight – Part 11

Dovahkin’s Flight

by AJ Marks

Part 11

Zoe stretched as the meeting was finally adjourned.  The Thalmor wanted to head back to their embassy for the night.  She stood and made her way to the small balcony which overlooked the entrance to the palace and felt someone else approach.

Turning she found herself looking at the one person she didn’t want to see at the moment, Valis.

“I said it before, that armor doesn’t look good on you,” Valis said.

“That’s your opinion, which is wrong” Zoe replied back taking a look at the elf.  He obviously was doing well for himself by the look of his clothes.  He had moved up if he was the ambassador for the Thalmor in this discussion.  He also was as arrogant as ever, thinking he was always right and could never be wrong. Continue reading…