Thursday, October 1, 2015

Red As Any Blood--Part 29

"So, do have a good trip," said Pell, waving cheerily as Ryke boarded the ship.  He jabbed Blyss in the ribs.  "Blyss, wave at Ryke."

Blyss glared at his superior.  "But that doesn't do anything, but make my arm sleepy?"

"It would please me, Blyss," stated Pell.  "And we both know that is a highly desirable thing to achieve, now don't we?"  Blyss frowned and grudgingly waved at Ryke.  Pell grinned and nodded.  "So, then, Ryke, you certain you can't pack a bit of dolphin with you?"

Ryke shuddered and shook his head.  "No, no.  I... don't want to waste valuable storage space on a luxury."

"Ahh, well," said Pell with a shrug.  "I do hope you have a fine trip.  Go forth, and be my cleansing hand on Laodegan."  He frowned.  "Also, get me those ships.  That is why we're staying on these miserable islands, after all."

"Of course, sir," said Ryke.  "That's why I came here, after all.  To make sure you got your ships."

Pell gave a grand nod.  "Indeed.  Think of it, Ryke.  A fleet, streaming into the Lands of Night, capturing Albracca... and from Albracca... well, whatever lies next to Albracca."  He frowned.  "I'm rather uncertain of that."  He glanced up at Ryke.  "You wouldn't have an idea, would you?"

Ryke shook his head.  "No, sir," he noted, retreating to the deck of the ship.

"Ahh, well," muttered Pell.  "Still--something to cheer you up on your journey."  He clapped his hands.  A group of hooded prisoners were marched forward from the crowd.  "Behold how Ys deals with traitors and rebels!"  There was an awkward silence for a moment. Pell frowned and turned to Blyss.  "Blyss--remember what I told you?"

"Not really," said Blyss absently. "Do you want me to start killing people now?"  Pell nodded. His subordinate drew his sword, and raised it over the head of one of the prisoners. 

Pell smiled at Ryke, as the execution began.  "Yes, we're getting things in order here," he declared. "Bit by bit."

Ryke nodded, and wondered when it would be safe to go down below.  Moments like this reminded him why he was generally glad to be out of Pell's direct supervision.

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