This is a short piece that I started working on quite some time ago, but it finally felt appropriate to touch it up and post it in response to another of Nethaera’s writing prompts (this time about focusing on dialogue), since this piece is more of a dialogue interaction between Effy and Laz. It also seems appropriate considering the upcoming expansion.
The Fall of Shattrath
“No! Unthinkable! How could Velen even think this course of action acceptable!?” Lazheward hollered. He cringed at venting his frustrations so loudly to Effraeti, but the weight the idea put in his stomach proved too much. It made him sick to his heart. As a Paladin and defender of the Light, it grated against every fabric of his being.
Her steady hand lightly touching his arm caused him to finally meet her gaze, albeit reluctantly. Effy nodded, understanding as well as caution present in her luminescent eyes as she responded in a soft but firm voice, “Velen does what he feels he must for our survival, love. As he always has. Sometimes, those decisions are difficult, and I know he lives with the consequences of those decisions everyday.”
Lazheward sighed heavily. “I know you are right, but there has to be another way…” His voice trailed off as tried to think of one. “Especially… the children…” The thought made him grit his teeth. “No! I will stay myself!” His voice nearly broke forming the words.
Effy fiercely embraced him. “We would both stand in their places, and we would fight to our last breath – side by side.” She paused. “But that is not what has been asked of us. We must help lead our people forward, and live to fight another day. The others… they stay behind to guarantee our escape and to feed the hope that the orcs will think they have destroyed us completely.”
Snarling through his teeth before he could stop himself, Laz lightly extricated himself from Effy and stomped out of the room.
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This story is based on worlds and characters in World of Warcraft.
Awaiting the Muse by Effy J. Roan AKA Effraeti is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.
Based on a work at https://awaitingthemuse.wordpress.com/.