Monday, April 1, 2013

A-B post: Apostolic Barbarian

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Gunter slumped by the stream, mindlessly washing away the blood covering his armor and shield.  His sword lay on the grass beside him, a silent reminder of his part in carnage.

Is this really all there is?  Gunter had asked that question many times these past raids.  The roar of the assault still echoing around him, Gunter stretched tired muscles down upon the lush green.

Rape?  Gunter found the screams of frightened women and children appalling.  What is rewarding about destroying a woman’s hopes and dreams?  With her children cowering in a corner and watching their mother die?

Pillage?  At first the thrill of wealth exulted satisfaction within him.  Now, when that wealth is covered with the blood of its dying owners, pillage was repugnant.  Gunter reached inside his tunic, retrieving a torn parchment. 

An elderly monk had thrust this page into Gunter’s hands just days ago.  With his last gasping breath, the monk whispered, “Take this…”

But, why?  Why did he give this to me?

The Apostolic Barbarian will continue in tomorrow’s post.

48 comments:

  1. A raider with a conscience!

    I love your unique blogging format for this challenge. Very cool.

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    1. I'm excited about something with a twist. Hope it is engaging.

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  2. Got me hooked! Love the title!

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    1. Thought of it many months ago--and then the History channel brought out "Vikings". I guess they heard my thoughts.

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  3. Once you develop a conscience you can no longer be called a barbarian. Just misguided lol.

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    1. True...the misguided have to make a choice which to follow.

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  4. Very interesting Susan!
    Gunter's having second thoughts...?

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  5. Hi Susan,

    Okay, you start with the letter A and you also do B. Will be curious to see what transpires.

    Enjoy the amazing alphabet challenge, Susan.

    Gary :)

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    1. They are connected, joined together in a theme.

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  6. Excellent. I want to know what the monk gave him. I have my ideas, but I'll have to wait and see.

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    1. Gunter has to search for meaning, but where?

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  7. Oh how neat. You are writing a story. A cliff hanger, we used to call them in the Saturday matinees at the Orpheum Theater. Great idea!!!!

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    1. Consider this a mini-story, one that could be developed, definitely.

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  8. Very cool idea Susan. And sounds like it'll be an intense story. Excellent!
    Happy A-Z!

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    1. Glad to catch you, John. Now hold still...

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  10. This was a gripping post. The character sounds like he could become so much more!

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    1. I think he could, that this story could grow.

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  11. Woo hoo! That was awesome. Please tell me you're watching Vikings on the History Channel--I adore that series.

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    1. I thought of this story line last September, wanting to do something different this year. So I sketched it out. THEN History Channel introduced the Vikings! Hurrah! Fascinating!

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  12. I suspect Gunther is getting a conscience.

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    1. It would be a good thing to develop.

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  13. what a brilliant way to follow the challenge!

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  14. It sounds like this is going to be a really good story. Since you are the writer, Susan, that is already a given.

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  15. I love how you approached the challenge~ I look forward to more... :D

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  16. Wow! Incredible beginning to a story. I'm already pulled in. Talk about a cliffhanger. Good job!

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  17. Hello, Susan. I'm waiting to see what your crafty barbarian is up to tomorrow. More power to you A to Z folks!

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  18. Thanks for stopping by! You come from a town of only 427? My "small town" would feel like a thriving metropolis to you! :)

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  19. Really an engrossing beginning to the challenge!

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  20. This is very suspenseful. I will definitely stay tuned.

    Julie

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  21. Holy moly. How can we NOT come back and find out what happens next?

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  22. Can't wait to see what happens next. Thanks for visiting my post. I changed the look, so now where to comment is easier to find. Thanks.



    Cynthia from The Sock Zone at blueflute.wordpress.com

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  23. Oh, I can't wait to see what's on the parchment!

    Shannon at The Warrior Muse

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  24. Ooooh. I am really, really looking forward to the next exciting installment (and no, I am not being sarcastic).

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  25. A remorseful Viking? How I'd love to see my people redeemed. Can't wait to go and read B now. I was in Los Angeles yesterday, did our taxes and managed a short visit with fishducky and her husband. A good day, but now I have lot to catch up on.

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  26. Dear Susan, you've hooked me! Peace to both you and Gunther.

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  27. Getting ready to read part 2. Sounds interesting!

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Go ahead...it won' t hurt...I'd love to hear what you think!