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Aug. 12th, 2004

Tas came to the edge of the grove of oak trees and - here - his heart almost failed him. Kender are normally immune to the sensation of fear, so only a kender could have come even this far. But now Tas found himself a prey to the most unreasoning terror he had ever experienced. And whatever was causing it was located within that grove of oak trees.
They're ordinary trees, Tas said to himself, shivering. I've talked to spectres in Darken Wood. I've faced three or four dragons. I broke a dragon orb. Just an ordinary grove of trees. I was prisoner in a wizard's castle. I saw a demon from the Abyss. Just a grove of ordinary trees.
Slowly, talking to himself, Tasslehoff inched his way through the oak trees. He didn't go far, not even past the row of trees that formed the outer perimeter of the grove. Because now he could see into the heart of the grove.
Tasslehoff gulped, turned, and ran.
At the sight of the kender running back toward him, Flint knew it was All Over. Something Awful was going to crash out of that grove of trees. The dwarf whirled so rapidly he tripped over his feet and fell sprawling to the pavement. Running up to him, Tas grabbed Flint's belt and pulled him up. Then the two dashed madly down the street, the dwarf running for his very life. He could almost hear gigantic footsteps thudding along behind him. He did not dare turn around. Visions of a slobbering monster drove him on until his heart seemed about to burst from his body. Finally they reached the end of the street.
It was warm. The sun shone.
They could hear the voices of real live people drifting from the crowded streets beyond. Flint stopped, exhausted, gasping for breath. Glancing fearfully back down the street, he was surprised to see it was still empty.
"What was it?" he managed to ask when he could speak past the thudding of his heart.
The kender's face was pale as death. "A-a t-tower..." Tas gulped, puffing.
Flint's eyes opened wide. "A tower?" the dwarf repeated. "I ran all that way - nearly killing myself - and I was running from a tower! I don't suppose" - Flint's bushy eyebrows came together alarmingly - "that the tower was chasing you?"
"N-no," Tas admitted. "It - it just stood there. But it ws the most horrible thing I've ever seen in my life," the kender avowed solemnly, shuddering.

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madmadhatter
Sep. 12th, 2004 12:02 pm (UTC)
i remember that now. i think they made him fight a dark elf with just one or few spells. but i'm thinking of something else.

OH MAN those prequels. i've read several but only remember the one with tas (of course). it involves arranged marriage and the girls family had to hire someone to bring him back.
aubkabob
Feb. 6th, 2005 12:02 pm (UTC)
hee hee hee, that doesnt' sound too bad :)

for some reason, whenever it comes to dwarves, i have to force myself through books, no matter how well written. like with the chaos war series, there was the main book, the dragons of summer flame, and then 3 books that sort of supported it, by different authors.... one was about draconians, which was pretty good, the second about dwarves of thorbarden, which i had to FORCE myself through, and the third about Chrysania and her tiger, which was the best out of the three.

i remember mom feeling she was doing a good thing for me by getting me the dwarven trilogy yeeeears ago as a Christmas present. i remember feeling wracked with guilt because we never had a lot of money, and i knew i would never read them.

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