posted on Mar, 31 2010 @ 06:51 AM
To say it was a river would be an understatement, the water sped through smooth boulders
at an alarming pace. Zazz already had her shoes off and was giggling at the coolness of
the wide-foam water that eased her sore feet in a rockpool.
BIAD leaned over a large rock into the torrent and filled the canteen, the spray making his
wig full of clear jewels.
Raud stripped to his waist and dove into the raging current, BIAD looked shocked and then
his features eased as he saw his friend emerge from the whiteness with a grin, the droplets
gleamed on his muscles in the morning sunlight. Zazz clapped and hooted at
Raud's athletic endeavours to out-muscle the river.
The three enjoyed the water for twenty minutes and in that time, they regulary checked
the scene they'd left, for any movement... but nothing stirred.
Raud fashioned a fishing pole from a branch that had washed down-stream, he picked
thread from his shirt and wandered off in search of a fish dinner.
BIAD collected the makings of a fire, while Zazz washed her clothes behind two large
boulders, she knew her friends would never dare to venture that way, so she chanced
a quick bathing session too.
As she lay on a warm dry flat rock, her drying clothes hanging on a nearby alder bush,
she felt the weariness off the previous days slip away... and then it happened.
Zazzafrazz was known for her ability to sense change... some Gunslingers have it,
Raud would be found sometimes staring out into space and some folk would assume
he was daydreaming, but they'd be wrong.
BIAD would find himself pulling his fingers through his wig in a combing movement,
this was his sign that something was out of his control, with Zazz, she would hear a
So it was that the tinny-whine began and like a predator, she pounced, grabbed the
damp maid's outfit and quickly dressed. Zazz's eyes panned around her, something
was wrong... someone was near.
The dark-haired man smiled and showed a lupine grin, his features showed that he
was an outdoors man, the burnt neck and the deep-lined eyes indicated he endured the
The sight of this beauty enjoying the vista was a rare treat, but any amourous thoughts
quickly fled his mind, when the barrel of a pistol touched his forehead lightly and an
easy-going voice hissed "can we help you?"
The raven-haired man stood up from behind the rock and raised his hands to show he
meant no harm, the gun followed him.
"Just passin' through, fella... just collecting water" the tall man said softly, he chanced
a glance to his left.
The man, a handsome man, ladies would say looked dumbfounded. There stood a thing
he'd never would imagined even back in the days when he travelled with the carnival.
The Boy-In-A-Dress smiled back and nodded, "quite a view, nuh?" BIAD hissed and kept his
pistol trained at the stranger's head.
Zazz came around the boulders and faced the tall lean man, he wore a long black
leather coat and she also saw the two sidearms, in a low-slung gunbelt.
"So, who's your new boyfriend, BIAD?" Zazz said, the words fired like single bullets.
She put her hands on her hips to show her annoyance, yet her face showed that she
didn't seem too upset.
A small noise came from behind BIAD and the stranger could see a well-built man
with a rather large pistol in his hand, he knew he had to quickly introduce himself.
"You guys runnin' away from those?" the man said and hooked a thumb towards
the desert, his eyes showed inteligence and his stance showed he held no fear,
BIAD steadied his aim. Zazz also eased her stance and said " we maybe are, but who
The lupine smile returned and he mock-bowed at the blonde temptress.
"Why, I'm Chadwickus, ma'am and I think I can help"
Raud, Zazz and BIAD looked at each other with puzzled expressions.
[edit on 31-3-2010 by A boy in a dress]