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And I've seen a lot of changes to my work.  I've changed writing styles, experimented with different genres, and have grown more and more self-conscious about the quality of my work.  Hell, I rarely post anything unless I get all the details correct on the first try.

And yet, I still don't feel like I've improved as much as I wanted to.  There's something I'm missing here and I'm going to find it.

I'm going to deal with my other account (which has been gathering dust for probably one or two years, XD) when I can, posting stories on it and trying to find that sweet spot I've been missing.  I don't want to post it on this journal, partly because there's nothing on it, but also because I'm not sure what I want to submit just yet.  Horror's definitely going to be a part of my repertoire soon, and hopefully I can deliver.

It's a new year, and I'm anxious to see what lies ahead.  ^_^  Thanks for sticking with me for four years, everyone!
And it feels amazing

Though I don't think it's something I'll Condon often

Trying to gain my senses but failing--  having a fun time at this party
Sunlight danced through the Subseed Forest, touching gently down on the ground. Bug-types of all shapes and sizes crawled, slithered, flew or swarmed around, making nests or exploring the wooded area. In the midst of all these goings-on, two Hunters marched toward the outpost, hearts set on their mission. One was a Carracosta, his shoulders cloaked in a sunset-orange shawl, his eyes locked on target. He carried a determined expression on his face. The other, a Vulpix, was sans his Guild accessory, as it was too warm to wear. He padded along with a great deal of swagger in his posture, ready to tackle the daunting task ahead. They entered the outpost building itself to find that Reuben was already waiting for them, seated at a wooden table with a steaming mug in his paws.

"Excellent, you're right on schedule," he commented. "It's gratifying to know when you're placing your faith in the right people."

"Of course," came the gruff voice of Bernard Corwin, accompanied by his protege Aedus Sheridan. The old turtle's face was blank as usual, whilst Aedus’s screamed curiosity. This was his first time meeting Reuben, and already he felt uneasy around the Mienshao.

This is the guy we’re protecting?, Aedus thought, crossing his arms and handing a curious glance at Reuben. Bernard, on the other hand, felt humbled in the presence of authority. He put a flipper to his mouth, clearing his throat.

"So you’re Reuben?" Aedus asked. "Huh.  I guess I didn’t know what to expect." Bernard glanced at his protégé disapprovingly.  He was always assuming, even at the most inappropriate of times.  It didn’t do him any good to make meaningless statements like that.

The Mienshao gave a thin smile. "No doubt I have exceeded your expectations, hmm?"

"I dunno..." the vulpine replied, putting his hands on his hips. "I guess I thought of you as more... regal.  Like, y’know, a noble." A harsh nudge from Bernard's left leg interrupted him, and the Vulpix shot an annoyed glance at his caretaker.

“What was that for??”

"Show some respect, young Aedus. For both our sakes."  Bernard cleared his throat again. "Anywho. It's good to meet you, sir."

Fortunately for the two Hunters, Reuben seemed to be in fair humor, as he simply gave a light chuckle. "At least one of you knows your manners. The pleasure's mine." He gestured to the other stump-like seats with a well-manicured paw. "I do believe there is still a little time before my other escorts were told to arrive, so you might want to sit down."

"Wait, there’s others coming with us?" asked Aedus quizzically as he went over to take a spot at the table.

"Is that right?” Bernard asked, joining Aedus.  “Hm, interesting.”  Now it was his turn to be curious.

Taking some enjoyment from their confusion, the noble took a brief drink from his mug before continuing. "Now, you two obviously know my name, but I don’t believe I've had the pleasure of learning yours."

"O-oh, certainly," Bernard said, lightly patting his chest and clearing his throat before doing a little bow. "My name is Bernard Corwin of The Humble and the Bold, at your service."

"And I'm Aedus!" the vulpine cockily replied, leaning forward with his paws planted firmly on the table. "Trust us, you won't regret having this old guy and me on your team! We'll fry those fish before they can lay a finger on us!"

Why is it that he's so self-aggrandizing at a time like this? Bernard thought, closing his eyes and shaking his head. That attitude will be the death of him.

Reuben smiled again, though this time it held slight humor rather than the hinted threat from before. "We'll see. I've heard my other escorts are quite competent as well; you two will likely have some competition."

Whatever our competition is, they won't have a thing on us, rang Aedus's thoughts as his eyes lazily drifted toward the door.

Then, within minutes, there was a knock.

"Ah, I do believe that's the rest of our troupe," he said lightly, rising from his seat. "You may enter!"

The door opened, and in stepped what could have almost been a type reversal of The Humble and the Bold. The first of the pair appeared to be a young Froakie child. He was fairly small, even despite standing as opposed to hopping like his average kin, and was somewhat thin. He wore some kind of dark, cloth-covered bracer on each arm, and carried himself in a confident, controlled manner that greatly belied his youthful appearance. His teal eyes carried a cold sort of intensity, and a disinterested scowl rested lightly upon his features.

The second, trailing shortly after him, was a curvaceous Braixen with long, flowing red hair and a staff-like wand. Her fur skirt, rather than being fairly short and curving upward at the sides as usual, was instead slack and smooth, and reached down to only a couple inches above the ground. In contrast to her young partner, her vivid blue eyes shone with warmth, and more than a slight mischievous glint.

Bernard noticed the two Hunters and, very briefly, his eyes widened a little.  It was almost like looking into a mirror—though thankfully he didn’t share the same stature or lithe build as the frog.  Regardless, he looked forward to accompanying them through the dungeon.

Aedus, on the other hand, couldn’t tear his gaze from the Braixen.  Out of all the teams he could have ended up with, he was immensely thankful he wound up with a member so gorgeous.  The sight of her made him swoon; she was beautiful, from her hair to her curves to her eyes... and the way she walked so gracefully! Talk about being bewitched.

The Mienshao noble clapped his paws together lightly as the odd pair bowed in greeting. "Excellent, another team with perfect punctuality."

"Greetings, both of you," said the old turtle. He took note of the way Aedus eyed the admittedly beautiful young girl, hoping he wouldn't fraternize with the young lady in his usual way. There was already enough on everyone’s plate. "I'm Bernard Corwin, and this is my partner, Ae—"

"Aedus Sheridan," he finished in a dream-like tone, his eyes scanning the Braixen. "Have we met before? Cause I never forget a beautiful face."

"...Oh dear," the ancient turtle sighed as a grimace splashed itself across his face.  Just what he needed, another helping of embarrassment.

Studiously ignoring both the other team as well as his partner's laughter, the Froakie gazed up at the taller noble. "I was under the impression we would be the only ones escorting you," he said bluntly. "Why are they here?"

"While I'm sure both of your skill sets are admirable, it would be highly idiotic to enter an unknown dungeon with only two escorts," replied Reuben, matter-of-fact, "so I took the liberty of recruiting another team to our little cause. I hope you understand."

The little Water-type's eyes narrowed slightly, but he gave a grudging nod and turned to the Carracosta. "Toshiro of Icefire," he said. "This is my partner, Matsuri."

"It's good to meet you both," the turtle replied blankly, nodding back to the small frog. "We may be relatively new to the Hunters Guild, but we have plenty of talents to offer you and your fine partner."

"I'll say." Aedus was certainly enthusiastic, at least, however misplaced that enthusiasm was. However, without thinking, he added, "Though, I don't think you guys need to worry too much about any perils while I'm around, heh."

Toshiro levelled a cool stare at the multi-tailed fox. "Oh? Have you been through a dungeon before?"

In an instant, Aedus's attitude changed, and Bernard quickly picked up on it. It was one he'd seen plenty of times before.

"Oh yeah, plenty!" Aedus replied nervously, placing his front paws on his hips and draping himself with bravado. He hoped he could impress them both with his lie. "It's all about avoiding those traps, y'know? O-oh, and the rooms, too! I heard from that flame-tailed guy that they can... shift?"

Sometimes I wonder why I’m watching over him, Bernard thought, shaking his head. The turtle understood why Aedus acted so foolishly, but he had no reason to lie like this. His intelligence was above that of most, so why tell such a tall tale?

A light laugh broke out from Matsuri. "Aedus, was it?" she asked with a smile. "You're going to have to try harder than that if you want to lie to Toshi."

"Matsuri, don't you even start," the Froakie said flatly, before returning his attention to the Vulpix. "Look. Posturing isn't going to get you anywhere, not with me, not with your Guild, and you could very well end up dead where dungeons are concerned. I would appreciate some honesty next time I ask you something."

"Hey, no offense, little guy," Aedus remarked, crossing his arms, "but you're kinda short to be callin' the shots, don'tcha think?"

Toshiro's eye gave a slight twitch, fingers curling into fists beneath his bracers as a chill swept through the room. Two jabs about my height and one about my experience and we're not even in the goddamn dungeon yet.

"Aedus, that’s quite enough," Bernard said, planting a disapproving gaze on his partner. "Don't start a fight you can't win. You should know better than that."

"Tch!  Wasn't asking for your opinion, old man," the vulpine shot back dismissively.

Reuben, having not made any input in the discussion thus far, simply appeared content to watch the scene unfold, leaning on the table with mild interest.

"You'd be smart to take his advice," Toshiro said coolly. "Despite appearances, I am not a child, and "half the height means half the respect" is not going to get you very far on this task."

"Oh yeah, I really respect you now," the Vulpix sarcastically retorted. Then, in what could only be surmised as an act of sheer idiocy, he cheekily added, "Hey, here's an idea! Why don't you get over yourself, you whiny tadpole?"

"I said that's enough!"

As quick as lightning, Aedus snapped to, shaking at his mentor's anger.

"This behavior of yours has gone far enough. You've been ungrateful to these two ever since they arrived, and it astounds me to see you this brash, even now." Bernard gestured over to Toshiro. "This young one, despite his size, is giving you a warning that I suggest you heed." His glowering gaze snapped Aedus's flimsy bravado in two like a Karate Chop on steel as he added, with a more serious tone, "I'm quite disappointed in your attitude today, young Aedus. Apologize to them both, or expect to enter the dungeon without me."

Despite his attempts to remain firm in the face of his mentor, Aedus surrendered. A pithy "Sorry" fell from his lips.

"You weren't even trying. Put some effort into it, at least."

"Alright, alright!" The vulpine gulped down his pride, forcing himself to meet Toshiro's cold stare. "Okay look. I'm sorry about being an asshole, okay? I didn't mean any of what I said, at all. Really."

After scanning the fox with a rather critical gaze, Toshiro finally gave a stiff nod and replied, in a slightly less angry tone, "So long as you aren't that idiotic while we're inside, we shouldn't have any problems."

Which was about as close as he came to accepting an apology from anyone that wasn't Matsuri.

He glanced up at Bernard. "What about you? Is this your first time through as well?"

"Yes," the Carracosta admitted freely, clearing his throat. "I've little to no experience dealing with dungeons, so I've no inkling of what to expect. I managed to arrive in Andalusst without so much as trekking through a single dungeon, miraculously." A tiny smile painted itself on Bernard’s face. "As such, I'm quite curious about this dungeon we're to explore."

'Hn. At least he's being truthful.' Toshiro let out a slow breath. "Then it's a good thing this dungeon run will be with an experienced team nearby. Matsuri and I have been through several dungeons, so it seems we'll be the ones leading for the majority of the trip."

"Then we put ourselves in your capable hands," Bernard said, glancing at his discouraged protégé. "And hopefully, we can all learn something on this journey. Don't you think so, young one?"

"Yeah," Aedus mumbled, his tails drooping like wilting flowers.

Bernard looked solemnly at his teammate. 'Perhaps I'm being too harsh on him. He's only a boy, after all. He has much to learn about the world and its dangers. Hopefully he can start by learning a thing or two from our new comrades.'

"Hey, don't worry — we'll make sure to teach you all the dirty little secrets~" said Matsuri with a flirtatious wink.

Toshiro facepalmed. "Matsuri...!"

A tiny chuckle emerged from Aedus's lips, accompanied by a little blush. "Heh, thanks," he said with a smirk pointed at Matsuri. "Lookin' forward to it."

Reuben, having apparently become quite bored with the conversation, abruptly cleared his throat in the most regal manner possible and stepped forward. "While I'm sure this has been a most delightful conversation for all parties involved, I do have some important matters to attend to at the end of this trip, so now that we're all the best of friends, could we move this along?"

"Yes, of course, sir," Bernard replied.  Turning to his protege, he calmly asked, "Think you can handle the dungeon, young one?"

The Vulpix flashed him a huge grin. His confidence was rekindled in an instant, and he once again stood tall on his hind legs. "You bet, Bernard."

Toshiro pulled the door open, and thus, the teams set off toward the belly of the beast.
PMDU Basalt Halls: The Humble the Bold, Prologue
SO GUESS WHO PROCRASTINATED--  I'LL GIVE YOU THREE GUESSES--

>.>  <.<  EVERYTHING WILL BE FINE.

My first ever collab with :iconcailas-moon:!  And WOW, are we close to the deadline--   Clem Epic face Luke's Epic Face

Team Icefire belong to :iconcailas-moon:

The Humble and the Bold belong to me.

Please, do not post this anywhere else without permission!

PART 1: Icefire + THATB + Nephos Basalt Halls pt1
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I still wonder if I'm insane.  I judge that based on my own condition, ADD, along with my naivete.  Maybe I care too much about what others think of me.

Maybe sanity's overrated, XD
Over the past few days, I've grown really fond of the Internet.  Too fond, actually.

Don't get me wrong, I like being here, but I think I've just hit a wall.  I'm no longer as energetic, and I don't really post enough anymore.  Hell, I can't even finish the gifts I started because I keep getting sidetracked.

I think what I need is to get away from the web; go outside and get some fresh air.  I'll still work on what I need to, but I'm going to take a hiatus in the near future.  I don't know when, but it's going to be soon.

I can't keep doing this to myself.  It's getting really bad, too, to the point where I'm putting off everything just to watch videos and play video games, which is why I've been so lazy.  I will post more soon; I just need to get away from this place first, recharge a little.

:iconmeta-kaz:, I'm sorry for skimping out on editing your fan-fic.  I really am.  I will finish the first two parts of Chapter 2, but after that, I'm going to have to stay away from the Internet for a while, until I can get myself together.  And :iconcailas-moon:, I'm gonna finish the collab before I go, too (just so you know, before I leave).

So, yeah, there's gonna be a hiatus real soon.  Don't know when I'll be back, but I'll get back to it once I'm refreshed.
And I've seen a lot of changes to my work.  I've changed writing styles, experimented with different genres, and have grown more and more self-conscious about the quality of my work.  Hell, I rarely post anything unless I get all the details correct on the first try.

And yet, I still don't feel like I've improved as much as I wanted to.  There's something I'm missing here and I'm going to find it.

I'm going to deal with my other account (which has been gathering dust for probably one or two years, XD) when I can, posting stories on it and trying to find that sweet spot I've been missing.  I don't want to post it on this journal, partly because there's nothing on it, but also because I'm not sure what I want to submit just yet.  Horror's definitely going to be a part of my repertoire soon, and hopefully I can deliver.

It's a new year, and I'm anxious to see what lies ahead.  ^_^  Thanks for sticking with me for four years, everyone!

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