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An Interim Story: Valran – Sleep


June 30, 2015 by lynadmin

Valran lay in bed, staring blankly at the ceiling. Even at night, it wasn’t truly dark in the Inner Circle. Light shone from other windows, from the streets, from down in the second and Third Circles, making the night a dim twilight haze. The outer wall was dark at night, except for the few shuttered […]

An Interim Story: Taslin and Food


June 23, 2015 by lynadmin

Taslin’s First Day as a Gladiator “All right,” Ganlenrel had said, “clean yourself up nice and put on your best tunic, then head to the Hall for dinner.” Taslin had done as she was told — she had three tunics, one of which the other fighters had warned her not to get dirty or mucky, […]

Hiatus, a bit abruptly


May 20, 2015 by lynadmin

I ran out of Jumping Rings! I’m very sorry; the spring got ahead of me. I am going to take a month hiatus (technically, a month and a half, starting 2 weeks ago) and write ahead.   Jumping Rings will return on June 23, with a month of weekly posts and then, hopefully, weekly posts […]

Chapter 21 – Taslin – Prepare


May 6, 2015 by lynadmin

“Prepare.” Vinroth dropped three piles on Taslin’s bed. “Lanesh and Sellen are coming by in a few minutes, but you should be in the proper mindset before then.” “Mindset?” Taslin sorted through the pile. “These are all tunics – they’re not all from Jervennon, are they? And shoes, sandals? And then – paint? Vinroth, this […]

Chapter 20 – Valran – Duck


April 7, 2015 by lynadmin

“Duck your head a bit. There, like that.” Keldra Dre’s hand rested lightly on the back of Valran’s head. “There.” She tousled his hair gently. “Keep your eyes on the floor, but keep–  here.”  Her hand went down to the small of his back, her other hand to his shoulder. “Keep your spine straight, feet solid […]

Chapter Nineteen – Taslin – Duck


March 25, 2015 by lynadmin

“Duck!” Taslin and Lansesh were serving as backup for the six-year Gladiator Rantoness Kallesh-Red in a five-on-three match against another Pit’s lead team. It wasn’t a fair fight. It wasn’t even in the same league as a fair fight. But Taslin was having more fun than she’d had in any match so far. She ducked […]

Chapter 18 – Valran – Remember


March 11, 2015 by lynadmin

“Remember.” Keldra Dre tapped Valran’s nose for emphasis. He wrinkled his nose and struggled not to pull away. “There’s a lot to take in.” He shut his mouth, but the words had already been said. “I mean, Mistress, I will do my best.” Her lips curled upwards. “I know you will, Valran Servus. You want […]

Chapter Seventeen – Taslin – Remember


February 26, 2015 by lynadmin

“Remember.” Dar Jervennon brushed his fingers over the marks his love-bites had left on Taslin’s neck. “The night after tomorrow.” “Remember.” She smiled back at him, showing all her teeth. “Oh, my Master, you remember. The night after tomorrow.” She stepped up to him for a farewell kiss, her hands resting on his waist. There […]

Chapter Sixteen – Valran – Here


February 10, 2015 by lynadmin

“Here.” Keldra Dre stood up and strode away from Valran. He swallowed until his throat no longer felt too dry to speak again. “Here, ma’am?” “Stay there.” She called it over her shoulder; if Valran hadn’t been so confused, if his legs hadn’t been falling asleep, he would have been grateful. As it was, he […]

Chapter Fifteen – Taslin – Here


January 28, 2015 by lynadmin

“Here.” Reshnel pointed at a spot on the contract. “Sign here, and here; and you, Jervennon of Cecby, there, and there. It is done.” The Master of the Gladiators stood. “I will leave you two to get acquainted. Your next match is the day after next, Taslin. Sir, I will send a runner for your bank […]