connecticut_yankee: (head injury)
connecticut_yankee ([personal profile] connecticut_yankee) wrote2015-09-30 04:41 pm

Previously Unknown Mode of Transportation

Hank wakes up.

Of all the usual results of a blow to the head, this one probably isn’t even in the top four. One minute a misunderstanding with a crowbar and a man called Hercules—in retrospect that should have been a warning sign—the next…something else.

This isn’t the Colt Arms Factory, and it isn’t even Hartford. He’s in the middle of a ravine he’s never seen before. Must be a practical joke by someone who’s about to be unemployed. He groans, pushes himself to his feet, and works his way up the nearest slope. On second thought, this is less of a practical joke and more of a dream. The half-clockwork dog would be decidedly impractical to fake, and the enormous bipedal beetle is far too well-dressed.

At the top there’s a fence, with signs facing the other side. No gate is in evidence, but the fence isn’t too much of an obstacle. From the other side, the signs can be read as saying variations on “beware of the magic.” Huh.

From atop the slope, there’s at least a clearly visible destination. A nearby city, it may not be any city that was nearby when he was last conscious, but it’s better than here. He heads toward it.
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[personal profile] alicornucopia 2015-09-30 09:36 pm (UTC)(link)
The city has un-factory-tainted air, short buildings, steep narrow streets, and brown-skinned humans who seem to find him exotic. There are horses and market stalls and houses and shops and occasionally fountains.
namesthesky: (j ~ over the border)

[personal profile] namesthesky 2015-09-30 10:07 pm (UTC)(link)
"...Why, sir, what does it look like?"
namesthesky: (g ~ new learning)

[personal profile] namesthesky 2015-09-30 10:11 pm (UTC)(link)
"Yes, so I'm not sure why you're so surprised. Sir."
namesthesky: (i ~ with marked heel)

[personal profile] namesthesky 2015-09-30 10:19 pm (UTC)(link)


"Seene Market. Tayane. Did you hit your head or fall in a magic, sir?"
namesthesky: (h ~ not an ox)

[personal profile] namesthesky 2015-09-30 10:30 pm (UTC)(link)
"...Maybe the magic took your memory," suggests Ayabel.
namesthesky: (h ~ not an ox)

[personal profile] namesthesky 2015-09-30 10:48 pm (UTC)(link)
"What place in particular?"
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[personal profile] namesthesky 2015-09-30 10:54 pm (UTC)(link)
"Do you mean the person who operates the particular slave reseller I belong to right now, or do you mean, for instance, the king?"
namesthesky: (h ~ not an ox)

[personal profile] namesthesky 2015-09-30 11:13 pm (UTC)(link)
"The king's name is Oreled and he lives in Alerene."
namesthesky: (i ~ with marked heel)

[personal profile] namesthesky 2015-09-30 11:23 pm (UTC)(link)
"I can't run. I fall over if I try."
namesthesky: (k ~ all the others)

[personal profile] namesthesky 2015-09-30 11:41 pm (UTC)(link)
"I'd still have to get to Tsopix or similar, without papers and with a heel tattoo."
namesthesky: (j ~ over the border)

[personal profile] namesthesky 2015-09-30 11:51 pm (UTC)(link)
"There's still the question of how I will physically depart the premises when everyone knows that no such transaction took place."
namesthesky: (g ~ new learning)

[personal profile] namesthesky 2015-10-01 12:00 am (UTC)(link)
"He has an office, but he also has security guards. Stealing me is a dicey proposition unless you came out of the magic with magical powers of some relevant kind."

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