The Red Hand

All is fair in lust and greed...

Althea’s snickered derisively, her laughter echoing in throughout her chambers. «Does she know?» Realizing it provided her an avenue to tease him with, he begun to second guess his choice. «Know what? She’s an attractive woman. There is nothing more to it.» Hasdrubal snapped back to his unseen mentor, as he progressed further in her quarters, on his guard.

«If you say so…» echoed Althea’s voice, twisting the dagger in her pupil’s pride a little bit more.

Here he was at her request for another session, another encounter. It was their physical beauty that caught each other’s eyes but it was their competitive spirit that maintained the vitality of their little arrangement.

Each tryst was a contest, one that pitted the vigor of youth against calculated wisdom of experience, his physical might against her arcane prowess. The rule of engagement were simple: Althea would try to subdue him, but if Hasdrubal managed capture her arcane bond, she would surrender herself to him.

Verily, the thrill of the chase provided for moments of pure ecstasy…

As Althea was not above using trickery to gain the upper hand, Hasdrubal remained alert as he was making his way in her bedroom.

It was there that he found her.

She was waiting, standing in the open in the middle of room. At his sight, she removed her red cloak, letting it fall on the floor, revealing her lithe and graceful frame. Before him, a beautiful elven woman of pearly complexion with long green hairs tied into a braid… A familiar figure…

Hasdrubal surveyed her intently, his heart racing in anticipation. It was exact replica but for her green eyes, burning with unnatural confidence and intensity… Althea’s determination remaining fully apparent even in this assumed form

She circled right hand’s finger around her pointy ear gliding down her neck to her exposed shoulders. Her fingers continued down along the loop of her necklace fishing a star-shaped pendant inside her dress which she let rest on her bosom with a bit of flourish.

Her arcane bond. His quarry.

Hasdrubal cracked his neck, assuming a wrestling stance. «Ready when you are.»

«Who says I’m not?» replied Althea, smiling with assurance as dark vines slowly crept near Hasdrubal’s ankles…

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All is fair in lust and greed...
 

That’s some mighty writing talent there pardner. Seriously.

All is fair in lust and greed...
 

Thanks. Right back at you.

It’s a lot of work (I’m not a natural so it takes me more time) so I’m always glad when people get a kick out of Hasdrubal’s side-stories.

All is fair in lust and greed...
 

Really enjoy it it gives me an oh so small peak into his psyche and experiences which should shape him into what he’ll become later on. Awesome my friend

All is fair in lust and greed...
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