Tholme dropped to the ground when it was maye 7 feet below her, catching herself with bent knees, standing quickly. The rest of the ground was just finishing, dropping to the ground one after the other. Atop the tower Tholme saw ground four begin their decent and she quickly scanned the contestants, her eyes coming to rest of Miriam.
She moved quickly to stand within arm's length of her rope, ready to dart forward and catch her if she were to fall. Tholme had felt fear before, late at night when everything would creep up and consume her, waking her from her sleep in cold sweat, her screams almost echoing in her ears. But during a mission she's never been gripped by fear, always blocking it out, putting it away. Fear had always been a weekness, like caring. But she feared for Miriam, now in the middle of a mission, her companion hanging hundreds of feet above her head, scared for her life. She cared for her, and that was something new.
Group four went down too fast now Miriam was on the ropes being told to head down. She gripped the rope tightly and slowly started to walk backwards down the wall. She stared at the wall, not looking at anything else adne specially not looking down, her whole word was currently the wall and the rope. She knew holme was below her as she inched down the wall.
Miriam was about half way down when her hands slipped adn she started to shoot down the wall, droping for probably 10 seconds at the most before she got her grip on the rope again. Those 10 seconds had been some of the longest in her life, her heart was racing once she resituated herself and jusclung to the rope, feet against the wall as she got control over hr breathing again and went back to rappeling. She was almost there she knew it.
Miriam's feet hit the groud she immiedtlt let go of the rop and stumbled backwards from the wall before stopping. She looked very pale and sweaty, her face hd almost no color in it and her frohead and face were shining with sweat, her lips were pressed together and pale. Mir crossed her arms on her chest to aoid showing her shaking hands. She was glad she'd finished, she'd done it..
When Miriam had shot down the wall, her grip on the rope almost non existant, Tholme had shot forward, her heart beating in her throat and her stomach rolling. Once she'd regained her grip and slowly begun the decent again, the feeling wouldn't fade. It wasn't until Miriam's feet touched the ground that Tholme could breath easily. She looked ill and about ready to fall over, stumbling from the wall and seemingly swaying where she stood.
Tholme walked forward and gripped Miriam over the shoulders, leader her away from the other competitiors and to the ground so she could sit down. "Just breath Mir, it's all over" She rubbed her arm slightly, trying to be reasuring in any way possible.
"Yeah, yeah." Miriam said slowly. She started to breath deeply and slowly, staring at the grass. She finally stood up and moved back to the group of contestants, she stuck near Tholme though and the fear still knotted her stomach as she glanced up at the wall,
"We next have another obstacle course used by the army. It's over the river so if anyone cannot swim please inform us now." the trialmaster said. A few people raised theri hands. Miriam could swim she was worried though about passing, the climb had shaken her confidence.
Tholme kept her eyes on Miriam as they headed towards the river to cross to the next trial. She seemed shaken, but holding it together. "You going to be okay?" She tentatively, not used to offering comfort. She wondered what had caused Miriam to lose herself up on the wall, but she was afraid to ask.
"I'm fine now, I can swim." Miriam said, inside she was stressing and cursing ehrself. How could she support Tholme properly on this mission if she couldn't climb a tower? If itw as life or deatha dn she panicked she'd probably bec the cuase of an innocent person's death!
Miriam ran her hand over her face, trying to put her focus back into the mission, she had to get thrugh this day, scratch that she had to get through this mission without panicky again.
Tholme nodded her head, not convinced, but willing to let it drop for the moment because the river was in view. It wasn't particularly wide, but the water was moving fast, splashing over the rocks protruding from the shore. If someone lost their footing, they'd be swept away easily.
The training gaurd led them to the river and began to cross, the water reaching his waist, and rising as he reached the middle. The other contestants entered after him, Tholme and Miriam were near the back, so by the time they reached the water the water was up to the training masters chest. Tholme hopped it wasn't to deep for her and Miriam to keep their footing.
Miriam started to wade into the water, she was halfway there and it was at her high chest, almost neck level. Miriam could feel her feet about to slip out from under her. She glanced at Tholme knowing she was probably having trouble here too even though she was a bit taller.
Miriam fianlly got to a shallower part, the rocks were slipery and weren't much help in getting across.
Tholme entered the water, ignoring the shiver that swept through her at it's temperature. It was steadily rising as she crossed, and she could see Miriam infront of her, the water up to her neck. The tide was strong, pulling at her cloths and her pack, trying to sweep her off her feet. She lifted her arms as she crossed, trying to keep her shoulders above the water for some sort of advantage.
About halfway her foot slipped on one of the rocks and she went down, fast. She scrambled to find a foothold in the churning water, something to stop her from going to far. Her head came up and she spotted a falled tree protrding from the oposite shore. She kicked off the bottom, trying to propell herself in that direction. Her head went under again and she could feel debrise in the water pumeling her.
Sudenly there was a heavy impact on her side and she clung to the tree which she'd colided with. Pain shot through her, but she ignored it, pulling herself up on the tree and over onto the other shore.
The young man saw Tholme go under and ran to the tree, grabbing her hand and helping her out of the water before grabbing her ack and makings ur eit didnt go down stream. He tosse dit on the river bank and than disappeared into the crowd or cold wet contestants.
Miriam puleld herself out of the water and ran over to Tholme,
"You alright?" she asked, shivering slightly.
Still gasping softly, Tholme nodded her head in afirmative, trying to rise to her feet. "I'm fi-" Pain shot up her side in agonizing waves and she cut off, slenching her teeth and drawing in a ragged breath. She hopped that the trials today weren't to strenous. It felt as though she had at least a couple ribs broken, not counting the bruising she knew would be blooming all along her side.
Mir looked worried, she glanced at her friend's side, Mir had taken a betaing yesterday during the fights but she guessed her friend might've broken or at least cracked some ribs, which wasn't good.
Mir didn't say anything else led her friend back to teh group, the trial master was speaking,
"There is your obstacle course." He siad, wavng to a large scal obstacle course that went wound across the river, most of the course was above the water some of it was on the banks of the river though.
"You will first run this course as a pair with you partner, there may be some sets of three becuase of uneven numbers of people." the trial master said, he started to partner people up, Mir and Tholme were alreayd partners.
Mir swallowed, soem of the course included some rather high climbing,s he couldn't panic though, not again, not in front of everyone again, especially since her friend would be relying on her this time. Adn Tholme was injured.
Tholme cursed under her breath as she took in the obstacle course, drawing small, shallow breaths so she didn't agrivate her side. Most of the obsticles involved movement, like climbing, swinging and flexability.
"I know you got this one" She said, strained. "If you can, just go without me. I don't want to lower your score" She could manage the course, barley, and probably not well, or quickly.
"No we are a pair, we do this as a team." Mir said,
"That's what the trialmaster said." she justified. They were soem of the last and the trialmaster came by and looked them over,
"Eli here is with you, he doesn't have a partner." the trial master said shoving the strange young man to their team.
holme was ready to argue, a retort on the tip of her tounge when the strange man from before was suddenly shoved into their group. Tholme glanced at the strange man, finaly able to see him up close without anyone in the way. He looked so familiar...but she couldn't put her finger on it. "Thank's for saving my bag...and me earlier" She said cautiosly, curiously.
((Kay so who do you want the strange you man to be? Long-lost brother of oen of the girls? Someone else from a the girls' past?))
((Yeah, he could be another one of the kings children? Or he could be someone from the rebellion, like someone else that was sent to help them infiltrate the castle. I can't see him as Tholme's brother though, because she did grow up with both her parents. He could be one of the guys from Ring's gang? Possibly? There's really so much that he could be. Do you want to choose? Surpise me?))
((Choices, choices....hmmm...I have an idea!
So since I want you to powerplay him sometimes to here's the idea.
He's a half brother of Miriam's(from a different mother(He has no birthmark). Anyway he's part of this other secret group that fights the Rebelion AND the king. See this othe group wants to place someone on the thrown, someone Tholme's rebelion group disagree's with.
Anyway said boy has been sent to do the same mission Tholme and Mir have, but for a different cause...
Anyway hope that made sense....))
((Yupp! Got it. :] So just make up his character ect. as we go? and we can both powerplay him, like swich off depending on which character he's talking to/ interacting with))))
((Yeah, if you want I can write up a skellie on how he looks))
Miriam glared at the young man, she didn't want anyon else on their team, they didn't ned another perso to worry about. Miriam's team was near the back f the line as usaul so they got to watch the other teams run though the course before they got to the front of the line, Miriam couldn't quite place where she'd seen the young man before, but he was certainly someone she'd seen ebfore, or at least resembled someone she'd seen bfore