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        Run.

         Cold, damp air seeps through skin to bone. Soil stained soles pound along a winding, barely-there path among the trees. Trees. A laughable word for behemoths that, at the smallest, is four times as wide around as she is. Swaths of leaves shape a dark green expanse, blocking out nearly all of the sky. The light that does find a way down is weak, pinpricks suffocating in the umbrage. This is a true weald, dark and deep.

        Run.

         She wishes she could deviate from the path; delve into the endless shadow and hide. A ruinous wish. Thin strings threaded with countless trinkets crisscross all empty spaces. This is old magic, learned from the spiders to catch those that stray. One step, one trip, one stumble off of the path is certain death.

         Run.

         The wind kicks up, sending a song silver and bone flitting from giant to giant. She almost shivers. No wasting precious energy; on her trail are things darker than the surrounding blackness. She would not flee otherwise, for she is great and terrible in her own right. Behind are worse creatures. Behind are terrors tall, nameless, and without constant form. They should be whispered about only when the sun shines bright. They are coming for her.

        Run.

        Her breaths are short and hard, the bottoms of her feet torn and raw. She knows she cannot run forever, but this is no battle looming overhead. It is a slaughter waiting to pounce. Salvation lies with escape. Her only hope is to

        Run.
Wow...a story with no adverbs (at least, I think I edited them all out). That was tough but it was also a good challenge and I had a lot of fun!
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The Chase by Ladygentlemanbastard is a quick paced, well described vignette that will get your blood pumping. ( Suggested by GazeRei and Featured by brennennn )
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batglasses Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2016
Very nice!
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Ladygentlemanbastard Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
Thank you!!
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StrangeWandering Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, this blew me away. Very good and it transitions through the story so well for the challenge you had. It was very intriguing for its length and leaves you wanting more or at least imagining the various possibilities. Very well done! :D
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Ladygentlemanbastard Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
Eek, thank you very much for the kind words! I loved the challenge and am glad that I was able to do so much in so little space. Love 
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JWA2277 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
And well done :hug:
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Ladygentlemanbastard Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
Thank you again!:D (Big Grin) 
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JWA2277 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
:hug:
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LeviaDraconia Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2016  Professional General Artist
:deviantart: Congrats on the DD! :heart: :deviantart:
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Ladygentlemanbastard Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
Thank you so much!:happybounce: 
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LeviaDraconia Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2016  Professional General Artist
You're welcome! :)
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invader-zim42 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2016
Silver and bone...I never thought of the sound that way, but it makes perfect sense.
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Ladygentlemanbastard Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
Oh good! I was hoping. :D (Big Grin) 
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theolivethief14 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2016  Student General Artist
What a challenge, indeed!! Great work!
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Ladygentlemanbastard Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
It was! Thank you so much!
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AngelicDragonPuppy Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Oooh, love this! Don't suppose you'll ever write anything related? There's so much enticing stuff in here. :D
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Ladygentlemanbastard Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
Thank you! I don't know that I ever considered doing so before, but now that you have mentioned it, I just might!
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AngelicDragonPuppy Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Even if you don't, I'd love to hear some more of your thoughts on it! :D
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ThunderStars199 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
This is really good! Congrats on the DD!
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Ladygentlemanbastard Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
Thank you very much!!:happybounce: 
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SlowpokeIsHappy Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Reading this thrilling piece about a blood-pumping pursuit and then reading your profile description on how you love to run is both ironic and comprehensible. Well done on the DD; glad I found you!
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Ladygentlemanbastard Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
Haha, you know, I had never actually thought of that before! Thank you so much for your kind words!!Love 
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SlowpokeIsHappy Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Absolutely!
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Bomberhead67 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2016
That was a thrilling little snippet!
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Ladygentlemanbastard Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
I am glad you enjoyed it!:D (Big Grin) 
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LindArtz Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wonderful work! :clap:!!   Congratulations on your much deserved DD!  Enjoy the limelight. :)
Congrats on DD By Marphilhearts by LindArtz
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Ladygentlemanbastard Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
Thank you very much! This has been a lovely way to end today. :)
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LostGryphin Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing work - Congrats on the DD
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Ladygentlemanbastard Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
Thank you very much! :D (Big Grin) 
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watercoffe1222 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2016  Student General Artist
Damn deep
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Ladygentlemanbastard Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
Thank you! I had a lot of fun working on this.
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Lunessia Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Congrats on the DD! :heart:
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Ladygentlemanbastard Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
Thank you!Heart 
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Lintu47 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Congrats on the DD! :DALove: by Ikue
Have a nice day! :love: by CookiemagiK
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Ladygentlemanbastard Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
Thank you! Love 
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My Pleasure (1) by daniya-ART
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TheFoxyEccentric274 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2016
WELL worth a Daily Deviation. Well done!!! :clap:
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Ladygentlemanbastard Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
Much appreciated, thank you so much!
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Asylums-Impulse Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
"She almost shivers. No wasting precious energy; on her trail are things darker than the surrounding blackness." 

Love that line.
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Ladygentlemanbastard Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
Thank you very much! 
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