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Headshots and Pillow Fights

Bast, Vanth, and... Cereal
headshots_and_pillow_fights.doc
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Headshots and Pillow Fights


Vi threw out an arm to steady herself, nearly falling off her chair from the force of the blow.

She quickly spun around to confront her assailant, only to find herself stunned into silence.

Safely out of arms reach, something equally pink and equally terrifying stood clutching a pillow.

``I, Namah the Terrible, the Pink Terror of Sabbaton, Slayer of Nightmares, and Empress of Chaos, declare war upon you, Viriathus of the Troika, and challenge you for the title of Pillow Fighting Champion!''

``Holy shit, she got Vi!'' exclaimed a nearby Karo, punctuating the claim.

As Vi sprang to her feat, muscles tensed, her face twisted in rage, Woods massaged his brow, standing between Damon and Bill.

``Spirits, not here.''

*******


``Wengh shrevah feh?''

Bast looked up from his cereal.

``What'd he say?''

Mace twisted around to look behind him.

``He asked if we heard that.''

Irritated by the interruption, Bast glowered at the back of Mace's head.

``Heard what?''

Before Mace could answer, a voice rang out.

``What the hell!?''

The exclamation was met with a distinctly familiar shriek of maniacal laughter.

Recognition, worry, and exasperation mingled on Lillith's face.

``Oh no.''

Mace turned back to give Lilith a questioning look.

``Namah?''

Whip suddenly zoomed upward several feet, presumably to get a better view - and maintain a safe distance.

``That was definitely her,'' said Kalei.

``Yes,'' interjected Bast, ``but what is she doing?''

``Causing trouble for the fun of it,'' replied Lillith.

Kalei smirked.

``Certainly sounds like she's having fun.''

``And it sounds like the `fun' is getting closer,'' muttered Mace as he returned his gaze toward the commotion.  ``Whip, do you see anything?''

Whip narrowed his eyes.

``Meh - ``

Abruptly, Namah skidded around the corner of the rock wall, insane grin on her face, clutching a - a pillow?

Lilith jumped to her feet.

``Namah, what have - ``

``Not enough time!'' interrupted Namah.  ``Brace for impact!''

``Impact - ?''

Namah started listing off names in rapid succession.

``Karo, Bobby, Igrath, Indi, Digo, Tia, Scinter, bunch'a guys with names I forgot - ``

``What - ``

``Oh, and Vi - I got her first.''

Mace scrambled out of his seat and quickly backed away with fearful eyes.

``Vi!?''

Namah glanced over with a bemused expression.

``Yeah, I got her first.  They should all be - ``

``VRENGEH-SHROO!'' shouted Whip in pure terror.

The kids focused their attention behind Namah to witness Vi sprinting towards them at breakneck speed.

Namah deftly dropped to a knee and flung her pillow at Vi like a shuriken.

Vi deftly caught it in midair, not slowing a bit, pupils narrowed to pin pricks in pure rage.

Now every kid was up, scrambling for cover, with the exception of Bast, who merely stood up, arms folded.

Unperturbed by her attack's failure, Namah pivoted and launched herself toward Bast.

Bast only had time to widen his eyes in surprise before Namah roughly grabbed him by his scarf and swung him around, shoving him in Vi's path.

``Protect me, Prince Charming!''

Suddenly taken by overwhelming anger at her manhandling, Bast raised his fist to strike - girl or no.

Before he could retaliate, Vi swept him aside, pillow smashing into the side of his head and sending him flying.

He landed on his ass, looking up at Vi incredulously, anger washed away by surprise.

Vi took no notice and leapt onto a table, pointing her pillow at Namah.

``You think you can handle me? You're going to regret it, kid!''

Namah rolled to a stand, snatching a pillow from a nearby bunk.  She faced Vi with reckless confidence.

``Ha!  I think I can handle one flat-chested tomboy!''

The crowd following Vi - some to aid her in battle, others to spectate - halted in their tracks, expressions of anger or amusement morphing into those of horror.  Did she just say what they thought she said?

Bast looked on in confusion.

Suddenly a pillow flopped into onto Bast's lap.  His eyes turned upward to see Mace standing over him, handing pillows to Lilith and Kalei while Whip floated nervously above.

``Mace - ``

He was interrupted by a howl of pure, unrestrained rage.

Mace fixed Bast with a look of deadly seriousness.

``If we have any hope of surviving this, take the pillow and prepare to defend yourself...''

He glanced over to see Vi leaping through the air.

``...assuming we have any chance at all. Once she's gone Vi-zerk, there's no reasoning with her.''

Karo's voice carried over the sounds of battle.

``We're so screwed!''

*******


Nainso observed the fighting from a safe distance, Power active.

While he would like to think that some level of professionalism would be retained, enough so that none of the Troika would dare to involve him in such childish behavior, caution was always the wisest course.  Based solely on the wild ferocity of Viriathus, he couldn't count on reason to prevail.  Plus, there were the children to consider as well.

Indeed, hiding was the best option, his Power rendering him invisible to all while maintaining a safe distance to avoid wayward pillows.

Dilligence settled himself several meters away, so that he wouldn't give away Nainso's position, should someone decide to actively pursue him, however unlikely that may be.

He took a sip of coffee, blue eyes scanning the battlefield.

Academic curiosity flared within, compelling him to take careful note of the unfolding chaos.  He must admit, it was indeed fascinating, seeing a wide variety of individuals - from resistance fighters to bookworms, grizzled middle-aged men to young teenagers - engaging in a classic childhood pastime with the seriousness of a wartime skirmish.

Teams formed almost immediately from the onset.

Namah naturally roped her sister into it and, despite his anger at being used as a living shield, Bast's devotion to Lillith won out and he joined the sisters' alliance.  Following natural course, Kalei, Mace, and Whip too joined, though the latter two left for safety soon after.

Nainso doubted that it was cowardice, but rather since they had the unique experience of engaging in pillow combat with Viriathus in the past, decided to let her fight the others first, perhaps in the hope she would eventually tire out or be defeated by another.

Karo and Rumour attempted to ally themselves with Viriathus, but soon learned the true nature of this ``Vi-zerk'' he heard so much about - Rumour and several other Troika were disabled within a minute, with Karo barely escaping.

Yet his relief was brief.  He ran into an unexpected adversary and fell to a head shot delivered by no less than Robert Fredericks.

Nainso had never seen the young man so... alive.  While he always bore a positive attitude, he was typically calm, his cool demeanor serving him well on his excursion to the Archives.  But now he sported a child-like grin, bellowing out a battle cry as he made the dubious decision of choosing Viriathus as his next opponent.

Maybe he was just caught up in the moment.

Didn't help, though, Viriathus felling him in short order, though far more gently than her previous victims, a minor benefit of his friendship with her.

Nainso's eye was drawn to a curious development, a new team that appeared nigh unstoppable.

Igrath, flanked by Indi and Digo, bulldozed through those still standing.  In a frightening display of deadly efficient symbiosis, the twins acted as Igrath's eyes, directing him to potential targets, warning him of incoming threats, and fighting off any who dared to approach.

The remaining Troika fell before their leader, while the twins delivered gently finishing blows to an unfortunate Kalei, who dropped to the floor laughing at the absurdity of -  

No, she was laughing because -  

Two blurs - pink and green - dove from beneath a table toward a defenseless Igrath.

A trap!

Indi and Digo exclaimed their dismay and ran to aid him.

Namah had already climbed atop him, darting across his shoulders, delivering numerous blows about his head.  Igrath roared with laughter as he attempted to dislodge the pink demon while Lilith stood nearby, striking at his legs occasionally, keen to keep her distance from his colossal feet.

Igrath took a swing - it might - No!  Another ruse!

Through calculated distribution of blows and her own placement upon him, Namah had goaded Igrath into a wild swing -  

Nainso winced as Indi (or was it Digo?) received a face full of pillow.

Before her twin could respond, the previously trepidatious Lillith launched a sudden strike and took her by surprise.

Unable to dislodge his younger niece and without his bodyguards, Igrath fell to the ground and declared surrender.

Namah stood atop her prize in an exaggerated triumphant pose -  

 - and then Mace promptly jumped from the shadows and gave Namah a gentle bap on the head.

Betrayal!

Namah's expression of shock and disbelief was priceless - Nainso couldn't help but chuckle.

``No, my title!''

Lillith made to avenge her sister, but suddenly ran into what appeared to be a flying pillow.

As it flew away, Lillith stifling giggles as she lay on the floor, Nainso spotted a thin blue tail trailing behind it.

Mace beamed at his victory.

His smile disappeared as a shadow loomed over him.

He looked up to see two pillows as they raced toward his face.

Woods and Damon waved cheerily at Namah.

``Don't worry, Namah - we avenged you!'' shouted Woods.

Huh, where was Bill?

A quick scan of the area revealed no trace of the third tower guard, naught but his green hat, lying ominously on the ground.

Meanwhile, surrounded by fallen comrades, Bast and Viriathus were engaged in an epic struggle for domination.

Nainso couldn't believe what he was seeing - someone was actually putting up a fight against her!

Woods and Damon exchanged knowing glances before creeping up toward the dueling couple.

Bast saw their approach and shifted his tactics, maneuvering the oblivious Viriathus between himself and the approaching guards.

Taking the opportunity, the two leapt forward.

Viriathus spun around to face them with uncanny speed and struck with dual-wielded pillows.

Bast took the chance to grab a second for himself, but instead of turning to face Viriathus, he launched it at Whip, who had been hovering high above, waiting for an opportunity to strike.

Bast's aim was true and Whip fell several feet.  The little guy let out a squeak of frustration; he was out and Lillith was avenged.

Not daring to take a moment to savor his kill, Bast dove for Virathus, who was just finishing up with the guards.

She was fast, but, by some miracle, Bast was faster.

Her visage of shock was even more profound than Namah's.

How had she let herself be surprised twice in the same day?  By children!

She must be having an off day.

Bast stood over her, pillow in hand, and raised it above his head in victory.

Scattered applause greeted him from amongst the fallen, including an enthusiastic whoop from Namah.

Bast couldn't help but grin.

Nainso noticed that this was the first time he had seen the teen smile.  It completely changed the young man - he actually looked his age for once.

Abruptly, Bast pitched forward and fell upon Virathus, who let out a brief exclamation as he crushed the air out of her.

He swiftly rolled off her to look up at his assailant.

Bill casually flung his pillow over his shoulder and acknowledged the defeated warriors with a cool gaze.

After a wordless moment, he strode over to where his hat lay and gently replaced it upon his head.

He turned to regard the speechless crowd of losers.

``I, Bill the Tower Guard, Slayer of Badasses, and the only Dreamkeeper to ever defeat Namah at her own game - twice - accept your surrender and declare myself Pillow Fighting Champion.''

Namah rolled on the floor laughing while the rest remained silent in awe.

``Care to explain what is happening here, Nainso?''

He jumped, spraying coffee all over himself.

Nainso turned, sputtering, to see Scinter, taking in the carnage with a featureless expression.

Viriathus answered him first.

``We're so screwed!''

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Flight
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Flight
Originally submitted to DeviantArt on October 29, 2017.  DeviantArt description below:

" WARNING:  This story contains very mild language.  Really, this is my tamest story thus far.  I labeled this submission with "Strong Language" just in case one instance of "hell" and one instance of "badass" counts; better safe than sorry.

>While taking place in the Dreamkeepers universe and featuring the cast of the Graphic Novel Saga, there are not any real spoilers beyond the fact that all the characters involved happen to be in the same location at this point in the series.  However, to get the full impact of the story, you should know the characters before hand, which requires not just reading the publicly released pages of the GNS, but also the Prelude webcomic.  Technically, you should at least be familiar with the "Death by Pillow" Prelude Arc to get the theme of this story.

This is my fifth--and final--entry in the 2017 Dreamkeepers Halloween Fanart Contest.
The premise:  Namah, for reasons unfathomable to mortal minds, decided to instigate a pillow fight at Troika HQ by goading Vi into battle.

Just in case you are wondering, this takes place some time shortly after Volume 4.

I've actually had this idea in my head for a long time, ever since I read the "Death by Pillow" Prelude arc.  I've always wondered how a pillow fight involving the GNS cast would play out.  I for one believe that it would provide an excellent opportunity for some great character interactions and add a bit of lightheartedness to the typically dark GNS.  Yes, I know there have been lighter moments in the series, but I'm thinking of something more "sustained" than the brief bursts of comic relief that fill up the space between the constant heartattack situations the kids keep getting into, like a mini-vacation for the kids.  Plus, I just love character interaction in general, especially when characters are thrust into situations that they are completely unprepared for.  What could be more unexpected than a random pillow fight?

Seeing as I had yet to attempt a story geared toward the "funniest" category, I decided to take a crack at it, with this idea at the core.

However, I faced several problems.

First, in contrast to my other stories, which I wrote and edited on and off over the past month, this story was started and completed today (I originally wasn't planning on making a fifth entry).  Therefore, this story is my least polished entry--please forgive any spelling/grammar mistakes!

Second, that damn word limit.  Have I mentioned that I hate the word limit?  I just barely managed to get this story within the limit, forced to severely trim the intro I had planned for the story.

Third, I suck at writing character interaction.  It always seems to work so well in my head, but it quickly falls apart when I put it to paper; this is multiplied ten-fold when I try to write for characters that are not my own.  Thus part of me is actually grateful for the word limit this time--it gave me an excuse to focus on simple descriptions of the action while avoiding getting into detailed interactions and dialogue.

So, I took a shot at it.  Probably not my best shot, but that's what I get for waiting until the last minute.

Regardless, I hope you enjoy the story, and any constructive criticism would be greatly appreciated.

DISCLAIMER:  The Dreamkeepers universe and all characters featured in this story are owned by Dave & Liz Lillie.

Final note:  Dave, if you read this, please consider putting in some kind of pillow fight in the GNS at some point.  Pretty please? :D


This is the last submission I made to the 2017 Halloween Contest and my last upload for now.

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Published: 3 months, 3 weeks ago
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