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PostSubject: Trouble always comes in pairs of two Sat Jun 03, 2017 10:05 pm

There's a little bit of devil in the way she looks

She hardly recognized the stubborn breeze getting through her black hair, the sound of waves hitting the shoreline when all her expressive green eyes could do was looking over the horizon. Way back this was training ground, way back her body adjusted perfectly on the unsteady sand underneath her feet, way back she had nothing. Now, she had it all, a husband, a son, a village, an army if she wanted it. But somewhere underneath all that love for this still lurked that vengeance she so badly wanted.  And if she thought about it she felt her chest rise with the hatred that belonged to the face she wanted dead. It wasn’t often that she stood here looking over the water and thinking back to those days, to what she lost before she gained everything. Gunnvor took a little of her lower lip between her teeth, overthinking things before she turned back to the village and left everything on that shoreline. It was one of the few things she suppressed just enough that it would almost go unnoticed.

When she walked back through the village she payed attention to the details, seeing how much could change on a amount of time she know how much people could want things. It looked like only months when Rigas took his spot as earl over Skagerrak, paying just enough attention to the people she could eliminate every possible treat that could come his way. She didn’t only had to look to the high ranks Vikings, also something simple as a farmer could have a play in it. Sometimes she had  the urge to follow Freyr everywhere, just to be sure he was paying attention to. But on that level, she just had to let him go into his own world.

She stayed in front of the great hall, leaning against one of the wooden poles while she looked to a young boy. When gazes crossed he looked away, down to the buckets he was filling before he threw her another look and walking a little further into the shed. How many people would be watching, conspiring, spying? She grew almost paranoid, she lost a whole village to an attack she didn’t saw coming, that wouldn’t happen a second time. And if he could look at her, she could do that to him, looking how we tensed under her stern gaze he wasn’t used to all of this. She tilted her head, narrowing her eyes when he disappeared into the shed. She pushed herself back from the pole and walked in only to feel that lingering touch on her back again. Gunnvor turned around, looking how the boy followed a man, an armed man. What was Skagerrak up to?

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PostSubject: Re: Trouble always comes in pairs of two Sat Jun 03, 2017 11:11 pm


People were people, something that would never change. They needed someone to follow, to say what they had to do and help them with the smallest problems. How was it possible that some of them were so...stupid. Earlier that day, they’d asked Rigas for his help. Something with the ships. Not one of the big ones, but a smaller one. In good faith he went to the docks, but wanted to turn around right away. There was indeed something wrong with the ships. ’There is a hole in the middle,’ he said calm, but with a deep voice. ‘We know and that is-’ Rigas didn’t let the man finish. He had no time for that nonsense. ’If there is a hole in you ship,-’ he pointed towards the ship. ‘-, you fill the hole. It’s as simple as that. You don’t need me for that, there are special people for that kind of problems.’ The man nodded a few times and tried to say something, but Rigas turned his back to him before he could.

He lost an hour of his day for what? A stupid problem. Sometimes he was too kind. He wanted to help everyone, but that was not always possible. Something he still had to learn. People were taking advantage of that. Rigas was learning everyday and everyday it went better and better. If it has been busier that morning, he wouldn’t have gone to the docks. But he did and he had to walk all the way back, losing more time.  

When Rigas entered the great hall he caught a glimpse of Gunnvor before she disappeared again. It made his eyebrows rise and he couldn’t help but follow. For him it was normal behavior. He liked to know where she and his son where all the time, but sadly enough that was impossible. When he caught up with her, Rigas gently placed his hands on her shoulders using a little pressure. He did his best not to scare he. When her mind was somewhere else, he could tell. ’Something wrong?’ he asked softly. While he was speaking, he didn’t look at Gunnvor. No, his eyes were looking forward, trying to see if something was going on there.  
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PostSubject: Re: Trouble always comes in pairs of two Sun Jun 04, 2017 12:10 am

There's a little bit of devil in the way she looks

The longer she looked the more she thought there was something at hand, causing her curiosity to kick in and even more her temper. She hated it when she saw things she could explain in a proper way. The boy wasn’t the problem, the fact he always looked over to her was the problem. And Gunnvor liked to see problems solves. She couldn’t solve the one when she was much younger, she would solve it now if it came on her path. The only thought that men like Harald would burst in here, taking her life and that of Rigas in front of Freyr was something she dreamed about more than once a month. So if that boy looked at her in that way, and it wasn’t to admire her beauty, she had to know why. But just as she wanted to intervene the boy disappeared in the shed and Gunnvor saw herself again as someone who saw to much in the little things around her.

But when she wanted to walk in she felt it again and this time that set of eyes sneaked away with an armed man. Gunnvor looked into the great hall before she turned around and walked the steps back off, over the square piece of ground into the village of Skagerrak itself. The way she walked, the careful steps, her alert senses said little enough, she wasn’t taking a stroll; she was prepared for whatever … or nothing. At least her conscious would be clean on the end.

But that wasn’t the only thing she noticed while following that boy and that man from a distant. The boy often looked around and Gunnvor paused or hided, either way, she got approached by somebody from behind to. She held still on the market square while the two of them started to collect some things. Gunnvor placed her body a little out of sight, getting whoever behind the change to catch up. When she felt the two careful hands on her shoulders she stopped walking. ‘You can’t sneak up on me.’ She always felt him, his eyes piercing in her back, his breath down her neck, his footsteps; it was always something that gave him away. She didn’t look away from the boy and the man before he asked her if something was wrong. She breathed slowly in, turning her head and looking over her shoulder to him. ‘How many people do you thing walk around in this town thinking they could overthrow you?’ She asked, looking back to the boy and the armed man, it wasn’t a fit, she saw that right there. She laid her hand on her own shoulder where his hand still laid, shortly squeezing his. ‘I saw something, but I’m not sure what I saw.’ She said it more to herself than to him. She rushed out of her thoughts and turned her body half, looking up to him. ‘Surly you have other things to handle.’ Rigas was often busy, sometimes it were things he didn’t liked that much but it needed to be done, that came with the rank. She just didn’t want to take away his time over her idea of seeing something. Fairly, she just wanted to pull that boy by his hair with her and interrogate him, but for now she dawned the line just there.

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PostSubject: Re: Trouble always comes in pairs of two Sun Jun 04, 2017 12:07 pm


He shouldn’t have sneaked up, that was true, but he didn’t want to startle the others. His eyes immediately found the two other people, the boy and the man. ’Only making sure everything is alright,’ he said to her. Rigas always carried his sword with him. You could say he felt naked without it, but is was also out of safety. You never knew when you would be in need of it. It were dangerous times.

When Gunnvor asked how many people wanted to overthrow him, a small smile came on his face. Rigas wasn’t scared of that. He’d loved a good battle to the dead. ‘I believe there are a lot of people that think, they could do it,’ he said, answering her question. If they wanted to try, they could, but he would make sure they were meeting death rather sooner than later. Rigas was confident enough. He had killed a lot of people during his lifespan and had fought a many battles. If a new one had to come, he was ready for it.
Rigas looked at Gunnvor for a second when she said to have seen something. ’What did you see?’ If she thought something was suspicious, he wanted to know everything about it. He shook his head when Gunnor said he had other things to do. ’They can wait, right now we have this thing to take care of.’ Maybe it was nothing, was she seeing things that weren’t there, but even than Rigas wanted to know that was the case. His gaze was still focused on the small boy and the other man. Did he knew them? Surely he’d seen them walking around in the hall he didn’t knew their names.
’You want me to go talk with them?’ he asked her. Rigas was a man of respect, not some savage beast. He was not someone to act first and asked questions later. Only if there was no other choice than immediate dead.
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PostSubject: Re: Trouble always comes in pairs of two Sun Jun 04, 2017 1:19 pm

There's a little bit of devil in the way she looks

At his words she couldn’t do anything else than softly laughing. ‘You were following again.’ She reacted gentle on his words, turning her head to look up to him with a small grin on her lips. ‘Don’t deny it.’ She followed, giving him a short kick with her elbow in his stomach; he wouldn’t even feel it properly. He just never could resist it, knowing where she was, looking at boys in this case. Not in that way but still, Rigas loved to know what she was doing and where she hang out. Half the time that was the way of fighting, that particular subject.

People who passed by looked at him, the both stood there, she leaning against a wooden wall, he still standing behind her, focus on that market like the biggest thread walked around. Really, it wasn’t, it was just her imagination on seeing things that weren’t there. When he spoke his eyes still rested on the two people where she looked at for quite some time now. She looked back up to him. ‘Thinking is enough.’ She reacted, looking back. ‘Can’t effort to lose twice.’ She murmured for her own. It would always be her biggest fear, losing him and Freyr on the same way she lost both her parents. She hardly showed it to anybody, frankly, nobody knew about her past except for those to people, him and her son. When he asked what she had seen she turned her body half, facing him but also looking over the market. ‘Felt watched, not in the way the most watch at me, more,’ she looked away back to the boy. ‘like he was keeping an eye on me. He disappeared into a shed, when he came out and thought I wasn’t looking he pulled a man out.’ She nodded to the both of them. They were collecting fruits but it didn’t match, right? When he asked if he should go talk to them she frowned her eyebrows. ‘Is there something to talk over? For all we know I’m wrong and that’s a reputation I rather not have.’ They looked harmless, walking over that market. Gunnvor shook her head, not knowing what she needed to think about it. She saw a threat everywhere, something that would haunt her. But in some way she just couldn’t shake that feeling how that boy looked at her. Like he wanted to learn her every move, to learn the patterns she had in her life or at least wanted to learn how it worked around here. ‘You know them?’ She asked after a while, looking back up to Rigas who still stood behind her, looking over the market with that same concentrated look she had earlier …

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PostSubject: Re: Trouble always comes in pairs of two Sun Jun 04, 2017 3:39 pm


If Gunnvor thought something was off, he believed her, even if it was nothing. Better safe than sorry. That’s why he looked after her so carefully, why he followed her yet again. If something would happen to her, Rigas would not forgive himself or anyone else. He smiled as he heard his wife’s words. ’Sometimes I think you know me better than I do myself,’ he said amused. Rigas could be a pain in the ass. He wanted to have control over almost everything, was to protective. But the last was only out of pure love. Love and respect.

That their were people who wanted him dead was nothing special. You had them everywhere and always. Rigas couldn’t blame Gunnvor for being afraid he would die. Without saying a word he looked at her. He let his head rest softly against hers. ’When have we, together, ever lost?’ he asked her. ’I promise you, I’ll not let that happen to you again,’ he tried to reassure her.

Rigas wanted to know exactly why she was following the kid. She said he disappeared in the shed and came out with another man. What was that man doing in the shed…’ he asked himself. It was a weird situation if you’d ask him. ’I’ll use my good looks and ask them about the fruit, they seem quite interested in them.’ Rigas got the feeling the two were only standing there, hoping  they would be left alone. They did a poor job at that he must say. He narrowed his eyes when they met the ones of the kid. The smaller boy looked away as fast as he could. It was nothing out of the ordinary, many people looked away when meeting his gaze, but mostly that was out of respect.
’I do not,’ he said honestly. ’The more reason we should talk with them.’ Rigas moved places, standing now next to Gunnvor.

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PostSubject: Re: Trouble always comes in pairs of two Sun Jun 04, 2017 6:09 pm

There's a little bit of devil in the way she looks

Rigas forgot sometimes how much she payed attention, certainly when it came around him. He was maybe the one following her but she watched him as much as he looked out for her. It wasn’t a surprise, that he showed up here, out of nowhere. When he told her she knew him better than he knew himself she smiled, giving him a promising look. ‘I know you better than you know yourself. What do you think I’ve been doing the past years?’ She was teasing him, it was all written over her face. But as soon as she looked back her attention focus back on other things, things that were a little more important. That those two idiots still noticed her and Rigas she didn’t understand. If someone was staring at her she knew it in an instant, or maybe that was just Gunnvor, always paying attention, something those two apparently didn’t do.

She didn’t asked the question to turn it back to her, and yet it did. It wasn’t that she was terrified for it to happening again … yes, she was, a little. She truly didn’t believe that the gods would do that to her so she tried not to think much about it. Back then she was just a young girl, now she was so much more. Rigas his look changed a little, she looked away and closed her eyes when he rested her head against hers. ‘Never.’ She whispered. Knowing he was right she opened her eyes with another kind of look, her more confident look. She looked back to him, her distinct green eyes studying his face while he made her that promise. Just looking long enough gave her ground to stay on, with him around, she truly had nothing to fear. ‘Hopefully it never comes to that.’ She replied, not for her sake, not for his and certainly not for Freyr his.

Telling Rigas all of it and seeing him thinking about it just said enough, he took it serious, and not in the kind of serious to ease her doubt. He said something, not really for her but more for himself. But she thought back at it to. They could easily take a look at the shed later, hoping not to find something disturbing so close by the manor. When he said he would use his good looks she couldn’t help but smiling. ‘Don’t know it will work on them.’ She honestly said, looking down to his sword he carried around always, just like she had the dagger. The boy noticed Rigas, looking away, tensing even more while he said something to the man aside him. Gunnvor brought her hand at her back, touching her dagger to reassure herself it was there. Gunnvor pushed herself away from the wall when Rigas came to stand aside her. ‘Let’s talk then. Maybe my good looks will do the trick.’ She turned around her own body, giving him that deadly grinn before pointing her attention elsewhere. Although, she had a temper in this kind of stuff, Rigas was a lot more patient. When they started to walk the boy looked back at them, panicking even a little but not moving, knowing that if he would run Gunnvor wouldn’t be hesitating to tackle him down.

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PostSubject: Re: Trouble always comes in pairs of two Mon Jun 05, 2017 7:56 pm


Ho yes, Gunnvor definitely knew her husband. ’Hmm… looking beautiful?’ Why was it that good moments always came at bad times. He wanted to spent time with Gunnvor, but the boy and the man made sure he couldn’t. Who knew life was so unfair sometimes. For a moment he had made eye contact with the smaller boy. If he was in some kind of complot, could he punish him? He was but a child, probably doing what his parents told him to do. If Rigas would ask Freyr to do something for him, the boy would probably do it.  

Rigas didn’t want Gunnvor to fear for his life. He didn’t want her to live in fear for she shouldn’t. The Gods stood on their sides, he felt it. As long as that was the case, they were safe. When Gunnvor looked at him, he looked back with soft eyes. For her, he would go through fire, cross the deepest seas and climb the highest mountains. Just to make sure she was happy. ’I’ll make sure they won’t even dare to try anything, starting with those two,’ Rigas said. He removed his eyes from his wife and back to the two people that were still at the market.

Talking with the two couldn’t hurt, could it? Of course there was a chance they would run, but where would they go? As long as they were in Skagerrak, they couldn’t go anywhere. So the plan was set, talking it was. According to Gunnvor, his good looks wouldn’t help, but she offered her own. ’I’m sure that will do the trick,’ he said smiling.
Rigas waited for Gunnvor and when she was ready, he approached the boy and the armed man. ’Good day you two,’ he greeted them. The look Rigas gave the two was different from the one he gave Gunnvor. Much more distant, cold even. He went straight for the food at market stall, looking at that so the two wouldn’t feel attacked right away. At the meantime his right hand was resting on the sword he carried around his belt.


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PostSubject: Re: Trouble always comes in pairs of two Mon Jun 05, 2017 8:43 pm

There's a little bit of devil in the way she looks

Looking beautiful … she squeezed her eyes a little amused together and looked over her shoulder back to him. ‘Bad timing husband.’ He knew it himself. It surly didn’t stop her from smiling. There came always something in between of them, every little bit of good time got interrupted by his duty as an earl. Maybe if she didn’t had obsessed over those two earlier she would have time for him, although this was also time together, it was a more work related kind of spending time. Ever since he got earl everything was a little different, harder. Gunnvor never complained about anything, she stood aside him being his support through everything they would throw at him. Freyr had a little trouble in the beginning but seeing how he was grown now they only could be proud.

Rigas had his way of reassuring her. Everything coming out of his mouth, on that tone settled her restlessness. He would do literary everything for her and he only could say her that by the look he gave. She locked her eyes with him and nodded with his words before she looked back to the two men. ‘Makes you a fantastic earl.’ She began, pointing on his dedication to keep her and everything else safe. ‘But even a better husband.’ She stroke her finger shortly over his beard before turning back to the two boys, or rather the boy and the man. Knowing the boy watched her already she wasn’t entirely sure if her good looks would do the trick, at least not on him. She pushed away from the shed and walked after Rigas, being him the leader she always was just after him out of respect.

The more they approached the more the boy tensed, the armed man stayed rather calm but he annoyed himself over the boy. Rigas greeted them while Gunnvor walked a little past them, looking over the fruits in the market. Everybody was looking, it wasn’t often that and the earl and his wife were on the same place with that kind of looks. She looked stern, her typical neutral face but Rigas, he looked impressive, in the bad way. ‘You know staring isn’t that decent.’ She began, looking over the weapons the armed man had, a sword, a dagger. ‘I wasn’t starring.’ The boy answered. ‘What were you doing then?’ She asked with a short smile, and it wasn’t a sincere one. He looked down, anxious and Gunnvor nodded, like she believed him. He didn't answer. The boy tugged his shirt down and Gunnvor let her eyes slide down to his waist, seeing something that was way to valuable for him to walk around with, a dagger, and a very nice one. He covered it, little to late. Gunnvor looked to Rigas, changing looks without words. Maybe it wasn’t some past catching up with her, but just thief’s, she only wondered what they were hiding in that shed if it was indeed what she thought it was. ‘Little to late to hide that.’ She pointed out. Did he do it for his sick father, or just because he wanted to. Her eyes traveled to the other, who had his hand resting on his sword.

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PostSubject: Re: Trouble always comes in pairs of two Wed Jun 07, 2017 7:05 pm


He smiled when hearing the words said to him. Being a Earl was not always easy, but it was for his family he would always keep fighting, no matter the cost. Hearing Gunnvor telling him things like that, would only let him fight more fiercely. sadly enough, there was no time and they only saw each other then for work. Rigas was determined to make time for her, after their problem was dealt with. Hopefully sooner than later.

When they came to stand with the two others, Rigas greeted them, before turning to the food. It wasn’t that he was interested in it, but so he gave Gunnvor the chance to asked questions. Out of the corner of his eyes, he was looking at the scene and he noticed the knife that boy was carrying.  
Rigas turned back to the boy, ignoring the other man. Maybe he would provoke him that way, if he was protective over the boy that was. It took only a few steps for him before he was standing before him again and went through his knees so the was on eye height. ’Tell me little man, what is your name?’ he asked him. Rigas looked him straight in the eyes and didn’t want him to look the other way. If he would try, he was going to take him by the chin, forcing him to look. Rigas liked kids, but not that one, he was to suspicious. ’My name is Rigas and that is my wife Gunnvor, but I think you already knew that.’ While speaking he pointed first at himself and then at Gunnvor.
He didn’t talk different to the boy than he would with other man. No way he was going to be all nice and loving towards that child. When you thought to be old enough to carry a weapon, you were old enough to be treated as a man.  He wasn’t always a loving and caring man himself. At the other hand, he hoped that the whole situation was not what it looked like, that everything was just fine and normal.

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PostSubject: Re: Trouble always comes in pairs of two Wed Jun 07, 2017 8:06 pm

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There was a huge different between the little boy and the man. Gunnvor learned Freyr always to be honest, to have respect; this boy didn’t do both of two things. He just was a stubborn little man, being anxious but not submissive to either one of them. And Gunnvor hated dishonesty more than something else. It was something her parents learned her from the very beginning and still was a base for everything. Her relationship was based on honesty; her status here was based on that. She never lied once and here she was, facing someone who found it way to easy to do. She felt a certain urge to teach him a lesson. The other man on the other hand was calmer, but he couldn’t bare the fact that Rigas and Gunnvor were so focused on the boy and not looked over him.

When Rigas decided to get in between Gunnvor pulled a little back, watching how her husband came to stand before the little boy, leveling with his eyes. The boy tensed, a lot, knowing this was an earl and not just somebody else. He looked at Rigas, just stubborn enough to not look away when Rigas asked him a question. ‘Jora.’ He answered. Gunnvor reached for his side, pulling the dagger out. The other man laid his hand on his sword and Gunnvor gave him a neutral look, warning him in some way before she studied the dagger. It wasn’t something she recognized immediately. When Rigas introduced them the boy looked away, up to her. ‘Can you explain this to him?’ Gunnvor asked, giving him the dagger back while pointing towards Rigas. But the boy did nothing except for looking to the dagger. ‘You’re a thief?’ She asked, little less patient then before. The silent treatment, really? Gunnvor gave Rigas a short look before she looked aside to the man. ‘He steals weapons to get back home to Uddevalla.’ The other one spilled. That was fast, Gunnvor frowned her eyebrows and looked back to Rigas. ‘He is helping me.’ The boy pointed out. They started to argue and Gunnvor grabbed the dagger. ‘I should chop of your fingers for steeling and your tongue for talking so easily in hopes you get away with it,’ she began pointing from one to the other. ‘Luckily I’m not the earl.’ She offered Rigas the dagger. Although she wasn’t sure if his words would be any better than hers. Looking at the both of then the little one was the brain after everything and the big one the body. She would love to see what was hidden in that shed.

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PostSubject: Re: Trouble always comes in pairs of two Thu Jun 08, 2017 8:30 pm


People had gathered around them to watch the scene that was going on. No one wanted to miss it. They were smiling, some yelled when they saw the knife, but not out of fear. More out of anger, they wanted blood, even if it was for a stupid thing like stealing. Some men and women were savage. Not something new he had to say. At the end of the day they probably got what they wanted. If you do not punish people when they do something forbidden, more would do it.

The boy was called Jora or so he said. Rigas believed him and he decided to say nothing about the knife, but Gunnvor had a different plan. She took the blade and asked for what it was, if he was a thief. There came no answer from the boy. ’Did you Jora?’ Rigas asked but it was the armed man who spoke. So he wanted to go back to Uddevalla and therefor he needed weapons? Weapons he had to steal. Slowly Rigas was shaking his head.

Rigas looked at Gunnvor when she started threatening the two, even pointing the knife at them. ’Or we could cut of only Jora’s thumbs, I like to see him steal or hold a knife without them. And maybe his middle fingers too,’ he treated the boy, but it was no more than that. The child was too young and did probably just what he was told to do. But not everyone was. By straightening his back he stood up, turning his body to the man with the weapon. Rigas set a few steps forward, so his body was almost touching the other. ’Tell me why you would need to steal to get back to Uddevalla, I can show you the dirt beneath the exit of Skagerrak if you want to leave oh so bad,’ he hissed to the armed man. When Rigas talked, he looked directly at the man. The knife Gunnvor had handed over to him was turning between his finger, making sure the armed man was not forgetting it. ’Either way, you can come with us, we have some fingers to cut of but I fear everyone wants to watch,’ as he said that he gestured at the crowed.


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PostSubject: Re: Trouble always comes in pairs of two Fri Jun 09, 2017 10:05 pm

There's a little bit of devil in the way she looks

That Jora wasn’t willing on listening to her she didn’t understand in some way, she was just the Countess, she came from another village. Not everybody knew it but the rumor got around that she was Rigas his prisoner before she became his wife. But when Rigas asked him again she saw that boy flinch a little under the look Rigas gave him before the other man spoke. Uddevalla was well known for their weaponry, the only possible way he needed weapons to get in was because had a death to pay off, or the task to deliver this over. A nice dagger like this was a nice way to do it, using a child his innocents for it also. Although that child wasn’t really reliable material, he was still a child. For which they couldn’t do much other than teach him a lesson with words. Being a mother she knew all too well how to play that game.

The people who came to stood around were eager on some justice. Throwing words towards the boy and the man, to Rigas and Gunnvor, claiming they saw and knew more. But if they did … why never come around to tell? Where she was threatening them Rigas got on with it. Gunnvor stood aside the little boy, hardly resisting the little tug the corner of her mouth wanted to make with his words. Jora tensed, backed away but Gunnvor grabbed him around the back of his neck, holding him right on his place. ‘You should try it sometimes, now you have a thumb to still practice with.’ She whispered without looking down to him. No, all her attention laid with Rigas who now turned to the man, the causing problem after all of this. Next time he would need a little hand he should pick someone out who wasn’t so anxious to get caught. Only Jora always staring at Gunnvor had betrayed their whole plan to get back to Uddevalla.

When Rigas spoke she felt the tone in his voice even impact her, she loved him angry or threatening just like this. In this way she still admired him a great deal. ‘I needed to pay of something first.’ The man started, looking over to much to the dagger Rigas turned between his fingers. He swallowed and on that point Gunnvor saw he started to fear for the decision Rigas would make. He feared the earl. Rigas broke his calmness, just with a few words and a look. ‘Cut of his fingers!’ Somebody yelled after that Rigas suggested that the crown wanted to watch. ‘Kick him out without hands.’ Somebody else yelled. And then saying they were brutal sometimes. Gunnvor held Jora on his place. ‘You come away with a warning little man but to be sure, you maybe want to see the rest to.’ She said, squeezing his neck when he started to protest to get away. Freyr had his moments but he was never like this, kicking and yelling. ‘You’re next if you don’t be still.’ She warned him shortly. Her eyes went back to Rigas, giving him just that little nod. Whatever decision he would make, she would back him up always, till death separated them.

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PostSubject: Re: Trouble always comes in pairs of two Sat Jun 10, 2017 5:35 pm


Everyone was so eager to know what was going to happen. They liked the tension that was hanging in the air, the knowledge that blood was about to be spilled. Rigas gave Gunnvor a fast look. He knew they made a strong couple, for they trusted each other and would always support the other. That was what made them powerful.

Rigas knew that Gunnvor would accept every choice he made at that moment. She even warned the boy, that he could be net if he didn’t shut up. But for now he was safe, it was the armed man that was their target.’Someone hold him down,’ he yelled and almost immediately people came forward, grabbing the man. The man didn't even had the time to fight back, to react. Some others cleared a table for the items laying on it. The man his hands were pushed on it, while he yelled and tried to get away. Rigas walked towards him with the dagger in his hand. That was the last time the man tried to steal something, he was sure of that. ’I do not tolerate stealing cockroaches,’ he said while walking to the man. ’Cockroaches do not belong in Skagerrak!’ Rigas slammed the dagger in in the table, right next to the man his head. ’Go and run back to uddevalla when this is over.’ The got pulled out of the wood again and you could hear the man plead for mercy he wasn’t going to get from the Earl.
The man had his hands crawled up like fists to protect his fingers. It made Rigas sigh. He had no time for playing games so he forced the hand open, grabbing the tumb for that was the finger he was going to lose. And then the blade disappeared in the man his hand, cutting through flesh and muscle, hitting the bone but eventually going through is also. There was a lot of blood and it was only the first one he was going to lose. When the finger got loose, Rigas pulled it off and held it in the air. ’That was number one,’ he said to the man.

You could kill someone. You could cut of someone’s hands or fingers to make him suffer, but Rigas believed it was better to let the man still have some fingers left. It would make him believe he could still do things, but he would be very limited. He will try to do everything and then fail. Frustration would take over and he would hate himself for what he had done. That was were Rigas was going for with his action.

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PostSubject: Re: Trouble always comes in pairs of two Sat Jun 10, 2017 9:44 pm

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Despite the fact they all wanted to see this from up close there was nobody really coming any closer. The respect of certain fear for their Earl kept them at a proper distance. Gunnvor held her sharp green eyes pointed on the surrounding. There could be always somebody disagreeing with wat they were planning to do, get some kind of in between in the work the earl was doing and the man. It was her task to keep an extra set of eyes on the surrounding for Rigas, while it was his task to punish the man who was stealing from Skagerrak. It maybe wasn’t the biggest village, it sure had by the gods his strongest leader.

When Rigas commanded for somebody to hold him down the blacksmith of the village was the first one to come forward, eager to get a finger himself by the looks of it. It wouldn’t be a surprise that one of the weapons came from his workplace. Jora started to protest again and Gunnvor signed by his many attempts to get free. He didn’t give up, she had to admit that. The noise of products falling down while they cleared a table made Jora keep still again. Gunnvor looked down to him, by the growing fear in his eyes. ‘Is he family?’ She asked without looking away from him. The boy only shook his head while his eyes got pulled towards the hand of the man. Rigas turned in the earl everybody feared deep inside, his voice rose under the treats he shout out. When he slammed that dagger down on the table Jora startled under her grip. When Rigas pushed that hand open and grabbed for the thumb Jora slowly looked up to Gunnvor. ‘I’m not gonna do it again.’ He promised on a small tone. ‘You gonna watch, so you remember at least what happens if you,’ her voice faded, looking how Rigas raised that dagger before cutting it right through that thumb. A scream filled the market place and everything was completely silent in the moment the man started to beg for his life. Blood started to drip over the edge of the table, Jora stood frozen aside her. People started to murmur when Rigas showed that first finger. Gunnvor grabbed Jora his hand and forced his fist open. ‘Count them well Jora, you can easily loose one when you’re not cooperating. Where are the other weapons?’ She asked, shifting her hand from his neck to his shoulder while looking to him. ‘The shed, berried.’ He whispered, hardly looking to her. He was looking at Rigas.

Gunnvor looked to her husband with the same coldness he showed in the moment. Her father used to solve everything in piece, she became the hard kind of a leader because of Rigas. Before she met him, cutting of fingers as a punishment wouldn’t be something she would disgust over, now she looked at it like she did it herself. It was that man his own damn fault.

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PostSubject: Re: Trouble always comes in pairs of two Sun Jun 11, 2017 4:19 pm


Was he overreacting? Maybe. Did he care? Not at all. Justice was served and he hoped the gods would be pleased with it. He hoped this would be an example for the other people. If something like that happened again, Rigas would make that person suffer even more.
While he was cutting of fingers, he could hear Gunnvor interrogating the small boy. They couldn’t forget about him. By only watching what was happening, he would be punished. When you cut of someone's finger, it wasn’t a pretty sight. There was a lot of blood and Rigas his hands were covered in it.

After he had cut the finger of and showed it to the people around him, he almost wanted to give it to the boy. After looking to Gunnvor, he gave Jora a look. But the boy was almost shaking. Rigas knew he had to look at what was happening, his wife would have made sure that he did. It would be real torture for the boy if he had to hold a finger, so Riges decided not to do it. He was cruel in his ways, but not that cruel. The boy was young and he had learned his lesson. He didn’t need to be a broken child for the rest of his life. So he looked back at Gunnvor, giving a small nobd. She was doing the right thing at that moment.
Rigas himself look back at the man that tried to stay strong under the pain. ’Hold this so you get a glimpse of how life without them is going to be.’ He squished the thumb in the man his leftover fingers and closed them so he would not let go. But it had only be the first one, they still had to get rid of the second one. The Earl moved to the man his other side and grabbed the next tumb. He did the exact same thing as before, but he only whimpered, not screaming as before. The crowd still went crazy, they seemed to love it.

’And it is done!’ Rigas yelled while straightening his back with the last thumb in his hand that was covered in blood. He looked down at the man that laid there and didn’t even tried to run away when people released him. The thumb had no use to Rigas, so he threw it to the once armed man. ’Let’s throw them out now,’ he hissed while looking to the boy from the corners of his eyes. The kid would also be thrown out.

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PostSubject: Re: Trouble always comes in pairs of two Sun Jun 11, 2017 6:29 pm

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Rigas knew his limits, she knew he wouldn’t go to far despite the fact the people were cheering for this kind of punishment. Behaved the people like their earl, by the looks of it nobody was disgust by what Rigas now did. It wasn’t really an exception either, there were worse things to do with a man that was stealing. He would live … in the end, he would be able to tell about it afterwards. His life would be harder but that was just the whole point of this kind of punishment, so he got a daily reminded of what he did and how Skagerrak punished him for it.

When Rigas told the man to hold on to his own finger Gunnvor could nothing else than pulling the corner of her mouth up for a moment, he could be so savage. Jora looked shocked towards the finger the man held. He was hardly struggling against the men holding him down, he accepted his faith as it was. The worst is that he tried to put it all on the boy, and look at this, he got the biggest punishment. Rigas looked shortly over to her, to the boy, giving a small not that Gunnvor didn’t replied before he got over to the next hand. It wouldn’t be fair if they gave him one whole hand so Rigas chopped of his other thumb to and the didn’t even yelled. Jora started to look pale when he saw all the blood, the both fingers and the hardly conscious man. ‘If you steal from an earl it is only fair that we steel from the ones stealing.’ She said, looking down to the boy. Her voice was flat, her face stern as always. Giving him some consolation, he would remember it for the future. The people cheered when Rigas said it was done. He threw the man his own thumb and he could hardly catch it as it was. When Rigas announced to throw them out he looked shortly over to the boy, Jora looked immediately up to Gunnvor. She only smiled, not the nice one. ‘You really thought to get away with only this?’ She asked him a little amused before turning her attention to the people while Rigas pushed the man forward. ‘Take this as a reminder we are kind, but not to the once who think they can overrule your earl.’ She said, letting her sharp green eyes slide over every single soul who was watching. ‘Get back to your jobs, playtime is over.’ And she pushed Jora after the man towards the nearest exit of the village.

When they arrived there she let go of the kid and grabbed for the sword of the man. ‘Don’t think you have the change soon to use this again so.’ She pulled it out, letting her eyes rest on the shiny surface of it. ‘If you reach Uddevalla and somebody asks, just tell them that Rigas doesn’t welcome traitors into his land.’ She casually stated, giving the both of them a smug grin. They both kept standing there, like there was more to be done. ‘Go on, run along.’ She gestured like she was talking to a set of dogs. Jora sure behaved like one, running like a maniac, leaving the crippled man behind. Well, it looked like he had to do it all on his own now.

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