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Hero's Dilemma 35
         EPILOGUE
    Downtown Argent City was alive that day with the hustle and bustle of any grand metropolis. Only quality public transportation kept the streets from being completely congested with so many vehicles, chugging about all through the day.
    From amid the cars that did travel the streets, a black SUV with tinted windows pulled into a parking lot and soon came to a stop. The passenger door opened, and Paragon stepped out onto the pavement. He was well accustomed to driving, and to being in his hero suit. However, the two did not overlap often.
    As Sycorax stepped out of the car, Paragon turned to the chauffeur. “Thanks for the ride. I would have just flown, but it's not stable enough for two adults and two toddlers, you see.”
    The chauffeur, a tattooed man who could have passed for a body guard or club bouncer, only nodded in agreement.
    The parents each took one of the chi
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Hero's Dilemma 34
         Chapter 9, part 7
    Paragon's head jerked back from the impact, and the henchmen let go of him, letting his body fall to the ground.
    Their leader didn't wait around to watch, however. He was already walking for the far door, giving not a second thought to the man he had just shot.
    “We have to hurry,” he said as the other two hastened to catch up to him. “The witch surely already knows we're here. We have to act fast.”
    One of the two took the lead, and reached for the doorknob. But as she did, her breath became visible as an icy mist. They looked at her. She hesitated, then removed one glove and placed a hand to the door. A fractal pattern of white frost spread out across the surface of the door.
    “But I thought--” she began, then looked at the other two. They looked from her to each other. Then, slowly and as one, they turned. Paragon stood not ten fe
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Hero's Dilemma 33
         Chapter 9, part 6
    As they slowly made their way to the door, Paragon stood where he could keep an eye on them.
    “There we go,” he said calmly. “No sudden moves. Let's all walk out of here and get back to our lives. Sound good?”
    But as the first of them stepped through the door, Alpha Leader made his move. In one swift action, he drew a hidden boot knife, pulled Father Gatti close to him, and put the blade to his neck.
    Paragon turned the gun at him. “Let him go, creep!”
    Hearing this, the rest of the intruders stopped their departure, and waited to see how this would pan out. Perhaps the mission was not a failure, some thought to themselves.
    “Don't worry, Paragon,” Gatti said, sounding less worried than the situation would merit. “He won't do anything.”
    “And what makes you think that?
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Hero's Dilemma 32
         Chapter 9, part 5
    Paragon walked quickly through corridors lined with paintings and marble busts of Sycorax's ancestors and other great witches. While there were images both of men and women, the women seemed to be more numerous. He was reminded of how Sycorax had told him that witch magic comes more easily to women than to men, and that men often did other things with their lives, using simple cantrips as a practical utility to support their otherwise mundane occupations, while their wives and sisters were more often the ones to become great enchanters and conjurers of the arcane. They healed the dying, foresaw the coming of heroes, and burned armies to the ground.
    She had told him once at a party that it was Claudia, the ex-wife of the Roman emperor Nero, who had burned Rome. Later, she had her former husband killed, for he had had a number of affairs, and treated her very poorly.
    Overhearing this, a friend p
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Hero's Dilemma 31
         Chapter 9, part 4
    Paragon hurried quietly down the hallway. He had been forced to abandon his magnetic boots, as they would have made too much noise on the castle's stone floor. But with the sword earthbound, they would have been of little use.
    As he reached an intersection in the hallway, he heard footsteps approaching from the hall to his left. Pressing himself against the adjacent wall, he waited.
    There were two of them, and they were moving faster than the ones that came to his room. They weren't searching, they were converging; meeting up with the others to surround their target.
    The first one didn't bother looking down the hallway where Paragon waited. The second one glanced to his left and then to his right, just in time to see Paragon leap out and grab him. Before the man could even gather his wits, Paragon grabbed him by the collar and started punching him repeatedly across the face.
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Hero's Dilemma 30
         Chapter 9, part 3
    "What do I do?" he asked aloud. "What do I do?" His pulse was racing, and his breath became rapid.
    Footsteps on the cobblestones alerted him to the enemy's approach. He could hear other doors being opened systematically, each followed by a brief, whispered note.
    Hefting the massive blade, he stood in wait behind the door. It was poor choice of weapon for one reduced to natural strength, but a room shared with children rarely provided alternatives.
    The footsteps slowed and became softer, as those they came from approached more cautiously.
    Paragon strained to lift the sword as the door creaked open. He could see them through the crack between the door and the wall; three men carrying assault rifles of some sort, and moved like SWAT or military personnel.
    As they stood just behind the doorway, he heard a click and a beep-- the sound of a walkie talkie. He
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Hero's Dilemma 29
         Chapter 9, part 2
    Once she had gone, he went to look out the window. The retribution troopers finally managed forced the door open with a shattering of ice crystals. Four of them-- clad in black and red body armor and re-purposed military gear-- hopped out and approached the front door. One of whom was carrying a portable battering ram.
    Before they could reach the door, Paragon held out a hand and trapped them in a force field.
    Just as he contained the first four, however, ten more figures emerged from the frozen vehicle in rapid succession. Two teams of three broke off from the group, each sprinting in a different direction to circle around the sides of the castle.
    Paragon wanted to capture them too, but he couldn't do so without releasing the first four. Before he even had time to think of a plan, the six were gone.
    But the last four still stood by the copter. One carried himself w
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1) finish Hero's Dilemma.
There is no reason it should take me a year to finish the last bit of a chapter I started a long time ago.
I need to finish it this year.

2) improve drawing skills.
I'm currently working on a simpler drawing method, and I'm trying to figure out if I should continue Outcast Kingdom, or start making a comics version of Hero's Dilemma (including some scenes and continued stories not in the written story)

3) get Outcast Kingdom on track.
Well that went quite exactly as I had expected. But I may be able to continue it (see No. 2)

4) 1 new short story every month.
This, too, went as expected.

5) get a job.
I did get a job, so there's one decisive success.

6) feel accomplished.
No, not really.

7) kickstart something
Not yet, but I've made progress.

8) (insert obligatory improve health resolution here)
Things are going pretty well in this field as well.

So the final score is 2/8. That sounds bad, but I don't think resolutions should be about numbers, but progress. In fact, I think I've gotten more out of some of the failed resolutions than some of the successes.

But I have hope for 2017. I think good things will happen this year.



and as always, Don't Forget To Be Awesome! \(^▽^)/
  • Listening to: Critical Role (D&D show on Geek & Sundry)
  • Reading: (and editing) Hero's Dilemma
  • Playing: Minecraft
  • Eating: Cereal

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Rainbow-Acey Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hey hey :aww:
just wanted to say Happy Thanksgiving 2015 NaNoEmo - #12 Turkey La
kind of early but why not spread some festive happiness your way anyways :dummy:
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Willdabeast-0305 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks, Acey!
And a happy Thanksgiving to you, too!
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Thanks for the fave. :dummy:
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Willdabeast-0305 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
No problem : )
It's a wonderful picture. I'd like to see her in concert some day, too.
Keep up the good work!
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Thanks for the fav! :hug:
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No problem! Keep taking great pictures : )
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Zimeta Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congratulations on the DD! :D
Thank you for sharing the story with me. :3
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Thank you for recommending it for DD! I've never had a Daily Deviation before (I don't think), and I've been getting a lot of positive feedback from it! I'm so glad more people are getting to enjoy it : )
And thanks! I'm glad you liked it.
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