Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Amazon Warrioress In Talbot's Peak

Mid-June howls and yowls, shapeshifter lovers.

Recently I saw a news story about ancient Amazon women... and that's what partly inspired today's flash scene. However, the scene will have to be continued next week, since once again I find myself under the weather.

HEADLINE-SNIPPET: "2500-Year-Old 'Wonder Woman' Found on Vase
Jun 5, 2015 by Rossella Lorenzi
A 2,500-year-old predecessor of DC Comics’ Wonder Woman super heroine has emerged on a vase painting kept at a small American museum.
Drawn on a white-ground pyxis (a lidded cylindrical box that was used for cosmetics, jewelry, or ointments) the image shows an Amazon on horseback in a battle against a Greek warrior.
Much like the fictional warrior princess of the Amazons, the horsewoman is twirling a lasso." ~news.discovery.com/history/archaeology/2500-year-old-wonder-woman-found-on-vase-150605.html~


Amazon Warrioress In Talbot's Peak

Kazmyra tightened the reins on her battle mare, a signal to rear high. Mightily swinging her blade -- half the length of her body -- Kazmyra slashed through three of the monsters tentacle-arms in rapid succession. The giant beast with the face of squid and protruding teeth like daggers had been about to capture, then crush her.

High-pitched screams of rage pierced Kazmyra's ears as she spun her mare away from the thirty-foot beast's charge. The defensive sounds were meant to stun her into helplessness. But failed.

She was Amazon.

Circling her courageous mare, Kazmyra aimed her lance, and hurled it for one of the squid chimera's hearts. The true strike caused the monster to writhe it's serpentine yet bulky body in agony and fury.

Swiftly using her superior strength and reflexes, Kazmyra sliced through three more of the razor-clawed arms with her blade as the red-eyed beast attacked. She whipped her mare to one side, barely avoiding the knife-long teeth targeting her face.

Galloping the mare in a wide circle around the flailing monster, Kazmyra sheathed her blade, and gripped her trident-shaped weapon. The ugly color of a leaden, storm-green sky, the beast followed her movements, twisting into the appearance of a misshapen vessel.

Kazmyra positioned her arm, preparing to throw the dagger trident -- embed it in the most vulnerable spot on the murderous chimera. With an enormous hiss, and striking like a cobra, the squid monster sprang, a tower of slithering muscle.

For an instant in time, all Kazmyra saw was the evil brilliancy of its red eyes, the gargantuan beast's intent to devour her whole -- then, the intent to celebrate her death by regenerating its arms...by terrorizing the surrounding villages with ever more ferocious attacks -- with more loss of life.

NO! Welled up inside Kazmyra like the force of a geyser triumphant over rock.

For, she and her Amazon sisters had arrived to  rescue the villagers from the monster's torment. She could not fail in her warrioress task.

Sighting the soft spot of flesh between and just above the beast's red glowing eyes, Kazmyra expertly flung her small, three-pronged weapon. As if all motion ceased, she watched the barbed prongs sink, then dig into the gelatinous gray tissue.

Again, hideous screams rent the air, and the vile odor of the dying monster moved around her like black oily clouds. Kazmyra backed her mare away swiftly, then reined her toward the arch of rain-cloud trees.

Bolts of lightning from the squid chimera crackled and streaked past her as she and her mare raced for the safety of the jungle. Close to breaching the arch of trees, suddenly a blast of white light enveloped Kazmyra. Her thoughts ceased as if she'd been beheaded.

The clattering sound her mare's hooves running on a hard surface was the first sensation Kazmyra experienced as she regained consciousness. Seeing an unknown world with odd compact buildings, and strangely dressed people, she immediately pulled her mare to a halt in the center of a roadway, and scanned her surroundings.

Stunned, Kazmyra stared at bizarrely built wagons of several different types. They disgorged goose-like honks, seemingly aimed at her. As she realized no animals pulled them, alarm sparked through her.

Where in the Goddess's sacred world was she?

Even though she had adventured throughout various lands, facing down the most horrendous of enemy soldiers, the most dangerous beasts the gods and goddesses had conjured in their floating vessels... yet, nothing! Nothing compared to what Kazmyra observed now.




Wishing you love and passion on the wild side ~ 


Savanna Kougar ~ Run on the Wild Side of Romance


Pat C. said...

She'd better not wear that leopard-skin outfit in certain neighborhoods of the Peak. Just sayin'.

Just had a thought -- what if she ran into those drunken stallions from the Bar Derby? Bet she could saddle-break 'em in nothing flat. Or hook up with a feisty warrior-mare? (But not Ripley. Ripley only answers to Merry, and then only when she feels like it.)

Savanna Kougar said...

True about the leopard skin... but she didn't slay it, only recovered the skin after the animal was deceased...

Anyway, some good ideas, Pat... Her TP hero hasn't shown up yet... but hopefully he'll show up for next week's flash scene.

Serena Shay said...

Oooh, good thing she appeared in Talbot's Peak rather than some other town. Peakites won't be frightened by her Amazon appearance, they'll love it! :D

Savanna Kougar said...

Yep, it is. But the Goddess does work in mysterious ways. ~grins~