Bad Girl Blogfest: Not So Lady Like

Author: Anastasia V. Pergakis // Category: ,

Yay for another blogfest! This is the Bad Girl Blogfest hosted by the awesome Write Runner (Andrew). Make sure you go check out the other entries, they are going to be awesome, I'm sure!

Here is what Andrew said about the blogfest::

So, what is a Bad Girl? Do you have a female character who’s a little bit mean? Haughty? Conniving? Wretched? Does she lie? Cheat? Steal? Is she on the run from the Law? Or is she an Enforcer, dealing out Justice to those who deserve it? Bad Girls come in all shapes and sizes, from the not-so-innocent schoolgirl to the mad Empress of your fantasy Kingdom. Does she think she’s better than everyone, and that the world owes her something? Does she shoot first and ask questions later? We know they’re out there, haunting nightclubs and stalking graveyards, mixing potions and casting spells, hacking bank computers and pushing drugs, you name it. There’s no end to the variety of good-girls-gone-bad out there. Bring it on!

So, here is my entry, from "The Adventures of Ryn and Ciyme". As it always seems, this is a rough draft from NaNo 2008. I haven't gone back to it yet, as I am focusing on other things!

As she knelt to make the fire, a black horse rode into their camp. The rider sat tall in the saddle, the muscles in his arms flexing as he tried to rein in his horse. His long jet black hair was tied back with a thong and his piercing black eyes were looking straight at Ryn. She was frozen with shock and fear.

“Lady, what are you doing traveling without an escort?” he demanded. His voice was deep and rough but Ryn didn’t seem to notice.

“What makes you think I need an escort?” she said returning to her work. He suddenly was no longer appealing to her.

“All ladies need escorts to protect them from other men and wild animals,” he said matter of fact.

Ryn snorted. “Oh that’s right. Women are so stupid that couldn’t possibly take care of themselves. Go away stranger.” The wood sparked and she gently blew on it to get the fire going. She added firewood before she noticed that the stranger had not moved.

“I told you to leave. You’ll regret it if you don’t,” Ryn said.

The man dismounted, with a smooth grace that even Ryn was jealous of. “I couldn’t possibly leave you without an escort, Lady. What kind of man would I be?”

“A smart one,” Ryn said just as Ciyme came down from a tree branch.

“Ah-ha!” Ciyme yelled before setting fire to the man’s hair.

He calmly patted out the flames before pulling out a bottle of tonic. He sighed with irritation as he put three drops on his hair. Ryn was wondering how and why he had the hair growth tonic when a black dragon the same size as Ciyme flew out of his saddle bag.

He attacked Ciyme and the two tiny dragons fought in the air.

“Ciyme! Stop! Don’t fight him!”

“Molten! Let her go! Stop that!”

The two dragons stopped in mid air, looked at each other, then flew back to sit on the shoulders of their pets.

“Are you alright Ciyme?”

“Yes I’m fine,” Ciyme said out of breath.

“Now, please before anyone gets hurt. Will you just leave?”

“I told you I can’t do that.” He turned to unpack his horse.

Ryn lost her patience with the man and drew her sword. Without giving him warning she lunged. He easily dodged her attack and in the same movement drew his own sword.

Molten and Ciyme settled on the stranger’s horse to watch.

Ryn was having trouble fighting this man. He was so strong that with every block, she felt the force of it in her entire body. Her arms were getting sore but she was not going to let him win.

“Who do you think will be the victor?” Molten asked Ciyme. His voice sounded like drums beating in a flourish.

“Ryn, my pet. She’s a mean fighter and she would never let a man beat her anyway. She’ll fight dirty I’m sure.” Ciyme said proudly.

As if she heard Ciyme, Ryn kneed the man in the groin. He bent over in pain just long enough for Ryn to hit him over the head with the hilt of her sword. He fell into the dirt and Ryn quickly grabbed the rope, tying his ankles and wrists together.

“I could easily untie him,” Molten said.

Ciyme pounced on the black dragon before he could take flight. They fell off the horse and into the dirt. They rolled around for a few moments before Ryn went over and picked them both up.

“You aren’t going to do anything,” she said. She wrapped Molten up in a sac then hung him from a tree.

Then she went to investigate the stranger’s horse. As she was looking through his bags, he came to.

“Hey! What is going on here?” he demanded still lying in the dirt.

“You were beaten by a girl.”

“You didn’t stick to the rules of warfare.”

“Oh, I’m sorry. Was that not lady like? I’ll have to work on that,” Ryn said sarcastically as she continued to rummage through his things.

“Ryn! What happened here? I’m gone for thirty minutes and you tie up a man!” Y’ron said stepping into the small clearing with two rabbits in his hand.

“This pompous man insisted that I needed an escort. I tried to tell him I don’t need one but he refused to leave so I subdued him.”

“Ryn, you are the weirdest girl.”

“I know.”

Tada! I hope you like it. Ryn is definately one of my favorite characters, she's just so spunky.

20 Responses to "Bad Girl Blogfest: Not So Lady Like"

Iapetus999 Says :
May 7, 2010 at 2:42 AM

Hee hee.
Use the sword and ask questions later.
Some guys just don't take "no" for a answer. I hope he learns a valuable lesson.
Nice Bad Girl! Thanks for participating!

Roland D. Yeomans Says :
May 7, 2010 at 4:51 AM

Hey, I do like Ryn, too. She's my definition of bad girl. Tough with attitude. Donna seemed to think it meant evil through and through.

I have to like the characters I write in some fashion. It's hard to like evil. Attitude is different. That's easy to like.

I always feel the better for having visited your site, Harley.


Amalia T. Says :
May 7, 2010 at 9:31 AM

I can see why you like Ryn! Especially since she already HAD an "escort" so to speak, haha. If she had just said so, the guy would probably have left! Fun scene.

Tara Says :
May 7, 2010 at 9:35 AM

Ryn is spunky! I like her :) Such a cute scene.

Tessa Conte Says :
May 7, 2010 at 10:22 AM

Ryn is great, even if she's only Ciyme's pet.
; P

Eric W. Trant Says :
May 7, 2010 at 1:06 PM

That's a fun post. I liked the "Ah-ha!" moment when the guy's hair flamed up.

- Eric

Harley D. Palmer Says :
May 7, 2010 at 2:34 PM

Thanks for hosting it Andrew!

You do Roland? That's great! I'm glad I can make ya feel better!

Yea, Amalia - she is a fiesty one and R'av is very stubborn. He probably wouldn't have believed her anyway LOL

Thanks Tara! It is one of my favorites that's for sure. This whole novel was too fun to write!

Yes Tessa, only Ciyme's pet - Ciyme is a great too, modeled after my best friend (well it is exactly what my best friend would be like as a little pink dragon haha)

I love that part too Eric. Ciyme like I said is a bit silly and a little actress, so she really gets into what she's doing.

Haley Jo Says :
May 7, 2010 at 4:13 PM

Ryn is an awesome bad girl! This was great. And I loved the dragon.

C.J. Ellisson Says :
May 7, 2010 at 4:56 PM

Harley, I nominated you for a blogger award - though knowing you, you probably already won one. You'll get the details in an email. Have fun with it!

Dawn Embers Says :
May 7, 2010 at 6:02 PM

That was great! Ryn is amusing and someone I'd read about and you have dragons. That equals yayness in my books. :-D

And... I think my post is longer than yours. *gasps* Hard to believe I entered a longer section of writing in a blogfest than you. lol

Harley D. Palmer Says :
May 7, 2010 at 8:33 PM

Haley Jo - The dragon is my favorite too!

CJ - Thanks for the award! I'll have fun making up some more lies!

Dawn - Oh my gosh! A longer post than me!? *looks for flying pigs*

The Daring Novelist Says :
May 7, 2010 at 9:31 PM

The fight could have been more vivid, and a couple of times early on, I was confused about what I was seeing, but overall, very fun.

And I LOVED the ending. (She's "weird"? That's all he has to say? Tee hee!)

sarahjayne smythe Says :
May 7, 2010 at 10:10 PM

I like Ryn a lot. She makes a great bad girl. :)

Just Another Sarah Says :
May 8, 2010 at 12:27 AM

She really is spunky! And I like spunk. Thanks for sharing this! It was a fun read.

And I still am referring to your sidebar for blogfests, by the way.

Harley D. Palmer Says :
May 8, 2010 at 12:53 AM

Yea, Daring sorry for that. It's the rough draft so I haven't done ANY editing/revising at all. I'll post this up again I'm sure when I do.

Sarah Jayne - Thanks! I like her too. She dominates my brain a lot and I need to wrestle her to the back until I can work on her story!

Sarah - I'm glad that my list helps you! I try to keep up with all of them. I am probably missing a few as of late. Got behind reading blogs.

elizabeth Says :
May 8, 2010 at 2:09 AM

Aww! I loved this piece. The names are so endearing and very creative! Thanks for sharing. :)

Harley D. Palmer Says :
May 8, 2010 at 1:40 PM

Thanks Elizabeth! I'm glad you liked the names. For some reason these characters were really hard to find names for so I'm glad they worked out.

Tina Lynn Says :
May 8, 2010 at 8:52 PM

Rules? There aren't any rules? *smirks* Love how she got the upper hand. A girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do:)

Harley D. Palmer Says :
May 8, 2010 at 10:02 PM

Yes, Tina apparantly there are! I don't follow them either so, Ryn and I are a lot alike in that respect. LOL

Raquel Byrnes Says :
May 10, 2010 at 11:52 AM

This was creative, amusing, fun to read. I loved the interplay between them. The whole idea of dragons is great. Wonderful post, I loved your bad-girl!

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