Posted by wildvine (9889 posts) - - Show Bio

"This is a story that has been told, and retold yet again. And with each telling it changes. Perhaps it is fitting that Robert of the hood has became a figure of legend. Notoriety is not something he ever sought, though it found him. And so, in my last days, I sit here to record for future generations the true story. The one that started all the stories. The birth of the legend...."

* * *

Robert of the hoods knelt quietly on his elevated perch. Arrow notched, and bow string drawn taunt. He would only get one shot at this. And it wasn't an easy shot in well light, let alone in shadow.

"Help! Someone help me!" Mary screamed as she ran semi-blind through the forest, keeping to the path more from memory then sight. Her lines were rehearsed but the panic was real. The ravenous Noble behind her certainly wasn't playing a part. If she slipped, or if Robert missed, there would be no help for her.

'If he must miss, let him hit me.' She prayed silently. She had heard tales of what the Noble did when enraged. And it would be quite enraged if it realized it was being led to a trap.

Robert sat at the ready, and blinked a drop of sweat from his eye. Willed his tired arm not to tremble. Any second now....

Mary rushed into the clearing, and immediately dove to the ground. A bee buzzed past her ear. No, not a bee, otherwise she would be dead.

Robert's arrow flew straight and true, finding its way into the demons dead heart. "AAAAAAARRRRRRHHHHH" The Noble roared as its body erupted into flame. The flames of Hell, Friar Tuck believed. The demon was quickly reduced to ash, and bone.

"Alright, that infernal noise will alert any Noble in the area. So we need to break camp post haste." Robert called down to his companion John Little.

"Aye Mister Locke, and a foine bit of shooting, I might add." Robert couldn't see John, but knew from experience he was giving the thumb of approval. A silly gesture he had came up with, and was convinced it would catch on if repeated enough.

'John and his ideas.' Robert shook his head to himself. Where did he get such notions?

"Cutting it a bit close there Mr. Locke. Any closer and I would need another earring." Mary huffed angrily.

"As if you needed another." Robert replied dryly. She wore three rings in each ear. And another in her lip. There where rumors of others, but a gentleman did not entertain such thoughts. Around the camp she was known ironically as 'Maid Mary.'

Despite her unladylike nature, or perhaps because of it, she had proven quite useful. As an information collector, and as bait. She was also a capable fighter.

"Learn anything of interest tonight?" Robert asked as they walked back to the camp.

"Learned something very interesting, as a matter of fact. Though i'll need a bit of rope--"

"About the Nobles, woman!" Robert cut her off. She did love to play her games.

"Ah, well yes actually, though its not as interesting......"

"Well?" He asked, becoming exasperated.

"I learned if you cut off the head, the body will flounder." She smirked

At first he assumed that is another lewd comment. Then it sinks home."You mean....?"

"Correct. Kill the first and the rest will follow." She said very slowly, as if speaking to an idiot.

"Any word on where to find this head?"

"Oh yes. The demon lord is expected at castle Nottingham in three moons for a costume ball in his honor. One Lord Vlad Tepes"

"Tell me, Maid Mary, do you have any lady garments in your wardrobe?"

Three moons later....

"I don't like this" John Little commented uneasily. His size might intimidate mortals, but all his strength would count for nothing in this den of death.

"Grow up you big baby. The demons ash covers our living scent." Mary whispered fiercely. She was nervous herself, and him being nervous was making her more nervous.

Their mission was to mingle among the Nobles, and find Vlad.

"Here, have some virgin blood. Aged 27 years." A Noble appeared at her side, and sniffed the wineglass with pleasure, before handing it to Mary.

"Only the best for the lord eh?" She took a sip, and pretended to savor it.

"What else?" The Noble replied, and licked his lips with a black tongue. Mary realized with some revulsion, that it was flirting with her. Or trying to. Being a Noble did not make one romantically smooth, despite the myths.

"Indeed. Twenty-seven year old virgin blood is a rare vintage." She gently lead John away before he could turn green.

"You, ulp." He gagged quietly, "You drank blood." He was dangerously close to throwing up.

"I've drank worse things." She replied cryptically. "Take deep, slow breathes, or we'll be next years beverage." she hissed, elbowing him in the side.

Other merry men were dressed as jesters, and were acting as servers.

"Fellow Nobles" A vampire clinked one long, black nail against a wineglass. "Our lord, and master, Vlad of Tepes"

At first there is nothing to see. Then a dark mist cloud drifted in through an open window, and swirled about, before solidifying into a giant bat creature that spread its huge wings theatrically. "Good ev'ning my children" It grinned, before melting into a more human form, the wings became a flowing cape. The ears remain pointed.

It seemed that a recon mission was a tad unnecessary....

"I have heard the cry of you all. This, Robert of the hood, has been hunting us, and encouraging a human rebellion? I intend to feast on him for many days. But, I suspect he is closer then you all know. A sheep among wolves." His met Mary's gaze directly, and beckoned her to him with a finger. "You can mask your scent, but not your heartbeat. You soul is a filthy thing human. Do you think it will go up at your passing? Give yourself to me, and live forever as one of my brides."

"Nooo!" John Little charged the demon lord, only to be swatted carelessly aside like a fly.

"Up here demon" Robert called from the elevated walk way, letting fly a burning arrow with his credited accuracy.

Vlad caught the arrow with one hand, and cast Mary away with the other. "I'm afraid you'll need to do better then this Mr. Hood". He gloated before the arrow exploded in his face. A gray cloud enveloped him.

Exploding arrows, another of John's ideas, albeit a more useful one. The demons were fireproof, but had a weakness to silver. And the exploding arrow had been laced with silver powder.

Robert grabbed a chandelier rope, and swung himself down at the demon lord. All around the castle chaos had ensued, as the merry men fought for their lives against the Noble blood. The screams of men, the roars of demons. Sounds none of the living would ever forget. Robert of the hoods slammed into Vlad of Tepes, and drove an arrow into his black heart with one mighty thrust. "This is for my mother, fiend!! Return to whatever hell spawned you!"

"If I must, but I won't be going alone." Vlad wheezed, as he clutched Robert by the throat, and buried his fangs into the hero's neck. The pain was intense, but brief, as the demon lord was reduced to ash, and all the Nobles fell down, stone dead. Their link to this world forever severed.

* * *

"We lost several good men that night. But we didn't realize our greatest loss till the next day. Robert, of course whiled the night away in with drink, and merry making. His men never suspected a thing. That's what he wanted, I think. He was a man with a death sentence, but still his thoughts were for others, and their happiness. He would have made a fine man of the cloth.

The next day Robert was bed ridden. It might have been he had celebrated a bit too hard, or maybe just the full impact of the night before catching up to him. But I knew. I had seen the sickness too often to fool myself. He was dying. The sickness was killing him, rather then turning him. In his last hours, while he still had strength, he let fly one final arrow. And requested he be buried where it landed. Shortly after that he breathed his last, and, I believe, found the gates of pearl. John Little watched over Roberts grave for three nights, just to be safe. But Robert stayed buried, as I knew he would.

That Summer he made an honest woman out of Maid Mary, and she became a very active member of my church. John became an inventor, as history recalls, and needs not be retold here. He, and Mary had a son about a year after being married. Named him Robin. Mischievous young lad. And quite adept with an bow. I have wrote these things in my own hand, and to the best of my knowledge, as truth,

Friar Tuck.

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#1 Posted by Pyrogram (39308 posts) - - Show Bio

OMFG

"This is a story that has been told, and retold yet again. And with each telling it changes. Perhaps it is fitting that Robert of the hood has became a figure of legend. Notoriety is not something he ever sought, though it found him. And so, in my last days, I sit here to record for future generations the true story. The one that started all the stories. The birth of the legend...."

Still amazes the hell out of me, that is so well written it scares me.

He was a man with a death sentence, but still his thoughts were for others, and their happiness. He would have made a fine man of the cloth.

Awww :'( Like that a lot ^^

Nice improvements and ending. Gloat away boy.

A pleasure the first time as it was the second time to read it miss Wildvine.

#2 Posted by dngn4774 (3178 posts) - - Show Bio

Cool Story! Why did he die instead of making a full transformation?

#3 Posted by Fuchsia_Nightingale (10180 posts) - - Show Bio

Cherry good ivy <3, more fleshed out, great job

#4 Posted by Aiden Cross (15569 posts) - - Show Bio

That's awesome, really interesting take ontthe character =)

#5 Posted by Mr_Stagger_Lee (174 posts) - - Show Bio

This one :O

Really nice improvements on it. This is so much better than the one you did for the CCC. Nice job.

#6 Posted by Pyrogram (39308 posts) - - Show Bio

@Aiden Cross said:

That's awesome, really interesting take ontthe character =)

Your on the fan fic section :O Since when!

#7 Posted by cbishop (8288 posts) - - Show Bio

@Pyrogram said:

Nice improvements and ending. Gloat away boy.

A pleasure the first time as it was the second time to read it miss Wildvine.

Only gloat I can make is that it is indeed better with an ending, but this blows away what I was thinking for the CCC. The word count was so limited that time, my thought was the only ending was to have the arrow hit Vlad the first time, instead of him catching it. Then write the "real ending" later. This is awesome. Very nice job, wildvine. Worth the wait, even. ;)

@dngn4774 said:

Cool Story! Why did he die instead of making a full transformation?

Kind of appropriate, actually. Robin dies in the real story, too. ;)

#8 Posted by RazzaTazz (9647 posts) - - Show Bio

@wildvine: Such an interesting fusion of different genres.

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#9 Posted by Aiden Cross (15569 posts) - - Show Bio

@Pyrogram said:

@Aiden Cross said:

That's awesome, really interesting take ontthe character =)

Your on the fan fic section :O Since when!

Since... forever :p I read a lot, but i hardly ever comment. Ehhh, i probably should but oh well ;p

#10 Posted by Pyrogram (39308 posts) - - Show Bio

@Aiden Cross said:

@Pyrogram said:

@Aiden Cross said:

That's awesome, really interesting take ontthe character =)

Your on the fan fic section :O Since when!

Since... forever :p I read a lot, but i hardly ever comment. Ehhh, i probably should but oh well ;p

Yes, yes you should old buddy :P

#11 Posted by batkevin74 (10858 posts) - - Show Bio

I imagine he looks like this Robin Hood, especially with the below quote. Good mash up! Quite inspiring

@wildvine said:

"Up here demon" Robert called from the elevated walk way, letting fly a burning arrow with his credited accuracy.
#12 Posted by wildvine (9889 posts) - - Show Bio

@dngn4774 said:

Cool Story! Why did he die instead of making a full transformation?

He died in the original story, so it seemed appros. Also, he couldn't change since Vlad was dead.

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#13 Posted by Mei (166 posts) - - Show Bio

Very novelesque, I absolutely love this. Some of the expressions you use here I'm gonna have to remember to incorporate into my writing as well. BumpyBoo sure can recognize a writer :3

#14 Posted by feebadger (1445 posts) - - Show Bio

This is such a great idea and your writing has just improved in leaps and bounds, lady. Hope Hollywood is reading for their next adaptation. Great work, lady :)

#15 Posted by 4donkeyjohnson (1684 posts) - - Show Bio

@wildvine said:

"Aye Mister Locke, and a foine bit of shooting, I might add." Robert couldn't see John, but knew from experience he was giving the thumb of approval. A silly gesture he had came up with, and was convinced it would catch on if repeated enough.

Ha ha ha thumbs originated from Sherwood Forest :) Curious on why you choose the name Robert as opposed to Robin, what was your reason? Not that there is anything wrong with it, I am just curious on why? :)

Excellent work!

#16 Posted by wildvine (9889 posts) - - Show Bio

@4donkeyjohnson said:

@wildvine said:

"Aye Mister Locke, and a foine bit of shooting, I might add." Robert couldn't see John, but knew from experience he was giving the thumb of approval. A silly gesture he had came up with, and was convinced it would catch on if repeated enough.

Ha ha ha thumbs originated from Sherwood Forest :) Curious on why you choose the name Robert as opposed to Robin, what was your reason? Not that there is anything wrong with it, I am just curious on why? :)

Excellent work!

This was originally a contest entry, and one of the rules was we couldn't call him Robin Hood, so Robert of the Hood it was.

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#17 Posted by tomdickharry1984 (837 posts) - - Show Bio

Coolz

#18 Posted by 4donkeyjohnson (1684 posts) - - Show Bio

@wildvine: I would almost like to see a sequel where your Nobles have made Robert rise from the dead to serve them, Robert's son luckily called Robin steps into the emerald green leggings to continue the family tradition :)

Regardless, this was very entertaining

#19 Posted by wildvine (9889 posts) - - Show Bio

@4donkeyjohnson said:

I would almost like to see a sequel where your Nobles have made Robert rise from the dead to serve them, Robert's son luckily called Robin steps into the emerald green leggings to continue the family tradition :)

Regardless, this was very entertaining

Interesting idea. Let me play with it. I was thinking of doing a prequel, to explain Roberts hate of the Noble blood.

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#20 Posted by 4donkeyjohnson (1684 posts) - - Show Bio

@wildvine: Well either way, let me know please

#21 Posted by batkevin74 (10858 posts) - - Show Bio

@wildvine said:

I was thinking of doing a prequel, to explain Roberts hate of the Noble blood.

DO it!

#22 Posted by wildvine (9889 posts) - - Show Bio

@4donkeyjohnson said:

Well either way, let me know please

Will do.

@batkevin74 said:

I was thinking of doing a prequel, to explain Roberts hate of the Noble blood.

DO it!

Okay, eventually. : P

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#23 Posted by lykopis (10746 posts) - - Show Bio

You continue to enthrall me, my dear. Your mind -- I know I said it before, but I really, really want to take a trip inside it. It would be the best experience ever. Is there nothing you can't incorporate into a riveting story?

#24 Posted by wildvine (9889 posts) - - Show Bio

@lykopis said:

You continue to enthrall me, my dear. Your mind -- I know I said it before, but I really, really want to take a trip inside it. It would be the best experience ever. Is there nothing you can't incorporate into a riveting story?

Funny you should ask that. I have been trying to merge a fairy tale with scifi elements, but so far, no dice.

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#25 Posted by lykopis (10746 posts) - - Show Bio

@wildvine:

If it's on your list of things to do -- then it will be done. Seriously, I can't wait to see that story now.

#26 Edited by TommytheHitman (3227 posts) - - Show Bio

Very interesting story, I really enjoyed seeing Robin killing some Nobles! Very interesting take on the characters.

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#29 Posted by 4donkeyjohnson (1684 posts) - - Show Bio
#30 Edited by wildvine (9889 posts) - - Show Bio

Any news on prequel or sequel?

Prequel in the works. Couple other projects to catch up first.

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#31 Posted by 4donkeyjohnson (1684 posts) - - Show Bio
#32 Posted by batkevin74 (10858 posts) - - Show Bio

@wildvine: Bumped because after re-reading it again (do a sequel or prequel...I dare you) it deserves a casual bump!

#33 Posted by wildvine (9889 posts) - - Show Bio

@wildvine: Bumped because after re-reading it again (do a sequel or prequel...I dare you) it deserves a casual bump!

Challenge accepted Mr Bat. In return, I dare you to write the sequel to the Fantastic Four mashed up origins I've been calling for for nearly a year.

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#34 Posted by batkevin74 (10858 posts) - - Show Bio

@wildvine: Oooooooooooooo nice! I did love my Mashed Up Origins universe....okay. Gauntlet has been thrown, challenge accepted, brain engaging :)

#35 Posted by batkevin74 (10858 posts) - - Show Bio

@wildvine: A casual bump which may get us both of our @sses :)

#36 Posted by wildvine (9889 posts) - - Show Bio

@wildvine: A casual bump which may get us both of our @sses :)

I forgot our deal. Okay, lemme do the Writers Guild thing, and then some Marvel Nexus.

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#37 Posted by ImpurestCheese (5183 posts) - - Show Bio

@wildvine: @batkevin74: The game is afoot. Tis a noble pact between the American and the Australian. But what of the noble Scot. Well she says and I quote (myself), "Ha ha I have my own super evil 35 piece project to complete."