Good Deed for the Day

This is an excerpt from my NaNo. It’s not so much inspired by the phrase prompt (Let a good man do good deeds.), but I felt it fit well with the prompt.


Eoin had to wonder how many of the shadows the apparition was able to summon at one time. It seemed that there was no end to them. No sooner had he taken care of one, when there was another to take its place. Worse, they were preventing him from actually reaching the apparition that was the focus of his attack.

Growling, Eoin leapt upward to land on a tree branch. He paused there for a moment, looking for an opening of some sort. When he spotted it, he leapt again. This time, he landed just feet away from the apparition that had summoned the shadows.

“The battle isn’t going well, little captain,” the man said, his tone teasing. “What will you do now?”

A low growl escaped from Eoin and, without really meaning to, he had lunged forward to catch the man’s arm in his mouth. The apparition let out a howl of pain and rage. He began trying to shake Eoin free, but Eoin held on with both arms and his teeth. He tasting blood and growled again.

Behind him, he could hear the battle turning. Somehow, against the odds, the insane ploy was working. The apparition was too distracted by the attack to keep up his own assault. Then, Eoin heard a cheer and the apparition growled in frustration.

He charged the nearest thing: the gates of the fourth division. Eoin cried out as he was slammed against the hard wooden surface. He crumpled to the ground and the apparition vanished before the defenders could reach him. For a moment, Eoin said on the ground, stunned. Then the gate beside him opened and he looked up to find Captain Desmond frowning at him.

“Captain Finnegan,” he said, his tone one of frustration. “What are we going to do with you?”

Eoin gave a weak laugh. “Tend me I hope,” he said, reaching up to rub at a knot that was forming on his head. “That hurt!” He managed a glare when his words were met with laughter.


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