Sneaking Around

This scene was inspired by a phrase prompt from the WriYe DreamWidth (an effective cloak for any dagger).  It’s a scene in my latest Real Fears/Dragon Age: Inquisition Crossover.  The Real Fears characters are mine… DA characters are not.


Johannes heard a noise in the corridor and frowned. His first thought was that it was one of his siblings or one of the other occupants of the castle. He padded over to the door calling, “Hello? Who’s there?”

As he opened the door. He saw a shadow move in the darkness. There was a flash of light, reflected from the moon. Acting on instinct, Johannes snapped up the hood of his cloak. He felt stinging pain in his arm and then he was in the center of light and noise. He sat down heavily as the laughter in the tavern cut off.

“Hansel,” Konrad rasped, rushing to his side. Master Dorian dropped to his knees beside Johannes as well. “What happened?” the two men asked together.

“You’re bleeding,” Master Dorian added, setting a hand over Johannes’s shoulder.

Johannes gasped as pain tore through his shoulder. Tears stung his eyes and then he looked up at Konrad. “S-someone… I heard someone outside my room. I thought it was you. When I went check, I saw… I think it was knife.”

Konrad cursed and surged to his feet. He took off, as did many of the other occupants of the tavern. The Iron Bull pointed to Johannes and said, “Stitches, see to that.”

As the healer knelt beside Johannes, it finally hit him what had happened. If he hadn’t had his cloak, he would have been killed. Before Stitches could even begin tending to his injury, Johannes was sobbing.

“Easy, easy,” Stitches said, his tone calm. “You’re all right. You’re safe now. There’s no need for that.” He continued his low patter of soothing words, even as he cleaned and dressed the wound. As he help Johannes to his feet, he said, “It’s not so bad, Goldie. You’re all right now.”

Johannes rubbed at his eyes with the hand on his uninjured side and nodded. “I’m sorry,” he said, his voice cracking. “I – Crying won’t help. I know that, but… I was so scared!”

“Crying won’t hurt either,” Stitches said, patting his shoulder gently. “Now you’ve let it all out, you can take a couple breaths and dry your eyes.” He gave Johannes a weak smile and said, “Here’s your brother back now.”

Turning, Johannes saw Konrad striding towards him. “Did you catch him?” he asked, rubbing at his eyes again.

Konrad shook his head and pulled Johannes into an embrace. “He was gone, but we found your cloak,” he said, his voice hoarse. “Thank God you have that cloak.”

“Who knew it would protect him from a dagger?” Master Dorian said, his tone wry. He gave Johannes a weak smile. “The rest of the Chargers continued with the chase. They’ll find whomever it was that attacked you, Johannes.”

“Thank you, Master Dorian,” Johannes said. He looked over at Stitches. “Thank you.”

Waving his words away, Stitches turned to Konrad. “It was long, but pretty shallow,” he said. “He’ll be fine.”

“Thank you,” Konrad said, nodding. He kissed Johannes on his brow and murmured, “Thank God you have that cloak.” Johannes didn’t feel the need to tell his brother that he’d already said that.


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