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Colton Hamshire

"Final Flight" by Colton Hamshire

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A soldier defends his city against a wyvern.
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Note to reader: this is one of my earliest writings in my collections of scenes. I wrote this back in early 2007 and it shows. At least to me it does.

Final Flight

"Keep them out! Keep them out!" shouted Leon. The sound of battle echoed throughout the stairwell behind Leon accompanied with vehement curses from both the humans and hobgoblins. The human soldiers guarded the doorway aggressively, creating an impermeable wall, but for each humanoid they killed, another quickly appeared in its fallen comrade’s stead.

Leon turned his gaze out of the damaged turret’s window, the wind flailing his blonde hair about. He watched as the four wyverns flew across the gray sky, darting downward into the affray dealing death with bursts of toxic yellow gas from their mouths while their riders rained down arrows from their backs. Leon aimed the ballista at a wyvern as it flew past the tower with its black leathery wings outstretched while bellowing a loud, guttural screech, creating a squall that carried the creature’s fetid stench.

"We can’t hold ‘em much longer," shouted one of the fighters from behind as he delved his sword into one of the hobgoblins. "Shoot the aerials, Leon! Shoot them!"

"I’m trying," cried Leon.

Leon glanced over his shoulder in time to see a hobgoblin fell a human under the weight of his bastard sword. Angered, Leon focused his attention once again on the wyverns that flew overhead.

Leon watched, his fingers eager to release the projectile, but he knew an early fire would prove futile. He waited for his chance, despite the horrid cries of the dying that resounded below. Then the moment came. One of the wyvern’s riders took note of Leon and flew toward the soldier, taking a poor shot at Leon with his bow. The arrow flew wide of its target.

The wyvern, now too close to the tower, pulled upward, flying vertically along the tower’s wall. Leon waited for his window. When the wyvern’s chest became adjacent with the ballista, Leon fired the weapon. The sound of the bolt slamming into the creature’s chest echoed around Leon, and, with a spray of blood, both the wyvern and its rider hobgoblin rider spiraled downward into a small unit of the enemy, emitting a cloud of gray dust from the rubble-covered ground.

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15 Mar 2009:-) Pia Struzzieri
Whoa, Colton, that was horrible! NOT! That was one of your best. I really wish you would post ALL of your writing on here and let us read them all.
This one I liked because it just throws you in there. Not a lot of character development, but the thing is only so long. LOVED it. If you hadn’t said that, no one would have thought you had written it so long ago.
The only thing that has changed about your writing is that it has become deeper and creepier. The caliber of it remains the same, and I must say that it is very high.

:-) Colton Hamshire replies: "Well thank you for reading it Pia. I just thought that for sure that people would see this and know that it was written before all the others. I did have four other stories on my ticket but for some reason they did not get posted even though I made sure that they all had some fantasy element to them."
17 Mar 2009:-) Katie Louise Evans
Very fast paced...Im impressed 1

:-) Colton Hamshire replies: "Thanks. As you already know I wasn’t not really that proud of this piece until I posted it on Elfwood."
18 Mar 2009:-) Nick Wright
Wow! This is excellent, never doubt yourself. You should really start writting a book, you have the talent and skill. It was a pleasure to read it. 2

:-) Colton Hamshire replies: "Thanks Nick. Actually I am writing a book now, and the writing in that is far more honed than in Final Flight. I will post a couple more short scene soon, one of which I wrote yesterday."
18 Mar 2009:-) Aaron J Wood
A great read, faced paced and well-written.

:-) Colton Hamshire replies: "I love getting comments like this. When it is more than one person that says the same thing about a piece then that means whatever quality they talk about must be backbone of that piece!"
19 Mar 200945 Monique
Fantastic if a little rough, but only a bit, still phenominal work! how old are you?

:-) Colton Hamshire replies: "I’m 19. I have been reading books all of sorts since I could string letters together and reconize words. I have been writing ever since I can remember too. Thanks for reading!"
19 Mar 2009:-) Nick Wright
Good luck with your book 2 And yeah, if you could, please keep me updated with the short fight scenes, I love them.

:-) Colton Hamshire replies: "Thank you. I will keep you updated with my writing."
19 Mar 2009:-) Dante Justin Massey
great story, looking forward to checking out your other work!

:-) Colton Hamshire replies: "Thanks. Whenever you feel like checking out my other short works le tme know."
15 Jul 2009:-) Mary Ann Zachar
one dragon down three more to go...what happens next?

:-) Colton Hamshire replies: "This piece is going to be part of a much larger story in the future. It is going to be part of a trilogy I am putting together."
1 Aug 2009:-) Anna Rose
Ahhh!!! What happens next? Please tell me! I need to know! (good story otherwise)
1 Dec 200945 Steve
Nice, I like the pace. to bad an arrow took down the wyvern. Nice story though. 2

:-) Colton Hamshire replies: "Thanks. I’m glad you liked the pace. I’ll be sure to keep em coming. I have one in the works right now that is different from my other stuff on here. It’s more a Science Fiction excerpt from my second novel I plan to right soon."
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'Final Flight':
 • Created by: :-) Colton Hamshire
 • Copyright: ©Colton Hamshire. All rights reserved!

 • Keywords: Battle, Fight, Wyvern
 • Categories: Fights, Duels, Battles, Mythical Creatures & Assorted Monsters, Warrior, Fighter, Mercenary, Knights, Paladins
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