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The Next Phase: Chp2 Tooth, Claw, Bullet and Blade by WanderingGoose The Next Phase: Chp2 Tooth, Claw, Bullet and Blade by WanderingGoose

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War is complex. Anytime it seems simple or straightforward is only a façade. The faces of enemies and allies can change and the apparent nature of the situation can appear so much more different from the truth.

Picking up after the events of "The Midnight Exchange", this story is meant to tell the tale of the battle for the fate of a small rural village in a fictional Balkan country. It follows the actions and events in the lives of several characters and factions, each with their own reasons to risk their lives for victory.

Major Vassili Zorskel, right hand man of the "Butcher of the Balkans" and second in command of a formidable mercenary force, seeks an opportunity to atone for the actions of his past. Will a clear enemy allow him to clear his conscious or force him deeper into the murky fog of his own soul?

Jarek and Senka, two werewolves fighting for their home against a ruthless enemy. Will wisdom and experience be enough to save them in the face of a foe that has come prepared to destroy all who stand in their way?

Raven Team, a group of agents comprised of three humans and a werewolf. Though a tip from a double agent led them to the targeted village of Leskavac, can the actions of so few save the lives of hundreds on the brink of devastation?


My submission for WereWriter's Write-a-Thon where the theme this month was "Battle".

Preview image by Tatchit


1. The Midnight Exchange

2. Tooth, Claw, Bullet and Blade (You are here.)

3. Hometown Nowhere fav.me/d754y97

3 ½. Stolen Sun fav.me/d6xdrcs

4. The Wolf and Her Raven fav.me/d76ryvp 

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Caboose69ing Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013
Oh noes can't read it on my tablet I don't have a PDF reader
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WanderingGoose Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013  Student Writer
Oh noes! Yeah, I run into that problem a lot when I browse DA on a mobile. The story ended up being so long the only thing DA would let me do was upload it as a PDF. Hope you can catch it on a computer though.
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Caboose69ing Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013
Never mind I downloaded it and worked fine, ty for another great read
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WanderingGoose Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013  Student Writer
Cool. Thanks for reading!
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Johnithan Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Really well done story. I like the fact that you were able to include enough technical information without bogging the story down. I also like the fact that you were able to use a region that I feel is somewhat underrepresented in current werewolf fiction. Keep up the great work.
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WanderingGoose Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013  Student Writer
Thank you. Sometimes getting the balance between technical info and the story just right can be tricky but I'm glad to hear it worked out alright here. I realize now that since not many people think of this region often, it would make sense for the antagonists to conduct their "tests" there. If anything went wrong, they could hope nobody would notice. Plus it gave me a chance to show a small community where werewolves coexist with normal humans.  Thanks for reading and I hope to have more stories in this series up soon.
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QuebecoisWolf Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013
I was glad I ultimately got around to reading this.  It was a lot easier of a read than the pagelength implies and I had a lot of fun reading.
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WanderingGoose Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Student Writer
Thank you for reading and the fave. This is probably the longest deviation I've written and the posting process added extra spaces between paragraphs. I was worried the length and the character jumps would make it difficult to read but I'm glad you had fun.
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QuebecoisWolf Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013
Unfortunately, DA text editor was programmed by Satan and as a result, doesn't allow long stories.  While DA may fiddle with the art submission tool to ensure that visual artists won't lose even a pixel of resolution, writers get left out in the cold.

It's not really that long of a story (since it's really focused on one big event rather than many smaller ones) but the sheer number of pages certainly brings on "TL;DR."  Then again, this comment is "TL;DR" for a lot of people on DA...  Yes - I did notice the character jumps and having had experience with writing them, I understand the difficulty of trying to do that in a short story rather than a chapter-based novel.  While a bit jarring at times, it didn't really interrupt the narrative.
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WanderingGoose Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Student Writer

I agree, there is evil in the code and it's such a pain. I'm still waiting for them to make it more user friendly and not the demon it is to work with now.

That's true. It's just a very lengthy chapter. People find it hard to finish reading longer pieces which is an thought that always pops into my head when writing. I usually just silence it by hoping that if the story is interesting then readers will finish it. I wanted to play with telling the story of this one event from the viewpoint of both sides. Sometimes there would be overlaps in time as I showed the same moment through the eyes of different characters but it's good to hear that it didn't hurt the story even if it did odd things to the flow.

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