A Song Of Bryce & Tyler : Part Three

“Hello again!”

Bryce did not immediately hear these words, it was the shadow of the wonderfully buff Tyler that alerted her to his presence.

His distorted physique temporarily obscured the words she was reading and she furrowed her brow in frustration.

Bryce had eagerly made her way to the coffee shop so she could read more of the epic fantasy story. The chapter she was presently on involved The Bursteads.

They ruled the South side of Earthykinda. The current ruler used to share ownership with his twin brother. Their father unable to choose between them and with no one able to remember who came out their Mother’s vagina first (there were not medical records in fake olden days) he decreed that on his death both shall rule.

However siblings do quarrel, Bryce certainly knew that as she always used to argue with her sister. It therefore became untenable for them to rule the land together.

To avoid a civil war a solution was found. The land would be split in two and one brother ruled the left side and the other the right.

Internal peace ensued and the inhabitants of the South would either be a Left or Right.

Then one day, without any warning whatsoever, one of the brothers died. Poison was suspected and suspicion fell upon the families who ruled the other regions.

This unexpected event did of course mean that the surviving brother took full control over the south. From what Bryce could work out he was a Right Burstead and his name was Tultell.

Tultell Burstead had two children, a son and a daughter, named Campleat and Ullter respectively. They were now fully grown adults and Bryce had just read that they ‘love each other’ when Tyler had once again interrupted her.

She thought it was sweet that these two siblings loved each other. Bryce could not remember once such a declaration of affection from her sister. When they were growing up it was more ‘I’m telling mum’ and ‘You’re a skank’

Bryce looked forward to reading more about how loving and respectful two siblings can be towards each other.

However, she was acutely aware that would not be happening during this lunch break, on account of Tyler’s persistent chattering.

She looked up from her tablet and smiled at him as he begun to regale her of tales of sports and gym.

Having abandoned any hope of reading any more of the book she rested her hand on her chin and listened, staring intently into those dark, dreamy eyes.

Yet her mind was still very much in Earthykinda and as Tyler told of the latest battle on the football pitch she imagined him on the field, knee deep in mud slaying hordes of an advancing army.

A detailed account of his gym session was replaced with images of him bare chested, training with gladiators. His muscles rippling as his hefty sword crashed down on to a sturdy shield.

Her brain conjured a further vivid image of him walking towards her, beads of sweat glistening of his chiselled body which bore the scars of many battles won.

When he noticed her a broad smile appeared on his face as he drew closer. What would he do when he reached her? Kiss her? Wrap those muscular arms round her petite body to bring her closer into him.

Bryce instinctively ran her fingers across the bottom of her lip. The chatter in the coffee shop had become mere background noise.

She looked up at Tyler whose lips were moving indicating that he was still talking. In her mind, Knight Tyler drew closer to her.

He was inexplicably walking in slow motion – this was her fantasy, could her brain not speed things up? Hurry up! Get to that triumphant moment when the Knight would kiss her.

He was only inches away, Bryce could almost reach out and touch him. Then she felt him…It was not Knight Tyler taking her in his arms but Real Tyler placing his hand on hers.

“Hey, are you okay?”

His words and his touch transported her out of Earthykinda and back to the monotonous reality of a coffee shop during lunchtime.

His hand was still on hers and she nervously retracted it.

“You seem to disappear for a moment there.” Tyler said with a laugh.

Slightly embarrassed, Bryce giggled and replied “Sorry! Daydreaming!”

“Nothing wrong with dreaming” he responded “What were you daydreaming about?”

Bryce lowered her head in embarrassment and could feel her cheeks go red “Nothing” she said into her lap “Just silly stuff”.

“Well, maybe you can tell me one day” he said, rising from his seat “I got to go. I’ll see you around.”

Bryce watched him as he walked out of the coffee shop. She shook her head in embarrassment before noticing him looking at her through the window.

She gave him a nervous wave and in the back of her mind a voice called out “See you soon my Knight”.

A Song Of Bryce & Tyler : Part Two

“Dammit”

Bryce shot out of bed and rushed towards the shower. She inwardly cursed herself for taking full advantage of the snooze button on her alarm.

To be fair the manufacturers should put a limit on how many times you can press the button. Perhaps after about two or so the electronic aid should take on the role of a responsible adult and just starting shouting ‘GET UP!’

Bryce feared this might happen, she had stayed up particularly late to catch up on reading the new novel ‘The Barbarian’s Wizard’s Wars of the Dragon’s Sword’

The inquisitive yet dreamy Tyler had interrupted her from starting it so she had read into the early hours of the morning. She would have carried on but her eyes and brain conspired to call it a night.

Emerging from the shower wrapped in only a towel Bryce picked up her tablet to see how far into the book she had got before exhaustion overtook her.

She was slightly disappointed that she’s only reached part way into the first chapter. It was an incredibly long book and most of the previous night had been spent wading through the various maps and reading the prologue.

The maps were very detailed and showed all the lands of a place called Earthykinda.

After a brief Google search, Bryce had concluded that no such place existed. It was totally made up.

Earthykinda was meant to be like Earth but different. It wasn’t like it was meant to be on a different planet such as Mars where all manner of weird alien rodents might turn up.

The author seemed particularly keen to point out that this is very much not the earth that we read about in history books, but instead a different earth that was kind of real yet at the same time totally made up.

It’s what Bryce liked to refer to as ‘Fake Olden Days’.

Fake Olden Days was not an unusual concept to her. Most of the fairy tales that she loved were set in that time. Lands ruled by Kings and Queens that never really existed.

When she was a child, Bryce used to believe these worlds were real. Often she would pester her parents to take her on holiday to these lands. Once, on a school trip to the National History Museum, everyone laughed at her when she enquired if they were going to see the excavated bones of all the dragons and orcs.

Although she had never read a story set in Earthykinda , the setting felt strangely comfortable to her. Many would just skip past the maps at the start of the book but Bryce had spent a long time gazing at them, allowing her fingers to trace all the routes to the kingdoms.

The prologue had been a lengthy history of what had happened in Earthykinda. It may have been the lateness of the hour but Bryce often had difficulty following it, on a number of occasions she had to go back and re-read who had been at war with whom.

In the end she concluded that everyone had been at war with each other. For centuries, four families had been fighting it out with each other for total supremacy.

He who holds the dragon’s sword holds the world…..apparently.

The four families consisted of ‘The D’Annimos’, they were the magic type people. Then there were ‘The Snoflakians’ who believed in peace (but still happy to stick a sword in when it matters.

The barbarian clan were known as the ‘Toonidunzas’ and then there were the ‘The Bursteads’ which the prologue suggested were not very nice people.

After the sometimes turgid history of Earthykinda, Bryce was eager to get into the main story.

She got as far as the introduction of a few main characters when sleep overcame her.

There were two characters that particularly interested her. The story begins with one of the daughters of the Snoflakian King.

There was not much of a description of the Princess but as she read about her walking through fields, tending to horses and generally being nice to everyone, Bryce immediately began to relate to her.

She always had a habit when reading a story of latching onto a character and picturing it was her. Without knowing the rest of the characters in the book Bryce decided this Snoflakian Princess will be her.

The other character that piqued her interest was the illegitimate son of the Burstead King. She wasn’t sure if she should like him or not and noted that the author quite crudely and obviously kept calling him a ‘bastard’.

However there was something about his athletic physique, his handsome looks and great hair that Bryce found comfortably familiar.

As she rushed out into the real world her mind was still lingering in Earthykinda.

A Song Of Bryce & Tyler : Part One

“Is anyone sitting here?”

These were the first words that Tyler said to Bryce.

Bryce looked up from her tablet and was curious by the question he had posed. She knew she was pretty, her baby blue eyes and blonde hair seemed to attract a lot of attention. This inquisitive gentleman was no different to the others.

However, it wasn’t so much his reasoning for asking the question but more the fact there was actually someone sitting there – a delightful old lady sipping on camomile tea while doing a sudoku puzzle.

She stared into his dark brown eyes and smiled as he lowered him. He was either shy or just taking the moment to glance at her cleavage, either way he wasn’t blind.

She lowered her head and returned to looking at her tablet. Bryce could still feel him standing there and she playfully bit her lip to stifle a giggle.

She looked back up at him. He was handsome, there was no denying that. Athletic too. She watched as his muscles bulged from beneath his white t-shirt as he lifted the old lady up to move her to another table.

He then took the old lady’s place he had so desired next to Bryce and began making the usual small talk.

Bryce knew he was flirting but she had never been very good at that sort of thing. Her sister was far better at it than she was.

She appreciated that Tyler just wanted to get to know her but his incessant questioning started to irritate her.

What do you do for a living? What do you do for fun? What you reading?

She wanted to reply that he should just ask Facebook as they will tell him everything about her. However, he was remarkably cute so she indulged in responding to his questioning.

He offered his responses to his own questions which surprised Bryce because she hadn’t asked him to.

Despite expressing no interest in knowing anything about him she learned in that one coffee break that he worked in finance, he likes sports mainly football and he goes to the gym every Tuesday and Thursday.

Bryce did not know what to do with this information and just smiled, safe in the knowledge she would have forgotten all about his workout schedule by the morning.

After a while Tyler announced he needed to get back to work and bid her farewell with the words “I hope to see you around again.”

She watched him leave and whilst it may have seemed she was checking out his fine buttocks she was in fact ensuring he had left. She only had a few minutes left before she had to return to work and could do without another round of twenty questions.

Indeed, there was some frustration that super cute and brilliantly handsome Tyler had showed her attention. She had wanted to start reading the new novel she had purchased The Barbarian’s Wizard’s Wars of The Dragon’s Sword.

Since she was a child, Bryce had loved fairy tales. Those wonderful exciting stories of Princesses, Kings, Castles, Knights and Dragons.

As she got older she realised that she probably should read something a little more adult than her childhood fairy tales; besides she knew the stories by heart.

This particular novel had 4.7 stars out of 5 so it must be good. She had read the description which described it as a ‘great fantasy epic’.

There was nothing in the description to suggest that there was anything inappropriate. Just a more modern day way of telling fantastical tales of dragons and magic.

Bryce always read the description carefully before purchasing a book, ever since that time she bought ‘Dirty Doctor Takes The Nurse‘.

She had assumed that it was a medical thriller but it turned out to be a doctor having sex with a nurse. She later realised that the explicit content had been appropriately labelled in the description, Bryce had just neglected to read it; on reflection she did wonder why the nurse on the front cover was hardly wearing her uniform (which incidentally was no way a standard nursing outfit).

This time she had checked the description and nothing was marked inappropriate or mature. Besides the publisher was well known and as she understood it just people who self publish wrote that naughty stuff.

She had been looking forward to starting the novel during her lunchtime but the dreamy Tyler had ensured that was not possible. She would have to start it later that night.

Bryce loved reading and while her sister would be out partying, she would be tucked up in bed reading a romantic tale where the handsome knight saves the beautiful princess.

She sighed as she realised she had hours of work left before she could escape to that world of romance and chivalry.

Bryce would read until her eyes got heavy and she would fall asleep dreaming of that elusive Knight that would sweep her off her feet.

She begun to daydream and in her mind the Knight rode towards her on a beautiful stallion. As he approached she noted he was not wearing a helmet. He was still far away but she swore he resembled Tyler.

Her daydream was interrupted before she could see her romantic Knight in full view by the old lady returning to the table to get her tea and sudoku book.