GFL – Page 0022
Grouping For Looks is a page-by-page retelling of the Looking For Group saga through the lens of a mirror universe where Cale is a goateed tyrant and Richard is a holy soul trying to set him on a good path.
EXT. FOREST – DAY
Having made their way out of the gnome-infested mountain, gnome soldier Fitch cuts through the bush with a machete that looks normal sized for him.
The camp is in the next clearing.
The gnome steps aside, leaving a clear path to a valley for Richard, Cale, Benny, Krunch, and Sooba. No one takes it.
You’re coming with us.
I’m afraid not.
That wasn’t a request.
If the trolls see a gnome leading a group of wanderers to their camp, it will mean the deaths of you, me, and all of Mechastone.
And if they see a group of wanderers without a gnome escourt..?
It will mean the deaths of just you.
His math checks out. Thank you for your help, Fitch.
Richard shakes the cautious gnome’s hand and then passes through the opening Fitch made.
Cale reaches out to shake Fitch’s hand, shoving him at the last second over a crouching Benny. Cale and Benny chuckle as Fitch rolls down the hill. Krunch points and laughs.
Fitch continues to roll until something tall and wooden stops his momentum. Not a tree. At least, not anymore.
Richard frowns at his allies and pushes aside the leaves that Fitch was too short to cut. A legion of troll soldiers, with catapults and siege towers, like the one Fitch rolled into. The commotion the rolling gnome made caught the attention of hundreds of trolls who now gaze, weapons drawn, at the group.
So… let’s talk diplomacy!
Original: LFG Page 22
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