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Glunk wheezed in an effort not to say anything
more. Blarg hit him on the back of the head anyway and told his
prone form, "Me first. As a Captain of Mordor orcs, I outrank
After a moan, Glunk said, "Yes, sir."
Satisfied, Captain Blarg strode to the front of the
patrol, yellowed nails clicking on the stone floor of the tunnel.
"Come on, you maggots!"
Soynk helped Glunk up. "How we going to sneak
off and be bandits if you get killed? Blarg going to report you
for arguing. You know how Mordor likes that! That not good
for us with you."
"I had to make sure he took lead. He was
hanging back after eating so much." The rest of the patrol
started to file past and the pair joined the center.
Soynk scratched a wart on the top of his head as a
thought worked its way past his fears. "Wait. You never
want front. You walk in the middle and put annoying grunts up
Glunk listened to the scream ahead. It held a
Mordor accent. He commented, "Shelob dragging him off now.
We be fine. Now, about that bandit idea…"
Author's Note: Written for the 19th Anniversary of the Valar Guild.