Daryn counted the bandits. “There are three guarding the entrance,” he whispered to his three companions.
“I'll sneak around them and try to flank them, you guys keep their attention,” Tina looked to Daryn for support.
“Good idea. Gareth and I will attack first. We'll focus on the bandit to our right with the longsword Gareth, you stay back with the bow and I'll charge in with my blade. Nathan, you draw the other two men's attention while Tina sneaks around their right side.”
They all nodded in agreement and prepared for the battle.
Gareth struck first, landing an arrow in the bandit's chest with a thunk.
Daryn charge in behind the arrow and sliced through the bandit's leather armor.
The bandit turned to his partners, “William, Sean, we're being attacked!” He swung his blade down and caught Daryn behind the leg, knocking him to his knees.
Nathan decided to distract the other two bandits by throwing rocks at them, drawing their main focus to him as Tina continued to sneak around their backs.
The two bandits, William and Sean, approached Nathan, weapons drawn. William gritted his yellow teeth as he brought his ax down on Nathan, but was knocked to the side by Tina as she struck him in the back of the head with the but of her knife.
Sean turned to her, his dirty brown hair falling into his face, and brought his own blade down on her. She quickly intercepted his sword with her knife and threw him back a bit.
Gareth drew his bow once more and took aim at his target. This time his arrow pierced straight through the bandit's leather armor and a bit of blood trickled out through the hole.
Daryn stood up and grabbed the arrow and shoved it in deeper, causing the bandit to cry out and fall to his knees, blood shooting from his mouth.
The bandit dropped his sword and grabbed the arrow in his chest.
“Dannith, hold on!” William recovered from the blow to his head and rushed past Tina and Nathan to his partner's side. He swung the side of his ax at Daryn and knocked him to the side and took position between his partner and Gareth.
Nathan turned to Tina, “Follow my lead.” He dove down and grabbed Sean's legs, pulling him to the ground. Immediately, Tina was on top of him trying to pin his arms.
Sean managed to throw Tina off of him, but couldn't kick Nathan loose.
Daryn and Gareth exchanged glances and Daryn tackled the bandit, William, while Gareth notched and shot at arrow, landing it straight into Dannith's chest, knocking the bandit to the ground, unconscious.
William threw Daryn off himself and stood up while Tina managed to successfully pin Sean down.
Nathan stood up and hit Sean in the head with the butt of his blade, knocking him unconscious.
Gareth shot an arrow at William, but missed. Daryn stood up and took advantage of the distraction, knocking William in the head.
William saw his two partners go down and decided that this was a losing battle that wasn't worth dying for. He quickly fled the scene as one more arrow from Gareth's bow whirred past his head.
Daryn and Nathan quickly tied the two bandits up with rope and then they all let the adrenaline leave their systems.
“Is anyone seriously injured?” Gareth looked around the group.
“My armor is shot,” Daryn tossed the rags that used to be his leather armor to the ground, “Other than that, I'm fine.”
“I wasn't hurt,” Tina looked around the group.
“Nor I,” Nathan spoke up, “How long do you suppose these two will be out?”
“A few hours at the least,” Daryn examined the two bandits, “They won't be causing us much trouble when they do wake up.”
“Why don't we just slit their throats and be done with them?” Tina eyed them, playing with her knife in her hands.
“Because,” Gareth looked at her sharply, “We're better than that.”
“Yes,” Daryn agreed, “Now let's go. There will be more inside and we must be prepared.”