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Sanctuary

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Essie

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Their walk had been silent for the most part, filled with small talk and niceties... it was calming for her in a way, to talk to a stranger like this. This was what normal felt like, or so she imagined. Soon ashed turned to grass and pine underfoot and the scent in the air began to change. She could almost feel the shadows, much more prominent in the daylight, as the pines began to reach above them. She paused a moment, turning down a small trial that would lead to a nice grove where the knew that she would have more freedom to move without running into trees. She was small enough that most of the foliage and low-hanging branches missed her, but every now and then she got clipped. She pretended it didn't bother her, but if he had been watching closely, she was flinching very faintly at every unknown touch.

"Oh, the birds are starting to sing..." she said softly. A trill echoed through the trees and she smiled softly, lifting her chin towards the sound. Soon, it would be dawn.

She walked into the small grove and down the slope before pausing and turning, ears flicking on her head as she listened for the sound of paw steps that let her know he was even still following. "This is the pine forest... its very big. My friends and I live here." They wouldn't mind him being here, she didn't think. So long as he was with her. She turned her muzzle, gaze flicking towards the sound of the nearby river. "If you follow that river north, you'll get to the floodplains and beyond," she told him. It was the best she could offer if he wished to explore beyond this place.

Aurelia's silver eyes returned towards him as she turned her head again and sat down. She ran her paw over the soft grass and a gentle smile settled on her face.

"So why did you come here?"

Usually wolves had a reason for coming here... and usually those reasons weren't too good. But Renner seemed kinder that most men she'd met from here or elsewhere.


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Loner

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Claerie

Stardust: 80✪
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sins and virtues...

Underfoot ash turned to dew-laden moss. Plush grasses pressed against his paws and dampened the ebon' fur about his toes. Dark nails left small impressions in the earth and, as they walked, the crisp scent of pine filled the air. Shrubs and low hanging branches brushed against their backs as they passed. At times, he would be forced to lower his head and ease into a crouch. Aurelia, due to her size, seemed largely unburdened by the foliage. That said, occasionally she would flinch. The movement would be small and barely perceptible, but it was there all the same.

A small frown sloped upon his lips and he felt the urge to guide her, to keep the branches at bay so that she might pass freely. That urge, however, was unrealistic. She was the one guiding him.

As the first notes of birdsong filled the air, Aurelia paused to comment. Happiness was a soothing balm within her voice and, for a moment, Renner did not feel quite as exhausted. He granted her a tired smile that, regrettably, she could not see.

"This is the pine forest... its very big. My friends and I live here," Aurelia began as she padded into a grove. Renner followed after, remembering this time that to communicate with her, he'd have to speak. "It is far lovelier here," he acknowledged. In truth, it reminded him of Tharrin more so than the Mythic Forest. As much as he enjoyed the fervent sounds of life, it all made him a tad sad. The happiest memories were the most nostalgic and, by that same token, the most painful.

Following the sounds of a nearby river, she gave him a fine set of directions. "If you follow that river north, you'll get to the floodplains and beyond." He nodded his head, once more forgetting that affirmation needed to be said aloud. Inside, however, he couldn't say that he was eager to leave the pines. The "floodplains" did not sound wholly hospitable.

Though in need of a rest, he was prepared to continue traveling. After all, he had no desire to be a burden.

Before he could take more than another step toward the river, however, Aurelia flashed him a small smile. Having settled upon the grass, she asked him about his purpose here. Well... it wouldn't hurt to humor her so long as she wished him to.

Easing onto his haunches, he relished in the cool touch of dew against his fur.

"My natal pack had fallen apart," he said with a small sigh. The little twice was not uttered aloud though it echoed within his skull. "Without my brother or his children to care for, I had found myself without a purpose. So, I took to traveling." Dark ears twitched as he glanced at the woman's face.

"Travelers told me of the red wood and, with nothing else to do, I thought it might be nice to see what I'd never seen before." A small laugh left him. "I'd never seen a burned forest either but," he paused, glancing at the green grass. "It was a little more depressing than expected."

"..."
...drip like gold down my skin
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Sanctuary

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Essie

Stardust: 750✪
#3



"It is far lovelier here," he said. Aurelia glanced around, as if she were surveying the scenery. "I agree. It smells better, and it's not so quiet... though sometimes the silence is nice."

The beauty of the pines, and other places, were not wholly lost on her.

Her ears flicked as she her him settling nearby, and a part of her wished she could see his face for she wondered if he was already eager to leave her. The thought saddened her, but she supposed she couldn't blame him. "My natal pack had fallen apart," he began. Aurelia's eyes widened. She had never been a part of a pack -- until now. She couldn't imagine what that must have been like for him. "Without my brother or his children to care for, I had found myself without a purpose. So, I took to traveling." Aurelia blinked, finding that an odd thing to say. "Did something... happen to them?" she asked, swallowing her nerves. "It must have been nice to have a large family," she said. "I was an only child and my mother died when I was young and my father just recently returned. It's just me, him and my aunt." she said.

"Travelers told me of the red wood and, with nothing else to do, I thought it might be nice to see what I'd never seen before. I'd never seen a burned forest either but, it was a little more depressing than expected."

At this, she laughed a little. "Oh, I haven't either."

"But they do smell awful, the fresher they are." she said as her laughter tapered off. "Does this look any better?" she asked.


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A myriad of evergreen surrounded him and, despite the darkness, he could imagine the forest's beauty come day. While he had rarely spent time beneath a conifer's canopy, he enjoyed the crisp scent of pine and moss. Aurelia, too, seemed to prefer her home to the red wood's grave. Her world, however, was not one that was dictated by appearances. Rather, scents and sounds threaded the tapestry of her world.

In some respects he was sympathetic, in others, he was jealous.

To not have sight was to be vulnerable. By that same token, she would never witness some of the world's worse cruelties. Her ignorance was both bliss and bane.

When conversation began, the she-wolf had the grace to appear concerned. Silver eyes widened as they blindly searched his face, gliding over planes of ebony and ash. "Did something... happen to them?" Worry lined her words and, for a moment, he felt the urge to nudge her shoulder and brush away her fears. Alas, he had settled at a companionable distance and he was loathe to spook her again.

"My brother's wife passed into the next world and the loss was... difficult." A small sigh slipped free of his lips. He paused before shaking his head and offering gentle smile.

They traded stories, one token of history in recompense for another.

Her story was a sad one that, for the time being, appeared to be approaching a happy ending. "I'm sorry for your loss," he said sincerely. "I lost my mother young as well, though I had family to lean on. I'm sorry you had to survive alone." His heart constricted as a memory, one he often ignored, lifted to the forefront of his consciousness. It was a dream more than anything really, but it was of his mother whispering of his brother's betrayal.

Renner rolled his shoulders.

Though Sinclair had always been odd and eerie, that did not make him capable of murder.

The girl showed a bit of humor as she laughed, remarking on having not seen the redwood either. A bit of heat touched his cheeks as he coughed, feeling a tad guilty. It would be difficult to not bring up sight around her for it was so ingrained in him. Nonetheless, he did not want to lord his ability over her.

"Does this look any better?"

At her question, Renner glanced up at her. His ears perked and, for a moment, he stalled on what to say.

"I'm sorry, I didn't mean to sound pretentious." His paws flexed over a bed of fallen nettles. He figured this was a gentle admonishment for his earlier comments.

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