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FS Conflict First Sightings
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Word Count → 343 :: FS Conflict 1st Sightings: Lucian/Luciana/Ohja

[/html]This was a bad idea. A colossal bad idea with no match to her memory. The type of thing good girls simply wouldn't do – it wasn't necessarily against her fathers orders, although she didn't need it explicitly spelled out to her to know that he wouldn't approve. Knowing how much trouble they were going to get into apparently wasn't enough of a deterrent to distract her from her path, one paw reaching out after another, testing the ground before her with each step, before full transferring her weight onto it. Trying to look did little to help her, the blur of colours more disorientating in less familiar grounds than helpful.

Heart racing in her chest, her head jerked up in the general direction of Lucian, grin stupidly wide with the happiness she felt in that moment, reflected in her laughter at the impatient tug of her hand. When she'd lost her sight she'd believed her life would be the estate, living within it's walls and nothing else – and that was okay. She was loved and happy in her life there, she was learning and adapting with the aid of everyone around her. Lucian, who she'd been certain would abandon her upon seeing the scars was a big part of her mindset and acceptance.

He hadn't rejected her, had reached out and made her just carry on going. Was now, in fact, dragging her out along the borders to patrol them, fulfilling her fathers edict to be in pairs at all times, kind. Not that she could see anything or fight anyone off, so it was a loophole on her parents grand plan, one they'd exploited and would pay for dearly if discovered.

“Where about are we now, Lucian?” she asked, trying to determine by scent and sound, factoring in the time taken in travel thus far. Even with that, she was guessing blindly, dependent on Lucian to lead her and ensure she didn't fall flat on her face or get lost.[html]

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This was quite possibly the best idea that Lucian had ever had in his entire life. Okay sure, so if they got caught then both of their hides were likely to be tanned and their heads put on display to to warn other young, would-be heroes (or hopeful lovers) from trying anything so stupid. But just think if they actually saw someone and prevented an attack! Better yet, if they captured one of them! Lucian imagined fanfare and cheers and offerings of wealth. And Sloan, he thought with a cocky curling of his lips as he glanced sidelong at his lovely companion. Because, with her shit eyesight, she would be downright useless — a scarred, vulnerable damsel in distress. Not only would he save Sloan, he would save Sapient, too. Hell, he could have anyone in the pack after that.


Yeah, that was definitely the sort of victory that was worth risking punishment for.


Of course, Lucian had never considered the alternative to any would-be battles: namely, his death at the hands of this imagined belligerent and Sloan's imprisonment to be used later as ransom. It didn't need to be considered simply because it wouldn't happen — just like they would not get caught. Lucian turned his head to the action of Sloan's jerking up in his direction, acidic eyes taking in the broad grin on her scarred face. "C'mon, this way," he told her confidently, tugging her hand impatiently across unbroken canvases of snow and out towards the southern reaches of their territory.


As they neared the marker of their borders, where the strong Sapien scents mixed with wild unknown of neutral territories, Lucian began to slow. He rotated an ear in her direction and scanned the land beyond. "Southern border, babe," he replied. "East of the mountain. Can't you smell it?" Lucian glanced at her finally, giving her a wry smile. While he let that sink in, he glanced back out across the skeletal forest and, with a gentle tug, lead Sloan across the border.


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This was the lamest idea she had ever had. Had there been lame ones? Oh yes, absolutely. Had she ever fudged up in her life? More times than not. But this? This just sucked. Droopy blue eyes scanned her surroundings in a lazy arc, some of her unruly hair falling in her face and framing her view. Somewhere to the side she could hear her beloved benefactor doing... whatever. Sinner was off somewhere doing whatever it was Sinner did, like the rest of their group, while Ohja was punching a tree. Grand.

The old man didn't seem to be in too good a mood, the sourness in his face heavier than usual, and that was Luciana saying so, and she wasn't the most perceptive one around. Something must be off for him, but she wouldn't be the one to ask what was his deal. Not her job, not her problem. He had been this way for a while, but it semeed that the longer the others took to return, the worse it got, his punches hitting harder and his frown deepening every passing minute. She was the only one to remain with Ohja to mind the fire while the others went patroling and exploring and whatever the crack they went to do.

Luciana focused back on the piece of barky branch she had found a while ago, now half chewed by her sharp molars like on would chew a bone. But lacking anything more interesting to do at the moment, here she was. Eating bark. Truly, joining this strife was the lamest idea ever, period. Sure, she might get some punches in against these Sapi-a-losers, but she could punch just about any losers back in Portland or, whatever other town she had been to so far. Because she could. But too bad, no ditching them now. Who knew what these maniacs might do to her if they ever crossed paths again. Luciana might not the grandest and most strategical tool in the shed, but she knew trouble when she stared it in the eye. And by the noises the tree was making, those weren't some love taps Ohja was dishing out.

The branch creaked and groaned under her teeth, and her mouth was starting to grow a bit tingly. Maybe she should stop chewing on it.

The older man's voice sounded, calling out to her, and she turned to glance his way as he came to sit by her. He was rubbing the ache from his wrists away, sat by a fallen tree near the fire and Luciana. With elbows on knees, he rested one hand in the other and leaned forward. "Luciana, how long have they been gone?", he asked, his tone coarse in a manner that grated her nerves. The hybrid lass sighed and bit harder on the branch out of habit. "Hno idhia." She replied, and a second later realized it was barely understandable with her tongue blocked by a piece of wood, which happened to finally break under the strain and pinch the corner of her lips. "Ouch. Welp, no idea, old man. Two hours, three?" She glanced at the sky and the faint halo of light the sun made beneath the lightly overcast sky. "I'm not their nanny." She muttered off-handedly, her shrilly voice grating against her own ears as she tossed the wood pieces as far as she could out of the clearing. Other than a few rustle and fussle on their way down, they made barely a sound. Not that she cared, if it lured in something more interesting than these two grumps she was stuck with, then all the better.
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OOC: Skipping Kitty since it's been >48 hours. <3


Being outside of Sapient when he knew danger was sure to be lurking filled him with an intense amount of excitement. He imagined being Sloan's sole protector. He, her knight in shining armor, and she, his damsel in distress. Lucian didn't even care how stupid and cliché it sounded — it would make for an incredible story when he retold it to Dareios and his siblings. With her fingers intertwined in his own, Lucian lead her farther away from the protection of Sapient's borders. Even if they didn't come across anyone, Lucian considered simply feeding Sloan false visions of bad guys lurking in the trees. In fact, that would even be better, he thought. He wouldn't even have to lay a finger and still make himself out to be a hero.


But, as luck would have it, the scent of smoke from a nearby fire drew his attention. He slowed and paused, pulling Sloan towards him and finding the flickering glow of the burning wood set against a hundred bare trees. "I see something," he said quietly to his near-blind companion. "A fire. C'mon," he pulled her after him again but kept a slow, careful pace. "Let's check it out." Brushing apprehension and uncertainty aside, Lucian approached the camp cautiously. Against the monotone backdrop, he could make out the monstrous shape of a man and the darker figure of a woman.


Crouching behind a broad pine tree at a distance where they could comfortably hear them, but hopefully far enough away that they wouldn't be found out, Lucian guided Sloan down to the snow with him and he watched the two curiously, unable yet to tell if they had any affiliation with those idiots bent on attacking Sapient or not.


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It had been a beautiful throw, it really had. Luciana would have been impressed with herself if she didn't already know her own skills. Too bad Ohja didn't seem amused by it, if the glare he threw at her was any indication. Accompanied by his reprimanding growl that was the cherry on top of the proverbial cake, then he definitely wasn't impressed. She gave him a "what?" kind of shrug and frown, since she honestly didn't see the problem. Branches cracked and fell all the time in the woods, hers were just one more to add to the welcoming melody of the woods.

"What's your damage, old man? It's no big deal, they be back in a few I'm sure, stop worrying." She said with a dismissive wave of her hand, and started to pick at her lips where the wood had pinched her. And of course Ohja went on a tirade where he proceeded to explain that they couldn't afford to be careless, that they were in a tight spot already no need to make it worse, I expected you to understand that, how many times do I have to repeat myself, are you even listening to me, yadda yadda yadda. Or at least, that what she imagined he sounded like, they were all the same, all talk and talk and barely any action. At least from what she had seen, at least. All this waiting and watching and scouting and waiting were grating at her nerves and her patience. One of these days she might as well just walk out on them and go do something else with her time.

She was so busy not paying attention to Ohja having a go at her, tossing stray bits of wood and rotten leaves into the fire to watch the fire eat them up, that she completely missed a stray scent that came from the wind. "I've told you already, Ohja, we'll get to those losers and give them a nice wallop whenever you want. Just wish it was time to that already, we should wait for the guys to come back and get to it. You always complain about the time, yet here we are growing moss out our arses from sitting and waiting." She said boredly, not even caring for her crassness.
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[/html]Tail twitching from anxiety, unsure where she was or what was going on around her, the knowledge of where she was, even if she couldn't actually see it settled her some. Sloan was still adapting to the changes in her sight, still leaning to pay attention more so with her other senses, to become less dependent upon her what remained of her vision. There were colours and vague shapes, all which gave her no information or details and more often than not led to greater confusion than actual aid.

“Oh, you're funny Lucian,” giving his hand a gentle squeeze and a smile to ensure he understood she was simply being sarcastic and teasing him. Even when she'd had some vision she'd never taken to the borders much. Maybe once and she'd been busted upon her return. The scents of these parts weren't familiar enough to tell her anything of us, something she hadn't told Lucian; he was, after all, so much more experienced in life than her and she refused to admit how sheltered she was, how little she actually knew of the world.

Distracted with the task of memorising the scents around them, she started a little at the gentle tug, head swinging in the direction of the dark blur she knew was where Lucian stood. Following, it amused her vastly to imagine his reaction if she'd told him that she'd almost been ignoring him for a moment there. Instead she simply enjoyed the feel of their fingers intertwined, confident and secure with Lucian leading her into lands unknown to her.

Even as he pulled her to his side, her arms reaching out and wrapping around his waist, holding tight, cheek dragging across his chest as she dragged her face up to his, concerned at the mention of something being out there, yet still blindly trusting him. She nodded, stepping back enough to allow herself to be guided along to investigate the fire.

Once again they came to a stop, crouched and holding still, the blind youth knowing to remain quiet from the lack of speech on Lucian's behalf. Tightening her grip, she squeezed his hand once, then twice, trying to get some sort of feedback from him about what was happening – she could smell them, a fire and strangers, so there was someone out there and a reason that they were hiding, rather than approaching.[html]

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To say that Ohja wasn't pleased by her response would be a massive understatement. One worthy of a prize and medal and a ceremony to go with it. His glare was one for the books, and she had seen her fair share of Ohja glares, most of them directed at her. It made her mouth twitch into a cheeky smile, which quickly dropped when the man stood up, replying with a gruff "We'll lauch the attack when we are, and not a minute longer. And don't think I won't keep my eye on you to make sure you don't jump the shot.", arms crossed and looking sour like an overripe grapefruit. which was saying something.

"I told you, old man, relax. I could say I follow orders, but that would be assuming you would believe me. And no one ever does, don't know why but it's the truth. Guess I'll grow a garden on my frozen behind by the time we get to something interesting in this plan o' yours." She mumbled at him, not bothering to stand up from her spot. Her butt was cold and getting numb from sitting on the frozen ground, but she couldn't find it in her to care quite yet. She would not give him the benefit of seeing her riled up, as much as she'd like to. Nah, she had a point to make, which is: she is bored, and he is boring, and she wants action.

To make her point even more obvious, she stared right into his eyes, mimicking his crossed arms, and promptly tipped herself to the side, so she'd fall lying on the ground with the grace of a cut tree. She huffed with the soft impact and held his stare until he rolled his eyes and huffed in disapproval for her childish behaviour. Not that she cared, mind you.

It was about then that the man suddenly turned to some random direction, his eyes drilling hole into whatever had caught his attention. If it weren't for the ears pinned forward and his sudden stillness, she'd think he was ignoring her, which she wouldn't tolerate. She wasn't done with her tantrum yet. But instead of making a bigger racket, she glared at him. "What is it, someone back yet?" It prompted her to stand up finally, groaning at her stiff joints. "OI! WHO GOES THER-Hmpf!" Ohja's large hand shutting her up from finishing her loud call made her growl under his palm. He hissed to her to be quiet. "I smell something."
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The feel of Sloan's small hand in his, its gentle pulsing alerting him that she was quietly trying to get his attention, was ignored as the gruff words from the massive white stranger slipped easily into his ears. Lucian remained still as a stone, his free hand holding himself steady against the rough bark of the pine tree. He narrowed his eyes at the pair, then, finally, turned his bright emerald eyes to Sloan's scarred face. "Did you hear that?" he asked her through a harsh whisper. "'Launch the attack'?" he repeated. "Shit," he added under his breath, swinging his head back around to watch the pair again.


The grey one, a decidedly ugly woman by Lucian's standards, appeared intent on making light of their wait but the huge one didn't seem particularly impressed. The Amaranthe youth rolled his eyes. "Wow, these two are a pair," he whispered to Sloan in a sarcastic tone. "I think that chick is mental — I wouldn't be surprised if—" But he cut himself off when the monstrous male suddenly looked right in their direction and stiffened. Lucian's grip on Sloan's hand tightened and he quickly slid his face back behind the tree. "I think he saw me," Lucian whispered and gritted his teeth when the woman bellowed who was there.


Lucian's heart hammered in his chest and he wondered if they would be able to sneak away and back into the safety of the territory without being detected. "Shit," he said again. Though the border wasn't very far away, Lucian doubted he could lead a blind girl back silently. They needed a distraction.


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