[AW] Swallowed by the mists
A forest walk with Bellad turns awry as he seemingly loses his daughter in the fog
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He’d never experienced this kind of fear before. The regular attentiveness of the healer became narrowed to an overextended focus, the sort that was bordering on agonizing. A few times, Alma’s emergence somewhere to his side nearly startled him. A few more it roused false hope. Then he learned, and adapted, and was left, for some time, with nothing but the trio of voices calling out to her daughter.

“She was here! She was right here...! Wasn’t she…?” His voice sank by the end of the phrase. Had he already trailed off from the spot where he last saw her? No more time to talk to Vodeva or her companion. Bellad put his muzzle to the ground. He drew in the cool mist and the traces of scents. He was a skilled tracker. He could track his own flesh and blood.

If not then why have the skill at all?

Alma crossed his path again and he growled. Unwarranted, perhaps, but his frustration flared together with his fears. From an animalistic form of communication alone he told her to search elsewhere and not trample over the tracks he was investigating. He hoped they were tracks. He hoped they were hers.

Every now and then, between navigating over treacherous roots and ducking branches, he would call out to his daughter again. Elsewhere, Vodeva was doing much the same. Why was she not responding?

An enormous tree seemingly rose out of the mist out of nowhere, though most likely this would have to be attributed to Bellad’s poorly moderated sense of mind. The scent he’s been following no doubt lead to it, intermingled with it. Unexpectedly, he smelled not only bark and not only his daughter.

He could also smell blood.

Bellad’s eyes slowly grew wide and he lifted his head, only to find another eye, wide open, weeping, painted in blood upon the tree, staring right back at him. Bewildered, he stood transfixed by the sight.

“What… is this…?” He mouthed in confusion, stupefied by the nauseating combination of the scents of his Atica and the blood on the tree.


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Swallowed by the mists - by Bellad Songthorn - 16 October 2021, 09:32 PM
RE: Swallowed by the mists - by Vodeva - 21 October 2021, 07:05 PM
RE: Swallowed by the mists - by Bellad Songthorn - 21 October 2021, 08:12 PM
RE: Swallowed by the mists - by Vodeva - 30 October 2021, 11:48 PM
RE: Swallowed by the mists - by Bellad Songthorn - 14 November 2021, 03:57 PM
RE: Swallowed by the mists - by Vodeva - 29 November 2021, 01:49 AM
RE: Swallowed by the mists - by Bellad Songthorn - 14 December 2021, 07:44 PM
RE: Swallowed by the mists - by Vodeva - 12 January 2022, 04:37 PM

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