[AW] The Demons That Lurk Within
Gaspesia
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The racing of her heart didn't entirely cease but it did ease slightly when the woman stopped advancing toward her, recognizing the boundary that had been established there between them in the snow. Good. While she wasn't in her preferred shape to deal with overly curious strangers, Coriander wasn't about to let another of these unsettling, bipedal wolves get near enough to hurt her again. It should have clicked then, the association between her recent attack and the subsequent changes that were very presently taking place inside her body, but her nerves were still rattling too strongly for those pieces to fall into place. It was hard to think when the thing that had become her newest nightmare was standing mere feet in front of her...

...doing everything in her power to diffuse a very tense situation. "Cold and hungry" was a severe understatement given how travel had treated Ria lately, but there was somehow still hope in her--hope that let itself be known when whatever item the woman procured caused the dark Luperci's growl to falter. Handouts were an unheard of thing in her world--Uzuns were self-sufficient above all things and capable of fending for themselves in every situation--but she couldn't stop herself from silencing her growl and sniffing at the air as the object was lobbed gently to land in the snow at her feet. Her eyes were transfixed on the spot in the snow, wanting desperately to know if she'd just been handed food, and with another distrusting look she sat forward to pick it up. What is this? Turning the apple around in her hand, she wrinkled her nose. Not food after all then.

Dropping the apple, she let her hand fall into the snow as she crouched forward and stared hard at the odd woman giving her strange explanation to her being. "Luperci?" A meaningless word...at least up until this point. What if what the stranger said was true? What if Ria was now...whatever that word meant? Her gaze dropped to stare unseeing at the ground between them as her deeply furrowed brow indicated her thoughtful consideration of these statements. Shift...lots of Luperci...infected...one of us... Did that mean...this was normal? Was this transformation a natural occurrence for their kind? What even was their kind now? Just days before, this would have been an absurdity, and yet... Lifting her hands and turning them over before her, staring at her padded fingers, Ria knew this wasn't a daydream.

But was it still a nightmare? Sitting up, her eyes roamed across her new shape--long, muscular limbs; a full torso with narrowed waist; claw-like appendages where her paws should have been--and she wondered if this could be normal. Infected... "How?" Suddenly, Ria lifted her head, her rust and lavender eyes boring into the stranger with the look of a lost child. "How did I... I shouldn't do this. This...is not right." No, it was still very wrong. She shouldn't have been able to change her shape, had never been able to when she lived back home. Back home... This happened after she left. Was this a result of her exile? Some greater manifestation of her fall from favor with her kin? "Am I...being punished?" Her ears folded as a look of fresh grief and guilt overcame her, her body sinking slightly in toward itself as the pieces of her heart started to break in new and painful ways.


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The Demons That Lurk Within - by Coriander Uzun - 11 January 2022, 12:46 AM
RE: The Demons That Lurk Within - by Tallulah Colt - 11 January 2022, 07:22 PM
RE: The Demons That Lurk Within - by Coriander Uzun - 12 January 2022, 12:32 AM
RE: The Demons That Lurk Within - by Tallulah Colt - 12 January 2022, 12:45 AM
RE: The Demons That Lurk Within - by Coriander Uzun - 12 January 2022, 02:33 AM
RE: The Demons That Lurk Within - by Tallulah Colt - 12 January 2022, 05:19 PM
RE: The Demons That Lurk Within - by Coriander Uzun - 12 January 2022, 11:51 PM
RE: The Demons That Lurk Within - by Tallulah Colt - 13 January 2022, 12:06 AM
RE: The Demons That Lurk Within - by Coriander Uzun - 13 January 2022, 11:27 AM
RE: The Demons That Lurk Within - by Tallulah Colt - 13 January 2022, 03:44 PM
RE: The Demons That Lurk Within - by Coriander Uzun - 14 January 2022, 10:37 AM
RE: The Demons That Lurk Within - by Tallulah Colt - 14 January 2022, 07:38 PM
RE: The Demons That Lurk Within - by Coriander Uzun - 16 January 2022, 11:33 PM
RE: The Demons That Lurk Within - by Tallulah Colt - 17 January 2022, 12:06 AM
RE: The Demons That Lurk Within - by Coriander Uzun - 18 January 2022, 11:16 AM
RE: The Demons That Lurk Within - by Tallulah Colt - 18 January 2022, 12:14 PM
RE: The Demons That Lurk Within - by Coriander Uzun - 24 January 2022, 10:57 AM
RE: The Demons That Lurk Within - by Tallulah Colt - 24 January 2022, 07:01 PM
RE: The Demons That Lurk Within - by Coriander Uzun - 25 January 2022, 11:23 AM
RE: The Demons That Lurk Within - by Tallulah Colt - 25 January 2022, 10:27 PM
RE: The Demons That Lurk Within - by Coriander Uzun - 29 January 2022, 04:59 PM

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