[AW] The Demons That Lurk Within
Gaspesia
#11
While Tallulah worked establishing the campfire, Coriander became distracted again with the blanket. Lifting a corner of it discreetly to her nose, the dark Luperci gave it a more direct sniff and assessed the scent that it carried, that of the strangely comfortable prey-beast accompanying the woman. Her eyes flicked in its direction with wonder and calculation. Why in the world did it follow her like a shy little pup might? Did it not recognize the danger that it was in, claiming a predator as its caretaker? Though, admittedly, with all her kindness and gentle demeanor, Tallulah hardly gave an intimidating impression. Maybe this was simply another lost soul she had taken under her figurative wing--like the bird of prey currently favoring its own on her shoulder.

The spark from the flint initially caused her to jump from inattention, more so because of the flash that accompanied it, but the fire it ignited was enough to capture her interest. Recollection and recognition came first--Ria recalled such a substance once razing a home her family had claimed in times past that sent them fleeing for safety--but the fear wasn't quite as strong as it had been in those near-forgotten moments. This fire was tiny, fragile as a newborn pup and threatening to gutter out with each movement of the frigid night air around it. If not for the stranger's careful hand--in all things, it seemed--it surely would have been snuffed out before it could grow into the fiery beast Ria was previously acquainted with.

Enraptured by the flame, watching closely its flickering dance amid the kindling, she slid cautiously closer across the snow on her knees when invited to draw nearer. Already she could smell the smoke, so much fainter and less suffocating than she remembered, and felt the heat of it, gentle and soothing compared to the oppressive blaze of her past. The blanket slipped slightly as Coriander lifted an awkward hand and tentatively reached for the fire, stopping suddenly when she felt the familiar sting of it. The danger was still there, she realized, but this fire was demure, a creature contained and subdued and incapable of lashing out or swallowing that which stood around it. "Huh." Did Donnes know such a thing was possible? If so, she could only imagine the destruction he would have wrought upon the world in their name.

The sound of Rusty nearing the pair and subsequently beginning to graze upon uncovered grass drew Ria's ears forward and her attention away from the softly crackling fire, toward the stranger and her strange companions. Vaguely she heard again the woman's inquiry from a moment ago, and she answered belatedly, "Coriander. I'm Coriander Uzun." Uzun. A strong line of tundra wolves; capable, cunning, and fiercer than the frozen world that tried tirelessly to bring them down. While speaking the surname aloud usually filled her with an unbreakable sense of pride, today it…didn't quite reach that point. Nor could she shake the sense that her current situation was proof of her failure in representing that name to the fullest, as her siblings did.

She pulled the blanket back up into place, shrinking into it again as if to hide from the scrutiny and judgment of her kin even across the great distance that separated them. But, despite her own numerous shortcomings, praise for the accolades of her kin came as naturally as breathing. "My sister likes hunting rabbits," Ria mumbled, half in response to Tallulah’s thought of catching some for the two of them and half simply for something to say. "She's good at it." She wasn't in the least accustomed to holding conversations with strangers--at least conversations that took longer than to cackle and inform them of the danger they landed in crossing paths with the Uzuns--but for reasons beyond her comprehension she felt inclined to try.


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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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