[AW] The Demons That Lurk Within
Gaspesia
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Coriander snorted softly in a plumy exhale, her soft features curling slightly and taking on the expression of a lazy sneer. Of course her sister would put this woman to shame with her skill; her family expected nothing less than perfection, executed each activity solely on that level, and held no room in their hearts for failure of any kind. Never mind the fact Ria believed her kin incapable of any imperfections--they were her world, her heart, the very reason she lived and breathed. And yet she was here, so far away from them, banished from any association  to prevent her poisonous shortcomings from harming another of their name. Months she had spent away from them, trekking along by her lonesome, and she was still no closer to accepting her miserable fate.

It soured her mood as the sneer drooped into a halfhearted frown, and distractedly she watched as Tallulah set aside her winged companion with the prey-beast and wandered off with a smooth, bowed wooden stick in her hand. Ria couldn't imagine why she needed it; hunting was done with tooth and claw, not half-bent sticks. She felt even more certain of Tanith's superiority as she rolled her eyes and shifted them to the creatures left behind, standing across the fire from her. Eyes narrowing, she met the predatory gaze of the gyrfalcon with a spark of irritation, sensing the keen intellect behind his scrutinizing stare. It unsettled her, made the dark Luperci feel as if he judged her just as harshly as her kin, and folding her ears uncomfortably she looked away.

The fire eventually drew her attention back to it, and in the quiet crackling that followed she felt herself beginning to doze. The little blaze didn't entirely push back the cold, but between it and the blanket Coriander felt far more comfortable than she had at any point along her travels thus far. It lulled her into a state of complacency that bordered on inattention as her eyelids began to drop and her hand started slipping on the blanket. She wasn't sure how long she'd been in this state of near-sleep and only recognized it when the sound of light paw-steps announced the return of Tallulah--and two caught rabbits.

Ria blinked, a little impressed despite herself, but it was such a minor feeling compared to the confusion that rattled through her as the woman skinned one rabbit and proceeded to skewer it on a stick to rest over the fire. In no point of her life had Coriander ever had cooked meat, nor was the concept even remotely familiar to her. In fact, part of her worried what this would do to the rabbit meat, particularly since she had seen what fire could do to a forest when it had its way with things. Looking to the other rabbit, she huffed a derisive little, "Hmph," and reached for it with one clawed hand. At least one of the rabbits wouldn't be ruined by fire.

She used her teeth, as it was the most familiar method of preparing fresh kills for consumption, but even as she sneaked in a little taste of the rabbit she skinned, it was the scents from the fire that stirred her hunger. Her nose twitched with the first smells of cooked meat and her eyes roved in the direction of the skewered rabbit sitting over the fire, staring at it with a mixture of intrigue and puzzlement to the point it distracted her from finishing her work with the half-skinned rabbit she held. What was happening? Why did it actually smell...appetizing? Her brow lowered into a furrow of concentration and remained when she was offered the first taste, which she reached out for with a slow, tentative hand while setting aside the half-skinned rabbit with the other.

Pulling the piece of meat close, Coriander dropped her nose to it and confirmed that the smell she'd detected did indeed come from it, and already it made her mouth water. She licked at her lips once before sampling just a little taste of the meat--and then immediately scarfed the entire bite down with a possessive growl. It was drier than she was used to, but something about sitting over the fire had altered the flavor in a positive way. Licking her fingers and lips, she eyed the remaining bites of cooked rabbit and then Tallulah with a hesitant tension, silently but clearly considering whether to take the rest for herself.


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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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