[AW] The Demons That Lurk Within
Gaspesia
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Coriander frowned, clearly unhappy with the prospect of remaining in this new, odd shape for longer than she thought necessary. All her travels thus far had been done upon four legs, and even if it had posed complications at certain points or made her seek out a different, longer route, it had still been comfortable--or at least as comfortable as traipsing directionless through the dead of winter could be for a lone individual. Her shoulders sagged as Ria stared at herself again, and then at the blanket still balled up in her lap. Well...at least she wasn't being asked to give the item up just yet. Maybe somewhere along the walk she could think of a way to talk the Luperci woman into letting her keep it.

With a huff, she pulled the blanket back over her head and tugged the edges into place so it folded around her shoulders as before, a warm and scratchy second-coat that draped across her upper body and occasionally made her bite feel itchy. In the process, she saw the world swallowed up by darkness as the fire sputtered out beneath a fresh layer of dirt and snow in front of her, and watched as the last of the smoke reached skyward in slender, curving wisps that still made her nose wrinkle from the smell. It was painfully clear now that night had finally arrived in earnest, without any trace of sunlight from the horizon, and she exhaled in a misty fog of quiet relief realizing she very narrowly had avoided another night of aimless wandering through the cold and unforgiving dark. All because of this stranger.

Ria glanced the woman's way when she stepped aside to collect her companions and watched her movements closely, noting how fluidly she moved and with a natural grace she was certain she would never emulate. Setting her expression resolutely, the dark Luperci planted her free hand firmly within the snow--the other holding tight to the blanket to prevent it from slipping--and pushed herself up into a crouch and then hesitantly onto two legs. She didn't pull herself upright but stood with a heavy hunch, as if still considering dropping to all fours instead. It felt awkward and her balance felt off-kilter, but when she took a step Coriander was surprised to find her body responded instinctively and carried her forward with only the slightest wobble that was quickly corrected.

Her ears stood perked and attentive atop her head as she walked for the first time, slowly losing the wary anticipation she carried through each tense movement when she continued not to tumble forward onto her nose as she wholly thought she would. It was both strange and curious--and perhaps a little exhilarating?--to do something so new and different, to realize she had become something more than simply an unwanted exile. What would her family think of her now? Would it have pleased them to see her growth, this new change that she would have been all too happy to share with them to make their family even stronger?

She hadn't realized one hand had subconsciously lifted to scratch at the edge of her bite until one claw scraped uncomfortably close and made her wince aloud, and Tallulah's words registered a moment late. Medicine. A proper cleaning for the wound. She nodded in the darkness and set to holding the blanket in place with both hands as she trudged along behind her guide and her companions, quietly marveling over her new capabilities for a while longer before curiosity overtook her wandering mind and she contemplated what awaited her at their destination.



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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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