[AW]  Believe Me I'm Fine

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Ghost

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0.7 y/o xsmall Male
Unknown, Unknown Object
© Kybalt
Ghost


Pale pink tongue licked along carmine lips, snowy fur tinged pink even after its passing. At his small paws lay a plump rabbit, fat and lazy from the abundant seeds found scattered among the drooping branches of the surrounding willows. It had been little challenge to kill the creature, Ghost was silent in all he did and the plentiful willow branches served as excellent camouflage. A quick, piercing sound stunned the rabbit and with ease the male had pounced with fangs already on display. Hunting was a concept still in need of practice for Ghost, but a clearly unsuspecting rabbit posed no issue. The ease of the kill left an uncomfortable, squeamish feeling in his belly.

Dual-hued eyes flicked down to the furry lump and ivory ears flicked back in clear distaste. The urge to move away from the kill briefly overwhelmed the small male, haunches tensed in preparation to stand, before a visible shudder chased down an arched spine and left the pup still once more. Though blood may stain his lips this was not a kill for him to consume and the thought calmed him. No, this small bounty was for his mother because surely, she would be peckish upon her return to him. Where she had exactly gone was unknown and honestly did not matter to him in the slightest. All that mattered was her imminent return and the small meal he had acquired for her.

Pink nosed twitched as a breeze once more assaulted him with the scent of blood, Ghost’s body wracked by a fine tremor. Quick movements found him rising to step upwind before settling just a foot away, fluffy ivory tail wrapped around small paws and posture one of forced relaxation. He was fine. From his new placement he could better peer between the willow branches his mother had departed from quite some time prior. That was why he had moved. The rationalization helped to prevent any further discomfort, although the snowy pup’s body was still oddly tensed. He was fine, any moment now his mother would return and all would be well.

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Rajani

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4 y/o small Female
Kaushul, Male Black cobra
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The copper tang of blood filled the air, telling her someone was nearby hunting. While this area was not exactly claimed by her or anyone else, intrigue was piqued nonetheless. She was not entirely fond of the grove. It was far too moist here for her liking though it was nothing she could not deal with. It was simply a nuisance she did her best to try and ignore as she prowled forward, claws digging easily at the soft ground as a soft growl of distaste rolled from her chest. Around her the air would dance from the rising heat, the mud soon hardening beneath her paw from her fire.

Satisfied for whatever reason, she pushed onward, the ground continuing to dry up and harden with each step she took. It would make her easy to track, assuming anyone was following, but she was not concerned. It would return to normal soon enough she imagined. The environment was not so fragile that a few spots dried out here or there would cause any real harm. If it did then perhaps it was just meant to be.

Peering forward, it did not take long to spot the pale pup off in the distance, wide eyed and cowering in wait. Lying not far from him, a dead rabbit that had been recently slain. Oh? Why was he not enjoying his feast then? Very curious. "It is bad to let a meal go to waste." Stepping forward to allow herself to be more easily seen, she used this opportunity of moving closer to get a better look at him. Still young, perhaps seven or eight months. Nearly full grown but still rather young to be on his own. Were his parents nearby? "Go on." Motioning to the rabbit, she waited to see what his next move would be.


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Ghost

of

0.7 y/o xsmall Male
Unknown, Unknown Object
© Kybalt
Ghost

 
The feminine voice was unexpected and the ivory pup froze, eyes wide and ears at attention. Fool. The thought was uninvited but none-the-less true. So lost within his own thoughts, Ghost had failed to extend his senses and remain alert to any incoming threats. Hopefully, it would not be a mistake he would pay dearly for. Dual-hued eyes quickly slid over to the intruder and a sharp frown tugged at pink stained lips. The female was rather pretty with her dark fur and glowing markings, but the air of rising heat that surrounded her in tandem with the footsteps that clearly placed considerable heat onto the ground made him extremely nervous. Not to mention this female was not his mother. With little else to do, the pup quickly shook his head at the woman, “It’s not going to waste, my mother will be back soon and she will eat it.”

The approach of the female caused Ghost to inhale sharply and hold it, tension running through his small body. When no further movements came, he released it all in a gusty exhale and an almost audible ‘pop’ followed the action as the bubble of silence that typically surrounded the male gave way. His heartbeat was loud in his ears, the steady thumping a warning of the headache he knew would soon follow. The bells around his ankles gave small chimes as he shifted slightly further away from the female and rabbit both, grimace on his face. “She will be back…” and then, mostly to himself, “she must come back”.

That made sense to him. Yes, she may have been gone for a few days but she had to return for him: it’s not like she could just leave him here to rot. How many days has it been? How many times have you told yourself just one more day?. That annoying, unwanted voice with its equally unwanted questions. And it was this female’s fault that it was bothering him. He had gotten it to stop days ago (he didn’t want to think about what that implied time wise), and now this stranger was making his head hurt while he tried to ignore everything this voice was making him remember. Perhaps if he could get her to leave everything would once more fall back into silence? “I’m not hungry and mother is still gone, the meat will spoil. Please, take it for yourself.” The, ’and go elsewhere’ went unsaid but the implication was obvious.

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Rajani

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4 y/o small Female
Kaushul, Male Black cobra
©

Despite his young age he still seemed apprehensive of her. A wise choice though she had no intention of harming him unless he gave her reason to. Instead he answered in a way that was not convincing at all. His mother would be back soon he assured her though, from the scents that lingered, there had not been anyone besides him nearby in several days. A sense of understanding came over her though she would not say anything to argue. Instead she would allow herself to sit. "Is that so?" While she did not particularly care about hurting the feelings of a child, she saw no point in wasting energy telling him otherwise.

Still, it seemed she did not need to worry for his next words told her he did not believe his own words. He already knew the chances of anyone coming back for him was not likely at this point but he did not want to accept it. Pity was felt toward him though she would not act on it as she let her gaze slide off in to the distance, as if catching her attention or lost in thought. Perhaps giving him less attention would make him relax a little more than he was.

But even without focusing on him, he still seemed to be nervous. He was obviously uncomfortable in the way he shifted his weight around, as if he was happier to be left alone. The implications were even there as he offered the rabbit to her. The words were not said out loud but they were definitely implied and a soft chuff was made as she looked back to the boy. "I don't need your food. You are still growing. Eat." While it was not really a demand, it was a strong suggestion. She was quiet for only a moment longer before she would dare to speak again. "What is your name boy?" It would be easier than referring to him simply as child or boy.



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Ghost

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0.7 y/o xsmall Male
Unknown, Unknown Object
© Kybalt
Ghost

 
He knew his mom wouldn’t be returning for him. He had always been a burden to her, the odd one out with his magick and quickly outcast because of it. So what if he could not make armors like his brother or mix potions like his sister? He could talk to the wind and how was that not just as impressive? Instead, it had made him out to be a social leper among his entire family unit; it was no surprise that he had ended up lonely and abandoned, he supposed he was lucky to still be breathing. That was the only blessing mother had ever given him, anyone else would have just put him out of his misery as had been threatened numerous times before. He should be grateful to be rid of them, false family that they were. Perhaps that was why, when the strange female sat near him, Ghost didn’t shy away or curl his lip.

Her undirected gaze allowed him to minutely relax, some tension leaving his frame and small shudders falling still. He still wasn’t sure how he felt about her, but any wolf that that could sit through his rude manners and remain calm couldn’t be all that bad. Right? Her voice rung out again and ivory audits flicked to attention though his gaze remained directed off to the side. A small smile whispered across his lips, barely there and quickly gone, at her words. Was this what it was like to have someone even slightly concerned for your wellbeing? Perhaps not quite, but it was more than he had ever received before and it left an odd feeling in his chest. He wasn’t quite sure if he liked it or not.

He hesitantly moved towards the rabbit, head tilting in her direction once more as he she spoke. His name? He was sure that maybe he’d once had one, but for as long as he could remember he had only been referred to by rather unpleasant things and he refused to voice them as his calling. He took a nibble of the rabbit before an uncertain answer spilled from him, “…Ghost”. Another small bite before, “What’s your name? Do you live here?”. He was uncertain of this female, asking questions would surely help him to decide whether he liked her or not.

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Rajani

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4 y/o small Female
Kaushul, Male Black cobra
©

Her childhood had never been too terrible growing up in all honesty. Her mother was proud and valued strength to protect those she cared about. There were many stories about her actions and large personality though there were also many stories about how her rashness led her to making decisions that were... not so wise. Father, on the other hand, was more calm and rational. He'd been raised under the ways of the warrior, learning patience and virtue. That combined with the terrifying force her grandmother was were all things that shaped her in to the woman she was now.

Slowly the tension he was holding on to seemed to ebb away as she refused to leave. Good. If he was going to give her too much grief she was planning on giving in to his wishes and moving along. She did not have time or the patience to waste on anyone, especially if she was not wanted. For now at least she would have the chance to linger in order to determine if this was worth her time at all. If he did not tell her to leave by now, chances were he was not going to at all.

After a moment he did as she instructed, moving to eat what he had killed. Good. While she was cold and uncaring for the most part, she was not completely careless. She despised useless waste if it could be helped. It was only after a moment of consideration that he answered with his name though there was no telling if it was his actual name or one he chose for himself. Either way she filed it in to her memory. Ghost. Ah, and then there was the barrage of questions for herself. "Rajani." A pause before she would go on to his second question. "Not exactly... For the time being I have no home. But I am hoping to change that soon enough. I'll be establishing a place for beings like you and I to call home. You're welcome to join me of course, once you've decided you've waited long enough for someone to return." That was all she would say on the matter.




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Ghost

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0.7 y/o xsmall Male
Unknown, Unknown Object
© Kybalt
Ghost

 
Rajani. It comforted him, this exchanging of names. Perhaps it was a return to normalcy that he so desperately needed, a reoccurring pleasantry that he could find stability in even while everything else around him rapidly changed and morphed into something unknown. Even while left for dead and facing uncertain circumstance Ghost could count on social norms to remain as they always had. It was truly pathetic, yes? Feminine voice interrupted self-deprecation, Ghost giving a small shake of his head before returning to his meal while listening to her words.

Dual-hued eyes widened in emotion, fixed away from the female as a fine tremble made way down his spine. How often had he strived for acceptance from his mother? From his family? Done all that he could for even a sliver of approval only to realize that nothing he ever did would be enough in their eyes. Simply because he was magicka. Yet, here was this stranger that he had been nothing but unkind and dismissive towards inviting him to join her as she made a home. How cruel fate could be to those at its mercy. How temperamental to then gift a second chance so easily missed and turned away.

His silence lasted but a minute before he turned to fully face Rajani, ears low and eyes searching her own for…forgiveness, he supposed. “I’m done waiting,” a small, mournful smile twisting his lips, “there was never anyone coming back anyway.” If this was to be his second chance then he would force himself to justly appreciate it by facing the truth of his situation. He was a master at hiding from himself and forgetting anything that could trouble him, but in this instance he would not forget. No, he would make sure to imprint this moment in his mind: what came before and what was occurring now. He would hold close the betrayals of his past and strive to show his appreciation for the second life granted him by Rajani. “I would like to make my home with you, please”.

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