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    Forest Disturbance? (Job/Calathes)

    Post by Ahote on 26th November 2017, 11:42 am


    What was it that drew Ahote to the forest? Was it the sweet and gentle kiss of the breeze against his white cheeks, or maybe the endearing sound of leaves rustling up against one another in groves of trees and bushes on windy days? Ahote never brought himself to think about these questions, much less find answers to them, and enjoyed the beauty of nature in its fullest. Every rock submerged in dirt, patch of green grass, and even the wet moss that covered the vegetation. If anything, forests were places where the boy felt more at home than he ever did. Him and the critters and insects that scurried around, him and the pleasant noise of nature's busywork. Of course, this meant that he jumped on any opportunity to visit any sort of wooded area besides what Ahote considered his backyard, Mt. Hakobe.

    Ahote was particularly excited for this mission for a reason that would be expected of a boy who enjoyed animals, as it was to catch some critter that had been disturbing the forest. The spooky forest, specifically. He was unsure if he had ever been there before, but any wooded area felt strangely familiar to him. It was a frequent feeling of déjà vu that the boy could never seem to shake off. Maybe any forest looked similar to him? Regardless, he felt equally excited to explore this new area that was conveniently close to Mt. Hakobe, making the trip theoretically possible by foot but even faster by train or carriage. Like any boy, he decided to take a train in order to have a swift commute. He did need to be home by a certain hour before he suspected that someone would notice his absence.

    It was an early morning when Ahote would hop off the train and into what would be called the Spooky Forest, which did not seem very spooky from the looks of it. It was quiet, and light filled the area. The chirps of small birds and the scratching of other critters, but the woods seemed strangely desolate. Despite the noise, it seemed very dead to the boy. But regardless, he was eager to get to it.

    These secret missions made the boy feel rather good about himself each time he risked going out, as he was not supposed to leave the fortress grounds by himself. The first time he did it was only but a few months ago, and was a nervous wreck! His sense of integrity made him loathe his dishonesty and going against his mother's wishes, but couldn't resist exploring the world he was entitled to. But now after going on several independent expeditions, Ahote felt much more comfortable leaving the fortress in secret. If anything, it made him feel good about himself. Sometimes being rebellious made him feel clever, even if no one was watching or knew about his defiance.

    Originally, Ahote got this particular request from travelers seeking help. These travelers were rather old and cranky, and none of the settlers were interested in resolving what would seem to be a trivial and unimportant problem, and sent it Ahote's way instead since they were well aware of his eagerness to leave Mt. Hakobe. Unfortunate for him, he found the home of the old couple and knocked of their door only to be answered with silence. It became clear that they had no interest in speaking to him despite why he was there, and decided to pacify whatever was causing the disturbance and head home. If anything, he was relieved that he didn't need to deal with a cranky couple! Well, so he thought. Truth be told, he enjoyed any human interaction outside of his family any day.

    Ahote wore swamp green shorts and a pine green tank top with a butterfly net hanging over his shoulder. He was clearly expecting something around the size of a squirrel, apparently. The boy searched through the bushes, climbed the trunks of trees and peeked into large holes that went through the wood and even checked under rocks, but nothing seemed to be disturbing the area. He could only be out for a few hours before he suspected someone would notice his absence back home, and didn't have time to camp out all day for what he thought would be some mischievous critter and him not finding anything out of the ordinary within the first hour was already discouraging.

    Ahote sat down on a patch of grass, tired of actively searching without any catches. He exhaled with a deep sigh and wiped the sweat from his brow with his wrist, looking up at the sun through the grove of trees. "Ahh. . . this is nice. Wonder if it's really just that old couple out there. . ." Ahote spoke to himself, feeling himself drift into a quiet slumber. It was hard to stay awake being exhausted, hot, and comfortable and eventually succumbed to his deep desire to nap, and did so. The boy, leaning against the trunk of a tree, surrounded by bushes, seemingly had fallen asleep deep in the Spooky Forest.

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    Re: Forest Disturbance? (Job/Calathes)

    Post by Calathes on 26th November 2017, 3:58 pm



    I WASTED MY TIME 'TIL TIME WASTED ME

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    i'm a bit rusty!  /SWEATS
    The forest was like home to him, for no matter where he went, the comfort of greenery and the singing of birds brought him a sense of comfort that the company of human-kind and it's civilization did not. However— there was always the curious soul. The adrift stray that was brought about a thrill in finding something hidden deep within the woods. Although it was not what they had been looking for, and neither did he find pleasure in being discovered. For in the end of a brief moment, the creature of the moon found himself in an incredible discomfort. A spear had been lodged into his upper shoulder, pinning the left of his wing which made it impossible to stand. Either that or extremely aggravating to move. If he managed to try limping for a few measly lengths, the silence of the forest was disturbed by eerie and ear-piercing cries. Nearby animals quickly retreating due to the sound, though they seemed aware enough that the beast was simply in pain. It was not as if they could do much when such a large being swung itself left then right, only screwing the tool further into it's flesh. Disturbing tree dwelling animals and nearly knocking down their homes.

    Like a bird that had broken it's wing— left at the mercy of the mossy floors.
    At least he wasn't small enough to be preyed on.

    Thankfully all that he had required was the few strands of sunlight which crept past the fold of the trees, feeding off of it's energy as he took a break from the pain of movement. Again he'd try, a low rumble feeding into his throat, fangs bared and grinding together. He'd fall and then he'd stand over and over again. The wound was closed, but the silver glow still crept past the metal object, leaving a slight trail in the dirt. It was almost as captivating as the golden hue in his large eyes, as if reflecting the moon. Why he held such a connection with it— still did he wonder.

    Another tumble was taken, and for a few seconds he settled against the ground, large features enveloped by the merciless edge of bushes. His breath was loud, and the inhale was deepening. However, with the singular gathering of air, he took hold of a very strong scent. Jerking upright, nearly throttling his head into the branches above, a few leaves shifted from their placing. Fluttering downward towards a young boy. Surprisingly the stranger had not woken, and was dozing against the base of a tree with an innocent expression painting his features. What was puzzling the beast was what a child was doing all the way out here. Accompanied by a butterfly net— what a "daunting" weapon that was. Had he been expecting to catch some sort of small forest animal? For a moment Theo found this to be almost laughable if the individual currently aware or unaware of his situation could basically be deemed as lost.

    At least that was what had been taken in regards to the smaller figure below.

    Few obnoxious snorts retreated past the crevasse of his lips, carefully arching forward to shove his nose into the kid. Not so much it would be painful, but surely enough that it would awaken him with a surprise. What he was hoping to gain wasn't exactly fear, but a hopeful attempt at achieving aid. Especially in the weaponry which prevented him from doing much but grovelling and shrilling against the pain. For now, with a head the size of the body before him, and irises as brilliant as golden treasures— glared down upon the youth in his eventual awakening. Running was certainly not an option, especially with a structure that coiled and twisted like a snake.

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    Re: Forest Disturbance? (Job/Calathes)

    Post by Ahote on 27th November 2017, 8:10 pm


    How typical of a kid to fall asleep on the job. These tranquil woods and warm, autumn winds set a scene too irresistible. However, his nap was very brief, not even reach thirty minutes. But for such a short time, the boy quickly fell into a satisfying slumber, as he woke up early and went to bed late. It was only expected that he'd crash when he got the chance. - Perhaps he was a workaholic in the making?

    Slumber was always a pleasant thing for Ahote to experience, as dreams followed close behind a good night's rest. Dreams of faraway places, an imaginary canvas of colors he didn't know he could perceive, colors he's never seen before. Deer frolicked together in tall, green grass across what looked to be endless plains with large, magnificent mountains and hilltops standing tall across the horizon. The sun painted the sky all colors warm with it's rays of light, and warm summer winds brushed through the landscape, through the trees, through the grass, to kiss his cheeks. Flowers bloomed, birds chirped, it was simply a place where all things good existed in harmony. Sometimes his dreams would let him escape to this wonderland on one of his better days, let him run from reality. Run from the fortress, run from his parents, run from his loneliness, his sadness, his despair. Escape from himself.

    But most times, he couldn't gain entry to that wonderful place, no matter how much he wished it. His hunger to explore the world he felt entitled to swelled, and his childlike wonder for the anything beyond Mt. Hakobe grew. He couldn't resist letting himself go, freeing himself from the fortress, even if it was only but a few hours each week.

    Other days, his dreams were not so pleasant. They became more depressing, more morbid. It explored parts of himself he did not wish to explore, told him things he did not want to be told, showed him things he did not want to see. Landscapes started out beautiful and endearing, but was soon swallowed up by darkness, and he returned to a void he was so familiar with. A part of himself that was broken, unfilled, and was left there to think. To listen. To question. For what purpose, he did not know. He did not wish to know.

    Why do I exist? What am I to do with my life? This world is too cruel. . . too unfair. There is so much to know, so much I don't know. . . when I die, will I really be so ignorant? Of. . . of course I will. I barely know myself. . . it's. . . I'm. . . I'm. . . Ahote thought to himself. But before his thoughts could lead him to a darker place, he felt the abrupt nudge of a figure thrust into his belly, causing him to jerk and flinch and come to a sudden awakening.

    "Wha- . . .!!" Ahote hugged his stomach and grinned, as he was quite ticklish. - Ticklish to the touch, actually. But what didn't help was before him, no, above him was some sort of animal. Some sort of beast. The raven haired boy briefly went pale as a ghost, and swallowed what saliva he had held. "O-Oooh. . . you must be. .
    . you must be what's disturbing the place. . . I think."
    He mumbled to himself before his skin returning his natural, healthy color.

    At first, Ahote was frightened, too frightened to speak. But realizing that it was simply an animal, a seemingly docile one at that, he returned to himself. . . or so he thought. The boy quick came to his feet and held his butterfly net out as if to threaten the creature. "You are way bigger than a squirrel! Hey, hey now! D-Don't bite me,
    don't you dare!"
    He sputtered nervously. Although he loved animals, this had been a tad too much for him. The boy trembled anxiously and had a strong but strange desire to pet him. Oh, he was far too much of an animal lover for it to not have crossed his mind.

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    Re: Forest Disturbance? (Job/Calathes)

    Post by Calathes on 28th November 2017, 2:37 pm



    I WASTED MY TIME 'TIL TIME WASTED ME

    547 words @ahote
    i'm a bit rusty!  /SWEATS
    The boy peered up at him with an absolute reason of astoundment and dismay. He could see the white that wavered in the features, the slow intake of a breath and the desperate attempt to reach onto something that would calm his nerves. Quickly did the other try, through the barely audible mumble and still settled silence. The two simply stared at one another, one in a state of fear, and the other watching as if annoyed. Or perhaps curious? In such a form Theo did not consider such a measly looking boy to be as direct as a threat. Especially with the net now pointed in his direction. A laugh was almost considered, if the beast hadn’t been in so much pain. Shifting the weight around bared the fangs, ears moving front then back in an unsteady motion. He’d gone to stand tall, but let out a discomforting shrill instead. It was almost similar to that of a bird and a dog, mused into one as he let himself sink back into the soft floors. Disrupting the majority of birds which quickly retreated elsewhere, scattering into the skies, startled by the cry which resounded so far into the winding maze of the forest.

    The presumed beast growled, and whimpered, casting a glance towards the wooden object which peered through the flesh of his upper shoulder. Golden irises then faced the child, letting out another growl, as if endeavouring to speak to him through a language that could have only been understandable as the sounds which presented themselves as the typical noises that came from an animal. Something that was unfortunately not comprehended by most. If the child was a mind reader perhaps things would have enacted themselves in a different manner. But the idea or the likelihood of such a possibility was like finding a needle within a stack of hay. Still did the measly excuse of a weapon stand before the two of them, form trembling and eyes wide. For a moment Theo could’ve sworn he’d seen the slightest force of a smile. Perhaps the youth had been trying to force his panic into something more enlightening- excitement(?) appearing the more closer and reasonable option.

    Impatient and slowly easing past the line of annoyed, the jaws snapped outward, tearing the object from the hands of the other. Breaking easily upon contact, it was throttled into the brush, covered by a layer of saliva. Another harsh impact to the ears was met as Theo howled directly in the face of the boy, never daring to harm, but hoping that his eyes would look elsewhere. That everything would sink in, and that the child would relieve him from this current dilemma. Although it wasn’t exactly certain when the beast was becoming more forthright, aggressive and upset that his only chance of aid might not understand. Unless he decided to use force instead, it was unlikely that one could grasp the message. That was how this distaste which pinned his muscles and jarred against his bones had happened in the first place. Still did he wish that humans could simply pry their curiosity opposite from his direction. An unpleasant memory reached him, and just as quickly he shook it elsewhere. Hateful of the motion that came with fear.

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    Re: Forest Disturbance? (Job/Calathes)

    Post by Ahote on 29th November 2017, 7:28 am


    There was little Ahote felt he could do in the situation he was currently in. He’s seen bears, lynxes, and other somewhat large animals but the beast before he really was the icing on the cake. Knowing this, he was able to understand that perhaps the butterfly net was not enough to defend him against those strong jaws, sharp claws and even sharper teeth. That being said, who knew what else this beast had yet to show him, what strange abilities it was capable of? For his own safety, Ahote did not want the beast to show him in this particular moment, but was curious.

    Ahote and the beast stared at each other in silence for what seemed to be an eternity, the boy not looking away in order to protect himself and the beast staring for reasons he did not know. In fact, it came to mind that the beast was rather docile despite the moans and grunts of aggression that slipped passed its tongue. It did not strike him despite being much larger than Ahote, much less snarled or anything of the sort. Understanding this, Ahote then became confused.

    Well, that’s strange. If it isn’t going to hurt me, then why is it. . . Ahote thought to himself before realizing that perhaps the grunts of aggression were really grunts of distress. With that in mind, Ahote began to lower his guard in order to figure out what to do. But quickly following that train of thought did his butterfly net, or weapon, snapped like a twig and flew out of his hands with a layer of saliva coating it. Briefly, Ahote went pale again before regaining composure and giving the beast his undivided attention.

    ”Alright, uhm. . . I get it, no butterfly nets, heh. . .” he snickered nervously before taking a single, cautious step to his right in order to better view the beast’s body, discovering something lodged high up on his shoulder, ”. . . are you hurt? That explains a lot, I guess. You’re pretty big, though. I wouldn’t think that something as big as you would walk around to people for help. . . a smart one, I guess.” By this point, Ahote had been speaking more to himself rather the the animal in front of him, vocalizing his thoughts since it seemed that the beast wouldn’t understand anyway, but hoped that his voice had soothed him.

    Suddenly, Ahote slowly extended his hand to the beast with a weak smile and furrowed brows. He was quite nervous in doing so, but he wouldn’t be able to make much progress if he hadn’t done something. ”Well, I don’t have any bandages or disinfectants on me, but we at least get that thing out of your shoulder, right? So. . . I won’t hurt you or anything. Uhm. . .” Ahote spoke quietly and softly, further extending his hand in hopes that the beast would what most animals did and find trust in the boy by investigating him. That to be said, he was gigantic. He didn’t know whether he’d bite it or. . . worse!

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    Re: Forest Disturbance? (Job/Calathes)

    Post by Calathes on 30th November 2017, 10:31 pm



    I WASTED MY TIME 'TIL TIME WASTED ME

    506 words @ahote
    i'm a bit rusty!  /SWEATS
    The removal of the object wavered the features of the other, as if the current rolled forth in a sudden whiteness, it just as quickly subsided into the regular shade. What eyes gave their attention were bold, a glaring and persistent hue. The opposing narrowed in return-- curious that fear could be brushed into the worry of something else. A wise choice when the difference in size was so vast, and the beast was so scarce of patience. Still did the larger never peer elsewhere, keen to the apparent sincerity in the actions of a mere child. Thankfully the weaponry, entrenched within the bed of his wing, and the rugged surface of a shoulder was visible enough for the child to see. It was then that things were shifting, clicking and motioning into something which all made sense. What discontent that aroused moments before, was gradually easing into relief. The sigh was audible enough, form shuddering against the exhale, a voice retreating into the once silent forest.

    There was a depth to the hum which resounded from his throat, a rumble of irritation that this child thought he could not comprehend the words which fell past those lips. It was a reasonable assumption when all that was capable were sounds-- not the language which the most of Fiore spoke. Theo let it pass, not because he truly wished it so, but shifting the shape was not worthy of a few words when it would simply leave him in a more concerning state. More than likely the ending. Lashes of a larger view fluttered downward, soaking in the darkness which veiled his sight. Instead of letting out a breath, one was slowly taken in, as if afflicted by the way the lungs stilled against his nearly impacting wound. When the shadowed green was exposed in the opening, the child crept close, a single hand extended outward.

    Beastly features jerked backwards, momentarily startled. The tool before him was small, so small he'd convinced himself it could have easily been crushed by the impact of his fangs. How pale the flesh of the youth was, reflecting in the few spots of sunlight as if the very beginning of winter. A cool and sickly tinge-- but how frail it appeared. How cold it had seemed. Theo found distraction in such a small manner, the mind playing out assumptions, possibilities-- all in the wonder with what he was doing within the depth of the wood by his lonesome. Fluidly did the slender neck move forward, the center of the snout brushing against the hand of the other. It was a brief moment however, before the beast decided to shove the child towards himself. A furthering expression of what little patience Theo held. Or had he truly grasped such a thing? It was a dis-concerning thing in regards to bandaging, or the various medicines that were used to clean such wounds. The way of healing was much diverse than it might have been for this boy.

    All that was needed-- was light.

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    Re: Forest Disturbance? (Job/Calathes)

    Post by Ahote on 2nd December 2017, 4:43 pm


    Ahote felt his qualms ease away when extending his hand. He knew that there was a large possibility in him being attacked, but assumed the creature was docile based off of it's behavior. Never had the boy encountered a beast so large and so dangerous that showed no particular interest in the boy, at least not from a predator-prey standpoint. In marveling at it, Ahote ended up asking many questions to himself regarding the beast. What was it? Was it male or female? Where did it come from? Was it sentient? The onslaught of questions fed his eagerness, but was quickly reminded of the task at hand.

    Ahote watched as the beast jerked back in shock when he extended his soft hand out to it, a smile cracking his face in looking up at it. It became easier in maintaining composure when Ahote stood still and waited for the beast to feel somewhat comfortable in the boy's presence instead of forcing that some of trust. Though, the boy did not want this procedure to take too much time, realizing the beast was in some sort of distress. It groaned, grunted and hummed its stress, a plausible idea to assume it was those cries that disturbed the forest, not the beast itself.  

    Brief moments in between the physical exchange Ahote offered, his eyes drifted back over to the beast's shoulder. Poor thing, who knew how long that thing had been stuck in there? Turning his attention back over to the figure before him, Ahote quickly felt its snout brush against his palm. Ahote was humbled in feeling its softness, a texture he longed for in an animal. Abruptly, however, the boy was pushed towards the beast, clearly impatient. The raven haired boy squeaked in its sudden movements before regaining composure and investigating the wound above him.

    "Boy, oh boy. It's really lodged in there, huh? We should be able to pull it out if we give it a few good tugs. . . might hurt a lot, though." Ahote rambled on to himself, trying to create solutions to the problem. It seemed as if there was only one way out of this given the circumstances, it seemed. His orangish-gold eyes darted between the beasts' and the wound, wondering if it understood what he meant. "The sooner the better,
    right, big fella? Lets get this thing out of you. - But, it'll hurt a lot, so prepare yourself. It'll be over quickly, though!"
    Ahote reassured it, rubbing his hand along its strange body in hopes it would soothe it.

    "Okay, I'm gonna climb on your back, alright? Don't toss me off, now. . ." He continued, proceeding to make his way up onto the back of the beast, who stood tall and strong. Or, it was how it seemed, at least. Ahote didn't quite understand its physical state at the moment, but didn't underestimate its power regardless. Upon lifting himself to its back, Ahote got a clearer view of the wound. An already broken spear deeply lodged within the shoulder of the beast became more apparent as Ahote would crawl over and coil both hands around the shaft of the weapon. "Are you ready? I'll pull at three. One. . . two. . . three!" Ahote cautioned before giving the spear one big tug, feeling the wood and metal slip between muscle and tissue, slowly but surely making way through its body.
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    Re: Forest Disturbance? (Job/Calathes)

    Post by Calathes on 5th December 2017, 8:58 pm



    I WASTED MY TIME 'TIL TIME WASTED ME

    781 words @ahote
    i'm a bit rusty!  /SWEATS
    The child, now closer to the plight that had driven within flesh, was lastly understanding. Feathers ruffled, motioning like a wave had passed through the silky raven. With a nape that extended just as long as a snake, the creature peered towards the boy. Already close to the surface, distance could no longer be severed. A whine faltered past the large maw, beginning the gradual embrace of agony. The last burst of pain to the ending of the thorn which had been bundled deep within the wall of muscle. Knowing of it, there was no point in crying as if he were a helpless child. It was never within the nature of such a stubborn and ruthless being. Warmth passed through the coat, countering the coolness of his form. Still did the golden watch the little bird, long lashes fluttering in something which opposed the earlier frustration.

    What touch traced the softness that layered his form, was comforting and scarce. As if a breath of wind had teased him. Only did the feeling grow more prominent when the weight of another carefully ascended onto the top. In-between the wings, the large form shifted for a moment, adjusting the weight. The child was merely another feather upon the many, light and barely noticeable. Eyes which opposed those that were normal nor' that of a reptilian merely caught a glimpse of the form before it became a strain to move any further. Closing seal over those golden jewels was brief, for the beast did not appreciate the darkness. It was a frightening thing to consider that blindness was something which afflicted many. How thankful he was that it had not encountered his own. The view of what lay in the present was just as important as the sounds that rung out into this mysterious world.

    Mulling over ideas, over possibilities delayed the regard for now. A number brought him back before he had a chance to understand what was happening. With a startled cry, more boisterous than the rest, he could feel the object move against his flesh. The pressing against the recently harmed. Feathers raised upwards, symbolizing the gravity of this once considerable ache. An easily dealt with surface became something that not even a child had the chance to hold onto. Broken wood tumbled towards the ground with the edge layered in blood of white. The glow of the fluid painted the beauty of the feathers which scattered. Once the harshness subsided into the fastening seal of an open wound, it faded just as quickly. As though it had never existed in the first place. Warmth upon the center of the back had disappeared, and without the strain, he noticed the boy was no longer there.

    Confused- the head turned left then right. It took few moments, but the form was remarked in the rise of greenery. Obviously the boy was unconscious, possibly due to the flail which had forced him to gain flight. Directly into the rigid surface of a tree. Taking a closer look, worried that he might have done some harm, there appeared to be no blood. The earth had simply dusted him in patches of dirt, the highlight against such pale skin. With few seconds to ponder the situation, light gradually enveloped the beastly form. Concealing it as though water, the shape started to change in a rather unnatural motion. For a moment it held nothing but what seemed as light. Eventually did the unlikely event begin to change into something else. What was slowly starting to seem... more human.

    As the glow faded into the shadowed allure of the forest, there stood what was like any other human. His skin kissed by the sunlight, eyes as captivating as the golden piece. Chocolate strands were messy, scattered by a hue of crimson which teased the end. Although a rough appearance, he was certainly pleasing on the sight. "Let's get you out of here... before you run into something more pissed off than I was." the voice behind the shadow of such a mysterious creature grumbled, gathering the youth into his arms. For a moment he'd stumble, having not encountered this appearance for the few moons which faltered by. His strength was differing in the more measly size, however not a challenge when the boy he was carrying seemed rather scrawny. Someone whom definitely needed more light. Was he one of those that enjoyed the inside more than what lay beyond? Somehow Theo could not catch onto that idea when he had traversed so deep into the forest.

    Slowly and carefully, he'd begin to move.
    Making way from the shadow and into the opening of an eventual exit.

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    Re: Forest Disturbance? (Job/Calathes)

    Post by Ahote on 7th December 2017, 3:16 pm

    It was certainly a challenge to get the spear out of the shoulder of the beast. If the pain was nonexistent and the beast would stay still, the boy felt as if the process would go much smoother. Well, that went for most injuries, really. There was not much Ahote could do about the pain the beast was experiencing besides get the deed done quickly. But to his surprise, the spear had been lodged in the muscle and tissue enough to be more difficult than he had anticipated.

    Geez, this thing is really lodged in there! Ahote thought to himself, having to tug longer and harder and more than once than what he had originally anticipated. Though, it shouldn't have been any surprise. If the beast itself couldn't remove it by normal means, it was understandable that it had been a difficult task for both of them! But in moments of Ahote's forceful and stressed tugs and pulls, the once idle beast broke into a fit of panic and agony, releasing boisterous, screeching cries that sent flocks of birds scattering into the atmosphere, husks of hares scurrying into their burrows and nests of mice darting across the grassy surface. Just as quickly as the nearby forest critters panicked did the beast begin to jerk and thrust about, Ahote struggling but ultimately unable to maintain his balance and in the brief moments in between did he feel a once soft surface below his feet now no longer there as he was jerked off and tossed into a nearby object, hitting his directly in his back with one large thud.

    "Gyah. . .!!" Ahote grunted, feeling himself quickly drift into a state of unconsciousness, the soreness of his back spreading across his body until he felt an unpleasant numbness, and all things faded to black.

    Before Ahote knew it, he had begun to wake up from his unconscious state in the arms of a stranger. - A beautiful one, at that. A warm, brown skin tone accompanied with chocolate threads with a teasing crimson highlight hugging at its loose ends. It had the same rich, golden eyes that the beast had wore so beautifully, but with a stoic, unapproachable expression and demeanor. With wide, topaz eyes fixated on the brown haired beauty, Ahote had only been a a few seconds late in realizing he was being carried by a stranger, in who knows where, after what he thought as fainting.

    When he tried to move, he felt the soreness in his back and neck become much more apparent than they had been when he was still. He winced and grunted, remaining idle before opening his mouth to speak, "Uhm. . . hello. Who are you. . . why are you. . . uhm,
    carrying me? Helloooo?"
    Ahote queried, not having the energy to be frightened or panicked by the situation. If anything, he didn't have the physical means to do so. His back ached, knowing it was lightly bruised, and having just woken from unconsciousness, he was still rather weak. He wore the expression equivalent of a clueless puppy.




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    Re: Forest Disturbance? (Job/Calathes)

    Post by Calathes on 7th December 2017, 10:58 pm



    I WASTED MY TIME 'TIL TIME WASTED ME

    458 words @ahote
    i'm a bit rusty!  /SWEATS
    For the few minutes that faltered by, maneuvering by thick brush and crowded timber was hard when it meant shielding the unconscious from any potential harm. A sweat was beginning on the golden features, the symbol of effort and eventual relief as the thickness of the woods had eased itself into some sort of trail. Whether pushed upon by animals or the curious human, the morning star found its passage through the larger gap. Theo frowned, a dryness tormenting his throat. In the human form, he'd sought a habit that would seem dehydration. Or was it that he was severing the distance between shadow and light that his body was expressing its need for such energy? The least of his concern now that movement was an option.

    Little pup was starting to wake up after all.

    Hesitating, simply to slow the pace, the child hardly moved. He could feel the movement however, the gentle sigh and the slight sensation of those puzzled eyes upon his form. It was the same pair that had observed the raven beast with a mixture of caution, yet fascination. Theo decided not to look at first--not until the boy decided he would gather the courage to speak. Silence was always nice, even if the tension would settle itself. Yet the stillness of the forest would not last forever, and  then came the soft voice, countering the air like a wisp upon the smallest and most delicate leaf. Certainly audible, the boy sounded as though he had lost his spirits from before. The anxious, apparent concern that had brought him into this situation in the first place. Not that Theo was so willing to tell the boy. Perhaps it would seem as a dream for now.

    "I can hear you." starting off the approach with a tone that spewed venom, he'd let a few moments pass. A few steps upon the earth, the stir of lifeless leaves and weakened branches snap beneath his feet. Theo took in a quiet breath, "I found you beneath a tree unconscious." he said again, more remiss in his tone, "What kind of kid wanders into the spooky forest? They don't call it that for nothing." the motion never stopped, and the figure kept walking. The opening was drawing closer, he could feel it upon the warmth of the sun that was gradually getting stronger and stronger. "Stupid bravery you have, or was it just curiosity? You're lucky I found you before dark, you might have ended up as a snack for some demon lingering in this place." for a moment he almost sounded amused, keeping forward and only passing glance once or twice. Theo had neglected to introduce himself--perhaps it was because it was so unlikely an encounter?

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    Re: Forest Disturbance? (Job/Calathes)

    Post by Ahote on 8th December 2017, 12:03 pm

    Ahote had been very confused by this point. None of it seemed to really add up. Or maybe it did? Ahote could remember only the events that took place before he had been seemingly knocked unconscious. He recalled coming across a rather docile, unidentifiable creature with a spear lodged in its shoulder. The beast made it quite clear that he wanted the raven haired youth to assist him in removing the spear, and so he did, but as expected, the creature did not respond well to the pain. It was similar to hanging onto a furious bull in a rodeo, but lasted less than a dozen seconds before he was tossed off of the back of the creature and into a harder surface from behind, which he assumed to be either a stone structure or tough tree, judging by the scrapes and bruising he felt cover his back. They were all minor injuries, but kept him from the thought of moving and remained idle within the stranger’s arms.

    It had took numerous greetings and calls from Ahote before the man had finally spoke, not so much as giving him a glance. But as slow as he was to respond, his quickness to scold the boy was that of fish darting in a pond. Frankly, he had been more shocked by the man’s swift transition from dismissive to unadulterated cheekiness.

    The boy had a lot of questions. Really, he didn’t know how to respond to the situation. What was he to say? Ahote’s brows furrowed at the man’s impudent response to his calls, ”Well, okay smart one. I was here on a job, for you information! And what are you doing here? I’d hardly call being taken to only God knows where by some stranger who just goes around spooky, desolate areas picking up kids lucky!” Ahote ranted, clearly the man lighting a fuse. But as the boy spoke and fumed, he realized that he was more clueless than he had suspected. "Wait, who even are you? Where-- Where are we going?! Are you kidnapping me? Is that what this is?! Oh my god. . .” He fretted, beginning to panic and start speaking his thoughts out loud. From the back of his head, the boy new that he was possibly just a man helping a kid out, and just happened to have a bite, but he was far too puzzled to think straight.



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    Re: Forest Disturbance? (Job/Calathes)

    Post by Calathes on 8th December 2017, 4:49 pm



    I WASTED MY TIME 'TIL TIME WASTED ME

    470 words @ahote
    i'm a bit rusty!  /SWEATS
    Assuming the little bird had lost its reason to chirp, quickly faded elsewhere into the snarky tirade which countered his words. For a moment, Theo was startled, and then he was just irked. Indeed were they strangers, and indeed he had gathered this ( child ) into his arms. If anything, the scenario was playing itself to be something of a misunderstanding. One of which needed to be cleared before he lost all reason in the nearing build of anger. After all--it was never appreciated to be insulted when he was simply trying to repay this boy for his kindness. Not that Theo had a single shred of resemblance towards the mighty beast of raven. With a singular brow jerking, those lips would part in response to what fearsome rambles were landsliding from the other.

    "Oh... shut up!" he started with snap, keeping his glare forward, "Is there something wrong with an act of kindness!? You looked like you had taken quite the fall, I was just concerned and am helping you out of this creepy place before dark!" Theo paused before continuing his rant, "Would you have rather woken up with the sun already hiding behind the horizon? I think it to be a much more reasonable thing to help someone, a child or an adult, rather than leave them to possibly die." after allowing the fire to violently lash out in his tone, a heavy sigh parted from the lips. The movement in feet halting briefly as the golden eyes were shielded by a flutter of lashes. In the tornado of his thoughts, all of which were simply defensive remarks, he reminded himself that this was just a boy in his arms. And that it was justifiable that anyone would feel uncertain when awoken in the arms of a stranger.

    "S-Sorry... I didn't want to say that..." although an ashamed grumble, it was certainly audible when the other was so close. "My name is... Theo... Theo Calathes." the calling felt odd coming from the voice of his own. Some part of him however, was never fearless in saying it, when someone of such importance had given it to him in the first place. The memory greeted the present, a sliver of red upon the light of the sun, a smile which had been so bright. Happiness was opposed when such a presence was now gone. "So you were on a job, huh." voicing a fake interest in the subject, was simply enough to rid the mind of the reflection in a far off past. "What did this job exactly entail?" the thousands of individuals that sought out money or a need for an adventure was a likely occurrence. Even from the most youthful. If their motive was hefty enough, then perhaps disregarding the potential danger did not matter.

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    Re: Forest Disturbance? (Job/Calathes)

    Post by Ahote Yesterday at 11:52 am

    Ahote felt himself descend into a state of panic in letting his mind drift to conclusions of how things ended up like this. Clearly this man was suspicious! What kind of guy wanders in a spooky forest and picks up kids? Some kind of pervert, that's who! But the boy had never experienced a situation like this, so he was unsure of what to do besides see what happened.

    I didn't think things would end like this. . . I'm far too young to go like this! But I can't exactly. . . move. So. . . Ahote thought to himself, knowing that his only option was to continue nestling in the man's arms, as questionable as it was.

    But just before Ahote could continue, the man had burst into a fit of rage, leaving the boy speechless. Frankly, he didn't expect such a bold tone and words from this seemingly dismissive man. The raven haired youth stared at him in awe, all qualms he once held for the man briefly nonexistent as he marveled.

    The man was quick to apologize, however. Followed by a brief introduction, Ahote sighed and smiled nervously, lifting his thumb and index fingers to his raven locks to toy with them between the two digits, "No, it's alright. Sorry I was so quick to judge. . ." he apologized, realizing that perhaps he should've been more grateful than questionable or frightened, "Name's Ahote, nice to meet you, mister Theo." the boy had smiled weakly. It was a lovely name, really. It rolled off the tongue nicely, and sounded like a name given to men from faraway lands. Lands that Ahote has never even heard of before, grand places, magnificent places, but hesitated to ask where the man had come from considering the tension the had filled the air.

    Ahote's topaz hues met Theo's golden ones when he had mentioned the boy's job.
    It would make some good small talk as the older man would carry him out of the forest.
    "Job? Job. . . well, I came here to pacify whatever was disturbing the forest.
    But I couldn't find anything, so I ended up falling asleep while looking for it, and then. . . and then. . .?
    Suddenly, the boy jerked up in a sudden realization. Instantly, he had recalled the massive beauty he had encountered however many minutes or hours ago. "The lizard! Where did that thing go? Ow, ow, ow!" Ahote yelped as he felt a jolt a pain rush through him when he jerked up, immediately lying back into the arms of Theo, followed by a groan.

    "Yeah, I ended up finding this thing that had a spear lodged in its shoulder.
    I didn't think people still used spears nowadays, so that was interesting. Anyway, I ended up getting the spear out, but it knocked me off and I guess I hit something and passed out. I think the lizard-thing might've went its own way after that, but such a shame, right? You should've seen it, it was beautiful. I didn't think things so endearing could wander here in a spooky
    forest. It was far from spooky!"
    Ahote rambled on about the creature, a bit disappointed that he didn't get to enjoy it more.


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    Re: Forest Disturbance? (Job/Calathes)

    Post by Calathes Yesterday at 5:54 pm



    I WASTED MY TIME 'TIL TIME WASTED ME

    922 words @ahote
    EXIT POSTU!  /SWEATS
    It had seemed, that despite the frenzy of temper which daringly escaped his lips, the point had been made. What previous fear, aroused simply by a misunderstanding, eased into the unfamiliarity of an introduction. Ahote, huh--the name was definitely unusual, but the world had a habit of creating something new as the years would occur then move forth. Time was frightening, and it was also deceiving. The flutter of lashes revealed a flurry of seasons which passed, all of which felt like a minute. Yet, death had already taken hold of those that fell victim to time. In age or in other circumstances. For some reason, one which Theo still couldn't understand was the motion of time had never bothered to sway the influence of his own. Frozen forever in this state, it was only the brief and mental disturbances that had encountered him. As if this unseen and untouchable force was simply there to torment.

    Golden jewels glanced down upon the boy, the tension easing at the bashful demeanor in his apology. It was rather cute--not that the other would dare to admit it. Instead Theo listened to the other speak, interested in the sort of task which had sent him so deep into the woods. Watching the step upon roots, and adjusting the other within his arms, the light of day was lastly more prominent in the opening. A heavy breath retreated, something in relief of the warmth which washed over the pair. The figure which jerked within his arms, in a seeming moment of shock, in turn brought an ambush on the comfort which deluged his own thoughts. "Hey! Easy now... you're still injured." the furrow returned, yet it was not as deliberate in wanting to appear irritated, simply confused. More intent on the wonder of this alarming movement, the tale of the beast brought about a slight tinge of color to his features. Eyes wide, not anticipating such a remark, thankful the boy was so engrossed in telling of this encounter that he did not glimpse up.

    "Yeah... by the time I had discovered you, there was nothing there." starting once more, the embarrassment brought a slight uncertainty in regards to the tone. But, as the words departed, that notion was gradually fading elsewhere, "Almost as if there was nothing there in the first place?" he'd say, as if hinting that what the youth had witnessed was simply a dream in the state which had brought about such an injury. "Half the reason nobody wanders into this forest is because they see things that are not truly there... or are they?" as if the last was spoken not entirely to the one within his arms, Theo continued onward. The land was much more level now, the grass was greener and the main route had lastly made itself visible. There was a small house tucked just to the side, a woman, stricken by time in the line beneath her eyes was attending to the garden. A rather large and inviting arrangement that had been made.

    "Excuse me," with the calling, the stranger peered up, wiping the sweat from her forehead. It took her a moment to catch a more vivid image of the pair, but she seemed forthwith in recognizing the youth. "Oh my! Are you alright? We heard those awful noises coming from the forest and suspected the worst... my husband went looking for you." the furrow deepened at her remark. "You know each-other?" the query was hostile, and the old lady appeared alarmed by how Theo had so daringly spoken. "Y-Yes... this young man was the one that had accepted our job." voice a bit more quiet, a worried smile playing on her lips. It seemed there was no ill-intent in the aged, and instead of picking a quarrel, the audible breath countered her words. Glancing towards the one within his arms, he'd speak once more. "Next time... don't send some kid into the woods by himself. He has no experience and might have ended up dead if I hadn't found him." with a pause, the muscles would shift, adjusting the figure so that he may carefully settle against the ground. Still did support stay, knowing that Ahote might've stumbled over in the discomfort which teased at his joints.

    "This is where we part ways, kid." once the other was solid enough to discard the aid, he'd take a step back. "Take care of him, will you?" the lady swiftly nodded, the idea of disagreement not the greatest path to take. Not that she was going to refuse the boy when it had originally been the fault of their own in the first place. And then, Theo left without another word, down the long path, with his hands settled in the pockets of his coat, he'd continue onward until he was no longer visible. With a mysterious air, the lady would continue to make small talk, and she would continue to make certain that nothing was broken. Perhaps the boy would think back on the encounter as something that didn't make much sense. Or would he take the harshness of his injuries as harsh as the truth which had faced him. The beast which was as enigmatic as the individual that had simply come from nowhere. Once the old man--the husband had returned, he held a feather within his hand, a large, raven feather which glimmered in the light. And with it, he said, "In all my life, I've never seen something so odd as this."

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