c-rank || fairy tail || wc 1238 || twc 1658
Leila glared at him after he tapped her ready to hiss and complain about him being late, narrowing her eyes as he mentioned them 'coordinating', well they did match somewhat, she couldn't deny that, but she was still peeved. That was until he said she looked amazing and suddenly took her by the hand, catching her completely off guard and making her feel weird, the only way she could think to describe it was nauseous but in a good way, her heart feeling light and her stomach fluttering. The Joyan turned her face away afraid that she was probably making a somewhat stupid expression, she didn't understand, she was fairly used to physical contact, after all, she was from the land of known for their rambunctious and lustful ways. While she tended to keep to herself, she had been known to occasionally join in with her village's festivities from time to time. Maybe it had just been because she had been surprised by the redhead's actions, yea that had to be, she was just caught off guard is all. Still, Leila found it somewhat irritating that she seemed to be rendered completely speechless from something so simple, it made her feel like she was an idiot.
The Neko girl couldn't continue to look away as Haru started to speak to her again though, that would be rude, so she quickly composed herself, trying to act like she wasn't phased at all, she just hoped he was blind enough to not notice. Finally she felt herself able to form words without the chance of stuttering. "I would suggest that you stop caring what others think, but I know that's easier said than done." Leila responded calmly, there was truth to her words, she herself up until she ran away had always done things to please her family and the villagers, it had eaten her up inside. It was not an easy thing to dismiss their opinions and wants from you, she had merely ran away on a whim, and while she knew her choice would eventually cause a lot of issues, she had decided to live in the moment for now, rather than think about what the future held for her. As he let go of her hand, she felt somewhat saddened but relieved at the same time, simply nodding as he mentioned that he only did so because of his mother.
Leila's ears and tail twitched as she follow his gaze, noticing he was staring at the caged tiger, making her feel somewhat uneasy. Seeing a fellow feline trapped like that made her feel awful, but she also knew that it would at least be well cared for here and there was no chance of poachers hunting it for its coat. She thought about how she was in a fairly similar position now, while she was unable to return to the village she belonged at least she was not having to constantly fight off raiders attempting to capture the Joyans to use them as slaves. It was the one thing she worried about the most, she was one of her villager's best fighters and she just hoped they would be okay without her there to help protect them. Leila let out a small sigh as she realised she had got caught up in her own thoughts, realising too late that Haru had made his way past the barrier that was supposed to stop people from losing their fingers, or worse. "Idiot." She muttered to herself, mentally face palming as she scowled in his direction, while the zoo keepers dragged him back to her. Leila didn't lose her composure often and now she was about to do so twice within the span of a few minutes? She felt her face heat up as people stared at the two of them, mostly at Haru, but there were a few onlookers that gave her a look of pity, as if being associated with the boy must be awful.
"Let's go see the penguins or something..." Leila hissed in a low voice, already marching off away from the prying eyes of the nosy onlookers. The raven haired girl continued to keep up her ridiculous pace, glancing at the signs till she found what she was looking for, eventually making her way to the exhibit filled with fluffy little flightless birds. While generally she always felt her feline urges to hunt birds that flew by, she always enjoyed penguins, they were different, she didn't see them as prey, but just cute, cuddly creatures. She also appreciated their love for fish, her favourite thing to eat no matter what the species, although, she did envy the penguins ability to swim so easily through the water, as if they were flying through the liquid. "Wish I could swim." She whispered quietly to herself as her eyes followed one penguin in particular that seemed to be really enjoying the water.
However, her thoughts were interrupted abruptly by loud screams, her ears instantly flicking in the direction of the sound, her eyes scanning the surroundings for where it had come from. This was not a joyful scream of someone enjoying themselves at the zoo, it sounded almost as if they were being attacked. Before she could even move, her eyes widened as she saw something heading in their direction, a creature that most definitely should be behind bars, it bared its fangs as it noticed her, a deep growl rumbling from its chest. It wasn't alone either, no like most canines it was in a pack and soon its growls were joined by many others, her amber eyes flicked between them, trying to count just how many there were. This was certainly not good, they had most definitely escaped from their cages, but it's not like she could just kill all the zoo's wolves, no she would have to find a way to subdue them. Leila could hear screaming again further in the distance, could more creatures have escaped? That seemed unlikely, someone must have been releasing them, a realisation that made her seethe. Innocent people's lives were now in danger all because some dirt bag decided to free the animals, most likely someone with the worst intentions.
Leila knew she didn't have time to think about them for now though, no she had to find a way to get herself and Haru out of this situation. Oh right, she suddenly became aware of the fact she wasn't alone and didn't have to do everything on her own. Although she wasn't entirely sure how much his fire would help in such a situation, perhaps he could use it to scare the creatures? Ah not exactly the best sounding idea, but it would have to do. "Haru, I need you to use your flames to scare all the wolves into a bundle, I can trap them all at once with my shadows if they're huddled together." It was a fairly simple plan, but of course there were many ways it could backfire, they didn't know for sure that the flames would even scare them, or if the herding technique would even work, for all she knew it could scatter them instead. Of course that was just a risk she had to take, as she moved to follow the flaming red head and prepare to send paws of shadows at all the wolves' feet once they were grouped enough.
How dare you make Leila feel EMOTIONS!?! (₌ㅇᆽㅇ₌)