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Postby Iavasel » Fri Dec 17, 2004 10:08 pm

About an hour after she had left the last traces of the city limits, Audrai guided Kent off the road into a little alcove made by a strange dent in the forest line. Evidence of old fires marked the spot, ashes of varying ages, and Audrai supposed that it must be a favorate resting place for those traveling to and from the city.

She didn't like stopping so soon in her journey, it sat heavily with her, but she didn't see that by pressing on she would be any closer to finding Cai. Besides, she was tired of being cold and wet, and thought that a good fire and breakfast would do her some good, and she told as much to Kent (for one frequently gets a bit lonely on the road), and patted his bristly nose before going about achieving her goal.

She soon had a lively little fire going, and sat close to it, perched on top of her water-proofed pack so that she would not get soaked by sitting on the ground. She propped an elbow on her knee and sat with her head supported by one hand. She stared into the fire for so long that she saw spots when she looked away, but she could not have said how long she affected this attitude, or indeed even really what she thoughts had passed through her head.

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Cai moved the pack loosely north, making slow progress that he was not displeased with. He had some vague general idea of heading towards Beireth, but once he arrived he didn't know what he would do, if he could really go back to living as he had after the events of the previous year and a half.

Beireth, because it housed Epinel, was where Cai knew he would always gravitate back to, only to know that she was somewhere close by. Things being as they were, he did not even think of another alternative, only knew that even if he tried to leave, something would pull him unconsciously back. Perhaps it was a force as thin as the air she breathed.

Dwelling on Beireth brought Audrai back to mind, and Cai wondered what she would be doing. Probably trying to find him, he thought, and heading North as well. Though he guessed that like him, she would be none to hasty about it. Her good conscious could not speed her home without him.

So he moved slowly and alertly, allowing the pack to dally here and there, while keeping an eye out for signs of pursuit.
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Postby Eriugeaf » Wed Mar 30, 2005 2:54 am

Amaranthe lay down on a flat, smooth rock by the tranquil lake. She looked deep into the depths of the water. Its smooth, shinning surface reflect her face back to her. The long golden hair threaded with flowers and leaves, vines intertwined with the occasional thin braid. The creamy complexion, normally smeared with dirt from rough living was clean and pink, from recent washing. Her eyes staring at her were currently a bright ice blue. They told her it was a morning in winter.

She turned around, her flowing lime coloured skirt billowing in the wind. She gracefully got up and walked over to the large willow tree. She reached the trunk and began to ssiftly climb up the tree, finally reaching the strongest, thickest branch. There, in a nice little crook in the brnch where it forked, a mat of woven fern leaves was carefully place. Ontop of that was a blanket of feathers stitched with small vines. Her bed.

She lay down, placing her skirt comfortably around her. She lay pondering what was wrong. The wolves, normally so playful and attentive were edgy lately. The constantly barked at small noises, and kept looking behind themselves in anticipation. What could they be waiting for? It wasn't right. These new wolves scared her. They were very intelligent, but made her quesy. They knew too much of human ways for her liking.

Even if they were different, she still enjoyed their company. Not many animals were awake in the day, other than the wolves. MAny smal critters were burrowed under ground and the bears were in hibernation. She was lonely without her usual winter companions. She had no one but the plants to talk to, and they didn't have personalities as such. They were so boring to have long conversations with, and couldn't play with her like the wolves could.

She heard a rustle below her. It sounded like a wolf, so she stuck her hed out through the leaves. It wans't a wolf at all, but a man. He had his gold-brown hair tied up at the back of his head, he wore plain brown and black clothes, and he was muscular. She could have sworn she felt a wolf presence, not a mans.

He walked slowly by. He crept up to the lake and bent down for a drink. He reached out his hand and touched the water, making slow ripples across the surface. He brought the hand to his mouth and sipped. Another noise emerged from the bushes. This time, Ama's instinct was right. It was a wolf. A rather scrawny specimen, he had lost his wild edge from being so close to this human. She almost couldn't feel the forest in him.

He soon went, with the wolf at his heels. It was sad to see humans taking such beautiful, wild animals as pets and depriving them of their natural needs. It agrivated her and made her hate the humans even more. This particular human however had an appeal to him, a scent almost, as if he had passed by a flower that Ama was drawn to.

As soon as he had left her vision, she crawled down to the floor, the better sto find out what that attraction was all about. She searched, and on the rock he had leaned on, the presence was the strongest. It was of a starry nature, mystical and enchanting. It had the feeling of memories that did not quite fit and sad emotions, loneliness.

She heard another noise, farther away this time, in the opposite direction that the man had walked in. It was not a wolf, or even an animal. It was a woman. her instincts again proved true. She pushed aside a bush gently, quietly, and saw amid the trees a figure, with dark clothes, much in the same style as those of the man, with metal poles across her back. Her long dark hair was braided. She was calling out in a loud voice.

"Cai! Cai! Come on, if your in here, which I know you are, show yourself!!! I followed you this far! Cai!!"

She too had the presence, but much stronger. Ama knew this was not the source of the presence, but she felt it much more than before. It soaked into her skin, like she absorebed it. Whoever, or whatever was the source of that presence had to be powerful, a mage. A powerful, mysterious mage.

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Postby Iavasel » Wed Mar 30, 2005 7:30 pm

"Cai?" Audrai called. She could feel him around her. Not him perhaps so much, but thirty eyes that watched for him. An otherwise still lake beside her was disturbed by a ripple that sprang out from the shore. He was clever, he hadn't left any prints, but she was close.

Kent whickered nervously over her shoulder and she patted his nose gently. A large salt and pepper wolf darted out of the trees and feigned at her. She instinctively stepped back, stepping into the lake and nearly falling backwards. She fought to keep her balance and accidentally yanked Kent's reigns as she flailed her arms to keep her balance. Kent, stressed over the fient from the wolf and Audrai now rudely pulling on his mouth screamed and stomped irritably, his heavy foot landing on the wolf's paw who had feinted again. The wolf yelped and bit him.

"Kent! No!" Audrai yelled, seeing Kent ready to rear at the wolf again. She grabbed his bridle up by his nose and held his head close to her chest. Her sword was out, but now there would be real trouble. One crippled, angry wolf with another fourteen near by. Audrai refused to hurt him any more, and kept glancing away the wolfs jaw with the flat of her sword.

She heard a series of sharp, urgent calls and several answering angry ones. "Cai?" She called again, getting a desperate edge to her voice now. She knew he could hear her, she surmised the urgent calls were his, calling the wolves off, but they were not happy.
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Postby feaguire » Fri Apr 01, 2005 12:52 am

Over breakfast Reavan, Ia and Tal talked. Then, when breakfast was over, they talked more. They each told their stories. Ia was looking for her lost brother, Reavan was a wandering elf looking for the answer to her strange dreams, and Tal was just a girl who had lost everything.

Reavan and Tal agreed to helping Ia.

"I say we find Audrai and Cai first, though." Tal said at the end of their long talk.

"Yes," Reavan said. "They would seem to be helpful in your task, Ia."

"But my brother is waiting." Ia despaired. "We must find him!"

"We wouldn't be going much out of your way, though!" Tal pleaded. "Look, you said you were going along the East Road, right?"

Ia nodded slowly.

"Yes! She's right!" Reavan jumped in, excited. "You said you were going along the East Road and so did Audrai. She said that was where she was looking for Cai. We might catch up to them."

"I suppose." Ia wasn't sure. "If we are going to look for them, then, we should get moving now."

With that, they got up, paid the in-keeper and were on their way, along the East Road.
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Postby Eriugeaf » Fri Apr 01, 2005 2:43 am

Ama stalked trough the trees. She could not bring herself to stay still. The memory of that feeling kept haunting her. That strange presence would not leave her. It had sunk into her very skin! She felt like rolling around in the leaves just to get rid of the prickling feeling she had. She held the branch firmly between her hands. She knew holding branches losely could seriously hurt her if she fell.

She had spent centuries in that forest and knew it secrets better than anyone. She had felt what many people never feel. She had seen things that most never even heard of. This feeling was new to her, and she disliked unkown things. It irritated her, not knowing what something did, or how something worked. The leapt of the branch and landed perfectly balanced on a near Oak tree branch. She glanced down at the floor, it was a fair way down. She wasn't scarred of heights, but she was scared of humans. When she heard that rustle and turned her head, she was astonished to find three.

There, sitting by a dull fire were three human looking women. One was dressed in worn blue clothes with long golden brown hair. She looked forlorn. The other female with her was even more forlorn. Her once good quality clothes were ripped and mud streaked. Her face had the look of a well kept person who let themselves go. The other lady with them was dressed with a sweeping dark blue cloak, and her jet black hair, swirled about her, even with little wind. Her ears were curved, so this was an elf. But it was not her ears that caused Ama to stare, but the power radiating from her.

It was the mage! The one that had ensared her mind with the promise of mystery and peace. The mage who had led her here.

She had to talk to her! She couldn't let her leave the forest, then she would never know why she was called towards her. The magic in Ama pulled her towards the mage, urging to approach her. She couldn't. The humans were there, and she was terrified of them.

Then she heard it. A growl. She hadn't even felt the presence of the wolf. It was hurt. It was angry and hungry. It hadn't hunted all day, it had been on the prowl for something. It was agitated, and these humans were invading his territory. Ama couldn't let him attack them, not the mage. She didn't want the wolf or the mage to get hurt. She had to stop him. She let her magic flow, urging the wolf away. He did not budge. He was too angry to obbey. She heard more rustles in the bushes. It was another wolf, but not a wolf. She felt wolf, but she felt something else too. It was that man she had seen earlier.

Now the mage and her friends noticed the wolf. The one with golden brown hair and blue clothes pointed at the wolf and her eyes bulged. The others turned around to face the beast. It lunged at the rabbit on the fire, trying to take it. His snout burnt from the fire, and he retreated whinning. Now more wolves surrounded the three maidens. They formed a cirle to ensure the people who dared hurt one of their own woud not escape. They all looked starvfed for action, they were agitated. They would finish this fight triumphant. But Ama couldn.t let that happen.

Then the man came from behind the bushes. He stood in the clearing. He looked at the wolves. Magic flowed from him to the wolves, they calmed for awhile, then the burnt one lunged forward again to try and get at the rabbit. This time, the blue clothed woman's reflexes came into action. She pulled out a sword and branshided it out infront. She hadn't even noticed the man comeout of the trees. It struck, barely, and a small wound opened on the wolf's side. Now the wolves were really angry.

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Postby feaguire » Fri Apr 01, 2005 4:31 am

The three women travelled along the East Road, stopping twice. One time for a quick break and another time to set up camp for the night.
They found a small clearing in the beautiful woods, a little way off the road. All day they had called Audrai and Cai's names but found no one.

"Is anyone else hungry?" Ia asked.

"I am, a bit." Tal replied, she turned to the elf. "What about you Rea?"

"Not really, I just need to rest my mind." Reavan sat down in the centre of the clearing and closed her eyes.

"Well, I've got a dagger. I could try kill something with that." Tal turned to Ia.

"And I'll go find some sort of water source." Ia said turning away.

Tal wandered through the trees. What sort of animal can be caught by a non-experienced hunter with a small daggar? She asked herself. She saw a small greyish-brown shape, not moving, in the distance. Running towards it, she found it was a rabbit, obviously dead. It had a wound in its side, but most of the flesh was still on it. She picked it up and brought it back to her friends.

Back at the camp, Ia had returned reporting a small lake a little way off from their clearing. Tal dropped the rabbit onto the ground in front of her companions.

"I found this already dead, so I thought I cou-" Tal was cut off.

"You what?!" Rea stood up, horrified.

"I found this rabbit already dead. You see, I'm not a very good hunter."

"It could be diseased, though! Didn't you think of that?" Ia seemed to be against Tal too.

"Well, I'm sorry! It was an accadent!" The young girl turned away from the group, walking back into the trees in anger.

"Wait!" Rea called. "Its okay."

"But didn't you hear Ia?" Tal with tears in her eyes stopped walking. "It could be diseased."

"No," Rea reassured. "I can sense this is a healthy rabbit."

"Besides the fact its dead." Ia said.

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Later that night, the maidens sat by an open fire, roasting the rabbit Tal had found. Ia and Tal ate in silence, Reavan did not eat at all, with eyes closed. A twig snapped. Reavan's eyes flew open, the others glanced around nervously. Tal suddenly let out a muffled cry and pointed straight ahead of her behind her friends.

Ia and Rea turned around just as a wolf sprang from the bushes and landed on the fire, lunging for the rabbit. It soon realised it was on fire and ran away yelping. The girls stood up, and more wolves prowled out of the surrounding trees. They circled the women, coming nearer and nearer.

A man sprang out of the trees the wolves seemed to hesitate, except for the first one it lunged for the rabbit again. Tal, realising what was to be done brandished her dagger and struck the wolf.

It didn't kill it, only made it madder.
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Postby Iavasel » Sat Apr 02, 2005 9:14 am

Images were exploding in Cai's head before he could answer them. They had started first irritated but controled, and gradually gotten more snippy. The trouble had started with Brearg, who had flashed him a triumphant picture of his feint at Audrai, immediately followed by an overwhelming sense of anger, confusion and pain and a black monster bearing down on him.

Cai's thoughts flicked rapidly, trying to find an image that would give the wolves the sense of the word "accident" but he could find nothing. Brearg sent him an image of Audrai turning Kent and riding away, the image still laced with hate. Amyth and Serih sent him matching images of closing in on her which Cai desperately tried to calm. There was a cold satisfaction with the image that he had never felt the wolves have before.

The wolves then became so excited that they began to interrupt each other, and Cai could no longer keep track of who sent him what. Fire, pain, steel, pain, human, confusion, hate, pain. The image of three women gathered around a fire began to appear more frequently, switching angles quickly, and a few of Audrai and Kent were peppered in.

Cai began to run. All this attention focused on one thought was not a good thing, he knew that the wolves were closing in on the party he had so shortly left behind at the inn. An inquiring thread ran through his thought, faithful, almost half tame Cetar was paying attention, asking what was wrong. Cai flashed the only image he could think of that would make Cetar understand how necessary it was that the little camp not be attacked. He sent images of vehement disease, of rot and carnage if the party was touched. Cetar sent him an answering image of chasing his brothers and nipping their heels to get them to stop and being bitten in return for his trouble.

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Audrai had planned to ride until the wolves grew tired. They were fast, but their speed was meant only for chases, not for long periods of time. Kent, she knew, could be steadier in his pace and could get beyond them. She would find Cai later, when the wolves had calmed. As things were now, both sides could end up getting hurt.

Then, however, she heard yelling and saw a fire. She dropped off Kent and sent him ahead, he was too big and would only get in the way. He couldn't fight them, he would kill them with his huge feet.

"Tal, Ia, Reavan? Quite a mess, isn't it?" She asked them. She scanned the surrounding woodland, thinking that it would be best if they could at least get up in the trees where they could wait out the wolves fury, or at least until Cai came to drag them off, as she had no doubt that these were Cai's.
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Postby Eriugeaf » Sat Apr 02, 2005 11:28 pm

She saw it all from her hiding spot in the trees. She saw the wolves getting even moreagitated with every miss. She saw yet another woman appear in the clearing, the woman she had seen earlier on her own, searching for 'Cai'. One wolf lunged at the blue robed girl and she tripped, falling back hitting one of the logs of the fire. If Ama didn't stop this not only would the mage leave forever, but the wood would be indanger.

She dashed down the tree's branches, reaching the floor with the ease of centuries of practise. She reached her hands forward, stretching out her magic to the trees, urging them to grow, twines, anything to seperate the wolves from the humans. She sent them thoughts of fire, buring without end. Animals dying. Leaves withering, if they didn't stop these intruders.

The branches quivered, they grew, they twined around the wolves ankles, pushing them furhter away from the fire. They twisted around the women, grabbing their legs and urging them away. On wolf bit at the thin vine hording it away, its scorched nose causing it to whimper. It jumped past the plants and lunged at the mage. She twisted back, narrowly avoiding the beasts claws.

Ama dripped with sweat, she had never used so much power before, never made the plants work so hard. She urged for them to one last time grow, twine. Take the humans to your higher branches, she pleaded with the now tired plants. They obey, they always did.

The humans were safe, the wolves knew it. Even the man was up in the higher branches, along with the woman who looked for 'Cai'. They were all up there.

Now what? Ama had saved them, they could't hate her for that, even if they were humans. she climbed the branches of the nearest Oak, slowly with much trouble. That wasn't normal, she was an expert, what was wrong with her?

She reached the fork of the tree where two women, the dirty yet well kept woman, and the one searching for 'Cai', were seated. On the surrounding branches were the rest of the intruders, the man, the blue clothed girl, and the mage. She looked around. Each of them had the same look of astonishment and surprise, even disbelief, on their faces. They looked they had never seen a Wood Sprite before, which they probably hadn't.

Ama got to her feet, she opened her mouth, ready to ask her questions. She managed to say, "I'm Amaranthe, and ... I ... am," before she collapsed from sheer exhaustion.

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Postby feaguire » Mon Apr 04, 2005 12:36 am

The woves were angry and Tal and her companions weren't helping. They kept leaping towards them. The women briefly noticed Audrai coming out of the bushes, they had no time to be joyful.
Beside her, Tal could here Ia wimpering in fear, and Rea whispering spells and enchantments to try and hold off the wolves. The elf wasn't succeeding. A wolf lunged towards Tal and it pushed her backwards, making her step onto a burning log.

An extraordinary thing happend. Rea's magic worked! The great branches of the trees were moving, growing, becoming alive. The pulled apart the girls and the wolves. The ladies (including Audrai) were settled into the tree-tops. The woves (snapping and yelping) were ushered away.

The forset was silent. The wolves were gone. Tal found that not four sat in the trees, but six. There was herself, Rea, Ia and Audrai, but also, there were Cai and a young girl. Cai was shaken and angry. The girl was strange, not human.

"I'm Amaranthe, and ... I ... am," The girl stuttered, weak. Then she collapsed.

"What is she?" Audrai asked the question on everyone's minds.

"A wood sprite." Cai answered solomly.

"Reavan, your magic was amazing." Tal turned to the shoked elf.

"I did no magic..." Reavan said slowly. "I tried but it never worked. This was a greater magic."
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Postby Eriugeaf » Tue Apr 05, 2005 12:41 am

Ama was sitting in a strange place. The walls surrounding the garden were solid and well built. The castle behind her was large and wealthy. The plants bloomed, everything was beautiful. Ama hated it. The plants were confined and hurt, the animals had no forest in them, no anything but a hole filled with dependancy on humans. Even the rats were not wild.

She lloked around. Lying on the floor was a woman who loked very familiar. She wore a very fine dress, purple edged with silver. Her hair was coiled up on her hair with ringlets coming down around her face, and gold pins holding stray hairs in place. She was a well kept lady. Then it hit Ama!

It was the scruffy looking noble lady from the forest! The forest! Where had it gone?

The lady talked to the young boy at her side, dressed just as well as she was. "Look!" The woman cried, pointing up into the night sky. The sun had set, and the first stars were appearing. Dragan looked up from his sister's arm and gasped.

"Ia! It's so pretty!"

Ia, so that was the lady's name! Ama looked on at their conversation, the two figures not noticing her. She guesses that this was a vision of the past, for this woman was in the forest with Ama, and they could not see her plainly stadning there.

Ia grinned and shifted the small boy in her lap. "Do you see the shapes?" She asked him.

He nodded and pointed to the sky, now pricked with stars. It was a new moon; nothing obscured their view of the constellations. "There's the Dragon, and the Archer, and The Crux, and the Great Bear, and--"

The woman laughed and pushed her auburn hair behind her ears. "Go back," she said, guiding his finger with her hand to point to the Dragon's constellation. With her right eye squinted shut, she pointed to Rastaban, then Eltenin. "Do you know what those two stars are?" She asked him.

"My guides and titles?" The boy inquired uncertainly. Ia nodded.

"Always remember, Dragan. If you are ever in trouble, those two stars will help you find me again." She snaked her arms around his waist and tickled him.

"And if you don't come to find me, I will be very sad and very angry!" She growled playfully, laughing as the squirming boy giggled and tried to wriggle out of her arms.

She stopped, and he slowly relaxed. He stared up at her; bright, pale blue eyes bore into her shadowy green ones. The child hastily planted a rather wet kiss on her cheek.

"Love you, Iavassilien."

They sat together for some time, then everything moved fast. The shapes around her blurred, she had the sensation that she was being sucked by some invisible force backwards. Then it stopped. She was in a street, a very familiar street! She had grown up here, and in that green house right there she had lived with the two evil croones she called aunts.

She turned around and saw Ia, sitting there on the path, looking forlorn. She had mud everywhere, on her nice clothes, in her hair, even on her face.

A man walked past. "Please, sir. Please! I need help!"

The man passed her by without even a glance in her direction.

"Please," she whispered to no one in particular, tears streaming down her cheeks. "Please . . . Help me find him. Help me find my brother."

Then the vision faded, it was black. Ama heard, as if the voices were far off.

"What is she?"

"A wood sprite."

"Reavan, your magic was amazing."

"I did no magic ... I tried but it never worked. This was a greater magic."

She opened her eyes, the surrounders all gasped except the man leaning against a branch. She got up, tenderly, her bones aching, her muscles refusing. Her knees quivered in protest. The blue clothed girl got up off her knees and lent her shoulder for Ama to lean on.

"Thank you," Rasped Ama, her throat dry.

"Here" the woman who searched for "cai" said, rumaging through her pack and producing a bottle. She handed it to Ama. She grabbed the bottle and drank gratefully, the water runing down her sore throat.

"Thank you!" responded Ama.

"I am Audrai, this is Talanya" she pointed to the blue clothed girl Ama was leaning on. "This is Cai" She pointed behind her to the man," And this is Reavan," she pointed to mage elf. "and Finally, this is Iavassilien. Now that you know who we are, what are you doing here?"

Ama looked at Audrai, thinking of what to say. "I have lived in these woods for over 8 centuries. I have seen what many never see. But I have never seen magic like that which your elf ... Reavan, posses. I have never felt the presence which she leaves. I have never had visions of the past, like I had today, of ladies and their little brothers. I have been called to help you on your journey, I feel it. And I will help you."

"More like we will help you" said the girl holding her up, Talanya. "You are as fragile as a baby. You have to rest before we go anywhere, but it would be easier on the floor. I wonder how we can get down. I wonder how we got up hre in the first place."

"She did it. She used her magic. She saved ur from the wolves." it was Cai. "She did what I could not, and brought us safety. We are in her debt." He said it like it was something sour on his toungue, it displeased him. "I will go with her, and repay the debt, and that means that if she goes with you, then I hill go too."

"Befroe we start planing what to do, can we please get down from here?" asked Audrai.

"Just climb down. I don't think I have any more magic to get you down. Don't worry about, I can manage." Amaranthe said, and started to descend.

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Postby Iavasel » Tue Apr 05, 2005 5:01 pm

Night was approaching. The weary little party had gathered close and quiet and built a fire to combat the coming dusk. After a day like this none of them wanted to press on, though they felt that the hours they had lost would cost them later.

Cetar lay on the farthest edge of the light, watching them through slitted eyes. His muzzle was criss-crossed with gashes that Audrai longed to at least clean for him. But when she looked at him he flattened his ears and she didn't even attempt it out of respect for him.

Cai had faded away into the night while the rest of them were busy with the fire and camp preparations, though Audrai suspected she knew where she could find him. She moved away in the direction of the lake, almost feeling the exchanged glances behind her, but each held their peace and let her go. Cetar raised his head and gazed hard after her, but stayed where he was.

Cai felt her behind him as she approached. He would have known that she was there even if it were not for the dozen or so warnings that he had had from various eyes. He didn't turn around.

She paused for a moment, considering his back, then moved around him and sank onto a rock at the water's edge, some eight or nine feet away from him.

They looked at each other. Cai's face held no reproach, but only a heaviness and a half-wild look of being trapped. He turned his face down towards the wolf who's head lay in his lap and his mouth tightened, overcoming his wolfish look with an emotion more human.

Brearg's head lay in Cai's lap. The big wolf was panting hard, his usual salt and pepper coat had added flecks of color that should not have been there.

"What should I do with him?" He asked, his face attention still on Brearg's face, running his hand over the glossy head. "I could kill him. It would be the brotherly thing to do. He'll never use that foot again."

Audrai came over and looked and then immediately turned and retreated to her rock. She had more medical training than Cai, but Cai was right, the foot was mangled beyond repair. Having hundreds of pounds of horse pressed down on it had shattered all the bones in the foot and torn the flesh itself to bits.

"On a dog you could clean that, bind it up and let what's left form over. A dog can get by on three legs. But a wolf? The pack won't wait for him, it's a danger to them if they do. He can't hunt by himself. If he doesn't starve or get eaten by something bigger, it'll rot." Cai exhaled sharply and shook his head.

He hadn't reached his answer and Audrai could tell. If he had resolved that the best thing to do would be to kill the wolf, he would have done it hours ago and cut down on his suffering.

Softly, Audrai said "We're not with ordinary people Cai...There are people here who could do something for that."

"And you think I'd let them touch him?" Asked Cai. He gave her a long, hard look, his jaw clenched tight.

"Would you rather let him die?"

Audrai heard him begin to mutter to the wolf, his voice so low that at times it was inaudible and when it was heard it was ragged. As far as she knew Cai had no need to speak to the wolves, so she surmised it was more for his own company. The words he spoke had no meaning for her, and she wondered dimly where he had learned them.
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Postby Eriugeaf » Sun Apr 10, 2005 6:36 am

Tired.

Exhausted.

Ama's eyelids drooped. They closed.

Sleep threatened to engulf her. She could not let it.

Something was nagging at her. Unfinished business. A debt she had to repay. Something!

She looked around. That was funny. Audrai and Cai had left the camp. She heard a soft whisper in the woods to her left. It was like a calling. The feeling came from there. The feeling of pain, and of the need for help. She got up, her bones weary. She had fallen asleep. Her strength had restored a bit, but she had a while to go beore she could call her self normal.

She walked through the bushes silently. She reached a thinning in the trees. Against a trunk near her, stood Audrai. Sitting on a rock a little ahead of her was Cai and a wolf. The wolf had a mangled paw. Then Ama knew why she felt a debt, a longing to accomplish what she started. That poor beast was a part of the forest, and it was hurt. She could not leave it alone like hat. She had to heal it. If she had enough strength left.

She got up to approach it, then she remebered Cai. He had a connection to the wolves of the forest. He might protest, or worse, refuse, to let her heal the animal if she didn't approach with care. She backed up a bit until she could not see them then got up and walked on. She pretended like she had not seen them earlier, like she had just gotten up and wandered over.

"Hello. I just got up and everyone was busy. I saw you two were gone, I got worried." Ama lied, "Is anything wrong?"

"No, just ... nothing" Audrai said uncertainly.

Ama looked at Cai. She knew what was going on. They had to put the beast out of its misery. It could not hunt, it would hurt the pack, it was better that way. Unless she healed it. But he did not trust her, not yet.

"Poor animal." Ama reached forward her hand, palm down, beckoning the forest in the wolf to recognise the forest in her and come forward. Wobling it got to its feet, and hobbled over, close enough to lick Ama's hand. "There you poor fellow. You must be in so much pain."

She reached down her hand, and stroked the animals paw. She saw in the corner of her eye, Cai shifted nervously. If she played her cards right, maybe he would let her do more than just stroke the injured leg.

"Oh, that woun't heal on its own. You need some help little guy." Ama crooned. "I know some herbs that would ease the pain, but I dont think anything would heal that." Maybe Cai would see she was the only hope for the beast, and set aside his barrier for the better of the animal. "Maybe some magic would help you ..."

"No!" Cai interupted. "He'll do fine without magic."

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Postby Iavasel » Sat Jun 18, 2005 9:41 pm

If the situation had been different, Audrai might almost have laughed to hear Brearg be addressed as "little guy". There was certainly nothing little about him.

Ama reached a hand slowly but steadily towards the huge wolf cradled in Cai's lap. Cai jerked away roughly and Ama retreated a bit, but then Cai stopped and stared hard at the wolf. After a long minute he turned his hard gaze on Ama without saying anything and continued to glare at her without a waver in his expression.

He ran a hand again over Brearg's muzzle and head. "You hurt him..." he told Ama, "You make him anything more or less than what he was..." and let the rest of that threat hang heavily in the air without needing to go any further.

Cai shifted his body slowly out from under the wolf and Ama smoothly flowed in to take his place under the wolf's head. Cai squatted a few feet off, as though he felt the magic might hit him if he were too close to it. He muttered alternately to himself and to the wolf in his strange, unfamiliar language. Audrai caught a word or two here and there that seemed familiar and she frowned, trying to place it.

Brearg, usually as poor company as Cai was when it came to humans, and worse than that, things not quite human, thumped his tail heartily on the ground, surprising both for his usual attitude and his condition. Audrai suspected that Brearg's intervention had had something to do with Cai relenting.

Audrai looked at Ama's face. Cool, and with the smallest smile, whether in satisfaction or encouragement, Audrai couldn't tell. Audrai marvelled at Ama's self-prescense. Had it been her under such close scrutiny in such a small circle, Audrai doubted she could have been as collected as Ama appeared to be.
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Postby Elf*Moon*Forest » Tue Jun 28, 2005 6:25 am

Ia burst through the branches to see the wood sprite kneeling with the head of Cai's wolf in her lap. Eyes wide, she drifted quickly over to kneel next to the girl.

"Could I help you?" She asked tentatively, gazing quickly skyward to search out a certain constellation.

Ama stared at her, eyes huge and glimmering. A faint trace of a smile graced her lips, and she nodded.

Astrum ut fulsi plurimus in totus polus, tribuo vita illis quisnam offendo in obscurum, quod spes illis quisnam amitti totus vires.

The words she spoke were not of a language she knew, but the spell she had been taught long ago by a wandering woman from somewhere to the East of what little land Ia was acquainted with. With a tottering step the wolf fell up, gingerly pushing his new paw into the dirt.

Cai looked up at them slowly. Ia could not read his expression, but at least he wasn't threatening to strangle them.
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