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In Between [Open]
« on: April 15, 2017, 09:35:59 PM »
Dusk didn't clean up the sun's mess. Not this time. It surged forward, bringing the evening with vengeance in its hands as it dragged the sun beneath the sea. Drowned it in the waters of life and snapped its neck, the crack of bone echoing over the ocean as the waves beat down against the shore. The light winked out, snuffed like the dying gasp in the deep dark where the monsters lurked in the hours between. Night arose from the crime, covering it up with her train of stars as she ascended the stairs to her throne. Their laughter fell in meteors that burned bright in the atmosphere, leaving trails behind their charred bodies as they disappeared.

As darkness fell across the land in a smooth curtain, it seeped into the water. Blood, it fell into every crevice the ocean offered. Molasses, it crept into the darkest depths it could reach before it embraced the void below. Hello cousin, we meet again. How do you fare, sweet friend? Eternal night, with your eyeless wonders. A kiss, a cherished memory, hello. With its arrival, it stirred the inhabitants into action. The lesser sentient, mollusks and base fish, sought refuge within the reef's embrace. Crustaceans buried themselves within the sand or withdrew to their shells to wait out the dark; only to emerge with the morning warmth.

Until then, adieu, adieu.

The orca pod? They didn't know these worries; couldn't even begin to fathom them. At the top of the food chain, the loss of the sun only meant that. No sunlight. Everything remained the same, which meant they continued as they always did: swimming through their songs and chants, listening to the lead matriarch's words with rapt attention. Guiding the children to learn the dance, and teasing the lone boys for a few hours of fun. Come, come! Sing with us! Learn from us, the lonely boys, the bulls without homes that swim alone. Poor things, here! Be here. They leave, of course, as they are the wayward few, but in that moment? The pod is one. Beautiful, even.

As someone between, Gollum cannot join in. Not with the orcas, the less sentient, or even the other predators that roamed the ocean floor. Similar to a bird, while he is equipped to live here he cannot stay here forever. It aches in his chest, the solidarity he lives. He samples love's wares as he watches the whales grow and bond with one another. Familial touch that makes him sour with wretched hurt and jealousy. And so the arrowhead turns away, and puts some distance between them. The knot loosens, and suddenly he can breathe again. It helped that he surfaced, sucking in air and locking it away so he can dive. Legs tucked tail, sail drawn down, and body let loose to soar in the depths.

It must be flying, he thinks.

The hellion slows when their songs grow faint. He looks, and realizes he'd been out too deep if he has to be this close to the shore to barely hear them. It concerns him, putting a wrench in his heart as he untucks his legs. With deft motions and a gentle flick of his tail, he moves closer until his webbed fingers can kiss the sand without strain. Letting his weight settle into his toes, the water still keeping him aloft as he allows his eyes to breach the surface. The world above isn't faint, but it isn't as clear. He sees nothing of importance, and debates. He doesn't have to. He can stay. He doesn't have to, but... Something primal encourages him to leave the safety of the Known, and take one more step.

Just one more.

The air is cool against his skin, and the change makes him flinch. It's not uncomfortable. It's just... different. He breathes, and smells, and all he can smell is salt. Salt, and old scents that make him question everything. He pulls himself further inland, still within distance of the ocean. Its waves kiss his heels, reminding him he's always welcome. Don't be afraid, stranger. Come back soon. He settles down onto his belly, the eerie blue light at his back and the moon's glow along his front. Bright and pale; a nice mix along his blue and green skin. The tendrils along his skull gently rub one another in nervous motions as his pitch black eyes look out. No need to blink with the membrane in tact.

He rests, but does not fully relax. While Gollum is not the tallest creature, he is one of the longest. Similar to a crocodile, he doesn't need height to be dangerous. Girth and might alone can be enough. For now, though... Now he's just Gollum, alone with his thoughts, basking in moonlight. The sail rises along his back, letting the saltwater better drip down its length. He breathes, and exists. That is enough. It has to be, for now.

It's all he has, in the end.

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Re: In Between [Open]
« Reply #1 on: April 16, 2017, 09:30:35 PM »
The family was settling down for the night, as the sky darkened like spilled ink on a light parchment. It spread evenly and silently, encompassing their part of the world and activating the part of all the diurnal creatures that urged them to bed and rest up for the night. Even Skylar and his family were already nosing into place in the family den, his siblings all squirming around him and pawing at each other, giving final playful swats. The young boy smiled and yipped along with them, until their mother gave a look that said they had better settle down.

For some reason though, as the sun dipped further into the horizon and eventually disappeared, one particular pair of eyes remained open and bright. Skylar peered out of their den, pressed up against Maia. She snoozed on and occasionally twitched and kicked him, but the boy didn't mind. He was too preoccupied with his thoughts, an uncharacteristic look of seriousness on his face. He was the normally peppy and happy pup to everyone else on a day-to-day basis, but when no eyes were watching... he thought of things. Things he had done, things that had happened, things he didn't even know about.

One of those, was his dad.

He missed the fallen King, the father he never met. He wished he was here, able to make Momma smile again and play with his children. Teach him whatever dads taught their kids. But his puppy mind just couldn't piece together why he had to go. It made his expression scrunch up with frustration that he couldn't let out. He was getting restless, but he didn't want to wake up his family. He needed to move though, so instead he gently wriggled out from between the puppy pile and walked out of the den quietly. He glanced at his mom as he exited, and then turned to place a flower in between her paws. A white chrysanthemum, a flower that conveyed trust and a promise he knew his mother would understand.

I'm going to come back, I promise.

And then he trotted off, paws lightly crunching the dew already collecting on the grass. Almost immediately he was entranced by a firefly fluttering by, it's abdomen winking invitingly. It made his concerns immediately drift away with the breeze as he giggled and pounced after the flying bug. "Come back!" he whispered urgently, not wanting to wake anyone up. But he smiled once again and followed, then his gaze shifted when another firefly joined. And another. Soon he had a whole group of fireflies, drifting around lazily with their blinking abdomens. Skylar bounced around joyfully, changing in between the bugs as he randomly chose which one to follow next.

He hopped and hopped and leaped, his worries long gone for the time being as soft joyful laughter came from the pup. The sounds of the ocean lapping at the shore became a little more prominent now in his path of follow-the-firefly, until he noticed a blue glow instead of the firefly's yellow one. "Whassat...?" he mumbled to himself, looking down at the shoreline. He had been coming here often, looking at the sea wolves, but he hadn't seen one like that on the sand before! Skylar tilted his head, peering down, fireflies forgotten. Shuffling forward, small paws picked their way down to the shore, the waves crashing against the sand.

Tilting his nose up to the air, Skylar sniffed but only scented the salty air he was used to. "Hi!" he greeted, tail wagging slowly as he looked questioningly at the other creature. He hadn't come close yet, he was still a few yards away. But Skylar was curious, and he figured talking first would help. "Are you a sea wolfy? Are you stuck?" What if he couldn't get back to the water?! He awaited for a reply, head tilted and friendly gaze on full blast.


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Re: In Between [Open]
« Reply #2 on: April 17, 2017, 10:55:03 PM »
Skylar’s family wasn’t the only one settling down for the night. Across the territory in the Striders den she and her small brood were all curling into each other to sleep for the night. All save one of them. Azalea wasn’t tired at all, the thought of sleep was impossible. It was probably because she napped through most of the day whenever her mother wasn’t around to rose her. And even then she stayed in a dull stupor on the verge of falling asleep at any moment.

So when the night came it wasn’t a surprise that the little pale blue-green pup was restless. Lea wanted to do what she did every night, escape her family and go gaze at the stars. She just had to play along and pretend to fall asleep until everyone else was passed out. Her favorite part of the day was when the sun set and the stars lit up the sky, all the creatures of the day were nestled in for the night, sleeping away. The world was quiet, almost silent.

Peaceful.

Lea liked the calmness of the world at night, the sunlight bothered her eyes but the moonlight was gentle and just bright enough to light path. It was perfect. Each night she would try to make up pictures in the sky, sort of like connecting the dots from star to star. Mother told them that each speck of light represented the life of a soul, the brightest ones were for the greatest among them. Mother liked to talk to them at night. Sometimes she would catch her mother singing, the song sounded soft and sad. Was it about death?

She was so lost her in her thoughts that she almost missed the quiet snoring of her mother that indicated deep sleep and with a grunt she wriggled out from under her siblings, waiting nervously to see if any of them stirred and when she saw no hint of movement she turned and scurried out of the mouth of the den as quickly as she could. Tilting her head back she admired the millions and millions of spots that lit up the evening sky, mouth forming a small o of wonder as she headed deeper into Gemini.

Out of habit she wandered towards the black sandy beach in the northeast side of the territory. It was the best place to view the stars, no trees to block her view and it was the easiest access. Sure she could have climbed the cliffs for a better view but the mere thought of spending that much energy was nearly exhausting in itself. Tonight the ocean breezed carried not just the scent of salt and water but the smell of two individuals on the shore. She hesitated at first, wondering if she should turn around and avoid them but if she did that it would mean returning to the den and doing nothing for hours until she eventually passed out.

She’d rather eat a brier patch. Quietly she approached, head low and ears out to the side. Emerald green eyes were sharp and curious as she came close enough to see the sea creature that had washed up on in their territory. And the small boy who seemed to be offering it help. Azalea tilted her head in confusion at his inquiry, the strange shark dog didn’t look hurt to her after all. It was large and had strange eyes and appendages around its head. It looked other worldly but not entirely threatening. She wasn't frightened by it at least.

He doesn’t look stuck.” 

Her green eyes went back up to the stars above and she sighed at the calming presence. She didn’t like talking to people but it was easier here in the darkness surrounded by starlight. The young pup took a seat and fixed her eye on a pulsing blue dot, avoiding looking at either of the two. Their energy didn’t make her so nervous if she didn’t look at them directly. “What are ya?” She asked innocently enough, her voice toneless as if she didn’t care if it answered her or not.









As I hold you
I'm drowning too
I'll hide my tears
To help you through
But inside I'm screaming
for some healing
Never felt so empty
And I'm telling you
It's slowly killing me
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Re: In Between [Open]
« Reply #3 on: April 25, 2017, 12:25:52 AM »
Slipping. He was slipping.

The arrowhead looked out, pitch black eyes seeming an infinite void as he gazed at the bright spark twinkling a few feet away. The light flared, and words washed over his thick skin. "Hi! Are you a sea wolfy? Are you stuck?" Concern carefully checked him over as the small creature kept back, but firmly in place. He could almost feel those inquisitive eyes probing him for fault, the reasons why he might rest upon the shore. The sail carefully reclined along his spine as he briefly wondered what the thing... was. It was no fish, or whale, or even between. It was solidly built for living on land. Four limbs, little toes, a tail for balance... Fins on its face? Was that its face? Were those eyes, or patterns on the skin to confuse a predator? Curious, and part of him wanted to reach out. Touch the little thing that braved the unknown quicker than he had himself, leaving the wave's shelter for this place of heavy burdens.

Another arrived, more deftly than the first. “He doesn’t look stuck. What are ya?”

Unlike the star, this one held a touch of familiar. The darkness focused on the myriad of greens and creams that dotted its form, black framing a handsome little face and bright 'eyes.' Eyes that he could barely see with how it carefully avoided his gaze, the void's scrutiny. Was it frightened? He breathed deep, but couldn't catch fear's sour scent. Rather, it seemed... cautious? No... Maybe? The word felt wrong in his teeth, all sharp and jagged edges. Still, it's all he could deduce from the little one's tilted form. The wind kicked up, ocean spray coating his back in a comforting pat. There, there. It's alright. They won't hurt you. If they do? I'll drown them. I'd drown anyone for you. Even yourself. The tendrils uncurled from their hidden place beneath the arrowhead's eyes, gently waving in a friendly greeting. Hello. His mouth parted, the teeth visible in the pale moonlight as he finally spoke.

"...What are you?"

His voice, stroking against the fur, sounds wrong. Feels raw, unused, like he hadn't spoken in years. Starved of contact, communication on levels he could understand. Still, he reached for these small creatures with his tendrils as he scooted forward. Pulled his long body along the sand, his tail a useless thing dragged behind him. Closer to Azalea, he is suddenly there; invading her space with curious touches as he quietly looms over her. Hands carefully run along her back, and oh. Oh. The luxury of fur, this unknown thing that makes him repeat the motion as he tries petting the little green girl. Tendrils cautiously nose about her face, as if trying to figure her out while he has to lean back; tilt his head to still see her, so she doesn't disappear within the blind spot of his vision.

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Re: In Between [Open]
« Reply #4 on: April 25, 2017, 02:05:25 PM »
Skylar watched with curious eyes the creature that was on the beach sands, looking almost like one of the sea wolfys. At the same time though, it didn't look like one, even by the dim light provided by the stars (thank you Daddy!) and the moon. Small crunching sounds made his ears flicker and he looked over his shoulder, noticing another pup approach. "He doesn't look stuck." He tilted his head at her, not knowing who she was, either. Two strangers in one night. "Hi~" he greeted the other pup, tail wagging behind him. "Do ya know him?" Maybe she had seen him before, and Skylar had just missed him.

"What are ya?" The other pup asked the question while looking at the sky. Did she wonder what the stars are? "'Dose are stars!" He answered, looking up at them himself before realizing she was talking about the being on the beach. "Oh... never mind." He felt a little embarrassed, but he quickly got over that as he looked back at the sandy beach, looking for the sea wolfy look-alike. One of the wavy little whiskers on his face waved in hello, and Skylar's tail waved back in greeting.

What surprised him more though, was when the sea friend spoke. "...What are you?" He also began to scoot forward, sliding his belly on the sand. "We're wolves!" Skylar remained rooted in place, himself, as he watched in a combination of nervousness/excitement/wariness that made his belly flutter like the butterflies that flew around the field. His head tilted up as the creature came close and loomed over the two pups, whiskers reaching out to touch the young female. Skylar also inched forward, ears tilted back and nose wiggling as he approached the sea wolf look-alike's leg. He sniffed at the fins on the creature's elbow, but smelled nothing other than sea salt and general 'ocean' smells. Odd. Was he the ocean itself?

Finally he put his nose an inch away from the fin (assuming the other hadn't moved or stepped back), and his tongue flickered out to give a gentle short lick to the fins. Salty! His tongue flickered out again as he took a step back, trying to get rid of the strong salty taste. "You're salty, sir," he observed, tongue licking his own nose as it finally went away. Skylar then stepped back, looked at the female pup to see how she was reacting to being caressed by the whiskers, before skirting around the creature. He hopped sideways, keeping his front facing the new stranger as he went around to the tail end of the creature.

"Cool!" he couldn't help saying, liking the tail and how it looked. "You've got a sea wolfy tail!" Again he took a step or two forward, nose wiggling as he sniffed with intrigue. "Didja come from the sea??" He asked, looking up at the creature. Despite the weird way he looked, Skylar wasn't afraid of him. He just wanted to see what made him look so different!


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Re: In Between [Open]
« Reply #5 on: June 02, 2017, 06:05:33 AM »
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« Reply #6 on: June 12, 2017, 03:45:19 PM »
"'Dose are stars! Oh... never mind." Lea had obviously confused her new company with her question and immediately regretted opening her mouth. She wasn't good at this socializing thing. She had been reffering to the weird not-wolf thing that had crawled out of the sea. Should she be more direct when she talked or something? Why was this so hard for her.

The young girl was graciously saved from her overthinking by the sight of tentacles uncurling from behind it's eye's, the long dangling appendages wiggling at her in greeting as it repeated her question back at her. Azalea tilted her head to the side as if that would help her small brain process the creature standing in front of her. It's teeth were sharper than anything she'd ever seen before and yet she didn't feel in danger.

Or maybe she just didn't care if he attacked her or not. It was hard to tell sometimes. So when the sea creature came closer to stroke her face with his long tendrils she didn't turn and run in fear like some would. It took all her inner strength not to recoil at the odd sensation of being petted by something else. It wasn't unpleasant but Lea didn't like sharing her personal space with strangers.

The other boy was full of questions, firing them off in rapid fire session, thankfully asking all the things she was wondering herself. No need to talk if you had someone who asked the questions for you. She decided she liked this other pup, he was tolerable at the very least. This strange alien creature on the other hand.. What was it?


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I'm drowning too
I'll hide my tears
To help you through
But inside I'm screaming
for some healing
Never felt so empty
And I'm telling you
It's slowly killing me
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« Reply #7 on: June 12, 2017, 08:01:36 PM »
"We're wolves!" The first exclaimed, so bright Gollum could not help but turn his head and look; drink in that pure, innocent joy the star proffered. It... soothed, him. Quieted the hurt that bled his heart, left a trail for all to follow that would but dare look in the dark.

Wolves... It suited them.

His mouth moved, parted as if to repeat the word, but he stopped. Caught himself, and let his lips pull shut as a low hum arched in the back of his throat; stilled as he contemplated these little treasures, silent. This is what the land offered him in return for his bravery: gifts, in the form of curious children. They were children, right? It didn't matter. They were kind, and they- Lick! "You're salty, sir."

...Were definitely children.

"Yes," He confirmed softly, ghoulishly rasped as he watched the star skirt around him. Briefly, he wondered if wolves lived like the whales; pods that roamed forever through the depths, or rather miles of land. Did their mother miss them? Were they lonely, abandoned babes? As he pondered, he unconsciously stopped petting the girl's soft coat; just letting his fingertips rest against her toes. Coming back to himself, he found the boy by the end of his tail. His now complimented tail. But... what was a sea wolfy? Gingerly, Gollum used his tail to herd the star back to the front. It would be easier to talk to them if he didn't have to get whip lash between the two of them. His free hand stretched and curled, giving Skylar a light scratch behind his ears.

"Didja come from the sea??"

Expectant eyes met his. Waited, as best as inquisitive young minds could.

"...Would you like to see?" Gaze, as one in between could only try? Attempt to replicate the feeling of true belonging? Happiness? Would this slake their thirst, or only leave them wanting more? He didn't know, but as he finished he bowed before them. Lowered his face until his jaw pressed firm against the sand beneath them. Tendrils on opposite sides of the arrowhead crept out, and made coaxing motions; curling back, urging them to climb aboard. Aside from that, the hellion remained perfectly still; the only signs of life the gentle rise and fall of his ribs. No fur to ruffle, nothing for the wind to do except to run coolly along his sloughing skin.

"I can show you the world."

Let me.

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Re: In Between [Open]
« Reply #8 on: June 16, 2017, 05:27:27 PM »
Skylar had indeed been confused, but it was soon clarified as he caught himself and corrected his words. The pup was happy to be here with these two despite not knowing either. Sharing moments and just enjoying their home together. Azalea may think that she was bad at socializing, but the boy thought she was just fine at it. His tail wagged as he looked at both of them, curious more about the not-wolf wolf. It approached Azalea and began to stroke her face, and this prompted the pup's curiosity more in approaching.

"Yes." Heehee, he was right! The wolf was salty. It made him grin, proud of himself for making the deduction. Even if it was a simple one. Skylar eventually wandered off and neared the blue form's tail, and yipped in surprise when he was pushed back. Weee~ The star child giggled, tail fanning behind him as he was scratched behind the ears. It was a new sensation, but it was a pleasant one. "Mmmmmm~" he hummed, tongue lolling as he sat there and was petted.

Then he posed his next question, and it would lead to an interesting proposition.

Skylar tilted his head at the stretched silence. "...Would you like to see?" See? Like, see the sea? (Haha, funny pun.) The other lowered himself onto the sand, looking much like a platform that he wanted them to raise. "I can show you the world." He eyed the other figure, then widened his eyes in awe. A chance to see the ocean! "Ooooo..." he cooed softly as he inched over to the sea-wolf, nose wiggling in wonder. He sniffed at his back, even lightly giving him a lick (leading to more salt on his tongue).

Then it was only a moment longer before he placed a paw on his back, and then another moment more before he was clambering on and settling in for the ride. Skylar grinned and looked at Azalea. "Ya comin'?" he asked, stretching a paw over to her as he gazed at her with a mixture of curiosity and intrigue. He was a little nervous, but he had such a thirst for knowledge, this moment was too good to miss. And like always, he wanted to share the moment with others. Azalea just happened to be his prime choice right now.

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