Jul 12, 2012 13:42:55 GMT -5
Post by »Image on Jul 12, 2012 13:42:55 GMT -5
"Why don't we go to the shores? I'm sure the water would be nice on the fur."[/size]
The voice was crisp and tight in the male's ear, a humming annoyance whose only response was a single blink. Visit the shores? Hmph. Not likely. In this heat, he'd be sweating like a pig before he even reached the border of Dürkell's forests. Besides, he could run into someone at the ocean, whereas if he stayed here in the lands, it was almost guaranteed that he wouldn't be bothered by so much as a passing rabbit.
In the weeks that had flown through summer’s unyielding heat, Sicoya’s voice had intensified considerably, her grasp on the aging wolf ever apparent when he was joined by actual, breathing company. He became fidgety and dodged answers like they were accusations. Talking to Echo and Beck was at least somewhat bearable; when Hayashi dared to question him of his whereabouts, he simply ignored her with glares of narrowed eyes or spat back some words he knew would cut. How sweet of him.
When was the last time he’d been in the presence of others, anyways? A few days, maybe a week? Or had it been two? Reiner shook his head, ignoring the dying whispers that told him to think harder. In all honesty, he hardly cared what happened anymore. So what if no one talked to him? He hadn’t anything to say. Mild chit-chat about the weather and the daily commotion at the Auktion Rock could only take him so far, and after that, they would be left to studying the fur on their paws to make the silence more bearable, which in his opinion, was much more enjoyable on his own time with the peace of the woods to reassure him and the soft coo of Sicoya to lull him to sleep.
"I'm okay for today, love. Maybe tomorrow.'"
Sicoya's eyes burned at Reiner for a moment before she sniffed with displeasure, flicking her tail as she laid beside him. It was all Reiner could do not to swat her with his paw. Arrogant she-wolf.
"So what would you like to do?"
Her voice tumbled like velvet through the air, leaving Reiner quiet for a moment. What could they do? Anymore, the fun pleasures of the past held little influence or drive over him. Rest, sleeping, and naps were the things his days consisted of. Finding something to eat was secondary, although that was mostly due to the fact that he hardly hung around the main pack long enough to stay for a hunt and chasing something down on his own time was too energy-sapping.
What would you like to do? The question repeated again in his mind, this time more edgy than before. Reiner vainly wracked his brain for something, anything, that grazed his interest. After a few moments, nothing. More silence. The time lapsed over him, a wave of lost time, seconds ticking.
And then suddenly, his response came swift and gentle. He blinked a few times before saying the words out loud, his voice trembling softly.
"I want to forget."
Reiner turned over onto his bed of pine needles, clamping his eyes shut to the brightness of the day. How dearly he missed Hayashi and what little affection they had for each other all those months ago. He regretted deeply that had never made a bolder move to show her of his true passion. It was mostly because of her. He didn't have the confidence or attitude to shut Sicoya's sweet seductions down, to try and deal with things alone. For now, she would remain his stable insanity.
As time ticked on, Reiner blocked the forest noises and happenings, willing himself to sleep.