OOC Hey! It's Ruki! :D Been workin' on a new skin, which is why I haven't posted much, and it's finally done! Mostly anyway. Change it to Umber Fields and you should see all the fun. There are bound to be a few kinks in the display, so please tell me if there's anything wrong, or if something just looks odd to you, like if the font's too small. :C I'm thinkin' it might be. Staff ppl should pm me with 100x100 icons. Also the mini-profile circle images are 125x125. I thought they were 100x100 at first, but no, I forgot about the circle border edits. |D Couldn't have gotten it done without the codes from the people in the credits, so silent shoutout to them. Staytuned for more weird updates. Might do some re-arranging of the boards. Anywho, hope you like it!
OLD: 4/04 Ruki says: NEW SEASON! Spring has started! We might start advertising places again now that midterms are over for all of us, and posting is back up. Not exactly OOC news, but Enheit Alpha Sinead has PUPPIES. If you wanna adopt the last one, the adopt thread is HERE! Ody and Raven have their own rules for this, so read them and adopt a pup if y'all want. SPRANG BRAAAAKE.
2/26/15 WHY HELLO! Guess who it is again. Ruki. I've been busy condensing rules and tips into a handy updated guidebook here on THIS PAGE! with the help of my fellow staff buddies. It's super important to read and make sure you get all the fun info down. The newest rule is about ALPHA ACTIVITY, so be sure to read the Lands and Territories section. The gist of it is that yall leaders gotta post once a week. If you don't POOF. No more land for you. This is a new rule, but if you haven't posted within the next few days and haven't been active in a while, you best get on that 'cause yo' land's 'bout to be snatched.
IC Spring is here at last and the land is beginning to flourish with new life once more. Young animals are plentiful and slowly others are rousing out of hibernation. April showers rain down, and springtime flowers are budding out from their winter beds. SPRING will last from April 1st - June 1st
Your hope dangling by a string I'll share in your suffering To make you well, to make you well.
The sky was dark as coal, dusted lightly with stars. The roar of the falls was thunderously loud in Maddox's ears as he passed by them like a ghost, his footsteps silent as he faded into the trees. He had been wandering for days upon days, back and forth from point to point, searching for nothing while his mind whirled like a tornado. But no matter how far he went, somehow Maddox always seemed to end up walking this same path, past the falls, through the woods, towards the sprawling meadows that he knew stretched far ahead. This was the third time Maddox had found himself wandering back to the Irrsin borders. Never did he cross; instead he would stand stock-still just beyond the cover of the trees, waiting and watching. If patrol happened to come along, he would fade into the underbrush like a spirit, his reddish-brown coat perfect camouflage in the fallen leaves. So far, there had been no sign of her.
Her. Adali. Since he had left her, Maddox had thought of the white she-wolf. He had worried and wondered, constantly thinking of the look on her delicate face when they had played, how happy she had been... The thought of her stuck in Irrsin, playing the part of sklavin, still made him angry. With a soft growl, Maddox weaved through the trees, ignoring the gentle tugging of branches at his fur. Several times an unsuspecting rabbit crossed his path, but each time Maddox sidestepped the creature and kept going. His stomach rumbled noticeably, but still Maddox trotted on. There was something else he had to do tonight. It was well past time that he checked, even if he'd never even caught so much as a glimpse of her yet.
The first time, Maddox had tried to convince himself that he wasn't returning to Irrsin for her, but all the excuses in the world had fallen short. There was no good reason for the brute to lurk around a packs territory, especially one as largely growing as Irrsin seemed to be. Often times he had seen a flash of white that had his hopes soaring, but Maddox quickly learned that there were two other white wolves that ran patrols, both regal-looking, one clearly male.
Now, as he came upon the spot where the trees began to thin, Maddox came to a quiet stop. The sound of the falls was barely audible in the distance, along with the faint sound of an owl. Maddox's ears stood erect, his nose twitched, and his eyes strained to see across the vast field. Every part of his body was tensed with caution and...nervousness, was it? Hopefulness? Both? What would he even do if he saw her? She would likely think he was a fool for hanging around, panting after her like some kind of lost puppy, but Maddox found he could not bring himself to leave.
Golden eyes alight with a sort of energetic anticipation, he waited. His body was taut as a bow, but Maddox was patient. He could wait here for hours if he had to.
Quick breaths filled the cool summer night, long legs stretched out and contracted in elegant strides as golden eyes tracked their prey. The she-wolf wasn't necessarily hungry, but she rarely passed up the chance for a tasty rabbit and a moonlit run. Occasions like this, alone under the starlit sky, were the rare times she was not at at the full mercy of her masters. It came as a relief to stretch her legs and to have such a distraction from her normal sklavin duties, which often involved thinking constantly about others and not herself. Now though, in her run and her hunt, she was free from that life. If only for a little while.
As her terrified prey darted across the rolling hills, Adali followed. It was probably a futile attempt on her part, as frightened, desperate rabbits were far more agile than even she. But the she-wolf refused to let the odds spoil her spirit. She could not remember the last time she was so alone besides her desperate flee from the fires that had torn through Irrsin not long ago. She still remembered the wolf that had lead her lost self home and had brought out something she'd never quite felt before. He entered her mind as she ran and it was like sudden torture. Never had she felt so much joy as she had in their brief meeting. Yet the thought of it was enough to dampen her mood. She would probably never see him again and he probably hadn't thought about her since their departure from each other not very long ago. She was only a sklavin, after all. Nothing more and and certainly nothing less. You cant get much lower than that.
These sudden thoughts were enough of a distraction from her hunt that she hadn't realized until the last second that she was headed straight for the forests. With too much momentum still going, the she-wolf came desperately skidding to a stop just feet from where she knew the invisible border to be, as if she were afraid she might hit a stone wall. The rabbit lost sometime in her chase and her thoughts, she was left there to listen to the distant hoot of an owl. But something in those woods caught her eye, causing her to do a double take. There, just inside the tree line, was the wolf that had spoiled her hunt.
Adali's mind was sent reeling, widened eyes staring in complete surprise. Maddox! She wanted to yelp his name in joy, but no words could form in that moment. At first, she thought that perhaps she was simply seeing things. That maybe he was just a trick of her mind. But as the seconds ticked by and he did not disappear, she knew he was really there.
Whipping her head around a few times, she searched the land around her for any sign of the pack and potential patrol. While Adali still had much to learn about them, she was still shaken and traumatized by her previous dominor, always expecting the worst of her current. It was unfair to them, she knew, but the she-wolf couldn't help the anxiety. If her former leader had caught her with a strange male, he would of taken off one of her ears. And if he'd caught the stranger, too? She shuddered at the mere thought of it. The last thing the the snow-white wolf wanted was to see someone ripped apart. But Kasimira is different. She would never, she reminded herself, even if she wasn't sure about her own honesty with that thought.
Devotion to her master and the fear of consequences could only keep her where she was for so long however. Before Adali could hold back any longer, she was taking quiet yet hurried steps towards her friend, slipping through the thinned tree line and over the boarder where he waited. Was he there for her? What other possible reason could he have for being there on the edge of Irrsin lands? Surely he didn't mean to join them, did he? Although Adali had only met the brute once before, he didn't strike her as the pack running type. And then there was the fact he had been silent about his presence with no howls in request for her masters. She silently wondered how long he'd been there.
In her approach, the female pondered on what to do. Should she question him? Greet him with a simple hello? Neither option was very appealing to her. Instead, she found herself desperately desiring to simply throw herself at him and bury herself in his fur. And yet with a racing heart, she couldn't bring herself to do any of these things and felt silly for even thinking the last. Like the fool she was, all she could do was sit in front of him and stare at her paws whilst only able to mutter a few faint words. "Have you seen a rabbit? I seem to have lost one..."
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On the distant horizon, there was a flash of white.
Maddox did not let his hopes rise. While the figure was too small and slender to be the male he sometimes spotted, it could very well be the female with the vibrant blue eyes. Once she had come so very close to him that had she not been upwind, she surely would have smelled him hiding there in the brush. And how would he have explained hovering there just beyond the border with no reason aside from childish hope?
The wolf was coming on fast, bounding right towards him. Maddox began to take a quick step back when suddenly a rabbit burst through the underbrush, startling him almost to the point of snarling. Barely able to keep his mouth clamped shut, Maddox glanced up swiftly to gauge the location of the wolf, only to find that she was standing right in front of him, just beyond the border. But her eyes...instead of fiery blue, they were a gorgeous, familiar shade of gold. For a long moment Maddox's mind did not register that it was truly Adali standing before him, after so long of waiting. When it registered, he thought the shock might paralyze him.
For some time, he waited in silence with baited breath, wondering if she would cross the border or if she would turn from him. Why had he never stopped to consider that maybe she didn't want to see him? It had been all his idea to creep around the borders, after all. If she asked him to leave...
Suddenly she lurched forward, crossing the border into the forest. Maddox's heart leaped into his throat as he watched her, a familiar grin breaking out on his face. She was just as he had remembered her, shy and quiet and so very beautiful. A part of Maddox recoiled at his newfound affection; the feeling was completely new to the brute, and a bit scary. But another part of him urged him on.
"Have you seen a rabbit? I seem to have lost one..."
Maddox blinked at her before letting a quiet burst of laughter slide between his lips. Before he could stop himself he was stepping forward, lightly brushing his nose against her cheek. It comforted him to know that she was well; he had began to worry when he hadn't seen her. Almost feeling as if he was dreaming, Maddox took a step back, his eyes twinkling with their usual mischievous light.
"Ran right past here, the little rascal," he murmured in response, tossing his head in the direction that the rabbit had gone. So many things ran through his head, so many comments and questions, but he asked none of them. Instead he remained quiet, simply enjoying her presence while he could. He wasn't sure how she had gotten away, or how long she could stay. All he knew was that she was here, right in front of him, and the thought made his smile widen. He took a step backwards, and then another, his gaze both challenging and warm as he dared her to follow with his words.
The she-wolf had never felt butterflies like she did when Maddox brushed her cheek. It was so gentle and affectionate, causing her heart to warm. Nobody had ever touched her like that before, like she was wanted and special. Perhaps he really was here to see her? But the thought of him going out of his way for her of all wolves was mind boggling to Adali and she desperately tried to think of some other more logical reason for his presence. Yet the more she searched for other answeres the more she realized there was none.
"Ran right past here, the little rascal,"
Blinking a few times, she realized she had momentarily forgotten about the rabbit she had been hunting, if it could even be called that. Chasing mindlessly after the creature with little hope of actually catching it could hardly be called a real hunt. It was probably long gone by now, leaving the anxious Adali and mischievous Maddox in it's wake. Golden eyes eyes darted around their surroundings, as if she actually hoped it was just sitting there waiting to continue the chase. Of course it wasn't.
"I can help you find him."
At the offer, she glanced back at Maddox. It was an appealing idea, running off with him in search of a late night dinner. But Adali knew it could possibly get her in trouble. The she-wolf had never been the trouble making type. She always followed the rules and did everything her dominors asked of her without question. She probably should of been back with the pack at that very moment, in fact. But as the brute began backing away step by step, she found herself following.
What in the world was she doing, following this male like some love struck pup away from Irrsin? The first time they'd met, she'd ran off to save her life. Now, however, she was leaving willingly and happily without too many second thoughts. She would be back, of course, as Adali wasn't brave enough to leave the only life she knew for good. But for now, he was too enticing not to go with.
And so she trotted away deeper into the forest and farther away from the boarder with only one look back. They will never know she convinced herself. She'd be back before they even realized their white sklavin was missing... again.
She looked at Maddox with a shy glance as they went, not entirely sure what to say. There were questions she felt the need to ask, but wasn't all too sure if she should. The she-wolf had never been the nosy type, having learned to keep her mouth shut unless first spoken to. Deep down, she knew she didn't have to fear this brute like she feared everyone else. But she still kept the curiosity to herself.
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As Adali stepped after him, reluctant at first but steadily seeming to gain confidence, Maddox's heart soared. With another flashy grin aimed in her direction, he turned, melting deeper into the forest. His happiness to see her keeping pace beside him was unrivaled by all else as he fell into a loping trot, his tail swaying back and forth as he went. Although they traveled in silence, it was neither uncomfortable nor troubling; instead, it was almost...relaxing.
The night seemed to have come alive, suddenly ten times more exciting now that Adali was at his side. The tree limbs swayed softly in the gentle night breeze, their leaves rustling together quietly as the wolves passed beneath them. The moon was high above them, shedding light on the path that they walked. The roaring of the falls grew louder and louder the further they walked; with a glance aimed in Adali's direction, Maddox altered his stride, beginning the steady descent down the waterfalls winding path. He had heard that the falls was a beautiful place to take a lover, and while he was not quite sure that he could consider Adali to be such yet, he was curious to see how she would react to the falls. Beauty and freedom were two things that sklavins did not see much of, but tonight, Maddox would ensure that she did. He knew how difficult it was for her to sneak away, which only drove his determination to make her happy while he could.
The path began to flatten, dirt and leaves giving way to tiny pebbles as the shore came into sight. Where the pebbles met the water was shallow at first, steadily growing deeper the further that one ventured out. The moons ray reflected gorgeously on the surface of the pool, and a fine mist drifted towards them from the thundering falls. Twice Maddox caught a glimpse of silvery fish beneath the water, and with the rabbit from before now forgotten, Maddox turned his excited golden gaze on Adali. Never before had he been one for such lavish, mushy displays, but now things were different. Just looking at the she-wolf made his heart warm with affection. His mother had warned him once about harboring affections, stating that it would turn him into a fool. And so it had, but he would be a fool for Adali any day.
A smile pulled at his muzzle, softer and more affectionate than his usual bawdy grins. More than anything he was glad that he had returned to Irrsin's border tonight. He knew now that he could not put her into a difficult situation by asking her to come away with him. He could protect her from rogues and bandits and wrathful dominors, but he could not protect her from guilt if she was not ready to leave. Instead he would visit her away from Irrsin, and he would make sure that when she returned, she was as happy and content as a she-wolf could be. That much she deserved.
Maddox found his mind wandering to thoughts of Adali's pack. He could still remember the look of the large white brute and the sleek, raven-coated female that was clearly his mate. They seemed like a formidable pair as far as alphas were concerned; if they ever found out about Adali sneaking away, Maddox could only wonder how they would react. Surely Adali would be punished; the thought filled Maddox with dread and rage. There was also a fair chance that they would want to deal with him as well. The brute was likely a considerable match for Maddox, but he knew better than to underestimate the she-wolf. She was an alpha for a reason. Hopefully things won't come to that. We'll have to be careful. The last thing he wanted to see was Adali in trouble over him.
Padding closer to the water, Maddox watched for a moment as fish darted by before flicking a glance in Adali's direction.
"Are you hungry?" he asked, letting his gaze slide first over her slender frame and then back to the rippling pool. "Since we didn't find your rabbit dinner, I can try my paws at fishing...for you." [/blockquote][/color][/size]
Their trek to the falls was deafly quiet aside from the ever growing roar of the falls and soft rustling of the leaves around them. But Adali felt comfortable in the silence as she simply relished Maddox's company. It felt like a miracle to her that she was with him now, having thought it unlikely that she would ever see the ruggedly handsome brute again. She could not ignore how confident she felt next to him. Perhaps not confident in herself, but more in her safety. Being alone outside her home had always exceeded the limits of her comfort. Now, however, she felt nothing could possibly touch her. Perhaps it was a foolish and overconfident thing to feel but Adali didn't care. She was so tired of being afraid.
They navigated the path down to their destination, one Adali had not planned. The she-wolf had simply been following her companion blindly like a pup. It wasn't until the clear pool of water ahead came into view that she realized where they had gone. She had seen the falls in passing and heard it's roar on a few occasions but never had taken the time to stop for a visit. Up close the mists washed over the mosses and ferns and the thundering of the water was deafening. Yet it offered some form of peace, she found as it lulled out the world around them. The moon's reflection on the rippled surface cast a beautiful light and she couldn't help but notice the darting fish swimming just off the shallows.
"Are you hungry? Since we didn't find your rabbit dinner, I can try my paws at fishing...for you."
She had once again forgotten about the rabbit from earlier, having been too caught up in everything else that was happening. All of a sudden fish sounded far more appetizing, if only because it was Maddox that offered it. And he was doing it for her. As her heart thudded sporadically in her chest, she somehow found her voice. "Famished, now that you mention it." Really, she wasn't. But the she-wolf wasn't about to turn him down for anything. And then there was the curiosity of how he was going to pull it off. She'd never fished before and had never seen a wolf try.
Oh how she couldn't wait to see this.
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Pleased that he would have an oppurtunity to fish for her, Maddox turned his attention back to the rippling pool, his mind working over the current task at hand. He had never really fished before, but he had seen other wolves do so plenty of times. All he had to do was be quicker than the fish, after all, but that was a task that was easier said than done. Watching as a silver blur darted underneath his nose, he stood stock still, waiting patiently for the right one to swim along.
When a plump looking fish darted down beneath his nose to pick at something stuck between the pebbles, Maddox did not hestitate. He shot forward, plunging his head beneath the water, jaws snapping closed just inches away from the carp. A spray of water exploded across the surface of the pool as Maddox leaped back onto the shore, snorting and shaking his now-drenched head. A quiet laugh escaped his muzzle as he tossed an amused glance over his shoulder in Adali's direction before padding back to the edge of the water, eyes once again searching for a suiteable meal. The next time he was considerably luckier.
As he stuck his head beneath the surface a second time, his jaws closed around something slick and wriggling. Gleefully he danced backwards, shaking his head back and forth vigoriously until the carp stopped flopping about. While it was not as large as the first, it was still big enough to be considered a meal. Proudly he turned and trotted to stand before Adali, where he dropped the fish with a quiet thump. Then, lifting his head, he met her gaze with a smile stretching across his mouth.
"Could you tell I'm an amateur?" He asked jokingly, his tail wagging back and forth slowly. Concerned only about taking care of her, he took a few steps backwards to give her space, secretly pleased that he had been able to provide her with dinner.
As he watched her, his mind drifted to thoughts of what things would be like if he could spend each day with her. His gaze flashing wistfully, Maddox marveled at how quickly he had come to care for her. And surely she cared for him too if she had risked so much to sneak away with him, right? The thought of her harboring any affection for him had the brute's stomach twisting in knots. Nervously he shifted his weight, feeling almost shy as he cast another glance in her direction.
With a curious tilt of the head, Adali watched in fascination as Maddox hunted for fish. He was patient, she noticed, never wavering from his task. Was he always so determined and driven? She supposed one had to be to an extent when living the life of a loner. Wouldn't everyone have to have some sort of stubbornness or resolve to survive on their own? It couldn't be easy to hunt alone. And the loneliness must of driven some mad. Despite the negative attention the she-wolf had received through all of her life, it was still somehow better than having none at all. But what would she know about anything? I'm just a slave, came the reminder that seemed so constant in her head.
The first time he bounded back to shore the male had nothing to show for his efforts except an ever so amused glance thrown in her direction. She smiled freely in response at the now soaked brute, stifling a laugh that threatened to bubble up inside. Adali had never seen a wolf go after a fish before. She'd seen plenty of bears and eagles do so, but wolves? It was a preposterous idea in her head and although she admired his unfaltering determination, she doubted this would be a success.
Just as the female was about to suggest finding something easier to catch, he surprised her with a fish dropped at her white paws. With surprise written all over her face, she looked up at him.
"Could you tell I'm an amateur?"
To be honest, Adali could of cared less about his skill at fishing. And maybe other females wouldn't of taken the gift of a slimy, scaly dinner so seriously and wanted to see something bigger taken down. But at that moment, she was definitely colored impressed. She eyed him as he backed away and a surge of still unfamiliar confidence lit up inside of her. With only mild hesitation she stepped over the fish and towards Maddox, taking a moment to nuzzle his cheek in thanks before turning back to her fresh meal.
After consuming the dinner he had so graciously caught for her, she slid a glance in the brute's direction. Adali was still curious to know why he had come back for her. She had jumped to conclusions already yet every idea that entered her mind seemed unfathomable to the she-wolf, no matter how much she wanted to believe them. Nobody just stopped by to visit someone like her for the sake of it, did they? With a gulp and some nervousness returning, she asked. "Why are you here, Maddox?" She was afraid it may sound like she didn't want him here, when on the contrary she had never been happier to see anyone in her life. But she simply had to know his reasoning.
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Slowly, Maddox turned towards her, fixing her with his curious stare. For a long moment he was silent, wondering how he should respond. He could have played it off, could have acted like he'd simply been in the area, but something inside of him whispered a firm no. Standing here with her at the foot of the falls, with the moonlight reflecting off of the water...there was no place for little white lies. Clearing his throat, he dipped his head almost guiltily, dragging one large paw through the dirt. Bashfulness was something new to him, something foreign, and this only deepened his embarrassment. Had it not been for the thick fur that blanketed his frame, his skin would have been flaming red. Almost involuntarily, a laugh bubbled from the brute, light and shaky.
"I guess I can't really make any excuses for myself this time. I came back for you."
Glancing up nervously, he met her eyes, a grin sliding onto his muzzle. He was gaining courage as he looked at her; she would either think he was absolutely insane, or she wouldn't. Maybe, just maybe, she would feel the same way that he did. It was a long shot, but it was well worth the try.
"Ever since that first day that I met you, I've thought about you. Truthfully, I didn't want to take you back to Irrsin. I've wondered and worried ever since. I..." he paused, looking away sheepishly. "I even came back a few times to look for you. Almost got caught once or twice."
He laughed quietly, his eyes twinkling with their usual mischevous now as he marveled over the situation. Here he was, stuttering and blushing like a she-wolf. Normally he couldn't be bothered with females, no matter how pretty or flirtacious they were. But Adali...something about her was different. While she was certainly pretty, she was so different from the other she-wolves he had encountered. Shy and obedient, not at all his usual type (if he even had one), but somehow she had still managed to squeeze her way into his heart. Any other average vixen might have laughed at him for not being the typical bad-boy brute, but she was clearly far from average. For some reason, she had agreed to see him again. And that was the thought that drove him on.
"I don't mean to complicate things for you. I understand that all I'm doing by sneaking you away is putting you at risk. But I needed to see you."
He was serious now as he took a step closer to her, barely a foot away. Her fur was startlingly white in the moonlight, making her seem almost angelic. His chest tightened, his heart twisting as he looked at her. Then, lowering his voice to a rumbling murmur, he steadily met her gaze.
Adali had watched him think over her question with all the patience in the world. His reaction and the look he sported on his face had surprised her, as she had expected maybe a shrug of indifference or just a casual 'I was in the area'. He looked guilty and embarrassed, something the female had not been expecting for he had usually been so confident in everything that he did. It almost made her regret asking until he had actually found his words.
The entire confession came as a shock to her and it was evident on her face with the way her eyes widened like saucers with seemingly every word he spoke. Her heart was beating at a rate she felt must of been physically impossible and she wasn't sure if it was excitement, joy, nervousness or fear that was bubbling up inside of her, though it could conceivably been a mixture of all four. He came back for me. Me!, was the first thing that kept running through her head and caused her speeding heart to flutter. But then there was the fact he had admitted to almost being caught. The thought of the latter had caused her stomach to turn in an uneasy fashion. Maddox's laugh rang in her ears, but she did not join him as she had been reminded of how dangerous this situation was. Yet the she-wolf knew she had to calm down.
"I don't mean to complicate things for you. I understand that all I'm doing by sneaking you away is putting you at risk. But I needed to see you."
He was right, he most definitely was putting her in danger, but Adali knew she had willingly slipped away into the night with him and although it worried her deeply, she could not bring herself to regret it, even with the fleeting thought that maybe this was all a setup or a joke. All doubts were rammed to the back of her head though as he stepped closer and her entire body suddenly felt extremely hot. She wasn't sure what it was about the male, as nobody else had ever made so many emotions sweep through her as he did.
"You're special, Adali."
Special? No, no, I'm just a sklavin! The she-wolf almost wanted to turn and run back to Irrsin, if only to get away for the sake of familiarity and the chance to clear her head and calm herself. But the thought of leaving him, especially after all that had just been tossed out into the open, was too painful to bare. She tried to find her voice in it, but in truth Adali had absolutely no idea what to say. She had never prepared herself for something like this.
No, she would not leave. Instead, she simply moved closer to him and buried herself in the fur of his chest. She felt comfortable there, like she had finally found a place she belonged and a place she didn't need to fear anything. The rest of the world didn't matter. They could no longer hurt her. In that moment, after forcing calm upon herself and soaking in everything that had just been said, Adali found she had never felt so safe. "Maddox," she spoke his name to find his attention, the single word sounding so right on her tongue. "What is love supposed to feel like?"
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That was the only word that came to Maddox's mind when he tried to sum up the feeling coursing through his veins. There was something else there, too, something deeper and more intense buried beneath the surface. Sighing softly, he dropped his head to rest it atop Adali's, relishing the feeling of her nuzzled against his chest. It was difficult knowing that in only a few hours, he would have to make that painfully long walk to Irrsin with her, but he was determined to see her again. If only there was a way he could without putting her at risk...
"Maddox, what is love supposed to feel like?"
Pulling away just slightly, Maddox glanced down at Adali, surprise evident in his eyes. Love. Was that what he felt in his chest? The pounding of his heart, the nervous feeling twisting in his belly, the pure, undaunted affection that seemed to warm him from the inside out...he had never felt it before, never before Adali. It was nothing like he had expected it to be. Maddox had always scoffed at the idea of love, had always rolled his eyes at the silly brutes who fought over she-wolves. Now, however...now he would do anything for her. Anything at all.
"I might not be the best person to ask," he replied jokingly, his voice soft. "My mother used to tell me that it would be a lot of things. Difficult, confusing, and terrifying as all hell. But at the same time...refreshing and wonderful. I never really believed her. And I've never felt it before...until now."
Forcing those words from his mouth had been difficult, now that everything was different. Before, he'd had nothing to lose. He could have been as reckless and stupid as he'd wanted to be with no fear of repercussions. But now...now he had Adali. Now he most certainly had something to lose, and the thought was terrifying, just like his mother had promised it would be. There was so many things that could go wrong, so many scenarios that played out in his head. If her dominor knew, if she even suspected, both Adali and Maddox would be in for a world of trouble. But somehow, it was worth the risk.
"Are you sure you're okay with this?" he asked her gently, searching her eyes for any hint of doubt or fear. "If you're not, I'll take you straight back to Irrsin and I won't bother you again, I promise. The last thing I want to do is put you in danger, Adali."
Maddox knew it would crush his heart if she said yes, but it would crush him even more if she got into serious trouble because of him. It was almost difficult to breathe as he waited for her answer. Almost. [/blockquote][/color][/size]
"Don't take me back," the words rushed out before she could hold them back, a hint of desperateness lingering in them. Adali felt filthy the instant she had said it. She was a slave, after all, and the only place she could possibly belong was with her Dominors. It was the only thing she knew, and she was definitely terrified of what would happen if she didn't return. Would the forces that be strike her down for merely wishing there was something more for her out there? "I mean.. not yet." That was better.
Leaning further against Maddox, Adali allowed herself several moments of simply enjoying the unfamiliar sensation of having someone so close. She had huddled with her sister when they were young and cowering away from their unpredictable master and taking comfort in the others presence. But this thing with Maddox was so very different than that and Adali was not sure when she would be willing to part with it. If she could have stayed there forever, she most certainly would have.
"Where are you from?" Asked Adali, curiosity bounding out all of a sudden. "Was it nice there?" She hoped the life he had lead was far better than hers had been up until this point. Adali tried not to have any sort of negative outlook on life, simply falling into the place others had told her to. However, the she-wolf wasn't oblivious of the fact that that place wasn't one anyone purposely looked for.
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Between the ever sinking rays of sunlight, Kasimira loped along, her ears pricked and her pace light. It had a been a long day for her; she'd set out to the Auktion Rock to get a good look at all the new sklavins the dominors had rounded up most recently. From word of mouth she'd learned a lot of the new wolves weren't from Ravensbruck at all--they were natives of the neighboring Sobibor where slavery was also a daily facet of life. They were a skinnier, leaner breed that lent themselves to the lack of heavy snows in the area, and with winter soon on the way, Kasimira hadn't quite thought of a reason to bring a newcomer like that into her pack at a time like this. Besides that, they didn't know the culture of her lands, and with both those things considered, there were none that she'd felt overly compelled to make another addition. From a certain stand point, the day could have been seen as a failure from what she'd set out to accomplish. But the fire burned bright within the Alpha, her eyes sparking and her mood considerably eased from the past month.
Things had begun to finally grown familiar within the Irrsin boundaries. Dresna was shaping up beautifully into the heir she would be, with Violet taking cues well from under her command. They had begun an interesting partnership and although Kasimira thought her daughter softer than she would have been at times, she respected her decision with a serious steadfastness. She would need this skill for her own reign and the she-wolf knew better than to intervene at such a crucial point. Tortuga was much more lax on the issue than she, but that was the natural order that had been formed with all issues it seemed.
Turning her direction steadily northward, Kasimira could hear the falls in the near distance as she moved. That echo, that pounding reverberation always brought her home. It had been her steady rock and security during the fire, along with every other time she'd left home and returned safely. It was always moving, always circulating the currents from here to there. It was momentum and it was idleness. Kasimira had always found a fascination with the falls, most likely due to her love of Tortuga how their first meeting had fully transpired. How they flirted and coyly frisked in the pool's depths, how they were attracted, as if by an electric point in the air between them. That had been a wonderful night...
As her mind drifted leisurely to thoughts of her mate, Kasimira skirted the bushes near the pool and aimed her path away and to the east, where her pack lay waiting. And then she heard them.
"Are you sure you're okay with this?"
The voice was low and certainly masculine, and Kasimira paused, if only slightly as her ears pricked for movement. She hadn't been keeping tabs on her surroundings as well as she typically did, and her fur stood on edge as she assessed the level of danger. "If you're not, I'll take you straight back to Irrsin and I won't bother you again, I promise. The last thing I want to do is put you in danger, Adali."
A few heartbeats passed as the conversation processed. Surely there was a mistake. Kasimira's stomach lurched uncomfortably as she furtively slunk back to the cover of a thick gorse bush. "Don't take me back,"
Pause. Kasimira stifled a growl deep in her throat.
"I mean.. not yet."
Half-tempted to sneak a peak at the wolves whose conversation she was eavesdropping into, Kasimira closed her eyes for a moment and tried to ignore the roaring of water she'd found so peaceful moments ago.
"Where are you from? Was it nice there?"
Oh, Eperna help her. There was no doubting that voice now. Definitely Adali's. That sniveling, scrawny, she-wolf of a sklavin... Kasimira pricked her raven-colored ears anxiously for the voice of the previous male, but there didn't seem to be a response. Taking advantage of the lapse in conversation, Kasimira strutted haughtily out from behind her cover, blue eyes narrowing as she glimpsed the male for the first time.
"Yes, was it nice there, brute? We're all dying to know."
With a tinge of mockery and snarl in her voice, the Queen stalked forward and pulled her gaze like ice across the two wolves before her. There was an eerie silence that pervaded the tension as Kasimira sat down and turned her attention directly to the male, as if waiting for a response.
"If you'd be so kind as to provide me an explanation as to why you're out here, alone, with my sklavin... Maybe I won't feel the need to completely remind her of her place when we return home. "
Polite and almost demure in attitude, there was a strange excitement that bubbled just below the surface in Kasimira. She'd waited for Adali to slip up since the day Tortuga had brought her home, and now here was her chance, delivered as if by ravens before the start of a hunt. Perfect.
Relief rushed through him, shortly followed by a warmth that Maddox could only describe as affection. He didn't respond, instead nuzzling closer to her, letting his bright eyes flutter closed. Everything inside of him was calm for once. There was no overwhelming need to be bad, to cause mischief and trouble. For years he had struggled to be content, and now in the blink of an eye, Adali came along and made everything...right. He couldn't bear to think about letting her go again. Not yet.
"Where are you from? Was it nice there?"
Adali's voice drug Maddox from his thoughts suddenly. He craned his head slightly to glance down at her, amused by her curiosity. What to tell her? That it was cold and rough in the winter, but so beautiful in the summer months? That seemed so typical and boring, but Maddox didn't know what else to say. He had rarely appreciated his home when he had lived there. As he was gathering his thoughts to reply, the bushes to his left rustled in warning. Moments later, a sleek black she-wolf strutted into his line of vision.
"Yes, was it nice there, brute? We're all dying to know."
Alarmed and blindsided, Maddox's fur bristled as he pushed in front of Adali. Everything about the she-wolf radiated arrogance and pride. There was something else there, too, lurking just beneath the surface of her calm demeanor. Anger. As Maddox lifted his gaze to hers, bright gold meeting blazing blue, his heart sank. He knew this she-wolf. Not by name, but he had spent enough days lurking around the Irrsin border to know her by sight. She was undoubtably alpha of the pack, and therefore Adali's dominor. What have I done?
"If you'd be so kind as to provide me an explanation as to why you're out here, alone, with my sklavin... Maybe I won't feel the need to completely remind her of her place when we return home. "
It was that line that knocked the life back into Maddox. He could not let Adali suffer, not because of him. He had to try something, anything, to soften the blow. He glanced over his shoulder quickly, hoping his gaze was reassuring as he met Adali's eye. Then, he swiveled to the face the black she-wolf again, forcing his fur to flatten. It would not do well to be taken as a threat; the last thing he wanted was a fight, not this close to Adali, and not with her dominor.
"Maybe an introduction first?" He asked coyly, his voice deep and mischevious. He felt like a stranger in his fur, a ghost of his own self, but he was trying desperately hard to be the relaxed, carefree wolf that everyone else knew. "I'm Maddox. I know who you are, I'll admit, just not by name."
Smiling, he strutted forward, stopping a few feet away from her. While his posture wasn't proud enough to be considered a challenge, he was far from cowering or begging. He could not make her think that he was weak and spineless, or she wouldn't believe any of the words that came out of his mouth next. He tilted his head, the tips of the white fur surrounding his face shining almost silver in the moonlight.
"A few weeks ago, I found Adali in the Schreien forest. Completely lost, poor thing, and terrified out of her wits. She asked me to take her back to Irrsin, and I did. That should have been the end of it, but I was a little bit...fascinated by her. So I kept coming back to your borders, looking for her. She had nothing to do with that. She didn't even know I was still around until earlier tonight, when she was running patrols. I stopped her and asked her to come across the border with me." He paused here, his muscles tensing as he lied. "She was reluctant, but I insisted. I promised her I would have her back in no time. I just needed to see her."
The last part, at least, was the truth. He turned to look at Adali, stepping to the side slightly so she was in view. "Isn't that right, Adali?" He asked, praying that she went along with it. He would have done anything to protect her at that point, but still, he wasn't sure if it was enough. The alpha looked too pleased to find Adali here, far out of line. How in the world were they going to get out of this? [/blockquote][/color][/size]
Adali had never been a disobedient wolf. Even if she were free, it is likely she would still have tiptoed around her peers and done whatever asked of her. She had always been submissive and eager to please in nature and whether this had been due to early treatment in life or simple genetics was anyone's guess. Had she been born or made? Either way it had not mattered, as it was a simple fact that she would always submit. So why now was she so hesitant to go scurrying back to Kasimira? The moment the ebony dominor had stepped out of the darkness, she should have skulked back and accepted her punishment. She'd been caught.
Fear had struck deep, latching onto her heart and squeezing in a most unpleasant manner. Her limbs had seized, though it was not impossible for her to move had she possessed enough motivation to. There was a strong part of her that wanted to skitter over to her leader and spew every apology and excuse her frazzled mind could muster. However, there was also a nearly insatiable urge to stay with Maddox. He was kind to her. He did not look down at her as if he were better like all the others. No, he looked at her as if she were an equal. As if she were not inferior. Adali was so engrossed by this feeling of acceptance that she was hesitant to let it go. So much so that she made no move to join Kasimira even when she should have.
He had stepped in front of her quickly and all of a sudden Adali was terrified of what might happen in the ensuing moments that followed. To see either one of them harmed was the last thing she wanted. The thought of Kasimira being hurt struck her deeply, but certainly not in the way it did with Maddox. The idea of her dominor being harmed or possibly killed made her more worried for Tortuga than the actual she-wolf herself. To hurt Kasimira would be to hurt Tortuga, and even Adali was conscious of this fact. She was less terrified of her alpha male than she was of the ebony wolf. And when it came to Maddox meeting any sort of unfortunate fate, she could feel nothing but absolute horror and a gripping sadness. Please don't hurt each other.
And then Maddox relayed their tale, albeit with twists to the actual truth. He seemed a master liar in that moment, she noted with some surprise and only a fleeting moment of worry that he had perhaps lied to her at one point or another. It was gone in the blink of an eye, however, when both pairs of eyes turned to her. She stared on, ears sunk back and shoulders hunched as she lowered her head, submissive. She wished nothing more than to sink into the earth and disappear. "Yes, that's right." She mumbled in a meek fashion, unsure if she sounded convincing or not.
There she cowered for a good long moment. The white she-wolf knew she had to get ahold of herself, as the earth beneath her had failed to open up and swallow her whole. It was with slow movement that she found all fours, not realizing she had sunk to the ground upon Kasimira's arrival. "Please do not hurt him. His intentions were honorable. He helped me," said Adali in a desperate attempt to convince her dominor that no serious action need be taken. And yet, whether consciously or subconsciously, the sklavin made no move to join her alpha.