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The Safest Place To Be by Culpeo-Fox The Safest Place To Be by Culpeo-Fox
She starts up from her sleep. Needs one, two seconds to realise that she is not lying in the street surrounded by dust, where bombs turned the buildings into ruins, where puddles of blood merged with the sand on the ground, where gunshots tear the air (and people) apart and ruffle one's feathers, where death cries cling to the soul-

But there is no dust. She is not in Aerie.
She is lying in a dark hotel room.
She is lying in his arms.

His calm breathing tells her that he is asleep.
Don't wake him up, she hears Reason, let him sleep. But Heart is still beating, louder than loud and thus, she lets out a little chirp, she can't help it. "...Risi."
He reacts. Soon enough, she feels his hand holding her shoulder and pulling her close, his tongue flickers a few times over her head - srrr, srrr can be heard whenever the two tines touch her feathers, calming and soothing. And she fluffs up, snuggles up to him - as if she was trying to hide herself.
She observes his throat and timidly nibbles its ventral scales there. Sometimes, there are other dreams. Sometimes, she finds herself again captured by the dogs and the snapping jaws of the Foxhound return as he attacks Riseos once more - and she dreams how she reacts too late, or sometimes doesn't react at all because her feet are stuck in sand. Then, she sees the Foxhound's teeth clenching, tearing apart Riseos' throat, she sees blood soaking the earth and mixing with the sand, turning into some viscous, brown puddle, she sees dust, she hears ghosts screaming and in the next moment, the ruins of Aerie appear again.
Srrr. Srrr.
He doesn't know about these nightmares, but he is having a notion about certain memories being buried deep within her, troubling her at night sometimes. He gets a notion whenever she starts shivering in her sleep, letting out a little sound - or suddenly waking up, just like she did right now, being surrounded by agitated traces. And even more, he feels the importance of letting her know his mere presence in these moments, his close proximity.
She snuggles up to his neck, feeling every scale there on her face (he is unscathed, completely unscathed and everything is well). She nestles her head under his chin. And falls asleep again.

She is not lying in the dust of Aerie anymore. She is lying in Riseos' arms. It is the safest place to be.

Tirah and Riseos.

characters, writing and story (c)
:iconskia: & :iconculpeo-fox:
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Amber-Silhouette Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2018
I've never seen this before, nor do I know about the characters, but this is AMAZINGLY LOVELY! *_*

Is he like her father-figure? He seems very protective/nurturing with her <3
ShadowyPokemon Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2018
Culpeo, you're probably one of the best artists on this website
Alrazvick Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2018  Student Writer
A beautiful masterpiece.
xWolfie36x Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2018  Student Traditional Artist
That is... so... precious ;-;
Anonymousxp-ff Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2018
:0 A story with a drawing?! That's new :0
Backlash91 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2018
EEEEEEEEE best pair!
MackerelGray Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2018
sad and heartwarming all at once. youre a master at emotional writing!
Alpha-Pain Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
kingdragon01 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2018
Aw, this is really cute!
Combak Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2018
RavenHeart1984 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
good job
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