|Drew Vayron busts after not drawing them for a while. Need to work on some things still, but VERY happy with these!|
The midnight colored Vayron stayed in the bushes as she watched another of her species walk out of the door and start his patrol, snow gently falling through the air. The time was around 2 in the morning, she could smell the pine that surrounded her hiding place and watched as the snow filled up the guard’s footprints. She watched as the steel and moss-striped vayron sniffed the air and leaned back into the shadows. He looked around before continuing on his patrol, shaking his mane out as he walked towards the other side of the house.
Jarek walked out of the door, ready to start the night shift guarding the house. He took a few sniffs of the air, taking in the lovely smell of the pine trees and the crisp snow. He looked around the area before he set off on his first walk around the house.
Eclipse took a deep breath and tread lightly through the snow, watching her footing. She hoped she was dark enough that they couldn’t see her against the snow and thought she was part of the trees that surrounded the property. She didn’t like that this house had an open field, but she heard that her item was in a house in an open field surrounded by trees. She hoped her eavesdropping was worth it.
She made it up to the front porch and slithered into the bushes as the same striped Vayron came back around, his brush tail leaving a line through the snow. He sniffed the air again and she froze. She had swam through a river to get here, she shouldn’t have her natural scent back. She watched as he snorted and went back to patrolling - He didn’t even notice her already fading footprints in the snow. Not a very competent guard….
The silver Vayron thought he smelled something but he couldn’t figure out what. Master had burned something super spicy earlier for dinner and that messed with his nose. He hoped it would clear up soon as he turned the corner of the house.
Hopping on the porch fence with the grace of a cat, she sniffed at the window. With a frown, she saw it was bolted shut from the inside. Glancing at the door that was left ajar, Eclipse's tail snaked through the gap to open it more, waiting for a squeak that never came. Out of the corner of her eye she saw the silver Vayron wandering around the property in a trot, but she hoped that they wouldn’t see her. She opened it far enough to sneak her nose into it and slither her way inside.
She lightly padded into the house, making sure to step carefully so she didn’t disturb any floorboards, grabbing the door with her tail to shut it like she wasn’t there, a ghost. She walked past the kitchen with its shiny china and expensive silver, stopping in awe before shaking her head and continuing her way towards the office with a look of determination on her face. She hoped the open door in front of her held her prize somewhere in its shadows. She stood in the doorway and her mouth dropped open in awe, eyes glowing in the office. The moonlight fell through the room, making the item she sought after glisten in it’s case.
It was a ceremonial dagger, given to the owner of the house for some special something-or-other. Eclipse didn’t care, the point is she wanted it. It was the most expensive item in the house.
She tested her steps to make sure she didn’t squeak any of the floorboards on her way through the office. As she reached the case, she moved her tail to pick the lock open when she heard someone moving upstairs.
Thud… Thud….. Thud…. Thump
She pulled her tail away like the lock was burning as she looked towards the door. There was a light coming from the kitchen and the sound glasses tinkling together and water running echoed. Eclipse could hear the faint gulps of the human drinking. She was a statue. And then she saw the light move.
She skittered under the desk, hoping that it was dark enough that she wouldn’t stand out. She stayed coiled up on her paws, ready to pounce away and run back out the front door.
Jarek padded up to the front porch and looked in the window and saw Master digging through the cabinets for a glass. He saw master nod to him and he nodded back before looking down at the porch. He saw some snow had been kicked into the porch but it must have been the wind, it was blowing towards the door. He shrugged and walked off into the falling snow.
She heard the footsteps get closer and closer to the office. Her breaths came in short bursts, trying to control them as the light in the room got brighter, the sound of footsteps coming closer to the desk. She held her breath, waiting for the owner of the house to leave. A frown formed on her face as his feet got closer to his desk and stopped right in front of her escape route. She stared, eyes wide, as she heard drawers open, close, and open again. She looked at the man’s legs in front of her, wondering what that man was looking for. The legs turned around she leaned forward and watched as the landowner unlocked the case with a key - Idiot, there’s always a key! - and pick up the dagger. He pulled out some oil from a nearby cabinet and took the dagger and the oil back to his desk, sitting in the chair and forcing Eclipse to scoot back as far as she could. She watched and listened, hearing sound of metal scraping against a stone. The owner hummed every so often as the scraping stopped, possibly checking the sharpness. The repetitive noises almost made her fall asleep until she heard the dagger shear through something and saw paper flutter to the floor. Alert, she watched as the man stood back up and hum to himself as he put the dagger back in his case.
She watched with intent as he locked the dagger back up and put the keys back into the drawer. He walked away, the light following him. She slithered out from under the desk as her eyes adjusted to the dim light. She turned around and watched out the door as she pulled the drawer open with her tail, keys sitting right on top of a journal. She picked the keys up and turned around, putting the keys into the lock and turning it slowly, making sure the key didn’t click.
Jarek jumped as he heard a loud noise come from inside the house. He growled as he passed under the office window, trotting to get back around to the front.
A thunderous crash made her jump and quickly turn the key. The tail seemed to act on it’s own and gently placed it back in the drawer as she nosed the case open and grasped the dagger with her teeth, almost gagging at the smell of the oil used. She shut the drawer with her nose and quickly padded out of the office. A warning growl was heard outside of the window as she passed the kitchen.
She pushed passed the front door and shut it closed again before padding back down into the bushes. She saw another Vayron sniffing the path that she came from, footprints barely visible at all, and out of the corner of her eye the moss-striped one heading to the house. The thief’s escape path seemed to be blocked as she scanned the landscape until she saw there was a closer wall of trees to her right. If she bolted she might just make it. She waited until the guards were wandering around the back… or she thought both of them were going around the back.
Jarek headed towards the front door of the house, face determined to make sure everything was all right when he saw a dark vayron burst out of the bushes! He knew there was something in his yard and growled at them before jumping off the porch after them.
She burst out of the bushes and ran like the Royal Guards themselves were on her back, bounding through the snow. She heard the growls of other vayrons and pushed herself to go faster. She just needed to reach the trees, ignore all the shouting. She heard footsteps behind her and she turned and saw one of the guard Vayron chasing her he was right behind her… until he slipped on a sheet of ice. She smirked and ran into the woods, knowing he wouldn’t be able to follow since he’d have to run over a frozen lake.
Jarek was almost at her tail until he felt his paws go from under him. He fell onto his chin as he slid on a sheet of icy snow. He growled and stood back up, seeing the thief run into the woods. He stood shakilly and ran again, hearing his master shouting praises as he pushed on.
She ran around the edge, skirting the ice by an inch. By the time she got to the other side the guard had caught up to the lake. Jarek skid to a stop, just barely slipping onto the lake. He sniffed at the ice and the air but she felt the breeze blowing towards her. He growled and ran back to the house.
Jarek slunk back to the house, upset he didn’t catch the thief. He looked at his Master with defeat, ready to take whatever punishment he deserved. He just felt a pat on the head. He looked up and saw a smile.
“You did well. Even if you didn’t catch them, you did your job well enough.” He scratched him behind his ears and waved him inside, “I don’t think anybody’s going to approach us now.” Jarek smiled as he walked indoors, sun shining on the hardwood and silver finishings. He deserved a good sleep.
Eclipse felt kind of bad for the guard as he walked away, he was only doing his job but so was she. She ran away from the lake, away from the house. She hoped the continued snowfall would cover her tracks if they decided to pursue.
Eclipse was quite pleased with herself. She had gotten her prize! She slowed down enough to walk and tilted her head this way and that, watching the lights dance among the snow from the sunlight hitting the jeweled dagger. A pleased growl came from her throat.
Not a bad way to start her career.
|My birthday is the 27th of March, anybody want to give me a birthday gift?|