WM33 [TAMING 1] There was no wind howling through the forest as Shideh stepped quietly through the trees, fingertips lightly tracing along the cold bark of the tall pine trees, ice lacing the rims of them. She enjoyed breathing in the cool air, enjoyed having time to herself, enjoyed being able to think clearly with the wilderness around her. Though many felt terrified of the forest’s dark depths as they ventured further in and further away from civilization, it was one of the few places she felt at home -- more at home, even than her own hut. There was a quietness to the forest that sent chills down her spine, not out of fear, but out of the thought of home and the homely feeling it gave her. Her feet carried her further into the forest, furred boots lightly crunching into the snow, leaving soft footprints behind her in her wake, a trail having formed behind her. She'd taken no Tokota with her, for she had no Tokota to call her
Tense BehaviorSitkaPaws thundered over the thin snow, cloudy breaths briefly fogging the air before being swept away by the wind. Sitka leaned over his companion’s thick neck, wild eyes focused on the forest ahead as his tokota galloped through the trees, energy boundless. Excited smiles donned the expressions of both Sitka, and Kyver’s soft muzzle, adrenaline pounding in their veins. Cresting a ridge, Kyver finally slowed, leaving them both breathless and panting. “Wow...it looks nice up here,” Sitka murmured, looking around at the trees. From the rocky precipice, he could see down to a distant valley, his window of sight shrouded with the surrounding pine trees. “There has to be something up here, honestly, it seems so deserted…” Sitka hummed, swinging his legs to stretch them out as Kyver set off at a much calmer walk. Fluffy tail a’wagging, his bright yellow eyes swept intelligently around to take in his surroundings, taking Sitka to all th
Can't Break Me [PART 3] Isamu stepped beside Arna, her sword in both hands. “Raj, come on. Let’s go. You’re not going to get anywhere with them today. Besides, we’re hungry. Can we go hunting? Or fishing?” A hand waved through the air, ignoring Isamu’s response. “Hang on. I want to see if Dolik will respond in any way possible.” Raj squatted down, watching the Tokota carefully. He was still snarling, barking and growling, using his intimidation skills to try and ward the humans off. It was no use, however, and Raj simply stayed there. Dolik seemed confused on whether he should charge at him and go against his fears, or let his fears overwhelm him and keep him in place. Fortunately for Raj, it seemed he would stay and keep his distance. But he still made no move towards Raj and had no intent on making any sort of uplifting advances. A heavy sigh lifted from Raj
Returning Home Arna and Shideh continued on their trek with Romena and Kayuta, interested in seeing just what they could find. The sun was slowly sliding down the surface of the sky, starting to make its descent and hide behind the horizon, hidden away from eyes, with its touches of light lingering on the edges of the sky. The sun hung in the sky straight ahead, the colors changing from a blue - grey in color into multiple shades of red, yellow, and orange, with a few shades of pink and purple here and there. The bottoms of the clouds in the sky were turned into mixtures of these hues of color as the color in the sky slowly faded away. For now, there was still enough light for the Tokotas and their handlers to see. Come night fall, however, they’d have to set up camp until the morning when they could head back and return Romena, the beast covered in a fluff of fur, to her own handler and home, where she belonged, as much as Shideh hated it.
Off They Go The moon, now faded from the night sky, left remnants of its white light cast across the dark blue - black sky. The stars’ twinkling lights died down, peeling themselves away from the sky as well, following in the path of the moon, their light shedding from the sky, lightening up with the slow awakening of the sun as it’s rays just touched the edge of the horizon, creating a light blue tint at the bottom of the sky, creating a gradual gradient, changing the colors of the sky from dark to light, the night time feeling slowly ridding itself from the sky, as did the moon and stars, to be replaced later with the sun. A blur of motion -- of a grey - brown mousey color -- flashed across the snow, too quick to determine the creature by a human’s naked eye, with another blur following close behind, a more light and creamy color. Quite a few moments later, following more slowly behind, appeared two humans, bot
Too Tired to Function [RoF]Arna and Kayuta had battled long and hard with the moose in order to finish their first rite, the Rite of Merit. By the time the deed was done, it was late afternoon and the sun was low in the sky, ready to settle for the night and allow the moon’s time in the sky. Arna was proud of Kayuta and stroked her mane, her fingers dragging through the white hairs, breaking up the clumps and tearing through the knots with thin, gentle fingers. “Good job, girl,” Arna whispered, praising the gorgeous Tokota. “You did well, and I’m proud of you.”Thoughts blew through Arna’s mind like a tornado as she thought long and hard about the next task they had to complete, the next task that would bring Kayuta closer to earning her Arms of Akna. Their next mission was to travel three hundred and fifty miles across the taiga, the large trees of the boreal forests supposedly gorgeous, though a bit unnerving beneath their shadows cast by leaves, and the tundra, barren