It was not yet dawn when the sound of frantic thumping and gasping breaths--breaths that might once have been screams--woke Davi from her slumber. The girl rolled out of her cot in the loft and hurried into the stable below, making her way to the farthest stall and throwing open the door. The elkh inside was thrashing, kicking out and shuddering with big, stuttering breaths. She saw the heartbreaking sight for only a moment before the light falling across the elkh's face woke them, and they flailed into a half-upright position, legs set wide and eyes wild. Davi quickly stepped back, leaving the doorway clear but staying in sight. She held her hands out, crouching down and keeping her voice soft.
"I won't hurt you, you're safe here," She repeated it until the elkh blinked, wide eyes focusing in on her as their ears pricked forward. She paused when they finally registered her there, keeping a close eye on the way the elkh's chest qu