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A perfect mistake (Private Neru)

Post by Feluxious on Wed Dec 21, 2016 4:03 am

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There are some things that are better left unheard.

It was a quiet evening in the Etcan mountain range. The day would have been a good one. The morning light flight went well. The lightbringers had put on an incredible light show that morning, the best in years. There was an incredibly good haul hunting that day, so meat was plentiful. The weather was warm for the standards of the mountain, though it would still likely freeze most dragons in their tracks. The sun would be in the sky for yet a while still, so the dark wouldn't be an issue for a while. There weren't any notable injuries in the clan. Everything seemed to be going well. Yet...

Feluxious was looking for a quiet place to cry.

The eastern dragoness sailed through the sky with a face of stone. Her tribe was made up of many tight knit families, and her clan was one of the larger ones in the tribe. This had it's upsides, with a wider variety of resources available from their family. There was its share of downsides as well. For example, the living quarters were all in the same section of the mountain. There were only a few tunnels separating everyone. Tunnels which were prone to echoing. Echoes which others often politely ignored. Some of them were easy enough. Others required days like today. He was used to hearing things about how he shouldn't exist, that the clan was better off without him, that they should exile him... but it was a new low to hear his own father agree with them.

She landed atop the mountain she had chosen, the usual hunting grounds of the clan. The usual patrol had already gone home for the day, and none would think to look for her here. It was the perfect place to be alone. Finding a secluded clearing, a circle of pine trees covered in snow ringing it, he coiled up on a rock and let the mask he wore melt for a moment. There, he allowed himself to be vulnerable and allowed himself to start to silently cry.

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Re: A perfect mistake (Private Neru)

Post by Neru on Wed Feb 22, 2017 9:30 pm

Neru narrowed her eyes slightly in an internal flinch at the Emara’s reaction, sure it was her to blame for the pain. Was that a bad thing to do, offering her a place in her tunnels? Was that a bit too obvious? Was she able to guess? Or perhaps, was it the fact that she’d offered the idea of talking somebody? Was she not trustworthy enough to talk to? Was it her position as Chief getting in the way again?

The questions swirled around in her head, and Neru dug her wing-claws in the ground to help keep her balance. Feluxious spoke again, and she turned her gaze to her, forcing herself to focus. Her earflaps flipped up and her eyes pulled out of the narrowed state, returning her visage to normal, if not one of slight concern. Why?... Neru couldn’t answer that. Not truthfully, anyway, not when she barely knew the answer to it herself. It was occasions like these she preferred logic, preferred answers that she could look at and not question the truth of. So, she let that be her saving grace, a way to calm herself down. Now wasn’t a time to think about her feelings, it was a time to (hopefully) help Feluxious in whatever way she could. If she could help at all, that was.

“I,” she paused, frowning slightly to come up with words that didn’t sound overly sad. “I don’t really have a family in the tunnels anymore, Feluxious. Fate is there, yes, but I doubt he’d mind. Between the two of us, we could have a nest each day of the week, even more if I cared to explore. If you want, you could even take one farther back. Nobody goes back there anymore, so I doubt you’d be bothered.” She wanted to tell her to take the tunnel adjacent to her own, so that she might see her more often, at the very least, but held the words back. “You don’t need to talk about your clan if you don’t want.”

Neru shrugged, finally allowing herself to move. She settled on her side, curling her tail around herself in somewhat of a protective gesture. “I suppose the tribe might see implications behind it, if I were to look at it logically. If it eases your mind, I don’t make the suggestion with any impure reasons in mind. I simply realize that sometimes, the best medicine for things is as simple as time alone.”
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Re: A perfect mistake (Private Neru)

Post by Feluxious on Wed Mar 01, 2017 3:04 pm

Feluxious was at a loss for words, stunned in to silence. Could Neru's motivation truly be so simple? Yet, it kept with the one lesson she had learned time and time again. Every individual is selfish. Whether it be the allure of power, the potential of alliances, or the concept of honor, altruism simply did not exist. She didn't expect loneliness to be a factor however. It made perfect sense, the nebula wyverns of the Vuari were once a numerous clan, one to almost rival her own. Now there were but a pair left. There was of course, the alliance factor. To offer help to one in need often placed them in your favor, a useful thing indeed. She should have caught this earlier.

She shifted her gaze to the ground and her body uncomfortably, trying to formulate a response. Neru had made it clear what it was she had to gain from this, but what about herself? How would this benefit, or harm, her? For one, it might set the elders talking, causing her to fall further from favor. Her family may even see it as a betrayal, and they're all she has. Yet, to gain would be reprieve, an ally, a friend.  Perhaps more...

"...Very well. I accept your offer."

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Re: A perfect mistake (Private Neru)

Post by Neru on Tue Mar 07, 2017 11:02 pm

The span of silence after Neru finished speaking seemed to stretch for miles, each passing foot serving as a hammer to drive the nail of apprehension deeper into her heart. Her confidence in the fact that, yes, she had indeed crossed a line she shouldn't have crossed, grew with it. Her head came down to settle on her paws, a quick huff of breath brushing her tail fur away from her nose.

Felux opened her mouth a few moments later, and her head jumped right back up into the hair. However, the words that followed close behind left her wondering if hope really was real. "Really!?" Neru asked. Heat ran to her face moments later, and she tipped her earflaps back, looking down at her wing claws. "I mean, which cave would you prefer? I can try and find a few things for you to build a nest with."

A sudden thought occurred to her, scales flashing with surprise. "Or whatever else you might want to use them for! I understand not all breeds typically build nests. It's just an idea, considering that it'd be uncomfortable to sit on cold stone for any amount of time." The realization that she was babbling came to Neru, and she closed her jaw with a short snap.
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Re: A perfect mistake (Private Neru)

Post by Feluxious on Sun Mar 12, 2017 3:19 am

The sudden excitement from Neru set off a mental snap in Feluxious. The pure, unbridled enthusiasm was the catalyst in a well bursting, the raw emotions bounding out of control. There was nothing she could do to stop, or contain it. With very little warning... she began to laugh.

The somber state that had fallen over Feluxious seemed to dissolve with her giggling. It took a minute for her to regain her composure, but when she did it came back fully. Holding herself high, confidence brimming, she visibly looked much better already. With a small shake of her head, she shone a gentle smile down at Neru. "Well someone certainly seems excited about this~" She mused gently, having subtly moved closer to Neru. "Yes, it would draw quite the fuss if I was seen gathering bedding there myself, so your offer is quite generous. Two logs of the Ashen Cedar from around here would be plenty, I can handle stripping and weaving them in to an acceptable form myself in the privacy of the tunnels however. As for the location I'll choose..."  She was laying out her plan meticulously, as though this type of thing had crossed her mind before. "I think it would stand to reason that the Chief's health be a priority, so an Emara making checkup visits wouldn't be unheard of. By this excuse, I think the closest area to yours is appropriate. That it gets me closer to a cutie like you is just a bonus~ I do hope you'll be able to behave yourself with me so close at hand~!" She teased, her tone playful and light. The signature flirtacious nature she had was back again

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Re: A perfect mistake (Private Neru)

Post by Neru on Fri Mar 17, 2017 12:35 pm

Neru recoiled involuntarily at the sudden burst of laughter, unprepared for the loud sound. Too shocked to react in any other way, she simply watched with wide eyes until Feluxious controlled herself. A part of her practically melted in relief at the sound and the fact that it might mean that the hardest part for the Emara had passed. By the time the laughing stopped, Felux' head was held high above hers, leaving Neru to tip her head back so that she may keep the other in sight.

The scales on her cheeks brightened in a blush, revealing how unprepared she was for the sudden flirting. She attempted to focus on the practical side of it, if only just to keep her rational enough in thought to reply without stammering. "I-I can get the trees, yeah." Or, reply with stammering. That worked as well. She's chosen the cave next to yours, her mind babbled traitorously, causing the blush to spread down her neck slightly. Just to help solidify the excuse for the tribe, Neru countered, though it did nothing to abate the warmth. She called you cute!

Neru had no comeback for that other than a quick happy tail flick that she trapped under a back paw to control. "Ah, it m-might be hard with such a lovely specimen around, b-but I'll certainly keep both paws and wings to myself!" Her attempt to be flirtatious in return didn't work well, she knew but Neru supposed she could always pawn that off on her surprise for Felux's sudden personality switch. She did have enough plasma left to take down trees, right?
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Re: A perfect mistake (Private Neru)

Post by Feluxious on Sat Mar 18, 2017 6:29 pm

Feluxious gave an exasperated sigh, extended a bit for dramatic effect. "A shame, that." She intoned in an overly blasé manner, before suddenly smiling and giving Neru a sly wink. The chief really was cute when she was flustered like this. Valuable information. This could be fun~

Flirting aside, Feluxious had to take a mental recap of what had just happened. She had shown a moment of weakness to the chief, dropping her facade of perfection that she always carried. Yet, she was not ridiculed as expected. Almost the opposite in fact. She had a patient listener, and even earned a secondary nesting location from it. A nest next to Neru... She had even forgotten how easy it was to get Neru flustered! The day was ending on a good note indeed.

The day was indeed ending however. Darkness had long since set in, and even with her own glow it was enough to make her nervous. She was already out much later than she had planned. She just didn't know where the time went.   "I'm sure I'll be seeing you around plenty from now on, you'll have to show me around your tunnels some time. But for now, it is getting late. Much later than I had planned in fact. I must be returning for now. The night and I don't exactly see eye to eye. As much as it pains me do see us do part, I must find my way back home. "  She gave a wink and a subtly sultry expression as she said this, honest in her desire not to part. Why...?

They say good things come to those who wait. Feluxious had been waiting for centuries.

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Re: A perfect mistake (Private Neru)

Post by Neru on Wed Mar 22, 2017 12:08 pm

Neru's eyes widened at the reply she received, the urge to hide her face jumping to the forefront of her mind. Pushing it down, she straightened up a bit in an attempt to seem less... timid. A glimmer caught the corner of her eye as she did so, and she gave herself one long blink, resisting the urge to look up and stare at her nebula. It gave her the sudden knowledge that it must've gotten late. Neru only ever at the urge to look up at the sky when it was past the time at which most would already be asleep.

Feluxious spoke again and her attention snapped back leaving her to watch the other with wide eyes as she explained her need to leave. Neru gave a small nod in reply, lifting her foot to allow her tail free. "I understand," she replied with a smile, ignoring the blush that still stained her cheeks. I should probably sleep as well. I'll have to get the trees in the morning, given that I doubt anybody between my clan's area and the entrance of the tunnels would appreciate me dragging logs around. Fate wouldn't be keen to it either if he's actually chosen to sleep at night for once."

Looking down at her wing-claws, she shifted back and forth. "I could fly you back if you wished?" Neru asked. She had a suspicion at this point that it was Feluxious' family, or at least her clan, that had upset her. It made her uncomfortable sending the Emara back alone. Perhaps if somebody saw her they might be less hard about her late return? Did Lightbringers care if some stayed out late? She had no idea.
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Re: A perfect mistake (Private Neru)

Post by Feluxious on Tue Mar 28, 2017 9:47 pm

Feluxious couldn't resist a smile at Neru's suggestion. Of course she would take that invitation, extending their time together seemed ideal. However, there were too many unknowns to explore about the situation. She needed to gather more information about how Neru would react. "Oh? Fly me back you say~?" She echoed, her tone lilting and playful. "I'm sure that whoever is awake at this time would be very interested to see the Chief and an Emara alone together after dark~ In fact, they might find the news so interesting that they'd tell their friends, and thus a rumor is born." She feigned collapsing in despair, an exaggerated gasp escaping her in the motion. "Oh, what would they say? Perhaps another lecture from the elders, about the dangers of underhanded alliances. Mayhaps the rumors come in a more... lurid variety. 'Oh, the things those two may have done together, the thought isn't right to speak...!' She recovered and mimed another's speech here, fanning herself as though she would faint as she spoke. Her disposition quickly changed back to normal as she continued. "Things of that nature. Or...? Perhaps the thought would gain us hidden allies, supporting their own version of what happened and encouraging more~?" She gave a wink coupled with a knowing look at Neru, pausing for just long enough to let it sit in, but not long enough for her to respond.

"It's all very exciting isn't it now~? The possibilities? The risk? The unknown factor? Perhaps nobody will notice at all. But listen to me, rambling on. This was your idea after all~ So you of course must have already thought of all of this? This would likely affect you more than I of course, so if you're OK with the risk then by all means, let us." She again paused, and gasped as though realizing something. "Unless... You want us to get caught~?! Of course, it must be your master plan. First you give me a dwelling in your tunnels, then you start rumors about the two of us. Next thing I know, you and I are forced by cultural factors to join in certain rituals. Oh Neru, if that was what you wanted perhaps you could try just asking~?" She finished with a laugh, finally pausing her monologue long enough for Neru to respond.

The truth of the matter was, she was trying to distract herself from the more real possibilities. Her clan was likely all fast asleep at this point. Her kind had an aversion to the night as it were, something she was beginning to feel in earnest now. Her glow shifted slightly as she glanced at the sky, nervous but not wishing to let it show. She wanted to get inside and asleep as soon as possible, but navigating the tunnels may be risky. Should she wake anyone on accident, she didn't know what may happen. She had a few tricks she could use, but for the most part she may get more than just a stern lecture... She tried to not think about it. It was better to try and tease Neru. Though was it really all teasing at this point? She didn't even know.

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