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Author Topic: Song of the Sea [Juno]  (Read 2554 times)

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Offline DragonSong

Re: Song of the Sea [Juno]
« Reply #360 on: August 09, 2017, 07:27:32 PM »
"Oh!" Ash winced guiltily even as she climbed onto his back. "I'm sorry, I just- this is so-" She just felt like they needed to move. They were getting closer, she just knew it. If they could really find her mother...

"I'll make sure we take a proper rest soon, I promise," she murmured, leaning low over the dragon's neck and patting him gently.



Nearly a week passed, swimming from one island to another, sleeping on cold rock, surrounded by the sea and the wind.

And strangely, Aishling loved every moment of it. Yes, it was cold, and she was tired, and dressed in nothing but a very ratty, very damp nightgown, but being out on the sea, traveling with the selkies, with Yan...it was wonderful.

Braiga, the selkie girl who'd first spoken to them, had stopped them at a crescent shape stone far out to sea, further north than Ash thought most human settlements stretched. She shrugged out of her coat and waved airily in a westward direction.

"The islands are there," she told girl and dragon. "Just out there, see? The chain looks like a spiral, the largest island in the center. If you are lucky, your mother will be there. Or someone who knows her."

Offline Juno

Re: Song of the Sea [Juno]
« Reply #361 on: November 19, 2017, 06:27:44 PM »
Every day of their journey Yan wished they'd had time to better prepare before they'd left Ash's human home behind. There was never enough shelter through their island-hopping, but he did his best to shield her from the elements. Blessedly it didn't take them nearly as long as he'd thought it would before their selkie guide was stopping to show them their destination.

Yan perked up, lifting his head high to peer out at the humps of land in the distance against the horizon. He tilted his head to eye his passenger, uncertain if she was ready for the final stretch. 'Would you like me to fly us there? We could be there by nightfall,' he offered.

Offline DragonSong

Re: Song of the Sea [Juno]
« Reply #362 on: November 21, 2017, 08:18:39 AM »
Ash, worrying at her lower lip, started slightly and glanced up at him with big eyes. "Um...yes?" She cleared her throat and rubbed at her arms absently. "I mean- if you're up for it. Are you? I don't wanna push you..."

Offline Juno

Re: Song of the Sea [Juno]
« Reply #363 on: February 05, 2018, 05:58:48 AM »
Fortunately his natural dragon form made it easy to hide the grimace that surely would have been there had he been showing his human avatar. Ash was painfully perceptive and he didn’t want her to worry over him. It wouldn’t have been pushing himself exactly, but he was very tired and would be due for a very long nap once he could afford to take it. Until then getting her to her destination and seeing to her needs was his priority. She was more vulnerable to the elements after all.

I want to help you find what you’re looking for,’ he told her honestly, trying not to let his fatigue worm its way into his tone. He climbed up to the stone to spread his wings, gently shaking off what water still clung to his scales. He lifted himself up into the air with a few strong flaps of his wings to hover just barely above the surface, hoping that would be enough to keep her from changing her mind.

The young dragon lowered his head to gently butt his muzzle against Braiga’s shoulder in thanks and farewell, eyeing her with gratitude he wasn’t sure he could express properly. ‘Thank you for helping her. If there is anything you need my help with in return I am never far from these waters.

Offline DragonSong

Re: Song of the Sea [Juno]
« Reply #364 on: February 05, 2018, 03:48:56 PM »
Braiga nodded as she slipped into the water with a happy, chirping bark.

Ash smiled and waved at the selkie, calling another, "Thank you!" as she disappeared into a dark black shape beneath the swell. Her attention quickly turned back to Yan, the concerned frown back on her brow.

"Are you absolutely sure about this?" she pressed as she shuffled forward to climb onto his back. Every instinct wanted her to get to that island as soon as possible, but she didn't want to push her friend too far.

Offline Juno

Re: Song of the Sea [Juno]
« Reply #365 on: February 15, 2018, 07:53:46 PM »
'We've come this far, haven't we? We should go and see what we can find. I can rest later if you're that worried about me,' he reminded her playfully. With a few more flaps of his wings Yan lifted them higher until he reached a current to glide upon, his head lowered to peer down at the fast-approaching land of the outer islands. They seemed uninhabited at first look, but he wasn't concerned about that as he turned his eyes on the larger main island ahead.

His wings strained on a sharp updraft, flapping furiously to keep pushing onward. He worried for Ash in the cold so far north, though, and was soon bringing them into a slow descent towards the bank of the center island.

The rocks were cold even for him once he touched back down to earth again, and he was silently cursing the lack of trees for cover from the wind. As a whole it seemed habitable, though, with sturdy grasses stretching out against the rocky ground all around them and several caves carved out against the weathered hillside. The visible seabirds scattered around gave him hope that fishing would be good enough nearby to sustain them while they were there.

He tilted his head to the side to look back at his passenger, eyes filled with concern over how she'd fared. 'Still in one piece?'

Offline DragonSong

Re: Song of the Sea [Juno]
« Reply #366 on: February 16, 2018, 07:47:13 AM »
Ash was shivering violently as they touched down, but she hardly seemed to notice. A chill had set into her bones but she didn't care, sliding down off Yan's back and stumbling a bit as her feet touched rock.

"I'm f-f-fine." She leaned against his side, then cursed and ducked in between his front legs in an attempt to shield herself from the wind. She looked around curiously. "S-see anything?"

Offline Juno

Re: Song of the Sea [Juno]
« Reply #367 on: February 16, 2018, 06:51:52 PM »
The young dragon watched with wide eyes as she tried to stand out on her own, concerned it was far too cold for her. Her shivering made that apparent and he stretched his tired wings forward to shield her from the wind as she tucked herself against him.

He snorted his displeasure, craning his neck to lift her by the collar of her nightgown and place her back over his shoulders again. 'There are caves ahead. You need shelter. Stay low, please?' Yan hardly waited for a response, though, stepping out towards the hill to carry her to safety and once again cursing their lack of proper planning for her escape to the sea. She was still partially human and seemed just as susceptible to the harsh winds as the rest of her kin despite her comfort at sea.

Once he'd chosen a cave and decided it looked empty of any animal inhabitants he turned to put his side to the entrance to shield her from what wind might sweep inside. 'The back will probably be warmest. I'll find some driftwood for you and get a fire going.'

Yan studied her thin garment, glaring at it for all the trouble it had caused for its very existence. 'I should return to human lands, find you warmer clothes,' he commented, lowering his muzzle to nudge at her arm in concern.

Offline DragonSong

Re: Song of the Sea [Juno]
« Reply #368 on: February 17, 2018, 07:37:17 AM »
The half-selkie squeaked in a less than dignified manner as she was lifted like a kitten and deposited on her friend's back, but she hunkered down and wrapped her arms around his neck easily enough. "You d-d-don't need to b-b-b-baby me," she protested weakly as he ushered her to the cave.

When he suggested returning to the mainland her eyes widened and she suddenly whirled and threw her arms around his muzzle in the best approximation of a hug she could manage in their current forms. "D-don't leave me." Eyes wide, she pressed her brow to his, her shaking beginning to die down as she was out of the wind. "I c-can't do th-this alone..."

Offline Juno

Re: Song of the Sea [Juno]
« Reply #369 on: February 17, 2018, 07:52:38 PM »
Her sudden clinginess startled him but he watched her with warm eyes, feeling a little bad that he had worried her so. Gently, Yan pressed his head against her, returning the affection as much as possible without human arms.

'I wouldn't ask you to do this alone, but I'm worried for your health,' he admitted, huffing softly and nuzzling against her. 'You would be sad if I left you here? And you stayed right here in this cave? It might only take a day or so now that I know where this place is.'

Offline DragonSong

Re: Song of the Sea [Juno]
« Reply #370 on: February 17, 2018, 08:04:04 PM »
"Are- are you sure?" She clenched her jaw to prevent her teeth from chattering. She tightened her arms around him for a moment, then backed away with a sigh.

"Alright." She forced a smile. "Hurry back, okay?"

She really didn't want to be left alone, but honestly...she needed some real clothes, and maybe some food that wasn't fish- and she didn't actually see any other way to manage that.

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