Two crystalline eyes opened under the glistening light of the moon, signaling that the night had arrived. While others rested, she had awoken, and so had her usual wanderlust. But, tonight was different. She had been mostly keeping to herself, away from her family, ever since Thanatos had grown weaker and ill. It was uncharacteristic of her to be so isolated, but somehow, the depression that had been growing within her had begun to become more and more apparent. You could say that the petite female was just insecure and fearful, but in reality, it was much more than that; she did not want to lose someone close to her, and she refused to face this and see this happen with her very own eyes. It was in these moments where she wished she was blind like her father, even if it meant sacrificing the beauty of being able to see nature at night. But if it meant that she would not see her family suffer, she would do it and without a second thought. She could not fathom the thought of staying here if something happened to Thanatos or her mother. Knowing that she lost her father once, made her feel like she would lose it all if she also lost someone else from her family. The alabaster female decided to take some days off, away from everything. After asking Thanatos permission, she left the borders of her homeland, in search for her own place in this world... or, at least, to take a much needed breather.
The dwarf female knew that she was at a disadvantage by being completely out on her own, but she couldn't underestimate herself. That never seemed to be an impediment for her in the first place, so she took risks without regarding her size. Her stubby legs moved, carrying her chubby frame at a modest speed. She did not know what she would find out here in the vast, open unknown, but she needed to be away from it all. As she walked, she slowed down her steps to see the stars that twinkled above her. She froze, entranced by the beauty of the firmament, spread above her like a beautiful painting. She smiled softly, admiring the scene unfold in front of her. She sat down, and observed the stars for what seemed an eternity. Suddenly, a few shooting stars ran across the heavens, making her gasp in audible awe. She thanked Elohim for His beautiful creation, until a bittersweet feeling entered her mind. She missed her dad. She didn't want to lose Thanatos. She didn't want to lose Tala. She didn't want to lose her siblings. She didn't want to lose anyone.
The silence of the night made these thoughts heavier. She laid down, her eyes locked on the stars. She hated how her father never saw their beauty, and how he never saw her face. Her chest was tight, and her eyes were longing. Long gone were the days where she was blissfully content with everything; now, she only questioned everything around her, even if the innocence of her inner world was eternally present. She was just... broken, and extremely confused about it all. Sighing as she tried to fight back the tears, she remained silent as she observed the silent twinkle of the stars above her.
Laertes had about had his fill of idly staying in one place, but thankfully Ananke wasn’t without another territory to provide. He crossed into Kamari from Aveline swiftly, carelessly, hoping that something—anything, really—would jump out and grab his attention. After stumbling upon Elysium wolf after Elysium wolf, he was thoroughly convinced that Ananke wasn’t the only pack of wolves on the continent with something to offer, and he’d perhaps made his decision to join them too hastily. However, up his alley as Elysium was, he didn’t yet regret Ananke, and chances were they would regret him long before he brought his own choices into question. It wasn’t reasonable to give into his boredom after no more than a couple of day’s time. He knew that, but coming to terms with it was a whole other obstacle that he had only just managed to breach.
And good riddance, too, because as fate would have it, there was always fun to be had for those who sought it out.
Dark eyes latched onto a white body, peacefully submerged among the low grass, but as he drew closer he realized that peacefully wasn’t exactly the right word for it. She appeared to be tense, sullen even, and as much as he loathed the thought of helping somebody back onto their feet, it was a game that he hadn’t played in a while. ”May I?” Softness was a tone of voice that he picked up with ease, and he proceeded to mirror her position with or without an invitation from a respectable distance. After all, the season of love-making was upon them. Laertes was a male of many crude thoughts, but that wasn’t one of them.
Not once did he look at her. Instead, her traced her gaze towards the stars overhead. He would allow her a minute to revise her composure if sadness was, in fact, something that she would be ashamed of. To him, it was a pathetic way to feel, and he would sooner have his last breath severed from his lungs before giving somebody else a glimpse of it. ”If sharing your innermost thoughts and feelings with a complete stranger is something that appeals to you, then I’m all ears.” The corner of his lip, visible from her side, arched into a friendly half-smile, and he shyly peeked at her through the corner of his eye to catch her reaction. ”If not, I’ll be on my way—as in my way over there.” Curtly, Laertes gestured a short distance ahead where there was a small patch of wildflowers. It was ridiculously close, and he hoped that his stab at humour wouldn’t fall on deaf ears. ”Leaving you alone in this state, and with nobody else around, wouldn’t feel like the right thing to do.” He shrugged, chivalrous, but there was a deeper, darker meaning behind his concern. All he wanted to do was confirm that she was truly alone.
~~~ Tag(s): @moonlight OOC Notes: N/A
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