She was not supposed to go out on her own. That much had been clear. It made sense after such a long and explainable disappearance that Shekinah and Lemuel would want to keep an eye on her, Her threat had yet to be identified. Eternia had tried to force her subconscious to reveal a face or any other clue that would help them figure out just exactly who had taken her, but to no avail. Frustrated with herself, the white fem had decided to go for a walk. At first she had been worried that she would be forced to entertain company, but it appeared she was able to walk away from the watching eyes of Eden without interruption.
Left alone to her thoughts, the blind fem slowly made her way. Had she really been missing for nearly two years? The thought was still a hard one to grasp. Even more so was the thought that no one had been able to find her. Had anyone even tried? Eternia grimaced at the thought, chiding herself. Of course someone had. Eden was a family. If one of their own went missing, especially without word or hint as to where one had gone, others would search. End of discussion.
A lot had changed in two years. Pups had grown, now gaining their own ranks as they entered adulthood. New moms had had births, bringing a whole new generation into Anikira, and there were so many names and relations to learn. But for today, Eternia just wanted to walk. She wanted to walk and take in her surroundings, re-familiarize herself with her pack's lands, and be alone with only Elohim and nature itself as company. It brought her a certain peace she had not felt in what felt like an eternity.
Before she could comprehend just how far she had actually ventured, Eternia came upon the Great Divide. Her ears perked at the sound of rushing water, and her tongue automatically snaked out to moisten her lips. She changed course, headed towards the glacial waters that had begun to thaw from the change in season. A drink would be most welcome.
notes: Lost in her thoughts, Eternia has left Eden's lands and stopped at the Great Divide for a quick drink.
He was a bit far from home, but since he had happened upon the sick white female wolf and her brother, he was hesitant to head directly back to Aludri's lands. Instead he had decided to stretch his legs throughout Cryothia, for though it no longer officially belonged to him or his pack, it still somehow felt like home. Perhaps he was just making things up in his mind, but it was relaxing nonetheless. That is, until he spotted a pale form up against the blue of the glacial runoff up ahead. He paused for a moment to ensure he had not crossed any borders and then approached slowly on his side of the Great Divide, careful not to step into one of the many cracks that spread through the ice there.
"Hello." He said softly, dipping his head to drink as well. He was careful to keep his posture relaxed and his tail down, for though he used to own these lands, they were now unclaimed and anyone was welcome to tread upon them if they wished. He made no other moves to approach her or speak to her, and instead enjoyed a long drink for several minutes before he finally lifted his head and lowered his hips into a sitting position. She was clearly from somewhere nearby, and though she did not appear to be fully aware of the fact she was on unclaimed territory, she did not seem lost or frightened either. "I am Arche, leader of Aludri to the west." He said in a relaxed tone, tilting his head and scanning her over slowly.
She appeared to be healthy and well, but as his eyes scanned up to her face, he realized that her eyes were glazed over and there were no pupils that he could make out. So she was blind, or at least appeared to be. He knew he should not judge her or make assumptions without even letting her speak at all, so he went quiet and waited patiently for a response from her. He also kept his distance, because the last thing he wanted to do was frighten her or accidentally come off as threatening or a danger to her. He was quite the opposite, but how was she to know that other than his relaxed posture and calm voice?
The frigid waters soothed Eternia's thirst with each lap of her tongue. She took her time with each drink, allowing the escaping water droplets to snake down her chin. Paired with the early spring wind, the droplets felt brisk on her lips. Another sensation brought to life, something not most wolves paid attention to. Without her sense of sight, the blind fem often found herself lost in the simple things, finding admiration or awe at the world Elohim had created. It truly was something else.
A soft hello brought Eternia back from her thoughts. It was a neutral calling, not abrasive or overbearing. She gave him a nod, or at least aimed to nod in his direction, since she had not had much sound to go off and pinpoint his direction. She heard the sounds of a wolf bending to drink, and Eternia continued to do the same. During the silence, Eternia took the chance to take in his scent. He was not of Eden, that was for sure. It had been so long since the blind fem had a chance to patrol the borders, but she could not assume that it had become such a new problem. Perhaps she had ventured farther than intended in her walk? Yes, that would make sense. After all, she did not remember having a flow of water this long within the Eden territory prior to her disappearance. But how had she gone so far north and not noticed crossing the river between Tiayr and Cryothia. Perhaps the main channel had still been frozen, allowing her to travel this far.
He introduced himself after quenching his thirst, giving her an indication of where he was from. She had remembered the pack of Aludri, or at least of hearing about them. She was surprised they were still around despite her disappearance. Perhaps things did not change as much as she thought. "Eternia, Alo of Eden to the Southeast." She responded in kind, matching his tone. She did not want any trouble.
Feeling the weight of his gaze roll over her, Eternia cleared her throat. It was not a new experience for her, to have people stare at her blank eyes. Some found them disturbing, haunting even. She had learned to live with their stares. "I apologize if I am intruding, I had not meant to come so far north." Despite having come further north than planned, she had not detected any change of scent markers on her journey. Without her sense of sight, the white fae always used her sense of smell to her full advantage. She would have noticed if she had crossed into another pack's lands. "What brings the leader so far outside his lands?" She inquired, her tone neutral. It was not a crime for a wolf to travel outside their pack lands. However Eternia did find it unusual for the leader of a pack to be so far from his home without escort. It seemed rather careless.
Notes: Cautious and careful, Eternia is unsure of how to proceed with this new male. Will he be as harmful as the last male she met, whom had kept her captive as his pet? Tags: Arche Words: 496
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He could see her body tense slightly, but at the same time she seemed rather confident that she had not trespassed. Rightfully so, for she had not. When she introduced herself, he nodded silently in recognition. He had met wolves from Eden before, and although he had gone through one negative experience with one on Aludri territory, he held little against them. He knew Eden to be fairly peaceful, and for the most part they kept to themselves. "It is a pleasure to meet you, Eternia." He said, settling in on his side to get comfortable. His coat was easily adjusted for the climate that they rested in, therefore he was not in the least bit uncomfortable.
"Aludri used to lay claim to Cryothia. I claimed it when my father was still alive, though we have since forfeited it back to neutral territory." He said, looking around absently. He had easily noticed the blankness in her eyes, and as he had encountered blind wolves before, it was no shock to him that she could not see. "I suppose I just get nostalgic sometimes and come back to visit the place." He added, finally returning his eyes to her pale form. He was not certain that she was up in the cold area for the same reason, but her reasoning was really none of his business to begin with anyways. "How is Eden fairing with this winter? It seems the harshest I have experienced so far." He said, frowning as he kicked a small bit of snow out from in front of him to reveal tiny spots of grass struggling to grow. They would never blossom fully here, but perhaps back in his home they would soon grace Aludri with their presence once more.
He was not meaning to pry, nor had he any intentions of gathering information about her pack to harm them. He was merely curious if this winter was attacking the whole of Anikira and how the other packs were handling things. He knew of his pups wandering occasionally into Caurus, and though he was careful to keep an eye on them, they were growing so quickly that he was certain he could no longer so easily control them. But from what he could tell, the pack of Foraz was fairing alright. They did not like it, but it seemed the wolves of the north were the ones most prepared for such a phenomenon. For a brief moment he wondered if the packs in the south had snow covered lands as well, and whether or not it was a difficult season for them. He supposed he should not care as much about others, but it was simply in his nature and he could not help but think about Alina and how her coat was not made for such things. But she was safe at home, and he would check on her when he returned just in case. Plus, it never upset him to be at her side.
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