Winter has gripped Anikira alongside a dangerous and deadly disease that has begun to spread throughout the continent. Three brothers emerged from the Southern Isles searching for a cure. Will they find it on Anikira?
Snow is falling all over the North while Winter brings the wet season to the south. The disease is slowly spreading, and so far there is no cure in sight. Who will find it? And will it be in time to save Anikira and The Southern Isles?
[attr="class","post"]Since returning home, things were different on Ina'mos. It was not the same place he remembered. He couldn't tell if it was because he barely saw his father, or if bringing Dahlia had changed things. The lands were not filled with the memories he once had. It was odd. He couldn't even ask his own father about the egg, what it meant. He had to protect Dahlia at all costs from him. This much he knew. He loved his father very much, but he also greatly cared for Dahlia. She was his light. His peace. The young wolf made his way towards the beach. He wanted to stare into the waters, much like he had done before to try and recapture some distant memory. When he made it there, he walked right up to the shore. He stared at the life that was there. It was not much, but he could see it. The snow was gently falling upon his back, covering not only himself but the lands around them.
Perseus rested his rump on the ground, not caring about the cold snow that was piled there. He lifted his eyes and stared across the sea. Did he miss the other lands? Was Ina'mos even his home any longer? He pondered quietly to himself, and it occurred to him, he hadn't even asked Dahlia if she wanted to join him. He just kind of got up and left without her. Ina'mos didn't really need protecting. He was sure since they were on an island, that none would travel this far. It was dangerous. Most of the lands that were owned by the pack were filled with large and dangerous wolves. Perseus hoped that one day he would be considered one of them. He stared, thinking of everything and nothing all at once. He really didn't know what he was going to do now. He could stay on Ina'mos with Dahlia, or they could go to her home lands - or even somewhere else entirely. All he knew was things did not feel the same, he was uneasy. He had heard from others that his father had a new family. Maybe that was why he was so cold to Perseus? But he had always been rigid.
Bending down to lay in the snow, he opened his maw and lapped at the snow. It melted on his tongue. It was cold and somewhat satisfying. The fresh white powder continued to fall from the heavens. He pulled his paws close together, moving the snow with them. When the pile was created, he continued to eat from it, crunching and munching as the snow evaporated to water in his maw. His tail curled along his backside, resting gently. For now, things would stay the same. He figured that when he did see Dahlia again, they would discuss the options of possibly finding a new home. He would take her anywhere she wanted to go, and he knew he would need to eventually ask Hektor if it was alright for her to be his.
Dragging herself back to Kairos could probably be listed under one of the worst things she'd ever have to do. She tried to leave, and succedded in no smal amount, but the guilt of leaving her pups behind to fend for themselves ate her alive inside. She had paused, multiple times in her journey away, wondering what had became of them; she understood that she had no right to call herself a mother.
It had been a long time since she had smelt the familiar scent of Kairo's boundaries and had passed through them. "The should have completed the Agoge by now,"she thought to herself depressingly. She should have been there to watch them return triumphant, to be able to cheer them on like any good mother, but she wasn't a good mother.
From beyond her, she heard the rush of water as it broke on the coast. It was familiar to her, the only sure sound from her past that remained with her as a constant reminder of who she was, and somehow, who she had become. Looking back now, she wondered if there was anything that she could have done to change her fate here, and mayne ther was but she was much to tired to dwell in the ideas of what once could have been.
Meeting Xerxes again would be the one thing she would not be prepared to do. She suspected that he had moved on from her, finding another mate; one that would not try to run away in vain. He had probably already had a litter with whichever she-wolf decidedly struck his fancy. Or maybe he had found himself another prisoner, like she had once been.
Still, meeting him was inevitable. She must be prepared to face her fate at his hands and at the hands of Kairos. If it ended in death, then so be it. She deserved nothing less, but she would just like to see her children again. From afar would be enough, it would be more than enough.
Makin her way to the sea, she noticed from the corner of her eye another male sitting down. His scent wafter towards her, and she couldn't help but let out a gasp. She recognized him, but she wondered if he did her. Did Xerxes share her story with them, or did they think of themselves as abandoned and unloved?
She wanted nothing but to bound over to him and smother him with motherly affection, but she could not. She had not kept that right as hers.
[attr="class","post"]Minding his own business, Perseus was perfectly happy with doing his own thing. He wanted to rest and relax. After a while of doing his thing and allowing the soft snow to fall over the top of him, he lifted his head. It felt as though someone was watching him, though he did not know from which direction it was. The fur along his spine stood on end. His tail moved from his form as he stood on all fours. For now, he would act as though he did not know anyone was right there. He cleared his throat, wondering if that would rouse the other to present themselves, but it did not. Grunting to himself he turned his head the opposite direction from where she had been standing. His orange-red eyes stared off - looking to see if anyone was over there. Then he turned his head the opposite direction and far from where he stood was the wolf that stared at him. For a moment, he could only see the silhouette.
Wanting to know who this visitor was, he made his way closer until the form took an actual shape - one with details. Knowing that Ina'mos was the most safe of all the lands Kairos reigned over, he was not too worried about an intruder. Part of him wished that it was Dahlia. But it was not. When his eyes finally figured out who it was, his mouth was the first to react. A low growl came from his throat, escaping through the clenched teeth that faced her. He knew his mother until the time he no longer needed to nuzzle and suckle from her. Orange-red eyes locked on her and he was frozen. His mind was trying to compile a list of all the things he could do versus what he should do. His growl turned louder as he picked his single front foot up and moved it forward. His tail curled over his spine as he had seen his father do several times before. He thought to attack her himself. But he stopped himself, dead in his tracks. "What do you want?" he finally shouted at her. Unfortunately for her, he had heard all the horrid stories from his father how she had tried to kill them all - endangering herself when they were in her womb.
She had taken the opportunity to wander and explore Ina'mos as soon as it had presented itself. She had always been a bit whimsical, and she had enjoyed her adventures with Perseus greatly since she had found him on Vor'asa. But the past few days she had taken for herself, and it seemed as if Perseus had been happy to do the same. Still, she found herself searching for him again, finding him eventually in the snow, still on the island. She picked up her pack slightly as she spotted his pawprints in the snow, knowing they were his because of how strongly they smelled of him. Her own smaller paws danced in his tracks as she followed them, eventually leading her to where he stood growling at some female that she did not know. Instantly she skidded to a stop, watching the situation with concern and confusion for several moments before deciding to move forward.
Her steps were slow and careful, and instead of moving towards the feminine stranger she made her way in the direction of the young male she had traveled with for so long. "Perseus?" She asked softly, her voice barely above a whisper as the smallest hint of anxiety tickled at her spine. But she hardly feared anything with Perseus nearby, and instead she found her multicolored eyes lifting curiously in the direction of the stranger. But other than speaking his name, she said nothing until she reached his side. Perhaps a smarter creature would have avoided physical contact with him, but Dahlia was not such a creature. She was confident that he would never harm her, and she stepped towards him slowly to press her muzzle into the fur of his shoulder.
She allowed it to rest lightly against him for a brief moment before she rubbed her forehead into him, turning her face slightly to do so until she was standing beside him with her side pressing gently into his. His body was cold from the snow, but as she stood next to him she could feel the warmth emanating from him. But she could also feel his tension, and the rumble of the threatening growl that echoed from his jaws. But something told her not to speak, and instead she lifted her nose to lick his chin softly. It was perhaps a submissive gesture when a pup were to do so with a wolf older than themselves, but submission was not the context that she sought to offer him. No, she meant to calm him, to ease him out of the aggressive stance he had taken on and pull him gently back down to earth. Back down to her.
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