Broken Boulder cause I'm still breathing on my own
April 15, 2018, 09:01 PM
Alarian
Bracken Sanctuary
Governor
@Lily set for 4/17
The boy traveled relentlessly to reach his home, eager to be done with strange encounters and his inevitable failure. He knew by now Lennon would never come back to him. But, somehow-- somehow it was okay.
Kind of. Alarian knew it would be true in time, at least, and that counted, right? It still hurt now, though. He tried to ignore that part, instead wanting to tell Lily of his encounters. That would be easier, no doubt.
As the young Governor stepped across the borders of his home, he howled to announce his presence. However, he beelined for his den-- a space barely large enough for two tucked on the outskirts of the rocky terrain behind the creek. He appreciated many things about the den he had found; mainly that a small tunnel extended from the back of it to the center of the territory, winding and cramped but leading ultimately to the main entrance of the tunnels and caverns. That the entrance to his den, angled into the ground, faced the borders was an added bonus.

if I can light the world up for just one day
watch this madness, colorful charade
April 15, 2018, 11:36 PM
Lily
Bracken Sanctuary
Confidant
tags for reference

Lily had done her best to look after things in Alarian's absence, relying on @Lanawyn to help her keep order. Not that it was hard--the wolves of Broken Boulder kept to themselves, for the most part, and they were a peaceful lot as well. She'd whittled the days away with hunting lessons and looking at the stars with @Korei Julia, and it had been a pleasant time.

But she'd missed Alarian, and when his howl rang out, she moved quickly to find him, coming across the dusty-pelted wolf just outside his den. "Ali!" she exclaimed, racing toward the Governor and giving him a gentle nudge to his shoulder. "Good to have you back! How--"

She fell abruptly silent as she noted his expression, and the lack of a companion at his side. Her face fell. He had not found Lennon: the mission had been a failure. Lily felt a pang at the thought of the handsome man's disappearance; surely he must be dead or in some peril, or else why wouldn't he have come back?

Lennon wouldn't have abandoned them. . .right?

"How was, erm, your trip?" Lily continued meekly, giving Alarian a sympathetic look.

she's a killer queen
gunpowder, gelatine
dynamite with a laser beam
guaranteed to blow your mind
anytime
April 16, 2018, 03:28 PM
Alarian
Bracken Sanctuary
Governor
Alarian had expected to collapse into his den and sleep off the journey-- it had worn on him more than he realized.
He wasn't disappointed to find his packmate had other plans; the boy was quite pleased, in fact, when Lily rushed to greet him. But when he opened his mouth to greet her, nothing came for a moment but a wave of dizziness. When had he last slept? He settled for a chuff, taking a moment to regain himself as she spoke.
Her abrupt stop, the sudden change in direction didn't slip by him, but he couldn't handle it just then-- so he ignored it altogether.
Lily. Ali moved to give her a friendly lick on the cheek, tail wagging furiously. He felt warm in her presence, almost forgetting his exhaustion now that the wave had passed. I was just thinking about you. My trip was... eventful. I'll tell you all about it. How were things here, though?

if I can light the world up for just one day
watch this madness, colorful charade
April 16, 2018, 09:39 PM
Lily
Bracken Sanctuary
Confidant
She laughed, giving a slight roll of her eyes in response. "You didn't miss anything at all," Lily assured him. "Trust me. Everyone is fine." Well, fine was maybe stretching it. After all, so many of the Bracken wolves kept to themselves--she barely even saw Lainie anymore, and hoped she hadn't hurt her feelings by silently rebuffing the obvious affection the girl had for her.

Ali looked tired--rightfully so--and she motioned for him to sit, settling down on her haunches and stifling a yawn. She'd been up late last night peering at the sky; Korei really had given her an appetite for the spangled night sky, and she was slowly starting to figure out the different constellations.

There was the matter of Lennon's absence that cast them in deep shadow, despite Alarian's obvious happiness to be home and Lily's obvious happiness to have him back. Better to get it out in the open now, rather than letting the wound fester. She sighed, looking first at the ground beneath her paws, then back at Alarian, her sunset eyes frank and open.

"You didn't find Lennon," she murmured, mouth taut with suppressed emotion. She pressed her muzzle to the side of his face, pulling back to look at her friend. "I'm so sorry, Ali. I know how much you cared--care--about him."

she's a killer queen
gunpowder, gelatine
dynamite with a laser beam
guaranteed to blow your mind
anytime