Moving On [Complete] Jun 20, 2015 21:18:21 GMT -5
Post by Adelina Russovo on Jun 20, 2015 21:18:21 GMT -5
Caw, caw, caw!
“Goddamn birds,” came a voice muffled by blankets. Lina snuggled closer against Adi’s back, wrapping her arms tighter around him and nuzzling his neck.
Caw! Caw! Caw!
“Winged devil spawn,” she hissed, cracking open a bright, teal-colored eye to glare up at the sky. She could see them circling their incessant circles, shrieking their incessant, never ending warnings. Goddamn birds. Goddamn flapping menaces that hadn’t let them be for weeks. She just wanted to sleep. She just wanted to lay with Adi and pretend the rest of the dome didn’t care.
CAW! CAW! CAW!
“Adi, get my bow. I’ll set ‘em on fire. Flying rotisserie, yeah?”
They were a tangle of limbs and clothes, buried under blankets and scraps to keep warm in the winter chill. Lina slowly untangled herself from Adi, pressing a line of kisses along his neck as she rose with a huff, frustrated that she hadn’t been able to enjoy her time with Adison. It had been about two or three weeks since that rainy night; the night that had been a turning point for them. They still hadn’t talked, but then they had never really needed words, as corny as it sounded.
Lina stood and shambled to their packs, grabbing hold of her bow and strapping on her drop-leg quiver. She knocked an arrow, and not a moment too soon: As soon as they showed signs of life, the great noise from above grew louder, and the aerial assault began. The small band of Lawaii started dive bombing them, trying to chase them off as they had done nearly every day since Adi and Lina had tried to go further up the mountains. They stole their supplies, crapped on their stuff and just generally made so much noise it was impossible to do anything. A hawk came at her with its talons outstretched for her eyes. She let fly, her arrow sinking into the annoyance with skilled ease. The flock split and regrouped, circling for another attack.
Adi was next to her, already starting to pack up the supplies and get Atlas saddled as she fired another few arrows, grumbling when they fell short as the birds had flown out of range. “That’s it. That is it!" she snarled, dropping her bow, ripping off her quiver and in one swift move shifted into her puma form. With yowl that seemed to echo through the valley, Lina unfurled her colorful wings and gave chase. She wasn't one for flying and had never particularly enjoyed the effort, though most saw these Keeper-given mutations as blessings. Everyone wanted to fly! Well, for once it came in handy.
It only took a few huge flaps of her wings and she was on them, the winged vermin, her claws outstretched. She swatted and slashed her way through the small band, a flurry of feathers and shrill, terrified screes followed by her yowls of delight. She brought her paw down hard on a particularly large vulture, a laugh-like rasp coming from her muzzle as she watched it spiral down into Adi's waiting jaws.
Why hadn't she done this sooner? She gave chase to a few more of the pests before they decided a giant flying puma was more than they'd bargained for and flapped off with hoots and caws of malcontent. Lina tucked her wings and landed in a skid of dust and feathers, her already bright-red muzzle made even redder with a smear of blood and feathers. She trotted up to where Adi was still batting at one of the unlucky. She brushed against him, long, fluffy tail curling around him. "I think we won," she said. "For now, at least."