got a target on your back [Quick] Nov 4, 2012 0:38:59 GMT -5
Post by Adelina Russovo on Nov 4, 2012 0:38:59 GMT -5
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Her tread was cautious as she crept through the Fallen campgrounds, her footfalls muted by the loose sand beneath her feet. Each step was measured as she prowled towards the makeshift paddock she kept her horse in, and as she painstakingly dragged the two heavy logs of lumber from their positions on the fence she was careful not to make a sound. She led Eden from his paddock and vaulted easily onto his back, grimacing as the arrows in her quiver rattled as the bow strung over her shoulder struck it. The sound seemed to echo through the barren landscape, but nothing stirred and after a few moments, she urged Eden forward into a slow walk into the darkness.
It wasn't long before she'd cleared the main Fallen territory and she let Eden fly, heedless of the danger she was riding into. She was content to feel the wind whipping through her hair, to tangle her hands in Eden's wiry mane. She felt lost in the rhythmic thunder of his hooves, and she could feel herself come alive, her heart thrumming in her chest to the beat of his hooves. It was a strange, magical feeling she'd felt only a few times in her life. A connection that went beyond the surface, ran deeper than she cared to look.
The feeling was short-lived as the desert stretched into the outskirts of the city, and she slowed Eden to a walk. He danced in place, tossing his head up at the strange flickering shadows the moon cast. Adelina patted his neck and crooned gently, and though he was still anxious the horse continued dutifully onwards.
Dawn was still a few hours out when she pulled Eden to halt just outside the Carna borders, along the forested foothills that hedged the Fallen border. She'd taken the longer route to avoid the Fallen patrol that guarded those borders at night, but they had long since returned to their rail cars. Adelina dismounted and left Eden to munch contentedly on the grasses in the midst of a thick copse, content to leave him ground tied. She trekked the rest of the way and stole quietly into the Carna's territory, careful to cover her tracks. She drew her bow and notched and arrow, almost wishing a Carna would show his face so she could sink an arrow into his skull.
She shook her head clear of those thoughts and continued on her prowl, letting instinct (and her nose) guide her as she searched for supplies.