[Archive] Seph and Acan

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Re: [Archive] Seph and Acan

Sun Dec 09, 2018 10:38 pm

Acan rolled her eyes and turned her head away so that she didn't have to look at Seph as he gesticulated in outrage. It was part amusing, part thoroughly disappointing to have felt this enormous Seph-shaped gap in her life for so long, only for it to be filled by /this/. She had always thought he disdained mating as part of his superiority complex, but it was becoming increasingly obvious that it was more about fear of the unknown.

She thought about arguing with him, but it was exhausting trying to figure out what he was saying and then spend mental energy coming up with a clever retort. It was all giving her a headache.

"You're wrong," she said stubbornly.

To her annoyance the rain was starting to ease, but the wind was picking up. Without the rain to dilute her scent she would be blazing beacon in the night, with the gusts carrying it even further. She had already seen how Seph's presence had acted as a ward, so annoyingly it seemed as if staying around him was the best option. There was no way she could tell him that. She just had to contrive some way to keep him around.

"Don't you want these skulls?" She tried to mask her desperation with a thick layer of angry sarcasm, and gestured around at the carcasses in various states of decomposition. "The ones that you didn't crush, at least," she added with a little quirk of a brow ridge.
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Re: [Archive] Seph and Acan

Tue Jul 30, 2019 11:12 pm

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“I am NEVER wrong.” he said in a low throaty snarl. “I have never BEEN wrong.” He knew it wasn’t true, but perhaps if he said it enough, one day it would be the case, one day it would erase all the failings and faults he’d encountered in his life. He was angry at everything, but most of all he was angry in an inward bitter way, a way that turned all the ferocity and pent up desire inwards instead.

At the mention of the skulls, he found his thoughts seized in a way that was more immediate than any hormone could ever hope to enact upon him. Skulls. Skulls were something consistent, something controllable and perfect. He could keep them and they would never change, never do anything he didn’t expect, they would sit there in the dark and they would be the shape of a life but none of the complexity.

“Mayhaps.” he said. “Though it tis but a petty bounty, there be some value in this collection. I should call it a cornucopia of fools, their greatest folly being to stumble upon a female such as thee.”

He turned to expertly peel back the flesh from the nearest dragon, seeming to calm with the task, though his tail still lashed behind him. “This be the great desire of my life. What use have I for sex?”
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Acan gave him a blank stare at his insistence that he had never once in his long, long life been wrong. Her posture loosened a little. It was an odd sensation to be reunited with one that she had held in such high regard in her younger years, only to feel now, with the experience of long years of independence and relative peace, that she was beginning to pity him. She only grunted, then turned away in embarrassment for him.

She sat back and watched him work at flaying the carcasses with a calm that contrasted harshly with her previous charged sexual energy. Her green eyes softened slightly at the grisly display. It was almost soothing to witness this thing once again that had, long ago, been so commonplace in her life. She hadn't realised how strongly she had missed it. But, never one to let such a vulnerability be easily known, she snorted and stretched out the toes of one lifted forepaw to begin casually cleaning herself.

"What use?" she muttered around her cleaning, the words rolling out somewhere between a growl and a purr. "Well, it seems to me that you fear it because you don't know it. I have never known you to be a creature that fears. Only prey fears."

There was a satisfaction to her last words, a feeling of smugness that she anticipated an eruption of ego from him. Still, better not to tread to harshly on his toes lest he simply fly off and leave her to constant harassment from lesser males. This was becoming a tricky game.
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Re: [Archive] Seph and Acan

Tue Jul 30, 2019 11:22 pm

Seph chuckled deeply, the laugh rattling right down into his vast chest. "Fear." he said. "I am a lot of things, but afraid has never been one of them. I do not fear sex, I merely question its needfulness. What should I gain from such things? Offspring?" He curled his lip, baring his fangs all the more in disgust. "We have seen whence that path leads." Skilfully having flayed one skull, he set it aside with the others, remaining focused on his task and less on getting furious at Acan specifically, it seemed to make his ego a little more resilient.

"Nay, there be little function. As far as I ken, I do not produce the same type of lure as thou dost." Though really, he wasn't sure if that was the case or not. Everything was a bit of a mystery.

"Thou knowest my species are long vanished, and most un-fucking-fortunately, they sorely neglected to provide us with a manual."
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Re: [Archive] Seph and Acan

Sat May 09, 2020 12:55 pm

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From her perch atop a mountain ridge several miles away, Acan had an ideal view over Deth’s activities on the sea cliffs. She watched him idly as the wind buffeted her, carrying with it traces of salt and the stench of ocean despite the distance. The buck that both was and wasn’t her son was easy enough to see from so far away; Deth had outgrown her. Whereas she had reached her peak mass many, many years ago, Deth would carry on growing until the day he died, potentially thousands of years from now. Odd, to think of that little wretch that had scrambled from an egg at her feet growing to the size of the mountain she was now sat on. He was presently scouting for whales, occasionally flying out high above the waves and gliding around on a thermal. So far he had little luck.
Acan made a huffing sound of amusement. He was getting better, but despite his increased bulk he was still not on par with her hunting prowess. She tapped her claws against the skull she nursed at her feet. An orca skull from a kill she’d made weeks ago, long since washed clean. Since her last encounter with Seph many months ago she had gotten into an odd habit of carefully cleaning the skull of every kill that she made, carrying said skull around with her for a while and then finally leaving it in some peculiar place like the hollow of a tree or a nook in a cliff face. Places that looked deliberate, unusual. She told herself it was just a way of passing time, a sort of hobby that had come over her. On bad days she blamed the rank wave of hormones that had passed over her back when she’d last seen Seph. Maybe it had done something to her brain, brought back past habits. Eventually she stopped thinking about why she did it. She just did it.
She was quite fond of the orca skull. Unlike Deth, Acan didn’t make a habit of killing whales. She didn’t care for the flavour of blubber, and that taste so often tainted the meat and organs. Orcas were the only exception to her rule. She ran a claw along its clasped teeth, enjoying the tune it made. It was probably time to leave it somewhere and find a new kill.. She wasn’t particularly hungry, but these days killing seemed more about scratching an itch than feeding a biological need.
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Re: [Archive] Seph and Acan

Sat May 09, 2020 2:22 pm

Even though he'd awakened over a year ago, Seph still felt like he was adjusting to the world around him. He was a creature somewhat out of time, capable of drifting between worlds if he so chose, it had always put him at odds with the steady progression of time. Smaller creatures felt as if they hurried here and there, to and fro, always scrabbling for purchase on the world before they were sucked once more back out into oblivion. The only thing he envied in them was that they had purpose of a sort, even if it was a hopeless one, and it tied them to the world and the land they lived in. He felt no such tether and it was part instinct, part boredom that sent him from one place to another, forever consuming whatever crossed his path but never in all that time feeling truly satisfied.

The lack of satisfaction in itself irritated him, and his boredom nursed itself into the usual latent anger that simmered in his every movement.

His kind as a rule felt no real fondness for water, they weren't adept swimmers and were hardly equipped to grip fish in their teeth, and yet he found himself brought back to the cliffs and hills time and time again. Somewhere in his memory, hazy and distant, there were recollections of steep difficult flights over ocean winds that cut in at the cliffs, diving down and down and down to bring something back for..

Well it didn't matter why he was there, all that mattered was that he was, he'd found the skulls here and there and brought them back to his caverns, and that too didn't matter, it simply was what it was.

Either way, the hunger he now felt gnawed much deeper than just his gut, and it had driven him to some deeply concerning encounters, situations where he hadn't been able to just attack outright and where he'd found himself mentally gummed up in ways that made him steeply effect his own judgement.

Maybe he was going mad, that would be fitting. Hah. Madder.

He'd gotten bolder too, where once he'd only ventured out at night, fearful of the day and the hindrance to his vision it presented, he soared now, a gleaming and massive shadow against the sky, the light hilighting the brilliant azures and violets in his normally inky dark scales. His sense of smell was steep and potent and the world was laid out before him anyway, the air swirling in a hundred thousand nuances of scent.

And one such scent was familiar, and it was it that led him along the coast.
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Re: [Archive] Seph and Acan

Sat May 09, 2020 6:07 pm

Acan, so caught between admiring her orca skull and covertly watching Deth at his hunting down the coast, was completely ignorant to Seph’s presence in the vicinity. She watched her son suddenly dip from his glide to dive and lash at the seething water but come up soon after with nothing. He must be hunting something more dangerous than a baleen whale or a dolphin, otherwise he would have continued the chase underwater. Wise. He’d be clumsy underwater, too clumsy to avoid lacerations from an orca or shark to his tender wing membranes. She knew all too well that waiting for that sort of injury to heal could leave him grounded for a year at least. A death sentence if you didn’t have somebody to feed you.

As Deth swept around in his idle circles, Acan adjusted herself to lie flat against the rock to avoid attracting his attention. They hadn’t spoken in years and, as far as she was aware, he hadn’t noticed her occasionally dropping by to check on him. She didn’t want to change that. She heaved a sigh and nosed at the skull now pressed against her chest. Maybe, once Deth had hunted, eaten and discarded his kill, she could hide the skull inside the remains? That seemed a novel idea.
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Re: [Archive] Seph and Acan

Sat May 09, 2020 10:41 pm

As he drew closer, Seph became acutely aware of another scent mingled with Acan's, something larger than her and a lot more male. Normally his reactions would have been irritation and aggression, but right now he was feeling a lot more confused than direct responses like that. He dipped closer to the ground, skimming low and fast in her direction, alighting some distance away and walking the rest of the distance, not in the mood to draw the attention of the more unfamiliar dragon at the moment.

It wasn't that he wasn't wholly and utterly convinced he could take anyone at all in a fight, it was just that he wasn't entirely dead certain on his ability to actually fight in the first place.

It was distressing, not wholly knowing his own mind, twisted up in a whole lot of other nonsense that had come with him when he awakened.

He made no effort to conceal himself from Acan as he approached, instead sitting down in plain view of her and then simply waiting to see how she responded. With Acan, he thought, you could never really tell.
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Re: [Archive] Seph and Acan

Mon May 11, 2020 4:47 pm

Acan’s whole body jerked in alarm when Seph suddenly alighted nearby, bringing her to attention. She made an odd grumbling noise in her throat, perhaps a sound of embarrassment that she had been caught off guard. At the same time, it was reassuring that she hadn’t scented him. It meant that Deth wouldn’t be able to smell her either. Or Seph. Her eyes flitted rapidly between the two big males. Theirs was not a reunion that she was eager for, so even more reason to stay undetected.
Leaving the orca skull balanced precariously on the ridge, Acan slowly wheeled her body away from it and took a few strides down the side of the mountain that sloped away from Deth’s direction. Her feet, not ideal for uneven terrain, slipped a little against the loose scree until she found firmer footing on a patch of grass. The cold wind had gnawed its way into her bones over the last few hours, so she took a minute to stretch out each leg and wing in turn.
“Are you okay?” she finally asked in a slightly patronising tone. In truth, his passive behaviour was making her a bit anxious. But she glossed over those feelings by pretending to busy herself in washing dust and dried salt from the folds of her wing membranes.
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Re: [Archive] Seph and Acan

Mon May 11, 2020 6:32 pm

It was equal parts relieving and concerning that Acan noticed something wasn't quite right about him, on one hand it meant that there was something genuinely wrong with him in a way that was obvious, on the other it meant that predators or potential individuals who'd want to exploit this kind of inclination would also potentially be able to tell by looking at him.

He flattened his neck frill firmly against his neck and exhaled in a deep irritable sigh.

"That obvious?" he growled.

"I be not certain what is different. Something has shifted, something is different."

Maybe he was sick. He didn't feel sick, he'd been eating more than usual and his scales were pristine and healthy, with a bright intelligence in his eyes that had been replaced by weariness for a long time.

"Methinks it might be hormonal." he said, curling his lip, as he flexed one wing then the other, shifting from one foot to the other. "Though I hardly possess point of reference for mine kind."
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Re: [Archive] Seph and Acan

Tue May 19, 2020 5:09 pm

Honestly, Acan hadn’t anticipated that anything was genuinely wrong with Seph. She’d only thought it was odd that he had decided to join her after their last encounter and not say anything. She snapped her head around to look at him, surprised that he would spill his concerns to her so easily. But then it wasn’t as if either of them had anybody else close enough to confide in about any sort of weakness.

Acan bristled slightly at his mention of hormones. The immensely vengeful part of her wanted to bring up the fact that he had had no sympathy for her during her own ‘hormonal issues’, so why should she care about his? But the idea that Seph was experiencing something that brought him down to her level, to the same realm of existence as every other mortal, reproductive creature, was too curious to sabotage.

A dozen snide, sarcastic little comments raced around her tongue, but she ultimately kept her jaws clenched shut until the urge to make light of the matter passed. His constant shifting made him look genuinely vulnerable, something that was almost disturbing to see. “Okay.. Is anything happening to your body, or is it changes in your mind?” she asked, then went back to casually grooming herself. Maybe this was some kind of a trap to make her look stupid for caring. Better to pretend she wasn’t all that concerned for him, at least for now.

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