Athena had seemed to recognize she were approaching from his left side, and considerately changed her course appropriately so that she was centered within his limited vision. Tt was a nice touch, considerate on her part, and prevented him from having to turn his neck so much to see her. That was always nice, even if he wouldn’t have deemed it necessary. Not including Tyra, Athena was one of perhaps two individuals who Jay would have trusted to approach from that side.
Now that she had seen him, Jay allowed himself to drop to something halfway between seated and lying, propped lazily on his elbows. An affable smile lingered on his face as his good eye followed her approach. It was strange to be looking up at Athena instead of down, but not particularly bothersome. Also, he noted, it was the first time she’d sought him out here, at his den.
Athena also looked to be as good and healthy as ever. He didn’t know how long her trip had taken, or how long after him she had left, but it did not appear as if it had taken too great a toll on her. Other than perhaps being a little bit tired. But that was to be expected. She stopped a few paces away and on his right, which actually turned out rather nice. Now he could see both her and yet still see the new day dawning.
Although, he knew which he’d rather see more of. A warm smile, followed by a pleasant greeting filled Jay with a small sense of rekindled hope that maybe things would go well, this time. He’d do his best to see that they did.
”Mornin’,” he returned the greeting with a slight nod, not quite feeling comfortable enough with offering a customary full bow just yet. Not that he could have anyway, in his current stance. Exactly what he’d expected to hear soon followed. She wanted to know if he’d found any sign of Tyra.
A soft sigh escaped Jay, amicable expression faltering, and it was probably enough to reveal his answer before he even spoke it. Which was a shame, because Athena had sounded hopeful, asking the question. ”Nothing. Followed the coast all the way to the northern woods, left word with everyone I met.. but there was no sign of her.” It was difficult to restrain the obvious frustration and anger he felt at the whole situation, though his good eye lingered hopefully on Athena. It was still possible, however slim, that she might have something.
Even if she didn’t, though.. unlike previous times, the negative feelings weren’t quite so.. potent. Jay felt he had done everything that was within his power to do, logically. He had left word with a fair number of wolves that had seemed trustworthy. Aside from that, he could either let the despondency consume him, rule over his life and spend the rest of his days moping about the countryside looking for someone that there was no evidence of, or he could accept what was, hope for the best, and just attempt to keep on living his own life in the intervening time.
With another slow breath to ease the frustrated tension out of his body, Jay tipped his head slightly. ”And I was hoping you were here just ‘cause ya missed me.” He spoke in an offhanded tone, though the left corner of his mouth moved up a bit with the comment. He couldn’t help himself.
A familiar scent floating by let Jay know someone else was about, and possibly approaching. Which was.. a small disappointment, he thought. A bit of time to discuss things with Athena would have been nice. But, there would be plenty of time for that. And, on the other hand, perhaps another presence would actually be a blessing in case things were to get too awkward, or take a sudden turn for the worse.
Jan 07, 2018 07:55 PM — Post #5
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