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Everything seemed to have slowed down lately. There was a lull in the air. Cold winds swept through the labyrinth, even with the protection of the trees; the ground held its chill, and the leaves had bronzed, almost all of them now lying around his paws. His once verdant home felt almost skeletal in the wake of winter to come. It would be his first winter as Chief - and he knew it was going to be a trial.

They had been lucky so far with the abundance of food. It was probably because they had dominion of the north-western corner of the valley up until the bay and didn’t need to share their hunting grounds with any other pack. The Evergreens were nearby, yes, but they seemed to hunt mostly in the woods. Still, it concerned him. What if they suddenly found themselves at a shortage of food in the winter? What if someone in the pack sought to have children? Nutrition would be highly important then. He worried he hadn’t taken it as seriously as he should have, when he first came and met pregnant Atalya. But then again, he hadn’t officially been Chief then.

The sky hung heavy with metallic grey clouds. Light rain fell in sheets, dimpling the fog that typically rose up in the mornings among the pines. Icarus had ventured out here following a scent trail, but he’d since found himself distracted. Now, he was only wandering, lost in his thoughts, enjoying the cool prickle of the rain slicking down his fur.


May 22, 2018 12:07 PM

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A soft whine had pulsed through her coal lips. The figure of a rust-colored female darted about through the towering trees, the scent of a rabbit clinging to her nose. Auracilla moved feverishly, with hunger—amber eyes darting from the frantic path she was making to each of her flanks, periodically.

The musky odor of the promise of food is what dulled her other senses. Albeit, it was raining: she couldn’t see further than a few yards ahead. Her insistent stomach was the only thing she trusted at the moment.

So it was with a great and surprised yelp that she bumped into the stranger, staggering back a few steps to regain balance. As she regained her steadiness and drew in several frustrated breaths, she took time to adjust her eyes to the obstacle. A male, face ashen with black. It was a new territory she was in and the man before her resembled what she could interpret as danger. Unsure how to react and banking on instinct, she slinked a few feet away with a wary expression.


May 23, 2018 06:00 PM — Post #1

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Analytics and statistics ran through his head. Icarus had never been one for tactics - he used them only when necessary, like during hunting and combat. But when he could actually sit and mull things over, he found himself suddenly at a loss. With such a surplus of time for him to assess everything he had strewn in front of him, what could he make of it? Too much, that was for certain. It was dangerous to develop strategy on the fly, but there was merit to it: that he would see its consequences immediately. Right now, he feared making the wrong choice would only lead to its revelation slowly, over the course of days, weeks - evidenced by starvation, or worse.

Icarus uttered a sigh, wishing to leave those thoughts behind just for the moment. He would seek out Cleo and talk to her about it later, or Ross, or even Darcy - confide in someone he knew would be a safe bet, who could soothe his heart afterward. And, as though the gods had sensed the decision, they finalized it for him.

A rustle in the undergrowth through the silver downpour. His ear twisted, but not in time for him to notice the oncoming huntress.

The masked boy turned and felt the impact at his hip. A yelp of his own mirrored hers as he leaped backward, his fur standing on end and teeth bared in anticipation of a fight - out of instinct, nothing more. His heart blared in his chest and his wide eyes fixed on his assailant, and once his blood ceased its pounding in his ears, he realized that she wasn’t a threat. She backed away, and so he eased his posture.

In that moment, he couldn’t find the words to say. Surprise and a flash-flood of adrenaline left him unfortunately prepared for combat - an unusual position for the Chief with a temperament like sunshine. He only stared, dumbfounded.


May 23, 2018 06:30 PM — Post #2

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The frozen look of fear was plastered on her face like a banner. In her mind, she didn’t exactly know how to explain her overwhelming urge to flee. Her hind legs shook a tad, claws digging into the earth to try and ground herself and not appear so finicky.

The ebony face peered back at her with confused orbs very similar to hers. A chortle of a whine rumbled through her chest again, alternating between raising her lips to show teeth, or trembling in place. She had no idea who this stranger was and where he came from. Her next action would most likely decide how this interaction went down.

When she found his threatening stance subsiding, her body tensed, expecting a twist. Was this a game? Was he toying with her to see if she’d take to fight or flight?

A moment passed before she spoke up, although her feminine voice was shaky. “Who are you?”


May 23, 2018 06:57 PM — Post #3

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After a few seconds, the rest of his conscious thoughts caught up with his wild, whirring mind. He honed his ears to the sound of her whining, a sharp suggestion that she was probably uncomfortable - scared, or injured? She had been running - was she running away from something? He cocked his head, peering past her as if seeking out the lumbering form of some insidious giant in her wake.

But there was nothing. Nothing but the cold, silver rain.

Icarus focused back on her at her question. Finally, he felt his usual self filling out again, his chipper attitude sparking back to life to embrace her jittery presence. Icarus was nothing to be afraid of - he was eager to make that clear.

“Who am I?” he asked with a cheeky grin, leaning back on his haunches as he gestured to himself with a flip of his paw. Then he flipped his paw to her. “I think that’s something I should be asking you. Running around, bowling people over like that.”

The nature of his words might have seemed accusatory, but there was nothing of the like in the strong, playful lilt of his voice.

“But I’ll let it fly. My name’s Icarus.”

He said it with cool refrain, even tossing in a boyish wink.


May 23, 2018 07:12 PM — Post #4

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Auracilla teetered on the balls of her pads, putting most of her weight on her hackles in case she had to turn tail and run. The small, frail sounds her chest was making probably made no difference to the strange man a few feet away. It wasn’t particularly happening because she wanted a reaction. Instead, her body tended to have a mind of its own, and she’d often catch herself doing all kinds of things she hadn’t realized she had been doing.

It seemed as if a whole other side jumped out of the male at the moment she had stopped hearing the whistle of air between her fangs. Startled softly, her warm-toned eyes widened. “Running around, bowling people over like that.” The fae uttered a squeak of protest, shaking her head vigorously.

“I didn’t—I mean I didn’t mean to. I wasn’t paying much attention,” was her flustered explanation, almost inching forward out of the emotion rising in her voice, eager to apologize.

When he seemed indifferent to her rambling, she shut her mouth with a snap. He said his name was Icarus. It had a formal ring to it. His wink ruffled her further, drawing a weak smile. At least he wasn’t a threat.

“I’m sorry. I’m Auracilla. You look like a phantom,” she exclaimed, jerking her nose at his face. Snowy white body, dark features. Relaxing a bit, the she-wolf inched a few feet forwards to get a better view. She could tell he had ripples of strength beneath his coat, and he was by her standards much larger than her.

Her prolonged staring must have seemed unnerving, so she quit abruptly, pulling her ears back against her skull to peer at him curiously. All thoughts of her dinner were fading away and now she only wanted to know where he came from.


May 23, 2018 07:31 PM — Post #5

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She was quick to defend herself, but Icarus only smiled. He thought it was cute when girls got all flustered like that - they probably thought the same when he did. Which was often. So he could understand why they found it endearing, watching it happen to somebody else. Icarus didn’t say anything else, though - he only shrugged, content to put their little collision behind him.

Icarus flippantly leaned his head to the side at her apology, but his ears did twitch at her name. Auracilla. A wider smile followed at her observation; her stare had gone unnoticed. Or maybe… noticed… and reciprocated… with an idle flex here and there.

“Some would say I am, haunting this forest the way I do,” he said slyly. Oh, good! Was this another unsuspecting bystander upon which he could peddle his rumors of the labyrinth’s curse? Once, it was a rumor he had disdained but he’d since grown attached to it after making it his own. “Are you so sure I’m not?”

Good gravy, he was beginning to sound like Cleo.


May 24, 2018 10:36 PM — Post #6

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Her comparison of him to a haunt seemed to please him in a way. Her body relaxed, but an agog look followed, brow furrowing. Auracilla felt her ears push back against her head, inching forward towards the strangely colored male. Now that he wasn’t considered dangerous, his face could be seen as quite endearing. In fact, she didn’t see many ghosts in her time.

The girl kept her eyes on him for too long again. A gulp of air, before she looked away to gaze pointedly at nowhere in particular. “You look very much alive,” she countered quietly, almost under her breath.


May 24, 2018 11:42 PM — Post #7

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Icarus wondered if he was unnerving her. It wasn’t like he was trying to, but still, he found it amusing when she finally looked away and pointed out how unlike a ghost he looked. Which was to say: alive.

“Well, fortunately for the both of us, I am,” he confirmed, jubilantly stepping closer until he had aligned himself next to Auracilla, allowing a few paces of distance between them. The rain kept up its insistent downpour, but it wasn’t so heavy that he couldn’t tolerate being out in it; still, he felt the weight of his sodden fur reminding him that he should return to the labyrinth to dry off and warm up before long.

His head tilted to the side as he watched her a moment longer. “What were you running for?”


May 25, 2018 12:15 PM — Post #8

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Still watching fixedly at a spot in the damp trees, her lips crinkled up in a little grin when he said it was beneficial for both of them if he was living. She began to imagine what it would be like to meet a dead thing, other than prey animals. Because that was just different. The thought actually disturbed her, and she glanced at him amidst her thoughts.

Yes, she was thankful he was alive. Even though Auracilla didn’t know him well.

His question reminded her of her stomach. With a shrug, she eyed him from the corner of her gaze. “I was after a rabbit. He’s probably long gone now, but it’s not that big of a deal,” she explained softly, the pitter-patter of rain weighing down her ears as they flicked back and forth.

Remember this: Auracilla was not a routine wolf. So with this in mind, she gathered that it was prime time to make a new friend. Veering off to face him, she slammed her front into the puddles, rump in the air. Her eyes twinkled, but she didn’t say a word. Play with me? It would distract her hunger.


May 25, 2018 12:28 PM — Post #9

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Icarus subconsciously lifted his nose and sniffed at the air. Had she been after the same rabbit he was tracking? He’d lost it long ago, so it was doubtful. She brushed it away, anyway. He would have offered to give her something out of their cache - they could afford to be generous for now, at least until the snow fell - but she seemed to have something else in mind.

Her suddenness made him stiffen, eyes glued to the woman as she whipped around to face him and sunk her front half into the wet, brittle grass. It didn’t take much for him to realize what this was about; Icarus was no stranger to playing games with, well, strangers.

A wide grin shot across his maw. Sure, he could play. He needed the distraction too.

With a playful growl, Icarus lunged closer and batted gently at her, the muscles in his limbs tensed, ready to spring away if she sought to make chase. Or to spring after her, if she had the same idea.


May 25, 2018 03:04 PM — Post #10

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The young she-wolf rumbled pleasantly, paws splashing into the mush below her. When Icarus swiped at her, she leapt away, a small yip following.

This was something she hadn’t done in a very long time. The only other memory she had of such a carefree interaction had been with her birth mother, before she had gotten ill. Although then she had been a lot smaller, and a lot less heavy.

Popping back up, Auracilla bounded the length that separated the two, loosely bumping into his flank and legs, sloppily leaving nips wherever she aimed to trip him. To an outside eye, her actions may have even been labelled as flirtatious, though her intentions were just to knock him around a little.


May 25, 2018 04:18 PM — Post #11

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Icarus smiled wider as she leaped away from him, preparing to lunge closer, but she quickly beat him to it. As she made contact against him, the masked boy jumped up and landed on stiff legs, his hackles bristling with excitement, tail lashing to and fro. She was aiming for his legs, and he had to perform a rather elaborate dance to evade her and not stumble over himself, but as he’d prefer to avoid the latter, he did end up receiving a few nips - to which he responded by rumbling and leaning back on his hind legs, hoping to land a forepaw on her shoulder and push her over.


May 28, 2018 11:19 AM — Post #12

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She chuckled as his paws pranced every which way to avoid her quips of teeth. Balancing on her toes, she pulled away when he didn’t manage to fall over himself. A weighted shove knocked her to the left a tad, and her outburst of “ahhhhhhh!” half-turned into a playful growl as she teetered on her side. “Even kings can play childhood games, huh?” She remanded, her gaze bordering teasing. Plopping down at his front, she pawed at the dust opposite his legs, craning her neck to wiggle her facial expression at him charmingly from below.


May 30, 2018 01:23 AM — Post #13

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Icarus’ paws made purchase against the woman, sending her back just slightly - not enough to fell her, but that she rumbled and teased him all the same, collapsing down at his paws. His jaws cracked open and his tongue lolled from his lips, a smile illuminating the dark mask that often failed to hide his shimmering, delighted expressions.

“It’s easy when you aren’t a king,” he grinned, winking at her before extending his forelimbs out ahead of him, splaying them on either side of the woman as he, too, slumped down onto his belly. “I’m just a simple man with simple needs, and a smile from a pretty girl satisfies just that.”

There was another boyish curl in his lips, a gleam in his amber eyes. He flexed his toes into the dirt, feeling his chest flush with anticipation.


Jun 05, 2018 09:15 PM — Post #14

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Her body trembled with the exasperation of the day, the flesh around her ribcage rising and falling with slow beats. After their tousle, the fair patches of pelt around her belly and chest had become a tarnished shade of brown, her lower half now muddied. She rolled her eyes over to Icarus, who had the similar appearance, even more-so with his pale fur. Something about seeing a leader in his position covered in wet dirt and boyish smiles set off a ping in her heart.

Which, nonetheless, wasn’t helped by his comment. Suddenly bashful, she dropped the smile in favor of blush paired with wide eyes, turning her face away from the other male. Auracilla was aware that she wasn’t by any means hard on the eyes, but hearing it from someone after being alone for most of her life did tend to have an effect. Regardless, she quickly gathered herself in his presence and stood, redirecting the moment with a flush across her cheeks.

“I—uh, yes. How do you like being chief?” The question sounded formal on her tongue, but her face portrayed only friendly curiosity. The she-wolf balanced on her toes, still standing between his outstretched arms.


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