(Just assuming she fell a little bit above him! He was giving her a wide berth before, so I figured this would make the most sense.)
The sound of scuffled panic rushed at him seemingly out of nowhere. While he had been watching the female scour the cliff, he had been rather focused on keeping his own balance for the time being. This was how he had missed it when her footing had also gone sour; the butte echoed with a loud thud when her body hit the rock a few feet above him. August scrunched his face into something between concern and hesitancy. His paws dug into the embankment to hold himself upright as he decided what to do, though he knew there was only one answer.
It wasn’t ideal, but he had made a point to stick around to make sure she’d reach the top. Now that the girl had fallen, he felt obligated as the only one around to help her. The male’s eyes narrowed in concentration as he found a solid path up, before stopping just shy of the jutted-out edge the female was perched on.
She had pulled her body back into the wall behind her defensively, he realized. In all of his time chasing after her, he hadn’t realized that she may have thought him to be malicious. Softening his expression, he panted ever so slightly from the work it took to reach this height, body relaxing.
“I’m not here to hurt you.” He drawled, giving her a pointed look. If he had been here to track her down and inflict harm, it wouldn’t have done him any service. And August did things to benefit him. This was just a special case. “Are you alright? That fall—- it wasn’t pretty,” he commented gently, scrabbling around on the rocks to stay afoot, keeping a safe distance from her.
Down below, he heard a distant sound. The wind carried it just enough to alert him, but because of it’s unknown origins, he paid it no mind. Instead, he surveyed the female for any signs of damage. She was visibly shaken, but attested to nothing more than a few bruises that would develop later. He found himself sighing in relief—though he caught himself wondering why he had been caught up in this to begin with.
Oct 22, 2018 11:58 PM — Post #6
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