There was something a little eerie about the dull gray color of the sky that morning. Myatuk supposed that they were halfway through the winter, and the valley certainly showed it. Snow was packed thick on the ground, hiding any evidence of earth far below it. It had a tendency to twinkle in a pleasant way, almost like the stars, when the sun decided to come out, but today wasn’t one of those days. Instead, thick clouds covered the normally blue sky, threatening snow, but never following through on that promise. The chill in the air cut to the core, but the rise and fall of the steam in the geysers seemed to warm the area up.
A month had passed since their family meeting, and it seemed nothing had changed. Loren still had not returned, and Myatuk feared for his safety more than she ever had. The little family, frozen by the fact that none of them felt comfortable leaving without Loren, had remained in the Evergreen Forest. While things had a little bit of a sense of uncomfortableness, it was far more normal than it had been in a long time, and for that, Myatuk was grateful.
In an effort to begin scouting out areas that they could potentially go, Myatuk had made several trips to the edge of the forest near the white geysers that she had become oddly fond of. Perhaps simply because they were a nice break from the monotony of the green trees that had surrounded them for the last few months. Or perhaps because it was easier to see the horizon in the distance, and easier then to hope that there was a life for them beyond this valley.
Whatever it was, it gave Mya a sense of purpose, and a sense of hope- something she hadn’t had in a long time.
But there was something else, too. Things with Verin had been far better than she could have ever anticipated, given their previous relationship and current circumstances. But Myatuk was old enough to know what was happening to her. The signs had been coming for the last few days and weeks, and she knew that they would need to have a discussion- and as soon as possible- as to whether or not they wanted to expand their family. The thoughts raced through Mya’s mind all at once, and she knew, given previous signs, that that needed to be a discussion that happened now.
A short howl, and then it was time to wait.
Aug 26, 2017 01:58 PM
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