|you're floating above my head,|
|there are words carved in my chest|
|and they said...|
The town was asleep and sheltering in this foul, lightless night, the heavens open and weeping tremendously, for God knows what reason. Thunder cracked and blew up the sky as if it alone fought its own war, perhaps a message, an omen of some sort, for this tired, recovering economy, only just surfacing from the bowels of debt from war, from the suffering of sickness brought over by the enemy – not the best times. Not the best weather.
The darkness was a strong thing. Thick and smothering, it seemed to cling to your clothes. The lack of light itself seemed to wreath around you, grip you, claim you… bring you into its deprecation and traumatic emptiness. Its sickness dawned across the blissful day, distorting the once familiar surroundings of the shivering, sleeping town that was normally bustling with activity. In daylight. The rumors held tight that the doors were shut tightly once darkness fell.
The forest around the fair-sized town was fair-sized itself. Trails, worn trails, lead the way from the outside world to this little economy's inner community, its normally bypassed existence. Thunder boomed ahead, echoed and echoed by its own reverberation ten score, it seemed, so alone the atmosphere was, drugging your reality.
Sssh. You'll wake the town." He laughed softly, shaking his head; white, black-tipped hair plastered to his pale face not budging, despite the movement. The man swept forward a cautious few steps, seeming sure about his surroundings and environment, but not about his own foot work. He wasn't the most graceful guy you'd ever meet, despite the blown-up expectations. As his low murmured died in the pouring, dripping night, it was refuted with a low, ominous growl. The man instantly smiled at the sound, lips pulling back to reveal a flawlessly set of white teeth.
He crouched on the balls of his bare feet, sopping wet and clothes heavy with absorbed water, his barely exposed skin nearly glowing, for the darkness around him chafed against its chilling pallor. Behind threads of white, black-tipped hair, eyes peered directly in front of him. Interesting eyes – they were a charming hazel, warm, almost. But not. His pupil's were contracted – in the dead of night ? A human body's eyes dilate to allow the retinas as much light as possible to be able to see. But this man, smirking, didn't seem to notice the darkness as a defect at the moment. He was concentrating at the image before him, slowly raising a hand out in front of him.
Please ?" He whispered quietly, and his voice was like velvet. The small black cat a few feet away from the crazy fool peered at him with glinting green disks, ears drawing backward in confusion. The feline wasn't sure what it was faced with. There wasn't an obvious threat. The man murmured something again, and the soggy feline perked his ears instead. Slowly, the great cat padded forward, hesitantly sniffing the man's outstretched fingers. The cat hissed startlingly out of misunderstanding again, but the man flashed another grin and ran his hand down the great cat's back.
Hello, kitty." The man murmured, watching the cat's reaction to his movements. It laid down contentedly at his bare feet, though was still peering up at him with its glinting disks of eyes, as if regarding him. "You're out tonight. You and me. We're all alone, eh ?
Driike didn't blame the cat. He was, for all, an odd one. And the rain didn't help his appearance. The bandages that laced his entire torso, length of arms, neck, and legs were heavy with water, thinned to nearly a second skin, and sticking to him like sap from a tree. The man's thin black tunic was just as plastered to his thin, slender body, as well as his sleek black slacks, that almost looked formal. "Everyone's stopped going outside for some reason." Driike sighed quietly, still stroking the feline fondly. Just the sight of dead animal carcasses would frighten the people that much? He hadn't touched a one of the humans.
Maybe it was time again to move along.
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