but her dreams don't come true
She's wished on a million stars
but her stars never fall
Still she's a believer
She can see rainbows
when the sun is out of sight
She can find the moon
even on a cloudy night
She follows hope through the darkness
laughing as she dances away misery
- Lovella Torendo (LT), "always a dreamer"
It is a clear and beautiful night. The stars are shining brightly and no clouds cover the silver splendor of the moon. I love the night, it seems so magical that stark darkness contrasting with the glittery light. Of course I am usually asleep at this hour, as much as I would like to even I with all my boundless energy can not run on and on forever. Tonight I am restless though. I could not get comfortable in the thicket Aaron chose for us, could not will myself into sleep and silence. For once Aaron is also restless and so we decide to strike out into the darkness and test the boundaries of our bond for he claims they have grown again. I do not understand the mechanics of the thing but I trust him in these matters since he and the bond are both products of Avenion. His theory is that as we grow, explore and better learn the lands he becomes better attuned to it's powers allowing him to do things he could not do before. It all sounds nuts to me but I'm the believing sort especially when I've seen the proof of it with my own eyes. Besides it has been plenty of fun so far and so as I said I trust him in these matters.
“Is this a distance test, or something else new?” I'd not minded the stretching of the bond, though Aaron wasn't so found of it, but that other oddity the sharing of feelings had been a little much to stomach at first. I didn't like knowing about the feelings of irritation, exasperation and occasionally even disgust that my behavior frequently raises in my partner. The fact that I could feel his great love for me despite it all balanced things out in the end though. None the less I am not exactly eager to discover another weird thing like that. “Distance only I think, and before you ask I'm not sure how much that is why we are testing it.” A grin splits my face at that, it is pleasing that someone knows me well enough to anticipate at least a few of the endless questions. So we move along headed in the direction of the biggest clearing we know of in this forest. It is my favorite place, a nice extended stretch of grass to run on and a calm pool at the end. Last time we'd attempted such a test, completely by accident mind you, we'd discovered that one of us could stand at the pool edge with the other all the way on the opposite side of the clearing and not feel the sickness of the bond stretching too far. This was roughly twice the distance we'd been aware of previously. I must admit I am curious to see how big an extension, if any, we've acquired this time.
Arriving on the scene I step just beyond the tree line closest to the pool and cast a questioning glance at my companion who'd been running with me as a cheetah cub. “Well, how should we do it?” His spotted head tilts thoughtfully to the side, a signature Aaron pose no matter what his form, as he considers the matter carefully. “I guess I will go as an owl, a white one so I am easy to pick out. You shout, silently of course, when you can't see me and again when you feel the sickness creeping in alright?” I give a quick nod of agreement, “do you really think you will be out of sight before the sickness kicks in?” Normally he would never be out of my sight, the last time I'd not been able to see him I freaked out and he hadn't really been out of sight that time I just wasn't looking far enough. So even though I am expecting it this time the idea still makes me a little nerves. “Well I will try to stay above the trees but yes, I suspect that is how it will work out. Ready?” Glancing over again I see that he has already changed so I simply nod a second time.
The white owl soars into the air and glides out over the pool, over the grassy expanse and finally out over the trees. Already we are farther apart then we've ever been. I squint into the distance watching the white speck as it glows in the moonlight. Soon I can no longer pick him out among the tree tops and be sure that it is in fact him. “Aaron, I can't see you any more...” my response is simply a feeling of encouragement. A few minutes later I begin to feel dizzy, “that is far enough!” I drop to the ground ungracefully and land with my butt in the wet grasses, front legs splayed awkwardly to the sides and head shaking back and forth to hold off the blackness. His voice answers me then, “sorry, I felt it a few seconds later and backtracked a little. Can you sense where I am and follow or do I need to come back further?” I stagger to my feet and find that I can maintain my balance if just barely, “I can manage.” It hurts for the first few feet but I force myself to keep going and soon am able to move normally.
When I at last find the place that Aaron has chosen to perch I am amazed for it seems the bond has doubled it's length once again. “So, it was a worth while test then?” The pale feathered owl blinks it's yellow eyes but doesn't reply, it was more or less a rhetorical question anyway. A moment later he soars down to my back and changes quickly to the lighter form of a starling. “I think we should rest now,” with that he tucks his head under his wing and with in seconds is breathing the steady breaths of deep sleep. With a sigh I decide to try and follow his example but I am still staring into the darkness wide awake about half an hour later when a rustling from behind our sheltering tree catches my attention. I shake myself gently to rouse the bird and ask a simple question, “horse or something else?” A few moments of silence follow then the reply, “equine, I can feel at least one other Axian. Just keep still, they'll pass on by.” With that he goes back to sleep so he is either too tired to worry or he's decided that whoever is out there presents no threat to me. I roll my eyes and climb to my feet but I am careful not to wake him again. Peering curiously around the tree I call out to the still darkness, “Who is there? Are you having trouble sleeping too?”
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| mental speech for both |
| regular speech for both |
Call me KORALYNNE for that is my name. They say my 15.2hh, BLUE ROAN coated, FEMALE person is an eye catching sight. Trust the kindness in my gaze for these TWO short years of life have not taken it away. Recognize my breeding as a mix of AKHAL-TEKE, ARABIAN & MUSTANG. I remember my parents as SHIFT & RABBA of a land far behind me. Connect me with AARON the --- coated UNSETTLED MALE AXIAN of skill level 4 my better half and link to the element of --- mastered at ---. Look for me in --- for it is there I reside. Place me in the court of --- under the title of --- and trace my blood down to ---. My strings are pulled by the beautiful TZARRA who should be credited with both my creation and my words. --- of --- is the painter of my portrait.