a bit of poison, a bit of powder
It is not wonder the male is so uptight. Azure had stuck to him like glue. Arace had little interest in males in those years. In truth, in all her years. The whole thing with Starfall had been sort of an accident. A twist of fate that had managed to tame her a bit after the whole torture session in Iromar. Rumor had it that the new king there was a villain of old, with the help of her daughter, and Arace felt a certain cruel enjoyment that Pine had been taken down. She had told the moorland Queen that it hadn't been personal. That she had been given instructions to murder Eleanor. She had done her task as an assassin but her reward had failed to come through in the heat afterwards. The rule of an assassin is to hit her mark then leave as quickly as possible - Arace had failed. She had stuck around Molodian and that had been her downfall.
Zelda might say it was her redemption.
. The mere idea makes her want to give a disgusted twist of her lips. She had nothing to redeem. To an outsider, her's was a grotesque profession, but what about when they needed her services? Then it wouldn't be so bad because it was THEIR decision? Everyone liked to play as a god. They just didn't like it when others did it before them.
The scent marking Exodus is clear enough as to the reason he does not respond to her coy remarks or graceful tilt of her head. Arace was beautiful with her arctic coat, slanted eyes, and tapered muzzle. Lissome as she was, her wiles would not work on a wolf who was already bound and loyal as it appeared he was, which was even MORE fascinating considering the hold Azure had once had on him. She figured he would have sworn off females. The half-smirk vanishes at his admission to Azure's whereabouts and a stormy look crosses her face. Tension lines her muscles. Just what she needed. That crazy bitch to come poking into her business and stirring up shit when Arace was finally getting out again.
"I suspect more for you than me, but thanks for the heads up."
She pauses thoughtfully, though that frown still mars her face. "Blasted skies!"
A low growl and she abruptly sits. "I don't know much about you but I can smell the female on you. You would be safer in a pack, you know. SHE would be safer."
Because they both knew Azure wouldn't just come for Exodus. She would likely try to murder any in her path - and whoever the female was, she was SQUARE in it. "I'm in Taviora for the moment. I bet Zelda would take you in."
A scoffing sort of laugh at that. Zelda would take ANYONE in. Hadn't she chastised Pine then allowed her to return the moment she lost her power? Not to mention Arace and her own 'crimes'. Zelda meant well and she wasn't stupid. Just... hopeful. Eager to heal and redeem the bad.
(c) alicia, pic by sanctuare