Just this once - Exploration 2Alvis let his body fall into the natural smooth rhythm of the canter, his lupine body keeping just ahead of the blind tawny Tokota behind him. Lyrin’s dull blue eyes appeared almost silver in the fading light, letting her sensitive hearing and smell allow her to follow without too much direction from him. It had been a lovely day and it was shaping up to be a cool night, and if the static in his fur was any indication he just might get to see Aurora Borealis later. Lyrin kept his easy pace and seemed to rather enjoy the run, she actually loved it when she was treated like any other toko and not like she needed a buffer to keep from tripping or walking into trees. She could walk and run just as well as any other Tokota thank you very much, and with no help from anyone but herself. She could even hunt and fish with the best of them if she so desired, though in truth it was a little tough for her. He pushed on for another half mile before giving her a whine and slowing down and comiJust this once - Exploration 2 by LaylaBlackwolf
Alvis let his body fall into the natural smooth rhythm of the canter, his lupine body keeping just ahead of the blind tawny Tokota behind him. Lyrin’s dull blue eyes appeared almost silver in the fading light, letting her sensitive hearing and smell allow her to follow without too much direction from him. It had been a lovely day and it was shaping up to be a cool night, and if the static in his fur was any indication he just might get to see Aurora Borealis later. Lyrin kept his easy pace and seemed to rather enjoy the run, she actually loved it when she was treated like any other toko and not like she needed a buffer to keep from tripping or walking into trees. She could walk and run just as well as any other Tokota thank you very much, and with no help from anyone but herself. She could even hunt and fish with the best of them if she so desired, though in truth it was a little tough for her. He pushed on for another half mile before giving her a whine and slowing down and coming to a stop, when Lyrin came trotting up beside him the happy toko licked his furred cheek and bounced a few paces away before finding a nice patch of grass to roll in.
In spite of her blindness she never missed when it came to lurping him. Shaking his head with a snort Alvis rubbed at the damp spot on his face, she was a sweet one, his Lyrin, and there was nothing on this Earth he would do to change her. With another shake Alvis began the transformation to return to his human self, groaning at the process as muscles and bones reshaped themselves with loud pops and snaps. This part always kind of sucked, though the pain was fleeting and he had grown accustomed to the whole ordeal, it still hurt. Knees trembling just a bit when he was done, Al nearly buckled under the weight of the food pack and harness his wolfen shape handled easily. Lyrin whined at him confusion knitting her brows and making her ears flick back, knowing she had heard his distress he smiled crookedly at her feeling a touch better at her worry. “Don't worry darlin', I'm fine.” The tawny female cocked her head staring blankly at him but seemed to accept his words and went back to getting grass stains along her pale coat.
Chuckling at the puppyish behavior Alvis shrugged off the leather straps and pack in search of food, his grumbling belly was beginning to sound louder than an actual growling Tokota. “Now where did I put those rabbit tips?” He muttered shifting through the supplies meant for his companion.
When he finally found the wrapped meal he crowed with delight and practically started to drool when he caught a whiff of the seasoned meat through the tin foil. It wasn't until Lyrin headbutted his back with a grunt and loud sniffing that he grabbed a hunk of seal meat for the hungry toko. “Here you go lovely.” He held the food out her and couldn't help but smile at how delicately she took it from his hand.
Settling down on the ground he tucked his legs up and sat cross legged making kind of make shift table to eat from. As the sun faded from sight Alvis debated on making a fire when he felt an increase of electrical energy around him and decided against it, he didn’t really need it tonight anyway. It took another several hours after the sun had set however before the first flickerings of the Northern Lights began to show themselves on the edge of the horizon. It was at this point Lyrin decided she wanted to play a game of keep away… with Alvis’ short pants. “Give me those! Dammit woman get back here!” He chased after the loping Tokota not at all pleased with this choice of game.
Lyrin merely changed direction and picked up her pace tail wagging the entire time. Alvis growled and ran faster after the galavanting female, this was ridiculous. “Those are one of the few good pairs I have left now come here!” He hollered still chasing Lyrin who showed no signs of stopping. Cheeky brat.
When she galloped up a hill then twisted round facing him she dropped her front end with her haunches in the air grinning like a lunatic with the dark fabric hanging limply from her jaws. How a Tokota could grin was beyond him, but he knew that’s what her expression was and it amused and ticked him off that she was having fun at his expense. “Typical female...” He muttered when he made it up the hill. “Can I have those back now?” He asked holding out his hand.
She whined trying to instigate a game of tug, but he was not about to do that with an article of his clothing. “C’mon you, I need those. Drop ‘em.” Snorting at his lack of playful attitude Lyrin released the boxers from her mouth a little slobbery but none the worse for wear. “Thank you. Now off with ya.” He ruffled the tuft of fluff at the crown of her head and watched her meander down the slope, rolling his eyes Alvis chuckled she was a handful but such a sweetheart.
When a flash of color brought his attention up brilliant ribbons of green and yellow were branching out above their heads. No matter how many times he saw it it was always a breathtaking experience and now was no exception. Coming back down the hill Alvis stared at the sky nearly stepping on Lyrin’s tail on his way down. “Whoops, sorry darlin’.” The female chuffed at him and tucked her tail closer to her.
Settling down next to her Alvis ran his fingers through her mane, carding through the bristly outer coat to the silky underfur beneath. Glancing at her he saw Lyr looking up, the glowing lights reflecting in her milky eyes, no doubt she could feel the static in the air and was curious as to why. Getting an idea he grinned. “Sing for me?” Alvis asked watching as the dazzling display of lights and color swam across the sky.
The lovely toko gave a low whine of aquience before sitting up and tipping her head back and letting her sweet voice echo over the hills. Alvis laid on his back and watched as the spirit lights seemed to dance to the song coming from Lyrin’s throat. Despite her blindness she seemed to know and appreciate the beauty of the world around her, and it showed when she howled or perhaps sang is the better description for it. Lyrin had been nicked the “Siren” of the Tokotas and it was a well deserved title since the tawny dun could bring even humans to their knees with the power of her song. Letting her voice lull him Alvis soon found himself taking long blinks despite his desire to stay awake and watch the Aurora Borealis. Leaning back against the grass it only took a few moments for Alvis to fall into a deep slumber.
It was the opening Angel had been waiting for, he had been following them all day and it took half an hour or so more of waiting for Alvis to be in his REM cycle. Then the blood angel took hold of the man's body and sat back up stretching his limbs and reacquainting himself with Alivs’ human shell. “Hello my darling, did you miss me?” Angel cooed to the blind Tokota who had immediately sensed the change and scooted closer.
It was subtle really, but whenever the ghostly Angel possessed her handler the tang of coppery blood oozed off of him. She had indeed missed him, it had been awhile since the fallen angel had come to visit her. “What has he got you doing all the way out here? Ah, nevermind no doubt an expedition to test you and your abilities. No matter, I will admit he picked a nice spot to view the stars.” As he looked up to gaze at the ever twinkling constellations and ever changing northern lights.
When Lyr took up her howling once more she made even Angel want to fall into the trap of her voice, it was a beautiful thing indeed if someone who had once heard a true angelic chorus was enraptured. The tawny sang for about an hour or so before quieting and curling sleepily around Angel. “There’s my lovely.” He murmured stroking a hand from the top of her head down to her withers.
Lyrin gave a heavy sigh and tucked her head onto the man’s lap with a little groan, she was too much sometimes. Keeping his pets slow and soothing it wasn’t long before the toko was asleep on him, cutting off circulation to his leg but he refused to disturb the toko for anything. Staring at the skyline he continued to watch the streams of living color twist and writhe in the atmosphere. Cocking his head an idea formed in his mind. Oh Alvis is going to hate this. Grinning a touch maniacally Angel flicked looks back and forth from Lyrin to the body he now possessed. Closing his eyes he began to channel his powers, pulling from Alvis’ body he floated above them observing their Soul halos, or auras to the average person. Reaching out his hands he caressed the edge of Lryin and Alvis’ halos the wispy films of consciousness and emotion made into a ripple of colors. His ghostly appendage swirled through them, mingling yet remaining separate. Smiling at the blend of the their three respective halos Angel reached deeper into their bodies and took hold of their souls.
Gripping firmly he pulled the orb like spheres from both Tokota and man, they were a beautiful sight really, both were unique and ethereal and utterly irreplaceable. Holding tight to them so they didn’t slip away and fade into limbo Angel swapped the two replacing the souls in the opposite bodies. Since they both were asleep the transition was smooth and easy, if they’d been awake they’d have fought and struggled to stay within their own bodies. Now this is where things got a little difficult, he would have to repossess Alvis’ body but with Lyrin’s soul within things could become complicated. “Well here goes nothing.” He muttered before slipping back.
It say it was an odd sensation would be an understatement, Alvis’ mind was familiar while Lyrin’s was a muddled mess. Whether it was because she was a Tokota or just new to him Angel wasn’t sure, but it was vaguely uncomfortable. Wake up. Lyrin, I need you to wake up. Angel coaxed in her mind keeping a backseat so as to let Lyr have a calming voice in her head, and yet have full control over the new human body.
He felt her stir and could feel her sense something off almost immediately, the way her sense of smell was diminished as was her hearing. As Lyrin rose to full consciousness all hell broke loose when she opened her eyes, light and color assaulting her for the first time in her life. Yelping at the sting from the brightness she shoved backwards into her old still slumbering body and jolted Alvis awake. He too had a similar reaction, jerking upright away from Lyrin though stumbling more than normal with his new found blindness. Stuttering confused cries and whimpers from both parties made Angel want to smack a hand to his face in exasperation. Taking a tighter rein on Alvis’s body he commandeered his tongue and voice from the panicking Lyr. “Settle both of you, it isn’t permanent.” They stilled, though the furious snarl that rose from Alvis said that when he got his body back the man would be severely pissed at the angel for months to come.
“Yes I understand you are upset, but I have my reasons for doing this and like I said it is not permanent.” Angel explained trying to soothe the pair.
Alvis snorted and continued to growl his displeasure, while Lyrin was curled up on the ground still clenching her eyes shut. Lyrin, darling open your eyes. It was odd hearing Alvis’ voice whimper while knowing it was Lyr who was the one crying.
However reluctant she was though, when Angel asked again she did as she was told. Blinking like a newborn pup, the blind toko saw the world in vivid technicolor for the first time. The first thing was how bright it was, light seemed so strange and even a little painful after the eternal darkness she had known since birth. She blinked rapidly, trying to grow accustomed to everything and bringing the world around her into focus. Next was color, though it was night the Aurora Borealis was still flickering in greens and yellows above the trio and across the horizon. Angel felt her fascination and wonder grow, it wasn’t long before she tried to stand on wobbly unfamiliar legs trying to explore this new visual world she had been introduced to. Steady now, you should grow used to using human limbs before trying to wander too far. Angel cautioned.
Lyr grunted as she fought to stand, though she succeeded her knees knocked together like a colts. It was rather endearing to witness really, Lyrin was a particular favorite of Angels. Well done. Now take a look around, I think you will like what you find. He prompted grinning at her enthusiasm.
After she mastered walking on two legs instead of four, Lyr was full of boundless energy. Alvis sulked in the Tokkota’s body ignoring the way she bounced around and watched in rapture of the night sky. Each twinkling star, the soft luminescent glow of the moon, and Aurora Borealis were all the toko could look at it was all so beautiful and wondrous to behold. Just wait in a few hours it will be even more breath taking, I promise you. Angel said as he directed her attention towards the treeline where a gathering of fireflies was gathered about.
Angel nearly cried with laughter at the feminine like squeal that erupted from Alvis’ mouth, a low warning growl from the toko/man in question said he was not happy about this arrangement at all. Taking control over his tongue once more Angel spoke to the grump and hoped this would soften his attitude if not his anger towards the ghostly celestial. “Let her have this, like I have said it will not last. I will switch you back once you both fall back asleep, you have my word. Do not ruin this for her, let our siren have a taste of something we take for granted every day.” He snapped, sending a withering glare his way.
The silver eyed scowl from Alvis was all he got in reply but the growls stopped, which was as good as he could expect really. Letting Lyrin take over once more he let her act like a puppy, playing and experiencing all the sights she could cram into one night at once. The northern lights finally dissipated and the lightning bugs had wandered off, so while her rambunctious let Lyr go on for awhile but she was soon giving long blinks and yawning with ever increasing frequency. Hold on for just a little longer my lovely, the best is yet to come. Angel promised observing a distinct lightening in the eastern sky.
Alvis seemed to know that dawn was coming as well for he nosed at Lyr and chuffed and trotting up the incline tipping his head for the sleepy Lyrin to follow. With a soft whine of confusion she obeyed, though she swayed a little drunkenly on the walk to the top of the hill. Alvis shuffled his Lyr possessed body to rest in between his paws and creating a kind of support for her to lean back against. With a content sigh Lyrin stared around trying to memorize every minute detail so she would have an amazing memory that she could replay over and over for the rest of her days. As the sun rose higher the sky changed from it’s inky blue black to purple, then pink, and growing redder as time passed. Spears of bright orange and yellow broke through as well when the edge of the sun peeked over the horizon. Lyrin sat in awe as she watched the kaleidoscope of colors and brightness nearly blinded her again. And it’s all for you. Angel whispered, feeling the tears of joy well up and slip down their face.
As the morning wore on it wasn’t too long before Lyrin succumbed to her exhaustion and fell asleep in the first rays of sunlight. After she passed out, Alvis gave a wide yawn and curled around her falling unconscious within moments himself. Again Angel bided his time and waited for the REM cycle to begin before repeating the process and swapping their souls back to their original bodies. When he was finished he stuck around waiting for the duo to reawaken before he would have to leave once more. It was almost noon when Alvis woke first, stretching and groaning before blinking his eyes open. Eyes still bleary he startled at being back in his own skin once again, patting down his limbs the man breathed a sigh of relief at being whole and himself. Though it was short lived when he heard Angel laughing at him in his head. Glaring at nothing in particular Al growled, though it was far from impressive with his human throat and vocal chords. “Don’t ever do that again, or so help me I will find a way to kill you again.” He threatened with an indignant huff.
Angel snickered harder, there was nothing that Alvis could say that would ruin his good mood or humor. Shooting a look to the still dreaming toko he could see a faint lupine smile on her face, and that alone was worth the wrath of his friend. I make no promises, though I will try to refrain from it in the near future.
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