Post by Guardian Ballerine on Oct 11, 2014 0:24:49 GMT -4
It was refreshing to not be surrounded by the scent of rotting metal and molding breadcrumbs. For several months, an abandoned car was what Ballerine called home. She often roamed deserted streets and squeezed into half-rubble buildings to get scraps of food. She avoided other dogs whenever she could, and she had been an expert at it. She was possibly the most skilled at hiding and creating false tracks to divert other canines. She was not always successful, though; her ear was evidence of that. It was clearly damaged - chipped and scarred. It was shortly after her ear was wounded that she realized she could not fend for herself forever. She was great at hiding... not so great at fighting.
When Ballerine finally abandoned the city she had lived in for so long, she was overtaken with the bliss and sweetness of the wild. Everything was different: the rusty smell that had been part of her world for what felt like ages was finally gone. All of the colors and emotions and comforts associated with its scent were left behind and replaced with something so much better. Fresh vegetation, crisp air, moist soil, flowers, and fresh water had blanketed Ballerine's frail body when she left. It seemed to give her wings that she could fly on, and it seemed to gently move her towards that irresistible desire to explore. As soon as Ballerine had been given a taste of just how beautiful the wild was, she paid no more thought to the dying streets.
Her senses, though enchanted with these magnificent things, had drawn her to a claimed land. She had picked up the undeniable scent of a wolf in the breeze, and she made the decision to follow it. As she drew closer to Ebony Breeze's borders, she could almost see the wolf that claimed it. Wiry, silver fur and a powerful form. She could also faintly smell the scent of a domestic dog. Both dogs were male, and the scent that belonged to the domestic mutt was fresh. Ballerine supposed that it was a comfort that she was not the only newcomer.
When she finally reached Ebony Breeze's borders, she shivered a little. She had no trouble swallowing the idea of obeying others; she had been faithful to her human masters. But taking orders and putting her trust in a wild wolf? Wild dogs had not sat well with her lately, especially wolves. Her thick, dried saliva crackled as her tongue moved to wet her nose. Despite her anxiety, she did not once consider turning back. She knew she needed a pack. And her heart was telling her that she was doing the right thing - and who was she to ignore her heart?
Ballerine's wide, watery, stormy-gray eyes scanned the land about her, and she kept her ears pricked far forward to catch even the faintest of sounds. Her thin ribs showed clearly beneath her skin, and her joints were a little too well outlined. She would need to be careful here. It was obvious that she was no match in a fight. Her best bet, if this ended in violence, was to run as fast as she could.
She sniffed the air one last time before letting out several, high-pitched yaps that pierced the silence. Ballerine shuffled uneasily, the hairs on her back prickled, and she waited for the dogs of the land to meet her.