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Keernan

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Keernan offered a warm smile. The cat had no interest in him now. Their surroundings were far more interesting than him. Perhaps if he had been snacking on the dried meat they had brought then matters would be very different.

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The sun had dipped low in the trees. Beams of light cut through the branches at odd angles, but soon that would fade. Keernan had started to weave into the thicker forest, away from the road itself. He was more concerned about any bandits spotting the fire than any wild creatures.

"You live so close to the woods, at least the noises of the night should not concern you," he mused as they walked. He wondered if Mango would stay close to the fire or dare to try and hunt.

A different sound greeted him before the light was too far gone to make camp. The twilight painted the woodlands in such vivid colours before it was spent.

He knew the small river wove not far from the road, but it was a small double waterfall that drew his ear. He grinned when they found it. Looking up the canopy broke above them, giving a few of the first starts to poke through the purple sky. It was nice and clear, no need to build shelters.

"This will do nicely," he observed, sliding his pack from his shoulders. There was always some fresh kindling in his bag, as well as a heft knife and small hand axe. "I'll get a fire going, want to set up here or help me find some good branches?
 

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Syuri hadn't expected even the forest to feel so new to her. She breathed in every way that it was possible to expand: in lungs, in mind, in soul. She had always felt a sense of kinship with the flora, of the ancient soul that stretched into everything that lives. She adored this wild world, from simple seed, with mud, water and sun, comes all this, these towering gentle giants that are so anchoring to all that she was.

Her gaze drifted across the forest floor, so woven with ancient tree roots, speckled with the sepia tones filtered by the bouquet of evergreen foliage above: softened, verdant and freshly aromatic. The sound that caught Keernan's attention had caught hers also, and she made a brief pause to listen and glance toward the heavens with a small frown in confusion. There was no rain.

The moment her gaze fell upon the falls her expression softened. There was nothing like it in 'her' woods, and her lips parted in a temporary paralysis of awe. The sound of rushing water penetrated her mind with a hit of instant calm, blocking out all other sound when she was so used to hearing everything. There was a power and a brilliance in the tranquility, a place of stillness even in the roar of the water, and she was so deeply hypnotised by it's song that she flinched when Keernan spoke.

"Hm?.." she turned to him and let her pack slip carefully onto the floor.. "Oh, I can find us firewood." she smiled brightly..

"Thank you for bringing me here, Keernan. It's really beautiful." she smiled at him and turned on her heels to start gathering what branches the trees had already
 
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Keernan

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"I could pretend I deliberately brought you here," Keernan replied. "I'm afraid I just left the road and followed the sound of water."

He gave a shrug at the admission, finding the situation amusing. Even if he was a strange man who seemed to float from place to place, he also seemed quite resilient to what he had been through.

Syuri was quite right. It was particularly beaituful. Especially with the waning light finding the cracks in the canopy. The light was always perfect in these hours. Not the flat light of midday, not the soft muted shades of the evening. Everything had more colour, more contrast, more life.

"I might have a wash before it gets too cold. And so I have fire to dry off with," he said. He dropped to his knees and dug a small pit for the fire. He collected some stones to go in the fire to soak up heat. An old travelling trick. Another thing he couldn't remember learning. Up above a bird flapped it's wings, shaking the branches.



"The hounds?"

They stood around an open bowl of water, watching the scene play out below them.

"No," she told them. "There is no point snuffing him out if we cannot find out if it is - or was - him. Another night or two to recover. Call back the spy. They are not going anywhere until the morning."



The bird took off, Keernan paying it no heed as it vanished through the trees. He was quite content, whistling to himself and making a small pile of kindling.
 

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Syuri's lips twisted with amusement.. "Somehow you don't strike me as a particularly good liar, Keernan.." she laughed under her breath. She glanced to the water as he mentioned washing and her brow quirked.. "In there?.." she asked incredulously. "You'll freeze for certain!" she blinked and knelt beside him with a bundle of twigs and branches for the fire..

Mango had boldly ventured toward the water's edge to drink, her head lifting to find the source of the flapping wings, and she chattered at the bird before it flew off.
 

Keernan

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"I am not a good liar at all," he laughed.

He held his hand out over the fire. An intense look of concentration settled on his face. From the shoulder down, a slow ripple changed his arm. Black at first, then a bright glow cracked through.

An intense head radiated from Keernan until he brought his fingertips to the kindle and set them ablaze. A shake of his arm and it was back to normal.

Keernan looked pleased with himself, having not dared to shift since the fae realm.

"Trick is to keep the stones nice and hot and then bury them under your blankets. And are you saying you don't wash in a river?"
 

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Fascination sparked in her crystalline gaze as she watched his arm shift and set the kindling alight. She could feel the heat from his skin just from kneeling beside him, and absentmindedly she reached her fingertips curiously toward his shoulder.

"Does it hurt?.." she asked quizzically, catching herself and withdrawing her hand before she could touch him.

"Hm.." she smiled at the tip and snorted with a quick shake of her head. "We used to play in the creek as children, but I can't say I've ever washed in the river. I... have a bathtub.." she chuckled and tilted her head. She had never travelled, never not slept under the safe roof of her own home, she'd never had the need to wash in rivers or pack her bed with warm rocks. Her cheeks warmed a little, sheepishly so, and she chewed on her lip as she stoked at the fire with a branch.
 
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"It doesn't...or it shouldn't. I'm still tired after whatever she did to me. It has just always come easily. I think you have seen all three ways I can shift now. Drawing on the trees or fire or water. No other magical tricks to show you."

It was strange for Keernan to think that she might actually have known more about him than he did her. There wasn't, when he thought about it, much to him. At least he didn't think so. Since he had died he had floated through the world and offered people help where he could. No family, no friends. Like a note of dust in the breeze. Not choosing a direction, just following the wind.

"It is nice to travel with someone for a change," he said as he stood and began to undress. "Thank you for coming along."
 
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