devoutish: (put your money where your mouth is)
Alfie Solomons ([personal profile] devoutish) wrote in [community profile] wickedchouette2017-06-18 09:20 pm

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[It's still a novelty to wake up warm. Alfie revels in it a while, drifting in a half-awake state, comforted by the knowledge that he doesn't really have anywhere to be. It's shaping up to be a typical morning in the Meadous... until he cracks an eye open and sees a fox sitting on the floor next to the bed, its nose only a couple of inches away from his face.

He's aware that he should be intensely weirded out by this. He should want to jump up out of bed and shoo the animal out of the house with a broom. And yet... he doesn't. This feels normal. This fox is supposed to be with him - and more than that, it is him, in some weird way. Alfie has no idea how he knows this, but that doesn't affect his conviction in any way.

Without taking his eyes off the creature, he digs an elbow into the side of the man lying next to him.]


Royce. Wake up.
bywolves: (u lost ur damn mind)

[personal profile] bywolves 2017-06-19 01:44 am (UTC)(link)
[ Royce makes a grouchy sound and pulls the blankets up over his head, because no, he doesn't have to wake up! He doesn't have to do the whole lockdown thing anymore. They don't have to move. He doesn't answer Alfie, so what he gets instead is the sensation of something heavy and four-legged jumping up on the bed and sitting on him, which startles him. He jolts, and the big, furry white wolf that's flopped out on top of him chuckles quietly. ]
bywolves: (oh fuck.)

[personal profile] bywolves 2017-06-19 02:04 am (UTC)(link)
[ Royce wrestles with the covers and practically tries to kick the wolf off the bed, but after a second, he sort of just - pauses. Breathing heavily, he stares at the wolf, who has rolled over to rest on Royce's covered feet. There's a long silence. ]

What? [ Royce says finally, utterly confused. It's just like Alfie feels - this is natural. Nice. ]
bywolves: (say what.)

[personal profile] bywolves 2017-06-19 03:04 am (UTC)(link)
[ Royce startles at the voice. The fox is... talking. Okay. The wolf at his feet nibbles at his toes a bit. ]

You've seen stranger things, I think. [ She says, soft, and Royce rubs at his face, utterly confused. ]
bywolves: (da fuq)

[personal profile] bywolves 2017-06-19 03:13 am (UTC)(link)
[ Royce makes an incredulous noise, staring at the wolf. She huffs, scooting closer on her belly. He reaches carefully, scratching behind her ears, and she leans into it.

It's like - scratching his own itch. He looks thoroughly weirded out. ]


No, it's... part of me, I think. [ Royce says, and the wolf hums in agreement. ]
bywolves: (hnnnn distance.)

[personal profile] bywolves 2017-06-19 03:25 am (UTC)(link)
[ The wolf leans up to lick Royce's face, and he splutters. She laughs - and just casually lays on him, though she's careful not to touch Alfie. She's huge, too, like wolves usually are. Easily almost bigger than Royce. ]

I don't have a name, yet. [ The wolf says, settled comfortably. Royce pets her in that same sort of confused way. ] I can think of a few, but nothing feels right, so far.
bywolves: (that's what you're wearing...)

[personal profile] bywolves 2017-06-19 03:30 am (UTC)(link)
Mm. It has to be. [ Royce agrees. He glances at the fox in Alfie's lap. ] Talking animals. Talking - soul animals.

[ Because that's what this feels like. ]

What about you, do you have a name? [ He asks the fox, raising his eyebrow. ]
bywolves: (you're going to regret that.)

[personal profile] bywolves 2017-06-19 03:46 am (UTC)(link)
[ The wolf rumbles soft, nipping back. Royce watches, totally bemused. ]

They're almost not animals. [ A beat. ] Mahalia is actually fitting. For whatever reason. Why does yours have a name and mine doesn't?
bywolves: (you're going to regret that.)

[personal profile] bywolves 2017-06-19 03:54 am (UTC)(link)
Asking me as if I've got any idea. [ Royce parrots back. The wolf answers: ] Clever as a fox. Adaptable. There's a lot of reasons. Mahalia is all of those parts of you.
bywolves: (sass.)

[personal profile] bywolves 2017-06-19 03:58 am (UTC)(link)
Compliment yourself a little more, Solomons. [ Royce says dryly. The wolf practically rolls her eyes, lifting a paw to put it on his face. ] You don't want me to list out the reasons why I've settled as a wolf, Royce.
bywolves: (u lost ur damn mind)

[personal profile] bywolves 2017-06-19 04:06 am (UTC)(link)
[ Royce splutters, pushing the paw off his face. The wolf huffs. ]

Lone wolf. You do better with a pack. Not easily domesticated, fierce and angry when threatened, but you take care of those you consider family more fiercely than anything else --

[ Annnd Royce puts his hand around her muzzle, because that's enough of that thanks. ]
bywolves: (looking.)

[personal profile] bywolves 2017-06-19 04:10 am (UTC)(link)
Be quiet. [ Royce grouches at Alfie. The wolf whines and paws at his hand, and he lets go. She doesn't say anything else, but she kind of looks amused. ]
bywolves: (that's what you're wearing...)

[personal profile] bywolves 2017-06-19 04:15 am (UTC)(link)
If you do, I'll gang up on you with your soul fox. [ Not that he thinks she's willing to sell Alfie out, yet. ]
bywolves: (smirk.)

[personal profile] bywolves 2017-06-19 04:21 am (UTC)(link)
[ Yessssss. Royce grins back at her. On his lap, the wolf's tail swishes back and forth. ]

Mutual blackmail, it looks like.

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