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Re: Bloom & Detonate

Postby Naunet » July 17th, 2014, 7:24 pm

Giving the unholy horse a wary glance, Antimony spent a moment considering its smoldering hide, the way its nostrils flared and expelled grey-green smoke with every huff of impossible breath. It seemed to watch them, patiently if one could read a horse expression, but however calm it behaved, its presence still unnerved Antimony. "Only because I, too, have no wish to encounter... either of those," she acknowledged after a pause. Then she set her shriveled hand on his and allowed him to help boost her up over the horse's back.

The action was a little awkward for Antimony; one couldn't exactly hold onto its mane, given that it seemed made of incorporeal fel fire. Once settled upon the beast's back, she fidgeted and bunched up the skirt of her robe until it sat at least somewhat comfortably and then gave Dhein an expectant look. She hoped it moved quickly, as the proximity of the fel energies of which it was composed left a discomforting oily feeling on her skin.
"Song dogs barking at the break of dawn, lightning pushes the edges of a thunder storm. And these streets, quiet as a sleeping army, send their battered dreams to heaven."

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Re: Bloom & Detonate

Postby Twinflame » July 17th, 2014, 8:16 pm

In short order, Dhein went to the bundled plant to lift it. He instructed Aztal to help him, but by the time the imp was even close enough to put his claws to work, Dhein had lifted the plant out of the tiny being's reach. The Elf placed the bundle of dirt and roots immediately upon Antimony's lap, expecting her to take hold of it. He didn't appear concerned about the Fel energies pouring out of the horizon.

Stepping down the Felsteed's flank and resting a hand on its side, Dhein spoke with a ruse of hesitation, "I now must ask permission to mount behind you and guide the horse back to Orgrimmar. I promise to be a gentleman in the most refined sense."

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Re: Bloom & Detonate

Postby Naunet » July 17th, 2014, 8:32 pm

Antimony's arms moved immediately around the base of the plant, her nose wrinkling as its thin, viney branches scratched at her nose. Its presence was almost enough of a distraction to keep her thoughts from pondering how close Dhein would be once they were both on the fel steed. Almost. She shifted with a twinge of nerves, an anxious fluttering of thought, and then nodded, "Permission granted."

Her eyes shifted to gaze over the top of the plant, out across the Barrens savannah. The day was dwindling, and she couldn't help but think their chances of a clean escape would dwindle with it also.
"Song dogs barking at the break of dawn, lightning pushes the edges of a thunder storm. And these streets, quiet as a sleeping army, send their battered dreams to heaven."

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Re: Bloom & Detonate

Postby Twinflame » July 17th, 2014, 10:06 pm

Dhein boldly hopped up on the Felsteed's back. The thing didn't even complain about the weight, standing obedient to its summoner's will. He sat close to Antimony, for a moment unsure what to do with his hands and arms, but as he gripped the his with his thigs and his legs brushed Antimony's, his hands seemed comparatively unimportant.

Well. He figured he might as well go for it.

The Elf sat forward so that his legs were along Antimony's, his back pressing against his shoulders, and slipped his arms underneath her arms rather unnecessarily, but not rudely either. Hedging his bets, as he placed one hand on the horse's neck, he let his other set on Antimony's thigh. Because this was the best chance he was going to have to do so.

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Re: Bloom & Detonate

Postby Naunet » July 17th, 2014, 11:44 pm

Antimony felt her dead muscles pull her spine taught as Dhein slid up close behind her. Somehow the request for permission hadn't quite prepared her for him actually being so near, which was internally embarrassing, considering it certainly wasn't the first time she'd been this close to anyone. But she couldn't deny how it left her feeling both mortified and... secure?

The undead woman forced out a cough, rattling useless lungs. The sense of fel all around her was almost oppressive enough for her to forget the solid weight at her back, the faint breath against the back of her head, the way his arms slid snug to either side of her, the hand on... Antimony coughed again and would have flushed had she functioning blood vessels. Her own hand smacked at Dhein's, grabbed it by the wrist and made to move it to the opposite side of the fel steed's neck, parallel to its partner - a safer place. Even if it did pull them a bit closer.

Antimony kept her eyes stubbornly forward, over the top of the plant. "If you're quite ready," she managed after a moment, voice only a little bit awkwardly strangled.
"Song dogs barking at the break of dawn, lightning pushes the edges of a thunder storm. And these streets, quiet as a sleeping army, send their battered dreams to heaven."

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Re: Bloom & Detonate

Postby Twinflame » July 18th, 2014, 12:17 am

Such classic, feminine offense! Dhein chuckled at it, as he willed the Felsteed forward with a flick of corrupt magic from his fingertips. The movement was smooth and slow, like sap easing out of a wounded tree. It was deceptively so, though, and as soon as the Felsteed had even a modicum of forward momentum, the beast threw itself into faster movement towards Orgrimmar. Dhein tightened his the grip of his legs on the horse's side and kept himself upright, this not being the first time he'd ridden the Felsteed. It had just been awhile, was all.

"It won't tire out, so it can run as all the way back to Orgrimmar in one long sprint." He spoke down into one of Antimony's ears, smiling at the sight of her profile.

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Re: Bloom & Detonate

Postby Naunet » July 18th, 2014, 12:38 am

With her arms busy keeping ahold of the plant - and she had a veritable death grip on it, worried that she might drop it to the ground that now passed in a blur beneath them - Antimony found it difficult to keep ahold of the horse on her own. With a slight ducking of her head, she endured how the momentum pushed her back against Dhein's chest, though perhaps "endured" was too harsh a term. If it was comfortable, she didn't say, but then she never did.

***

Far above the retreating, dark speck of fel magic and its two burdens, a pair of gleaming, black eyes tracked its path, broad wings spread to catch the dwindling updrafts above the savannah. The bird let out a screech that cut through the still, smoke-choked air and then swerved off towards the mountains.

That Dhein and Antimony would carry a seed of its corruption straight into the heart of the Horde suited its purposes just fine.
"Song dogs barking at the break of dawn, lightning pushes the edges of a thunder storm. And these streets, quiet as a sleeping army, send their battered dreams to heaven."

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