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He had hidden using the flesh of his mother.

The young timber had finally licked the last of blackened, dried blood off his pristine coat. During his schooling, he had been taught that approaching any packlands caked in anything from mud to the blood of your deceased mother was bad manners and could be seen as a mark of great disrespect. Once he was sure that he was clean and presentable, Claret continued on his way. Headed in the direction of a certain forest maze. 

It had been hard going, losing those fringe dires. However, Claret was lithe and nimble while his pursuers were too bulky to keep up with him. It also seemed they were... civilised to the point where chasing and hunting down a wolf who was barely out of childhood was beneath them. Either that or it was simply too much effort. Judging by their thick coats, Claret theorised that they had come from the North or an otherwise cold climate, rendering them unused to the blazing heat of the desert where his family had constructed their neat little hamlet. It had been much too small to really call it a 'kingdom' or even a 'pack' but small was how the council had liked it, it ultimately meant less things could go wrong. If it were not for those fringe dires, those serfs would never have broken free at all. 

Well, what's done was done. You cannot linger in the past. Claret expressed neither remorse or sorrow for his deceased parents. He had been taught throughout his entire puphood that his father would not be around forever, and that he would ultimately have to step up and take his place if that ever happened. Except there had been complications. The loss of both parents meant a loss of identity. He now had no individuals to lean on or aspire to be as he grew older. He was old enough to hunt, to think for himself but was he old enough to ultimately be alone and depend entirely on himself? Not at all. He had only gained his council name a few days before the attack and had never made any major decisions for himself.

Now, he had to choose a pack. A new home. No pressure or anything. 

It was then he saw the forest, which very much resembled a maze with its endless trees and indecipherable paths. Claret swallowed, red eyes narrowing as he tried to make out anything through the trees. No such luck. In the end, he simply sat a good distance away from the maze and pondered over his predicament. Getting his bearings was out of the question because he had no idea what part of the desert he had ran to. He was a completely different hemisphere now. A whole new ball game.




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I'm gonna reply to this when I have a chance. Sorry for the wait!


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It was late in the afternoon and the sun was lazily tucked behind a blanket of clouds, a storm brewing above cast a grey light over the desert lands. In the center of the valley far beyond the maze the clouds seem to part letting light shine down. As twilight draws near, the cover of the forest maze will look more inviting. At least, that's what the officer hiding in the maze was hoping for.

Her icy eyes narrowed, vision cutting through the darkness, she focused on the wolf just beyond. He looked young, able, and he smelled like blood, which she found comforting. If things were easy in the valley, she could coax him in. But the valley had wickedness to it, skepticism. She would have to abide by the laws of the valley, once more, to her detest. She was positioned in a rather large growth of bramble bush, her perfect coat snagged on the thorns. The female arctic was still considering her plan, trying to think of the best way to trick him into the maze.

She looked down at herself, hiding behind a bush, and then she had the perfect plan. Jori pushed through the vines, and weaved easily through the overgrown and tangled vines that lay a mess on the ground. She had gotten lost in the maze so many times; she had its roots memorized by now. She slipped from the shadows easily, her coat, though tangled from the brush, still shimmered with an opalescent glow.

"Hey," she called to the stranger, her voice like an effortless breeze.

"Do you want to play hide n' seek?" she asked, seriously.

The ghostly girl had this way about her, an air that quickly vanished as you drew near. She acted like an apparition, an illusion, and her appearance contrary to time. As quickly as she darted from the maze, she was back within its depths. She called back over her shoulder, "count to 50!"

"And then come find me!" she called through the trees.

The maze was an overgrown tussle of vines, bramble, trees, and roots covered every inch of the ground. It was a serious hazard, but a storm was brewing, and a girl had invited him to play.

Would he accept her invitation into the maze?




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Claret watched as the woman approached him. There was nothing maternal or trustworthy behind those icy eyes, but the young timber remained firmly where he was. He was not here for a new mother, but for a new world entirely. A new world where he could thrive. He was about to open his mouth and ask for directions when he noticed she had opted to observe from a nearby bush. OK, this was getting a bit weird. Claret laughed nervously, red eyes darting around for anybody else in the vicinity. Was this wolf a loner like himself? She seemed well maintained but, then again, so did he. But he had just come from a pack, after all.

"Uh, excuse me!" the young timber called. "Do you happen to know where I can...?"

The female cut him off as she called to him. She sounded... relatively normal but there was something about her that Claret did not like. The more he looked at her, the more he felt - well - hunted? Was that a good word for it? Or maybe it was the creeping paranoia that came with being chased. 

"Hey, do you want to play hide n' seek?"

Claret's eyes darted around. Hide n' seek? Seriously? Did he look like a pup? He was about to ask this before the female turned and ran into the maze. No way in hell did he want to go in there, but he really needed directions and this woman was the first person he had met in days. Besides, maybe if he played her stupid game and found her, she could tell him how to get the hell out of here. Also, a forest maze was a good place to use any likely pursuers. The female ordered him to count to fifty. Claret rolled his eyes and watched her vanish into the maze. Had he just imagined her or...? The young timber made a point of counting to fifty mammoths and he quickly took off after her.

"Ready or not, here I come, lady!" he called, his nose trying to pick up a scent. He just hoped that what he had seen had not been a ghost, for ghosts did not leave scents.

So, to recap: his entire family had been slaughtered, he'd been chased for several days and now he was playing hide and seek with a strange lady in a forest maze. He only hoped this was leading somewhere. Fortunately, after a while, he picked up a faint scent and slowly began to follow it. This maze seemed to grow smaller the more time he spent in it, so he was eager to get this over and done with and get out.

Although Claret did not know it: there was no 'out'.




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