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Excalibur She/Her
And sparkled keen with frost against the hilt...
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The world had so many edges. 

Sky hemmed in above, ground below. North and east mountians reared impossibly high, impassable and cold. South, stood the wall, a boundry counjured from stone no less impassable than the mountain peaks it mimiced. West, cliffs snarled jagged fangs against the grey of the roiling ocean. 

In places the cliffs relented, if only a little, offering passes and passageways down to the thin beach. The paths were few, perilous and crumbling things, often strewn with slippery sea weed and cloying guano. There were probably a multitude of ways known only to those that were wise, but Excalibur had only ever found this one. It was an obvious path, steps hewn out of the cliff face by someone, or something, long dead. Who, or what, they were was a topic that often played on her mind, especially as she circled the empty rooms of crumbling castle towers and scraped back moss and lichen from the carvings there. She was resigned to wondering, knowing that no theory could ever be proven one way or another. Time had erased every trace but stone. It was a painful reminder that memory lasts only as long as flesh. One day no one would remember her, or Arthur... Or Gemini either for that matter. 

The wind plucked at her as she descended the steps, fingers gripping her fur and pulling, threatening to tip her balance and plunge her the remaining fifty feet and dash her memories on the beach below. The last couple of steps had been reclaimed by the sea, eaten away by its teeth, forcing her to leap the last few feet. She landed lightly on the black sand and stood a moment catching her breath, looking back up the way she had come, feeling the thrill of pushing one of her worlds edges. She often felt trapped here, encircled by stone, but now for once she was outside its grip and she could breath so much more easily. She drank in the salty air, cold, fresh and free. No one forced her to stay, it was the simple fact that she had no where else to go that bound her.

She ran out to the ocean and met it where it broke against the shore, splashing into it, feeling the cold water soak through her fur and rise up her body. It pushed against her and she pushed back, striking out until only only her toes touched the slippery pebbles. There she was brought up short by another hard edge of her world. She could go no further. She couldn't swim.


And for every king that died
Oh they would crown another
But it's harder than you think
Telling dreams from one another


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Eli He/Him
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It was a bit of luck that Eli had arrived earlier that day for his decent of the hewn steps were not as graceful as the wolf's. Cautious hop after Cautious hop the tripod made his way to the black sand beach. It wasn't his first time to the ocean, there was some practice to his step. The final jump from the crumbling steps to the sand was a bit of a flop but Eli shook it off and continued to the water.

His nearly two years in Gemini had been the longest he had ever spent in one place. Living with nomads meant he had traveled lengths of the forest, seen the sights that the strait had to offer. The lands of Gemini were beautiful, there was no doubt. Green as far as the eye could see, sparkling pools, crumbling relics of the past. Truth be told Eli was comfortable here, but every once in a while he still longed for adventure. The ocean never failed to bring some sort of story.

Today, it seemed, was no different.

Eli sat near the water's edge, listening to the lapping waves and straining to hear the strange fish again. But a shot of monochrome fur flew in the corner of his eye. Startled the dog quickly stood and took a hop back, but the she wolf was making a bee line for the sea. The dog looked for what she could be chasing, little known to him what she chased could never be caught. She had stopped before she could paddle and just looked. At what?

"Excuse me, ma'am," Eli ventured to move forward, though not making it to the water, "Are you alright?"


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"Excuse me, ma'am, Are you alright?"

The crunch of gravel on the shore announced the vistor before his words did, but she didn't look round, even for a long moment after the words were spoken. She strained against her invisible boundry, for just a second longer, willing herself to take just another step, but cold logic and reality advised her of just what a terrible idea drowning would be.

She sighed and turned away to face the caller - The rude interruption - she had not recognised the voice and confirmed with a glance she did not recognise the face either. Hardly a suprise, who did she know here? No one. There were names she had heard before, faces she had glimpsed, but she did not know them and they did not know her. She prefered it that way, she told herself, don't get too attached to any of them. There was only one she took any interest in - Akira - But she could not quite describe the bond she felt to her, it was not duty, or love, or anything she could explain so simply; in reality it was projection, she was seeing someone else in her and being drawn to that, possibly imagined, light like a moth. It would burn her one day.

She picked her way back to the shore, paws gripping the slippery rocks to prevent any ungraceful spills and crunched up the pebbles to face the caller. She tilted her head critically at the stranger, taking in their appearance with a rove of eyes that suggested she found something lacking. She did, literally. "There must be a story there." She said, clearly talking about what was missing. "I am fine." She added succinctly, in answer to the earlier question. She didn't like being questioned at the best of times and questions about how she was feeling were particularly prying. She looked away at the water, one of her wardens, and exhaled through her nose, fighting the flash of annoyance.

She flicked her eyes back to the stranger, taking in properly for the first time what a small three-legged thing they were, rather than just what a big annoyance they were to her. Seeing him with fresh eyes made her feel a little ashamed. She was prisoner of her circumstances but he must be a prisoner of his own mangled body. Neither of them has chosen their shackles but they were bound by them none the less. She felt as close to a stiring of symapthy as she ever got, a spark longing for a kindred spirit perhaps? "What do they call you?" She asked, her voice not quite kind, but interested. "I am Excalibur."


And for every king that died
Oh they would crown another
But it's harder than you think
Telling dreams from one another


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A few breaths passed and the wolf remained firmly planted in the ocean. Eli cocked his head slightly and for a moment wondered if she couldn't hear him. The ocean was placid today, masking it's grip that it had on the she wolf's freedom with gentle, lapping waves. But it was just that. A quiet day at the coast. He knew it didn't drown him out. When her sharp yellow eyes finally turned to him he knew why the delay; whatever the wolf was doing in the sea was important enough to cause annoyance at his interruption.

She started to approach and his ears fell back. The dog was merely concerned, he didn't know he was disturbing her peace. But her scrutinizing gaze told him he did just that. Eyes traveled quickly to his stump. Despite her demeanor he appreciated her candor. Many people danced around his disability, walking on eggshells afraid to bring it up. But other than the not-human that openly called him 'Tripod' the wolf was one of the first to bring it up. While considered rude to be the first comment in an introductory situation Eli found it refreshing.

"There is," he said with a chuckle and little wiggle of the stump, "though it might not be as exciting as you think."

Her curt reply reminded him of his apparent faux pas and he sat before her. There was a day back with the humans he wouldn't take such an attitude, but life (and common sense) had a way of dulling those edges. Eli nodded in reply to her being fine. That was good, at least, if it were the truth. Perhaps this was a mistake. Not every individual in a pack would get along, he knew that well enough. But the wolf seemed to be making an effort at least.

"Excalibur." This could go one of two ways. It was unique, hopefully so much that he wouldn't forget. Or, more likely, make it all the more easy to butcher if they were to meet again. "I'm Eli. I'm sorry for interrupting you. I couldn't tell if you needed help."


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