Shinigami Sighted, Target Locked [Invite] Oct 30, 2018 7:51:05 GMT
Post by akane on Oct 30, 2018 7:51:05 GMT
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The last thing she could remember before everything went dark was the feeling of how her body felt unbearably cold. And weak. Even opening her mouth that one last time had made her feel sick. Her consciousness soon fell into darkness. An empty, blank, eternal darkness. After several weeks in Soul Society she'd finally succumbed to this inevitable death. It'd crept up on her slowly at first, but as the weeks passed the young fox cub could feel her energy slowly, gradually draining away. Her only regret? Having to leave Mitsuoki's side. To no longer be able to enjoy his company or the sweet delicious foods he offered her. Foods that she could never have tasted had she remained wild and lost within the city.
She lay in darkness, cold and shivering... Was she shivering? Sure she'd felt cold but it'd been like her body no longer existed. She was shivering? Her body felt cold? Wait... hadn't she left her body after saying goodbye to Mitsuoki and closed her eyes? No, she could feel her eyelids. They were closed? For a moment Akane pulled at the darkness until her eyes opened to the bright midday sun. It's warmth beat down upon her despite the unusual bite of cold upon the air. She felt cold but wasn't it a bit more than normal? Usually her fur would keep her warm. When her eyes adjusted she noticed she was looking up towards the sky. The sun, though it beat down on her and offered some warmth, was still mostly hidden behind the leaves of the forest canopy. She was on her back? Wasn't that bad? she was a fox after all. She tried to move but found herself flopped over halfway, a strange pinkish appendage landed just within her field of view. What was this? It looked similar to Mitsuoki's paws but it was obviously much smaller. The toes were proportionally long, unlike her own shorter and padded paws. She tried to swish her tail. Almost thought she could feel it there but... Nothing. Akane flew into a panic. She couldn't feel her tail...! Where was her tail? It was then she noticed the pinkish paw moving. The strangest part was it lay where her own paw should have been... What was going on here!? Akane moved to get up on all fours. The pink paw moved...! Stranger still she could feel her paw but... Why was this pink long toed paw sitting where her own paw should be? She'd then noticed her hind feet were not properly standing on the ground. She was standing on all four legs but it felt as if she were standing on her hind knees instead of her legs. Akane looked down. A pair of pink fingered paws lay beneath her... No way...!? What was going on here!? She quickly bent her neck and looked to her back legs. Pink legs equally without fur stared back at her. The worst part was the knees she felt... They were in fact touching the ground instead of her hind feet. Akane could feel her feet but only the toes were touching the ground. Even stranger was the limbs, which lacked any real kind of fur. Each one extended, seemingly from her own body and even that seemed to be rolled up inside a set of cloth that felt similar in texture to the cloths Mitsuoki often covered himself with.
Were her eyes deceiving her or something? Was she not a fox anymore? She didn't seem to have a tail anymore... Trying to move those muscles didn't appear to be working... Maybe she'd lost it somewhere? Still, she couldn't shake the foreboding feeling of dread washing over her. She needed to know what was going on but one thing was certain. Walking on all fours felt... strangely unnatural to her now... She couldn't run like this. Even after testing out her muscles, figuring out what worked with what limb the motor function associated with. Even walking was a challenge when her hind legs were seemingly twice as long as her forelegs... Slowly. Gradually, Akane crawled over to the nearby stream. It's flow was smooth and gentle. She felt thirsty. She'd felt thirsty before when she'd been in Mitsuoki's lap but hadn't been able to bring herself to consume even fluids at the time. The water was clear and cold and Akane drank. Though she struggled... Her tongue didn't work the way she wanted it to. Wouldn't fold the way it should have been able to... But eventually her thirst became quenched and she permitted the shallow stream to become cleared of the ripples she caused. Curiosity took over. Akane leaned over the water and stared down into it's depth, at the reflection that stared back at her.
Was this for real...!? What she saw reflected within the water wasn't her face but someone else's? It wasn't even a fox that looked back. No this was much more like Mitsuoki's face, kind of... All the humans seemed to have different features to their faces. The one that stared back at her from the stream had light golden brown hair that dropped as far as the shoulders in some places. The eyes were a sky blue in color. Based on the features she saw, Akane concluded that the face belonged to a human Child. How old were human children? Akane couldn't be sure. In all the time she'd spent with Mitsuoki, he hadn't seemed to age even a little. Were human lives longer than fox's? She couldn't tell... not when she'd only lived about a month herself. Akane decided to experiment. She lifted her left paw... The reflection moved it's left paw. Her eyes widened in surprise, as did the reflection's. Backing away from the stream as quickly as she could, Akane found herself coming to sit upon her rear in the grass. This... what was going on here? Was she really a Human now? But how was that possible? When she'd gone to sleep with Mitsuoki she was absolutely certain she'd been a full fledged fox...! What was happening here? This made no sense at all... Akane lifted her front paws in front of her eyes. Wiggled her toes, the fingers on the pink paws moved. No matter how much she wanted to deny it... She couldn't mistake the realization that the human child she saw reflected was in fact her.
But if that were the case then what happened to her original body? Looking around didn't turn up any fox bodies in the area. Taking a closer look at her surroundings, Akane noticed its familiarity. This was the same forest she'd been born into. Then that meant her family's burrow was around here as well! No. They wouldn't want to see her. She'd already been rejected before, she could only guess at what they would think of her if she showed up again looking like a human... Akane sighed. Her eyes popped open again in surprise. A voice! Was it hers? She tried sighing again. Yes! It was her voice. It was different than the one she remembered but it seemed to be hers as every time she sighed the noise her voice would make came out. She played with it for a while. Found out that by focusing on the muscles in her throat she could even change the pitch and volume of her voice. It was high. Very high actually. Thinking about the humans Mitsuoki knew, it made sense. Some seemed to have higher pitched voices than others. Especially the ones with the large hills located below their necks... Akane cringed. Those insolent high pitched moundy humans. Trying to steal her Mitsuoki away from her with their squeaky voices...!
That's right! Mitsuoki! She had to find Mitsuoki! But... Ever since he'd taken her away from the stone houses and brought her to the place with his own stone houses, she hadn't seen him come to this forest... That was it then, she needed to find the stone houses again. Then maybe she could find out where Mitsuoki had gone. She'd have to give him a good scolding for leaving her in this forest again after taking her in, giving her comfort, warmth, and food. Even a stone house of her own to sleep in. One thing was certain though, her senses were... unusually dull in this new human body of hers. Unlike when she was a fox, the smells of the forest didn't seem nearly as overwhelming as before. No matter. She wasn't going to stay here long anyway. She would leave, just as soon as she figured out how to stand up and walk the way the humans did...
She'd probably spent the better part of two hours trying to keep herself upright. How did Mitsuoki even manage this? Standing on two legs, and without even a tail to help with balance? Akane pushed herself up with her arms. Onto two feet again. She was determined to keep her balance this time. Whatever trick these humans had for remaining upright, she would need to figure it out if she planned to get anywhere fast. One discovery had crossed her. She could use her arms, outstretching them and using them as balances to help stabilize her position. This served just fine until she actually tried to move... The end result sent her falling back onto her rear, which was beginning to become quite sore from all the falling. But this could work. There had to be some trick, something she could do to keep her balance. Akane thought back and realization struck her. Pushing back up and onto two feet, Akane slowly lowered her outstretched arms to her sides. The humans would always wave their arms back and forth when they walked. Maybe that was the key to keeping themselves from falling...! She tried it. Her left arm would go forward, right arm backward. As for her feet, they would move opposite her arms. Yes! This worked! This was how humans did it! It made so much more sense now! Akane had always thought it odd for the humans to do the weird motion with their arms but it had all been for keeping themselves balanced! She inwardly enjoyed this moment. She could now get somewhere and it was a lot faster than trying to crawl on all fours like a clumsy human.
She walked, stumbled, even fell a couple of times on her way towards the first solid path she remembered when heading towards the human populated areas. One fall had even resulted in a scarring of her right knee. It stung and strange watery substances leaked from her eyes, but Akane pushed on. She wouldn't be deterred from her goal now that she'd managed to make it this far. The first house passed. Another one. One she'd skipped through the day she'd shown Mitsuoki and Shiro the way to her family's burrow. Ex family... She still felt sour about it. Kicking her out just because she'd been a little smaller than the rest of her siblings. It was too unfair. Akane pouted, or rather she felt her human muscles twitch and move almost involuntarily in response to her emotional flareup. Whatever, it didn't matter much to her right now. The main goal was to get back to that one stone house. The one where lots of people visited. It was the place she'd first met Mitsuoki. Maybe if she headed there and waited long enough she'd be able to find Mitsuoki.
Tired... That was the only thing she could think of when she finally made it to the stone house. Looking at it, it appeared they had started leaving the door open again. They'd been so mean, closing it on her and forcing her to wait for other humans to open it for her. This was almost like a second home to Akane. No matter what the people here couldn't just keep her out. She stood by the door. And waited. Looking around, she noticed some of the humans that entered were looking at her. One even pointed and then used its mouth to speak to another nearby human. It was enough though. Once Akane confirmed that no one was going to come and shoo her away, she walked inside.
The place was very similar to what she'd seen on her last visit here. Some of the shelves now held different things, and others appeared to have been rotated to other shelves. One thing was certain. This place had to be the birthplace of the cloth phenomenon! Humans came in. Then they would look around for a while and pick different cloths off the shelves. After that they would talk to the person behind the counter who would show them to another door inside the house that they would disappear into. Like magic the humans would come back out with different cloth on them than what they went in with and the cloth they carried would mysteriously change as well. Regardless, it didn't seem like Mitsuoki was here... Akane sighed. After all that hard work she put in to getting here, he wasn't around...
"Are you lost?" Akane started, falling onto her rear end for what was likely the hundredth time today. "Sorry! Did I scare you?" Akane looked up to the human who's voice seemed to be directed at her. It was that person... Of course it was. He looked at her with different eyes this time around but every time she'd been here before he was always the one to shoo her away, relocating her to a different place within the city whenever he caught her. Akane snuffed her nose up at him and looked away as she got up. "Where are your parents little girl...?" He was still speaking. What did he want anyway? Akane chose to ignore him since he wasn't immediately picking her up and throwing her out the door. Which was where she headed anyway... Mitsuoki wasn't here. She'd have to look elsewhere. Maybe he was in one of the neighboring stone houses.
After exiting, Akane noticed just how much brighter the sun was than the store. Shielding her eyes from the glare was something she'd come to find she could actually do now that she had human arms and hands. It was then she noticed the distinctive black. The tall dressed form she'd grown very familiar with over the past month. Her eyes quickly ascended to the face. Confirmed! It was Mitsuoki! She'd found him! She nearly leapt towards him. And fell. Right on her face, her chin smacked the paved sidewalk. Something that would likely leave a noticeable mark until it healed. Akane gritted through the pain. It was nothing compared to what she'd suffered. She could bear with this much. For now what she needed to do was catch Mitsuoki, get him to notice her before he disappeared again. To take her back home with him. To the comfort she'd grown to know and cherish.
Before she realized it, Akane had caught up with the casually strolling Shinigami, grabbing onto the hem of his garb and looked up to him. She knew his name. He was Mitsuoki. Countless people had spoken his name while she'd been around him. They were all human, much like she was now. If they could speak his name then perhaps maybe she could too. "Mm...!" Akane uttered. It was little more than a closed hum. The start of Mitsuoki's name, but only just the M. Learning to walk had taken roughly two and a half hours... But that was based on knowledge she already had. She'd never tried to speak like a human before...