Creeping, Quieting, Escapist... Jan 4, 2019 9:29:54 GMT
Post by akane on Jan 4, 2019 9:29:54 GMT
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Akane's eyes bolted open. Not out of shock or fear from any kind of nightmare, but because she'd honed her body's internal clock the last several weeks. It was perfect. She could now set a time in her mind and wake up within minutes of that chosen time. At first Mitsuoki was always the first one up even as Akane's habit of sleeping more than half the day as a fox was slowly weened down to a proper eight hours per day. But thanks to the sleeping correction, she'd begun to identify more with the time in which Mitsuoki tended to awake himself. After the words he'd spoke last night, she most certainly had to wake up today before he did. "Training" That had been the word he'd used. She'd seen his training and it looked like a lot of pointlessly hard work that she really didn't want to have any part of. She was content with just watching him train while she continued to learn more and more about being human. Though reading was still a struggle, the girl could now hold a proper conversation, and she often did so enthusiastically with anyone who held the time to spare her a moment.
Shifting her head carefully to one side, Akane surveyed the situation. She didn't really have her own place to sleep yet so Mitsuoki was allowing her to sleep in his bed. If she'd been a bit bigger, sleeping in the smallish bed together would likely have been an issue space wise. Akane let out a sigh of relief. Mitsuoki's arm was tucked away and wasn't wrapped around her like it'd been when they had gone to sleep last night. It was a stress she was glad she didn't have to worry about as she had no idea what she would have done to keep from waking him had his arm still been around her. Cautiously she pulled the covers up and off of herself, careful not to tug on them lest she wake Mitsuoki. She then rolled as quietly and carefully as she could to avoid pulling the blankets underneath of her. With her feet planted firmly on the floor, Akane broke away from the bed and headed out of the room, grabbing the Shinigami robe and sandals Mitsuoki had given her to use.
Once outside the room, Akane donned the robe but held onto the sandals. Her bare feet were softer and would make much less noise. She crept passed the village elder's room, careful not to wake him either. She reached the door and managed to open and close it somehow without making much noise either. Akane sighed, letting out a breath she didn't even know she'd been holding. Now was the time to run if she wanted to get away before anyone noticed. Though she could move faster in her release form, Akane had found out that being in release form tended to give her away more than staying in her less obvious human form. And while she'd been secretly honing her ability to Obscure objects including herself from people's notice, as of right now she still hadn't figured out how to mask her presence while using it. So the key now was to get as far from the village elder's house as she could without getting noticed.
Akane dipped behind a stand selling rock candies, careful to conceal herself. In the last several weeks the residents of this village had gotten very familiar with her. So much so that she needed to avoid having them see her or else they might report her last known position to Mitsuoki. She'd waited until the village elder's house was no longer in sight before donning her sandals. As a result her feet had become covered in dirt. The faint smell of candies sent a rumble up from the girl's stomach. Of course she was hungry, she hadn't eaten any breakfast yet... but she had more important things to worry about. Like avoiding Mitsuoki's training. She thought about grabbing some of the rock candies to eat but decided against it. She couldn't remember the number of times she'd been flicked for stealing and she really didn't want to suffer those consequences again. So instead she headed down to the river.
She'd found a nearby dock and sat down at the end furthest out into the water. Plucking off her sandals she let her feet fall down into the cool clear flow of the river. It felt so freeing not to be wearing shoes, though she understood the merits of wearing them now... Unlike foxes, human feet didn't have any kind of protective padding on the bottom. She winced, remembering her first stubbed toe. It'd hurt so bad she hadn't stopped crying for nearly an hour. Even then it'd only been due to Mitsuoki's offer of treats that she'd eventually quieted down.
"Why does Mitsu want me to train too..." Akane pouted, scanning the other side of the river while splashing her feet up and down in the swollen waters. "Akane doesn't want to train..."