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Amaterasu
 Posted: Feb 10 2015, 12:09 PM
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Feb. 10, Winter, Year 1

Taking a nap hadn't been exactly a planned delay. Amaterasu couldn't help that - her mortal body had clearly needed sleep, then and there, and even if it had been on a hard floor and not living ground, it had been quiet enough, calm enough, to just drop off for a few hours.

By the time she'd stretched and headed out, following that vivid trail of flowers and warmth once more, dawn was approaching, the sky tinged with light and the air clear and fresh. The slums were stirring with activity, slowly but surely, and she would have loved to poke her nose in, see what people were doing, investigate all the dusty ruins and cramped alleyways for food and treasure and pieces of their lives.

But there was no time to dawdle now, not with Yami looming - and even if it had stuck itself onto that island, its darkness would spread. It always did, creeping out and taking on new forms or using those around it. Rotten tricks, all of them, and it was too soon for that here, this world was practically still a baby. To have such an ancient, cold darkness settling into it made her hackles rise. Worse, a part of her crawled with fear and doubt - she had no worshipers here, no belief to draw upon, it was too soon - and no amount of naps or teasing birds and people alike would chase that away.

But that was why she was here now, after all.

She nosed her way into the church, claws clicking quietly on the floorboards, and leaving a trail of shimmering flowers behind her.

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 Posted: Feb 15 2015, 04:27 PM
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    She felt the sun coming up over the horizon.

    It was midday; Aerith paused, glancing up towards the hole in the roof. She stood, wiping the sweat off her brow, her fingers caked with dirt. That was... weird. The sun was right above her, so why did it feel like it was just starting to peek around the corner? The flowers were confused, too, leaning ever so slightly to the door of her church. She looked over, her brow furrowed - and it wasn't until she caught the scent of green grass and felt the stirring of a summer breeze did she relax and smile. Of course. The wolf.

    Not that 'wolf' seemed to be at all the right word for her, she thought, as the white creature padded into her home. She admired the swirling streaks of black-and-red across her pelt, real yet intangible, as though they could rise up and form creatures of their own at any second - the flowers that rolled out from under her paws, springing up into existence and fading out of life just as quickly - the softly glowing feeling of a big blue sky stretched out above her forever, in all directions.

    She wiped her fingers down on her dress, beaming, and trod out of the flower bed. Even with the distressing news that the wolf had messaged her, she couldn't help it - the very presence of the being was enough to make her feel warm and at peace. There was something much bigger going on, here - something that felt like the Lifestream crystallized and walking, carrying warmth and power beyond human comprehension with it.

    And it was to this divine spirit Aerith crouched down and rubbed her head, tickling her ears, scratching just under her chin by way of greeting. Even her fur was glossy and like no animal pelt she'd ever felt; Nanaki had been covered in dirt and scars, but not this one.

    "Hello," she said to the wolf cheerfully, "I take it you're here because of that conversation we had, right?"

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