Moon Bound -> just to meet you in the morning
Welcome to Moon Bound, an original supernatural RPG set in the fictional town of Thunder Cove, Washington.

Its early winter 2013, and the snow is already getting deep in the small coastal town of Thunder Cove. Things in this picturesque tourist town aren't exactly what they seem. Nothing in the world is what it seemed anymore, its as if the closer the world came to that fateful day on the Mayan calendar, the more the supernatural creatures of the world woke up and made their presence known. The fae are walking among us now, as are the old spirit guides and warriors of old Native American lore. The werewolf, vampire, and skinwalker populations have all taken a sudden rise, and the witches of old who had thought their powers lost to them have suddenly found themselves able to do magic again. The world hasn't ended, but its changing. Some say for the better, some say for the worst. In Thunder Cove, the population is split in half knowing that their town is a supernatural hot spot can make things difficult-- especially when the normal members of the population are part of the food chain.


RACES M F
Humans 5 3
Witches 1 0
Spirit Warriors 2 0
Fae 0 2
Skinwalkers 2 1
Werewolves 4 3
Vampires 0 2
TOTALS 14 11
RELATIONSHIPS M F
Single 13 10
Mated 1 1
TOTALS 14 11
Graphics, skin and plot by Ara. All character profiles, threads, and plots credited to the members of Moon Bound. Sidebar by Brook (never look back.) of RCR, RGU, & Blank Pages

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We regret to inform our members that as of now our doors have closed. We had a good run for a little while but due to real life for the admins, things didn't work out for the site. We are in the process of trying to clean up things and do a revamp, so for those of you who are interested in coming back, please be patient.





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Luna A. Lowell
 Posted: May 1 2012, 11:21 PM
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"horse-hearted"

Human. 25, from Thunder Cove
Single.
56 posts. Played by Nik




realized that i need you
wondered if you could come home
When Payton had first told Luna that Aaron had not come home, her stomach clenched. It was a selfish sensation, really. What right did she have to be worried? Payton was all but frantic and though she had done a very good job of not showing it, it was something that seemed to bubble just beneath her skin. Shopping had been an attempt at distraction for the younger girl and Luna wouldn’t ruin it by asking too many questions. Payton was Aaron’s sister; she should be worried. If blood didn’t earn her the right to care for him, the fact that she was convinced she was to blame did. However, Luna had spent the rest of their shopping excursion in growing concern that Aaron’s anger wasn’t the only thing that had driven him away. She realized, with painful clarity, that she knew where Aaron was. The fact that Payton didn’t was cause for concern because whatever it was that had inspired him to leave was enough that he hadn’t even let his family know. If there was one thing she knew would never change with Aaron, it was his connection to his family. If Payton was left in the dark then there was more to worry about than her choice of boyfriend, no matter how many Man Rules it violated for Brayden to be dating his best friend’s kid sister.

She and Aaron had spoken the night before on that silly “instant messenger.” She didn’t like the impersonal form of communication and the more he said the more she wished he would just come over. They could sit side-by-side and she could hold his hand and everything she wanted to say to him would be easily communicated through the way she would thread their fingers together. In words, she sounded… pathetic. Typed onto a screen, her affections were reduced to black and white and desperate all over. There was a difference between enthusiasm and obsession and she feared with a screen between them, she was crossing a line. But she was worried for him. She wouldn’t say she was worried because that was a challenge and because he hadn’t been particularly talkative, even on screen. He just reiterated that he needed to “get away.” Luna had been scared to ask what from because his answer could be, simply, her. Aaron had been acting strangely since her arrival and though they had been able to spend that night at the bar—which she had squandered by drinking too much, too fast, to her dismay when she woke up in her sleeping bag ten hours later with only slight recollection as to how she had gotten home—she had hoped they would be able to spend more time together. It was her intention to make Thunder Cove home and a large part of the incentive to stay was her friendship with Aaron. If that didn’t exist anymore…

She didn’t want to think about it that way.

Of course it existed. He had hugged her so tight that first day and whenever she replayed the moment in her head she could hear the reverence in his voice. He had missed her; he couldn’t believe she was back. Was that the same as wanting her back? Maybe not. Either way, it was only half his decision and Luna was willing to do everything in her power to ensure he knew how available she was—how much she wanted him to be part of her life. And how much she was willing to do to make him want her in his. Apparently, she was willing to drive to Canada on a whim just to see him. He was upset; that much was clear. Just because he didn’t want to be in Thunder Cove at the moment didn’t mean he wanted to be alone and he had continuously reassured her throughout their conversation just now that he was not trying to get away from her. With that in mind, she told him she was on her way. Some routine packing—two changes of clothes, basic toiletries, a medium-weight jacket (Canada ran a little cooler this time of year) and of course, treats. Everything was better with treats and she wanted him to feel better. Then they could talk about whatever was bothering him.

She may have been speeding. Olympia to the small, secluded provincial park he had mentioned was about seven hours driving and it was times like these Luna wished she could sprout wings. Her mother had fallen ill just a few months after Luna had set off for college and she had done a fifteen-hour drive in close to ten because of how worried she’d been for the woman who had raised her. This was a bit like that. She was used to traveling alone and her truck was used to being pushed far beyond the limits of any other well-cared for motor vehicle. There was music to keep her company and sometimes she would even switch to talk radio and talk back to the disc jockeys to keep herself focused. One of the things her father worried most about when she was out on her own was that she would allow her mind to wander and unwittingly fall asleep at the wheel. For a lot of this trip—with only a stop for gas and once for a vegetarian burrito—Luna practiced what she would say to Aaron when she got to him. Her speeches varied, depending on the hour, from full-fledged heart-felt confessions to smacks on the back of the head for being so silly. She didn’t want to give too much heed to the thought that maybe he wasn’t jumping at the opportunity for them to finally spend time together because there really wasn’t any place for her in his life anymore. There was a place. She would make a place. She had to.

Her father would be happy to know her accident was not due to falling asleep at the wheel. He would be happier still to know it was because she was avoiding A MOOSE in the middle of the road. As she had begun to take more side roads and get off the beaten path—Aaron really did want to be alone, didn’t he?—the snow that began as flurries started to come down in torrents. Her truck was made for off-roading so of course her windshield wipers were more than equipped to fight off ice, but as her headlights caught a majestic creature in its beams, Luna had become distracted. It had been such a long time since she’d seen a moose and she had forgotten, for only a moment, that she was driving. At the last second she swerved hard-left, avoiding the lumbering beast but managing to turn the truck directly into the most stubborn ditch she had ever encountered in her life. A few minutes of angry—then desperate—utilization of her four-wheel drive proved fruitless. The snow had stopped falling, but it left her in a sort of icy, beautiful darkness. The map said she was only about twenty minutes’ drive from her destination. She could walk that, easy. It would be just like those months in alpine tundra, only the air wouldn’t be nearly as thin. Wrinkling her nose at the lacking signal on her phone, Luna bundled herself up before she exited the truck, pulling her bag onto her back and thanking whatever deities were listening for her thick boots.

As an experienced hiker, a twenty minute drive should have taken about four hours to walk. That wasn’t taking into consideration the climate or the terrain. About three hours into her journey Luna felt like she was on her last legs. Her backpack was heavy; her entire body was sore from lifting her legs so high as she trudged through the snow and though she had eaten that burrito only a few hours ago, she was so hungry. These were complaints she had learned to keep to herself as a child, but now they were pounding in her ears. Again, she looked to her phone. Even less of a signal than before—one tiny bar—and barely enough battery life to last for the next ten minutes, probably. Not that she could tell; she was terrible with technology. She might have to set up camp. With an exhausted sigh and a shiver that pealed through her, Luna finally settled near a tree, making up a solid lean-to with some thickly needled evergreen branches and twine she carried in her bag. God, she hated the cold. But it was only for the night, right? Curling into as tight a ball as possible with the wind behind her, she closed her eyes and set her watch to beep in three hours.

Luna & Aaron
words: 1467 | outfit: here| lyrics: "First Day of my Life" - Bright Eyes | notes: let me know if you need edits dear, sorry for the length!
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Aaron J. Dallas
 Posted: May 2 2012, 10:33 PM
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"Thunder River Beta"

Werewolf. 25, from Thunder Cove, WA
Single.
64 posts. Played by Josie



On the day the darkness comes,
I'll find you, Save you, Baby.
When AJ left Payton at the pier his main concern was to get away - away from her, away from the situation, away from the knowledge that his best friend had betrayed him, away from plain sight before he completely lost control and shifted. The wolf was so close to the surface, closer than he had ever been without being called forth. If he hadn't been so enraged by the news his sister had imparted to him, he likely would have been scared that his control could be pushed to that level. Ever since the fight between his parents that for all intents and purposes left him motherless, AJ had done his best to keep the reins tight. For the most part he succeeded with flying colors. The worse had been when he learned Luna's family was moving away. Even then his anger didn't reach the same heights, probably because it was well-tempered by the pain of losing her. Of course back then he hadn't yet made his first shift, hadn't fully realized his inner wolf. It was probably a good thing that her family decided to leave when they did; if they'd put it off any longer there was really no telling what the immature wolf would have done.

None of that was processing with AJ just then as he broke into the forest that bordered one side of the harbor. He thrashed through the thick brush for some time before he gave in and allowed the wolf to bust forth, one he was certain there would be no witnesses. After that all time was lost. AJ ran for a miles trying to expel his rage. It was just about Brayden anymore either, at least part of his angry was directed inward. Payton had been concerned as he boxed her in and stared her down. His actions had caused that and he hated himself for that. The only thing he ever wanted was to protect - his sister, Luna, everyone he cared about. Instead he was just hurting everyone. AJ had run far enough and hard enough to start to feel the twinges of fatigue before he skidded to a halt. He head lifted, thick neck stretching as a loud howl shattered the silence of the forest that surrounded him. Huffing a heavy sigh, he flopped down on the damp ground, a faint whine of misery escaped him.

Just like the running, AJ had no real concept of the passage of time as he rested on a bed ferns and fallen evergreen needles. Staying there wasn't really an option but else was he supposed to do? For a few minutes he thought just maybe the anger was subsiding but then he would think about it again and fan the flames of rage. At some point AJ got up and ran some more with no direction in mind, or so he thought. He was trying not to think about the situation yet as the forest started to thin and he edged towards civilization he easily recognized the neighborhood. Brayden's house was close and part of him wanted to use the element of surprise to his advantage, do everything in his power to keep him from his sister. That was a strong desire but at the back of his head was Payton's pleading voice. Then there was Luna. What she think of him killing his best friend? That was something he didn't want to find out. Instead he recognized that he needed some time, unfortunately there wasn't anywhere in Thunder Cove that he could work things through without encountering someone who would only make things worse.

Ultimately AJ decided what he really needed was a few days away, probably something they all needed. Making his way through the forest to the opposite side of town, he shifted back into his human form and slipped into the house. He dressed quickly then haphazardly threw some more clothes into a bag, not paying the least bit of attention to what he was gathering. Bag slung over his shoulder, he slipped out of the house the same way he'd come in before making his way back to the harbor on foot. It didn't take long to find the place in the woods where he'd shifted or the keys that were still in the pocket of a ragged piece of demolished jeans. AJ wasn't all that surprised where he ended up after several hours of driving. The hunting cabin belonged to Ginger's husband, Roy, but they had told him repeatedly that he was always welcome to use it if he was up that way.

Through most of the night he focused on sprucing the place up. He hadn't been there in years and judging by the condition of the place no one else had either. It proved to be a good distraction and help the time pass. AJ was too on edge to sleep despite being awake for well beyond twenty-four hours by that point. When he sat down and pulled his phone from his pocket he wasn't sure what, if any, service he would get but he managed to connect when he signed on to IM. Finding Luna was on presented too much temptation to resist. Of course the conversation hadn't gone that well. The next day was spent in struggle as to whether he should stay where he was and try to work things through or go back home. Truth be told, AJ was rather worried about Luna but he didn't think he was ready to deal with Payton or Brayden in person just yet. Between rounds of the struggle he fell into fitful naps, haunted by images of the moon and the howl of a wolf the likes of which Luna had mentioned at the bar.

When he got her text message late the following afternoon, AJ was pleased, though confused. Their instant messenger conversation had transpired at a bad time and Luna's text weren't making complete sense. Obviously he had said the wrong things, big surprise there. Giving her the address was a difficult decision and once she'd signed off and he started to truly think about it, he realized it was a bad idea. By then it was too late, she'd signed off and was on her way. It wasn't like he could leave before she arrived. The plan was to spend a day with her then send her home. Then again Luna always had a mind of her own and making her do something she didn't want to do wasn't an easy task. Plus there was the wolf who wanted nothing more then for them to be at the secluded cabin. Frankly that was the main reason that AJ wished he'd put her off. He found more cleaning to do as distraction along with cutting and stacking firewood. While the cold didn't affect him much, it wouldn't be that pleasant for Luna with a fire to warm the place.

Hours before she was due to arrive he got the fire started, stoking it regularly to assure the cabin was a pleasant temperature by the time she arrived. AJ couldn't begin to imagine what the next few days had in store for them but there was no question that it was going to be interesting. As the hours ticked closer the more anxious he became. That was what he'd left Thunder Cove to avoid. Of course the tension he was feeling now was entirely different. Needing some sort of distraction, AJ decided to lay a supply of wood into the corner of the cabin. He was on his three trip out when he noticed a shift in the wind, and with it an unexpected whiff of a familiar scent. Luna. His arms full of wood he took several steps away from the house, head lifted, nostrils flaring as he sniffed deeply. It was unmistakably her scent but AJ didn't see her or her truck, nor did he hear either. "Luna!" he bellowed, his voice carried away on the increased wind as the snow came down harder and faster. Something wasn't right, he could feel it now, in the pit of his stomach. It had been nagging at him for a while but he'd put it off to anxiety regarding her arrival.

Letting the wood fall from his arms and land where it would, AJ barely had the presence of mind to close the wide-open door of the cabin before he moved quickly down the private road down in the direction Luna should be coming. All the while his head lifted and turned, sniffing at the air, seeking a stronger whiff of her scent. Something akin to panic was beginning to set in when that finally happened. Even then, with a solid trail to follow, AJ's stomach was twisting with worry as to why Luna would be anywhere near the area she was. That was something he could dwell on later. For the time being he needed to find her and get her to some shelter. The temperature was significantly cooler in that area. The only thing keeping him from full-blown panic was the fact that in her travels she had to know something about cold weather survival. With her getting steadily stroner, AJ's pace increased as much as possible in the deep snow until he tracked her to small cluster of trees. "Luna!" he bellowed again just before his eyes focused on a decidedly unnatural shield of evergreen boughs. Really, it was the twine binding them together that gave it away. Breaking into a run he called to her again, skidding to a stop on his knees as he reached to tear the cover back on the makeshift shelter. "Oh god, Luna," AJ murmured in a pained tone as he reached for her, one hand moving to her neck in seek of a pulse.

AJ & Luna
words: 1644 | outfit: click | lyrics: you're not alone - nick lachey | notes: meh, wish it was better. i'm so excited for this though!
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Luna A. Lowell
 Posted: May 3 2012, 12:29 AM
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"horse-hearted"

Human. 25, from Thunder Cove
Single.
56 posts. Played by Nik




realized that i need you
wondered if you could come home
Luna hated the cold. More than anything in the world, in fact, she hated to be cold. Some of her more heavyset acquaintances often suggested she might not have so much trouble with the weather if she gained a few layers of fat—these were her Alaskan friends, more often than not—but it wasn’t as if she wasn’t trying. Her vegetarianism wasn’t a health choice, it was a moral one. There were some animals she held in incredibly high esteem and apart from a select few people, Luna tended toward the furrier mammals when it came to relationships. It felt a bit like betraying her friends, to eat meat. She held nothing against humans who chose to feast on flesh and fowl; she just wasn’t one of them. And yes, that effected how much fat she gained, but she also spent as much time as she could in the kitchen making high-calorie treats, most of which she binged on when there was no one to share with: another reason Luna did not like to eat alone. She was liable to eat enough to feed three grown men if it was put in front of her. Between all the time she spent outside, hiking and on horseback, it was no wonder she couldn’t grow enough insulation to keep her warm when the going got… well, snowy.

There were remedies for that. Usually when she was out in the wild camping with her family they built a fire and snuggled. When she got too old to want to snuggle with her parents, a warm-blooded critter of some kind always managed to find its way into her tent when she most needed a little extra temperature. She was a fan of both hot tea and coffee and really any warm beverage. Of course that wasn’t going to do much for her when she was caught between a lean-to and a snow bank without proper supplies or clothing, but that was beside the point. When she was especially chilly, most often while hiking in the mountains with her parents, she let her frustration warm her. They knew how much she hated being cold; hated the way her extremities would go numb and how her teeth would chatter after too long. Her entire body liked to shudder once she hit a certain low temperature and that made it hard to focus on anything but the fact that she was cold. The worst feeling was those few minutes between absolute cold and the vestiges of warmth. It was almost painful to go from one state to the other and at that point she would almost rather just freeze to death. Almost.

By the time she had set up her makeshift camp for the night, there was not enough warmth left within her to attract any other critters that might have been drawn toward a fire or her cozy sleeping bag in any other case. Luna was never surprised to wake to hedgehogs or badgers that had burrowed into the bottom of her sleeping bag in the night, warming her feet on their own quests for comfort. She had no sleeping bag and no fire and all she could feel was the cold seeping in. One of the morbid questions asked on personality quizzes—of which Luna had taken many once she gained internet access, curious as to how other people might see her and not realizing how inaccurate the quizzes were—was if you would rather freeze to death or burn to death. Burning was quicker, of course, but if Luna had anything even the slightest bit positive to say about the cold, it was that it was easier to fall asleep. Not that she needed any help in that regard. Her three-hour trek toward Aaron’s hideaway—at least she hoped so; she had followed the compass on her watch to the mark, but it was dark out and navigating a clear path through tree-covered terrain wasn’t exactly easy—had burned away any energy she might have gotten from that burrito hours ago and probably even a few of the cookies she had been eating before she left the house. She was asleep almost immediately.

When she woke, there was no snow. The trees were still close together and smelled so sweetly of evergreen and earth, but the air was thick and humid; maybe there was fog coming in. Her grandmother had once said she could predict the weather by a feeling in her left knee. Luna had never had such a power, but she knew there was something amiss—hadn’t she just been walking through some snowy forest in Canada on her way to see Aaron? She wasn’t going to complain about the change in climate; she preferred anything to snow. She couldn’t have slept through a season, though, could she? No, she had set the alarm on her watch for only three hours. At least it was still dark. She took a few steps forward before she realized she wasn’t even in the same clothes she had worn on the trip. Fuck, was she dead? And all for the sake of a freaking moose in the middle of the road. Strangely, she couldn’t bring herself to panic. At least the moon was out; full and beautiful. Bigger, too, than she remembered ever having seen it. A shiver of familiarity ran through her and she was certain she could hear something in the distance. A song, of sorts, a calling. She moved toward it, wondering if she was being led to a scene of how life had progressed without her. Would she be able to see Aaron? She would be the friendliest ghost he’d ever known; hovering over his shoulder and looking after him in a way he hadn’t seemed to want when she was alive. It would have to be good enough. Her only real complaint about her death thus far was the lack of company. She had always imagined there would be more animals in the afterlife.

As if on cue, a giant wolf came charging through the brush. Its howl was her name and though she was terrified beyond belief, as she always was when she had this dream, she held out her hand to it…

Luna swallowed and then coughed, something burning hot on her neck and the air entering her lungs, too cold. “Yes?” she mumbled, her numb fingers moving at a slowed pace to hold whatever the warm thing was to her neck. Her body moved of its own accord, the whole of her curling toward whatever it was in her half-conscious state. It felt like… well, it was hard to tell what it felt like with her digits as numb as they were, but it felt like a hand. Luna gripped the hand and opened her eyes carefully. Aaron’s face was the first thing she saw. Good lord, had he always been so beautiful? In spite of the way her face had seemed to freeze, her mouth spread into a slow, adoring smile. “Hey,” she croaked, taking another, somewhat shallow breath and studying his face for another long beat. He looked concerned. Her brows furrowed as she lay there still, content just being close with him, her ice cold hand still laid over his large one at her neck. “What’s wrong?” Her other hand sought his scruffy cheek, liking the sensation of the rough hairs there. A shudder ran through her body, racking her violently. Oh, right. She was cold. “I’d really love a hug, just now,” was her meek, chatter-teethed request.

Luna & Aaron
words: 1269 | outfit: click | lyrics: "First Day of my Life" - Bright Eyes | notes: Still a little long and I apologize for her deliriousness. Also, if it wasn't clear, that middle part with the moon, when she thinks she's dead? That's the dream she's been having for years.
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Aaron J. Dallas
 Posted: May 4 2012, 08:29 PM
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"Thunder River Beta"

Werewolf. 25, from Thunder Cove, WA
Single.
64 posts. Played by Josie



On the day the darkness comes,
I'll find you, Save you, Baby.
From the moment AJ got the first faint whiff of Luna's scent and realized that she wasn't close enough to the cabin to be a positive thing, the wolf began to rise steadily toward the surface. That part of a were's DNA was always on high alert when someone close to them was in danger. On the surface it seemed like Luna was an old friend, which she was, however things went much deeper than that. She had been his best friend, best female friend, and her presence in his life made him a better person. AJ had always cared deeply for her, just how deep the feelings went was something that was never truly tested. There was never a time when he wouldn't do anything for her. Beyond that he was aware that he was beginning to see her differently just before she announced her family was leaving. What their friendship might have become if she hadn't left was impossible to know. AJ wasn't dumb enough to believe that what they had at thirteen would be the same at twenty-five. There was just no way that could be true. If she hadn't left something told him that their relationship would have long passed the friend stage. In the deepest recesses of his soul, that was exactly what he wanted but he was too damaged, and fearful, to accept that.

His worry made him wonder. Life was a precious gift, you never knew when it might be extinguished. Had he squandered time with Luna? What if he never found her? Honestly that wasn't much of an option. AJ's senses were keen enough to track her down, already he was making progress. It was only a matter of time before he located her. The big question was whether or not the discovery would actually be in time to save her. Luna had spent the majority of her life learning to survive in various wild settings. She was smart and had skills; she would be just fine. That was what he kept telling himself. The longer AJ walked without catching sight or sound from her however, the more concern built and doubt began to nag at him. He could more efficiently track her if he shifted but what happened he found her? How could he possibly explain being that far away from the cabin without his clothes? He could remain in his wolf form but would she trust him? Sure Luna seemed to have an amazing rapport with animals and AJ's gut told him she would know he was there to help. Then he could get her back to the cabin more quickly because she could ride his back, not unlike a horse. But then what? Leave her at the door the move away and shift back? Sure, then he just needed to get back into the tiny cabin naked and get dressed without her noticing and then explain where he'd been. That much at least would have been easy enough, he was out looking for her. The whole entering sans clothing was a big issue.

While that internal debate continued AJ continued to make progress until the necessity of having to shift to find her was rendered obsolete. Seeing Luna curled into a tight ball behind her shelter made his heart jump into his throat. In that moment the relief made it difficult think or he would have registered the fact that she was breathing and that his enhanced hearing could make out her heartbeat. His own heart slammed against his ribcage as though trying to burst out of his chest. As AJ's fingers first come into contact with Luna's skin, he feared the worst. Her skin seemed to have lost all of its warmth and moisture began to gather in his eyes as his first thought was that he was too late. But then Luna shifted and responded. A ragged release of oxygen escaped him, the weight of relief making his shoulders sag. "You do realize you made a wrong turn, right?" It wasn't lost on him the way Luna was holding his hand against her neck. As cold as she felt it was no wonder, though his touch had to be almost uncomfortably hot. "I've been worried about you," AJ replied to her inquiry. I'm still worried about you. The horrendous shudder that went through her had him already reaching forward when she expressed how much she would like a hug.

Mindful of the fact her body temperature had to have fallen below normal due to the chill of her skin, he quickly unzipped the quilted flannel hoodie he wore then gathered her off the ground. Holding her against his chest with one arm, AJ drew the over-garment around her, first one side and then the other. With Luna wrapped up in his jacket, his arms holding her firmly to his chest, he rested his cheek against the crown of her head and just breathed for a moment. "Are you alright? Aside from being cold?" He still didn't know what happened, why she was out there on foot in the middle of the wilderness. Surprisingly it took a few minutes for AJ to calm down. Once he did he recognized the urgency of getting Luna back to the cabin as quickly as possibly so she could warm up. He'd stoked the fire before he started packing wood inside, but he'd also left the door standing open while he made trip after trip. Maybe he'd let out too much heat. What if the fire had gone out while he was searching for Luna? He had no idea how long he'd been out and couldn't begin to guess how much longer she had.

"Hold on to me, Luna, I'm gonna get you to the cabin very soon." With his arm holding keeping one side of the jacket around her as he held her to his chest, AJ curled his hand around the other edge to it from falling open. His other arm slipped behind her knees as he rocked back on his toes and pushed to his feet. He didn't even need to get his bearings to know where he was going. Tracking her scent from a distance had taken a bit of effort but he could following his own scent with no effort at all. "What happened?" he wanted to know. AJ wasn't simply asking because he wanted to know, which he did, but he also wanted to keep Luna awake. On some level he knew that she wasn't as bad off as he'd thought initial. She certainly could have been a lot worse off. On the other hand, it was difficult not to worry that maybe she was worse off than he thought her to be now. What if she went back to sleep and he couldn't wake her up? What if she never woke up?

Closing his eyes as he trudged through the snow, a half frozen Luna in his arms, AJ couldn't help but wish he hadn't given her the address. By doing so he'd put her in danger and that was something he could never forgive himself for. Despite the deep snow he pushed himself harder, anxious to get Luna to the cabin. Once she was warm, had slept and regained her energy, AJ would get her back to her truck and send her home. If anything the turn of events just went to prove how much better off she was without him. Luna never would have been in the situation if not for him. The burden of that knowledge was much exponentially greater than carrying her threw deep snow. With his muscle tone and stamina, he wasn't working any harder than he had moving alone. Finally, and with great relief, the cabin appeared in the distance. "Just a couple more minutes," he told her, reassuring himself almost as much as Luna.

AJ & Luna
words: 1316 | outfit: click | lyrics: you're not alone - nick lachey | notes: LOVE the dream! and her delirium is understandable!

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Luna A. Lowell
 Posted: May 5 2012, 03:58 PM
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"horse-hearted"

Human. 25, from Thunder Cove
Single.
56 posts. Played by Nik




realized that i need you
wondered if you could come home
“Couldn’t have, I was following my compass,” she countered when he said she had taken a wrong turn. A strange sort of half-hallucinatory scene of Bugs Bunny and the ‘wrong turn at Albuquerque’ played behind her eyes before she blinked, again focusing on Aaron’s face in front of hers. Luna thought she had gestured with her head toward the watch that was still around her wrist, but movement was somewhat more difficult than she had anticipated and she may have only quirked her brow in its direction. Given the trouble she was having moving her limbs and how oddly far her wrist seemed to be from the rest of her at the moment, it was possible she had taken a wrong turn. There was more than one reason to hate the cold. Like the too-hot weather that had been responsible for her heat stroke, too-cold weather could sometimes have dire effects on the way her mind processed. Everything was slower, as if the entirety of her being was gradually freezing. Her sense of direction, however, was one of those in which she prided herself and even in her current state, she didn’t want Aaron to think poorly of her. Still, she smiled when he said he was worried about her. “I’m fine. Just… a bit chilly,” she assured him, though the moment she stopped speaking, her teeth were chattering. Maybe more than a bit.

She opened her mouth to argue when he unzipped his jacket. How he was wearing only a jacket when it was snowing out was another concern, but the warmth of his skin would be imbued into the fabric of the garment and Luna wasn’t about to refuse any such thing. Being asleep had been easier—she couldn’t feel the frost that was slowly creeping into her body. Yes, that was a good way to freeze to death, but she had set the alarm on her watch. It would take more than a few hours for her heart to stop. The decision had seemed sound at the time and the mild discomfort that came with a drop in temperature wasn’t going to be enough to make her give up. ‘Lost in the woods’ was not the way Luna Lowell would die—it would be an insult to all the preparation she’d had to make her way in spite of climate or anything else. She was a resilient individual and though she couldn’t place to who exactly she meant to prove it, she knew it was important she did. Really, a nice hug would have been enough, at least in her mind. He seemed to be emitting enough warmth that she could practically see the waves of heat pealing from him in the cool air around them. A minute-long embrace and they could walk back to the truck, or to the cabin without any trouble at all. Luna huddled in close to his chest as he wrapped his jacket and his arms around her, savoring the sound of his heartbeat. “Good as new,” was her muffled affirmation, snuggled in the firm comfort of his abdomen. It wasn’t an exaggeration; everything was better when he was close.

“Very soon? Was I really close? That’s embarrassing,” she admitted with a small laugh. Even if Aaron had not told her to hold on, she would have. Indeed, he was going to have a hard time getting her to let go, the way her fingers stiffened. And what incentive was there to part from him when he happened to be everything she needed? That was no exaggeration, either. At the moment, all Luna required was a warm body and a comforting presence and Aaron had always been exactly those things. He lifted her as easily as if she was a child and she wanted to tell him to be careful because she was deceptively heavy and he wouldn’t be able to handle her secret weight. What she really wanted was for his face to stop looking like someone had kicked his puppy. He seemed sad and scared and she didn’t want either of those feeling associated with her; nothing negative. The longer Luna was in Thunder Cove, the more she felt as though she needed to somehow prove she was meant to be part of his life. Though she convinced herself she was just being paranoid, it seemed like Aaron was avoiding her, that he had been since the bar, and she couldn’t place why. If she could keep everything between them light, even in the face of something like possible frostbite, maybe he would understand their friendship was non-negotiable. Yes, she needed to keep everything light until they could get somewhere warm where she would cuddle close to him and rub his back and then they would eat muffins and she could find out what was really bothering him.

What had happened to get her into this situation was more embarrassing than the idea that she might have only been a few minutes away when she decided to make camp. “Moose,” she said, not wanting to elaborate on her humiliation. “There was a moose in the middle of the road and I swerved. The truck didn’t like that,” she laughed, speaking into the crook of his neck, where she was pressing the cold tip of her nose. He smelled like burning wood and sweat and she kind of loved it. “I think the moose was alright, though. The truck, too, just tipped a bit to the side. I’d have called, but the stupid phone told me no.” She was more frustrated with the failed technology than her situation. Even her compass was digital and if AJ was right then apparently that had gone haywire, too. Or he was just joking. The creases in his face said otherwise. It felt like a long time they had been walking, but her concept of time was slightly skewed at the moment. Luna wouldn’t have minded if they trudged on a little longer. Or, a lot longer. Safe in the circle of Aaron’s arms and wrapped in the jacket that smelled so like him, she could fall asleep and know everything would be alright, even if that dream wolf came back again. His loping walk was almost like being rocked. Her only real concern was that he might succumb to the cold the way she had, though the warmth of his skin was enough to assure her of the opposite. “How did you find me?”

Luna & Aaron
words: 1088 | outfit: click | lyrics: "First Day of my Life" - Bright Eyes | notes: They're so cute! And she's trying so hard to calm him down.
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Aaron J. Dallas
 Posted: May 5 2012, 05:46 PM
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"Thunder River Beta"

Werewolf. 25, from Thunder Cove, WA
Single.
64 posts. Played by Josie



On the day the darkness comes,
I'll find you, Save you, Baby.
In spite of the situation, AJ grinned briefly at Luna's insistence she had taken a wrong turn. "Guess that's my bad then, fairies must have to transported the cabin to a new location after I gave you the address. Damn pesky critters!" Keeping a bit of humor was probably a very good thing for both of them just then. She had been moving in the right general direction, though it wasn't exactly the quickest route because of the terrain. How Luna wound up where she did was far less important than getting her back to the warm of the cabin, the fire AJ hoped would still be burning. There was so much he should have done different lately, leaving her to find her to find her away alone to the cabin was just one. He wanted to reprimand her for not bring some sort of GPS, though refrained since that would have been left back at her truck, wherever that was. Ultimately it was all his fault. If he was going to give her the address he should have made arrangements to meet her in the closest town instead of relying on whatever means had gotten her to take place. "Chilly?" he challenged with a loud snort.

By that point AJ was already working at doing what he could to help warm Luna. His body heat was the best option so tucking her into his jacket was the way to go. Hopefully he found her before frostbite started to set in. She was cold, there was two ways about that. "How long have you been out here?" Even when he'd been laying in firewood prior to getting the first hint that Luna was in the area, AJ had noticed the temperature was dropping. Since then it continued a steady decline to the point it was likely only single digits by that point. He kept asking question but knew that could all wait. The absolutely more important thing was to get Luna back to the cabin. Closing his eyes as he help her closer, AJ gently squeezed her in response to her claim that she was good as new. Even as a little girl, and she had been no less tiny than she was currently, she had been a tough cookie. It was like she always had something to prove and that never set well with him. There hadn't been anything to prove in his view, still wasn't.

"You weren't too far, Luna," he told her, wanting to make her feel better in every possible way. "There's no reason to be embarrassed. The snow was coming down pretty good for a while there, not to mention the lack of light." The truth was that it had taken him almost an hour to find her, mostly because of the necessity to track her. Once he started back to the cabin, AJ knew where he was headed, thus would take a much more direct path back. Besides that he could move more efficiently at speed rather than having to continually pause and sniff around. Even with Luna's compass it would have taken her longer to get to the cabin than it would take him to get her back now. A lot of factors contributed to that, none of which included any sort of deficiency in her. AJ's muscular build and stamina were the biggest factors, combined with the lack of affect the cold weather presented with his high natural body heat. As soon as they got back to the cabin though, food was going to be important for both of them - just as soon as Luna was warm.

When she started to explain how she came to be walking around in the Canadian wilderness in the middle of the night, AJ once again wanted to chastise her. Didn't she knew that you aren't supposed to swerve for animals, usually because they move at the last minute? Then again, if her truck wasn't damaged then she might well have been better off. A collision with a moose would not have ended well for the small vehicle she drove. Ultimately though, it was his fault for not meeting her before she left civilization. "So glad that moose was fine," AJ said dryly, rolling his eyes before nodding. "Yeah, cell service is usually spotty due to weather." Just over thirty minutes had passed from the time he picked Luna up to the moment he reached the door of the cabin. "I thought I'd walk down to meet you, make sure you found the last turn in the dark, and I saw your tracks." That was the most viable response he could offer as he opened the door and carried Luna into the shelter of the cabin.

As soon as he got in the door it was closed behind them. AJ breathed a sigh of relief that the fire was crackling away. Without hesitation he moved to the front of the hearth and sank to his knees, still holding Luna against his chest. By the orange glow of the fire he could see her pallor and the discoloration of her lips. The most important thing was to bring up her core temperature, which would help warm the rest of her more quickly. After that AJ would worry about her extremities. "Luna, this isn't going to be all that pleasant but I need to get you into something warmer." With that he set her on the floor, between him, then removed his jacket before reaching to zip her coat and slip it off. He continued stripping layers until she was left in a white tank top. Immediately he pulled off his own shirt and promptly slipped it over her head. Next he wrapped his jacket around her, allowing the residual heat in his own clothing to help warm her. The sight of Luna swimming in his garments would have been funny if the situation wasn't so serious. Shifting into a cross-legged position, AJ lifted her into his lap and wrapped his arm back around her. The sooner she warmed up the better he was going to feel.

AJ & Luna
words: 1020 | outfit: click | lyrics: you're not alone - nick lachey | notes: Luna, you lucky, lucky girl!

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Luna A. Lowell
 Posted: May 5 2012, 07:15 PM
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"horse-hearted"

Human. 25, from Thunder Cove
Single.
56 posts. Played by Nik




realized that i need you
wondered if you could come home
“There’s fairies, now,” she supplied. “Or there’ve always been.” She didn’t know too much about them, though she had to assume they weren’t the same mischief-making spritely creatures her father had described when he told those Irish folk tales while she drifted off to sleep wherever they happened to be camping. In fact, her mother had been very interested in the prospect that the supernatural might be just a little more natural than anyone had ever thought to realize. The announcement that there was definitely more than meets the eye going on across the world was shocking to some people and Luna herself would admit to being a bit skeptical. If she had learned anything being an animal specialist, though, it was that humans had the inclination to react violently to things they did not understand. It made sense that if there were fairies and vampires and shape-shifters and all manner of other creatures skulking around, they had done their best to keep themselves under wraps. Maybe they had once coexisted with humanity, but had found the species to be too untrusting. Luna didn’t want to be one of those people and her mother had been all-too-thrilled to discover that even a couple of her environmentalist colleagues were fae-born. Luna wouldn’t have believed it unless she’d seen it herself. “Can they really do that? Transport places?” she asked, genuinely curious as to what he thought of this whole supernatural phenomenon, and how much he knew. Sure, he was being sarcastic, but who knew? Maybe he was an expert. “Yes, chilly. Aren’t you?” she pressed. Just in case any of this got back to the boys Aaron hung out with when they were still kids—Luna was undaunted by snow.

Time seemed to move more slowly when you were doing anything difficult, and hiking through snow and trees was pretty difficult, even for someone who was in good shape. Luna wasn’t any sort of body builder, but she did spend a good deal of her time on horseback—which took more muscle control than people seemed to realize—or running around after creatures much faster and more physically able than herself. She was in fair condition, but it was still a stretch to say she was completely unaffected by the work she had done. Anyone would have been tired after a few hours of that and as time stretched, she was less concerned with it. When Aaron asked how long she’d been out there, she couldn’t give him a good answer. Still, her brows furrowed as she genuinely tried to place the last time she could recall before glancing at her watch. “I set the alarm on my watch to go off after three hours. So I wouldn’t freeze or anything,” she said after moment, finding that the numbers on the face of her watch didn’t make as much sense as she would have liked them to. She didn’t want him to think she was just wandering, directionless, being irresponsible. Part of her wanted to reiterate the fact that she didn’t need saving, but it was clear from the way her body clung to his that was not quite true. “I did hike around for a good bit, though. I didn’t just give up,” she insisted somewhat defensively, though it was hard to tell with the up and down of her voice she adjusted both to being awake and to her body’s realization that it was far colder than she’d been willing to admit.

She was reassured by his hug, though she did want to sulk about having been so close to her goal without actually having reached it on her own. “I’m usually much better at this kind of thing,” she said with a sigh, though she appreciated the fact that he recognized it was no easy task. She felt silly when she explained about the moose. Most people wouldn’t have put themselves in danger for the sake of an animal, but moose were majestic and, as she understood, sometimes hunted for their meat. She didn’t want to be one of the people responsible for another moose death in Canada, though there probably would have been more damage to her truck than the animal. “Me too. I’d never be able to forgive myself if I killed a moose,” she agreed, only barely catching onto the sarcasm in his voice but also clinging to any bit of conversation that would keep them easily conversing instead of focused on the fact that he was literally carrying her through dark, snowy woods and that she was quite possibly on the way to freezing to death. “Cell service is stupid. Next time, we’ll use smoke signals,” she determined with a final nod. The way he had found her was questionable at best, but considering how little of her mind was currently available, Luna decided to let it go. Besides, the warmth from the inside of the cabin was calling her name.

They settled in front of the fire and for a moment she was very confused. “…you’re not going to put me on the fire, are you?” she asked, only half-worried he would ever do anything like that when he explained whatever he was about to do wasn’t going to be pleasant and that he needed to get her into ‘something warmer.’ The fire was plenty warm. Instead he was… unceremoniously stripping her. Luna didn’t argue and with the heat of the fire at her back all she could do was lift her arms as he un-cocooned her carefully. She hugged her arms around herself as she was left in nothing but her tank top, hoping there was a more comfortable end-game to this ordeal since, for all intents and purposes, he only seemed to want her naked. Oddly, she didn’t mind that. “If you… wanted to see my Superman underwear, all you had to do was ask,” she said with a small smile, though she was soon enough enveloped by Aaron’s humungous shirt. It was warm and, like his jacket, smelled like him. And his chest. He might have been carved out of marble, for the way his muscles were lit and shadowed by the flickering of the fire behind her and for a moment all she could do was look at him in complete awe. It must have been the delirium as she found herself wondering, again, if he had always been so beautiful.

“You have a really nice chest,” she breathed. She didn’t have long to admire him, however, before she was pulled in close to that heated skin. There was no hesitation as she rested her cool cheek to him, relishing the sensation of being so close to his bare skin. His heartbeat was not nearly as fast as she expected of someone who had just carried another person through the woods, but still hard and strong as a jackhammer. His tattoos were in plain sight now, and as her fingers lost their stiffness, she traced a fingertip along one of the designs. “I hope I’m cold forever,” she vowed, perhaps enjoying their closeness a bit too much, nudging her head beneath his chin. “Are you hungry? There’s treats in my bag,” she offered, running her fingers from his chest and over his shoulder idly. “But only if you don’t have to move to get them. This is nice.”

Luna & Aaron
words: 1244 | outfit: click | lyrics: "First Day of my Life" - Bright Eyes | notes: Luna-cicle is fun to write xD
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Aaron J. Dallas
 Posted: May 5 2012, 08:39 PM
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"Thunder River Beta"

Werewolf. 25, from Thunder Cove, WA
Single.
64 posts. Played by Josie



On the day the darkness comes,
I'll find you, Save you, Baby.
Despite the situation, his place in the supernatural world, it hadn't really occurred to AJ to wonder what Luna knew of the newly revealed species of the world until they started talking about fairies. Of course that had merely been him being a smartass in response to her insistence that she hadn't taken a wrong turn. It was big enough news when reports hit the media about the existence of various creatures living among the human population. Just because someone had heard the reports didn't mean they believed what they heard. In his experience, the few times it had come up for discussion in his earshot, most people were of the opinion that they would believe it when they saw it with their own eyes. AJ suspected Luna would fit in that category, if she'd even been in a place to get the reports at the time. She had mentioned being in the states at times so it was likely she must have heard. Then again, she didn't exactly embrace technology, at all, so he wondered if that included television and radio. "Maybe, if you believe in all that sort of thing." It didn't seem likely that he might get a better chance to ask about what she knew or believed than right that moment. Of course that left him needing to make a confession. "I don't know, Ladybug, I was being a smartass." The true answer to her question as to whether he was chilly or not would be "no" but there again it might be giving too much away. "Well, it is chilly out," he confirmed without actually answering her question.

To tell the truth, AJ was quite impressed with Luna's skills. Lesser people would have likely been in much worse shape than she was. Hell, someone who didn't much about wilderness survival could well have already succumb to the frigid temperatures after expending so much energy between the body trying to keep itself warm along with the physical exertion of walking in deep snow. From having his arms around her that first day at her house, AJ knew that Luna was in great shape. The muscle tone she carried made her a tad heavier someone might think, not that her weight was an issue for him. He was rather impressed as he took her in his arms, his hand curled around her thigh as he carried her. "That was good thinking," he agreed with a nod. AJ couldn't help but wonder however, as cold as she was then, if her body would have responded to the alarm. The tone she used saying that she took a good hike before taking shelter made him frown. "I know you better than to think you would ever just give up," he said gently. "Frankly, I'm impressed." He wasn't just saying that to make her feel better either. He didn't know where her truck left the road, but that didn't really matter. At that time of night, in those conditions, her making any progress at all was impressive.

Releasing a sigh, he shook his head. "Luna… you were further off than I made it sound," AJ admitted quietly. He couldn't go on letting her think that she was five minutes from the cabin when that wasn't true. It took him walking nearly thirty minutes to make it and he knew where he was going. In all likelihood it would have taken her at least twice that long on her own. "But I know the terrain, you don't. Plus it's dark and snowing. Don't sell yourself short. You did much better than anyone else would have." AJ couldn't stand to let her get down on herself. Learning that she'd crashed trying to avoid a moose, of all things, annoyed him to some degree. Sure she might have been safer hitting the ditch than the moose, but still. Frankly it made him want to find the offending beast and have a very stern conversation. Good thing for the moose that getting Luna to the cabin and warm was of much more importance. His expression had darkened as he direction some nasty thoughts toward the moose in questions. At the mention of using smoke signals over cell phones next time, AJ's lips curved into a smirk as he snorted loudly. "There's a plan." He didn't bother to point out that she didn't have a fire.

A surprised chuckled escaped him at her question. "Would you like me to put you in the fire?" he asked uncertainly. "I don't think that would make you feel better." AJ tried to focus on the endgame as he peeled off the various layers that Luna had the foresight to put on and not the fact that he was stripping her in front of fire, something that might have been romantic if not for the urgency of her condition. Then again, if it weren't for that he wouldn't have been removing her clothing. Still it was difficult not to notice the tone of her arms and the curve of her shoulders before he enveloped her with his shirt. Snorting again, AJ shook his head, fighting the grin that threatened to overtake his features. "I'll keep that in mind," he returned with a light chuckle, though the was an edge of nerves to the sound. Seeing her in her Superman underwear wasn't something he wanted to think about, though it was impossible not to after she mentioned them. The way Luna stared at his chest didn't help matters either, really. He was quite familiar with the expression though catching it on her face left him feeling very different than anything the same look from another woman produced.

"Thanks," AJ responded to her compliment after clearing his throat. Maybe he should have thought a bit more about the situation he was putting himself in before he acted. All he'd been thinking about however was getting Luna warmed up. Pulling her back against his chest seemed like the best option in that moment. Though that, too, wasn't the wisest idea. AJ dipped his head, resting his chin on the crown of Luna's head and enveloping her in his arms. "I think you're delirious," he told her, trying not to let on with his tone just how affected he already was with their closeness. His arms tightened when she snuggled closer. "Don't worry about me, Ladybug. Let's just focus on getting you warmed up." The mention of treats did remind him that it'd been a while since he'd eaten, his stomach grumbling slightly as a result. "Are you hungry?" She was the one who needed the energy some food was provide and if she wanted to eat… "I can reach it if you want something," he assured her.

AJ & Luna
words: 1125 | outfit: click | lyrics: you're not alone - nick lachey | notes: Luna-cicle is adorable! we love you both!

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Luna A. Lowell
 Posted: May 5 2012, 09:46 PM
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"horse-hearted"

Human. 25, from Thunder Cove
Single.
56 posts. Played by Nik




realized that i need you
wondered if you could come home
Luna couldn’t decide how much of the recent news of an entirely separate “supernatural” world she believed. It was very easy for people to make claims that they were something “other” now that the news had been broken and though even her very empirically-minded mother had been convinced by her colleagues Luna didn’t know how much of the rest she could concede to. She liked the idea of it. To her, it was just another horizon yet to be explored and she loved new horizons. What she didn’t like was the idea that she might have to approach strangers with more caution than she was used to. Animals would always be Luna’s kindred spirits, but when she did get up the courage to ingratiate herself with her own kind, it was with a certain amount of naivety—though she was loathe to use that word. Her father used that word a lot to describe the way Luna walked into situations expecting everyone to be trustworthy, but Luna liked to give others the benefit of the doubt. She operated very much on her gut instincts and she was rarely wrong. That wasn’t a comfort to her father, or apparently to Aaron, who had chastised her only a few hours ago about leaving her door open at night. Or at least what she thought was a few hours. “No reason not to. I mean, I don’t think there are miniature people with… dragonfly wings fluttering around, but…” she trailed off, feeling silly for even bringing it up. Of course he was kidding; he was a grown man. Even if he did believe in fairies, he wasn’t going to say so aloud. “Your ass is always smart,” she laughed, though she couldn’t crane her neck in the right way to give his backside a proper emphasizing look. In any other case she might have pressed, arguing that he hadn’t fully answered her question, but there was too much else to keep her attention and Aaron had always seemed to burn just a little hotter than anyone else.

“Well, I didn’t want you to be waiting around forever. You might’ve started to think I’d abandoned you to go hibernate with a bear or something,” she teased, though she was encouraged by his affirmation that she had made the right decision. Somewhere, not too far from the surface of her consciousness, she was still seeking Aaron’s approval. The way he was acting was inconsistent and she couldn’t be sure whether or not he wanted her there at all. The situation was exacerbated a bit, of course, given the fact he had just found her curled up in the forest alone, but the more positive things he said about her, the better she felt about their future friendship. All she really wanted to know was whether or not that relationship existed at all, anymore. If her face had been warm enough, she would have been grinning ear-to-ear at the simple use of the phrase “I know you.” It meant he still felt some closeness to her, if he thought he knew her well enough to know… anything about her now, really. The same knobby-kneed Luna who persevered through every competition with boys twice her size was the one he carried in his arms now, just without the knobby knees. She so wanted him to know she was the same as she had always been, that they could be the same as they always had been. “And all it took was a walk in the snow,” she laughed, her breath tangible in the air as they continued on. How was he not freezing?

His reassurances were almost as comforting as the arms that carried her now. With her arms draped around his neck, she could only smile into his neck when he made every excuse for her he could as to why she had been trapped out in the woods instead of in the cabin with him all along. “Not better than you. But at least as good,” she confirmed, feeling better that she hadn’t lost her touch since her arrival in Thunder Cove. Though she knew it was an irrational fear, she worried that she would forget how to be the solid, fearless adventurer she always had been if she settled down for too long. Without any new climates to brave or terrains to cover, what was to keep her from becoming soft and domestic? Not that there was anything wrong with that—part of her really wanted that, if she had the right person to share it with. On the other hand it would almost be losing a part of herself if she never set out on the road again. To have lost her skills so quickly would have been almost as big a tragedy as if she’d killed that moose. Aaron couldn’t possibly know how talented she was when it came to just being out in the wild, but he had his own skills. If he was commending hers, that had to mean something. “Do you read smoke signals? I don’t, but I’ll learn, for next time.” As if she could be more impressed by him.

Once they got into the cabin it was as if the entire world had changed and there was nothing but lovely, suffocating heat and Aaron. Pretty much a perfect world, in her humble opinion. “I’m not nearly as flame-retardant as I used to be,” she admitted with a smile, already feeling much better just for the fact that they were no longer surrounded by cold air. She didn’t know how taking her clothes off would make her feel better, though now that the layers were being peeled away she realized most of them were soaked through with melted snow. It was common sense to get her out of wet clothes, but apparently her limbs were so numb that she hadn’t even noticed. Aaron was doing right by her, then, removing them, though she couldn’t help the flashes of sexy scenes from romance novels that played in her head as the firelight reflected off his features and her clothes seemed to melt away. “I also have Batman and Spiderman, if you’re interested,” she giggled, pulling the collar of his shirt up to cover her nose, both because it was cold and so she could take a deep breath of the way he smelled. Also, she hoped it would mask the way her jaw dropped once she took notice of his chest in all its bare and beautiful glory.

“Gosh. Can’t imagine how many women have fallen victim to all that,” she teased in reference to the firmly muscled plane against which she rested now. Luna wasn’t going to admit to being one of those women quite yet, though she was glad they were sitting. Her knees had turned to jelly and she’d have fallen flat on her face if the situation were different. In any other situation she might not be able to admire him so readily, however, so she was taking small blessings and reveling in the steady rise and fall of his breath and how very right it felt to be this close to him after so long. “I think you’re embarrassed,” she countered when he said she was delirious. Maybe she was, a bit. That didn’t change the fact that he was terribly attractive and she had the luck of being held to him like she was precious. She pressed her nose into his neck, tracing the curve of his jaw with its tip, nuzzling. “You’re allowed to worry about me and I’m not allowed to worry about you? What happened to equality?” she asked. She was warming up, though she didn’t want to admit it if it meant they had to separate. “I could eat a whole tofu cow,” she admitted when he asked if she was hungry. And she did want something, but it hadn’t anything to do with food. “I’ll eat if you do. Were you really going to stay out here all alone?”

Luna & Aaron
words: 1354 | outfit: click | lyrics: "First Day of my Life" - Bright Eyes | notes: Blah, long! But they're getting kinda hot, aren't they? xD
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Aaron J. Dallas
 Posted: May 6 2012, 01:04 AM
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"Thunder River Beta"

Werewolf. 25, from Thunder Cove, WA
Single.
64 posts. Played by Josie



On the day the darkness comes,
I'll find you, Save you, Baby.
Hearing Luna's reply to his question, AJ found himself even more concerned about certain habits she'd displayed, such as leaving her door open while she slept. Just because nothing bad had ever happened did not mean there wasn't reason for concern with such behavior. That was specially true if she did believe that supernatural creatures actually exist. "So you believe in the existence of vampires and werewolves yet you see no issue leaving your door open through the night, while you're sleeping?" Of course AJ knew that most werewolves were champions for the human race, rather than out to destroy it, but he was trying to make a point. It was also true that vampires required permission to enter a residence but that was beside the point. Luna was far too trusting for her own good. There were creatures in the world who meant only to do harm and most were clever enough to outwit even an intelligent human who was too trusting. That was Luna in a nutshell and frankly it scared AJ, set off single protective instinct he possessed, which was very significant. "Would you buy butterfly wings?" he asked, teasing despite the serious point he was attempting to make. He snorted loudly, giving a short but deep laugh as Luna commented about his ass. "Oh my ass has gotten much smarter in the past decade. You would hardly recognize it!"

Shaking his head, he rolled his eyes slightly. While he would have liked to deny that he had any issues with abandonment, that was not true in any way, shape or form. "Well thanks for not testing my patience, I don't have much left right now." The words left his mouth before he knew they were coming. Opening the topic to his reason for being there in the first place was something he would rather avoid as long as possible. There were definitely more important matters to attend, first and foremost, Luna. In all honesty, AJ was rather dreading discussion of his reasons for leaving Thunder Cove. Then again, maybe she knew exactly why he was there. Luna mentioned having spent the day shopping with Payton. The odds were better than even that his sister had told her all about his actions at the pier, well perhaps not all of his actions. She couldn't just out and say, "Oh yeah, and he was so angry that he almost shifted into a wolf right there in front of everyone." In truth it wasn't exactly in front of everyone, but it was in full view and, even worse, it had been far too close to Pay. Luna's warm laugh drew him back to the moment and out of the memory that had been haunting him. "What can I say, apparently I'm easily impressed." When it comes to you, was the accompanying thought.

Breathing out slowly, AJ shook his head. "I already told you, it's an unfair comparison since I know the terrain and you don't. That makes a difference. You certainly have nothing to be ashamed of in this situation though." Reassuring Luna had always been of high priority to AJ, right behind protecting her. That hadn't changed and frankly it wasn't likely to change, ever. She was an amazing girl, woman now, and he couldn't imagine a time when he wouldn't find that to be true. Frankly since her return he'd been finding her a bit too amazing. That was jut another thing that AJ didn't want to think about. For the time being he wanted his focus to be on getting Luna to the cabin and getting her warm. After that everything else would have its own time. Good lord the woman was just too adorable in her half-frozen state. Was she seriously asking if he understood smoke signals? Probably. Part of him didn't want to disappoint her by admitting that he didn't, even though it had to be an almost completely lost form of communication. "I don't but I can smell smoke." In part it was the smoke from the fire at the cabin that presented him such a clear path to follow on the return.

With a soft snort, he nodded. "I admit I'm glad to hear that; I was really not looking forward to impaling you with a spit." As AJ worked to make Luna more comfortable, it was difficult not to wish stripping her in front of the fireplace was for an entirely different reason. That was just the sort of thinking that would lead him to making sure Luna headed back home just as soon as she was rested up and he could get her truck back on the road and to the cabin. That would be his first course of action come morning. No more than he slept he could be there and back with the vehicle before Luna woke for the day. There he was again, being something of an ass by letting to come all that way on lonely to quickly send her home. AJ hadn't expected to have to practically strip her naked in order to warm her after she nearly froze from spending too long in the icy wilderness. Though his was grinning at her announcement about the other superhero underwear she apparently not only owned, but actually wore, he produced a click in his cheek and shook his head. "I'm more a Wolverine fan," he told her, attempting to head off further discussion as quickly as possible.

Mostly distracted by thought of Luna in her underwear, regardless of what superhero may or may not be pictured on them, AJ blinked and arched at brow at her comment. "Fallen victim to what?" Having her there in his arms, her face pressed to his bare chest or tucked high up under his chin, was making it difficult to focus on anything else. "Feeling better?" he asked, hoping to open a topic that was less likely to lead somewhere he didn't want to go. Of course it was too late as Luna responded to something else he'd said. "What would I have to be embarrassed about?" AJ questioned despite his better judgment. His eyes rolled back slightly as Luna teased her nose along his neck then jaw. Something akin to a purr, were he a cat, sounded in his chest before he could cut it off. Licking his lips, he swallowed with a bit of effort, his Adam's apple bobbing with the action. "We'll save equality for when you aren't half frozen to death," he replied, voice taking on a rough edge thanks to Luna's closeness, and the nuzzling. Blinking again AJ frowned at her next comment. "Tofu cow… that's not what you brought to eat, is it?" Had she been able to see his face she likely would have burst out laughing at the comical expression of disdain the idea of tofu created. Nodding at her affirmation that she would eat something, AJ held her to his chest and reached for her bag, needing to bend to the side only slightly to grab it and haul it to his side. "Alone is probably the best thing for me right now, Luna," he said quietly, shifting the bag into her lap. "I shouldn't have accepted your offer to come," he murmured into the air above her head.

AJ & Luna
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Luna A. Lowell
 Posted: May 6 2012, 11:36 AM
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"horse-hearted"

Human. 25, from Thunder Cove
Single.
56 posts. Played by Nik




realized that i need you
wondered if you could come home
Though Luna was endeared by Aaron’s concern for her, she didn’t want his concern to turn into something akin to her parents’ little worries that eventually built into threats to retire to Thunder Cove just to keep an eye on her. The only thing that kept her from worrying too much in that regard was that she doubted they would ever retire anywhere, much less in the Northwest United States of all places. “Isn’t there that thing about vampires that they can’t come in unless you invite them? I’m not inviting them in with my open door, I’m inviting everything else,” she explained, though it hadn’t truly occurred to her until just now how true his statement was. Just like fairies likely weren’t tiny little creatures with gossamer wings, it was possible all the myths and legends about vampires had also been incorrect. What if they didn’t needto be invited in? How embarrassing; to be killed by a bite to the neck just because she had wanted some furry midnight company. “And I think werewolves would like me. Regular wolves don’t seem to mind me. Maybe they’d be able to smell I’m nice. Then I’d have an extra-large cuddle partner at night. Plus, if what they say about werewolves and vampires not getting on is true, my extra-large cuddle monster would make sure no one took any bites out of my neck while I was sleeping,” she joked, though the prospect didn’t sound half bad. Of all the supernatural beings she had heard of, werewolves and shapeshifters seemed by far the most approachable. Now all she needed to do was befriend a werewolf and she could keep leaving her door open at night. Among other things, the barn was not equipped with central air and once the summer really set in, she was going to want to be able to get a cross-wind going by leaving every door and window open at night.

She poked him in the side when he suggested she buy butterfly wings for herself. “I’m not that small or delicate! I’m not dressing up like a butterfly unless you’re dressing like a… bee, mister!” she countered with a giggle. Maybe the new warmth was going to her head too easily. “You’ll have to do a turn-around once we’re inside so I can inspect it for myself,” was her laughing response. While she had been admired just about every part of Aaron since her arrival, she had yet to give his backside a good, long look and even half-frozen and probably not quite in her right mind, she wasn’t going to pass up the opportunity. There were plenty of things she didn’t recognize about Aaron anymore—she was still embarrassed she hadn’t been able to place him as soon as she saw him that first time. She hadn’t paid too much attention to his hind parts when they were growing up, so to be fair, she wouldn’t have recognized it then, either.

The smile dropped from her face when he said his patience had worn thin. Had he really been so worried about her? He knew how well-trained she was; nothing really bad could have happened to her. Maybe he was concerned about bears—who were sweeties, as far as she knew—or werewolves. Now she really wanted to meet one, just so she could assure him there was nothing to fear. “I didn’t mean to get lost, Aaron,” she said quietly, apologetic. Even his declaration that he was easily impressed didn’t make her feel much better for bringing him out of his way to find her. Or maybe he was just saying he had little patience because he had waited for her for so long. Or it had nothing to do with her and everything to do with whatever falling out he’d had with Payton and Brayden that had made him come out to the woods in the first place. Whatever the case, Luna did not want to be the one adding to his stresses; that was why she had offered to come spend the time with him. “We’ll just have to go camping more so I can learn the terrain, too,” she decided. Any excuse to spend more time with him was a good excuse and though he kept saying it was alright that he was out here practically carrying her to safety, she wanted to show him she didn’t always need saving. She was a capable individual on her own and with all the stresses he seemed to have by himself, the last thing Luna wanted to be was another load to carry, quite literally. “Next time I’ll just start a fire, then.” She spoke of ‘next time’ like this was only the first of many times she would be lost in the woods because of a silly moose that wouldn’t get out of the middle of the road.

The fire in the cabin was arranged nicely by the time they settled in front of it. Luna loved the smell of burning wood and would have taken some time to revel in the scent if not for the urgency with which Aaron had settled them. Putting her hand over her mouth to restrain what would have been an embarrassingly loud laugh, Luna shook her head quickly. “I could just hold onto the spit! If I’d have known you meant to skewer me, I’d have stayed home!” she teased, though she didn’t know how true that was. If Aaron needed her and that just happened to involve some pain, Luna wasn’t sure she would hesitate. He would never hurt her on purpose. Apparently she even trusted him enough not to question the ease with which he relieved her of her clothing. In any other situation she might have taken it as indication of some more steamy intentions, but even through their joking his face was etched with worry. When he mentioned Wolverine, she distracted herself trying to think of whether or not he had been part of the selection when she was perusing the superhero underwear. She also kept it in mind for the next gift-giving holiday. Aaron would open a box to find a pair of Wolverine boxers. Then they could almost match.

Once she was curled comfortably in his lap, the rest ceased to matter. They could have still been sitting in the middle of the snow-covered forest and she wouldn’t have minded a bit for their closeness. Oddly, this was how she had imagined coming to Thunder Cove would feel—like coming home. Luna vaguely recalled her drunken conversation with him at the Trail’s End, but she very distinctly remembered reiterating that she was home. She hadn’t been referring to the town, or the bar, or even the booth. It was Aaron. Being with him was being home and either he hadn’t understood her for the way the alcohol had affected them both, or he refused to. She didn’t want to think about the second option. Instead she focused on the heat emanating from his body and how well he had grown into. “Victim to your bulging muscles and apparently, your smart ass,” she laughed, finally finding a too-comfortable position with her head resting in the crook of his shoulder. Whenever she spoke, her breath would tickle the side of his neck. “I was good as new as soon as you hugged me, Aaron,” she assured him when he asked after her current condition. She had said as much, but she got the feeling he was taking most of what she said as exaggeration. Maybe it was easier for him to deal with her honesty that way.

“You’re embarrassed that your shirt’s off and instead of ignoring it like I’m supposed to, I can’t stop staring,” she explained, though by now she didn’t have as much of a view. Still, her fingertips continued to trail along the ridges of his chest as they spoke, feeling the slightly raised skin where his tattoos began. It almost sounded as if he’d purred just now and she had to assume it was because he was enjoying being pet. She continued, though it would have been easier if he had more hair. With that in mind, her cheek raised to run along his scruffy one affectionately before she burst into a new set of giggles, shaking her head. “Tofu cows have gone extinct, I’m afraid. And no, just some trail mix and some jerky and far too many baked goods,” she explained, only able to imagine the horror on his face. He had always been more carnivore than even omnivore and she was kind of glad that was something that hadn’t changed. She opened the pack as soon as he pulled it into her lap, looking down into its contents to distract from the things he was saying that she didn’t want to hear. To give his mouth something else to do, she held out a blueberry walnut muffin, urging him to take it. “Why would you say something like that?” She pulled away just slightly so she could look into his face. “I think you're delirious. You keep saying it’s not me you’re avoiding, but then you say something like that. ‘I’d rather be alone than with you, Luna, sorry.’” She tried to give him a stern face, though all she could muster was a hint of hurt. “I’m here now. And I’m not leaving. So eat your damn muffin and pretend you like me for a bit, okay?”

Luna & Aaron
words: 1595 | outfit: click | lyrics: "First Day of my Life" - Bright Eyes | notes: Mean Aaron. Eat your damn muffin xD
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Aaron J. Dallas
 Posted: May 6 2012, 02:19 PM
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"Thunder River Beta"

Werewolf. 25, from Thunder Cove, WA
Single.
64 posts. Played by Josie



On the day the darkness comes,
I'll find you, Save you, Baby.
It was a start that Luna believed in the supernatural creatures around but clearly there was reason for concern. Obviously she didn't know as much as she should. Frankly that was true of most humans but AJ's primary concern was Luna. He would protect everyone that he could but she would always be a priority, as long as she was near enough for him to protect. It was true that vampires had to be invited into a home, but that was a one-time deal. The species wasn't stupid. One of the advantages of living so long was the accumulation of wisdom. They knew full well how to work around their boundaries. On the surface they appeared more human than not, some even had the means to survive in the light of day. In all honesty AJ didn't understand why a witch would ever do anything for a vampire, much less provide them the means to exist in daylight. Oh right, greed, that's why it happened. Witches were more human than most supernatural species and yet they could be swayed by gains to sell out the human race, make them more vulnerable. "It only takes one invitation, Luna, then they can enter any time they want. How hard would it be for one to stop by sometime and ask for a drink of water? Or to use your phone?" AJ realized that he was probably giving too much information, surely it would lead to more questions but it was necessary knowledge if she was going to protect herself. He had already begun patrolling around her place, laying his scent as deterrent to anything that didn't want to make an enemy of a werewolf, but there were creatures that were pure evil and wouldn't be deterred. Plus vampires possessed the ability to compel. One could force Luna to allow them in the house without her even being aware of what was happening.

Hearing her go on then about werewolves, AJ exhaled heavily. Sure werewolves would like her, many already did. If only she knew that both him and his father, not to mention all the boys she used to run with when she was little, were all wolves in human guise. They all liked her. There again, he made sure his scent was around her place, something that any of the pack members would recognize and be added incentive to protect her if something was amiss. That would mean nothing to a rogue wolf, however. The one who killed Owen O'Shae had very little regard for human life and if one was trying to start something Luna would be a prime target. None of it was simple or easy. The world was a dangerous place, for more dangerous than she apparently believed. AJ felt a sting of pain at her reference to a werewolf being a monster. Maybe she was right. His temper had very nearly cause him to hurt his sister. Even though he knew that never would have happened on purpose, his shifting so close to her could have resulted in harm without him meaning to. Trying to remain focused on the current situation, he pushed those thoughts back again, something he'd been doing ever since it happened. "If you want something to snuggle, why don't you try a dog? Huskies are fairly wolfish, maybe we can find you a big one of those." His words were a bit harder than AJ intended. Fortunately there was a little misunderstanding about the whole fairy idea and the laugh it produced helped to ease a good deal of his tension. "No, not purchase, you nut, I meant would you believe fairies wings were like butterflies, not dragonflies," he corrected, his laugh continuing. Then he snorted and shook his head at her suggestion that he do a spin for her so she could check out his ass for herself. Part of him felt smug in the knowledge that she wanted to look him over while the rest was concerned that it would open a door that needed to remain closed.

AJ frowned at her apology, shaking his head. "I'm not upset with you, Luna. Of course you didn't get lost on purpose. Don't worry about it," That was precisely why he was better off being alone, he had a difficult time properly expressing himself when he was upset or distracted and currently he was both. Frankly having Luna to worry about took his mind off the things that he didn't want to think about. Sooner or later he needed to deal with it all, sooner was probably for the best. AJ had responsibilities in Thunder Cove, he couldn't continue to hide in Canada. Frankly he was a little surprised that his father hadn't contacted him yet, or hadn't sent someone to bring him back if he couldn't get through by phone. Obviously the Alpha knew the struggle facing his son and was inclined to let him work through it in his own way. But how long would that remain the case? A small smile touched AJ's lips as Luna talked about camping and learning the territory. Could she get any more perfect? He didn't think so but he wasn't counting it out. She'd always been like that, always ready and willing to do whatever she needed to fit in with him. Unfortunately, despite all her perfection, there was still that nagging part of his brain that insisted she couldn't be trusted to stay in Thunder Cove, to stay with him. "Just be sure not to set the whole forest on fire," he teased her lightly, trying to distract her from the fact he didn't response to her suggestion they do more camping, though the humor fell a bit flat.

Raising his brows, AJ snorted loudly. "Hey, you're the one who wanted to be in the fire!" he objected strenuously. "I never wanted to skewer you!" At least on some level things were still somewhat normal. Of course there was no telling how long that would remain the case. There was just too much going on, too much on his mind, too much uncertainty about what would happen when he returned home. And then there was everything with Luna. The wolf portion was barking any number of suggestions of ways to warm her up more quickly, and most of them involved a complete lack of clothing. The fact that he had to remove the majority of her clothes in order to give her a boost on warming up didn't help the situation. It was a struggle to keep that part of his psyche pushed down. Confliction seemed to be the order of the night. While AJ wished Luna had stayed home, mostly so she wouldn't have experienced the trek through the wilderness and subsequent half-frozen state, he was glad to have her there. He always wanted to her close, closer than he would ever admit.

Having Luna as close as she was, sitting there in his lap so his naturally high body temperature could help normalize hers, he had to continue to remind himself that closer wasn't possible. That was the hardest part of all. From the time that Luna left Thunder Cove, AJ always felt like something was missing. Now that she was back, and particularly when they were together, he found that he felt complete, stronger. Though he knew what that meant he wouldn't allow himself to acknowledge it, he couldn't. Their positions made it all so much harder. Luna sat in the well of his lap, her legs hooked over his right thigh, head resting against his shoulder, her face nearly pressed against his neck. AJ loved the sensation of her breath ruffling his scruff and brushing over his skin. His left arm curved around her back in a diagonal line, his hand formed against the side of her thigh beneath her hip. His right left elbow rested in her lap, the hand slightly rubbing along the length of her arm in an effort to further warm her. Releasing a sigh, AJ searched for something else to focus on. The last thing he wanted to discuss with Luna was his relationship with other women, and what they fell for. "I should get you out of those boots. Your feet are probably wet. It wouldn't hurt to get out of those jeans, either." For that matter, his own jeans were damp.

He stared into the crackling fire as she offered her opinion about what he was feeling. "I'm not embarrassed," he said bluntly. "But I can certainly put on a shirt if my not having one makes you uncomfortable." Frankly now that she warmed up enough to unthaw a bit, they really should both get into fresh clothes. Plus the fire could use more fuel. The way she was touching him, drawing her fingers along the lines of his tattoos and stroking her nose along his jaw, was making in supremely difficult to think about anything else. The rumble that vibrated his chest and throat wasn't exactly a human reaction. Would Luna notice? AJ hoped that she was still distracted enough by the chill in her bones not to think anything was amiss. Closing his eyes, his head tipped into the contact of her cheek to his while his hand lightly squeezed her thigh. "That is sad news," he replied in regards to the extinction of tofu cows. A loud snort filled the room, bouncing off the close walls. "There can never be too many baked goods, what are you talking about?" Releasing the pack to rest fully in Luna's lap, AJ took the offered muffin. "Thanks," he murmured roughly, blinking as she spoke again. His face shifted into a scowl as he shook his head, leaning back slightly to look at her more easily. "I'm not avoiding you, and I never said that, Luna. I said I'm not good company, which I've just proved." His eyes went back to the fire, his expression an unreadable mask. "Is that what you think? That I have to pretend to like you?" Surprisingly the turn in the conversation completely killed AJ's appetite. He set the muffin aside, glancing at Luna before focusing on the dancing flames in the fireplace.

AJ & Luna
words: 1705 | outfit: click | lyrics: you're not alone - nick lachey | notes: woah, big jump there! glad you like 'em long! and he's not trying to be mean. -sadface-
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Luna A. Lowell
 Posted: May 7 2012, 10:56 PM
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"horse-hearted"

Human. 25, from Thunder Cove
Single.
56 posts. Played by Nik




realized that i need you
wondered if you could come home
It seemed Aaron knew something about the supernatural himself. Or at least he had read all the same things everyone else had. He could be humoring her now, but the tone in his voice was harsher than she imagined it would be if he was only going off of conjecture or something he’d seen in a movie. Like he knew. “Do you know many vampires?” she asked, sounding more petulant than curious. She was curious, but the way he was talking was almost like being chastised and though granted, she had just been found alone in the woods, almost frozen, she didn’t like to feel as though she was being babied. “I don’t have to let someone in my house to give them a drink of water or for them to use my phone. They’d probably have a better chance at it than I did, anyway,” she said, still resenting the fact that her cell phone hadn’t done its job when she’d needed it most. If Luna was being honest with herself then she would have to admit she was likely as anything to let someone into her house if they asked. She heartily believed in the Greek idea of hospitality. Who knew when a god was standing on your doorstep asking for a drink of water?

Of course, it wasn’t until recently that she’d had a real place to call her own, but the places in which she had operated for a long time were more barter-based than anything else. Hospitality was something that came with the territory because everyone shared everything. Apparently she couldn’t be so trusting here in the states. In a small town like Thunder Cove she would have hoped crime wouldn’t be an issue, but maybe she had put the whole place on a bit of a pedestal. And maybe there was much more to it than anyone would have imagined. “Do you think they’d just tell me, if I asked? They could come asking for water or the phone or something and I could say ‘Okay, but only if you’re not a vampire. If you’re a vampire, you have to stay outside.’ Does it work like that? Can they lie their way in?” she asked, wondering just how bound anyone was to those kinds of rules. “You’re the only one who’s been in my house yet other than Pay. You’re not a vampire are you?” she laughed a little at that. “Even if you were, I’d still let you in.” Aaron could bare his hypothetical fangs at her and she’d still want to have him around.

Speaking of snuggling... she had considered getting a dog. Or a pet of some kind. Luna was used to being around animals, or at least other humans. She made good use of hostels when she was traveling and the empty house with all of its new silence to get used to felt all the larger for its lack of companionship, furry or otherwise. Still, she had hoped when she came back to town that social interaction would not be the issue. Whether it was old friends or just really friendly new people, which were common in the smaller communities, Luna anticipated this was one case in which she might actually be able to relate to the humans. As it was, she found herself longing for a little more, specifically of the Aaron-shaped variety. “I might still. Something big and fluffy. Or I could just find someone to cuddle. You’re pretty big and fluffy,” she teased, though if he offered her some cuddle time she most definitely wouldn’t refuse him. Again, Luna liked to keep things simple and she was telling him exactly what she wanted. If he chose not to listen, she was going to have to find another, better way to communicate. The giggles were back again as he let out a loud laugh she remembered loving when she was a teenager and corrected her. “Oh, those are probably beautiful,” she said with a note of awe in her voice, just imagining human-sized butterfly wings. “Been with many fairy girls?” she asked with a teasing smile, though she wondered if she would even be a match for something so delicate and dainty and ethereally gorgeous.

Luna took a deep breath and nodded when he assured her he wasn’t upset with her. That didn’t mean she wasn’t a hassle or that finding her hadn’t exerted some energy he could have reserved for something else. Luna hadn’t meant to be a bother when she came looking for him. She wanted to help him, whatever that meant. And maybe she could help herself a little by learning the terrain and making sure that didn’t happen again. Maybe she could repay the favor one day when he was lost in the woods, whether it was a literal or metaphorical interpretation. Until then, they could just go camping and learn smoke signals just in case anything even similar happened again. Not that she would let it. A playful growl played on her lips at the suggestion that she might set the forest ablaze and she pinched him in the side. She wanted to press on about camping, about spending more time together that didn’t involve him practically saving her life. “No promises,” she answered, though she wouldn’t have minded being next to a fire just then. Not on fire, though, as their joking as they reached the cabin seemed to suggest.

Now that she was curled in his lap, the rest seemed to melt away, both physically and emotionally. She was getting warmer by the second and not only because of the roaring fire. She wondered if he knew. If Luna had known that she could get this close Aaron so easily, she would have gotten lost in a snow drift a long time ago. Every part of her was at peace, simply with their proximity, as if this was the way she was always meant to be—surrounded by Aaron on all sides. She could recline in the circle of his arms and feel entirely safe and wanted and complete. Well. Whether or not she was wanted remained to be seen. What counted at the moment was that he wasn’t letting her go. Her breathing began to slow as his hand moved up and down her arm and if his chest wasn’t so very… firm and enthralling, she might have been able to go to sleep. As it happened, her fingers seemed to have minds of their own as they trailed along the ridges of his muscles and over the smoother skin where it had been inked. In spite of the fact that she had brought up the subject of other women, she was hoping he had nothing to speak of in that regard. Of course he’d had girlfriends and things like that; she hadn’t expected him to wait for her or anything. They had never been like that. Still, the subject change, or subject skip, as it were, was much appreciated. She was already jealous enough of these women she had never met and would hopefully never have to meet. Even if he had never even kissed another girl—unlikely—Luna was jealous of anyone who had shared time with him while she was away.

“Like I said, if you want to see the undies, all you have to do is ask,” she laughed again. Instead of getting up, however, she only bent at the waist to bring her legs closer. Stretching, and for once glad for her short legs, Luna unlaced and kicked off her boots, letting her wet socks roll off with them. With much more squirming, she managed to undo the button on her jeans and peel them off without ever having to leave Aaron’s lap. It took her a few seconds to catch her breath again after the whole ordeal was through, but she relaxed into his arms once more, her legs now completely bare and her Superman underwear the only thing keeping their position from becoming truly inappropriate. “I already said your chest is nice. I don’t mind being able to look at it,” she admitted as she settled once more into her pattern of drawing idle shapes on the canvas of skin set before her. The shadow of hair growing over his jawline was too tempting to ignore and she made sure to brush her cheek against it every few seconds. She had always been better expressing herself through touch, after all, and the words weren’t getting through. She liked this, wanted more of it. In lieu of that, however, she could at least feed him. That was when the conversation turned.

No matter how many times he told her he wasn’t avoiding her, the reminder was always welcome. She was getting a little paranoid and in her defense, he was sending sort of mixed signals as far as what he actually thought. If their relationship was only made up of worry and some strange obligation to one another from a decade ago, she didn’t want it. She wanted what they’d had before, something genuine, and it wouldn’t work if she was the only one who felt it. She knew it was there, it had to be, if only a tiny bit. If not, he could have just as easily wrapped her in a blanket. Yet here she was, as close as close could get without being something else entirely. Here she was, miles from Thunder Cove at the drop of a dime just to see him. Didn’t that mean something? Didn’t it have to? “You’re fine company. Better than fine. I just… I don’t get you like before, I guess,” she admitted with a mournful sigh. She wanted to put a blueberry muffin in her mouth to shut herself up, but if Luna had ever been anything, it was honest and she was getting nothing from the stone his face had turned into.

“I don’t know. I mean. You seemed like you were excited to see me, that first time at the house, but then you ran off and I still don’t know why. And I got all… drunk at the bar trying to keep up with you and you got me home, yeah, but you probably think I’m just this… alcoholic horse-enthusiast or something,” she said, watching as he put down the muffin. Her gaze turned back to his face, wanting so much to look into the fire and not have to see whatever might cross it—or worse, what might not—but training her eyes on his features instead. “And then you said that stuff about being able to get along without me and that’s… fine, because it’s true and of course you did. And I know it’s unfair for me to expect you to feel anything close to what you did over ten years ago but—” she stopped, letting her gaze fall to her hands, already defeating herself before he even got a chance to say a word. “I guess what I’m saying is that you don’t. You don’t have to pretend to like me, if you just don’t, anymore. But when I was told I could get work in Olympia, you were the first thing I thought of. You’re the reason I came. So if you don’t… want me around, it’d be nice to know straight up instead of… baking all this stuff and hoping it’ll change your mind.”

Luna & Aaron
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Aaron J. Dallas
 Posted: May 9 2012, 11:25 PM
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"Thunder River Beta"

Werewolf. 25, from Thunder Cove, WA
Single.
64 posts. Played by Josie



On the day the darkness comes,
  I'll find you, Save you, Baby.
AJ knew that he was inviting questions by saying what he did and his tone didn't help matters either.  Still, clearly Luna needed to be educated about certain things, especially if she was planning to stay in Thunder Cove, and work around Olympia.  The tone of her question in turn rankled him a little bit, his expression hardening into a scowl.  "You'd be surprised."  Of course he couldn't tell her how he knew the vampires he did, or that most of them ceased to exist when he came to know them, or know of them.  It would all be a lot easier if AJ could just tell her everything but that wasn't an option.  Actually, he could tell her everything he knew about vampires but how would he explain knowing what he did?  Simple, he couldn't, not without revealing himself.  "Dad and I once found a friend of his after a vampire visited, so yeah, I know what they're capable."  While that was precisely true to the letter of the words, it was certainly true enough.  They had found remains of people after a vampire was through.  AJ hoped that involving his dad would make it real enough for Luna that she would leave it alone.  Shaking his head, he cleared his throat and tried to calm his tone.  "They also don't need to come into your house to kill you."  Under different circumstances he might find it amusing that she was grumbling about her lack of technical skills.  Just then he wasn't finding humor in anything.

His brows lifted at her series of questions.  He was a tad sorry that he brought up the subject just then, though maybe it was a better distraction than he realized.  It was becoming increasingly clear that Luna needed education but AJ wasn't in the best frame of mind to present the basic facts and not make things personal.  Unfortunately it was too late to un-start the conversation and he couldn't leave her without the necessary information now that she was staying in Thunder Cove.  "They're more likely to bite you than tell you what they are.  And, no, it doesn't work that way, Luna," AJ told her, trying to keep his voice on an even keel, though his success was questionable.  "And of course vampires can lie, though they don't usually need to.  They have some degree of mind control that allows them to compel humans to do things they wouldn't normally do, but also to forget things if it suits their interests.."  By human standards, he really did know too much about vampires.  At the moment however, he was more concerned by Luna's safety and knowledge than anything else.  Snorting loudly, AJ rolled his eyes.  "If I were a vampire I would have bitten you already.  Hell, I would have bitten you before I even knew you were you."

Luna getting herself a dog was a great idea as far as AJ was concerned, in fact maybe he would bring her one.  He could make sure that it was a good guard against vampires but wouldn't be so aggressive with wolves, unless the aggressive was directed at Luna.  That was certainly possible and something he made a mental note to look into.  "You should," he encouraged when she suggested that she still might get a pet to snuggle.  AJ exhaled heavily and clenched his jaw a second later when the suggestion shifted from finding something to sleep with to someone to sleep with.  "Whatever works," he mutter tersely before he registered the last of her comment, about him.  Another loud snort escaped him as he shook his head.  "Big, yes, but not so fluffy," AJ said with a minor objection.  "I'm not as much fun to nap with now, I'm a much bigger bed hog than I was when we were ten."  When they were younger, there had been more than a few times when being with the wolves had worn Luna out.  She'd requested that he stay with her until she fell asleep, only to wind up napping himself.  Things were a whole lot different now.  The sound of her giggling made AJ grin widely.  He'd always loved that sound and it seemed it  hadn't changed.  "I'm sure they would be, if they existed."  Weren't there enough supernatural beings in the existence?  Did they really have to create more?  He last question made him blink, hard.  "Not a one," he told her, shaking her head.  "They're probably worried that I'd break 'em."  Talking about what women he'd been with wasn't something he wanted to discuss.

Another thing he didn't want to discuss currently was anything that committed him to spending more time alone with Luna.  Not that he didn't want, the problem was that he wanted it too much, wanted to be closer to her.  The issue, however, was the fact that any time he spent with her, especially alone, presented more opportunity for the primal part of his personae to take over and force more on Luna than she wanted.  AJ had accepted her offer to come visit him without thinking things through, which was something that tended to happen when the wolf was closer to the surface.  The whole situation was Payton, her relationship with Brayden, had created a circumstance where such an oversight was possible.  Now, with everything they'd been through in the past hour or so, his natural protective instincts were even more hardwired when it came to Luna.  Each new instance would only make it harder for AJ to hold back.  Now that she was back he recognized how much he'd missed her friendship.  He didn't want to lose that again but what choice, really, did he have?  Wasn't ending their friendship better than forcing her into a life she couldn't escape?  Of course, that wasn't expressly true; his mother had escaped.  Luna's growl caught his attention, one brow arching high in question.  Her pinch to his side suggested she was playing and he twisted slightly as thought necessary to protect his side, then laughed again.  With some of the darker themes to their discussions it was nice to have the bit of levity.

The intimacy of the situation was most definitely not lost on AJ.  Again, it was a case of him not fully thinking things through before he pulled her into his lap.  The main concern on his mind in that moment had been to warm her up, the quickest way possible.  Part of that was being in front of the fire, the rest had to do with his body heat, which was significantly higher than the human average.  Standard survival procedure when it came to hypothermia involved body heat.  Now he could not feel, but also see and, believe it or not, smell, her temperature returning to normal.  Luna's skin was losing the pale, almost blue, cast that it had taken in her semi-frozen state.  Her movements were more limber as her joints thawed.  For AJ, it was her scent that was most significant.  The shift had started out subtle but it was increasing exponentially not only as she warmed up but in connection with her actions.  The way she was touching him, drawing patterns on his skin or tracing the lines of his tattoos, were causing shifts in her scent, of the variety that making the wolf take notice.  The same was true of the way she would stroke her cheek against his.  Animals showed their affection by rubbing against each other in much the same way.  AJ's deeper personae was shouting about that.  Add to that the fact that Luna had asked, more than once now, about the women in his life.  Her actions were clear enough but he refused to see it that way.

With a soft snort, he shook his head slightly.  "That's not what I was suggesting," he insisted, though truthfully he would love to see her superhero underwear.  The suggestion had been made in order to help her warm even more, not to mention give AJ a bit of breathing room while she got out of the rest of her wet clothing.  His own intention had been to excuse himself and change into something dry as well.  Luna had other ideas however, and went about divesting herself of her shoes and jeans without leaving his lap.  In so many situations he would have enjoyed the moment.  Frankly he did enjoy the moment, though found it more frustrating that it could progress further.  AJ's eyes dropped, skimming appreciatively over Luna's bare legs.  His fingers were itching to following the path of his eyes.  "I should get you a blanket, and change," he muttered in a rough murmur, trying again to encourage her from his lap.  As if it hadn't been a temptation before, now her scent was even stronger and the continued stroking of her cheek against his was not helping matters.

The very idea that Luna might think he didn't want to be around her was upsetting.  Nothing could have been farther from the truth, actually.  If life were simply and a pattern of abandonment hadn't been set.  If a lot of things were different or hadn't happened or weren't true then things would be different.  If life was simple or easy there would be no reason for AJ to hold himself apart.  His gaze turned back to the fire as Luna spoke, refuting his claim.  Initially he could only shake his head in disagreement then before he could rebuke he was distracted by her last comment.  The a furrowed brow he looked a Luna.  "Before what?" he asked, curious.  Her sigh made him frown as he realized what she must be talking about.  "Before you left?  I'm not thirteen anymore, Luna, neither of us are."  Of course that was an obvious fact but apparently it needed to be expressed.  As much as AJ wished that things could be what they were back then, it wasn't possible.  He was different, having realized his potential and taken his place a protector and champion of light.  She was different, too.  It only stood to reason that if each of them had changed then their relationship must also.

All he could do when Luna started to talk was sit back and listen.  Ever since it happened, AJ had felt a deep sense of regret for bolting from her kitchen.  He had been excited to see her, more than he would have believed.  It was the shock of his deep-seated desire to claim her that sent him running, not that he could admit that to her.  Feeling Luna's eyes on him, he shifting his back to her and quickly noted that she wasn't trying to make eye contact.  Taking a deep breath, AJ released it slowly and attempted to reply.  "I was excited to see you and I don't think you're an alcoholic," he started, assuring her on both counts.  He didn't try to explain his running out because what could he say?  Besides, there was other matters to address.  His heart both soared and sank when she admitted she came back to Thunder Cove because of him.  How was he supposed to respond to that?  Suddenly AJ was tired like he couldn't remember ever being before.  Luna had to be feeling the same after her ordeal in the elements.  At the same time he couldn't leave the topic hanging completely.  Slowly he moved to take her hand, giving it a gentle squeeze.  "It's really late and I think this is the sort of thing that would best be discussed after we've both had some sleep.  Let me say this though," he continued, dipping his head and shifting to catch her eyes and hold her gaze, "I'm not pretending to like you, Luna.  You're… important to me.  Do you really think I would have given you the address here if I was only pretending to like you?  There's just… "  AJ heaved a heavy sigh and shook his head as his words fell off.  He wondered if he looked as tired as he suddenly felt.  "I wouldn't have given you the address if I didn't want you here.  And, just so you know, as much as I love your baking, you don't have to bake for me, not to buy me or change my mind or whatever else you might think."

AJ & Luna
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Luna A. Lowell
 Posted: May 10 2012, 04:12 PM
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"horse-hearted"

Human. 25, from Thunder Cove
Single.
56 posts. Played by Nik




realized that i need you
wondered if you could come home
Luna couldn’t imagine Aaron having any confidence in vampires, but then again, there was no telling what he had been up to since she had gone away. Perhaps without her good influence—though she would not be the one to say it was good, his father had mentioned once that Aaron got into less trouble with Luna around—he had made some much more dangerous friends. He was not the kind of man to be easily intimidated and she thought even if he had come upon a few vampires they knew better than to make an enemy of him. “No, I wouldn’t.” Luna still wanted to believe there was little enough that could surprise her about Aaron and no matter what he confessed her feelings for him weren’t looking to change any time soon. She quirked her brows as he elaborated. “Oh. I’m sorry,” she said softly, unable to imagine the kind of carnage that might have been. Sometimes it was still beyond Luna’s ken to understand that supernatural creatures were as much a part of their world as horses or dogs. Even though they had been talking about vampires now at some length, it hadn’t quite registered with Luna that the warnings Aaron gave had some basis in reality until he spoke of having seen the results of their existence in the worst of ways. Luna held a little tighter to him, adjusting her arms about his neck as her mind tried to wrap itself around what he was saying. Aaron was talking about the actual possibility of someone having intentions to kill her and even if it was a hypothetical someone, it was enough that she craved the closeness for protection’s sake as much as warmth.

Her naivety shone more than she liked as she continued with her questions, hoping that even the threat of death by vampire could be avoided simply by relying upon the honesty of those who could kill her. Luna had dealt with dangerous beasts before. A vampire was not the same as a wild buck, or a bucking bronco, but it would be nice if she could apply the same skills and knowledge to them. She had never met an animal she could not convince she was a friend and possibly, she could make a few friends of these night creatures that wanted nothing more than her life’s blood. “Are you friends with any of them?” she asked, hopeful. That would explain why he knew so much about them. Better than the other option, which was that he had had more than one bad experience with vampires. Thunder Cove certainly had changed in her absence, then. Or maybe it had been that way all along and her parents had taken her away to keep her safe. That was a strange realization, one Luna’s mind was not quite ready for at present. “So I could have met a vampire already and not even remember it. That’s… unsettling,” she admitted, shifting again in his arms and trying to determine whether or not her mind had been tampered with. Her lips quirked up at the corners at his last comment however and she nudged her head under his chin playfully. “Should I take that as a compliment about the beauty of my neck?”

A pet might be a good guard against anything that went bump in the night, though Luna was still hesitant to close her door at night. Not only would it be getting uncomfortably warm soon, but she couldn’t feel really comfortable anywhere without a warm body tucked against hers. For a split second one night not too long ago, she had even wished for a rat infestation just for the company it would provide. A pet would be much better. The only thing keeping her from acquiring one was the she didn’t much like the idea of kept animals. A pet was a responsibility she could certainly handle, but having to lock one up and call it ‘love’ rubbed her the wrong way. Dogs were meant to be domestic, of course, and if she could get over the fact that she might have to leash one to make it into her pet, she might get one sooner. If she had been paying more attention she might have questioned the strain of something akin to jealousy in Aaron’s voice when she talked about sharing her bed with someone. He didn’t know she meant him. Her fingers found his hair, pressing against his scalp before combing them outward. “Fluffy enough,” she assured him with a smile. “I don’t mind making room for you,” she said, smiling at the memory of how easily she could fall asleep with him when they were younger. In spite of the fact that she might have liked to see someone’s real and true fairy wings, she was relieved to hear that Aaron had not been with any. “I’m sure you’re gentle enough with the people you care about. You haven’t hurt me yet.”

And he never would. Aaron had been her protector for as long as they’d known each other and he had obviously fallen right back into that role now that she had returned. He wasted no time as soon as they got into the cabin to get her near the fire and out of her damp clothes. Luna would have liked to believe that meant more; that they had been spirited away for the weekend to a secluded cabin in the woods in order to focus only upon one another—that he was ripping off her clothes in a fit of passion instead of out of concern. But that was silly on her part, especially since she was having a hard enough time telling whether or not he even liked her anymore. She would take what she could get and currently that happened to be a comfortable position in his lap. If her temperature hadn’t risen with their proximity to the fire or even with his oversized shirt engulfing her, it was constantly shifting upward now that she was so close to him. The warmth of his bare skin mixed with the shape of his frame was more than enough to melt away any remaining coolness from her and while she couldn’t express her gratitude in any words, her body was doing the talking. She touched him, and cuddled and nuzzled and burrowed a little place for herself close to his heart, hopefully both literally and figuratively. She thought it might be working when he suggested she get out of her pants. She curled her legs up once they were bare, her knees almost to her chest and leaned against him once more. A blanket? No, then he would have to get up. “I don’t need a blanket. And you don’t have to change; I like you the way you are.” She knew that wasn’t how he meant it, and she offered a soft smile to let him know she was joking. She wondered if he left to change, he would come back with less clothes than before, but she knew the offer of a blanket was just another precaution against the cold. Again, always her protector.

But nothing more.

If she was being honest, a lot had changed in those years they’d spent apart. Maybe it was too much, no matter how she tried to work against it and nudge everything back to the way it had been so long ago. “I know. I just hoped that was one thing that wouldn’t be different,” she admitted, feeling all the more childish now that he’d pointed out plainly they were no longer children. Was theirs the kind of relationship that could only work between kids too young to know better of the world? Would they have gone their separate ways even if she hadn’t left Thunder Cove? No, she couldn’t believe that. Their relationship had followed her across countries and into her dreams. That it could change so easily was scarier than the idea of vampires running around. She was more afraid of losing his friendship than she was of losing her blood. It would hurt more, losing him. She hated that she sounded so desperate and clingy and a slew of other unattractive traits that she didn’t usually possess. If he already didn’t like her, he was going to find himself despising her by the end of all this, with her putting her heart out in the open because she didn’t know how not to and him being obligated to her because they had once been friends. Well, at least he didn’t think she was an alcoholic.

Her head bowed when he began by saying they should get some sleep, though there was a small jolt up her arm when his hand found hers. He was hoping she would forget by morning, or perhaps that if given the opportunity to stop the conversation when she was at her most embarrassed, she would choose not to continue once they’d had a good night’s sleep. Luna, who was currently hoping to sink into the floor and never return, would take that opportunity. If he wanted, they could act like this conversation had never happened when they woke up the next day. Yes, she wanted to a direct answer. She wasn’t going to keep inflicting herself upon him if he really wanted nothing to do with her. But at the same time she was feeling a little selfish. If this was going to be their last time together, she wanted it to last for as long as possible. She glanced back to him at his next comment, hope behind her eyes. Aaron wouldn’t lie, but she wanted to be sure of it. Some of the tension in her shoulders—and she hadn’t even realized she was tense until now—released at the word ‘important.’ She was important to him. She relaxed into him again, suddenly feeling the fatigue he emulated in his every feature. Her fingers squeezed his, threading together and she shook her head. “Of course I have to bake for you. Who else is going to make you fat?” she laughed, her eyes already at half-mast.

Reluctantly, Luna considered standing, but thought better of it, instead wrapping her arms around his neck again and making herself comfortable. “You can just lay down, then.” She yawned and then laughed, realizing how she must have sounded. “There’s a bed here, isn’t there?” she asked, closing her eyes. “We could go there, if you want.”

Luna & Aaron
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