Summary: Everyone heals differently.
Rating: Mature (violence/torture referenced).
Note: This concludes the second major arc in the GaVG ‘verse, after “Slant, Slip, Slope”. In the internal chronology, it takes place about two weeks after “Interlude: Homecoming” and “Their Hungry Thirsty Roots”.
Many, many thanks to the lovely hotmilkytea for dealing with my freak-outs and my “can you read this thing please”-s. This story is for her — my dark little gift, made with all the love I have <3
When Karai swims her way back to full consciousness, Raphael is staring down at her. He might think he’s constructed a careful blank out of his features, but his eyes give everything away.
“Are you waiting around to finish the job?” she asks. Her voice is slurred. It’s a challenge to talk around a broken cheekbone, but she’ll manage. Already the pain is just a whisper, fading to a suggestion. “Going to kill me as a favor to your big brother?”
Raphael’s fists tighten, but other than that, he makes no reply. Just keeps watching, eyes glittering. He wants to kill her, no mistaking that, but he’s holding back.
Karai would wonder why, but the evening has exhausted her. Carrying the warhounds and keeping them alive long enough for them to be useful is challenge enough, but it was the confrontation with Leo that drained the last of her reserves. She felt again, something besides fear or loathing, and it has eaten her empty.
why he lick me
THIS IS SUPER COOL THOUGH IF YOU UNDERSTAND HORSES. LIKE THAT NIPPING IS A GROOMING BEHAVIOR HORSES DO TO BOND AND TO MAINTAIN AND IMPROVE SOCIAL BONDS. SO THAT HORSE IS BASICALLY TREATING THE CAT AS PART OF THE HERD AND SUSTAINING THE FRIENDLY BOND.
IT IS SAYING, “this tiny horse is very tiny but we are friends. Look at my tiny friend.”
Horses and cats get along really well actually! Cats in barns scare away all the rats and mice that frighten the horses. SO it’s less like the horse accepting it into the ‘herd’ as the horse saying ‘thank you, brave warrior, for protecting me from the scary chitter beasts.’
ok, new theory. maybe we should play so quietly, no one can hear us
well maybe we would sound so bad if some people didn’t try to play with big meaty claws
what did you say, punk?
WELL THESE CLAWS AIN’T JUST FOR ATTRACTING MATES
BRING IT ON, OLD MAN, BRING IT ON
no people let’s be smart and bring it OFF
OH SO NOW THE TALKING CHEESE IS GONNA PREACH TO US