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In the Branches that Blow in the Breeze

Discussion in 'Haunted Forest' started by Aurelie, May 6, 2017.

  1. Aurelie

    Aurelie Tradition Bound
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    Eri came across this grove just by chance. She probably would have kept on her way through the forests for a while longer if it had not been for the peculiar discrepancies in the size of the trees. In her mind, it just looked too planned out. Even now when she stood there it made no sense. However, at least here, there was enough of a gap in the canopy to see the sky. So heavy had the coverage of the leaves been, it almost made little difference whether the trickling light that breached its cover was sunlight or moonlight. Now the Sheikah woman could clearly see that the moon was hanging high in the sky.

    That has to be a day now at least. I set out from Forest Haven after leaving my horse with the Kokiri...

    It was imperative in her mind to keep some semblance of a trail of events and locations while travelling into the depths of the woods like she was. Even if it seemed like a pointless endeavour. Eri knew well enough that the very structure of the forest seemed to change on a whim. Hence why she needed to try and keep some control over her knowledge of the time that elapsed around her. She knew how to provide for herself in the wilderness to an extent, but to keep oneself exposed to the wilderness for longer than they had to was foolish in her opinion. Eri had set out here with a purpose. And she felt that she had reached this purpose. Something specific about the energies of this place called out to her. That and she needed rest or a safe vantage point. Stalchildren surely were not far off starting to wander the woods.

    The young woman pulled the dark coloured cloth up around her nose, it obscured most of her visage. She reached into the small rucksack that laid cast down at her feet and procured a mask that was ornamented in the old fashioned Shiekah way. She tied this across her face, the entirety of her face blanked out by this protective ornament. Though, unfortunately for her, this was purely a cosmetic piece of protective armour. The design on the mask offered no mystical properties as of yet. Perhaps one day she would find a way to imbue it with such. However, today was not that day. She closed up the bag and slid it back onto her back.

    She quickly made her way to one of the older, and sturdier looking trees in the grove and scaled it. She kept climbing until she reached a thick branch. It seemed as if it would be able to support her weight. At least she hoped it did. It hid her quite well from the forest floor while giving her better visibility than she was expecting. It did hit her that she was feeling rather worn out. She had been walking close to non-stop since leaving Forest Haven. After all, she knew what she was searching for, and it felt like she had found it. It seemed doubtful it would leave anytime soon.

    "Perhaps just a short nap..."
    She whispered to herself as sleep quickly took a hold of the young ghost hunter.
     
  2. Aurelie

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    As her mind drifted into the realm of dreams, she fitfully tossed and turned from her vantage point. Somehow she managed to avoid plummeting from her precarious position. Which honestly was quite lucky for the woman, such a fall could have really damaged her. The cause of this relative unrest was not immediately comprehensible to Eri in her unconscious state. It could have been any number of things. Maybe her socks were a little damp? Or there was something, most likely her brother, that caused her to be so perturbed in her restful state up there in that branch. She fancied herself quite a still sleeper, almost as dead as a door nail. However, all in the Nakani household knew her as about as fitful as any of the monsters she hunted. She always had been.

    However, there was something about this place that emphasised this restlessness. There was a memory that lingered deep underneath the earth that left an odious impression that became more noticeable the longer she was here. It was something that quickly plagued the dream that she had. In her dream, she saw the reflection of this place as it had been during the war. At least that is what it seemed to be. She thought she saw some Kokiri children running through free-spiritedly like they were playing tag. Though this was quickly replaced with the very same children running back in the opposite direction with a look of abject horror on their faces. Two large Wolfos leashed to two equally imposing Stalfos came charging through.

    Eri's eyes flew open before anything else happened, her throat feeling constricted from fear. Small, shallow breaths heaved themselves from her lungs in rapid succession as she readjusted to the reality of her situation. What had she just witnessed?!
    Her eyebrows furrowed from beneath the mask, reflecting the concern she had over this strange emotion that had overtaken her. She spoke to herself in a hushed tone: "That can't have been real...no, it must have just been my imagination running wild."

    Indeed it was. She may have had magical abilities, but that kind of insight eluded her in this point of her life. She was not the famed Princess Zelda after all, no matter how secretly she wished she was. The Goddesses did not speak to her through prophetic dreams or the likes. She felt that to even think that for a second was folly, and would only lead to hubris. The truth was, she was right. Indeed, the dream was just her imagination running rampant. Merely an attempt to rationalise the ominous feeling that seemed to skirt around the edges of the perceptible reality of the forest. It was a futile endeavour frankly. The forest was above all that. Eri found herself wondering if it had always been like that?

    However, such thoughts would have to wait. She was not here to philosophise. Although the line of questioning had grounded her back in a much more familiar and comfortable position of detached curiousity for all that surrounded her. From somewhere beneath her she noticed a dim flickering.

    "Ehhhh HEEHEHEHEHE heeehhh" came a malevolent cackle from the location of this dim light. It appeared to be circling the outer perimeter of the grove, a few yards away. Perhaps this was the cause of her fitfulness? Had some deep seated survival mechanism in her mind had been telling her not to fall asleep? This had to be what she was looking for. She rose from her horizontal position into a squat, sliding her rucksack onto her back and readied herself for a stealthy attack - should the situation demand it from her.
     

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