Post by Kouyou Ichiki on Jul 23, 2011 21:42:43 GMT -5
For Your Consideration Pawns: Emmer, Kouyou Status: private, closed Setting: The woods Scene: exploring the woods
It had taken them twenty minuets to reach the woods from the school but the trip had been worth it. Reaching the lush greenery, it seemed far larger up close than from the windows of the school. "This might take us longer than a day or two to fully explore Emmer." Kou laughed at the thought. Something to do! finally. "Not to mention the lake and water fall! that would have to be an entirely separate trip. I love lakes and bodies of water." He smiled and looked over at Emmer. He had brought a bag with him, inside he carried 2 large water bottles, a couple of granola bars, some band aids, his sketchbook and pencils. He didn't know what they would see or how long they would be out here but he'd rather be semi prepared.
He was brimming with excitement. This is the first time he had chosen to leave the school grounds and he wasn't sure of what to expect or find. "So which direction should we go first?" As he was looking through the trees he could see roughly defined paths, most likely from previous explorers or, he let himself hope, animals.
Post by Emmer Brighton on Jul 23, 2011 21:56:18 GMT -5
"Let's go that way?" Emmer pointed down a narrow, barely there trail. She was glad to be out the school grounds and into an area free of buildings. She could already breathe better. She took hold of Kou's hand again and started down the trail without waiting for a response. She couldn't help being a little pushy when she was this worked up. She hoped they might come onto open land so she could run. She'd heard other students talking about a clearing with a deep stream running through it. Maybe they would be able to find it.
"We'll have to go swimming some time." she chirped brightly. "I love the water too. Well, most of the time." she gave a soft giggle. "My brother or the ranch hands liked to pick me up and dump me in the water trough after long rides. It felt good but at the same time it was pretty gross." She glanced over her shoulder at him with a bright smile.
Post by Kouyou Ichiki on Jul 23, 2011 22:18:33 GMT -5
Kou smiled as she dragged him along and laughed. "That does seem rather disgusting." He let his eyes wander through out the woods, looking and listening for signs of the animal life he knew should be there. Everything was beautiful, thick and green, the sunlight filtered in from between the treetops. He simply followed Emmer at the pace she had set for them, never letting go of her hand. His distracted eyes allowed for his feet to catch here and there on roots and shrubs, but always catching himself, with a little help from Emmer, from falling.
Looking back at Emmer, she almost seemed to be looking for something. "Hey Em, are we going somewhere specific? You seem like you're heading somewhere." He laughed, and immediately proceeded to trip over a root again. "Walking and talking. Apparently the two things I can't do at the same time!" His blush was back in full force as he began to giggle at his own mishaps.
Post by Emmer Brighton on Jul 23, 2011 22:29:51 GMT -5
"Well pick up your feet silly." Emmer teased. "I heard some of the other's talkin' about a clearin' with a stream runnin' through it." She smiled. "Id kinda like t' find it. I wanna run you know?" She slowed down a bit so Kouyou would have more time to see roots and step over them, though she never let go of his hand. "That'd be the best place to see somethin' four-legged and furry." she looked back at him and grinned. "Cause i know we're both dyin' to see an animal of some sort, arent we?"
She continued along the path with Kouyou in tow, winding back and forth on the path and scanning along the rest of the forest as she went, trying to see if the trees were thinning or if she could see the clearing through the trees. "Whaddaya think?" she asked. "See anythin'?"
Post by Kouyou Ichiki on Jul 23, 2011 23:03:19 GMT -5
Looking as best he could through the trees and brush he couldn't see anything that looked like a clearing. "I don't see anything yet, but I'm sure we'll eventually find it." Keeping pace with Emmer was easier slowed down. But now he really wanted to find this clearing as well. "What kind of animals do you think are around here? Maybe deer? Most likely rabbits. Rabbits are every where." Kou laughed. "I think I'd like to catch one if there are. I'd have to build a cage for it. Not noisy and not too smelly if you keep the cage clean. Or a snake. That would be cool." His smile reached ear to ear. He was happy at the thought of keeping a pet. "But getting food for it would be more difficult."
They slowed again to look through the trees some more. Kou pulled down a thicker branch to get a better look through the trees, and accidentally let go. The branch quickly snapped back up catching him in the jaw and the side of his face. "Kuso!"
Post by Emmer Brighton on Jul 23, 2011 23:11:41 GMT -5
"Oh!" Emmer gasped as the branch snapped back into Kou's face. "Here, sit." she urged, nudging him over to a rock. She pushed him to sit and crouched next to him. "Lemme see." she urged gently, pulling his hand away from his face. "S' not too bad." she murmured, carefully running her fingers over the bright red welt. "It might bruise a little, but you should be ok. Here..." She dug one of the water bottles out of his bag and then pulled her tank top over her head, leaving her in her bra. She wet the shirt and pressed it to the red mark along the side of his face gently. "There, that should help with the sting anyway." she smiled at him. "We can head back if you want. Whenever you're ready."
She hadn't even thought twice about any of it, her first instinct was usually to nurture and take care of the people she cared about, no matter her discomfort. Besides, to her it was no different than being in swimming suit in front of him. "How're you feelin'?" She asked gently.
Post by Kouyou Ichiki on Jul 23, 2011 23:41:59 GMT -5
Kou was certain from the heat in his cheeks that his face was far redder than the developing welt on his chin and face. He was suddenly all to aware of his body, being thankful for a baggy pair of jeans and his hoodie, and trying to damn his teenage hormones someplace horrible. "Uh, n-no I'm f-fine. We can, um, keep going. I-i've done worse. It's n-not that bad." And fuck he was stuttering too. And she said something about swimming if we find the lake? Well, here's to hoping you can control your hormones there Kou. Currently you're doing a piss poor job! "It'll go a-away soon enough. Not as-as bad as the time I singed my eyebrows off." He smiled weakly. "But now, uh, your shirts all, um, wet?"
Post by Emmer Brighton on Jul 23, 2011 23:48:42 GMT -5
She nodded. "Yeah it's fine. It'll keep me cool the rest of the way." she grinned and gently removed it from his face, pulling it back on. "It'll dry eventually, yeah?" She helped him up, reaching up to touch the welt again. "C'mon, let's keep goin'." She took his hand again and started off. "You can tell me about singein' off your eyebrows on the way." she giggled.
She carefully pushed the branches out of the way and made sure he was through before letting them go. "Hey! There's sun comin' through up ahead! Maybe we found it!" She set a slightly faster pace, paying attention to Kou though and making sure it wasn't so fast he couldn't keep up. She pushed through the weeds and vines and gasped, squinting against the sun. "Looks like we found it!" she yelped brightly, releasing his hand and taking off through the tall grass.
Post by Kouyou Ichiki on Jul 24, 2011 0:14:37 GMT -5
Kou watched her take off at a run, smiling to see her excitement at finding the clearing. He could feel the heat from his face receding, and the stinging had lessened. When he stepped fully into the clearing he was rather pleased about their choice to try and find it. The grass varied from ankle to calf height, so there might be grazing animals here that keep it trimmed. Small shrubs were scattered here and there, a few bushes along the far end of the clearing next to the opposing tree line looked to have bright red fruit; raspberries maybe. He could here the trickling of the stream, and a light breeze was coming through. A very beautiful place indeed.
He looked up and had already lost track of Emmer, not really sure how. He started off toward the stream, where there is water there are animals so he might catch a glimpse of something and most likely see Em by then.
Post by Emmer Brighton on Jul 24, 2011 0:22:44 GMT -5
Emmer ran all the way to the stream, sweating and panting by the time she reached it. She plopped down and stripped off her boots and socks, sticking her small feet into the water with a soft sigh. She could hear Kou moving through the grass towards her, his shuffling steps unmistakeable. "over here!" she called, raising a hand above her head and waving. She stood up and rolled her jeans as far up her thighs as she could before wading into the water.
"Whoa." she murmured. "Hey Kou c'mere! The water's pretty deep over here!" It looked as though this had been a divot in the ground but someone had dammed up the end, making this wider section flood. She wadded further into the water, stopping when it began to creep up her thighs, turning and waiting for Kouyou to get through the grass.
Post by Kouyou Ichiki on Jul 24, 2011 0:47:46 GMT -5
As Kou reached the stream he stopped, took off his shoes and began rolling his shorts up. He could roll them halfway up his thigh, where there then is a small loop on the inside of the shorts leg and a strip with velcro on the out side allowing him to secure them while rolled up. He'd never used it before now and was rather pleased with the result.
He started to wade into the water slowly, looking down as he did so to try and spot any kind of fish or aquatic creature that might call this place home. The bottom was more firm than squishy, which he was happy to note, getting muck out from between his toes is not a favored pass time. He was almost to Emmer when the water started to touch the bottoms of his shorts. "So do you think we will find anything in here Em?"
Post by Emmer Brighton on Jul 24, 2011 0:58:12 GMT -5
Emmer waded the rest of the way to him. "I dunno. I hope we find something, 'cause Im sick of seein' people." She smiled. "Not you of course. But everyone else." she giggled, taking his hand again and wading back into the water. She found the shallowest part and crossed to the other side where the grass was lying oddly. "See! Those're deer tracks and the weird flattened parts are where they bedded done at. Prolly last night." She turned back to him. "They're probably in the woods right now or something. I bet there are rabbits out here too though. If we go somewhere high and sit still I'll bet they'd come out."
She was thrilled to see even just signs of animals, even if they were wild. It was nice to have something here to show that life was moving even though it seemed like they werent. She squeezed Kou's hand slightly, gesturing with a nod of her head over to the far side of the stream. It looked as though a rabbit had come down for a drink, unaware of the humans in the water.
Post by Kouyou Ichiki on Jul 24, 2011 1:34:55 GMT -5
Freezing in place he looked toward where she had indicated and saw the small ball of white fluff with sharp pointed ears. He couldn't tell if it was a baby or not, but the breed looked small enough that he could possibly keep one in a cage in his dorm. The thought of having a pet here pleased him. But he'd have to wait until he had a proper cage for it.
Kou brought his voice down to a whisper. "Ah, it's so cute and fluffeh....." He didn't want to scare it away but at the same time his feet were beginning to chill to much for his liking. "I'm not big on frozen feet, so I'm going to wade back to shore. Hopefully I don't scare the little guy off." At that he moved at and almost painfully slow pace back towards the stream bank.
Post by Emmer Brighton on Jul 24, 2011 1:42:07 GMT -5
Emmer followed, keeping a tight hold on his hand as she slipped and slid on the slick bottom. The rabbit didnt seem to know any better, probably having never seen much of humans before. As soon as they made it to the shore, Emmer darted off into the tall grass, stretching her legs and running in a random direction. She stopped when she felt she'd reached somewhere in the center of the field, flopping down on the ground and stretching out with her arms above her head, closing her eyes. It felt good to lay there, breathing in the scent of damp earth and bright sunlight.
"Kooooou~" She called, laughing softly. "C'mon sugar, the grass is tall enough over here for shade!"
Post by Kouyou Ichiki on Jul 24, 2011 2:22:11 GMT -5
Kou slid his shoes back on and headed in her direction, keeping his shorts rolled up so he could let his legs dry. Finding her he laid down with about a foot of space between them. He closed his eyes and let himself bask in the heat of the sun. He could here Emmer laughing and smiled to himself. "I'm glad we went on this outing Em. Even if I managed to lose a fight with a tree branch." the last word of that sentenced rolled into a laugh.
He looked towards her still laughing. "So how's your lip doing?" It wouldn't be good if the first thing that happens is an infection for going out to play.